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Old 01-10-2016   #1
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X-Pro 1?

Hello, RFF gang! It's been a while since I've been on here but I have pressing questions to ask.
I'm looking to find some way to get back into regular shooting; digital seems to be the realistic option, but I'm still looking for something RFish. I've been pointed in the direction of the X-Pro 1 and think it might be a strong contender based on the reviews I've read (despite the limitations it seems to have).
So, I now want to ask those who have been using it what your opinions are. Handling, glass, workflow etc. Is it suited to street? Any and all comments would be lovely (whilst I trawl through this subforum for more feedback).
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Old 01-10-2016   #2
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XPro1 is still a very nice camera. With the imminent release of a X Pro 2 there are so amazing deals available on the X Pro 1 body only or body with lenses.

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I am getting used to it - the menus, options, etc. I have discovered that adapted manual focus lenses can produce really nice results. However only stop down mode of mf lenses offer aperture flexibility, and that is awkward with many if not most. Not that you said you contemplate using legacy lenses, I just thought I'd offer that observation.

One conclusion, at least for me, is to just use native lenses in AF mode unless you can work out snap mode for quick work such as street. For such situations I also turn off the LCD mode. My thinking is it saves the battery, but I have no empirical evidence. Also, buy extra batteries - the X-Pro doesn't have great battery life. For third party batteries I have found UltraPro to work well, Halcyon not at all. I sourced both from Amazon.
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Old 01-10-2016   #4
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it's a great camera for rf users…i had one but sold it simply because it didn't have built in diopter focus control and my eyes never did adjust to it…even with th screw in diopter.
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it's a great camera for rf users…i had one but sold it simply because it didn't have built in diopter focus control and my eyes never did adjust to it…even with th screw in diopter.
That is interesting and gives me a follow up question; I've recently started wearing glasses (turns out I've been blind for a long time), and whilst I do not need to wear them I do try to in order to avoid headaches - how forgiving is the camera for glasses wearers?
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I am getting used to it - the menus, options, etc. I have discovered that adapted manual focus lenses can produce really nice results. However only stop down mode of mf lenses offer aperture flexibility, and that is awkward with many if not most. Not that you said you contemplate using legacy lenses, I just thought I'd offer that observation.

One conclusion, at least for me, is to just use native lenses in AF mode unless you can work out snap mode for quick work such as street. For such situations I also turn off the LCD mode. My thinking is it saves the battery, but I have no empirical evidence. Also, buy extra batteries - the X-Pro doesn't have great battery life. For third party batteries I have found UltraPro to work well, Halcyon not at all. I sourced both from Amazon.
Thanks for the heads up about batteries, definitely useful information.
Whilst I hadn't actively contemplated using legacy lenses, it is something I was curious about.

What you've said about manual focus with the native lenses has me slightly perturbed, is it not great then? And how good is the AF then?
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XPro1 is still a very nice camera. With the imminent release of a X Pro 2 there are so amazing deals available on the X Pro 1 body only or body with lenses.

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Hi Shawn,
the looming X-Pro 2 is definitely one of the reasons I've been thinking about the X-Pro 1 as the prices are definitely more in my bracket than they used to be.
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Old 01-10-2016   #8
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Honestly, I wouldn't bother. AF isn't great (my 12 year old 300D is far better), shutter lag is important, exposure is hit and miss, ergonomics are a disaster, menus a mess (but not as bad as Sony), the EVF is a joke (slow, washed colour and overexposed). The optical stabilisation of the lenses just isn't up to much.

After using several of their medium format camera's I'm still wondering how they dared to release that thing.
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Honestly, I wouldn't bother. AF isn't great (my 12 year old 300D is far better), shutter lag is important, exposure is hit and miss, ergonomics are a disaster, menus a mess (but not as bad as Sony), the EVF is a joke (slow, washed colour and overexposed). The optical stabilisation of the lenses just isn't up to much.

After using several of their medium format camera's I'm still wondering how they dared to release that thing.
Well... This makes things more interesting. With that in mind, what would you recommend instead?
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Old 01-10-2016   #10
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::a few observations that may be helpful.

1/if you want to shoot without glasses, Nikon screw diopters fit. Best if you're primarily near or farsighted (simple -/+). I use -2.5/-3 on every camera that permits it, because glasses get in the way.
2/AF matters only if you stick to native lenses; it matters less with the (inexpensive) 18/2, more with the longer or faster lenses. A useful common street-oriented trick is to switch on manual focus, assign AF to the relevant back button, and let the shutter release do what it does best.

