Welcome to my Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (initial thoughts at least)

I guess the Fujifilm X-Pro2 has been the most eagerly awaited, and certainly the most rumoured, of all the Fujifim X-Series cameras to date.

Its a camera that I have personally been very eager to see released, being a firm fan of the original X-Pro1 since the day that was released.

Before I start, its worth noting that yes, I’m a Fujifilm X-Photographer but that is a non-contract, non-obligation relationship.  My comments and opinions are genuinely my own, from my working experience.  Fujifilm selected me to have a prototype as they know I shoot exclusively with their cameras and they wanted me to test the camera and give them feedback during that period.  This Fujifilm X-Pro2 review is based on my few months with the camera.

IMPORTANT:  Please note that the camera I that I’m using in this Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review is a prototype that I received directly from Fujifilm Japan.  I have had this camera since late October 2015.

For this reason, I will not, as usual, supply RAF files for this Fujifilm X-Pro2 review.

The prototype I have shoots RAW, but at the time of writing this Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review, there is no commercially available RAW processor.   All of my images are either from the JPEGs or minor edits created via TIFF conversion from the RAW files.

This Fujifilm X-Pro2 review is going to be based on my real world usage of the camera, rather than a pixel by pixel analysis of the sensor and images.

I am not going to go into too much technical detail, rather, I’m concentrating on what I think are the key features and what has impressed me, and perhaps, didn’t impress me, with the X-Pro2 in the time I’ve had it.

Remembering that this Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review is based on a prototype, I will be following this review up with one based on the retail version of the X-Pro2 as soon as I can.

So lets see the X-Pro2 then….

Fujifilm X-Pro2 Images

Fujifilm X-Pro 2

This is the front of the chassis.  Looks familiar, right?

One of the requests we had from Fujifilm during the development of the X-Pro2 was whether the body should remain sympathetic with the X-Pro1.

I was a firm believer in the the very simple body, and understated lines of the X-Pro1 and I wanted that to remain when the X-Pro2 was developed.

Weather Sealing and Aesthetic

The X-Pro2, according to the official specification is made from rigid magnesium alloy and has seals in approximately 61 places making it splash and dust resistant.  That’s weather sealed to me and you.

This is great news for those of us shooting in the U.K where we seem to have had around eight months of rain since I’ve had the camera.

Another good-news feature on the front of the camera is the addition of the front command dial.  This means the X-Pro2 as two command dials.  There is also a total of six function buttons which, when coupled with the new “My Menu”(more on that later in this Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review) feature means the X-Pro2 is the most customisable yet in the X-Series range.

Fujifilm X-Pro 2

Here you can see the Fuji X-Pro2 with the Fuji 35mm f2 R WR Fujinon Lens attached.  Those of you who have used the X-Pro1 will see that the X-pro2 is very similar in build and design styling.

Physically, the X-Pro2 has the following dimensions:  (W) 140.5mm × (H) 82.8mm × (D)45.9mm which is marginally bigger than than the X-Pro1 and this is down to the larger hand grip.

The Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review camera that I have weighs 495g including a battery (which is the same NP-W126 that we are all used to now – kudos Fuji!) and a memory card.  This is around 45g more than the X-Pro1.  Again I attribute this to the hand grip.

Fujifilm have unwaveringly kept true to the rangefinder-esque attributes of the camera.  With a nod to the journalists who demand un-obtrusive cameras, there remains no branding to the front of the camera.

This is a good thing, and despite it being prime real estate on most cameras for marketing, Fuji realise that the people who use the X-Pro2 are more interested in stealth and performance than necessarily having a funky looking camera.

The Fujifilm X-Pro2, essentially, is a little black box, that takes pictures……just like its predecessor.
Fujifilm X-Pro 2

Around the back of the camera we see perhaps the most substantial changes to the camera body itself.

You can clearly see that the LCD monitor (which is 3.0-inch, aspect ratio 3:2, approx 1.62 million dots by the way) has been shunted to the left.

The core buttons are all available on the right hand side of the back plate.  I like this, but some may well hanker over the image zoom buttons being reachable by the left thumb as it was on the X-Pro1.

Interestingly, one of the comments on social media before the launch was that Fujifilm were going to make the camera in China to save costs.  However, you can clearly see the “made in Japan” in the above image.

New Button Layout & Metering

The most interesting things for me on the back of the camera are the Photometry button and the Joystick.

I change my metering mode a lot and its nice to have a dedicated button for this.  Those of you who are used to the X-T1 will of course know that on that camera, the metering dial is on the top plate.

