FUJI X-PRO 1 in use

For the whole Fuji X-Pro 1 Review and user experience click HERE

FUJI X-PRO 1 Voigtlander 35mm f/1.2
FUJI X-PRO 1 Voigtlander 35mm f/1.2

There are great advantages to have to think your way into a photo. I've photographed this little train many times before but this is my best ever shot of it.

Knowing I had manual focus only, I prefocused on a spot on the rails. Knowing also that while hardly Formula 1, I needed a fast shutter speed for the moving locomotive. I picked 1/1600th. sec. at f2.8. I then waited until the train was in the right spot and fired the shutter. 

The front of the train is pin sharp, the background is slightly out of focus, giving the image a 3-D look and the colours are fabulous. Sometimes not having all that automation and speed can be a bonus.

FUJI X-PRO 1 Voigtlander 35mm f/1.2
FUJI X-PRO 1 Voigtlander 35mm f/1.2

A multi-image panorama to show the drought we are currently experiencing. This must seem quite surprising to past visitors to the UK, since we are not particularly known for our dry arid conditions!

FUJI X-PRO 1 Voigtlander 35mm f/1.2
FUJI X-PRO 1 Voigtlander 35mm f/1.2

Another example of the saturated yet accurate colour from the X-Pro 1. Again, though the EVF is not that sharp, I was able to get accurate focus on this shot, which had little DOF to spare, and the flowers were blowing about in a strong wind.

I was thinking the other day that if Fuji had released this camera with everything working fast and easy, and without its flaws and eccentricities then they would probably have demolished most of their mirrorless competition.This sensor in an OM-D EM-5 or NEX-7 body would be pretty difficult to beat. 

I also wondered how much the cameras lack of zip is down to the OVF and the new sensor array? When using the 35mm f/1.4 yesterday, I noticed there's a lot of aperture blade flicking about before taking a shot and after it. The camera also seems to need to reset itself. Hopefully at some point, someone will come out with some explanation of whats going on here, and whether indeed the camera can be made faster.

FUJI X-PRO 1 Voigtlander 35mm f/1.2
FUJI X-PRO 1 Voigtlander 35mm f/1.2

Despite its AF flaws the X-Pro 1 is a pretty good camera for manual focus. What stops it being a great one is the screen, particularly the EVF. I wondered whether it was the lack of a dioptre correction causing the problem, but all the info on the screen and the OVF is fine for me. It does seem to just be down to the fact that the EVF just isn't that sharp. Certainly all my m4/3 and NEX cameras have sharper, clearer, faster viewfinders. In a camera at this price point there really is no excuse for this.

The picture above is another multi image stitch and once again the colours, contrast and sharpness are extraordinarily good.

FUJI X-PRO 1 Voigtlander 35mm f/1.2
FUJI X-PRO 1 Voigtlander 35mm f/1.2

Finally, one last panoramic stitch. Another thing I like about the results from this sensor, is that images don't go dull and flat when the sun isn't shining. I usually increase the contrast in Photoshop to compensate for this, but the Fuji sensor produces a nice punchy result on its own.

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