Despite all of this, all I ever want to do is to shoot with this camera. Being a photographer in Durham NC can sometimes mean shooting the same scenery over and over but the X-Pro1 has made me dream of going out and capturing photos daily. I have owned several DSLRs and none given me this much enthusiasm about shooting. Since I have had this camera I have began to dream up trips. Over seas and here in the states, this camera makes me want to seek out new subjects and locations. My family is tired of me sticking the Fuji in their faces, but I can’t get enough.
For everything that this camera isn’t, it is my new love….
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A lot of people say its slow, even cited it unusable or whatever bad term came to their minds. Well, and now this is where the Hexar AF comes into play. Some photographers consider the Hexar AF to be one of the finest street photography cameras ever. It autofocus isn’t lightning fast like the one on the top priced super pro DSLR’s, but its fast enough for every day shooting on the streets. In fact, i have never missed a shot with the Hexar, nor have i missed on with the X-Pro1 yet. I’d say focussing speed is pretty much just as fast on both cameras. On both cameras is take just about half a second till the shutter fires.
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Interestingly, the X-Pro1 is rather less ‘cutesy’ retro than the X100. It seems to be a whole lot more purposeful perhaps because of its size, but certainly because of the interchangeable lenses. The classical styling is most definitely there, but the overall emphasis appears to be more on the function than the form… in other words, this is designed to be, first and foremost, a professional’s working tool rather than a plaything (not that the X100 can be considered merely the latter either, but you know what we mean). Furthermore, the balancing of the traditional and the contemporary is even cleverer, and it’s a long time since we’ve picked up a camera that immediately felt so right. That you don’t need to go near the instruction manual to work everything out is another testimony to the sheer competence of the X-Pro1’s design at every level. It isn’t entirely flawless, but it is undoubtedly a truly great camera.
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This Camera Is Fun!
Somehow, this camera is exceptionally fun. For all its sometimes awkward handling, the Fuji X-Pro1 is the kind of camera that invites playfulness, experimentation and serendipity.
The Fuji X-Pro1 eats up low light and works beautifully well handheld at slow shutter speeds. Surprisingly, this is a compact camera that somehow makes you excited to make images and just shoot, like when you were first learning how to shoot, before you became jaded. (Or is that just me?)
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So I like the camera… well yes. Are there things I don’t like…. yes. I love RAW and although the JPEGs are really (and I mean REALLY) nice I still want to be able to use my RAW files natively. At the moment I have no other option than use Silkypix, not even the Adobe DNG convertor supports the files, the X10 has the same problem although there at least I can convert them to DNGs (ok scenario but still not preferred). Silkypix is ok but let’s be honest it’s another program and time is limited so I would love to just open them up in Aperture or lightroom. At the moment (again only after 2 days of use) this is my main objection to the camera and it’s something that Fuji told me is being worked on so I believe them and I hope that within a few weeks we will have an option to go to DNG or even better an update from Apple that will support the X10 and X pro 1 natively.
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In this video we look at the low light performance of the Fujifilm X-Pro1 and compare it to two other latest mirrorless cameras: the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and Sony NEX-7. How do they perform with autofocus in low light and what is the EVF like? We also compare the noise performance of each camera.
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You can’t shoot sports with this camera, and video is for casual use only. Studio is an option, but unless you invest in Fuji’s TTL system, you’ll be setting exposure and power manually, which I don’t imagine will faze most pros who work with big strobes and have to set them manually anyway.
Primarily, the X-Pro1 is a street or landscape shooter: subtle and stylish, feels great in the hand, with a three-lens kit you can carry around all day.
I’m keeping my X-Pro1, and I’ll use it wherever I can, keeping the D700 for those occasions only a mature system like Nikon’s can handle. Who knows, if Fuji come out with a remote trigger and a few other goodies, I may even be able to ditch the SLR altogether. But we’re not there yet.
Buy an extra battery and, if you can afford it, the grip. Use fast, UHS-1 memory cards to get the best out of it. Learn about the focus system and work with it; don’t fight with it. You’ll be rewarded with stunning image quality; the rest is up to you.
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