Sunday, December 2, 2012

3 Days with the Fuji X-Pro1 in Dubai

Courtesy to Gulf Photo Plus (GPP) in Dubai, I got to take the FujiFilm X-Pro1 for a three day test run earlier this week... 


They give the camera on loan, for a nominal fee of 150AED. A no brainer if you are on the fence of buying, especially since they provide a full refund if buying a unit through them! 

Three days with the Fuji X-1Pro

I've been on the lookout for a lighter travel/street photography camera for the last 12 months. It was the renown Atlanta based photographer Zach Arias which I first heard talking about this camera at a GPP event earlier this year. 

The post is by no means a full camera review but rather a collection of some thoughts are having used the camera over a three day period. I suggest you check out the dpreview X-PRO1 review for a full multi page review.

Even though the size of this camera compared to a full frame body like my Nikon D800, is relatively small; it is by no means an ordinary point a shoot!

Three days with the Fuji X-1Pro

The X-Pro1 is a mirror-less camera with interchangeable lenses, that has a large size APS-C CMOS sensor. I got to test all three prime Fuji lenses, 18mm f2, 35mm f1.4 and the 60mm 2.4 Macro/Portrait lens. This allows for a real shallow, DSLR like, depth of field like in the image above!

Three days with the Fuji X-1Pro

If properly exposed it shows no signs of noise up to ISO1600 and with just a tiny bit of noise reduction images up to ISO6400 are more than useable!


Three days with the Fuji X-1Pro

Three days with the Fuji X-1Pro
Because the camera is that much smaller, one can almost be invisible like in the images above shot at the Dubai Fishmarket and in the Dubai Metro.

Three days with the Fuji X-1Pro
Most of the images have all been shot in the RAW format. Even though Lightroom does not have the different camera profiles like what is available for the Nikon and Canon DSLR's the RAW image quality and colour accuracy is extremely good!

Three days with the Fuji X-1Pro

Three days with the Fuji X-1Pro
What surprised me even more is the quality of the in-camera jpeg rendering. Especially the Black and White Film simulation modes... Fuji is known for its Black and White Film and this clearly shows in this digital camera!

Three days with the Fuji X-1Pro

Even though the auto-focusing is a bit slower than most DSLR's, it is more than adequate and once focus is achieved, it is right on!

Conclusion:
Will I be buying this camera? No, but I do have a the newer FujiFilm X-E1 with the 18-55 f2.8/f4 zoom lens on order. This camera has exactly the same sensor as the X-Pro1 and is even a bit smaller and lighter, due to the lack of the Optical viewfinder (OVF). By the way, on the X-1Pro, I did hardly use the OVF and really like how the Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) works.

Will it replace my full frame Nikon D800? No of course not. For the moment there is clearly room for both. The X-E1 will go on my travels whenever I need to go light. I do however believe that the D800 might be the last DSLR body I bought. The future of the mirror-less is surely exciting and I sincerely believe they will eventually replace most if not all DSLR bodies.

More images from the three days can be found here.

BJORN
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