Fujifilm X-Pro 2 Review | A Camera With A Soul

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After years of waiting, the new Fujifilm X-Pro 2 is here. With a huge bump in megapixels, processing power and build quality, the X-Pro 2 is not just better than original X-Pro 1, but it’s one of the best camera Fujifilm has built to date.

Doing a camera review and being completely objective is something that is extremely difficult. Some reviewers will focus on some aspects of a camera while ignoring others. It’s fine when smaller independent bloggers do this since it’s fun seeing their opinion, like Steve Huff for example. But large sites, like DPreview or even TheCameraStore, will often cast a negative light on a camera and influence customer buying decisions while not giving credit to or maybe not even understanding the design philosophy of a camera.

The problem is, many of these reviewer use DSLRs to set the standard, then rate everything else down from that, while ignoring other important features like size, weight and flexibility.

In this review I want to isolate what’s important for actual photographers and highlight the pros and cons of these features, so hopefully you can get little idea of what it might be like to use this camera on a regular basis. I believe the Fujifilm X-Pro 2 is one of the greatest mirrorless cameras yet, not because of its specs, but because I just have so much fun using it! Of course, that is, if you like the rangefinder and aren’t afraid to fork out some cash.

I’ll be updating this review regularly since there are new things I learn about it regularly. 

Fujifilm X-Pro 2

What’s I Love

-Some of the best image quality for APS-C

-Amazing color profiles

-Menu system

-Camera controls on body

-OVF/EVF is a lot of fun

-Very sharp and high-resolution LCD screen

-Extremely fast memory card write speeds 108MB/s with 1GB buffer

What I Don’t Love

-It’s a little big for an APS-C camera

-Battery life (although average for mirrorless) could always be better

-It doesn’t come in silver

 


Camera & Accessories

Fujifilm X-Pro 2 – Amazon / Adorama

Fujifilm X-Pro 2 Accessories

Best Memory Card Fujifilm X-Pro 2

Featured Specs

Sensor: 24.3 MP X-Trans CMOS III
Processor: X-Processor Pro
Image: RAW 14bit uncompressed / lossless compression / JPEG
Continuous Shooting: 8fps
Mechanical Shutter: 1/8000
Memory Card: Slot 1: UHS-II / Slot 2:  UHS-I


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First Impressions  / Use And Feel


At first I didn’t know what to expect with the X-Pro 2. I’ve been shooting on the XT1, X100T and A7rII for a while and wasn’t sure if I would like the X-Pro 2 or not.

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The Settings

After unboxing, it took me maybe about ten minutes to get fully adjusted. The camera has a lot of the same settings as the other Fujifilm cameras but a lot of new ones as well with an updated menu and screen that are much nicer and feel more modern. I actually think it might have the best menu system in any camera I’ve ever tested or owned. It’s very well thought out with the capabilities of customizing your own tab.

The Controls

On body, all the important controls are still right there and I like what they did with the ISO dial after getting use to it. My absolute favorite thing about this camera is you can see all your settings instantly by just glancing down at your camera. You never need to go into a menu to adjust your primary camera functions. Once you get use to this, it’s really hard going back to any other camera that doesn’t have this. Unless of course, you like to shoot on full auto everything with continuous wide autofocus like our friends over at DPreview. 😉

 

The New Joystick

The joystick for adjusting focus points is amazing once you get into the habit of using it, but I personally still find this to take too much time when shooting out in the wild and I like to keep my focus somewhat centered where and can focus then snap back to my framing.

Where I will most likely use this feature is when I’m shooting tabletop or studio work where it will be invaluable. I’m just thankful they didn’t add a touchscreen for this purpose. Thank you Fujifilm for not turning your camera into an iPhone.

I’m not completely opposed to a touchscreen on a camera; they critical on compacts where real estate for things like extra buttons and thumb sticks are limited.

The Sound And Feel

The camera feels expensive and of course it is. It’s also heavy but in a good way, but it does seem a little large for an APS-C camera.

The sound of the mechanical shutter is amazing; it’s a cluck cluck instead of a snap snap. If that makes sense. This is probably due to the added weather sealing.

