I have enjoyed the Fujifilm X-PRO 1 more than I anticipated. After having it hang out in my bag for a few months, thinking that it was my “fun” camera that I would pull out when I wanted to go to dinner and just have something small, I slowly started incorporating it into daily use, both on the street and then in the studio. I was pretty blown away by the very aperture (f/1.4) on the 35 mm lens, and I knew that this lens was highly regarded among the reviews on all the major techie sites. But for the price, (now $1399 for the body and still $599 for one of these lenses), I believe the X-PRO 1 (or X E1) with a 35 mm or 60 mm lens to be one of the best deals for a very wide aperture on a professional APS-C sensor. The results have been phenomenal for me, and now I think of the X-PRO 1 as less of a “fun” camera and more of a serious camera. In fact, I look for opportunities to use it. (But wait, aren’t you supposed to look more professional with bulkier, heavier cameras in your bag? Don’t you want to be the guy to show up at the most famous location with the longest lens?) Whatever floats your boat. If you hand me a metal, well built camera with a killer lens and sensor, I will suddenly start planning my next backpacking trip or walk across Europe around it. Thank you, Fujifilm. And by the way, if you put a full frame sensor in one in the future, I will buy that one, too.
The branzino is a Mediterranean whitefish that is not too large, not too small. I had never eaten one. I believed the guy at the fish market, and I bought one both to eat and photograph. I have a certain passion for seafood, both in a visual sense and in a gustatory sense. Evidently, from my limited reading they are becoming more and more popular on restaurant menus these days. I just thought they looked kinda cool and they still looked pretty fresh to me.
The f/1.4 is key for some of these studio shots, as it makes handholding much easier (faster shutter speed) and it can focus the attention on a specific area of the image. The vertical shot below focused on the eye of the fish, still fairly glossy considering its long voyage to my plate. The 1.4 also removes any distraction from the background and allow for text or other images, depending on how the image will be used in the future.
The sharpness of the lens/sensor combination was truly remarkable, and I was pretty impressed from the whole thing being in such a small package. At f/4, when I needed more of the fish in focus, I was getting a sharpness at 100% and even 200% that I was not expecting. While I had a few troubles getting the focus points in the right place, I eventually got the hang of how to do this more quickly and it didn’t bother me much. Overall, I’m pretty excited to start traveling the world with this camera and a couple of the fantastic lenses. Oh, and be smart and get it now after the price dropped by $300 on the X-PRO 1.
ADVANTAGES OF THE X-PRO 1
Three great fixed lenses
Current lowered price
Small, but excellent sensor and image quality
DISADVANTAGES OF THE X-PRO 1
Slow focusing time
Difficult to change focusing points