Saying goodbye to the X-H1 (again)

Goodbye Fujifilm X-H1

The Fujifilm X-H1 is a beautiful looking and feeling camera. It’s amazingly balanced with or without the battery grip.

It has all of the features you need!

  • Weather sealing for the outside elements.
  • Top screen so you can see your settings at a glance.
  • Manual dials.
  • Bright screen.
  • In body image stabilization.
  • Amazingly soft release button.
  • Plenty of buttons and dials you can customize.
  • Continuous firmware updates from FujiFilm.
  • Optional battery grip.
  • Plenty more.

So then, why am I returning it for the second time?

Well, firstly when I decided to upgrade my X-PRO2, I received the X-H1 but never used it because my dog became sick and I had an expensive vet bill to pay. So that was goodbye number one.

Secondly, I realized the X-H1 took me away from what I love about photography, and that is, simplicity.

On a recent photowalk with FujiFilm and Pro Photo Supply, I borrowed a 16-55 f/2.8 lens to attach onto the X-H1 which I had owned for 2 weeks. It felt good. Sturdy, balanced and looked beautiful. This was my first true use of the camera and this lens.

Only problem was – I was only now realizing how clunky and awkward some of the X-H1 controls actually were.

For example, I wanted to switch from single to continuous focus. From single shot to continuous high. From auto focus to manual, and back again.

What a pain in the ass it was! The switches didn’t seem ergonomically correct for my size hands (they’re kinda small I guess) – and so I was fiddling around, turning my camera over and locating the switches. Having to find the switch with my hand wasn’t second nature. I looked like I didn’t know how to operate my camera. Or maybe people were just thinking I was chimping at my screen again and again!

On the X-PRO2 it’s a great experience. It just works for me (besides that pull up ISO dial).

As a street photographer, I want to be able to change my settings quickly. These just hindered that.

Don’t get me wrong, the X-H1 is a beautiful camera, identical in specs (almost) to the X-PRO2 just ergonomically different and with in built image stabilization.
I can see it being great for landscapers, or something else – maybe those with bigger hands – just not for me.

So, Amazon, you’ve accepted my return. Thank you.
Fujifilm – you’ve helped me realize that I want to stay basic.

Hello Fujifilm X100F

That said, instead of “upgrading” I’ve actually “downgraded” and purchased the Fujifilm X100F. It’s smaller than the X-PRO2, a little slower to focus, too – but it’s beautiful, and you know what I love – that I can set my cameras settings while the camera is OFF! Turn it on and bam, snap snap snap!

Just for those who wanted to know the main differences.

1) X-PRO2 gives you the ability to change lenses.
2) X-PRO2 is faster to focus (due to the X100F lens being older, and fixed).
3) X100F is smaller and lighter
4) X100F appears WAY more customizable in terms of function buttons
5) X100F only has 1 SD card slot
6) The dials on the X100F are firmer
7) The eye diopter on the X-PRO2 is prone to knocks and causing issues (for me at least)
8) The MSC switch is in a much nicer place on the X100F
9) The viewfinder is nicer on the X-PRO2
10) The X100F is NOT weather sealed
11) The X100F has a 3 stop Natural Density filter built in – how cool is that!

I’m just your average photographer with an opinion – though somebody may find this list of differences (and it’s not exhaustive) worth while when trying to make a choice on purchasing one of these cameras.

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