I converted to the Fuji X series system two and half years ago and I can honestly say it suits my style of photography. I like my cameras small and light – unobtrusive but with incredible lenses.
For me photography isn’t about the technical, pixel peeping or my kit is bigger, faster than yours. It’s solely about being able to produce the images that work for me.
My X-Pro1 and X-T1s have done a fantastic job. However I had always wanted a slightly bigger file size, maybe slightly faster focussing perhaps a wider ISO range.
My prayers to the Fuji fairy were answered in the X-Pro2
I’ve been very lucky and since November I have been field testing the X-Pro2 or Leo as it was secretly known!
The camera itself is very similar in feel to the original X-Pro1, design and weight haven’t changed too much, it retains that classic look that we all love.
But it boasts a lovely new X-Trans III sensor that delivers a 24MP file.
The hybrid viewfinder is better laid out and the information displayed is customisable both in optical (OVF)and electronic (EVF) modes. Personally I prefer the EVF which allows you to monitor white balance and see the subtle changes in exposure.
The shutter is new too, allowing up to 1/8000th of second plus a flash sync of 1/250th.
The clever chaps a Fujifilm have managed to squeeze more focussing points in too, up from 49 to 77. It’s easy to change the focussing point too with a simple flick button on the back which requires a positive movement by the user.
It even features dual SD card slots.
What I really like is that all the key controls can be operated without taking your eye from the viewfinder.
The iSO dial has been moved so that it sits with in the shutter speed dial, the exposure compensation can be expanded to +/-5 stops too. The ISO sensitivity runs from 200-12800 but can be expanded in jpg from 100 – 51200.
Fuji have added a my menu so you can add up to 16 commonly used commands for quick access.
The body is tough and feels incredibly robust, however I can say that I have the dubious honour to be the first person to write one off!
While testing the X-Pro2, and to be honest falling in love with it, I was shooting in Lyme Regis on the south coast of England in high winds and rain – the camera is very weather proof – but when high winds and waves batter the tripod the camera was on to the point of knocking it over, I can report that when it falls from about 6 feet on to solid rock it does dent the body and bits did fall off – mainly filters and the lens!
Sorry Fuji, I didn’t mean to test it to destruction!
If you want a small light camera that delivers on everything then look no further than the X-Pro2 it is an incredible piece of kit, I love it.