**NOTE: More images will be added over the next day to the bottom of this page as I edit them. A complete review is coming but as so many people are hungry from info I’m posting my initial impressions as they happen.**

Unless otherwise noted, all images in this post have no or minimal editing so this is where I take a quick break and apologize to current and prospective clients who are the regular readers of this blog; every now and then I just have to geek out on stuff like this!

Please read more about the Fujifilm X-Pro2 Dynamic Range Test I just finished

For the first time in many years of being a professional photographer I’m excited about a new camera! Actually, last time I was this excited was for the previous version of this same camera 4 years ago. It was bittersweet as that camera just missed the mark but in my (extremely) limited time with the new Fujifilm X-Pro2 I’m optimistic.

Having just received the X-Pro2, I’m obviously not going to do a full review but give me a week and I’ll put it through the paces as I have many shoots on the schedule. There are a ton of great (pre-release) reviews out there already so rather than cover all the same stuff you’ve probably already read, I’m going to focus on the areas I think are most important when considering this as a replacement for a DSLR setup as well as some somewhat technical testing of various modes. For instance, I’m very curious if there is a loss in dynamic range when shooting in compressed RAW mode? How much DR is lost at high ISO’s? My Canon 5DIII with 50L misses maybe 1 in 100 shots, can the X-Pro2 keep up? Certainly some technique and experience comes to play so if I get 1 miss in 25 I will consider that pretty close as technique adaptation should close the gap.

Briefly, my initial thoughts in no particular order:
Update: In an informal test, I found the X-Pro2 to acquire focus around 25% faster than the Canon 5D3 with 100L in low light conditions. The 100L is no speed demon but the X-Pro2 hunted less and moved quicker in those conditions. My review will certainly cover this in more detail.

I LOVE the way this camera feels when you are shooting it! Light, compact but substantial, good viewfinder and knobs for adjustments. I love me some analog controls!
Focus is WAY faster than before and does a good job in low light. No definitive conclusion yet but focus doesn’t seem to far off my Canon 5DIII for portraits. I don’t use continuous AF mode so I just need something that can focus quick and get the shot.
Images have that nice Fuji look to them with great skin tones and good dynamic range.
I’m going to have to figure out how to operate without a back focus button as there’s not well positioned button for focus control. Not wild about that as locking exposure with a 1/2 press and then focusing while in A priority is my go-to wedding day setting.
Card Format options are kind of deep in the menus, could be mildly annoying while trying to get synced up in the pre-wedding rush
The 35 f/2 lens is really, really impressive! I wish Fujifilm would make a 23mm (35 equivalent) that was as small as the 23 1.4 is a beast.

I’ll be adding pics to this post as I take them and plan on adding additional pages to the review as I learn the strengths and weaknesses of the Fujifilm X-Pro2

1/4400 f/2 ISO 800 added some contrast in Lightroom and cropped but otherwise straight from camera through ACR. Lost some detail on her nose but all things considered, this was excellent metering by the X-Pro2!
1/100 f/2.8 ISO 1000 slight crop and increase in contrast otherwise straight from camera. I find this level of detail very impressive at ISO 1000
1/640 f/2 ISO 640, pushed a full +1 exposure in Lightroom to see how it would react. I smoothed skin just a bit but otherwise very pleased. Focus worked amazingly well and nailed the close eye. I also switched metering to spot and linked it to the selected focus point. Unlike a lot of cameras, it actually does seem to be spot metering rather than some sort of hybrid metering mode. Really loving the exposure compensation dial too.
1/40th f/2 iso 800. I forgot just how well hand-holding at low shutter speeds works when shooting a mirrorless camera! Before anyone asks, the weird texture in the black is actually the texture of the blanket. Focus ended up on his hair so eyes are a bit soft but the sharpness is pretty impressive considering. This poor kid has been sick for the first time in many years but hasn’t minded watching TV all day for 3 days.
ISO 8000 1/140 f/2 Focus was very impressive, I just need to learn what part of the somewhat large AF box (even in single point mode) the camera is going to use to get focus. This is a non-edited RAW conversion, no noise reduction and I’m impressed with how the X-Pro2 handled the weird lighting and gave a faithful rendering. Adobe needs to be credited for this too.

Musician is Possessed by Paul, I highly recommend him as his show was one of the best I’ve ever seen. He puts his entire being into putting on a high energy and amazing performance!

ISO 8000 100% crop from above image, no noise reduction. Totally usable, not that I ever go this high on a job as I use strobes for dark rooms like this. Detail was maintained, no banding or anything weird. Even a modest amount of Noise Reduction in LR easily removes the noise and maintains a good amount of detail.
I haven’t done a double exposure in years! This probably isn’t something I’d use a ton on jobs but it’s awfully fun and I think “fun” is a perfectly viable reason to like a camera!
1/40th f/2 ISO 2000, bumped +.33 exposure, ACR conversion, Illford Delta 100 preset, no noise reduction but some grain added for texture.
What impressed me about this situation was 2 things: AF points go pretty far to the outside and the X-Pro2 had no problem locking on with them (though the musician was very active and moved as I shot so critical focus is on the neck of the guitar, I just like this particular image).

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