I remember when Fujifilm first announced the X-Pro1 back in 2012. It was an exciting time for rangefinder enthusiasts, especially those of us who couldn’t afford to buy into the Leica M digital system. For myself, I imagined the X-Pro1 would feel lượt thích shooting with an old school rangefinder film camera, but with all the advantages of shooting digital. The X-Pro1 was Fujifilm’s first X Mount camera and was launched with three new prime lenses: XF18mmF2 R, XF35mmF1.4 R, & XF60mmF2.4 R MACRO. At the time, it seemed crazy that Fujifilm was betting on nostalgia, legacy design & function, with some quality technological solutions (X-Trans colour filter array, hybrid viewfinder) for their all-new digital interchangeable lens camera system. It had been decades since Fujifilm made a proprietary ILC system. Fujifilm was mostly known for all-in-one cameras, even back in the film days, or building cameras on existing mounts (eg. Finepix S1 Pro for Nikon F-mount).
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However, Fujifilm was betting on the X-Pro1 và this new X Mount as an alternative khổng lồ other ILC systems, competing with brands with legacy mounts going back 50-60 years, mostly SLRs. I won’t ask if they were correct in making this bet because we all know the answer. During the peak of the DSLR era, Fujifilm stood out as different và was able to cut out a small piece of the pie with a niche camera system, which has now grown into a full-fledged mirrorless interchangeable lens system. As most manufacturers shifted away from DSLRs to mirrorless cameras, và while Sony & Canon slowly backed out of developing their APS-C mirrorless cameras (Samsung completely quit), Fujifilm’s X Mount system has flourished over the past 10 years, now dominating the APS-C mirrorless market.
It’s been years since I’ve shot with the X-Pro1 (September 2013 to lớn be exact), so when Fujifilm Canada asked if I was interested in playing with it again, I said, “Yes, of course!” My other thought was, “How many camera manufacturers would be confident enough to lớn send a 10-year-old digital camera khổng lồ be retrospectively reviewed?” Not many. Fujifilm is not only proud of their latest và greatest cameras, but equally confident that their first X Mount camera & lenses could still hold their own. Having both my current X-Pro3 and the 10-year-old X-Pro1, I hit the streets of Chinatown, Vancouver lớn take some comparison photographs. However, instead of going back and forth between the two cameras, I ended up only shooting with the X-Pro1 the entire time! Yes, I was having that much fun!
X-Pro1 + XF18mmF2 R. 1/900th sec f/5.6
X-Pro1 + XF18mmF2 R. 1/1200th sec f/6.4
Of course, I noticed the differences between the X-Pro1 và the X-Pro3 right away. The older processor wasn’t as snappy, the thực đơn system felt dated, & I’ve been spoiled by the cảm biến screen, faster autofocus & a superior EVF on the X-Pro3. Understanding this was the first Mount camera, I couldn’t reasonably expect the X-Pro1 lớn keep up with the X-Pro3. However, the overall shooting experience felt basically the same, albeit slower. The 1.23M-dot 3” LCD was useful for punching into my images to check for sharpness (it was class-leading at the time). It was also nice having the 18mm frame lines in optical viewfinder mode, as well as the magnified mode (from 0.37x to lớn 0.6x) when attaching the awesome XF35mmF1.4 R. Fujifilm should bring this back on the X-Pro4. I don’t know why it was removed on the X-Pro3 in the first place.
However, I did miss the sub-EVF screen in OVF mode for manual focusing và for checking exposure. I had to lớn quickly switch between EVF & OVF if I wanted to check for exposure or focus, although framing was very accurate. I also noticed the eye sensor wasn’t cooperating if I was wearing sunglasses, so I had to shoot with my eye firmly planted into the viewfinder cup to lớn trigger it. Another feature that was missing was the ability to lớn make new folders & move between them. I often use this feature on the newer X Mount cameras when I shoot different days or when I want khổng lồ group certain types of photos together và then be able lớn find them quickly when organising my images.
The biggest feature I missed even more than a touch screen or autofocus tốc độ was the extra film simulations. No Classic Chrome! The X-Pro1 only has five colour film simulations: PROVIA, Velvia, ASTIA, PRO Neg. Hi, and Pro Neg. Std. Although I don’t care for some of the newer simulations, Classic Chrome và Classic Neg. Are my two favourite film simulations, in addition khổng lồ ACROS for black & white. Fujifilm’s unique colour science & decades of making photographic film gives them an advantage over every other current camera manufacturer since none of them manufactured their own film. Moreover, if Fujifilm could find a way to lớn update the X-Pro1 with these new film simulations, I would seriously consider picking one up.
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Another issue I ran into was the base ISO 200, a top mechanical shutter of 1/4000th sec and no electronic shutter. In bright daylight, the use of wide apertures was impossible without attaching neutral mật độ trùng lặp từ khóa filters. Switching ISO was quick enough (I used the vị trí cao nhất panel Fn button for ISO) and stopping down using the aperture ring was intuitive, so there was always a workaround.