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  1. No there is no special eye cup fitted. Just the standard ones that come with it. Im sure my cameras and your cameras are exactly the same. There is no bug or physical issue with the cameras. It’s all just personal opinions and preferences. To give you an example of what I would like: turn your camera on and then put your finger on the eye sensor and note when the evf turns on. Now, pick your phone up, make sure the screen is off and press the button that wakes it up. The button will be instant where as there is a time period for the EVF to turn on. I guess im just in the minority and most people don’t care or even notice it. I only do when wedding shooting, when I’m out taking personal travel photos it doesn’t effect me at all and waiting that split second for it to turn on doesn’t matter.
  2. So its been a while since my last update and originally creating this thread. My current setup is the XT2, XT3 and XH1 for my wedding photography. Yes the XT3 is overall, a quicker camera than the XT2 and XH1. The blackout time from looking through the EVF to it coming on might be slightly better, but its not instant. When I say instant, I'm talking DSLR instant. As in, its there before my eye is. Seeing as I have exclusively Fujifilm gear for my weddings, you have guessed that this issue hasn't stopped me from using the cameras. So don't get me wrong, all the positives out weight this negative. When im using the cameras for weddings and I need to be quick and have that instant view, I turn them to EVF always on mode. The extra battery life isn't an issue as I carry 12 on the day and have the chance to charge during the wedding breakfast. The trade off with that is I don't get the screen on the back and I miss having all the camera setting info on there. With the XH1 its not so much of a problem as its all on the top LCD anyway, but I do miss it on the XT2 and 3. Really, if Fujifilm came out with a firmware update that lets me have the EVF always on, AND the back LCD with the shooting info on then its problem solved.
  3. Yes the XH1 is exactly the same and has the good 1 second delay and the same cycle through buttons/modes. Yes thats a good point about switching to the live view on the back for up high and low down shots. If the EVF is always on, then you have to cycle through the display options again to turn this off, then switch the back onto live view so you can then hold the camera up/down to get the shot. Then switch it all back again for EVF shooting. I forgot about this and yes its another issue. Hmm I didnt use the AF assist on my Nikons (didnt like the red light shining in people's faces telling them i was going to take their photo) so didnt use it. This has continued on the Fujifilm setup and to be honest, I dont really have a problem with my prime lenses and AF locking. When using flash, most of the time its off camera and the only thing on my hotshoe is the wireless trigger. I use Nissin flashes.
  4. Hi Richard, With other a year since i posted this thread Im glad i switched on the notification email if anyone replies. Well I did sell all my Nikon DSLR gear and switched to Fujifilm. Im a wedding and event photographer if it matters. I now own the XH1, XT2 and X100F, as well as the 16mm 1.4, 56mm 1.2 and the 80mm macro. The EVF blackout is still the one thing i cant work with and my work-around is to just leave the EFV on all the time. For weddings, every second counts so cant have an unresponsive camera when i bring it up to my face. The trade off for this is battery life (i take 10 fully charged with me to each wedding and the chargers) and no data on the rear LCD screen. The no data on the back isnt really a problem on the XH1 due to the top LCD showing everything I need at a glance, and this is my main body so just deal with it on the XT2. The X100F I do break out at weddings some times but mainly i use this for personal stuff. I use the OVF on this but even still, like you said there is still a delay when looking through it as i still need the electronic overlay for framing etc. So i leave the X100F's EVF on all the time as well. The main thing that bothers me most is that no one else (apart from you) is effected?! I just dont understand it.
  5. Yeah so turning the EVF on permently solves the lag blackout issue. But it also brings 2 more: Battery life - I imagine this reduces it quite a bit but haven't tried it yet. Cant see info/settings on the back of the LCD - with the EVF Always on, the back of the camera is dead. Yes I can still do playback but I am unable to look at the back to see my settings and get all the other info I can have on there to look at without looking through the EVF. The thing I don't understand is why does this not bother anybody else and why hasn't it been fixed in a firmware update? It's not the sensor, it's purely sonething that can be fixed via software. The camera is so fast everywhere else, such as fps and menu navigation, but one of the most important things; a responsive viewfinder used to take the images it's designed to do, has a 1 second lag to activate. Each and every time. A typical wedding I take around 1200 images. Ignoring the bursts where the camera stays up against my eye, let's say 1000 images on each camera. Or 1000 times I put the camera to my eye. That's 1000 seconds of looking at black. That's about 16.5 minutes of looking at nothing and missing moments. Or over half an hour as I use two cameras.
  6. So I have contacted the shop I purchased the camera from and they contacted Fuji. Fuji told them that if your face isn't quite close enough to the sensor then it can take a time to notice your face and switch it on. I said I understood this, but my tests both with my face and my finger infront of the sensor, pressing against it proves that this issue isn't the case here. I then sent them a video of it happening. They replied with a video of their own showing me that there XT1s and XT2s in stock did the same thing. So in other words, it's normal for this camera to have a 1 second delay between putting your face up against it and the EVF activating. This is a bit worrying and strange. I understood this to be a professional camera competing against DSLRs. So why or how is ok and why has no one mentioned this before? How can I be the only one in the world who thinks this is fine and are happy to look at a black hole while images are being missed infront of me? Why can't Fuji sort this via a firmware update? I suppose this isn't an issue or bothers anybody else? Otherwise it would of been fixed. I guess I just have to switch the EVF on permently and have the LCD disabled (can't have both), or return the XT2 and stick with DSLRs? Or put up with the EVF blackout each and every time I put the camera to my face to take a photo.
  7. Hi, I have recently purchased an X-T2 which I am planning on using for my wedding photography. Coming from a DSLR system, there will be many benefits this X-T2 brings when using it for weddings. But one of the biggest negatives so far is giving up an optical viewfinder for an electronic one. The main issue I am having is the lag time it takes from moving my eye up to the viewfinder and it coming on. The black screen when looking through it really throws me off and having to pause before it comes on is really getting to me. I havent used it for a wedding yet, but the fast paced nature of the event requires a fast camera, and although the rest of the system feels very quick and responsive, the only way i can see this problem going away is if i leave the EVF permanently on. I have tried it with and without Boost Mode and each time it is around a 1 second lag (i timed it with a stop watch from the moment I put my finger over the sensor until the finder came on). 1 second is a long time to wait and moments can pass due to me not being able to see through the EVF. Is this normal? I cant see anything about this on this forum or elsewhere on the internet. Am I just used to an optical viewfinder and this 1 second lag is normal? Thanks, James.
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