25 Jul PREMIUM Fujifilm X-H1 – The Lost Musketeer

Source: Fujifilm Insider

Behind all metaphors, Fujifilm X-H1 is getting the least of love, attention and publicity among the rest of the models from the Fujifilm range of mirrorless digital cameras. In addition, it is not so easy to explain why. Let me try to understand what could be behind the decision to buy (or refuse considering) a Fujifilm X-H1 as the camera to have in your photo bag.

At first, it was evolutionary (but not necessarily revolutionary, as IBIS is present among all other major players in the industry of mirrorless cameras). The presence of IBIS into a Fujifilm camera that is very eligible for professional demands is still something both useful and remarkable. X-H1 was the first mirrorless Fujifilm X camera to incorporate this feature. The second camera with IBIS arrived much later and costs towards 10.000 dollars.

So, why X-H1 is not getting the deserved attention? For me, the easiest way to answer this question is to look at my attitude towards this model. I remember the moment when Fujifilm announced and launched the X-H1, then I clearly remember when I went to the biggest photography fair in Brussels, Belgium, in 2018, called “Photo Days”. Fujifilm had quite an impressive, large stand for exhibiting their products and among the things that triggered my curiosity, was the X-H1. A Belgium Fujifilm X Photographer was there to show me the camera, presenting its strong points. I took the X-H1 in my hands and wanted to test it without the Vertical Hand-Grip. A beautiful young woman was there as a model, sitting in the ad-hoc portrait-shooting studio and she knew very well how to pose and smile.

The camera had a wireless trigger connected to a set of Profoto lights wrapped in professional soft-boxes. I took the camera and fired a few shots with the never-disappointing, reliable workhorse XF 50-140mm F2.8 OIS WR (which I did not have at that time, but added later to my photo bag).


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