Incidentally, Fujifilm have added a fourth metering option to the X-Pro2; centre-weighted metering is ideal for everyday shooting when using the optical viewfinder. As it is a more basic metering method, it’s perfect for photographers who don’t want to rely on high levels of metering automation.

The joystick that you can see is pretty much perfect reach for my thumb to allow instant and easy adjustment of the focus point.

I came to realise while preparing this Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review that on my other X-Series cameras I tend to be a “focus and recompose” shooter.  I rarely change focus points.

I found myself doing that more often with the X-Pro2.  Whether that was subconscienly because its much easier now, or not, I’m not sure.

Fujifilm X-Pro 2

There are a few interesting new features and updates to the top plate of the X-Pro2.

Perhaps my favourite is a mechanical shutter that goes up (down?) to 1/8000th of a second.  This is something I’ve been lobbying for along with the rest of the community since the first Fuji X100 was released.

New Electronic Shutter and Flash Sync Speed

Being able to shoot in bright sunshine (remember that, UK folks?) with the wide primes is really a necessity for wedding photographers.

Previously, I had to use ND filters to block enough light to get the lens wide open.

Of course, the X-Pro2 also has the electronic shutter that is in the X-T1 and X100T.  This brings with it the ability of shooting at 1/32,000th of a second and with a totally silent shutter operation.

The Electronic shutter is not a substitute for a good mechanical shutter, however, and the 1/8000th shutter speed is a welcome addition.

You can also see the flash sync speed has been moved by request from many to 250th of a second.  As the Fujifilm X-Pro2 is not a leaf shutter camera, you won’t get the benefits of a very high sync speed like you can with the X100T.

ISO Dial

In a reminiscent glance to older range finder cameras, Fujifilm have added the ability to change the ISO via the top plate by building it into the shutter speed dial.

Being of a certain age (ahem!), I don’t recall any cameras that had this implementation.  I’ll be honest, when I first got the X-Pro2 I was a little concerned that this was a bit gimmicky, but after shooting a wedding, I quickly realised that actually, this feature works – and works well.

I find it easier to glance at that top plate and see my ISO level than even on my X-T1 which has a dedicated ISO dial.  I think this is because the ISO and Shutter Speed are the two attributes of the exposure triangle I change the most, and its kind of handy having them both in roughly the same place on the camera.

I think this feature will be one that people will learn to love.  It’s certainly very functional, and for those of you that use Auto-ISO a lot, will almost be irrelevant.

Five Stop Exposure Compensation

This is something I know has been requested for so long and I’m sure will be welcomed by everyone reading this Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review.

The Exposure compensation dial has a native +-3 range and with the addition of the C setting, and combining the front command dial, you can reach +-5 stops.  Good work Fujifilm!

First Ever Image Shot on the Fujifilm X-Pro2

One of the things I try and do when penning these reviews is be as honest as possible.  At the end of the day I’m a professional photographer first and foremost.  I know that most of you reading this will also be professionals.  I’m not here to pull wool over your eyes or bend any facts.

The truth of the matter is that 95% of my income comes from shooting weddings.  It should go without saying I’m not going to compromise my business and my clients images with inferior tools and camera choices.

I have invested heavily in Fujifilm equipment because I 100% believe that their equipment is perfect for me right now.  I also have first hand experience of the people behind the brand – and as professional photographers who shoot with Fuji’s we are in good hands!

When I first received the Fuji X-Pro2 prototype, I got straight in the car and took a photograph.

This is it:

Fujifilm X-Pro2 High ISO Example ImageFujifilm X-Pro2 Review ~ X-Pro2 | XF 35mm F1.4 | 1/80 sec @ f/5.6 ISO 12,800


Impressive huh?  Very artistic I think.

Anyhow, as I said – this is the very first image I ever took with the X-Pro2.

This image is straight from the camera.  No editing what-so-ever.  This is shot as I turned the camera on so not even any of the in camera settings have been adjusted.

What’s impressive about the picture I suppose is that it is shot at 12,800 ISO.

Which brings me onto something I think a lot of people will be interested in whilst reading this Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review:

ISO Capabilities

The new sensor, as widely reported, is the third incarnation of the X-Trans sensor.  Cleverly named X-Trans CMOS III.  It’s a 24.3 mega pixel sensor.

When I first learnt that the new sensor was going to be 24 mega pixels or so, I was a little concerned.  I really wanted Fuji to blow us out of the water with their noise handling and add higher noise handling capabilities rather than concentrate on a bigger sensor.

I was concerned that the larger MP sensor would do the opposite and negate the higher ISO noise.

