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X-T30 frustrations

Sacramento Zoo
Fujifilm X-T30 | 23.3 mm | f6.4 | 1/125 | ISO 400

I got frustrated with the camera, today. Specifically, I got frustrated with the X-T30. A lot of it can be chalked up to user error, much of which can be overcome with more use and practice with the camera itself. Possibly some menu and button customizations.

One of the main reasons thatI switched to the Fujifilm X system line is because a lot of the main functions are controlled by dials and outside buttons (as opposed to hidden in menus). It’s why I very much love using the X-T1. Everything I need is within reach.

The X-T30 is close. A lot of the dials are familiar and do exactly what I want. But I have an issue with button placement, some of which I find myself accidentally pressing all of the time. I’m looking at you Q button placed on the thumb grip!

Today, while out, I keep hitting the Q button and inadvertently changing the settings controlled by the front (ISO) and back (aperture) dials. It was aggravating.

As I said, most of this can be overcome with more practice. But I’m not sure that’s what I want to spent my time on. The X-T1, for me, fades into the background. I can change settings instinctively, and the tool itself fades into the background. That’s what I want in my cameras.


New camera, who dis?

Fujifilm X-T30 with 35mm f/2.8

This week, I finally purchased a smaller “companion” camera to carry in my everyday bag. I also wanted something on the smaller side for those weekend excursions where I want a camera but I don’t want a bigger kit with me. Just something nice and easy.

Because I use the Fujifilm X system, and already have my preferred selection of lenses, I was torn between the X-E3 and the X-T30. While I did try the E3, and found it to be very capable, it just didn’t feel right.

The T-30 did, which I attribute to being the SLR style (versus the rangefinder style). While I like the rangefinder style in specific scenarios, I much prefer SLR style shooting all around.

It already has a space carved out in my bag. Now I just need to work on getting out more often to take more pictures. Looking forward to it.