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Very recently I got to test out the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 along with one of Fujifilm’s newest lenses, the Fujinon XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS. I have to say I was extremely hesitant to try out this camera because of the smaller sensor size compared to my larger full frame Nikon D800. My brain automatically equated any 55-200mm lenses to be absolutely abysmal (due to bad experiences with both Canon and Nikon kit lenses), that said however, I was extremely impressed after using the camera. There were some things I had to get used to, but overall it was a really great experience.
I feel I should clarify something here; I have never shot with a Fujifilm X-Series camera before, I don’t think I had even held one for more than 5 minutes before going ahead and shooting with the X-Pro 1 on a professional studio session with a client. I wouldn’t recommend this as an approach for most, but I tend to pick up most technology fairly quickly, plus I’d been shown over the camera so I knew where everything was and I would also be alternating between the X-Pro 1 and my Nikon D800 on each of the shoots I was going to be using it for (just in case the X-Pro 1 didn’t provide me with the images I needed).
The first shoot went smoothly. The shoot was a really cool concept featuring a chain mail bra along with a metal headpiece which were both designed by the very talented Gemma Ruzzier from Melbourne, Australia. The styling looked great and we had no problems in the studio. Our lovely model for the day did a great job owning the massive look we had placed upon her and as for the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 combined with the Fujinon 55-200mm lens, the results were outstandingly! I would say that the image quality that the lens captured in conjunction with the smaller X-Pro 1 sensor was easily comparable to what my Nikon D800 paired with my Nikkor 70-200mm lens could achieve, and that’s saying something!
The next studio shoot was to be a little bit softer, an etherial look with a stunning redhead model as she wore clothing provided by the wonderful Lady Petrova. Again everything went smoothly, styling was quick and quite simple. When it came time for our model to jump in front of the camera there was absolutely no direction needed, she just rocked the look we gave her. Here are a couple of images I captured using the Fujifilm X-Pro 1, which continued to impress me as I started shooting with it more and more.
So with two shoots down in only two days, I had just one more to go.
During this last shoot I found myself favouring the X-Pro 1 more and more for a couple of reasons. Firstly, after the previous two days of shooting on my Nikon D800 kit my arms were getting tired from holding up the heavy full frame DSLR and in comparison the smaller Fujifilm X-Pro 1 was just so light. Secondly, I was becoming more and more comfortable shooting with the X-Pro 1 as the overall quality the camera was producing was equally as good as (comparable) to the Nikon D800.
The final look for this shoot was to be slightly more boudoir and sexy. The idea was to have our model wearing pretty much all black as she modelled a simple yet cool style while holding a cigarette holder. The results turned out perfectly.
So overall trialling the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 with the Fujinon 55-200mm lens was a really interesting experience. I found myself not using the camera quite as much as my Nikon D800 for the first two shoots, but saying that, after I saw the first results I ended up using the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 a lot more on final day. So needless to say, I was very impressed… and if I had the money, I would absolutely go out and pick one up to shoot with! After using this camera in a commercial environment, it’s definitely a camera I would recommend, so for travellers, street shooters, and anyone who doesn’t want to haul around a big DSLR, it’s the perfect alternative.
via Fujifilm Blog