The front grip and thumb grip are very well designed with a small bit of rubber inlay that helps with feel and control. I feel like the XT1 and X100T sort of missed the mark with the way it feels in your hand and I always added an extra grips or case. This camera nailed it out of the box. However, I could see some people with bigger hands still wanting a bit more grip, especially when using heavier lenses since they tend to throw the balance off.

The OVF/EVF

If you come from an X100T the OVF/EVF all work the same. The OVF is very fun to shoot street photography with if you have shorter prime lenses. It’s also very handy for landscape photographers that like to shoot with heavy ND filters or in the dark.

Although the OVF is great, it still has some issues that maybe firmware could fix. When you first power up the camera and are in OVF mode you can see the transparent LCD screen light up for a moment, this is the overlay that draws all your controls and frame lines over the OVF image. When you’re using Fujinon lenses this dims back to being 95% transparent and everything is good. However, when I use my manual Voigtlander lenses, this screen stays lit and creates a milky haze over my image that makes it difficult to see in dark situations. You don’t notice it as much in the daylight.

Also, frame lines are still inaccurate when using manual lenses even when you tell the camera the correct mm your set to. This may be caused by the length of my lens. I’m using the Voigtlander 35mm Ultron and it’s a pretty long 35mm lens. So it’s possible this will never be 100% accurate since the camera can never know the distance and focus that you’re shooting at when using manual lenses. I assume it’s unfixable but something to be aware of when using manual lenses.

The Film Simulators

The Fujifilm film simulators are one of my favorite features of all of Fujifilm cameras. I know when you shoot RAW you can process it to look however you want and RAW + Lightroom usually means you’ll be using the Adobe Camera Raw setting if you don’t manually switch it. Which I do sometimes. But, for casual shooting, like family, friends, work etc. The film simulators are so far more interesting than anything you get with any other camera.

The best part is you can shoot RAW, then use the built-in camera raw converter to make jpgs using all the different film simulators until you find the one you like, then you can send that to your phone, and off to social or text to friends. This a ton when I want to send my mom pictures of my daughter. It’s great.

I haven’t really felt the difference or done a comparison yet, but they say the Film Simulators do more advanced work in the X-Pro 2 compared to the other cameras because of the faster processors. So the looks are improved. The new Acros is improved compared to the older black and white setting (I notice it makes softer blacks), and they say they’ve even improved the standard film simulators like Velvia, which is what I use constantly when I shoot quick Landscapes in JPEG.

A Fujinon 27m f2.8 review that covers the in's and out's of one of Fujifilm's smallest and lightest lenses.

 

Who Is This Camera For?

This camera is missing some things that the competition has. A flip screen, 4k video, usb charging capabilities and a flash. Some reviewers complain about this but after using the camera for a while you can really see that there is a strong philosophy Fujifilm has put behind this camera.

It’s a camera designed more for the purist, they don’t go as far as Leica, but they managed to pull it off while still adding enough tech to attract the mainstream photographer.

You notice this immediately after unboxing; the camera ships with several features turned off. Like most cameras it comes set to shoot JPEG only. The Q menu defaults with all the JPEG image controls, and the camera doesn’t even come set to preview images after taking a shot – fun when shooting street, but I have to turn it back on when shooting with studio lights.

For someone who wants all the bells and whistles of modern technology, this camera has most of it and gets you close enough with everything else. After all, it’s not really designed for the technophile; it’s designed for the photographer.

No 4k, but you’re not buying this camera for video anyway. At least you shouldn’t be. I still kind of wish it did shoot 4k since this camera is my new sidekick, but 1080p is fine for casual shooting since the quality is still great and the file sizes are easier to deal with. Not to mention, 1080p is still totally acceptable in mainstream media today. I also have an A6300 which I almost solely use as my video camera and I absolutely love it. I still prefer the X-Pro 2 for still and it does make some razor-sharp 1080p video with all the awesome film simulators you can apply. The X-Pro 2 also seems to have better image quality and it can actually focus with AF Illuminator turned off. But that’s a totally different topic.

