Monday, September 10, 2012
Why the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 Is One Of The Top Digital Cameras for Street Photography
When I first got my hands on the Fujifilm X-Pro 1, I was impressed by its image quality...but was frustrated by its shutter lag. Then Fuji announced Firmware Upgrade 1.11 http://www.fujifilm.com/support/digital_cameras/software/firmware/x/xpro1/index.html and when I downloaded that, it gave the camera new responsiveness that transformed it into what I now consider of the best digital cameras for street photography.
I was wowed by the Fujifilm X-Pro 1's images at ISO 2000, which looked like they were shot at ISO 400 with very little noise. I was immediately comfortable with its control layout, which any Leica-raised shooter would be at home with. I thought the unique hybrid digital/optical viewfinder was brilliant.
It's not perfect. It still hesitates occasionally in bright sunlight (although the latest firmware update, just announced, might fix that). But overall, for a camera costing thousands less than the Leica M9, the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 delivered the goods for this street photographer.
Fujifilm X-Pro 1, Fujifilm XF 18mm (27mm) F/2.0 Lens.
I spent over a month with this camera and hated to have to send it back. Read my full review of the Fujifilm X-Pro 1, which includes some street photos. During the next few weeks, this blog's Street Photo of the Day will be culled from the thousand-plus images I shot with the Fujifilm X-Pro 1.
If the Fujifilm X-Pro 1's $1,700 pricetag is still too rich for your blood, consider the just-announced Fujifilm X-E1, which will be available in November for $999. It won't have the optical viewfinder but will have the highest resolution electronic viewfinder available to date—and shares the same sensor and easy control layout as the X-Pro 1, and is claimed to have virtually no shutter lag.
Update 9/16/12: But wait—there's more! In the past two weeks, both Fuji and Sony announced competing lower-priced cameras designed to appeal to shooters for whom the price tags of the Fuji X-Pro 1 and Sony NEX-7 are, say, about $700 too high. Read about 'em here.
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Posted by Mason Resnick at 4:00 AM
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