Why so little fanfare for the X-A1?

Started 11 months ago | Questions thread
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Re: Why so little fanfare for the X-A1?
In reply to Davidgilmour, 11 months ago

Davidgilmour wrote:

CAcreeks wrote:

I am not used to this. Lately, Fuji has pre-announced products that turn out disappointing in some way, later somewhat fixed by firmware update, introduction of a replacement model, or in the case of the X10, sensor replacement.

This time the X-A1 suddenly appeared at a very appealing price and seemingly without any major flaws.

The X-A1 is one of the more interesting cameras in recent years. Weight and size are similar to M43. Unlike the Nikon-1 and EOS-M, it seems like a serious product. Unlike NEX almost all lenses (so far) are good or excellent. Lightroom can support it easily and well.

Was the X-A1 just an afterthought, or an end-run around the X-Trans engineering team?

A lot of people who paid $ 1,600+ for a X-Pro body probably are not amused to see a (effectively) $349 body give the same (or even slightly better) IQ....

Given that I got my X-E1 body effectively for free with the recent lens deals, I don't feel much heartburn over the $349 EVF-less X-A1 at all.

Free > $349

I don't understand why so many people are acting like the loss of a viewfinder is no big deal. Obviously some people don't care, but I imagine most photographers want some kind of VF.

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