Edric: “I attached 3 photos. These shots give me the confidence to never look back [to the DSLR].”
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by Edrich Chen
I switched from a Canon 5D Mk III earlier this year and have not since looked back.
A lot of cameras are fun to play with but sometimes, one simply cannot unconditionally trust them. I switched from a full-frame Canon system to the Fuji XPro-1 earlier this year. As much as I can trust the Canon in almost every circumstance, my back and shoulders couldn’t take the weight especially since I loved wandering in the streets for extended periods of time. That all changed when I started using the X-Pro1.
I know I am a latecomer to the X system but reading all those slightly negative to downright negative reviews really worried me at first. I shopped around to be sure. Personally, I can say that the X-Pro1 has the most tactile response out of all the other MILCs in the market. It is not as fast as a DSLR in terms of autofocus and card write speed but I learned to accept those constraints. The biggest plus was that I became really careful with every shot, not as careful as with a film camera, but definitely more intentional with every click of the shutter.
The small but solid construction of the camera helps my human subjects be less intimidated with being photographed. It also makes other people, especially security, less interested in what I’m up to when I shoot. I do still get kicked out of certain areas but for the right reasons. I have to admit that the X-Pro1 has made me more adventurous as a photographer.
I am not qualified to add more to the technical discussion of the X cameras but I can assure that anyone who embraces its quirks will have a good time with it. One thing I cannot entirely wrap my head around is how beautiful the colors are with the Fuji. I do shoot RAW and process files in Lightroom 5.2 and Photoshop CC but I can’t understand how easy it is for me to achieve the colors I want. It’s almost magical.
I own the XF 14mm f/2.8, XF 18mm f/2.0, XF 35mm f/1.4 and the XF 60mm f/2.4 Macro lenses. More recently, I acquired an X-E1 as a backup body and also the wonderful XF 18-55 f/2.8-4.0 lens. Honestly, Fuji has made everything so affordable for such a high performance system.
My only wish is for a fast, native optic 85mm or 90mm lens. That’s about the only focal length where the Fuji X system cannot replace my Canon except when you consider the XF 55-200mm zoon lens. It also won’t hurt to get a built-in ND filter like the X100S.
Cheers to Fuji for listening to what people have been longing for in digital cameras! Everything so far has been well worth the wait.
You may check out some of my X system shots on my photo blog. Almost all of the recent portraits and street shots were taken with the XPro-1. The biggest job I’ve ever shot with the X was for the local edition (Philippines) of Esquire Magazine a few months ago [link here]. I have since done more with the X for the same magazine but I haven’t had the time to post them up.
I’m honestly addicted to your site and have also bought Rico’s book on the X-Pro1 and X-E1 [Patrick: use code FUJISAVES30 to save 30% on Rico’s book].
Thank you for keeping the site very updated and very informative!