A Conversation About the New X-Pro2Posted by Fujifilm Australia
Sleek, black and sophisticated are words that don’t even come close to describing the new Fujifilm X-Pro2. As soon as you pick up this highly anticipated camera you’ll understand what photography is all about. The weather resistant magnesium alloy body deploys a realistic user experience, while tactical buttons and stern dials beg to be turned or touched with ease.
The control dials on top of the Fujifilm X-Pro2
The new Fujifilm X-Pro2
The new look menu on the Fujifilm X-Pro2
For starters, a new focus lever rises on the right hand side of the beautifully large 1.62 million dot - 60 frames per second - 3 inch LCD. Rather than accessing the focus point through a custom function button this ‘joystick’ style tool can be moved to access any of the 273 focus points - 169 of which are phase detection enabled.
The X-Pro2’s APS-C X-Trans CMOS III sensor
The internal dioptre adjustment now sits alongside the new Advanced Hybrid Multi View Finder
The new X-Pro2 shutter speed dial with added ISO dial
Move your focus over to the right hand side of the camera and you’ll notice a fast 1/8000 second setting and an added ‘x’ flash sync symbol on the shutter speed dial. Pushing down the black round button located in the middle of the shutter speed will allow you to rotate with click stop accuracy from ‘A’ to access the range of the usually displayed shutter speeds and the new additions. Alternatively if turning the dial isn’t your thing, selecting ‘T’ will allow you to access the full range of shutter speeds directly from the command dial located on the back of the camera.
When you hold the outside edge of the shutter speed dial and lift it up you’ll gain access to the new ISO dial. This clever design has morphed both shutter speed and ISO together in order to free up one of the six custom function buttons located around the camera.
In addition to the 6 custom function buttons, a total of 32 custom settings can be changed throughout the quick menu, the new ‘My Menu’ and custom settings menu. Now, no matter what your photography background, there’s bound to be a custom set up that will work for you.
The new X-Pro2 ‘C’ exposure compensation setting
Don’t be fooled by the same position of the exposure compensation dial, there’s a change with that too! The exposure compensation dial now comes with something that’s bound to make landscape, architectural and travel photographers smile. The new ‘C’ setting enables a photographer to expand their exposure compensation setting beyond +3 or -3 stops to +5 or -5 stops. This added expansion will become a welcome feature to any High Dynamic Range (HDR) photographer who requires the exposure latitude greater than the previous X-Pro1 or newer X-T1 for that matter.
Fujifilm’s newest film simulation – ‘ACROS’
Something that you’ll find when scrolling through the new look menu system with easy to touch dials is a brand new film simulation. ‘Acros’ the ‘new one’ has been simulated from the popular Neopan 100 Acros, a film that boasted the world’s highest standard in grain quality among ISO-100 films at the time. This film simulation will provide a rich, sharp black and white image that provides plenty of detail.
Grain Effect has been added to the X-Pro2 menu
The way it does this is by reducing darker levels and increasing the lighter levels – sort of like what you would be doing in Photoshop by adjusting a levels curve to form a slight ‘S’ curve. Additional simulated film grain can be added to the photo. This grain will further enhance the simulation and can be applied not just to Acros, but any photo after you’ve taken it. You can either choose from three Grain Effect settings, including: ‘Off’, ‘Weak’ or ‘Strong’.
The X-Pro2 features another first for Fujifilm X-Series Cameras
By now you might be thinking this camera has it all? But wait there’s more!
The brand new dual memory card slots allow for extra storage while you’re on the go or better still allow you piece of mind by backing up photos when recording images. Selecting ‘Sequential’ within the menu enables you to automatically record images to the next card once the first is full. ‘Back up’ mode provides the opportunity to record to both cards.
The last mode ‘RAW/Jpeg’ is one many photographers will find handy as it offers the ability to record RAW to one memory card and Jpeg onto the other. If that won’t suit you then why not try RAW/Jpeg to one memory card and then Jpeg to the other? If you’re doing this then we recommended you record RAW images onto memory card slot 1 as it supports UHS-II speeds (approximately 280MB/second). Memory card slot 2 is better for Jpeg recording as it’s only UHS-I card compatible (approximately 95MB/second).
The X-Pro2 fits comfortably in your hands no matter what the lens size
The X-Pro2 is certainly a camera many photographers have been waiting for and now with a full list of specifications published we’re sure they’ll fly off the shelves to replace existing heavy digital SLR’s.
X-Series specialists Australia wide are ready to take your orders now as the camera will be in store in early February. To locate your nearest store click here.
To see a list of Fujifilm X-Pro2 sample images click here.