Final Thoughts on the X-Pro 1…for now

So, as I mentioned previously, I spent quite a bit of time this fall carrying the Fuji X-Pro 1 with me everywhere. There were two motivations for this. First, I wanted to spend more time with the camera in the hopes that I would get to know it better and feel more comfortable with it. And second, I wanted to get back into the habit of carrying a camera with me everywhere.

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I was pretty good about carrying the camera with me every time I went out. It’s small enough that size and weight weren’t ever an issue, and unobtrusive enough that I didn’t feel like a total tool having it hanging from my side.

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But notice I used the past tense. The fact is, even after a few weeks of carrying it with me everywhere, I still haven’t fallen in love with the X-Pro 1 like I did with the X100.

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Part of me feels guilty about that. It’s a very nice camera and I feel like Fuji got a lot of things really right about it – the manual controls, button layout, the new “Q” menu, excellent high ISO performance, great lenses – but for whatever reason I haven’t connected to it and it shows. The photos I’ve taken with it are just meh.

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So, while I hate lugging around my DSLR everywhere I go (so I don’t), when I feel like I really want or need to make great images I grab the Nikon. When portability matters more than anything else, that’s when I grab the X-Pro 1.

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And it seems like that’s how it’s going to be, at least for now.

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  1. The pictures don’t look “meh” to me.

  2. They don’t look “meh” to me either!

  3. great shots!!!

  4. They don’t look “meh” to me, either!

  5. Interesting thoughts. I won’t say that these photos look “meh” as well, they are just different. That’s what cameras like this give you, in my opinion. They make you see different and you take photos in a different way as well. I’ve got the same problem with a Leica. I like to carry it, it’s light, the lenses are small and quality is nice but that’s the big problem of having as well a not so big premium DSLR. They give you a large amount of image quality, great colors and are much more versatile. Maybe you’ve invested in great lenses, too, over the past years. This makes it really difficult to rely only on a small “rangefinder” system, when you still can have the whole photography world in your bag with using the DSLR. That’s the way I see the problem, so I use these cameras depending on my needs as well as on my preferences which change from day to day. Sometimes it’s the rangefinder and then, for two weeks in a row or when I like to do landscapes or architecture I leave the small one at home and grab the large DSLR, because it feels better to take it with me.
    Cheers, Martin ( http://www.pholux.com/ )

    • Martin,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I agree with you – the DSLR is the perfect camera for most everything. If only it were a bit smaller, or lighter, it would be perfect…or maybe it wouldn’t be. I’m not sure there is a “perfect camera.”

      You don’t find the Leica appropriate for landscapes or architecture? I would have guessed the Leica would be good for landscapes. If you would be willing to expound on this I’d be curious to hear why. Thanks.

      • Kate,
        Coming from a heavy professional series DSLR, in my example the Canon 5D is pretty small ;) But you’re right. The definition of the perfect camera depends on what type of photography you are working on. As a daily life shooter I would say the best investment should be a small camera with best IQ, maybe fullframe and fast but small lenses. Examples would be Leica M8/M9 with a fast 35mm lens or the X-Pro 1 with the 18 or 35mm. I’m coming from news, sports and landscape and I like the variety of my lenses as well as the image quality of my 5D III. That’s why I say that the Leica isn’t that perfect for landscapes. I usually shoot them with my DSLR and a 17-40 Lens at about 17-20mm. I do a lot of stitching,too to gain more details and resolution as well as bracketing sometimes. These are all things that are sometimes difficult with the Leica but not impossible, or for example working with polarizing or ND filters or a timer release. When you compare it on a financial base, the kit of a DSLR and a wideangle lens is a lot cheaper than investing in a pricey Super-Elmar or Wideangle Summilux.

        So it really depends on what you want to do. You can do these things with both cameras, yes, but shooting landscape or even architecture (with a tilt/shift lens) is a lot easier with the DSLR as you can look at the result through the viewfinder or using liveview before even taking the shot. This may change with the new Leica M as it’s the first Leica M offering liveview, too, which is great for landscapes and using ND, Polarizing or Graduated filters.

        When it comes down to money, well you know, DSLR still wins, but we have to say we are lucky people if we are able to decide between the best products of the photography industry (the xp-1 as well belongs to this category)
        Martin ( http://www.pholux.com/ )

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