Friday, January 15, 2016

FIRST LOOK: FUJIFILM X-Pro2 camera review (part 2)

In part 2 of the brand-new Fujifilm X-Pro2 camera review we will have look at some sample images I shot during the few weeks I had the camera before its January 15, 2016 launch at Fujikina in Tokyo. 



If you haven't done so, please make sure, you have a look at part 1 of the review here.

SAMPLE IMAGES 
All of the images below, are in-camera jpegs, using a variety of Film Simulation modes with Noise reduction set at 0. Some of them have a +1 Shadow and /or Highlight setting. No post-processing noise reduction has been used. Click on the individual images for a full screen view.

ISO 500, 1/125s, f14, with XF 16mm lens

ISO 200, 1/125s, f11, with XF 16mm lens

ISO 400, 1/400s, f9, with XF 35mm f2 lens

ISO 400, 1/240s, f16, with XF 16mm lens

ISO 5000, 1/125s, f2.8, with XF 16mm lens (handheld)

ISO 200, 1/640s, f5.6 with XF 16mm lens

ISO 1000, 1/1000s, f6.4, with XF 35mm f2 lens

ISO 10000, 1/125s, f6,4, with XF 16mm lens (handheld)

ISO 4000, 1/125s, f6,4, with XF 16mm lens (handheld)

ISO 500, 1/125s, f11, with XF 16mm lens

ISO 200, 1/300s, f11, with XF 18-135mm lens

ISO 200, 1/400s, f11, with XF 18-135mm lens

ISO 200, 1/160s, f10, with XF 18-135mm lens (handheld)

ISO 400, 1/3000s, f6.4, with XF 18-55mm lens

ISO 400, 1/2200s, f3.6, with XF 18-55mm lens

ISO 200, 1/320s, f11, with XF 18-55mm lens

ISO 6400, 1/125s, f4, with XF 16mm lens (handheld)
ISO 3200, 1/25s, f6.4, with XF 16mm lens (handheld)
ISO 200, 5s, f6.4, with XF 18-55mm lens


CONCLUSION
As can be read in Part 1 of this series, there are very few negatives points I  could find about this brand-new camera...

Yes, I personally would have loved to see a tilt screen on the X-Pro2, but it appears some X-Pro1 users have strong opinions against tilt screens. 

Secondly I do prefer the EVF of the X-T1 as it is quite a bit brighter; I suspect that some technical challenges with a combined EVF/OVF and the lack of "prism" on a Rangefinder like camera, hinder the above. Besides, as it looks like the X-Pro2 viewfinder is fixed, adding an optional extended eye-cub will probably not be possible.



Otherwise I'm really impressed with the quality of the 24MP jpeg files and find the new button layout a great update! The fact that the camera is weather sealed and has double SD card slots, makes it ok to carry to "Pro" label!

Finally the question I often get after reviews like this one is: "Will you buy this piece of camera gear?" Well, as I'm left-eyed, the range-finder cameras with the viewfinder on the left, are somewhat less appealing for me as it pushes my nose against the LCD. After all the biggest advantage of Rangefinder cameras is that "normal" right-eyed photographers, can easily check what is going on outside the frame with the left eye, without lowering the camera. 

So for now, I'll probably be holding off and will initially wait to see if a rumoured X-T2 will be launched somewhere in 2016... 

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BJORN




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