In fact, it has to be said that Fuji have done both in that they have increased the mega pixels and, by my reckoning, made the noise handling at higher ISO at least a stop or two better.  And a remarkable job they have done too.

The new X-Trans III sensor can shoot native RAW ISO up to 12,800.  This is something I know a lot of wedding photographers have been asking for for a long time.

There is also extended ISO support right up to 51,200 ISO.

Here is something that may make you swoon too.  The extended ISO images can be recorded in RAW format instead of just JPEG.  This is the first X-Series camera that offers the capability. Thanks to Brian Aitkenhead for bringing that to my attention.

I’ll show you one shot at 51,200 ISO in fact:

51,200 ISO Fuji X-Pro2Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review ~ X-Pro2 | XF 35mm F2 R WR | 1/8,000 sec @ f/2 ISO 51,200


The above image is interesting as it makes use of a few new features (some of which I’ll talk about later):

  • It’s shot at an extend ISO of 51,200
  • It’s shot using the mechanical shutter at 1/8,000th of a second (to drive the ISO up)
  • It’s shot setting the new Grain Effect, set to Off
  • It’s shot using the new Acros (+Red filter) film simulation

Of course, I don’t really see many opportunities that require shooting at such an ISO in my everyday professional shooting, but genuinely, the high ISO capabilities are very much improved on the X-Pro2 compared to the X-Pro1 and even the newer X-Trans II sensor bodies such as the X-T1.

Lets see a few others at more standard ISO levels:

Fuji X-Pro2 ReviewFujifilm X-Pro2 Review ~ X-Pro2 | XF 35mm F1.4 | 1/125 sec @ f/1.4 ISO 2,500


Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review

Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review ~ X-Pro2 | XF 35mm F1.4 | 1/125 sec @ f/1.4 ISO 1,000


Fujifilm X-Pro2 SamplesFujifilm X-Pro2 Review ~ X-Pro2 | XF 56mm F1.2 R | 1/125 sec @ f/1.2 ISO 2,000


Fuji X-Pro2 ReviewFujifilm X-Pro2 Review ~ X-Pro2 | XF 35mm F2 R WR | 1/125 sec @ f/2 ISO 1,600

Shooting in Low Light with the X-Pro2

The low light focus acquisition is much quicker than before.  This, I’m told, is down to the new amount of selectable focus points (77) of which around 40% of are the fast phase detect pixels.

I definitely noticed how the focusing using both standard single Auto focus, and the continuous tracking modes (of which there are the same options as the X-T1 & X-T10, including zone and wide focus) was pretty much seamless in situations that perhaps would have been hopeless previously.

What we don’t have on the X-Pro2 is the huge electronic viewfinder that is found in the X-T1.  When switching between the two cameras, I did notice the difference in size of the view finder, but not at all in the brightness or content.

In low light, shooting with the EVF and auto focus is greatly improved and where continuous focus on the X-Pro1 was a fairly ambitious, Fujifilm have nailed it I think on the X-Pro2.


The Optical Viewfinder

Its hard for me to articulately describe the reason why I love the X-Pro and X100 range of cameras so much, as it revolves around the Optical Viewfinder (OVF).

I’ve spoke to a lot of people recently who insist that they would “never have the need for an optical viewfinder”, and of course, that may well be true.  After all the Electronic viewfinder gives an accurate representation of the image amongst other benefits.

However, the OVF in the X-Pro2 has been redesigned somewhat and is now what Fujifilm claim to be the “world’s first Advanced Hybrid Multi Viewfinder offering the benefits of both optical and electronic viewfinders”.

Fuji X-Pro2 Optical ViewfinderThe Hybrid Multi Viewfinder (notice the rain hitting the window….still).

I like using the OVF for many reasons, but primarily I believe its a quicker shooting experience and it allows me to “see more”.  I can watch and observe a lot more using the optical viewfinder.

The X-Pro2 has a cool feature called Multi-Magnification which automatically switches the viewfinder magnification according to the lens in use and an electronic rangefinder that simultaneously displays the electronic viewfinder on top of the optical viewfinder (allowing you to see a live view of the exposure).  I call this the best of both worlds!

Of course, I do find myself using the EVF too, especially in lower light conditions and I was nothing less than stunned at the refresh rate of it.

Those of us who used the original X100 and the X-Pro1 before the firmware updates will be well aware of the lag in the visual refresh of the EVF.

Over time, Fuji have addressed this, but now, its pretty much non existent.

