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| p.1 #7 · Fuji X-Pro 1 - seeking hands-on feedback |
I haven't yet bought the Fuji X-Pro 1, but I have had my eye on it for some time. It's not an urgent matter for me, because I have other cameras and while this may be a better tool for many of the photos I like to take, it's by no means impossible with what I have already got. However, with the recent confirmation of the lens roadmap, it is beginning to look like a more versatile system that could replace with advantage (rather than merely add to) some of what I already have.
However, this would be a significant investment, including (eventually) virtually all of the lenses, so I would like some practical hands-on feedback about the camera's strong and weak points. I think I have already read just about every review on the web about this camera, and several different forums, but there seem to be a number of issues about which there is considerable controversy, such as ...
1. The "green smearing" which seem to occur in some situations, and which some believe to be a hardware (rather than firmware) problem. How serious is it in real life?
2. The slow AF - how slow is it? For comparison, I mostly use Canon cameras (5D2, 7D and G1X), if anyone has experience of these. The 7D probably has the fastest AF of the three, and the G1X the slowest. This latter is a bit marginal at times, but I can live with them all.
3. The sometimes inaccurate AF? While no AF system is fool-proof 100% of the time, I find the three Canon cameras mentioned above quite satisfactory. On the Canon 5D2, I just use the "expanded" centre AF point. How would the X-Pro 1 compare?
4. Have I missed anything important?
I'll probably decide when the 27 / 2.8 pancake comes out - or maybe I'll wait for the X-Pro 2, depending on what I hear from you all. I don't need information that I can already get from the standard sources - it's hands-on feedback and opinion I need. In theory I already know this is a great camera with some - shall we say - imperfections! I'd really appreciate this sort of information.
1. from my tests printing at 360 dpi 15 inch long dimension on an Epson 3800 far too much has been made of this.
I have experienced it on a few images but find it to be pretty much a non issue. Go look at the Xpro-1 images on Flickr. Check out the DPreview review - I find that to be objective - some internet pixel peeper experts beg to differ.I figure the DPreview folks have peeped a fair number of pixels in their day and know of what they speak.
2. AF speed:
I have and use a Canon Rebel, I did have a 1D mark II. Using the Xpro-1 is a more deliberative process. It is not nearly as flexible as a DSLR. I use the camea almost exclusively with the OVF. I enjoy that a bunch.
3. AF accuracy
I find the AF to be very accurate. That accuracy is dependent on the user learning to use the camera correctly.
With the OVF the parallax error between viewfinder and lens can mislead the user.
4.Well, the camera is very different to use than a DSLR. It is also far less obvious and massive. I'm having much more fun going on photo walks with it than I was with my Canon gear. I have a a pretty nice collection of Canon 'L' lenses that are languishing on the shelf. Thought I would keep them but am starting to wonder.
This is a niche kind of camera, if a user is used to 'rangefinder style' cameras they know, and are likely looking forward to the Xpro-1. Otherwise if you user experience and expectations come from DSLRs it would be prudent to try the camera before making a decision .
And finally, other folks who are fond of the Xpro-1 use it mainly in EVF mode and ike that use model as much as I do the EVF.