Fuji Film X Pro 1 Review

Fugi X Pro 1

Fugi X Pro 1

We Check Out The Badass, Big Brother to the  FujiFilm X10 , The Fuji Film X Pro 1

At a glance

  • 16.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor
  • EXR image processing engine
  • Full HD video recording at 24 fps
  • Contrast detection TTL auto-focusing
  • Revamped color filter array, no OLPF
  • 3” LCD monitor with a resolution of 1.23 million dots
  • Continuous shooting speed of 6 fps
  • Maximum ISO range of 25600

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Fuji’s undeniably successful range of mirrorless systems and the continued patronage of its loyal customer base resulted in the promulgation of the series and the launch of the X-Pro1. The X-Pro1 marked the beginning of a new camera system, one that still continues to fuel the development of large sensor mirrorless and mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras.

Fuji’s X series compact and mirrorless systems have always been somewhat of a reminder of the good old days of film cameras. With tough metallic bodies and body mounted dials the X-Pro1 absolutely continues with that bygone era look. The X-Pro1 has a die- cast aluminum top and bottom panel. Generous amount of a leather-like material give the camera a distinct old school feel.

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True to its billing the camera has several manual controls, including manual shutter speed and exposure compensation dials. There is also a hot-shoe to mount an external flash.

Under the hood the X-Pro1, however, is a completely different beast. It boasts an APS-C sensor and is capable of shooting large fine JPEGs and RAW frames plus full HD movies. The new camera had, what was at that time a new lens mount system – the X mount. Existing XF mount Fujinon lenses, however, will work without issues.

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A big thing with the APS-C sensor on the camera is the absence of an anti-aliasing filter. The lack of which guarantees that images shot with the X-Pro1 would be much sharper than traditional sensors with an anti-aliasing filter. How did they manage to do this? Well they used a different color filter array that does not necessitate the need to use an OLPF filter.

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More modern touches, in case you are still not convinced that this is a digital camera. At the back of the camera is a 3” LCD screen with a resolution of 1,230,000 dots. The non-articulating screen gives 100% frame coverage. A hybrid viewfinder rounds off the feature list of this beautiful photography tool.

In the battle ring of cameras, Canon faces Nikon once again in a toe to toe comparison between their  popular full frame models. In this article, we look at the features in the new Canon 5DS and Canon 5DS R and compare them with the already in market Nikon D810 Camera. While both are considered an upgrade cameras from their popular predecessors the Nikon D800 and Canon 5D Mark III, the specifics might outline which camera is better full frame camera for you to upgrade to.

Resolution-wise, Canon 5DS takes a whopping resolution of 56.5MP or an image size of 8688×5792 pixels. Nikon D810 offers its best at 36.3MP or an image size of 7360×4912 pixels. In the arena for focus points, Canon has 61 focus points while Nikon D810 produces 52.  It’s important to note that Nikon features 15 cross-focus points at f/8 while Canon has 41 cross-focus points for f/4.

Continuous shooting is important especially for fast movement photography shooting sports or dancing, and Canon offers 14 raw files or 510 jpegs at a five frame per second feature with three in-camera crop shooting modes. Nikon reaches 7 frames per second in the cropped DX format with the image size reaching 15.3MP.

In the category ISO or light sensitivity, Nikon champions it by offering ISO 64 up to ISO 12800. Canon only reaches ISO 100 up to ISO 6400. Using a Dual Digit 6 for its image processing, Canon also lags behind Nikon that boasts of four processing engines.

Video-wise, Nikon takes pride of its slow-motion 60fps in full HD. Canon offers shooting at 1080p at 30fps. Battery life is critical especially when shooting outdoors, and Nikon offers an extended version even when live mode is used.

When it comes to weight, Canon 5DS is lighter and more weather-resistant. Nikon D810 is 35 grams heavier (880g), but offers a higher resolution rear screen.

Depending on the key features you want to buy camera, Nikon D810 and Canon 5DS and 5DS R are worthy contenders for casual and serious photographers alike.

On a budget? Trade in a used camera you have that’s outdated and treat yourself to an upgrade. Happy shooting!

Nikon 55-200mm

The Nikon 55-200mm lens is has a great range and is very light weight compared to other lenses.

I took this lens out on a sunny day and was quite pleased with how the results were. First I tested the ranges up close to an object to see if it had any problems focusing but both images were clear. This lens would be good for most types of photography, including macro, portraits, street etc. The only problem that I had with the lens was when photographing a landscape type image, it took a while to get a focus point. But overall a good lens and would recommend this.

Nikon D3

The Nikon D3 is a very easy camera to use and has a full frame sensor and 12.1 MP which is quite good.

I took this camera out with the 55-200mm lens on a sunny day and the images turned out really clear; there was no sun gazes in them. I don’t normally use Nikon but I found this easy to use. The grips are good so it is easy to hold photographing portraits or landscapes. I would say that the best mode on this camera is Auto as on some cameras when it is on auto, the lighting is quite dark, but on the D3 they are bright and clear. The only thing I would say is that when on manual mode, it is quite hard to change the settings quickly, but this could be because I am not used to Nikon cameras.

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 is a fast, ultra wide-angle zoom lens offering excellent optical performance throughout the zoom range.

I took this lens out on a cloudy and foggy day but the results were still good. The wide angle lens is very easy to use and would be great for macro, landscape and street photography. The only thing about this lens is that it isn’t that fast at focusing as I would have liked; but I would still recommend this if you were into landscape or street photography.

Nikon Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8

The Nikon Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 Lens is a fast aperture standard zoom lens designed for general photography.

I tried this lens on a cloudy day and the results were still really good. The lens is very fast focusing and easy to useso would be good most types of photography, especially photojournalism. Theonly thing I would say was a negative is that it is not so fast focusing whenup close. I would recommend this lens.