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There may be some confusion about using the Digital Tele-Converter. By default Fujifilm has the Fn button 7 configured for Control Ring Options. What may not be obvious is that you can assign a different option to this button and still use the Digital Tele-Converter. For example, I have Fn button 7 set to RAW option, yet I can still turn the control ring and get 35MM or 50MM zoom. I have the Control Ring set to Default. This means that I have use of the Digital Tele-Converter in auto modes, but the ring becomes a focus ring in Manual Focus Mode.
I know very well that this can (re-)trigger some heated discussions - I know @pominpocket will agree, but I just want to share a couple of images I recently spotted. "Brassing" or "faked aging" (link to article on this transformation art) is not everyone's cup of tea, but here we go. The recent Lenny Kravitz Edition of the Leica M-P 240 (link) has stirred up quite some debates on this hipster phenomena - quite understandable as there is nothing real about it and it seems odd that this fake worn-out look adds anything. For sure my wrinkles (and they are real by now) and the corrosion on my car does not increase market value in any way. My worn-out Levi's might be a different story... Anyway, this dude (on a competing forum) accidentally scratched his new X70 and then decided to go full monty with a bit of sanding paper: There are some brilliant remarks in the discussion pointing out that using the Fujifilm film simulation (or indeed any post-processing) is also "fake" and even the styling itself of Fujifilm X series cameras is borderline faking. In the thread, some images of a bruised X-Pro 2 also appear: Not sure who did the above, but Fujifilm did their own version and in a recent article on the design work (with many interesting mock-ups displayed) and production facilities (link), one images show an X-Pro 2 having undergone some simulated aging process for testing. And this is serious business; Highly Accelerated Life Testing (HALT) techniques are important in uncovering many of the weak links of a new product and test the durability of a product . Normally products that have undergone such testing are been scrapped, but I would say in this case, this X-Pro 2 looks quite good and has at least the same amount of character added as any "Lenny Kravitz Edition" - could be just as relevant a releasing a silver version... Could be interesting to see what the simulated aging has done to the LCD - hope it had some Gorilla glass fitted...