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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Laurence McJannet

Laurence is an NCTJ-trained journalist with nearly 20 years' editorial experience gained on a wide range of publications, from The Beirut Times in Lebanon to The Sunday Times, and including recent freelance engagements with Future's cycling and automotive portfolios, Outdoor Fitness, and The English Home. He has recently been undertaking a sports broadcast journalism MA at Southampton Solent, gaining valuable TV and radio experience, and am currently videographer for Frome Town FC soccer team. He is the author of Bikepacking (Wild Things Publishing, 2016).