During our Badlands workshop, I’ve been shooting primarily with the Fuji X Pro 1 and the 14mm, 18-55mm, 60mm (macro), and 55-200mm lenses. Although, I must say that I still felt the pull to grab the D800 on many occasions (gallery coming soon!).
Now, the X Pro 1 is not a D800 and I wouldn’t take the X Pro 1 (yet) into weather conditions where I would have no problem grabbing the D800, and of course, there’s the beefier build, 11 stop bracketing range, and multiple exposures available on the D800.
In general, I was completely blown away by the X Pro 1 system, which weighs in at about 7 lbs in a shoulder bag. Let’s see….hmmmmm……35 lb backpack…..7 lb shoulder bag…….35 lb backpack…….7 lb shoulder bag……..7 lb shoulder bag!
Actually, I was thinking of taking the X Pro 1 system and my D800 and a couple of lenses to Cuba. That has been pared down to taking only the X Pro 1 system. Although, the screen was a bit grainy in low light, the images were not. The sharpness is remarkable and the file size is 91.4MB at 16bit!
I NEVER used AWB, until using the X Pro 1. On this camera AWB (Auto White Balance) works great!
So…….Ease of operation – check. Light weight- check. Short learning curve – check. Quality of lenses – check. File Quality – check +!
Well, let’s get into that a bit. First off, for any camera body, you’ll need to get an “L” bracket. The RRS bracket adds a higher profile grip. Highly Recommended!When you start grabbing the camera, you’ll find that your thumb involuntarily moves the exposure compensation dial, which can be quite annoying. I added the Thumbs Up accessory by Match Technical, and the Beep Bug, which may seem cosmetic, but I have quickly gotten attached to as a soft release and larger on/off button. Both, Highly Recommended! Oh yeah….the Thumbs Up accessory coupled with the RRS grip feels rock solid.
I thoroughly enjoy using the Fuji X Pro 1 and it’s one of the few cameras that feels so good in your hands (after adding the aforementioned accessories), that it actually makes you want to get out there and take pictures! BONUS: Being a rangefinder, there no need for a tripod for general shooting in average light, although mounting on a tripod is always a good idea for best image quality in lower light and/or when using high apertures. BONUS2: The high ISOs are outstanding!
COLOR?? Fuji has always been the color company, aptly exemplified when processing the images, especially the soft pastel reds of dawn and dusk.
Here’s a few X Pro 1 images from our week in the Badlands:
We’ll be scouting out an old ghost town today, than back to Wall to begin packing. We’re heading back home tomorrow morning.
Don’t forget, because of the inexplicable difficulty in filling this workshop, it is not on the 2014 schedule, unless interested people email susan directly.
More blog posts from the Badlands coming soon!!
Thanks for taking the time to visit and we’ll see ya online!
p.s. We have a few emergency openings for our NH and Acadia fall workshops.
p.p.s. Registrations are open for our Creativity Seminar series!