Pimping out your Fuji X Pro 1

All dressed up to the night

You have you new Fuji X pro 1 well before you start shooting there are a few things I advise purchasing all pictured in the above picture. Dont worry none of what I am suggesting is very expensive but it is very practical.

Firstly the lens hood that comes with the camera while nice and built from metal has a major drawback. That drawback is that it only fits the god awful rubber lens cap. This lenscap falls off all the time and generally leaves the lens vulnerable to damage. So again as pictures above, I found a fantastic alternative. Whilst browsing through ebay I stumbled upon a leica copy lens hood. These run about $12 for the hood and cap. The cap fastens very tightly onto the hood but is very easy to get off by hand when needed.

Secondly the shutter button has a bare thread for a shutter release . Under the finger the sensation is not optimal . So you can buy a button to screw into the thread. I find sensation of having the smooth button much more pleasing when shooting. These run about $8 on ebay.

Thirdly the strap that comes with the camera is cheap nasty rubbish. So I replaced mine with a very minimalist leather strap. Its is very light and comfortable around ones neck . This on ebay runs between $30-60 depending on quality.

Very importantly a screen protector for your new expensive camera is paramount. The LCD on the X pro 1 is very vulnerable to scratches. This is a very worthwhile investment. They shouldn’t cost you any more than about $15 but if you dropped your camera and didn’t have one on you could be up for a big repair bill.

An absolute must is a spare battery. I bought one of ebay for $15 and it runs fine. The battery life of the X Pro 1 will cause you headaches if you dont carry a spare.

As you might be able to see by the picture , I also added the Fuji Grip for the X Pro 1 . With my big man hands I found it ergonomically not satisfactory for holding. Once I applied the grip it improved the ergonomics a lot. The camera now feels like its moulded to your hand. But at $135 it doesn’t come cheap.

X Pro 1 grip

So you have your camera now what will you carry it around in?
The internet is abounding with advice to buy expensive bags for your camera. What I wanted was a retro bag that wasn’t to big and could carry the X pro 1 plus a lens or two spare battery etc.
What I stumbled upon was, if you search for vintage camera bags on ebay you get a choice of fun small retro looking bags. No they are not real leather but they look good and carry everything I need without adding weight or much girth. They tend to run $25-50 that is a big saving over many bags which can run over $150 and not even accomplish what my bag has.

Published byGreg Orr

I am a traveler. I am a video editor having worked in broadcast television. I love films, different cultures, theatre reading and wide and varied music types. I adore my mac . I love my Fuji X pro 1 camera . I dream of one day living in england permanantly.


  • BornOnSaturday

    July 13, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    thanks, I needed a new camera and think this might be the one! 🙂

  • Greg Orr

    July 13, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    I love it, but its not for everyone, its very expensive and very quirky. If you are after a camera that behaves like an SLR I advise you to look elsewhere.

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