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Fujifilm X-Pro2 to be discontinued?

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The Fujifilm X-Pro2 looks set to be discontinued, 18 months after the launch of its successor, the Fujifilm X-Pro3. Dwindling stock levels and back-order notifications with many retailers have fuelled speculation that Fujifilm will soon stop producing the Fujifilm X-Pro2.

Released in 2016, the Fujifilm X-Pro2 was a popular replacement for the Fujifilm X-Pro1, offering the significant upgrades that users of the first iteration of the X-Pro range had longed for. In came a higher resolution 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III sensor, four-times faster image processing and a much improved autofocus system, among a whole raft or refinements. 

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What seems to have kept sales strong despite the release of the Fujifilm X-Pro3 is that the Fujifilm X-Pro2 wasn't hugely surpassed by its successor, which polarized opinion over its unusual LCD implementation.

As with the other models in the X-Pro range, the Fujifilm X-Pro2 oozed retro appeal with its classic, if bulky, rangefinder-style body. Like most Fujifilm mirrorless cameras it appealed to users seeking a traditional hand-on shooting experience, and was definitely predisposed to manual prime-lens shooting. 

Though it did have better video capabilities than the Fujifilm X-Pro1, it was by no means the best of Fujifilm's mirrorless camera for video. However, it boasted some of the best out-of-camera JPEGs at the time, and certainly made the most of Fujifilm's classic film simulation modes.

According to Photo Rumors, Fujifilm X-Pro2 stocks at major retailers such as B&H Photo and Adorama are already showing as back ordered, out of stock or no longer available, with Amazon having some very limited stock remaining.

As the Fujifilm X-Pro2 becomes harder to find, if you cannot justify the expense or the idiosyncracies of the Fujifilm X-Pro3, then the Fujifilm X-T4 or Fujifilm X-T30 offer a similar hand-on experience for those who like to shoot manually, but with improved video, while the Fujifilm X-E4 features a similar albeit significantly more compact rangefinder-style body which is also well suited to small prime lenses.

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