How is the graphite finish? hipsters need your help!

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  1. SquarePeg

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    Seriously considering getting the XT3 but can’t decide between the 2 options. I love the look of the silver/graphite model but I have 2 concerns.

    1 - my eyesight sucks and I’ve read that the dial markings are much harder to see with the black on silver as opposed to the white on black

    2 - does the silver/graphite scratch easily? Saw a photo of a used silver XT2 that had some scratches in the finish that were really noticeable due to the black underlayer showing through.


     
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    I went with the silver for the XT20 simply because it looked vintage, and, well- I'M vintage, so there's that.

    Can you 'meet' both models in person and check out which one calls out to your photo spirit animal? Would give you a chance to see if you can see the dials adequately.

    I've not had the 'scratch' issue, but then again, I try to baby my babies.
     
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    Fujidave Blue eyed and Beautiful Supporting Member

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    As you might know I have the Hipster Silver and love it. I always look after my cameras but don`t pussyfoot with them, I had the silver X-T20 so as soon as the X-T3 came out I knew it would be the silver one. Had mine now for a while and no scratches at all on it.
     
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    PS: I wear reading glasses but don`t wear them when using my X-T3 as I can still see all the settings clearly. I had heard some folk do find it hard to see the white on silver but for me it`s not a problem.
     
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    3 quick shots with my P&S, sun was coming through the window.

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    Nearly 30 days I have had mine and not one scratch on it.
     
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    I’m going to the local camera store this weekend to see if they have them in stock to try out in person.

    I also wear glasses for reading but not when shooting. I guess I could read the settings in the viewfinder...
     
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    When it has been very bright sun when shooting the bands or vocalists I have not struggled to make out the numbers, but like you say you will be fine to read it all in the viewfinder.
     
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    Fujidave Blue eyed and Beautiful Supporting Member

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    Just in case you do get a X-T3, when putting a lens on the camera you can tell that the camera mount is better too as it`s a nice tight fit. Where the X-T3 would be better for you too is, the Face/Eye detect is fantastic so for your Baseball would be great.
     
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    For me what I have noticed on the X-T3 since switching from X-T2 is, faster AF speed great/fantastic face/eye detect ( in low light too ) a better camera mount as lens won`t wobble at all plus iso 160 or lower.
     
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    Just thought of something that you might of seen of Fuji X site. If you do get the X-T3 then do the firmware update first, then set the camera up how you want as some folk are doing the update and it`s setting the camera back to factory settings. Not happened to me yet though.
     
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    Alas, both Graphite and Silver(Panda)finishes will scratch down to black. Still, Fuji touted the Graphite finish on the original X-T1 as tougher. It certainly looks and feels different than the plain vanilla silver, though whether it's more durable? Dunno. A friend recently splurged on a graphite X-Pro 2 mit matching 23/2 Fujicron--drop dead gorgeous.
    If you play rough and/or shoot stuff till it breaks, I'd go with the black finish. Know they're pricey now but the battery grip improves the handling of the X-T series bodies. Little weight penalty if you run with a single battery in the grip.
     
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    Good info thanks.

    I’m not interested in the battery grip. I switched to Fuji to get smaller and lighter so don’t see the grip as anything I’d want or need.
     

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