Those who have followed me for some time will know that for two years I have only been using Fujifilm. I switched from X100 to X-E1, then to X-E2 and since about a year ago, for work, I have been using two X-T1s and one X100T – the first wedding in the world snapped with a Fuji X100T (see here).
A few weeks before Christmas, during an informal office meeting, the heads of Fujifilm Italy told me about a new camera and we took advantage of two opportunities to put it to the test in different scenarios: a wedding which we shot shortly thereafter (and of which you can see some shots here) and a pre-planned trip to Morocco of which we took the opportunity to shoot the video that you can see here.
As mention in the video, I never had a convinced feeling with the X-Pro1. It’s a great camera but I never felt it was ‘mine’. Here, with the new X-Pro2, that first feeling of indifference disappeared. The new camera is more intuitive and quicker than any other Fuji product thus far. The autofocus is precise and fast and exceeds the X-T1 even on the continuous focus and with very bright lenses at full aperture; the tightness at high ISO is brilliant (shooting now to 6400 ISO with the quality that the X-T1 had at 1600) and the ergonomics are very different (controlling ISO on an upper ring and other two rings, front and rear with all controls moved on the right side of the camera body). The sensor has maintained the quality in the management of colours and white balancing which every Fuji of the X serie has had, but now with 24Mpx and with a processor which is five times faster. Finally (and it was specifically requested by many professionals), we have two SD slots which allows us to be able to have a backup copy in real time, or to shoot jpg and raw on two distinct cards or even to be able to fill up one and continue to shoot on the second one.
From a software point of view, a new film simulation “Acros” was inserted; a high contrast, but natural black and white and, for the most passionate people in the analogical world, the possibility to have a simulation of the grain of the old films on one’s jpg, both black and white and colour.
Also now one can shoot from your smartphone by controlling the camera via wi-fi and seeing the shooting preview remotely as well as to be able to export your images and then share them on the web.
So, as a project, Fujifilm declares that the X-Pro2 is not a revolution but an evolution. I believe it is, but it is an evolution that made the X–Pro model pass from the industrial revolution (X-Pro1) to the web (X-Pro2) and that raises the challenge to the bulky reflex. With new lenses released and being released at the end of year, and (AT LAST!) with a professional flash that will finally work in High Speed Sync, Fuji is going to fill even those areas that until a couple of years ago were the preserve of much more “visible”, heavy and bulky cameras. The X-Pro2 will be available (in Italy) from February 2016 at a list price of €1.820. And trust me, it’s worth each penny.
Here follows the link to the video and some shots (all processed as JPEG, because no RAW converter are available for the pre-production camera).