The Fuji X-Pro 1 has two glaring drawbacks, as a Pro: The sensor, being 16MP and not full frame, is definitely a bit hard to swallow after shooting the big 20+ Canon for years. And the quirky mosaic’ing of the sensor makes it tough to do RAW conversion so Lightroom doesn’t support it yet and Fuji’s native software SUCKS ASS, but works, and so you either have to coax it, or rely on the strange camera phone world of JPGS which often rings hollow with regard to the deep tooth of the image, but can also sometimes be so pleasing and easy…..
But overall, it’s the moments that count. And the rangefinder is such a fantastic way to chronicle what one sees. And that’s the key, WHAT YOU SEE.
The bells and whistles that they’ve built in to make it a full compliment digital camera are fantastic. There’s tool fetish and Leica chauvinism rolled into one. It’s (almost) the camera I’ve been waiting for for years. If they had made it full frame with a real 20Teen sensor it would surely take the world by storm, really be a Pro camera.
But fuck it, I’m still super stoked and love the feel of the thing in my hands, solid yet light, thought full and plenty fast, when you use it the way you’re supposed to, to chronicle what you SEE.
And needless to say, I’m really looking forward to traveling with this camera.
Tags: Fuji X-Pro 1