Using the Fuji X Pro 1

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I have been using the X Pro 1 from Fuji for several months now and have been really impressed with the IQ that it is able to produce. Coming from a full pro Canon system one of the most useful features of the Fuji is its weight, it is so light in comparison to what I have been used to, this is so refreshing. It is a different camera than my 1D Mk4 obviously, designed with a different style of photography in mind but with all the image quality of it larger brothers and in that area it does not fail. It is certainly not designed for sports or action photography but for my personal and street work it has all but taken over from my Canon and Nikon cameras and lenses.

I have read many reports and reviews on this machine, they have in the main been positive but some have criticised some operations of the camera such as it AF, saying that it is slow and has difficulty in low light. Personally I have not really found this to be the case and am quite satisfied with how it operates, it is certainly slower than some other cameras but not in any way does this affect it operation if used correctly and with a little thought. I have found its AF to be reasonably fast and very accurate if used as it was designed to be used and it showed a marked improvement with the most recent firmware update. The X-Pro 1 uses contrast detection autofocus (CDAF) compared to phase detection autofocus that is usually found in DSLR cameras.  The advantage of contrast detection is, that it is very accurate when it locks onto the target.

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Using the X Pro demands a little skill and does have a re-learning curve, it is not a DSLR and cannot be used like one. It forces you to think out your shots a little more and watch what is going on around you so as to be ready in anticipation. It’s AF certainly is less speedy than my Canon and Nikon DSLR’s but this does not matter in most cases if you use your head and see that a shot may come.

I generally use Prime lenses with this camera and only have the 18mm and 27mm which are both good lenses but you do have to use your feet to get to the shot, getting closer can be intimidating for some people, both photographer and subject but don’t be put off by this, most people react well to a smile and hello. Don’t be afraid to ask to take someones picture they can only say no.

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