3/adapted lenses allow the XP to behave more like a filmcam--right hand speed/shutter, left focus/aperture. 21-50mm Skopars, M or cheaper ltm, remain petite. Pen F lenses are great--the X and Nex cams are logical inheritors of the half-frame lenses--; I use a 25/2.8 and 40/1.4 as a 35/60. SLR lenses add bulk with their tuberous adapters.

4/I started with an XE1 because its diopter is built in, and I don't mind EVF. And evf is required to best use most adapted lenses--unless you shoot 21mm/f8 or have a set hyperfocal practice for any lens. The XPro's OVF supports only AF/native lenses. I bought an XPro cheap last spring, just to compare, and enjoyed it--but sold it here this fall and kept the XE.

Your intuition and thinking seem plenty sound to me. Good luck and enjoy.
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I've got a X-E1, but it's more or less the same camera minus the hybrid finder.


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Honestly, I wouldn't bother. AF isn't great (my 12 year old 300D is far better), shutter lag is important, exposure is hit and miss, ergonomics are a disaster, menus a mess (but not as bad as Sony), the EVF is a joke (slow, washed colour and overexposed). The optical stabilisation of the lenses just isn't up to much.

Honestly, it's a nice camera. AF is ok (even in low light), shutter lag is non-existent (from half pressed position), auto-exposure works great (and the raw files have a TON of information, especially in the shadows. I compared them to a friend's Canon 5D MKIII... the Fuji RAWs could be pushed much more), ergonomics are great (feels like a normal camera, with real dials), menus are ok + you don't really have to access them often.
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That is interesting and gives me a follow up question; I've recently started wearing glasses (turns out I've been blind for a long time), and whilst I do not need to wear them I do try to in order to avoid headaches - how forgiving is the camera for glasses wearers?
I shoot mine with glasses on and it's not a big problem. One thing I like is that it has live view and I find that I am using that more than the VF so long as ambient light allows. The other thing that surprised me is that I am using the EVF nearly 100% of the time.
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That is interesting and gives me a follow up question; I've recently started wearing glasses (turns out I've been blind for a long time), and whilst I do not need to wear them I do try to in order to avoid headaches - how forgiving is the camera for glasses wearers?
i've been wearing glasses just about since i started breathing…in the old days they were thick black plastic frames with big fat lenses…point being i've always had to make them work with the things i wanted to do…be it sports or swimming or…
i could have made it work with the xpro and did for awhile but i'm an old fart now and i go for the conviences of life whenever possible.
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The EVF is definitely very poor when compared to the offerings of today, autofocus is slow and manual focus useless (focus by wire with poor focus peaking). HOWEVER, in good light and with strobe/fast shutter speed, it is very capable of producing really detailed images.

Because of it's problems, I really don't see it as a street photography camera. Portraiture, yes, but not action.
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Old 01-10-2016   #15
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I use my xpro1 with voigtlander lenses and found that if you shoot manual all the time with focus peaking and using the sweet 16 method...i found to be very effective. But you need to use hyperlocal distance focusing.
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So, I now want to ask those who have been using it what your opinions are. Handling, glass, workflow etc. Is it suited to street? Any and all comments would be lovely (whilst I trawl through this subforum for more feedback).
Thanks, gang!
The X-Pro 1 has one issue. The in-camera CPU was only adequate when the camera was released and now it seems sluggish compared to newer cameras. The primary impact of the X-Pro 1 CPU is on AF performance. In low-light levels with low-contrast subjects, the AF is adequate. Other cameras have quicker AF performance. The AF speed is also dependent of which Fujinon lens is in use. Newer Fujinon lenses have faster AF technologies. The X-Pro 1's virtual focusing aids used to evaluate focus, tweak focus or just focus the camera manually are limited by the slower CPU as well. So, this is all the bad news.

In normal light when subjects display reasonable levels of contrast, the X-Pro 1 AF works well. It is not sluggish. In fact it is possible to use the X-Pro 1 with essentially no lag (0.050 sec.) or with significant lag (0.63 sec.) This brings us to the heart of the matter. The X-Pro1 takes some time to learn because it is a complex camera. Some effort is required to figure out how to optimize its performance. Trying to force the X-Pro 1 to work exactly how one's Canon or Nikon DLSR worked will be frustrating. You have to adapt.

The X-Pro 1 has two finder modes (OVF or EVF) and three focusing modes, S,C or M). This means there are six different ways to use the camera. Some of what you read about the camera will be based on out-of-date firmware. In the end you have to figure out how to set the camera up to match how you work. This requires some effort. I ended up with four basic modes: OVF normal light, EVF normal light, OVF low light and EVF low light.

