I’ve been keen to try creating some Video with the Fuji X-Pro2 since I first had the pre-production version last October.
I’ll discuss a little bit about the making of the video afterwards, but in the meantime, feel free to take a look.
It’s only a two minute long mini-documentary of my friend Geoff.
Equipment used when shooting this video with the Fuji X-Pro2:
As mentioned, this was the first time pressing the “record” button on the X-Pro2 and I’d cleaned my settings before the shoot.
I moved my Record button from the default position on the top plate, and swapped it with the Photometry button. This is primarily because I prefer to have easier access to the metering options and use them far more often.
I set the film simulation to Standard and all my Shadows, Highlights, Sharpness and Colour settings were neutralised to 0.
As we were filming in doors (kind of), I chose to use a 3,200 Kelvin White Balance. As this was more of a test video, I didn’t White Balance manually each clip (which shows) – but I was very happy with the consistency of the footage.
Everything was shot at 60fps in 1080 and then footage interpreted down to 25fps in Premiere Pro.
XF 23mm F1.4
The vast majority of the footage was shot with the 23mm F1.4 lens. Sadly, there doesn’t appear to be any focus peaking when shooting in manual mode (firmware candidate!).
XF 56mm F1.2
The opening shot of the Joss Stick was shot using the 56mm lens wide open. This is trickier than I thought and in hindsight, I think I would have used the 60mm F2.8 Macro.
I recorded the audio out of camera Sennheiser AVX-MKE2. More on this in a later blog post when I’ve tested more with it and synced audio to camera connection.
Small issues I had when shooting this video with the Fuji X-Pro2:
Obviously the X-Pro2 is not a professional video camera. It doesn’t offer 4K video, nor does it off monitoring via a live HMDI Out socket for example.
The footage, however, I was very pleased with. It’s not as natural to shoot without a flip down screen and this is another situation where the definite separation between the X-Pro and the X-T range are obvious.
The native footage was good, but I chose to grade it using Film Convert Pro which I think is a great tool for Adobe Premiere Pro.
It was fun making this video with the Fuji X-Pro2. I was keen to see more of how it operated and the ergonomics of it.
I’m going to shoot more, and do a further set of posts on here. This is really just a feet in the water type post.
I know this camera isn’t really aimed at professional video makers, and that is quite apparent, but I think its certainly producing decent enough footage to be useful for personal or small project basis.
The Sennheiser AVX-MKE2 was great and I will also be talking more about using that with my video content on the Fuji System over the coming weeks and months.
I’m not a professional video make (as you can see), I’m a professional documentary wedding photographer by trade but I’m really excited about using this camera in my Day in the Life shoots and possibly some small commercial clips too.