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May 15, 2012

Fuji X-Pro1 Update

My previous posts on the Fuji X-Pro1 have received a lot of attention – Fuji X-Pro1 First Impressions, Can The Fuji X-Pro1 Replace A dSLR, Fuji X-Pro1 InfraRed I have been using the X-Pro1 extensively over the past few weeks and I’m starting to feel more at home with the camera. I still have my […]

My previous posts on the Fuji X-Pro1 have received a lot of attention – Fuji X-Pro1 First Impressions, Can The Fuji X-Pro1 Replace A dSLR, Fuji X-Pro1 InfraRed

I have been using the X-Pro1 extensively over the past few weeks and I’m starting to feel more at home with the camera. I still have my reservations. But, it’s fair to say that when everything “clicks” the camera produces some amazing images.

I’ve been working on two follow up posts, a full review of the X-Pro1 and a little tutorial on using the X-Pro1 to shoot infrared, including white balance issues and photoshop insights. However, because of some other commitments, I probably won’t get around to posting those until later this month.

I’m thankful for the comments and advice I received in response to the last few posts. I’ve included some of the points people raised about X-Pro1 below, in a sort of FAQ of the discussion so far. If you have any other questions, then now is a good time to ask them, while I’m writing the final two posts on this camera.

The X-Pro1 is not that slow – I guess it depends on your point of reference. My D90 is really fast, from a cold start to ready to shoot. By comparison, the X-Pro1 feels sluggish. Same when processing multiple exposures.

If you insert the memory card in Mac, then it will run slow when you put it back in the X-Pro1 – I’ve tested this and it’s true. However, I always reformat cards when I put them back in the camera. That’s a core part of my workflow. So, this is not the reason for the sluggishness (at least in this case).

What filter do you use for infrared? – The Hoya R72. It’s widely available.

What are your settings for infrared? – You have to bump the ISO right up, around 5000. Most of theIR shots you see on this site are with wide apertures (f1.4 – f.4) and slow shutter speeds.

Why do you feel this is not a good camera for landscape work? – Partly it has to do with framing your shot. I still feel, with the X-Pro1, that I’m guessing where the frame of the image will be. That doesn’t fit with the way I approach landscape. But, mostly it has to with the design and the location of the battery and card compartment. I use Arca-Swiss plates for my tripod (Really Right Stuff has an X-Pro1 plate coming soon). Because of the location of the tripod screw on the X-Pro1, it will be impossible to change the battery or memory card without removing the plate. This undoes some of the advantages (and reliability) of using an Arca-Swiss system.

What’s your impression of the autofocus on the X-Pro1? – The autofocus is better than I expected. But, it is hit and miss. I probably wouldn’t be complaining at all about it though, if the Fuji lenses were usable in manual focus mode.

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MCR 11 years ago

Hi Fernando!
Great review – thx. I’m mac user too and x100. My solution for problem with slow reading SD Card after using it in card reader: lock card before insert to reader. MacOSX (spotlight) create some hidden files on card and X100/X-Pro1 are sluggish.
Second solution – change spotligts settings in macosx.
Regards,

Lloyd Baggs 11 years ago

Hi, having just used an X-pro 1 for about a week I’m in love with this camer. But it does have a “personality”. Once I stopped trying to approach it like a DSLR and got on it’s wavelength it was a very different and rewarding experience. BUT the write speed in RAW is several, yes several, seconds. This is so slow it makes taking photos of people very frustrating. If you don’t get it right on the first exposure you’re toast. I have a new fast card. Help, am I missing something?

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