A quick Post.
I have just got back from a few days in Sydney.
There I shot the picture below with my Fuji X pro 1 and processed with VSCO film filters for the X pro 1.
I really like the mood the grain and added warmth brings. Enjoy
Ever since I started shooting digital, I have longed for the romance and look of film.
Today I purchased the VSCO 1 film pack for the Fuji X pro 1 and I have to say I am in love.
I shot Kodak Portra film for a good number of years and have to say the emulation in this film pack is bloody nice.
I love the tones and the grain. I love the retro look and the warmth that can be achieved with a single click.
Most of the time shooting with the X pro 1 feels filmic in the way that you shoot. NOw with the VSCO film pack I can get the results I am after.
The pack isn’t cheap its $100 but in my opinion if your shooting enough and want what it offers its totally worth it. The packs can be purchased from there site at http://vsco.co/film
It is now old news about the X Pro 1 lens roadmap, but it got me thinking.
What out of the roadmap do I think will suit my photographic needs?
Well I need a wide angle so my choices will be the 14mm prime or the 10-24mm zoom.
The considerations here will be do I want a prime lens which I will have to work a bit harder to accomplish what I am after?
Do I want the wider 10mm zoom ? In my opinion I believe the 10-22 will be more expensive than the x mount primes.
I am only making this judgment as I think it will be a more complex lens to keep optical performance through the zoom.
What appeals about prime lenses are that optically they are generally sharper and perform great.
If the 14mm is kept at the same price as the other primes, I think I will go with the 14mm.
I should also point out that the 14mm is 21mm in 35 mm format so it is very wide but not so wide you will suffer from distracting distortions.
To keep the weight and size of my kit down I will keep it to a 3 lens setup .
The next lens I am looking forward to is the 55-200.
What a piece of kit this will be . It is image stabilised and covers everything one needs to pull in closer and fill your frame.
My only concern here is , where will Fuji price the camera . My hope is under the $1000 mark . If it retains the performance of the other lenses it could be one of the strongest.
I also hope Fuji keep its weight down, so the kit doesn’t become unbalanced whilst in use.
Come mid next year my kit will be 35mm 1.4 , 14mm 2.8 , 55-200 f3.5 . So I will have a zoom a wide and a portrait lens.
Perfect to cover all my needs and wants.
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.
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.
I have now had my new camera for a few weeks and have been doing some shooting.
The X pro 1 is a very quirky camera but hey for me that is one of its selling points.
What has blown me away is the level of detail captured by its APSC sensor
The picture above has no post processing no sharpening nothing. The lens is sharp even wide open. A lot has been written about the poor performance of the auto focus. In my experience after the cameras firmware was updated recently the autofocus works well.
I came from a 5D mark 2 and in my opinion the autofocus is on a similar par with the 5D which served me well for many years.
My other observation is the colour. The colours are just wonderful some of the most accurate colour rendition I have seen on a digital camera. They remind me very much of old Fuji transparency film.
The camera is about to get a whole lot more exciting. Coming soon are 7 lenses a couple of zooms and fast primes. For my work I am thinking about the 10-22mm for my landscape work or even possibly the 14mm . If these lenses perform anything like the 3 that are already out this system can only get stronger.
Now for my disappointments . The battery life is awful. To preserve battery life I turn the screen off completely and carry a spare battery. The strap that came with the camera is awl full to for a camera that costs over $2000 in Australia I expected better. The lens caps for the lens shades fall off and are plastic and cheap again I have replaced them.
I got this camera to lighten my load from my 5D big tick there
Low light performance big tick again
Lens and image quality even bigger tick
I am a very happy shooter so far over time I will add further impressions