I found the X-Pro 1 to be a fine street camera. I mostly used the 27/2.8 or 18/2 Fujinon lenses. I occasionally used the 35/1.4 Fujinon too. I choose to operate the AF manually via the AFL/AFE button. For most street work I focused as I focused SLRs and RF cameras by using the focus and recompose method. I usually used the OVF. For me the X-Pro 1 was a virtual or simulated RF camera. I only used raw files and typically set ISO to 400. Then my only worry was to avoid overexposing the sensor. Underexposure was ignored because it was remedied in post-production. The X-Pro 's data stream is pseudo-ISO invariant, so there is no disadvantage to increasing global brightness in post-production compared to in-camera signal amplification.

Fo me the X-Pro1 produced nice color raw files up to two stops of under exposure (equivalent to ISO 800). With careful exposure and reasonable amounts of noise filtering, color files exposed at 3 stops below ISO 200 (equivalent to ISO 1600) were often acceptable. At ISO 1600 the data stream switched from electronic signal amplification to pure digital multiplication. So I never set ISO above 1600. Of course completely different techniques are required for those who prefer in-camera JPEG files. Sensor exposures above those equivalent to ISO 800, I usually rendered the X-Pro1 images in B&W. The four LR CC Fujifilm Camera Profiles work rather well for B&W rendering. I also use the NIK Silver Effex Pro 2 B&W plug in. To my eye, the X-Pro 1 raw files turned out to bit better than those from the Nikon D700.

I find that my LR post-production raw rendering workflow is very different than the one I used for Bayer raw rendering. The LR Development sliders respond differently and have different effects. For instance careful adjustment of color temperature can make a huge difference in overall image IQ. The sharpening parameters are also very different. The Fujifilm Camera Profiles co-developed by Adobe and Fujifilm do improve IQ as well. I like to maximize sensor exposure so often I completely suppress Highlights and push with the Exposure Shadow sliders. This is very different than other raw file rendering methods I found useful with NEF and RW2 raw rendering.

The Fujinon lenses are excellent. Their priceerformance ratio is satisfying. At one point I owned seven Fujinon lenses. Non of them disappointed me and some of them are pleasant surprises compared to the pro-level Nikkor lenses I once owned. What I enjoy most, compared to the Nikkors, are the relatively low levels of longitudinal CA in their out-of focus rendering.

I recently sold my daily carry, the X-Pro 1 (and some other stuff) and picked up the X100T on sale at Pop Flash. I really enjoy using the OVF.My main motivations for switching to the X100T were: It was easy to get in and out of may small man purse; the camera controls and operation are more similar to the X-T1; and the raw signal-to-noise ratio is about 1/2 stop higher. The latter means I can render raw in color at ISO 1600 more often compared to the X-Pro 1.
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Thanks all for some more interesting reading. Definitely giving me a lot more food for thought than what I have already found online (the advantage of talking to regular shooters, I suppose).
I would assume the later firmware, then, has improved things slightly.
As I have no aversion whatsoever to shooting 'manual' it seems maybe I should explore the route of adapted lenses; as far as adapters go, are there any manufacturers I should avoid, and are any particularly good?

willie_901, how much playing around did it take you before you settled on those four modes? How steep is the learning curve?
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I would assume the later firmware, then, has improved things slightly.
As I have no aversion whatsoever to shooting 'manual' it seems maybe I should explore the route of adapted lenses; as far as adapters go, are there any manufacturers I should avoid, and are any particularly good?

willie_901, how much playing around did it take you before you settled on those four modes? How steep is the learning curve?
The most recent firmware makes a huge difference. Almost everything you read before that firmware release is obsolete.

With adapters it seems there are two approaches. Buy an expensive adapter and move on. The most expensive adapter (the Fujifilm product) allows one to store in-camera lens correction parameters. Or, buy the lest expensive adapter you can find and see how things go. If you are lucky, it will be the only one you need. Of you are not, then keep trying extremely inexpensive adapters until you get one that works as well as an expensive product.

The learning curve is steep. I can't quantify it because I started with the X100 when it first arrive in N.A. and because the firmware updates provided new opportunities to explore. The manual and firmware update manuals are useful. If you buy a X-Pro 1 PM me for more info.

