One-year later: More results from the Fujifilm X-Pro2

This month marks the first anniversary of my relationship with the Fujifilm X-Pro2 mirrorless camera.

On the whole, it has been a happy affair.

Fuji’s frequent firmware updates, to both cameras and lenses, have been part of its success story — listening to photographers and responding with new and improved functions.

Accordingly, Fuji has just released the latest firmware update (3.0), adding such functions as:

  • Copyright information in EXIF data,
  • Voice memo function.
  • “Eye Sensor + LCD Image Display” option in the View Mode allowing you to shoot through the viewfinder and check images on the LCD, just like a DSLR.
  • Extended ISO 125 and 160 selectable.
  • Shooting RAW in bracketing and advanced filters

Also improving functions, such as:

  • Faster “Face Detection AF”
  • Extended AE bracketing from 3 frames +/-2EV to up to 9 frames +/-3EV.
  • Programmable long exposure of up to 15 minutes
  • Improved in-focus indication in the AF-C mode

Full list of firmware changes here.

Prior to my visit to England, last September, I acquired two zoom lenses to add to the 23mm 1.4 prime I bought with the camera: the XF10-24mmF4 R OIS and XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR. Both are superb lenses. The 23mm (equivalent to 35mm on full frame sensor) is one of the finest lenses I’ve ever owned.

However, I was disappointed to discover on my return, examining photos from the 10-24, that there was a rather large area of softness in the top right corner, especially in images made at the longer end of the lens’s zoom range — caused by a misaligned element, I’m guessing.

Fuji made everything right under warrantee, but I was without the lens for nearly a month.

The ergonomics of the camera are not perfect — a larger finger grip would have been nice. An add-on is available from Fuji, but I use the Really Right Stuff L-plate for tripod mounting. This issue don’t interfere with my attention to the job at hand: making photographs.

Battery life is not outstanding, particularly if shooting video or using stabilized lenses, like the two zooms mentioned above. I now carry 3 batteries, which see me through a long day of shooting.

I must also mention this aggravation, which has occurred a few times: advanced filter mode, starting with “Toy Camera,” is easily triggered via the Drive button, as described here.

Fuji, who needs this? Maybe a suggestion for a future firmware update will add a way to disable this menu.

Aside from these minor complaints, the love affair endures. When user error is absent and lens elements aligned both the X-Pro2 and Fujinon glass produce great results.

Unlike many Fuji “converts” who have gone on to ditch their DSLRs, I’m not ready to sell my Nikon gear, as explained in a recent post. But the X-Pro 2 kit, carried in the Billingham Hadley Pro bag, has lightened my load immensely and encourages me to visit street or park more often, which is a very good thing indeed!

All in all, the X-Pro 2 has exceeded my expectations.

I won’t repeat my initial impressions. I’ll leave the gallery below to illustrate some of the results from the last year.

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