 

 


Fujifilm X-Pro 2 – Technical Overview


 

Everything has been improved over the X100T, the XT1 and especially the X-Pro 1. The EVF got faster, the LCD screen got more resolution, the sensor got more megapixels, the processor got more power, two SD card slots and it’s weather sealed. All these things together makes a camera package that’s not just a little better than anything Fujifilm has built, but a lot better. If all this technology rolls down into Fujifilm’s other products, then this year is going to be an epic year.

Autofocus

This is a complicated topic and most reviewers get this wrong. But I’ll try to explain what’s going on with this camera as best as I can.

The camera has 273 autofocus points. 77 of these are phase detect, 273 are contrast detect. So it would seem like this camera is tuned to be better in low light situations, and compared to the A6300, it definitely is.  — Firmware update v2.00 has increased focus points to 91 Phase and 325 Contrast. Not only that, but autofocus has dramatically improved with accuracy – as long as you update your lenses as well!

There are two types of autofocus that can happen depending on your shooting conditions and what lenses you’re using.

Phase Detection Autofocus: this is what is used mostly in well-lit areas and when you’re using non-APD lenses. Phase detection will not work very well in low contrast or high frequency situations.

Contrast Autofocus: In situations where phase detection does not work well (low contrast such as in poorly lit conditions, or high frequency), then contrast autofocus helps out.

For a good autofocus experience, both phase detection and contrast detection must be working together and the X-Trans III sensor has done this by doubling the speed in which the camera can read contrast.

Next you need lenses that have microcomputers that are fast enough to handle this new readout. Right now there are only five lenses with the faster microprocessors that can handle this faster autofocus readout – The XF16-55mm, XF50-140mm, XF90mm, XF35mmF2, and the XF100-400mm.

This is why you see mixed results on the Internet about autofocus speed and accuracy. I only own the XF35mm F2 and it is a lot snappier than my XF 23 f1.4. I notice it when shooting my baby girl who doesn’t have a lot of contrast in her face and especially in dark situations.

Now if you compare this camera to something like the Sony A6300, autofocus on that camera is also great, but if you’re using big full frame lenses that block the focus illuminator, or turn that off like I do because its way too bright, the A6300 completely fails in low light situations.

 

X-Pro 2 Autofocus – Real World Shooting

If you’re just casually shooting you might not notice a huge jump in autofocus speeds over the X100T or the XT1, but situations where phase detection does not work well, you for sure will notice a jump in autofocus performance on the X-Pro 2 as long as you’re using the new lenses. I personally feel like it’s all around a bit snappier than the XT1 even when using older lenses.

Face detection when turned on is great but I find it to miss focus a lot so I wouldn’t say it’s 100% reliable.

For me personally, I feel like every camera I’ve owned since the Canon 5DmkII has had good enough autofocus to get most jobs done. But I’m a pretty casual shooting / landscape photographer so autofocus isn’t that important to me and half the lenses I use are manual anyway. I’ve also never once used continuous autofocus except for once by accident where I was immediately annoyed and had to turn it off. However, maybe in the future I could see my wife loving this feature when our daughter starts to play soccer. 🙂

 

Diffraction

With the bump in megapixels you’ll have to pay a little more attention to diffraction. At 24 megapixels the sensor’s pixels should be about 3.93 microns in size. This causing diffraction to come into play at anything above f4. You probably won’t really see it until about f8 in real world shooting.

With spherical aberrations clearing up at around f4-f5.6 and the diffraction limit of f4, the camera is really tuned to have a sweet spot of about f4-f5.6. This just means if you’re a landscape photographer looking to print with as much IQ as possible, you’ll want to keep your aperture between f4-f8 and maybe focus stack to get back our depth.

Personally I could see going with a little bit more resolution, only because scaling down from more megapixels always helps with certain types of artifacting, but at the same time the bigger file sizes would be a bit more of a burden.

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Lens Modulation Optimizer was turned on. I’ve never been able to see a difference with this setting on or off when shooting Raw. Actually I’ve never seen it affect my JPEGs either. Is it lens specific? I don’t know, but it’s supposed to help with diffraction. I imagine it adds some sort of sharpness to the image as you close down.

