A camera that’s almost 10 years old…. a consumer product that through its lifetime has evolved to where it is now. Is it really worth considering a Fujifilm X-Pro1 in 2021, particularly for woodland and outdoor photography?
This isn’t a technical overview of the camera, there’s plenty of reviews and thoughts out there for the X-Pro1, this is simply my own concise feelings about the camera.
For what it’s worth I have shot with the X-Pro1 since almost inception… I think the current body I have is the third and by far the most used and abused. There’s something about the little X-Pro1 that means I like to keep one hanging around in spite of having more sophisticated camera systems.
In use I simply pair it with a Fujifilm XF35mm f2, I don’t have any other lenses for it. I have an adaptor that allows me to use my Leica M lenses on it, but to be honest I rarely bother changing the lens. The 35mm gives me a full frame equivalent of 50mm, and I need not much else these days.
Pro’s of the X-Pro1
Cons of the X-Pro1
Slow speed use
The XF35mm f2 certainly helps in terms of focus speed, it makes the camera useable, but for sure it’s no speed demon! Great for what I need, general day to day photographs and trips into woodland, but for anything faster it’s slow in comparison to todays offering.
Whilst I’ve listed it as a con of only being 16MP in real terms the quality of the images the Fujifilm X-Pro1 produces far outweigh that. The X-Pro1 sensor has a special quality, that Fujifilm have been unable to re-discover in later models.
For me, the X-Pro1 creates the best output of all Fuji cameras, it’s a personal thing but my preference, having owned quite a lot of Fuji camera bodies, is for the output of the X-Pro1.
A lot has been made over the years about the relationship with Fujifilm files and Adobe Lightroom. Personally, I don’t get too hung up about it – I’ve always found the quality of LR to be acceptable for me…. but I’m no pixel peeper. YMMV.
Buy one or move on?
In some respects the Fujifilm X-Pro1 is the perfect camera for those looking for a camera to learn photography on. All of the manual controls can be used to experiment and learn the basics. The camera still offers a number of film simulations that are popular now. But it is yesterdays technology and won’t suit all, however it is a camera that puts the fun back into photography.
For me, I use mine occasionally when I want something different. I invariably use it on a tripod with a manual shutter cable release, in manual mode as I’m shooting slow and deliberate – and for those reasons, it’s a camera I would always recommend, especially given the price of them on the used market today.