Fuji X-Pro1 is coming back. Well, now it is said. Many people will say that I am totally insane. I have thought this move for many days now and I didn’t want to write anything about it here before I actually did it.
There are few reasons for this move. The first is that I really loved the image quality of X-Trans sensor when I earlier had the X-Pro1. I mean I felt that some of my shots had some really special touch. And this is totally my subjective feeling but it is what counts here. The second one is that I realized that I will need interchangeable lens camera after all even if I am now going to have only the body with 35/1.4 lens. And those Fujinon lenses really are masterpieces. I am really waiting for the new Fujinon 56/1.4 lens. It would nicely complement the 35 mm. The third one is that I want to have both EVF and OVF. I am positive that I will try to use OVF more than before. Old school. The fourth is that I think the next X-Pro generation (X-Pro2) will have many of those improvements incorporated which the new X100S has. And in the coming summer or next fall I am ready to purchase the next generation body (I have no idea when X-Pro2 may come – maybe not in this year?).
I have now Sony RX100 which is easy to take with me everywhere. I think it is the biggest asset of it. RX100 is my snapshot camera and X-Pro1 will be for photowalks and other situations when the photography is the main thing.
Si enim fallor, sum.
An X-Pro1 shot from last summer.
I haven't had much time for photography lately, so here are just few photos processed from X-Pro1 RAW files. I am quite pleased but I have to learn more about the balance of sharpening and noise removal when processing with Lightroom.
Fujinon XF 35mm F1.4 R, 1/125, F1.4, ISO 500. I like the result here.
Fujinon XF 35mm F1.4 R, 1/125, F4, ISO 1600. This is also quite good. So, no big problems through ISO 1600.
Fujinon XF 35mm F1.4 R, 1/250, F1.6, ISO 6400. Here you can see quite much noise on his face. This is ISO 6400 which would be nice to use in indoor shooting. That's why I have to learn more about sharpening vs. noise reduction. I will post some ISO 3200 examples later on.
We got some snow yesterday and our boys were really thrilled about it as they are every year when we have first snow. They are so happy even if we have lots of snow here every winter. Unfortunately it seems that this snow will now smelt down because weather forecast promises some plus degrees. I like the snow too because it gives so much light.
Here is one shot of Kaapo enjoying snow and his Stiga sled. Shot with X-Pro1 and XF 35mm F1.4 R lens. It was taken at 4:27 pm and I had to use ISO 1600 with F 2.0.
I’ve gone through my photo archives again. There are actually quite many interesting shots that I’ve neglected in the first round. I’ve tested B&W conversion for many shots using VSCO Film presets in Lightroom. Quite refreshing approach actually! I also processed quite many using VSCO color presets like Fuji 160 C which seems to be my favorite at the moment. It seems to be so that some shots need to be archived to be found again.
One of the first X-Pro1 shots from May. XF 35mm F1.4 R lens.
A stone duck shot at summer cottage. XF 60mm F2.4 R Macro lens.
SP. XF 60mm F2.4 R Macro lens. VSCO Film Fuji Neopan 1600 preset. Love that grain!
I just got a Fotodiox EOS-FX adapter to test my Voigtländer 90mm F3.5 SL II lens with my X-Pro1. I will soon post some photos taken with that combination and I will add some comments on it too.
At this time of year the darkness takes over. It fills all places and sucks you in. It is like a soul cage.
Our yard in rain and darkness. I loved that children's moped there dripping of water. One street light from the road gave some light on the pavement. Fuji X-Pro1 with XF 35mm F1.4 R lens. 5.3 sec exposure.
I've been processing archived X-Pro1 shots into B&W lately. Very refreshing actually and I've found many shots which are much better in monochrome than in color. Not an in-camera stuff of course but I've been adjusting them in LR using VSCO Film presets. My absolute favorite of those presets is Fuji Neopan 1600 at the moment. Great contrast and very nice grain.
Fuji X-Pro1 with Fujinon XF 35mm F1.4 R. JPEG converted into B&W in LR4.2 with VSCO Film preset Fuji Neopan 1600.