It has been exactly 1 week since I received an Fujifilm X-Pro1 camera. Thanks to the luck of the draw and a twitter contest held by Photographer Chase Jarvis and the ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers) I was picked to win the Fujifilm X-Pro1 camera and a 35 ƒ1.4 lens. Since it arrived it has more or less sat around waiting for me to take it for a spin and today was it's lucky day.
I didn't want to post another review of the X-Pro1 since there are already a ton of them online. Photographers Danny Bligh and Patrick La Roque have posted their reviews/POV of the X-Pro1 and are good reads if you are interested in learning more about the camera. I did however want to give some 1st impressions of the camera from my own point-of-view.
Until now I have been shooting Nikon cameras and glass. I recently added a Fuji X100 to my lineup as my "everyday life" camera. If I was working I had my Nikon gear, if I was going to the park with my family I took the Fuji. This has been a perfect plan and gave me defined boundaries for what to use when. Then the X-Pro1 came along and muddled it all up.
For months I have read about other photographers switching from great Nikon gear (like the D700) to the X-Pro1 and I was blown away. Really?? That seems like a pretty big change to me. The D700 is a FANTASTIC camera and seeing a smaller "different" camera taking its place did not compute.
I get it now. The X-Pro1 is that good. Personally I won't be switching or getting rid of my Nikon gear, but depending on the type of shoot I would be doing the X-Pro1 may very well be the camera of choice. It is a bit slower in the frames-per-second dept but I don't tend to shoot events the need high FPS. The Nikon focuses faster, but the X-Pro1 is pretty snappy, especially after the recent firmware update that was released for it. In either case, I don't believe that it would be much of a factor for what I shoot.
The main thing that stands out to me is that It feels SO natural to use. In less then and hour I was already used to the controls on the back of the camera without having to take it away from my face to see the buttons. Its VERY light and comfortable to use. In a way if feels a lot like a D700, just all wrapped up in a different body.
The quality of the images have been very good as well. I have not tested it in extreme low light yet, but it does seem to do well in the lighting situations I have thrown at it. At the moment I am shooting in Jpeg since Aperture 3 does not support the X-Pro1 RAW files, but the resulting images right out of camera have been excellent.
So there you go. I still have a lot more to shoot with this camera before I can form an exact opinion, but so far I have falling in love with this little camera and look forward to the images I can make with it.
The photos below are samples from a walk in the park today and some random "around the house" stuff. Nothing over the top, but there is a lots of variety. Enjoy!