Rally Car Pics
There is a Rally Race this weekend near my house and I grabbed a few snapshots of the cars lined up at the Meet the Driver time last night. Some nice looking cars for sure!!
Dinner the other night was Awesome!! Michele and I watched the Sandwich King the other night and the Burgers looked incredible so we did our best The Lighting is pretty bad in this snapshot as natural light is coming in from camera left and the Tungsten light is above the Burger creating all sorts of white balance issues in the shadows and highlights.
The Fujifilm X-Pro 1 is an extremely well built tank of a mirrorless camera!! It’s overall larger and heavier than the Sony Nex-7, but it still so lite compared to a DSLR that the weight difference isn’t that noticeable to me at all when actually using it with the XF F/2 18mm lens. The 18mm lens is very lite and was the only lens I used for this review. That is important as it pertains to the Autoficus, because it worked pretty dam good for me with that lens and you can see it for yourself in the video above. With the larger lenses, especially the 60mm Macro, the Autofocus is much slower and hunts around more. I’ve read this on other reviews and forums and in the comments below, but with the 18mm XF f/2 lens the Auto Focus works really good in almost all the situations I through at it. It did struggle a bit on the pool shots on the fence railing, but I simple moved the AF point and it locked right on.
The Image quality on the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 using the 18mm lens is excellent. The colors, dynamic range, noise, and sharpness are all on par with the Sony Nex Cameras with a good lens attached. The Jpeg files are a little better on the fujifilm in my opinion and appear more natural in the colors and sharpness . I am a Raw shooter though, so I’m used to seeing that type of file come of cameras so keep that in mind. As I mentioned in the beginning of this review, I could not process the Raw files off the Fujifilm X-pro 1 so I shot all jpeg default. I could have in hindsight used the built in raw converter and pumped out jpegs using different developing settings, but I did not have time to try this feature unfortunately.
The High ISO images are heavily noise reduced just like the Sony’s, and they retain most of the detail as far as usability in the real world goes. I wouldn’t be using images higher than ISO 6400 in the real world most likely, but the option to go higher is nice!
The Fujifilm X-Pro 1 costs ~$1700 US at the time of this review and to spend that kind of cash your going to be a Pro most likely or hardcore hobbyist looking for the best. Fuji was thinking the same thing I believe for a number of reasons. The manual settings for the shutter and aperture are catered to the professional, the menu system is deep and designed with a Pro in mind, and the lens line-up has top quality optics to complete the package. Another nice pro oriented feature of the X-Pro 1 is the built in Hot Shoe which makes using studio lights and pro-grade flash units very easy.
The Fujifilm X-Pro 1 makes for a great investment if you have the cash for it and know how to use a camera. I personally fall into the category of “It’s a bit to expensive for what you get”, but if I had the money I would consider it as the lens line-up is very strong. Image quality is in my opinion about the same as the Sony Nex-5n if you boil it all down. I honestly can’t give an edge one way or another as both cameras take phenomenal pictures. The Fujifilm X-pro 1 is so much more expensive though if you look at from an image quality stand point per buck. Just y opinion mind you
If your looking for the best bang for the buck image quality and features wise, I recommend checking out my Sony Nex-C3, Nex-5n, or Nex-7 Hands on Reviews!! The Sony products in my opinion are a better bang for the buck even though the E-mount Lens line-up is a bit weak at the moment to say the least.
Please feel free to ask questions if you have any, and I hope you all got something out of this Hands on Review of the Fuji X-Pro 1!! Stay Tuned for the New Sony Alpha 57 and Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 Lens, which is on its way to the “Lab” as I type this!! Should be a fun camera and lens combo to review I think.
Firmware Update Ver 1.01
A new firmware is now available for the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 and can be downloaded (Click Here). I already sent the camera back otherwise I would have updated and addressed the issue below.
The firmware update Ver.1.01 incorporates the following issues:
- 1.Reduction of chattering noise from iris of lenses in shooting mode.
- 2.Improvement of phenomenon that parallax compensation does not work under condition of manual focus with OVF bright frame mode.
- 3.Improvement of phenomenon that OVF quality as low visibility due to too bright OVF under the condition of power save mode during pressing the shutter button halfway.
- 4.Improvement of phenomenon that delete function does not work after viewing continues shooting mode images.
For activate above issues completely, firmware update for XF lens is also required.
Please update the firmware of XF lens.
- 1.If firmware updating fails, the camera may no longer operate correctly in some cases.Carefully read the notes provided here.
- 2.Always use the fully-charged battery when updating the firmware as a basic manner. Never turn the camera off or attempt to use any of the camera controls while the firmware is being overwritten.
- 3.Firmware updating requires approximately 90 seconds.
- 4.Once the firmware has been updated, the previous version cannot be restored.
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