The X-Pro3 is probably the most polarized camera ever made. I certainly thought it was not the camera for me when I first saw it. I read and listened to several reviews that slammed it for the hidden LCD screen. Even I thought it would not suit my style as I frequently look at my screen after I shoot. Chimping as it is called, is supposedly "frowned at" by many photographers, citing that real photographers never chimp. I think that statement made me dig in deeper because I knew I chimped and didn't care how others viewed it. As stated in a recent article I read, technology is changing and photographers are given newer ways to capture photos. We are supposed to take advantage of new technology to most effectively and efficiently capture the best possible photo. I'm sure many photographers who could only shoot film would have certainly taken advantage of a screen if it were available rather than having to always wait until they got the film developed to view what they captured.
All of that said, there's actually something special about not having a screen always available. When I visited my local camera store see the X-Pro3 I had on hold, it only took a few minutes to decide it just didn't suit my shooting style. I felt I had to chimp. After spending the weekend watching more videos and reading more articles, I decided to try shooting with only the viewfinder on my Sony for a day. To my surprise, I actually didn't chimp as much as I thought. I figured I'd take a chance so that Monday I went and got the X-Pro3.
I used YouTube recommendations to help get me started on setting up my buttons for optimal use. I made a few personal adjustments from my previous experience was Fujifilm cameras. And then I set out to capture some photos. I started off using the 27mm f2.8 pancake due to its size. This setup felt like a more advanced X100F. It was very comparable in size so I could easily pocket the camera if I wanted.
I felt connected with the camera. It's weird! It seemed that the simple act of bringing the camera to my eye made me feel more connected to it and in tune with the moment more so than I would have if I used a screen only. Maybe it just feels more hip. I can't say with 100% certainty what it is but I enjoyed the experience. I didn't use the screen much but when I did feel the need, accessing it was quick and easy. I must say though, not using it all the time felt liberating. If my settings were properly adjusted for scene, my only concern then forward was finding that decisive moment.
These few shots are from a walk with Otis. This camera makes it so easy to just pick it up and take it with me everywhere.