First Impression: X-Pro2

Disclaimer: This is not a review, in fact, it probably shouldn’t even be called First Impression granted that I’ve only had it for approx 20 mins of solid use. So if you’re expecting fancy charts and mathematical equations please stop reading.

Background

Fujifilm Camera Australia and DigiDIRECT held a workshop that showcased the highly anticipated X-Pro2 and X70. The people at Fujifilm Camera Australia were also kind enough to share the full range of XF lenses to try from the 10-24mm through to the 100-400mm. Unfortunately as there was only 1 unit of the X-Pro2 we had to share it around so most of us only had a good 20 mins or less of solid use, so this is purely my impression of the camera after 20 mins.

First Impressions

While holding the unit my first thoughts were its size, it felt big in my hands compared to the more familiar X-T1. Unfortunately without having used the X-Pro1 I cannot compare their sizes, it feels bulky and solid like a  miniature tank. Personally, I prefer the DSLR-like style and design (hence the X-T1 is my preferred camera) just a personal preference.

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X-Pro2 – Shot with 56mm f1.2

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In the beginning…

C.P. Goerz Berlin Dagor f=30 cm lens

Like some people, my hobbies and passion for things constantly changes with the wind. However photography was never on that list, even though my grandfather was a professional photographer (I still have his vintage C.P. Goerz Berlin Dagor f=30 cm lens) and my father was, well, an amateur photographer at best, so it never caught my interest.

The first camera I purchased was the (then stylish) Sony Cybershot T1 back in 2001. Thinking back at it, I purely bought it out of impulse, or should I say for the “Wank Factor”. Back then if you were seen with one of these digital cameras (or any Sony product for that matter) you were perceived as the cool kid, and rightly so, because lets face it, Sony was considered the best innovative technology brand at that time.

Sony Cybershot T1 (2001)
Sony Cybershot T1 (2001)

The camera sported a 5MP Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar optic (I didn’t even know what that meant at the time), with a F3.5 – F4.4 and to be honest, I didn’t even know this until 5mins ago when I had to Google the specs! This just reinforces what I said earlier in that I was never interested in photography, sure I took photos at birthdays, weddings and even abroad but that’s about it.

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