FUJIFILM X-Pro2

Dear Readers,

 

Don’t worry I am not going to list all specs, tell you how wonderful this new FUJIFILM camera is, that it is much better … wait … that it is the best ever etc. As you might know, I am a longterm FUJIFILM shooter and that for a good reason: Those cameras and superb lenses are a perfect match for my style of shooting. For me a camera is a tool and every passionate carpenter will agree that there is something like that one and only special hammer in the kit.

Looking back at recent assignments camera resolution was never a real issue, there are many 35 x 24 inch works of mine hanging in galleries or on my walls (shot with x-series cameras with X-Trans I and II sensors, 16 MP). In most cases prints are much smaller or the final images are sent to the client in web resolution (1600px on the long side). Now, after shooting with the X-Pro2 for a while I have to correct my own point of view slightly, as the amount of additional detail coming out of this brand new X-Trans III sensor (which gives us a 33% larger sensor at 6000 x 4000 pixel resolution) opens up a field of shooting that was up to now the field of full frame DSLR or even medium format backs. Looking at the two shots below one can get an idea of the amount of detail in the roof of the Korean Pavillon at the Potsdamer Platz in Berlin.

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FUJIFILM X-Pro2, full size image

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FUJIFILM X-Pro2, detail crop, 100% magnification

The possibility to crop in order to get the precise framing I was looking for and still having more than enough image resolution at hand is not to be underestimated.

I will be shooting during night time assignments quite often in the coming weeks and will show sample images. First tests show that even ISO values of 25.600 are usable. The shot below was taken with the XF23/1.4 lens at f=2, t=1/75, classic chrome – straight out of camera. The digital grain (I do not like the word noise) is clearly visible but not all dominantly disturbing.

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FUJIFILM X-Pro2, X-Trans III sensor @ISO 25.600

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FUJIFILM X-Pro2, 100% crop

Talking about ISO, grain and film simulations there is more good news: Being able to add real organic grain (in two qualities) together with my so much loved ACROS film simulation (I even still have a few rolls of this film in my fridge) expands the possibilities nicely. Since shooting FUJIFILM cameras I had a lot more “straight out of camera shootings” than in the old days of shooting DSLR – This path will be for sure also the one to keep going.

When RAW files are needed, there are now totally uncompressed .RAF files ! I can’t wait to have Capture One PRO being able to process those files – be prepared to be amazed (I really hope so).

For a classical range finder camera lover like me, the X-Pro1 together with the X100S and X100T were always my favourite camera bodies. The X-Pro2 keeps all the good genes and inherited the outstanding hybrid viewfinder of the X100T (now called Advanced Hybrid Multi Viewfinder) with added features. The layout and touch-and feel of all buttons and dials was optimised again but the real killer-feature of the X-Pro2 is the AF-point fighter jet style joy-stick. I was never changing any AF-points during shooting on any camera, as this would have always interrupted my personal flow while framing, and actually shooting the scene. Now with a fast movement of the thumb the AF-point or AF-selector area is moved to any part of the actual frame. Wow. Nothing else to add here.

Being able to go to really fast shutter speeds of up to 1/8000 sec (with the mechanical shutter) together with the high speed synch capabilities with suitable flash systems like the anticipated new FUJIFILM hot shoe flashgun flash or third party ones like the Nissin i40 is another big plus.

Next thing on the list of serious improvements is the overall increased performance of the camera in terms of AF-reactivity and writing speed to SD-card. Up to now I was mainly operating in high-performance mode, which seems to be no problem as long as one has a couple of spare batteries in the pocket. A real life test will show when it’s really recommendable to use the Turbo-Boost or when the standard performance is fast enough thanks to the new X Processor Pro.

I will keep posting my findings, thoughts and ideas. So thanks for today and

 

Stay tuned …

 

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