 

 

X-Trans CMOS III – Resolution

One of the great features of the X-Trans CMOS III sensor is it eliminates the need, or at least reduces the need for an optical low pass filter by controlling moiré. This is done by using a 6×6 color pixel array instead of the standard 4×4 pixel array found in Bayer sensors. This should give the X-Pro2 a slight edge in terms of resolution when compared to the competition (such as the A6000 or the A6300), while also cutting down on moiré. However, there are a few other sensors in cameras like the Nikon D7200 that also do not include an OLP filter, but it’s likely they will have more issues with moiré.

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Moiré on the X-Pro 2 is very well controlled, only showing up in very small details that can be seen above and around the eagle.

The color patterns come from the very small details from how the ink is applied to paper. It’s small points that the camera is picking up.

 

ISO / Noise Control

ISO performance has been improved. The X100T and XT1 did great even at 6400 while only giving slight color shifts. The X-Pro2 seems to hold up a lot nicer at ISO 6400, anything above that and you can start to see some purple bleeding or “amp glow,” especially towards the bottom of the frame at ISO 12800.

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Sample of purple glow, “amp glow” at  ISO 12800. Still a very usable image.

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Image appears more green on the right side because of ambient light in the room that was of a different temperature.

See sample at ISO 200

 

EVF/OVF & LCD Screen

The EVF/OVF is very similar to the X100T. The major difference is that it adapts to your different lenses.

With the EVF they’ve increased the frame rate to 85fps making it silky smooth and it now has a 2.36m-dot resolution.

The LCD improvement is very nice now featuring a 3″ 1.62m-dot display. As a comparison, the XT1 is something like a 1.04m-dot display, the Sony A7rII is about 1.2m-dot, the Sony A6300 is about 0.9m-dot and the Samsung NX1 is about 1.03m-dot. So it seems to be outperforming most of the competition in the mirrorless segment and is now one of the, if not the better LCD screens I’ve used on a camera to date. I really like it!

 

File Sizes – Uncompressed vs Lossless

The X-Pro 2 is following the trend of allowing us to shoot uncompressed. Sony started doing that as does Nikon.

While shooting uncompressed is nice, it does have some major drawbacks. One is that the files sizes are huge, about twice the size. The other problem is the bigger files will fill your buffer quicker resulting in a noticeable slowdown when burst shooting. If you do a lot of burst shooting, I could see this becoming a problem and you might want to get as fast of a memory card as possible to counteract this.

Compared to the competition, I should mention that all Sony cameras memory card write speed tops out at about 34MB/s, while the X-Pro 2 is capable of 80MB/s+. So for the sports or nature photographer that shoot in burst mode a lot, you’ll be clearing your buffer almost three times as quickly. Not sure why you would buy a rangefinder to shoot sports or birdies, but rest assured, it will work great.

See the RAW Compressed vs RAW Uncompressed comparison here. I did this comparison with the X-T2, but the results on the X-Pro2 are the same.

 

File Sizes

Approximate file size ranges.

Uncompressed: 50.3 – 50.6MB

Lossless Compressed: 21.4 – 27.9MB

JPEG: 11 – 16.2MB

 

 

Memory Card Write Speeds And Configurations

The Fujfilm X-Pro 2 takes dual memory cards with slot 1 taking UHS-II cards and slot 2 taking UHS-I cards. This is the fastest camera I’ve tested to date with memory card write speeds, even faster than CF cameras. I’ve yet to test CFast 2.0.

With the Lexar 2000x, you can expect to see write speeds while shooting umcompressed of 108 MB/s.

With a 1GB buffer, 108MB/s write speeds and 8fps burst, when it comes to burst photography, for sports, or even nature, this is the best performing APS-C camera you can buy right now.

See the Fujifilm X-Pro 2 Memory Card Speed Test for more info.

 

 

Battery Life

Does the battery life of the X-Pro 2 suck?

There are a lot of negative reviews about battery life for the Fujifilm X-Pro 2 floating around the Internet and people email me with concerns about this. So hopefully I can clear this up.

