Fujifilm X-Pro1 - first impressions and real world use

Following huge expectations, hype and some great initial reports floating around the internet, I have been assessing a Fuji X-Pro1 as a potential replacement - or more likely supplement - to my usual cameras. I'll save the full review for when I've given it more time and used for wedding photography, but now wanted to share these images from my first day with the X-Pro1 and 18mm lens. Combining camera use with a toddler and two dogs is always going to be challenging and not something I often choose to do with a hulking DSLR hanging from me. That alone is one of the major appealing strengths of the X-Pro1. I can think of few better testimonies to the camera, that in this scenario, I was able to use it quickly, accurately and produce some pleasing images. Here's a few.


f/2, 1/35, ISO800


f/2.8, 1/30, ISO1000 (auto)


f/2.8, 1/30, ISO640 (auto)


f/2, 1/35, ISO800


f/2, 1/1800, ISO200


f/5.6, 1/250, ISO400


f/5.6, 1/900, ISO400


f/5.6, 1/600, ISO400


f/2, 1/40, ISO6400

There's no RAW converters available at the moment - at least not in Adobe world (thanks for that) - so all of these are straight out of camera JPEGs with no additional processing whatsoever other than resizing for the web. All shot with Auto White Balance - which is excellent - and Aperture Priority.

Other than some autofocus preferences, I've not changed much in the camera setup. Film emulations are factory defaults: Black & White + Yellow filter for the monos, Neg Hi (Fuji Pro 400H emulation) for the colours. I'm sure if I get to know the camera and files better, there may be further tweaks here. As it goes, these work very well. Pro 400H is one of my two favourite colour films, and a yellow filtered black and white works great for portraits.

In use, the camera is quiet and very unobtrusive - perfect for the reportage or photojournalism style. The autofocus needs adapting to. It's a different technique to SLRs but still works well. I've shot tens of thousands of frames on my D700s and know them inside out. I've shot about 100 on the X-Pro1 so I'm certainly still getting used to it.

Talking of the D700, you may have noticed the last image above is at ISO6400. Compared to a D700 at 6400, this is in a different league.

It's early days so whether the X-Pro becomes a permanent fixture or not, I'm still deciding. Will be interesting to see what can be done with the RAW files. From this initial brief test, I'm impressed. Very impressed.