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    June 21st, 2012

    The Fuji X-Pro 1 at the Rodeo

    I’ve had my Fujifilm X-Pro 1 for about a month now, having rented one previously, and it’s proving to be a frustrating and lovable thing.

    At times I’ll want to throw it across the room when it stumbles over a simple focus or is busy thinking to itself when my subject’s face assumes a perfect (and  fleeting) expression.

    But then I’ll look at the images it produces and declare it to be the best thing ever.

    We went to the Rodeo de Santa Fe last night, and the X-Pro1 was its usual Jekyll and Hyde self. While I was shooting, especially fast-moving horses I was pretty sure I wasn’t getting anything.

    When I got home, however, it made me love it again.

    A lot more of the action shots than I’d feared turned out to be crisp, and while I wouldn’t recommend shooting sports with it if you’ve got an SLR to hand, it stood up better than I’d expected.

    All these were taken with the 35mm F1.4 lens that I’m really enjoying.



    100% crop straight out of camera from a moving horse

    And when I was back to shooting slower activity with it, it felt like the X-Pro1 relaxed and showed me what it could really do in its more natural environment.

    To be fair, the X-Pro1 did miss a few shots. It struggled when the subject was coming right towards me (the continuous focus couldn’t keep up), but understandably did better at subjects coming across me. The EVF was way too slow, however, so it was OVF all the way. But even with a DSLR it’d be a bit of a crapshoot in terms of how many keepers you’d get from an event like this.

    I want to believe

    The problem for me with this camera is that since most of my work for families and organizations is documentary-based, I need to be sure that when the moment arrives that I want to capture, the camera won’t let me down. My subjects might not be running around all the time, but if a brief smile passes across a kid’s face, or a group of people at work align themselves perfectly in the frame and the camera fails and I miss the shot, then I can’t use the camera for paid work.

    A sharp-enough, adequately exposed shot of a great moment is worth so much more to me than a pin-sharp, perfectly exposed shot of the dull moment after the great moment.

    But the X-Pro1’s performance at the Rodeo, when it was out of its element, gives me hope that it will deliver the usability to match the image quality it undoubtedly has in spades.


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    2 Responses to “The Fuji X-Pro 1 at the Rodeo”

    1. Peter Says:

      Hi David.

      Great images, I can almost taste the dust. 😉

      Yes. The XPro1 does have a bit of a dual personality. But the more I use it the easier it seems to get.

      I find I use the AFL/AEL button a lot when I’m takin portraits/candids, something I never did with my Nikons. But it works. Also, the need to keep the shutter button half pressed to avoid latency takes some getting used to.

      But once I see the images it’s all worth it!

    2. David Says:

      Peter, thanks for your comments. When I have time, and can concentrate on what I’m doing, then I love it. When I just see something and lift the camera to my face and try and grab a quick shot, it doesn’t work so well. Is that the camera failing me, or me failing? Not sure. Wish the EVF was a bit faster, would help me have more confidence for those times when focus was tricky. But the OVF is much more pleasant (until I mis-focus).

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