Here is what I think is happening; the Fujifilm X-Pro 2 has an internal battery that must charge. Blogger or photographers get the camera and for the first day they notice that the battery sucks. This could be partly because the camera is draining some of the battery to charge its internal battery. Or, brand new batteries need to cycle a few times before you can see their actual life. This combo is probably making the camera seem like it performs a lot worse than it really does and people are over reacting.

People also tent to fiddle with the menus a lot more when they first get the camera and this use will drain the battery quicker then just taking pictures because of the power hungry screen and EVF.

 

My experience with the battery on the X-Pro 2

In one day I took about 700 photos of just daily family life on vacation, by the end of the day I was at 50% battery life. I continued to use the camera with the same battery for the rest of the week where it finally died maybe 100-200 photos later. Pretty good right? And I’m not lying. This is the performance I seem to get regularly. I was also use manual lenses if that makes a difference, probably does.

As a reference my Fujifilm XT1 and Sony A6300 could also last me an entire day with moderate use. My Sony A7rII would use about two or three batteries in one day and my Canon 5DII could go about a week of vacationing on one battery.

If the camera was only in OVF mode I could see it lasting longer maybe, but I’ve yet to test this.

One thing I’ve gotten really good about doing from shooting with Sony for so long, was to make sure I turn off the camera between each use. The reason is the camera will wait two minute minimum before going into auto power off and with the insane resolution of the X-Pro 2 rear screen this can wreak havoc on battery life. Fujifilm really should allow us to set stand-bye to 30 seconds. Or at least one minute like every other camera on the planet. The Sony A6300 allows for stand-bye at as low as 10 seconds.

As far as stand-bye drain, or when the camera is off, the drain on the battery is not bad at all. Maybe 10% a week when left unused – if that. Whereas my Sony A7rII is dead every time I pick it up after a few weeks from leaving in a full battery. It’s so frustrating. And I’m not trying to trash Sony, I love my Sony cameras, they just break the record for having the worst battery performance in any electronic device in the history of mankind, except maybe the Xbox One controller and the first few iterations of the GoPro.

One thing I don’t like about the battery on the X-Pro 2 is the battery goes from 20% to off in no time at all. This could be because some of my batteries are still brand new, not sure, but it definitely has been happening on my Wasabi batteries.

I will continue to test and update.

 

 


New Features


New Acros Film Simulator & Grain Effect

With the Fujifilm X-Pro 2 comes with a new film simulator and grain effect. The film look is based on Fujifilm’s film stock Acros, with the option for R, G, Y. It feels sort of similar to the standard monochrome effect but the blacks seem slightly lifted.

We have two options for the Grain effect. Strong and Weak. You can also turn it off.

Here is a sample taken with Arcos; straight out of camera with all JPEG settings set to default.

Click to see full size.

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Bracketing / Landscape Photography

Something I’ve really wanted from Fujifilm was for them to increase the range when auto-bracketing exposures in drive mode. With the X100T and XT1 you could only shoot at +-1 EV. This didn’t cut it when trying to shoot high contrast landscape photography where you need various exposures for exposure blending techniques.

The X-Pro2 has increased the bracketing to +-2 EV, something I’m very happy about. Thank you Fujifilm!

 

 

The Menu

Fujifilm has really made an effort to clean up and organize the menu. I’m still learning it, but so far I really like it. It’s by far one of the best menus you’ll find in a camera.

The only thing that’s weird to me is they put Format under User Settings. Kind of doesn’t make sense since it’s not a user setting and is something we all use all the time, making it strange to see it buried like this.

They’ve also added a customizable menu called MY that allows you to program your own settings for quicker access. Also, when you first open the menu the camera will default to this tab.

 

 

Silent Mode Is Gone

Did they get rid of Silent Mode? I can’t seem to find it anywhere.  Not a huge deal but I did use it sometimes on the X100T.

I guess now you’ll just have to turn the camera to Electronic Shutter and turn off AF Illumination. Shutter options can be put in the Q menu, but AF Illumination is a bit buried in menus. This was one of the first things I added to MY menu so I could quickly put my camera in stealth mode.

 

 


Fujifilm X-Pro 2 Review – Final Thoughts


 

So do I like this camera? You bet. I actually like it a lot more than I thought I would.

This camera has everything I love about the X100T, and everything I love about the XT2 plus more and all in one body.