The more you try to force the X-Pro 1 to operate as other cameras you've owned or own, the worse it is. My advice is to disable all automation and energy saving modes. At first only use the camera manually with in either EVF or OVF mode. I started with M focus mode using the AF manually with the AFL/AEL button. This is similar to the focus and recompose method.One important parameter for AF operation focus-area size. If you are unfamiliar with focus peaking, it may take a while to understand how it works. When usage becomes second nature start adding automation features you value. If you like to use a shutter half-press, then I would become familiar with AFS mode. I suggest you ignore AFC mode altogether.

Then you can switch to the other finder mode and start the process over again.

By this time you will understand what's going on and then you can create usage techniques that are compatible with your goals. One of the first automation function I recommend is the auto-exposure bracketing. I use either 1/3 or 2/3 stop steps. This is most useful in low-light when shadow regions are important. In other situations it protects against overexposure
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The most recent firmware makes a huge difference. Almost everything you read before that firmware release is obsolete.

With adapters it seems there are two approaches. Buy an expensive adapter and move on. The most expensive adapter (the Fujifilm product) allows one to store in-camera lens correction parameters. Or, buy the lest expensive adapter you can find and see how things go. If you are lucky, it will be the only one you need. Of you are not, then keep trying extremely inexpensive adapters until you get one that works as well as an expensive product.

The learning curve is steep. I can't quantify it because I started with the X100 when it first arrive in N.A. and because the firmware updates provided new opportunities to explore. The manual and firmware update manuals are useful. If you buy a X-Pro 1 PM me for more info.

The more you try to force the X-Pro 1 to operate as other cameras you've owned or own, the worse it is. My advice is to disable all automation and energy saving modes. At first only use the camera manually with in either EVF or OVF mode. I started with M focus mode using the AF manually with the AFL/AEL button. This is similar to the focus and recompose method.One important parameter for AF operation focus-area size. If you are unfamiliar with focus peaking, it may take a while to understand how it works. When usage becomes second nature start adding automation features you value. If you like to use a shutter half-press, then I would become familiar with AFS mode. I suggest you ignore AFC mode altogether.

Then you can switch to the other finder mode and start the process over again.

By this time you will understand what's going on and then you can create usage techniques that are compatible with your goals. One of the first automation function I recommend is the auto-exposure bracketing. I use either 1/3 or 2/3 stop steps. This is most useful in low-light when shadow regions are important. In other situations it protects against overexposure
Damn, and this is why I love RFF. So much information. Thanks, and I certainly will drop you a line for more (can there really be more information?) when/if I proceed with the purchase.
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I had an X-Pro1 for a short while. Like a lot of cameras it gets a bad reputation because of pixelpeeping keyboard warriors. Sure, there are a few negative points - but every camera is a balance of usability, cost, and suitability.

I would recommend visiting a store and trying out the X-Pro1. You'll know very quickly if it's OK for you or not. The 'flaws' will either be an issue or not - just like all other cameras.

As you're in the UK, it's worth keeping an eye on the used section on the WEX website. They seem to get a lot of X-Pro1s in for trade. 12 month warranty on used and good condition X-Pro1s go for about £170. If the camera is OK for your needs then it's a seriously good value secondhand purchase.

I think it's also worth considering the important factor of Fuji lenses and future upgrades. There's a lot of good quality Fuji lenses and other bodies. I think Fuji X is a great system to get into and the future looks solid and good.
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I had an X-Pro1 for a short while. Like a lot of cameras it gets a bad reputation because of pixelpeeping keyboard warriors. Sure, there are a few negative points - but every camera is a balance of usability, cost, and suitability.

I would recommend visiting a store and trying out the X-Pro1. You'll know very quickly if it's OK for you or not. The 'flaws' will either be an issue or not - just like all other cameras.

As you're in the UK, it's worth keeping an eye on the used section on the WEX website. They seem to get a lot of X-Pro1s in for trade. 12 month warranty on used and good condition X-Pro1s go for about £170. If the camera is OK for your needs then it's a seriously good value secondhand purchase.

I think it's also worth considering the important factor of Fuji lenses and future upgrades. There's a lot of good quality Fuji lenses and other bodies. I think Fuji X is a great system to get into and the future looks solid and good.
Wow. WEX do certainly have very competitive prices! You've opened up a dangerous territory for me with this, Richard. I'm due a trip into central London at the end of the month so will definitely see if I can get my hands on one to play around with. I've played around with a couple in the past, but never with the amount of knowledge behind me that I have gained from here.
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Its a great piece of equipment. I have purchased it to compliment my M240 and I am very happy with the results. I enjoy shooting low light it with and the coming from Nikon DSLR bodies, the auto focus doesnt bother me. IT sperfect for street, workflow is really nice and with the x pro 2 coming out prices are really good. I would highly recommend it. along with my M-mount lens I have the fuji 35mmf2, 24mm f1.4. The 35mm f2 is a must have. You are going to love the hybrid vf.
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It is a lovely body. Slow, but lovely. Like Joe, however, I simply could not use the viewfinder because of the lack of adjustable diopter settings (I wear glasses).

