Well, here it comes. A lot of people have been waiting a long time for the Fujifilm X-Pro1 replacement, seeing that it is now about four years old, and so, in a few weeks time the improved X-Pro2 will ship. I have one on pre-order. Full disclosure here; I have no affiliation with Fujifilm. I buy all my own Fuji gear. I am not an official “Fuji X” shooter. I would not consider myself a Fuji “fan boy”. If something better, for me, comes along I’ll buy it and use it. But, I don’t see that happening.
In March of 2015 I posted my story about why I switched from 48 years of shooting Nikon, to using Fuji cameras exclusively. You can read about that HERE. Since that time I have received a lot of questions about my experience and whether the switch was worth it. Lately, the questions have been, “Should I buy the X-Pro2 or wait for the X-T2?”
Well, I can tell you the switch was definitely worth it. I’m very happy with my X-E2 and X-T1 and the images they produce. Are they perfect? The simple answer is, “No”. But, not much is simple any longer.
Will Crockett loaned me an X-Pro1 for a week, in August 2013, with a “kit lens” and told me to shoot only jpegs because, at that time, Lightroom was really harsh on Fuji RAW images. So that’s what I did. I did not care for the quirks of the camera or the layout of the controls. It was slow to focus and the viewfinder was very new to me. I never used the optical viewfinder and found the EVF a little cumbersome. However, I loved the images! I can’t stress that enough. The image below is a straight out of the camera jpeg of that X-Pro1.
It’s just a snapshot but, boy was I impressed!
I found myself missing that camera after I gave it back. The X-E2 was soon released so I bought that due to the improved EVF, and processor. Now, I’m impatiently waiting on the X-Pro2!!
In a nutshell, why I’m not waiting for the X-T2; I think the X-Pro is the “Goldilocks” of the X-series cameras when it comes to size. I really liked the extra size of the camera. I love my X-E2 but it is just a little too small for me. The same goes for my X-T1. The X-Pro just fits me better. It has nothing to do with bigger is better, at all. Some will not like the larger size, but I do.
A huge plus for me with the X-Pro2 is the ergonomics in relation to that focus “joystick”. I had that on my Nikon D4 and loved it. It will make focusing a breeze while looking through the viewfinder, which I find difficult on my X-T1. The X-Pro rangefinder design just makes shooting easier for me since these cameras are so small. I find my right cheek getting in the way when using the X-T1. I am constantly having to drop the camera from my eye to adjust something. I rarely have to do that with my X-E2, especially with FW 4.0 installed!
No need for me to wait for the X-T2. There is no way Fuji will have screwed up the image quality and I have read that high ISO, which is very important to me, is about one full f-stop better! I can hardly wait. I am cautious though. I ordered my X-Pro2 through Amazon. It won’t take more than one afternoon and just a few snaps to see whether I will keep it. With Amazon’s fabulous return policy, I’m covered.
So, I’m not waiting for the X-T2 but to answer the question as to whether you should, maybe. The new X-Pro will not have a tilting LCD. That is a very big deal to some, especially nature and landscape photographers. I never thought I would care about that feature but it really comes in handy. The shot below was taken with my X-T1, fully extended on my tripod. I would never have been able to compose the image without the tilting LCD.
The other issue I see for most that I have talked to is that they have never even held a rangefinder camera before. I guess that’s way before their time. They have a difficult time getting use to the “feel” of the camera. Since, 1967 all I had ever shot was a Nikon SLR, both film and digital. So, I get it. If that’s the case perhaps you should wait.
Why am I suggesting waiting for the X-T2 instead of buying the very capable X-T1? Because of that little “joystick” used for focusing. It will undoubtably be included in the new design. Why wouldn’t it? The X-shooters that beta tested the X-Pro2 rave about it. I just find focusing on my X-T1 to be a little cumbersome. The camera still takes incredible images, but, sometimes it’s just the little things that make you smile. Will I buy the new X-T2 when it comes out? You bet!! Who knows, it may even have a few more upgrades the X-Pro2 doesn’t have.
I’ve rambled on too long. I’m retired now from my photography business, but, I would not hesitate to use either of my Fujis if given an assignment today. They are that good and getting better. Good Shooting!!