It’s just a pleasure to use and seems like it was built to really connect the photographer with the camera in a way no other camera does. So far I can’t really find anything significant not to like.

Sure, there are a few things I wish it had, like a few extra Fn buttons on the body, maybe for a wifi button, but that’s really just a matter of personal opinion. Sometimes I miss the flip screen of the XT1 (I’m still in the habit of trying to flip it out), but at the same time it would be wrong to put that on a classic rangefinder camera like this and I don’t think I would ultimately like the camera as much if it had one.

4k video would have been really nice, but I understand why it wasn’t included, video was simply not the focus of this model and will be more suited for the XT2.

What Other Reviewers Are Saying

One of the topics I notice that reviewers are being overly critical of is autofocus and ISO performance. While both features are important, judging a camera because it’s not good at continuous autofocus (a feature not that commonly used), or giving a camera a bad score because it doesn’t have USB-charging capabilities is not really being honest to what a camera can do and is sort of ignoring what a camera is actually designed for, that is, taking pictures.

The reason I was first drawn to Fujifilm was because they took precedence in designing a camera for photographers, not for technophiles. While some people might love usb-charging capabilities and a touch screen, it’s the least important feature a camera could have when it comes to taking pictures.

And one feature that is often completely overlooked when reviews compare Sony to Fujifilm is how quickly the camera can clear it’s buffer with memory card write speeds, a feature that can actually impact the cameras ability to take pictures.

 

Is This Camera Right For You?

A camera like this definitely takes some getting use to. If you’ve spent your whole life shooting DSLRs then pick up a rangefinder it’s going to be awkward at first. This is why I think bloggers are often critical of cameras like this.

However, if you give it time, there are a lot of characteristics you’ll come to love about a mirrorless rangefinder and you’ll find it harder to go back to any other form factor. If you are the more casual shooter and wants all the bells and whistles, I think the coming XT2 is going to be mainstream camera of choice, but only as long as it has USB charging capabilities and touch screen, otherwise DPreview might not give it a good rating. 😉

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Fuji X-Pro 2 Tips


There are so many options in the menu with no description. This makes it difficult to understand what does what. I’ll cover a few items and explain what they mean and how they work.

 

Interlocking Spot AE & Focus Area – Having this setting turned on will adjust the AE to the same box as your focus area when in spot AE mode.This could be useful if you want to use your thumb stick to control your focus while also controlling your exposure point. Alternatively, if you’re using manual lenses or you’re in manual focus mode, you can still use the focus thumb stick to adjust spot focus point which now only affect the spot AE area.

 

AF+MF – When in autofocus this allows you to fine tune the focus by turning the focus wheel manually on the lens.

 

Pre-AF – When this is turned on, your camera will always be trying to focus. It’s kind of like continuous focus, but the difference is when you half press the shutter to focus and continue to stay half pressed your focus will stay locked at that point.

 

Corrected AF Frame – Having this setting turned on will adjust the frame lines in the OVF to accurately portray the framing depending on where the focus is set. An example of when this is useful is if you’re shooting an object that’s very close to the lens, you’ll see the frame lines move down and to the right to compensate for how close the lens is to the subject matter, since in this case, the parallax between the OVF, subject and lens is at a much bigger ratio. Note: This does not work with third party manual lenses and your frame lines will always be inaccurate when focusing on close objects.

 

Preview Pic Effect: This will preview in the LCD and EVF the look of the film simulator you have set and its settings. However, when setting is turned off, the black and white film simulators will still appear black and white.

 

How DR Works: You have DR settings between 100% and 400%. This works by limiting your ISO. When it’s set to 100% your ISO is limited to 200, when you’re set to 400% it limits your ISO to 800. What this is ultimately doing is forcing you to meter your exposure at a higher ISO which will preserve your highlights by letting in less light and keeping the sensor from clipping.

This is useful if you occasionally miss your exposure or you’re shooting something like a sunset and don’t want your highlights blown out.

