Premium My beloved Fuji X-E3 ends here…

I read a few hours ago that Fuji is going to drop the X-E model. I read it and couldn’t believe it. I read it and still don’t believe it. Rationally, you may understand the decision, but when you really like something, the sentiment is stronger than the reason, isn’t it? Seeing that Fuji will discontinue this model made me write these lines, almost as a farewell, or a way I found to vent, as if each one of you, who is reading this article, were a friend who is available for listening to laments and, who knows, offer some comfort and share some of your experience.

Fuji X-E3 . Fuji XF55-200mm @200mm . F/4.8 . 1/800” . ISO 200
Fuji X-E3 . Fuji XF23mmF2 . F/5 . 1/170” . ISO 200

When I thought about ending my relationship with Canon in 2015, and after having decided that I was going to “move my bags and luggage” (this is a very portuguese way of saying when you’re moving to another place, to another thing, to another brand, etc.) to Fujifilm, I was really undecided between which model to buy. At the time, at the beginning of 2016, I was at an intersection where on one side there was the beautiful X-Pro1 and on the other the more “all-terrain” X-T1. Although I liked the format of the X-Pro more, with a design that I feel like showing as if it was a trophy, I ended up buying the X-T1 because it adapted more to my photographic genre. I also like its retro format, it is true, but the X-Pro1 had (has) something special.

Fuji X-E3 . Fuji XF23mmF2 . F/5.6 . 1/40” . ISO 200
Fuji X-E3 . Fuji XF23mmF2 . F/11 . 1/20” . ISO 200

Because I was entering “unknown” terrain, in this mirrorless one, I didn’t sell my Canon equipment right away, to see if it suited me. And, as such, I didn’t feel like spending a lot of money in a format that could later be sold. I am sincere that I still looked at the X-E2, which was a X-T1 without steroids, more to pull the feeling, for a more liberating style, almost only camera and objective and go out into this world to photograph. But the fact of not having the weather-sealed body, has put some brake on that eventual desire. I was afraid, because I was used to doing everything and in all weather conditions with my Canon.

Fuji X-E3 . Fuji XF23mmF2 . F/6.4 . 1/2200” . ISO 200
Fuji X-E3 . Fuji XF23mmF2 . F/2 . 1/4000” . ISO 200

After weeks of reading, research, nights waking up thinking about it, more and more, the decision was made, I bought the X-T1. But, deep down, the fact that I didn’t go to the X-Pro1 stayed with me for a while. Probably, until today.

Time passed, the X-Pro2 and X-T2 came out. I was excited about the features and, even with my latent passion for the design of the X-Pro and X-E series, I ended up (again) replacing the X-T1 with the X-T2. The months passed in the meantime.

Fuji X-E3 . Fuji XF14mmF2.8 . F/8 . 120” . ISO 200
Fuji X-E3 . Fuji XF55-200mm @200mm . F/5.6 . 1/850” . ISO 200

Contrary to what we all thought, Fuji gave yet another opportunity to the style and format of the X-E series and introduced the X-E3. I started looking at it again and again. I read everything there was to read. I saw the videos that were there to watch. I repeatedly opened the websites of the stores where I usually buy my photographic equipment. More than once I almost clicked on the ‘Pay’ button. But as I am not much given to spending money anyway, I postponed the inevitable. You certainly know what I’m talking about, don’t you? You already know how this story ended, don’t you?


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Co-Editor and co-founder of the Fuji X Passion project. Portuguese photographer with passion for landscape photography.