When I bought the Fuji X-Pro1 back in February (2013) I never had any intentions of using it for anything other than a compact walk around camera to be used when I was out with my family, but the question of whether or not I thought it could be used as a working professionals camera was coming at me repeatedly from other photographers, so I decided to give it a test run. Now, there are those of you who are coming here that are more interested in the photos than my thoughts on the X-Pro1, so I'll start off showing those and move onto my thoughts after. All of these images were shot using the Fuji XF 35mm f/1.4 lens, which is a 50mm equivalent when mounted on the X-Pro1. I used mixed lighting sources (flash mixed with constant light) with long exposures (around 2 seconds) to achieve the motion effects. Hair & Makeup by the incredibly talented Mallory McGowan.
I know I am far from the first person to ever review this camera, in fact I might be the 1 millionth person, and I'm about a year later than everyone else, but I still needed to answer the question of whether or not I would ever use this camera to shoot this kind of job with a paying client, and I could only come to that conclusion by testing the camera myself. The answer is a definite yep. It handled brilliantly to be honest. Focus was fast, images were sharp as hell (a lot of the images were shot between f/1.4 - f/2 to blur the background) and with the optional (but overpriced) hand grip, the X-Pro1 is super comfortable to hold all day. The only issue I ran into was that with a 50mm equivalent I had to be right up in the models space to be able to properly fill the frame, so I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of the 56mm f/1.2 (85mm equivalent) which would have been perfect for this shoot. With any luck Fuji makes that happen soon.
Does this mean I am going to be one of those photographers who throws his arms up in the air and screams at the top of his lungs that I am done with the DSLR and mirrorless is King! No, no I am not. The X-Pro1 is a beautiful piece of machinery, I truly do love using that camera, but it is not yet a complete system, and as a guy who supports his growing family with his cameras, my Nikon D800 bodies deliver much better in terms of focus when my subject is moving, weather sealing when it sucks outside, dynamic range, available focal lengths, sync speed, and when needed, big ass files. Fuji will have to complete more of their lens lineup, as well as work on their focusing system and weather sealing before that ever happens. We will revisit that option in a couple of years.
So for those who have sent me emails, tweets, FB msgs, etc, you now have my answer. The X-Pro1 is a beauty, totally capable, and currently my favorite camera to use.