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I found the X-Pro 1 to be a superb camera. I took it to Europe with me on my last holiday, and it was perfect for the trip. Sharp images, wonderful colors, there was nothing not to like about it. The camera is a little large, but surprisingly light, far lighter than my D700. My favorite lens was the standard 35/1.4, but I also had the 14/2.8 and 18/2. I enjoyed the X-Pro very much, but ended up selling it and getting an X100T, which suits my digital shooting needs better.

If the X-Pro 2 is as good as people expect, it might be worth waiting for, I think I will have to to borrow one from Fuji and see how tempted I am by it. But the X-Pro 1 is still an amazing camera, with amazing IQ.
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It is a lovely body. Slow, but lovely. Like Joe, however, I simply could not use the viewfinder because of the lack of adjustable diopter settings (I wear glasses).

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I like the fact that the X-Pro uses standard Nikon-size diopter lenses, the same size as which come on the FE/FM/FM2, etc. These are easy to find, and very cheap as well.
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Anyone who nit-picks the X-Pro1 ignores the plain, simple fact that it is capable of superb photographs in the hands of someone who just uses it and doesn't obsess about how it is "outdated", has this or that deficiency, etc. Some of my shots with my first 35mm, a Konica C35-V (scale focus) still make me smile.

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If the X-Pro 2 is as good as people expect, it might be worth waiting for, I think I will have to to borrow one from Fuji and see how tempted I am by it. But the X-Pro 1 is still an amazing camera, with amazing IQ.
As much as I'd love to jump on to the newer kit, if I wait until I can afford the 2 I may be waiting a long old while. Perhaps you can get Fuji to send me one as well
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The Xpro AF isnt as bad as everyone says it is. Especially with the latest firmware, it improved quite a bit. When I had mine, I found I had much higher hit rate when you put the AF in Continuous mode (where the recticle becomes a +). It is a system that takes some getting used to though. It would surprise me sometimes in a good way. For example it can hunt when there is a very low contrast scene if you try the half press focus and recompose...but if might work first try if you just fully press the shutter down for a more of a Snap shot. It also works well if a subject is moving towards you, almost predictive AF. Like others have said turn off the energy saving options and put it in high performance. Just be sure to carry 3 extra batteries if you are on a job. I also found I had much better results processing the files in Capture One vs Lightroom.
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The Xpro AF isnt as bad as everyone says it is. Especially with the latest firmware, it improved quite a bit. When I had mine, I found I had much higher hit rate when you put the AF in Continuous mode (where the recticle becomes a +). It is a system that takes some getting used to though. It would surprise me sometimes in a good way. For example it can hunt when there is a very low contrast scene if you try the half press focus and recompose...but if might work first try if you just fully press the shutter down for a more of a Snap shot. It also works well if a subject is moving towards you, almost predictive AF. Like others have said turn off the energy saving options and put it in high performance. Just be sure to carry 3 extra batteries if you are on a job. I also found I had much better results processing the files in Capture One vs Lightroom.
With respect to AF, that's exactly the opposite of what I've been doing. So now I will reverse all ... I do have three extra batteries.

As far as processing RAW goes, I don't own Lightroom - the only way I have to process is Raw Processor 64, SilkyPix or OS-X Preview. On a lark recently I took a raw file and ran it through all three. SilkyPix and Preview gave nearly identical results - colour matched (to my eye) and was true to the original scene, but SilkyPix output was just a tad brighter. Raw Processor 64 gave much different colour and was lower contrast.

I use GIMP for post work, I haven't committed to any other processing $oftware yet.
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I only use AF-S on the X Pro 1 in the single focus mode. I tend to adjust the size of the focus box, larger seems to be better. Press the 4 way controller (as if you are moving the focus point) then use the command dial on the back to change the size of the focus box.

Play around with some of the settings in RPP64 and you should get the contrast back up. The Ektar simulation in that program is beautiful on Fuji files.

If you have a current Mac Photos should handle the RAF file too. Two other options to look are Iridient Developer and Affinity Photo. I just started working in Affinity and have been very impressed so far. It is a full RAW developer and full photo editor as well and could replace GIMP. Only $50 and they have a free trial too.

