The camera experimentation continues. A few months ago I picked up an X-T3, which I still have (I need to blog about that one and make a video too soon) along with my X-H1 & X-T4. And last week I picked up a Fujifilm X-Pro2. I only plan on keeping 2 of these by years end. And since I want the X-T4 for video that one will stay. The X-H1, as of this writing, is still my favorite camera of any format or brand, so I doubt that is going anywhere.

If the X-H1 is my favorite, then “why the need to try anything else?” is I’m sure the question that comes to your mind just as it came to mine. Well the bottom line is I had to try the X-Pro line of cameras for myself at some point. It was inevitable. Either I was going to find out it was not for me and sell it or fall in love with using it and have 3 cameras permanently on my shelf. But I had to know. So I bought one.

The rangefinder style of camera is still new to me and I generally prefer an SLR style design. I enjoyed the X-E1 and X-E2 when I used those but they didn’t offer anything special for me personally that an X-T1 or X-T2 wouldn’t.

The X-Pro2 is different. It has the unique viewfinder design where you have the option of optical, electronic or hybrid view finder settings. The optical and hybrid options are a huge reason I have been extremely curious about this line of cameras. I’m the last person in the world to arrive at the X-Pro/X-T100 party I feel like. The original X-Series camera had a similar style and obviously the X-Pro1 is 10 years old now. I’m happy I’m able to finally give this a shot now and see how it goes.

On Sunday I took my new camera to one of my favorite places to shoot random urban landscape and street photography, Downtown Las Vegas.

Since I wanted to really get used to using the hybrid viewfinder I decided to use a lens I was very familar with, the XF 35mm f/2.0 R WR (still my overall favorite Fujifilm lens I’ve tried)

The weather was hot and humid (humid for the desert that is) I only shot for about an hour and a half but it was plenty of time for me to get some good practice in with the camera.

I shot with this recipe, yet another one based on Classic Chrome, called CHROME AURORA. The settings are at the bottom of this blog post.

That’s it for now. I’ll shoot with the X-Pro2 more before I make a dedicated video about it.

-Craig


“CHROME AURORA”

BASE FILM SIMULATION: Classic Chrome
DYNAMIC RANGE: DR100
HIGHLIGHT: -1
SHADOW: -1
COLOR: +2
WHITE BALANCE: AUTO
WB SHIFT: R:-2, B:-2
NOISE REDUCTION: -4
SHARPENING: +4
CLARITY: 0
GRAIN EFFECT: {OFF}
COLOR CHROME EFFECT:{OFF}
COLOR CHROME EFFECT BLUE:{OFF}