O.K., many of you know I shot Nikon, both amateur and professionally, from 1967 to 2013. But, I made the switch to Fuji after using an X-Pro1, and retiring my photography business. I initially wanted smaller, lighter, and cheaper camera gear for my now, casual photography.
I first bought an X-E2 and then the new X-T1. I had only borrowed the X-Pro1 to test the waters. I love the form factor of the X-E2, and I love the huge EVF of the X-T1. And, I missed the size of the X-Pro1. You often don’t hear that from all the reviewers out there, but I really liked the size. It was kind of the “Goldilocks” size and form factor for me.
Along came the X-Pro2, (Finally)! I read every review I could find on the pre-production model; most good, a few good but with caveats attached. I had to have one, so, I pre-ordered one with my fingers crossed.
I don’t “review” cameras. I’m not a techie type of guy. This is not a review. All I can say is that this camera, X-Pro2, just makes me smile.
My big likes are the stunning Jpegs, the “joystick” used for focus point changes, the high ISO capabilities, and the control layout. My only dislike is the new way to adjust ISO. I much preferred that in the Q menu. In my older age, it is just too difficult to see in that tiny window, especially in low light. But that’s the only negative I’ve found.
I got a chance to shoot part of the Alabama High School Rodeo held in Garrett Coliseum, Montgomery Alabama. It was the worst light I have shot in. It was so bad (low) I had to shoot between 8,000 and 12,800 ISO at 1/500th – 1/800th sec, using my 60mm f2.4, wide open. There was just no way to get to an appropriate shutter speed for the action. Most of what I shot was at 12,800 ISO with a few at 8,000 or 10,000 ISO.
For the first time ever I shot action with a Fuji. My X-Pro2 was set to continuous zone focus and the shutter to high continuous (8fps). I would switch back to single point for the non action shots. It was so easy and fast with the way Fuji designed the 4-way controller. I could not believe how well it performed using the very slow to focus 60mm f2.4 lens.
The images below were shot either in Acros G, or Classic Chrome simulation, Jpegs. I only tweaked the contrast on the images. My settings were: NR -4, S Tone -2, H Tone 0, Color +2 (for Classic Chrome), and Sharpness +1.
One last comment. Take these images for what they are. I realize you would not be able to print them 30″x20″ or whatever. They would certainly be good enough for any print newspaper and anyones photo album or website. My take away is that the new Fuji X-Pro2, (and the new X-T2 expected soon), is an awesome camera in a very small package! It puts a smile on my face!! All of these images will be up on My Flickr Page within the week for larger versions.