X-Pro Tour (Part 1)
Having just arrived in France via London I’ll be using these travels to launch a new series of photos along with captions and a little writing from various locations on my blog. I’m calling the series X-Pro Tour (also available via XProTour.com ) There are a few reasons behind this series, not the least of which is sharing my images and travels with all of you. If that is your main interest then please enjoy the photos I post and feel free to email me or leave comments.
On the photography side of things I will also be providing my thoughts and experiences using the Fuji X-Pro2. For those not that familiar with it, it is Fuji’s latest incarnation of their professional rangefinder camera that also functions beautifully as a conventional mirrorless system. This is backed by a wide array of useful lenses of superb quality. In the captions I’ll provide the story behind the shot along with technical info (non-tech folks just ignore the part at the end of the captions.)
It’s difficult to convey the experience of using a rangefinder if you’ve never used one and are used to a DSLR or mirrorless camera. Those of you from the film age, like me, may remember using their grandfather’s rangefinder but unless it was a Leica it’s a whole different ball game now. Once prolific, rangefinders have all but disappeared with the exception of Leica which has always thrived among an avid user base. But even for many pros the price point of a Leica system is hard to justify. In 2012 Fuji introduced the X-Pro1 and the game began to change.
For me the X-Pro1, although intriguing when it arrived, wasn’t quite there. Among other things I sell very large prints and the 16MP file size was a limitation. So I waited patiently for the X-Pro2 and during that time many more lenses were introduced to go with it.
I will continue to make X-Pro Tour posts as I log more time on this system. So far I love it! For those of you that read my initial review, Fuji X-Pro2, A Love-Hate Relationship, you found out that in spite of my enjoyment using this camera I had to change my workflow due to Lightroom moving at a snail’s pace when processing the X-Trans files from the X-Pro2 and Adobe’s inability to extract the amazing detail contained in the files. I am now at peace with my new workflow using Photo Mechanic for fast culling and Iridient Developer for getting all that great detail…and using down time to import into Lightroom.
You may have noticed I posted more black and white than color. Of course many of you know I just love black and white. Another part of this is specific to the X-Pro2: I’ve always advocated setting your camera JPEGs to monochrome to help visualize images for black and white (see my Black and White Photography- Top 10 Tips.) But the X-Pro2 has a huge advantage- namely that its manufacturer also makes film and they’ve built in some really great profiles of their films, my favorite being Acros + Ye (yellow filter.) I find myself leaving it set there frequently- then if I want a quick affirmation or comparison of what I see in mind’s eye for B&W I just flip the VF selector.
More next week!