This is not a tech heavy, pixel peeping review (you can easily find that elsewhere). I really don’t care about all that. What I care about is the final image.
I’ve been reading everything I could about the new Fuji X-Pro 1 since its announcement around the first of the year. This is a new class of camera. It’s not a DSLR, not rangefinder, it’s a hybrid. Great for street shooting. It’s very light and discreet. The APS-C sized sensor is a radical new design. The system was launched with three prime lens’s: an 18mm wide, a 35mm normal, and a 60mm telephoto. The camera has an aperture ring and a shutter speed dial, gasp. You can shoot it in full manual mode, gasp. It has different aspect ratio’s including 1:1, gasp. In short, my kind of camera.
After reading Zack Arias’s blog and seeing his steller X-Pro 1 images, I pulled the trigger.
When I first got the camera and the 35mm lens from the good folks at Service Photo in Baltimore, I did not have the time to sit down and read the manual or give the camera much time. I charged up the battery and took it to my daughters track practice. My first reaction while using the camera was not good. Slow to focus and the image review in the viewfinder slowed things down, a lot.
I put the camera aside until I could really set it up to my liking after having a look at through the manual.
Second time out with it I had a different reaction, whoa. Sleek, quite, fun. Shooting in 1:1 was a treat. I quickly learned the camera’s quirks and was happy to be shooting with it.
I have to say that the camera has unleashed a new creativity. Simply having it with me at all times, shooting in 1:1, and only having the 35mm for now, is very liberating. It forces you to “see” in a new way. When I cut my teeth as a photojournalist I only had primes and I’m glad to be heading back in that direction.
The biggest problem right now is no support from ACR in Lightroom or Photoshop. So for now it’s .JPEG’s instead of RAW. But man these .JPEG’s, sweet!
If you are an amateur photographer, I’d steer you away from the Fuji. If, however, you are serious enthusiast or pro photographer, I’d run to your nearest camera store and grind down the credit card to get this beauty. Love the Fuji. The Fuji will be my “art” camera and the Nikons will do the client work.
What is your opinion on the Fuji X-Pro 1? Pro or con, leave your thoughts.
This post will be continually updated as I shoot new images.
All images were shot on a Fuji X-Pro 1 camera with 35mm lens @ 1:1.
(1:1 is the aspect ratio. For the Fuji X-Pro 1 you can choose: 3:2, 16:9 or 1:1 and the change is reflected in the EVF and OVF)