The refresh rate of the EVF is now around 85 frames per second (compared to 54 frames per second of the X-Pro1).  The “black out” after each frame has also been greatly reduced.  These two updates alone lead to a much, much faster shooting experience using the X-Pro2.

I can shoot faster using the X-Pro2 than I can with the X-T1.

This brings me nicely to the section I want to talk a bit more about.  Weddings and Speed.

Shooting a Wedding with the Fuji X-Pro2

So, before I continue with more thoughts, as you may know, I’m a professional documentary wedding photographer.  I’ve been shooting 100% with my Fujifilm gear for around three years and was an early adopter of the original X100.

As it stood when I received the X-Pro2, I had one wedding on the horizon (what with it being winter and all that – have I mentioned the rain?).

I took the camera along with me to the wedding, and Fujifilm came along for the ride

Below is a mini-documentary / interview I recorded in November whilst shooting a live wedding the X-Pro2 and my other X-Series cameras.

(apologise for the tired face, it had been a long day…):

In the interview and documentary above, you can see that I’m shooting with two X-T1’s and an X-Pro2.

Generally I will work with two bodies, but obviously as the X-Pro2 was a prototype I had to ensure that I had two bodies on me that I at least knew how to use 100%.  I only shot portions of the wedding using the X-Pro2 and at all times backed up the shots with the X-T1 (just in case…though I didn’t need that redundancy in the end, thankfully).

In the end, I used the X-Pro2 seamlessly and as soon as the retail version is out, I’ll be purchasing two X-Pro2’s for my kit bag.

Thanks to my very good friend Neale James for the documentary.

Speed of Shooting with the Fuji X-Pro2

During this Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review you will probably already have picked up that the X-Series has improved greatly in terms of shooting speed but I am honestly really staggered by the shooting experience and speed of image acquisition I can get with the X-Pro2.

There are a couple of things that are of relevance here I have found out whilst testing the camera:

  • 40% of the sensor area is now comprised of these faster phase detection pixels.  AF speed is remarkable.
  • The high speed burst of 8FPS is quick.
  • There is now three performance modes; High, Standard and Economy.  The High Performance mode ensure the camera is awake super fast and I’ve yet to be let down from hip to eye.
  • No perceivable lag.

If you are likely to be shooting in burst mode, my tests were showing around 80+ frames in JPEG at 8 frames per second before the buffer filled.

In RAW, I was getting around 35 frames.

I think possibly the most noticeable to me, when I was shooting with the EVF, was the lag – or lack of it.

Pretty much as fast as my shutter finger could go, I was acquiring images.

In almost all shooting environments I am using the AF-L button (which hopefully will be a little more tactile on the release version of the camera) to lock the focus.  Shoot, shoot, shoot……and shoot some more.

Performance and speed of shooting is really a stand out feature of the X-Pro2 and if you are a wedding photographer, this is something you are really going notice an improvement on.

Wedding Photography with the Fuji X-Pro2Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review ~ X-Pro2 | XF 35mm F1.4 | 1/125 sec @ f/1.4 ISO 640


Fuji X-Pro2 Wedding PhotographyFujifilm X-Pro2 Review ~ X-Pro2 | XF 35mm F1.4 | 1/125 sec @ f/1.4 ISO 640


Fujifilm X-Pro2 ReviewFujifilm X-Pro2 Review ~ X-Pro2 | XF 35mm F1.4 R | 1/125 sec @ f/1.4 ISO 640


Review of the Fuji X-Pro2Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review ~ X-Pro2 | XF 35mm F1.4 R | 1/125 sec @ f/1.4 ISO 400


Fuji X-Pro2 ReviewFujifilm X-Pro2 Review ~ X-Pro2 | XF 56mm F1.2 R | 1/125 sec @ f/1.2 ISO 1,600


Fujifilm X-Pro2 ReviewsFujifilm X-Pro2 Review ~ X-Pro2 | XF 56mm F1.2 R | 1/125 sec @ f/1.2 ISO 2,000


Data Redundancy, Wifi, Interverometer & User Interface

I’m going to put the next sentence in big, bold letters:

The Fujifilm X-Pro2 has dual card slots.

Whoop!  Honestly, if I had a penny for each person that said to me “yes, but the X… doesn’t have dual card slots”.

In all seriousness, I have really been pushing Fujifilm to include data redundancy for a long time.

I want to explain something however;  I’ve never really felt the urge or requirement to have dual card support.  Personally, when I shot DSLRs it wasn’t until the Canon 5D Mark III came along that I had dual card support.  I’d say its still not a standard feature on most DSLRs now.