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I only use AF-S on the X Pro 1 in the single focus mode. I tend to adjust the size of the focus box, larger seems to be better. Press the 4 way controller (as if you are moving the focus point) then use the command dial on the back to change the size of the focus box.

Play around with some of the settings in RPP64 and you should get the contrast back up. The Ektar simulation in that program is beautiful on Fuji files.

If you have a current Mac Photos should handle the RAF file too. Two other options to look are Iridient Developer and Affinity Photo. I just started working in Affinity and have been very impressed so far. It is a full RAW developer and full photo editor as well and could replace GIMP. Only $50 and they have a free trial too.

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Thank you - I had downloaded the Iridient trial but haven't installed it yet. I didn't want to start the clock until I was more familiar with the X-Pro itself. I'm slow.
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Iridient does well too. Be sure to try the Fuji film packs for Iridient. They mimic the film preset for JPGs.

http://www.iridientdigital.com/downl...C_Presets5.zip

The RAF monochrome modes (in the detail section) work well too.

Also be sure to try shooting JPEG as well. The Fuji does them well.

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XPro1s should run about $99 now that the Xpro2 is out.
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XPro1s should run about $99 now that the Xpro2 is out.

That is perhaps optimistic!
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I shoot the XPro1 more than any other camera I own. It's a very solid shooter once you get use to it. I usually use M-mount manual focus glass on it, with zero issues. But I also have many of the fuji lenses. For what I shoot (street), I rarely notice any noticeable lag or other issues unless the light is very poor. And when the light is very poor, I rarely let the camera do the hard work anyway.

It's obviously not going to compete with the big SLRs for autofocus speed, and it's low light performance tops out around 1600 iso - but frankly, that's all I need or want. As long as I do my job, the camera does its job. It's very rare that I find a botched exposure or other issue that I cannot trace to MY screw up.
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The Fuji X-Pro1 a terrible camera, I tell you. I don't know how I've managed to put up with such inferior technology for the past four years.


Hit or miss metering:












Poor manual focus with Fuji's fly-by-wire focussing, especially in dimly lit conditions:










Poor performance in low-light -- impossible to focus:










Mediocre performance with non-legacy lenses:










Poor reproduction of foliage, particularly in the greens:











In conclusion:

The X-Pro 1 is rubbish. RUBBISH I scream! Yet I am stranded ... destined to wander the photographic wastelands until I am one day rescued with the delivery of the perfect image-making machine. Until then ...

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The Fuji X-Pro1 a terrible camera, I tell you. I don't know how I've managed to put up with such inferior technology for the past four years.

Hit or miss metering:

Poor manual focus with Fuji's fly-by-wire focussing, especially in dimly lit conditions:

Poor performance in low-light -- impossible to focus:

Mediocre performance with non-legacy lenses:

Poor reproduction of foliage, particularly in the greens:

In conclusion:

The X-Pro 1 is rubbish. RUBBISH I scream! Yet I am stranded ... destined to wander the photographic wastelands until I am one day rescued with the delivery of the perfect image-making machine. Until then ...
Matt, thanks for posting all this garbage; it'll help others from making the mistake of buying Fuji. Sad isn't it… the less-than-mediocre image quality we have to put up with from those d**n Fuji engineers.
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The Fuji X-Pro1 a terrible camera, I tell you. I don't know how I've managed to put up with such inferior technology for the past four years. Hit or miss metering: Poor manual focus with Fuji's fly-by-wire focussing, especially in dimly lit conditions: Poor performance in low-light -- impossible to focus: Mediocre performance with non-legacy lenses: Poor reproduction of foliage, particularly in the greens: In conclusion: The X-Pro 1 is rubbish. RUBBISH I scream! Yet I am stranded ... destined to wander the photographic wastelands until I am one day rescued with the delivery of the perfect image-making machine. Until then ...
"Until then..." ?

It's probably best if you just crawl under thatvrock in the last image.
I'll be down there waiting myself. Stupid Fuji!!
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Anyone who nit-picks the X-Pro1 ignores the plain, simple fact that it is capable of superb photographs in the hands of someone who just uses it and doesn't obsess about how it is "outdated", has this or that deficiency, etc. Some of my shots with my first 35mm, a Konica C35-V (scale focus) still make me smile.

Obsessing over specs is a fool's game.
Of course, but that doesn't mean that we all photograph the same things the same way and that its deficiencies aren't real for some users. Why get offended?
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