Yorkshire with the Fuji Xpro 2 – First Impressions

I’ve been waiting quite a while for the new Xpro 2.  In 2012 I got my first X-Series camera, the x100, and was instantly hooked.  I loved the retro look but most importantly loved the sharp contrasty images this camera could produce.  I used (& still use) this camera mainly for street, travel and snaps.  I never owned the Xpro 1, mainly as I was busy using SLR’s (D700 / D800) for my landscape work and I was more than happy with the x100 for street work (which has my preferred focal length 23mm (35mm).

I’ve only spent a few weeks with the camera, but already its changing the way I take landscape photographs.  I’ve tended to ditch the tripod more and more with this camera (unless I’m doing long exposures).  The rangefinder style of the camera lends itself to an immersive, freestyle form of shooting.  Rather than lugging a large kit and tripod around I’m now happily limited to the xpro 2 and 3 lenses (16mm / 23mm / 35mm), with the Lee Seven5 Filter kit (Polariser and Grads), all neatly tucked in a pretty small crumpler bag.

The sensor performs wonderfully and I’m really impressed with the film simulations, particularly the new ACROS filter.  Im also loving the shutter (a very pleasing sound) and the extremely useful dual card slots.  The new joystick makes moving the focus points quick and easy.  It took me a while to figure out how to change the ISO, changed by lifting the outer ring on the shutter dial.  Its a little fiddly at first but you soon get used to it.  I’ve really enjoyed the first 2 weeks and haven’t touched the SLR. Here’s a few of my first test shots, using the Fuji 16mm Lens. More to follow…

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