*UPDATE…scroll down to see the images reprocess from RAW with SilkyPix
I’ve been excited to add the Fuji X-Pro 1 to my bag since it was announced in January. I was able to get my hands on one from an Asian exporter a little early about a week ago. With just enough time to get used to it I brought it along with my Nikon kit to yesterday’s wedding. Right now I only have the 35mm (52mm equivalent) lens. Here is a list of some observations after shooting around 1000 images.
The 35mm lens is crazy sharp even at f/1.4. It’s an insanely good lens, especially for the price. I use the Nikon 35mm AFS 1.4 and Nikon 24mm AFS 1.4 for I’m comparing it to those.
I wish there was a fast way to move focus points around. I’m used to fast shifting them around on the D3s depending on the composition. It would be great to be able to use the four directional buttons to move the focus point on the fly.
The viewfinder is terrific. In close quarters such as a bride’s hotel room I chose the EVF for framing accuracy. The OVF is great by the frame lines are less accurate the closer you shoot as is the case with any non TTL viewfinder.
If you’re like I was you’re dying to know how the focus speed is in the real world. In reasonable light it’s not super fast but totally dependable. It’s also very accurate. It’s locks in with assurance. In low light such as a reception the Nikon V1 destroys it. Man, I wish those two cameras would have a baby! It’s a perfect camera for the pre wedding photography and casual portraits and I’m excited to be using it for that.
About the aperture chatter that you may have read about…it’s annoying. I REALLY wanted to be one of those that would say its no big deal but in close quarters like a hotel room it is weird. To quote one of the bride’s maids from yesterday…”Just when I forget you’re here I hear something that sounds like a bug coming after me.” It doesn’t get much more real world than that does it? I seriously hope this can be addressed in a soon to be released firmware update! *You can turn on power save mode and use the OVF and the aperture dance will stop.
I’m thrilled with the images. I shot with no reservation up 10 1600 iso and even beyond at times. Unfortunately Aperture and Lightroom aren’t updated yet for RAW support. I shot in JPG fine + RAW. The images below are JPGs edited in Aperture. Adobe has posted on their blog that they’re aware of the X Pro and are working on the update so hopefully we’ll see it soon.
Here are some favorites from yesterday. I’d love to hear any questions any of you might have about the fuji X Pro. Let me hear from you in the comments.
I’ve installed SilkyPix on my Mac Pro to take a look at the RAW files. What everyone says is true. It really is horrible software. The highlight recovery tool is the most un-intuitive steaming mess I’ve encountered. I cannot wait to for Adobe and Apple to update Lightroom and Aperture so I can get a real look at these files!
I have reprocessed a few of the above files using SP and popped out JPGS for your comparison. I’ve also thrown in a couple of 100% crops…one at iso 2000. Pretty impressive! Let me know what you think.