Yes, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted. Excuses? Not really, I guess just a little lazy. When I heard that Fuji was coming out with the X-Pro 2, I got excited to say the least. I love Fuji cameras and I have written about the X-Pro 1 and also my favorite, the XT-1. I picked up the X-Pro 2 last week and finally got to go shoot with it yesterday. In a word, it was “Awesome”. This isn’t a technical review of the camera at all, it’s just my impressions of this camera and what I liked and didn’t like about it.
The title of my post is The Film Shooter’s Digital. Why you ask? Well, I shoot quite a bit of film and my go to film camera is my Leica MP. I love the feel of the camera and the simplicity of it too. The X-Pro 2 reminds me of the MP. It just feels good in my hands and the range finder aspect of the camera keeps me in my comfort zone. Also, shooting film makes me slow down and really think about the shot and I take my time to compose the picture. I read that quite a few people don’t like how the ISO can be set on the X-Pro 2. Doesn’t bother me at all! It’s so old school and I set the ISO and don’t touch it. You can’t change the film speed in the middle of a roll now can you? Another thing that bothers a lot of people is the fact that the LCD screen doesn’t tilt. I don’t even have it turned on. When I go out and shoot, I never look at the picture I just took, I just keep shooting. Hell, I don’t even look at what I shot until I get home and stick the memory card in the computer. Another complaint from people, no 4K video. Why in the world would you buy a camera like this to shoot 4K video?
I really like the viewfinder on the X-Pro 2 and use mostly the EVF finder and the fact that Fuji put a diopter on it is a bonus. Something that the X-Pro 1 didn’t have. Having 2 memory card slots is great too. I’ve got it set to shoot RAW on one and JPEG on the other. My favorite feature on this camera is the joystick for choosing focus points – genius!
One thing I was really drawn to about the X-Pro 2 was Fuji’s Acros film simulation. Acros is my favorite B&W film to shoot with. I absolutely love the contrast in that film. When I went out shooting, I set the camera to Acros Std. with no filter or grain enhancement. It’s really cool that you have the option to choose a red, yellow or green filter and bump up the grain but for this outing I didn’t use that. How were the results? Pretty darn good but not perfect. Maybe applying one of the filters might make things a bit more contrasty – if that’s a word. Since I shot RAW and JPEG, I took the RAW images into Silver Efex and applied the Acros preset to the pictures. I didn’t do any tweaking at all but with Silver Efex, you can tweak to your hearts content. I like what I got from the Silver Efex preset but on one of the shots, I also tried DXO’s Film Pack 5 preset for Acros. Loved it! Take a look below.
You can see that the DXO preset brought out a bit more detail in the brick and there is a bit more contrast. Really close to the actual film. The rest of the images are what was from the camera setting and the preset applied in Silver Efex.
As you can see, there is a slight difference between the 2 settings. Should you go out and buy the X-Pro 2 just for the Acros setting? Nope, not necessary in my opinion. Should you buy it because it focuses really fast? Should you buy it because it’s 24 mp? Should you buy it because it has 2 card slots? Should you buy it because it has a cool little joystick to pick focus points? Should you buy it because it’s so cool looking? Yes, yes, yes, yes, and well, yes!
The only thing that I didn’t like was the error message that popped up telling me to turn the camera off then on again. WTF? I checked the manual when I got home and that error is in the manual but all it says is that if it happens repeatedly, take the camera to you Fuji dealer. I really hope that doesn’t happen again because my nearest Fuji dealer is about an hour away from me.
I want to shoot with some of my Voigtlander lenses and I also want to play around with the Classic Chrome film setting but I’ll save that for another post. All in all, this camera makes me want to shoot more and it is so much better than the X-Pro 1. Thanks Fuji, for listening to photographers. The big question is do I like it better than my X-T1? A few more outings with it might make me say yes.