When you’re shooting RAW, your true exposure isn’t technically dictated by how your ISO is set since it’s not contributing directly to how much light enters the camera. The ISO is only a tool for metering and your exposure can be changed in post as long as highlights aren’t clipped or the shadows don’t have too much noise. This is because the X-Pro 2 sensor shoots close to its full dynamic range with every shot. Shooting under exposed at ISO 200 and lifting it 4 stops in Lightroom is going to give you very similar results as if you were to shoot at ISO 3200 as long as your shutter and aperture were the same. If your metering at ISO 800 and are properly exposed at that setting then you have about 4-5 stops of highlights to work with before they are clipped by what the sensor can do, but also keep in mind that your shadows will have more noise.

So the main advantage for setting your DR is to preserve your highlights, this is especially important when shooting JPEG in high contrast areas. I use this often when I’m shooting landscapes and want my JPEGs to be able to hold their highlight details without clipping.

 

AF Illuminator: This is the light that blasts in peoples faces so the camera can find its focus. Personally I find the contrast autofocus on the X-Pro 2 to be so good, that this isn’t really needed. And in low light situations it’s really uncomfortable to the people on the receiving end.

Fujifilm X-Pro 2 – ISO 1250 – f5.6 – 1/60

 

 

Weird Things Th​e Camera Does

My X100T review was almost made famous for my weird thing the camera does section, so I thought I would also add this to my X-Pro 2 review since I’m already noticing a lot of weird things this camera does.

 

AE-L and Photometry Not Working: When the camera is set to AF-S of AF-C and any of the Smile / Face Detection settings are turned on, AE-L does not work and the photometry buttons do not work. Photometry settings are disabled. However they resume working when the camera is in manual focus mode.

I’m assuming that the camera wants to set the exposure and focus to any face it finds. However, if you leave smile / face detection turned on and go shoot scenes without people, then your AE-L and Photometry settings are still disabled. I don’t like it like this. You should always have control of your Photometry and AE-L and smile/face detection should only take priority and override when there is a face in the scene.

 

AF-L Not Working: AF-L like AE-L also does not work when smile and face detection is on. This should override since you are having to manually push the button to gain the effect.

 

OVF Overlay Too Bright With Manual Lenses: I’m finding that when I’m using manual lenses the pale rectangle that’s usually almost completely transparent is too bright making it difficult to see in dark situations. This is using Leica Mount lenses with the official Fujifilm Leica M to X-Mount adapter.

I think there maybe should be an OVF brightness settings in the controls so we can turn it almost all the way down to save power or to make night shooting easier.

 

Instant AF setting AF-C or AF-S: This option only is relevant when the camera is in manual focus mode. When in AF-S or AF-C, the Instant AF button or AF-L always works as AF-S or AF-C respective to what mode you’re in. This kind of doesn’t make sense to me since it’s now causing the button to mirror the shutter button and this is redundant. It would be better if you could set Instant AF mode and it always worked with how you set it.

 

No Sound & Flash Off Mode: It was originally called Silent Mode, then they changed it to Sound & Flash Off, which was weird because when you turned the Sound & Flash Off Setting On, it actually mean the sound and flash would be off. They should have just called it Sound & Flash, and you could toggle on or off to eliminate the confusion. Not sure why Fujifilm is having such a hard time with this terminology and maybe this is why they got rid of it on the X-Pro 2. Just call it stealth mode, incognito mode, sneaky mode, creeper mode, stalker mode . . . ok maybe I shouldn’t name it. But you get the point. At any rate, it was useful on the XT1 and X100T.

 

Correct AF Frame Does Not Work With Manual Lenses: I’m not sure if it would ever be possible to fix this since the manual lenses don’t send any sort of electrical signal telling the camera what focal distance its set to, but it would be really cool if this could work. As I mentioned earlier, it really only doesn’t work when the subject is close to the camera, so if you’re street shooting, you’ll be fine most of the time. This setting should probably just be greyed out when a manual lens is put onto the camera to eliminate any confusion.

 

 


Fujifilm X-Pro 2 Sample Images


Sample images taken with the Fujifilm X-Pro 2 using Lightroom to process. Some images are straight out of cam (SOOC). I haven’t done too much with Iridient Developer yet, but so far the images insanely sharp.

Golden Gate Bridge With Flowers

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