Sunday, 1 March 2020

Fuji is Getting It

Blue Sky and Early Fall Colour 

Olympus E-M5II, m.Zuiko 9-18

A while back I wondered why manufacturers aren't moving to USB Chargers

I've started to standardize on the 3rd party USB chargers for most of my uses because they're so much more convenient than AC chargers since I'm already carrying AC to USB adapters for my laptop & phone. I leave the AC chargers at my desk at home, but pack the cheap little USB dual chargers I get off Amazon everywhere. Can charge in the car, in the field from a USB power bank and off the wall with a USB wall wart.

With the X-T4 launch, Fuji dropped a neat little dual charger for their new battery. And guess what? It's USB-C PD (as is the X-T4). The only knock against it is that Fuji is no longer including the charger with the camera, it's a $70USD extra, however given how fast the X-T4 can charge from a USB-C PD source and the fact it can be run while doing so, that's much less of a knock that it is for some other brands. And frankly, $70 for a 1st party dual charger is pretty reasonable. Now they just need a USB-C PD version of the BC-W126 charger for the rest of the line (yes, I'd buy one, especially if it's a dual charger)

Also in my Last Frame post I commented on 3 consumer/mid-range lenses I think Fuji needed to release. The first has arrived in the XC 35/2, and since it's optically identical to the well-regarded XF 35/2 WR, they outdid themselves. I've honestly been arguing with myself as to whether or not I'd rather have a Z DX body or another Fuji and the XC35 combined with Nikon's poor public response to folks asking for a 35 for the Z50 answered that question. On to the XC 10-18 and XF 70-300 WR OIS Fuji.

Fuji does need to update their older lenses. Anything XF that isn't WR needs an update to at least gain WR and faster AF motors. Generally the optics are fine, it's the packaging that needs to reflect the movement in the system since 2012.

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