In the last few weeks we have received numerous questions about the Fujifilm X-Pro2 and the X-series line in general. Here are the top 10:
Should I get the X-Pro2 or wait for an X-T2?
The X-Pro line and the X-T line are cameras tailored to different kinds of photographer. The X-Pro1/2 is a rangefinder-style camera perfectly suited to documentary/street photography; the X-T1 has a lot of similarities to an SLR. Assuming that you are dealing with the same generation – X-Pro1/X-T1 or X-Pro2/X-T2 – the image quality will most likely be the same because Fuji uses the same sensors in their higher-end models. It’s all about the style of shooting and your personal preferences.
Kasia and I prefer the X-Pro1/2 rangefinder style. It fits our way of shooting better. We enjoy having a viewfinder on the left side of the camera (the X-T1’s viewfinder is located in the middle). However, some of you may like the larger viewfinder in the X-T1/2 and the SLR feel, and that’s fine.
About “waiting for the next model.” Don’t! If you don’t have a camera, buy one and start shooting today. There will be always a better camera just around the corner. What really matters is what you create today!
So…with the X-Pro1 now going for $400 or so, would you say the improvements are worth the extra $1000? That could buy some sweet lenses…
True – you can buy a beautiful glass for $1000. To be honest, I don’t like answering this type of question. Here is my take: for those of us who take photos daily, print our work large, blog, write and pay our bills with photography – YES, the extra $1000 is well worth it.
However, your situation may be different. If your only reason to purchase the X-Pro2 is to have the latest gear, don’t do it. If your X-Pro1 works for you and you don’t do huge prints and you maybe need a new glass – buy a new lens instead.
Ultimately, it is your decision. Be honest with yourself and don’t try to justify your decision with the biggest fallacy in photography: “When I get this camera or lens I will be a better photographer.”
Is the resolution that much better compared to the X-T1?
Yes. We are impressed with the number of details. Not only can you crop much more generously compared to the X-T1 but you can also print your images large – really large. We will publish some 100% crops in our upcoming posts.
Are you sponsored by Fuji?
Other than the fact that Fujifilm Canada is kind enough to send us some gear for review from time to time (for which we are grateful!), we don’t have any other business relationship.
Did you notice that there are no ads on our blog? Part of the reason is that we want to remain 100% independent. We want to keep our blog clean and focus on quality material only.
We just really like shooting with the Fuji X-series cameras. We like the fact that Fuji looks for, respects and most importantly acts on the feedback received from truly creative photographers. It doesn’t mean we don’t try other cameras from time to time. Just recently we tried Sony, Pentax and even Sigma cameras – this gives us some perspective and ultimately proves that indeed, the Fuji X-Pro2 is still the best camera for us.
What are your favourite features of the X-Pro2?
Joystick! Joystick! Joystick! We also appreciate dual memory card slots and higher resolution/improvements in the ISO.
What is the best lens to start with?
Go with the XF 35mm F1.4 or the latest XF 35mm F2. These are great lenses to start with and they have a similar field of view to the human eye. Only when you master one focal length, go for another. Don’t buy everything at once.
The ACROS looks digital to me?!
I’m not sure whether creating an exact replica of film was the objective of creating the ACROS simulation. Digital and film are different and they have their own advantages/disadvantages.
Another thing – you have the option to add more/less grain. When using the ACROS we usually use the “weak” grain option, but there is also a “strong” mode. Keep in mind that Fuji has considerable expertise in film and if there is one company that “gets it” regarding a film-like look in their digital cameras, it’s Fuji.
When comparing the X-Pro2 with many other cameras, it appears to me that it lacks in video capabilities. Why would you want to buy such a camera?
I really don’t like “do it all” cameras. A camera is an essential, very intimate tool and the simpler it is the better it is for the user. Unfortunately, many inspiring photographers choose their cameras based on the number of features it has, rather than on its character and “fit” into their own way of seeing. What a pity!
If you want a new camera, grab it and shoot with it. Avoid chatrooms at all costs!
Don’t you think the X-Pro2 is overpriced for what it is?
Overpriced compared with what? I often hear this argument from people who are technically obsessed and compare each feature in the camera to the competitor’s without actually shooting. A camera that fits my way of shooting and becomes “one” with me is much more valuable than a camera that has more features but I just cannot get in tune with it.
Where are you heading next?
Cuba…among many other amazing locations. Stay tuned!
All images taken with the Fuji X-Pro2, the XF 35mm F1.4, XF 14mm F2.8, XF 50-140mm F2.8
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