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simonbradfield
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Posted Mon Jul 16, 2012 2:49AM
Hi there. Recently I've been contemplating getting a Fuji X Pro 1. At the moment I use a Canon 5DII as my main camera, and a Fuji X100 as a back up. I shoot mainly landscape/travel stuff, and it must be said the Canon, whilst excellent, is getting to be a bulky & heavy beastie! So I was wondering, how does the Fuji stack up? I'm not trying to start a pimping thread, but does anyone have some advice or nice landscape shots to help me decide? Thanks in advance.
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Posted Mon Jul 16, 2012 4:54AM

Check further in this thread Simon, there has been lots of good things said for this camera and photos posted.  I agree 100% with going smaller for your type of work and have done the same but with the Leica M9.


 


Here you go:  http://www.istockphoto.com/forum_messages.php?threadid=342695&page=1

(Edited on 2012-07-16 04:56:00 by RyersonClark)
simonbradfield
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Posted Mon Jul 16, 2012 5:57AM
Cheers for that, Ryerson, it's an interesting read and the camera does sound very tempting. I don't know why (and I'm not sure what it'd accomplish) but, if it's not too much of a hassle, I'd love to see a landscape image that someone here has taken. 
RyersonClark
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Posted Mon Jul 16, 2012 6:34AM

Try here Simon:


http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/cameras/.shtml
blackwaterimages
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Posted Mon Jul 16, 2012 9:14AM
I've more or less ditched my 5DmkII for the X-Pro 1 and X100. I don't have any landscapes to show you - I mainly shoot in the square format on the XP1, and mostly portraits - but check out this if you haven't already: http://www.flickr.com/cameras/fujifilm/x-pro1/ there's an option to view landscapes, portraits, etc. 
simonbradfield
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Posted Mon Jul 16, 2012 9:59AM
Thanks for the links, gents. A sore neck & back are beginning to make the decision a bit easier...
RyersonClark
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Posted Mon Jul 16, 2012 12:19PM
Just to add Simon, I feel your pain and have sold all my Nikon gear as I didn't need it for the style of work I was doing.  The Leica M9 (and X Pro 1) have as good or better quality in a lighter, smaller package.  Also, for street type work it is less intrusive and you don't stand out. Loving going this route.
andoteriCLOSED
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Posted Mon Jul 16, 2012 3:32PM

Here is another link:


www.flixelpix.com/blog/how-to-take-long-exposure-photos-using-the-x-pro1/
simonbradfield
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Posted Sun Jul 22, 2012 6:05AM

The deed is done... well, almost. Just couldn't part with my 5DII, but I could wave bye bye to some lenses and various other bits & bobs (Sony PDX 10 etc), so now I'm the proud owner of X Pro 1 with the 18mm lens. What a fantastic piece of kit! Been out this morning giving it a test run and it's just so nice to use. And more importantly the images are glorious! My back is thanking me already...


Anyway, off to Cape Verde soon without the Canon. Will be interesting to see how the X Pro 1 & X100 do. Thanks for the advice, folks. And here's one from this morning (that'll hopefully be accepted soon).


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RyersonClark
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Posted Sun Jul 22, 2012 10:18AM
Great Simon
David_Ahn
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Posted Mon Jul 30, 2012 12:18AM
I am curious whether X-Pro 1 produces XXL files.
simonbradfield
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Posted Mon Jul 30, 2012 3:44AM

Wish I could say but the image above was rejected (though I can resubmit). What I can say that on holiday, as I am now, it's an absolute joy to use. The images I'm getting with the 18mm lens look beautiful, though the real test will come when I check 'em on my computer. What I will say is that I don't miss hauling my 5DII around at all. Not one little bit. 


ETA Happy to say my poppy picture has now been accepted, so thanks to the inspector who did that. Nice!

(Edited on 2012-07-31 07:06:39 by simonbradfield)
tirc83
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Posted Mon Jul 30, 2012 4:24AM
Posted By David_Ahn:
I am curious whether X-Pro 1 produces XXL files.

XL ias the kargest file size (4896x3264)
simonbradfield
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Posted Thu Aug 16, 2012 4:24AM

Not wanting to start a pimpfest here, but this being the photography forum I thought it might be of interest to some to post a couple of images and say one or two things about the X Pro 1 after a trip to Cape Verde.


I have to say I'm extremely happy with the Fuji. It's an extremely satisfying camera to use, for many different reasons. Primarily it's pretty compact, so it's a lot easier to get into position. The two shots here I certainly could have captured with my 5DII, but I don't think I wouldn't have enjoyed crouching in the sand with the camels or skipping gazelle-like (or not) through the surf with my Canon quite so much.


The downside? Yes, the files are smaller, and IQ may not match the Canon with some good lenses. But it's so small & light, and such a lovely camera to use that it's a compromise I'm prepared to make. A happy man here!


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blackwaterimages
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Posted Thu Aug 16, 2012 3:04PM
Posted By simonbradfield:
The downside? Yes, the files are smaller, and IQ may not match the Canon with some good lenses. But it's so small & light, and such a lovely camera to use that it's a compromise I'm prepared to make. A happy man here!



I've actually found the smaller files to be pretty darn good. Even the square format shots - which are smaller still - are generally able to survive upsizing for submission to Getty. Or at least that's been MY experience, anyway. 


A couple recent examples....


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(Edited on 2012-08-16 15:06:00 by blackwaterimages)
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Posted Thu Aug 16, 2012 10:19PM

great shots both of you guys.


Those B&W portraits are impressive. I generally do not like B&W from a color camera but this is something else. Did you capture as B&W or you post processed?
blackwaterimages
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Posted Fri Aug 17, 2012 10:57AM
Thanks! Both were shot as B/W square format jpegs, using the Monochrome/Yellow filter. I simply added the tone to the first one in photoshop. The bottom portrait was actually processed using Instagram, then re-upsized to Getty minimum size. Its a miracle that one made it.
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Posted Fri Aug 17, 2012 12:59PM
Posted By blackwaterimages:
The bottom portrait was actually processed using Instagram, then re-upsized to Getty minimum size. Its a miracle that one made it.

It just proves what I believed all the time: Physical imperfections of an images come second. Light is great, subject is cute and interesting, pose and framing is intriguing...
simonbradfield
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Posted Fri Aug 17, 2012 1:32PM
Have to agree, all three shots are beautiful/visually striking. I feel like putting my portrait shooting head on...
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Posted Fri Aug 31, 2012 12:08PM
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