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A few years back when the really awesome Fujifilm Xpro-1 camera hit the market I wrote up a review from the perspective of a wedding and portrait photographer just based on my pure love for that camera. The review sort of took off as there wasn’t a ton of information about it and it was a fairly new concept to have a digital rangefinder-like camera with auto focus and an excellent sensor. I had thousands of views of that page and dozens of blogs and e-zines picked up the review (with varying amounts of credit given!). You can read part 1 here and part 2 here and the final installment here. To sum it up, “close, but no cigar!” I loved that camera in use but the AF was pretty slow in good light and mostly useless in low light and the batteries were a disaster, files were fantastic though! I wanted so badly for it to be more than a very fun play camera but it wasn’t up to the serious take of wedding photography.

Fast-forward 4 years and Fuji has learned a ton with hits like the x100 series and the XT-1. Canon and Nikon are still king of the pro market with Sony making a serious push but Fujifilm has proven itself to be the most responsive and supportive camera company by really listening to photographers and also by continuing to support old model camera’s even after the release of new versions. That’s just about unheard of these days! However, their offerings have always been more at the high end of the consumer market or as fun camera’s for pros when we weren’t working. Now we (finally) get the announcement we’ve been waiting for with a Xpro-2 being released next month! I am very excited about this camera as I love shooting rangefinder style camera’s and it appears Fujifilm has taken all the weaknesses out of this next generation camera…well, minus the battery issue as they are using the same tiny battery as before, ugh! Really though, if it takes the best of what the XT-1 is and combines it with the best of the old X-pro1 and adds in the innovations of the last few years with Fuji’s excellent glass, we should have a winner. I always review in aggregate, leaving the pixel peeping and spreadsheet analysis to the amateurs that care about such things instead focusing on the big picture. That said, here’s the relevant technical highlights:

24.3 X-trans sensor with ultrasonic self cleaning
Shutter to 1/8000th mechanically, 1/32,0000 electronic
x-sync a professional 1/250th
New AF system with 273 points, 77 use on-sensor phase detection…those are the kind that actually work 🙂
Weather sealed
Hybrid viewfinder with the electronic VF having 2.3 million dots and an amazing refresh rate of 80

Will it stand up as a serious tool for a professional? Watch this space for a review after I get a few thousand images through it in March. Until then, here’s a couple images I dug up from the X-pro1 that are making me nostalgic!

I absolutely love the color rendition from fuji files, check out those greens! Some complained of “false colors” for some specific applications. I noticed skin tones looked a little over processed right out of the camera.

There’s an intimacy with the subjects that a little camera provides that can be more difficult with my huge Dslr’s and massive glass. Having one eye open to the subject seems to instill a sense of trust with them.

I always thought the way the shadows fall off with Fuji sensors was a bit more similar to film than the way most digital sensors handle things. This allowed more interesting B+W photos for how I like to shoot.

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