Make FX communications protocol public
We the photographers want more choice with our beloved Fujifilm X systems!
We know that among the best lenses out there for FX are made by Fujifilm themselves, but we are demanding to have more freedom of choice by making the communications protocol between the camera and lenses/hot-shoe public.
Why is this important?
- Diversity: This will make it possible for third party manufacturers to offer lens choices, adapters, focal reducers, AF mounts, flashes and other electronic equipment that we, the photographers, need but cannot acquire today from Fujifilm.
- Freedom: Having the communication protocol public means that we photographers do not "lock-in" to a single vendor. Such users are at the mercy of the vendor, which is obviously what vendors want, but we photographers want freedom.
- Cost: By not requiring licensing fees from third party manufacturers, we the photographers will enjoy cheaper alternatives. Understandably, the quality may not be as high as Fujifilm's own offerings, but this is a factor that we photographers can weigh ourselves.
- Creativity: Making the protocol public means that creative "hackers" can start experimenting on new ideas and gadgets. If the Internet has taught us something, it's that the world is full of brilliant, creative individuals with amazing ideas.
Fujifilm, we know you are listening!
Throughout history you have invented wonderful machines and created a better world for photographers. You did it again with the X System! And we love you for that. But if we learned anything from the past few years, it's that open source is a rewarding alternative for both vendor and client. We urge you to rethink the licensing scheme you have in-place, and be creative about offering new open schemes for the benefit of everyone.
Once this petition crosses the required signatures, I will contact Fujifilm Global headquarters and forward our humble request to them.
If you know the right person to contact, drop me a line at noor AT dawod DOT photography. Thanks.
(Photo credit: Kārlis Dambrāns)