I have become accustomed to shooting with one large SD card (swapping cards mid shoot, I believe, is more likely to lead to lost cards/corruption, than the chances of data damage on a single card).

My biggest concern had been that Fuji would add dual cards and then the body would become bigger, or the performance of the camera would be affected.

Because there is no RAW support tool as I write this for the X-Pro2 I have been shooting everything RAW+JPEG and I’m thrilled by the performance.

I’m sure somewhere inside the camera are little elves peddling as fast as they can, but when two SD cards are used those elves must be on multiple doses of caffeine.

When the X-T1 came along it supported UHS-II cards which are blazing fast at writing and if you have a supporting reader, downloading too.

What would Fuji do when the inevitable happened and they introduced Dual Card slots?  Would the UHS-II get ditched?  Would they both be UHS-II perhaps?

Well, in a move that will pacify practically everyone, they have introduced one UHS-II slot and one UHS-I slot.

This is a great workaround for the conundrum I think.

I’ve been shooting all my JPEG’s to a 256GB SD card in the UHS-I slot (rather confusingly this is labeled “Slot 2” on the camera), and all my RAW’s have been going to a 16GB UHS-II card (which, of course, is in “Slot 1”).

Dual SD Card Support in Fuji X-Pro2Wedding Photographers Rejoice; Dual SD Cards


The Fujifilm X-Pro2 is also fully Wifi enabled and supports the Instax Printers.

If you look at the video of me shooting a wedding earlier in this post, you will see, towards the end, how I’m handing a couple of images to the bride and groom shot and delivered via the X-Pro2 and Instax Share printer.

An almost ubiquitous Intervelometer is also included.  I’ve never used it.  I’m sure it will be just fine though.

Overall, the User Interface has had quite a substantial update, but by and large, most things are still where they should be – or where you would expect them to be.

One neat feature I found myself using quite a bit was the “My Menu” menu.  This is a custom menu that you can build (up to 16 items I think….that was the limit on my prototype anyway).  It’s a nice addition to the Q Menu (which, ironically, I never use).

Fujifilm X-Pro2 My Menu

The new “My Menu” option.


JPEG Processing & Acros Film Simulation

I really don’t know what goes on inside the camera itself.  Its all very technical.  All I know is that the JPEGs the Fuji X-Series has been producing over the last five years is nothing short of spectacular.

Many people will ignore the JPEGs of course, and that’s fine, there is certainly a time and a place for a RAW only workflow.

I actually posted about my Fujifilm JPEG v RAW editing workflow recently and my approach will not change with the release of the X-Pro2.

As the sensor is now 24 Mega Pixels this is going to lead to much larger RAW files.

Fujifilm has added a Lossless Compressed RAW option in the X-Pro2.  My testing showed that RAW files were approximately half the size using the lossless compressed method.

I’m not sure what the benefit of having an uncompressed RAW option is if I’m honest.  Perhaps there is some minor performance gain.  I’m sure it will all become clear.

Its also worth pointing out here that the pixel size of the JPEG images at 3:2 ration (large) is 6000 x 4000.   That’s big, right?  These files are going to print at pretty much any regular size we will require.

There a few additional features for us JPEG shooters however; primarily the introduction of the Acros film simulation and the ability to add grain (either fine, or heavy).

The X-Pro2 also gets the gorgeous Classic Chrome film simulation which is my goto simulation for colour shooting.

The options for controlling the finish of the JPEGs is still in place, but we now have greater control.

  • Highlight tone now goes from -2 to +4 (I’ve been defaulting to -1)
  • Shadow tone now goes from -2 to +4 also (for this, I’ve been defaulting to +3.  I like my blacks to be punchy)
  • Colour (if shooting a colour simulation) goes from -4 to +4 (I’ve been setting this to +3 for strong colours)
  • Sharpness also goes from -4 to +4.  I’ve been defaulting to +2.
  • Noise Reduction also now sees more control options, ranging from -4 to +4.  I’m still not sure if -4 is the equivalent to “off”.  It may be – its certainly close to off.  I’ve been defaulting to -3 anyway – this seems to put an end to the waxy skin tones that we saw with the X-Pro1 JPEGs.

As we have really become accustomed to with the Fujifilm X-Trans sensors, the colour renditions are truly gorgeous.

If you do shoot in JPEG, then you’ll be pleased to know that this tradition seems to have been maintained with deep colours and vibrant images:

Fuji X-Pro2 ReviewFujifilm X-Pro2 Review ~ X-Pro2 | XF 16mm F1.4 R WR | 1/80 sec @ f/2 ISO 200


Whats new with the Fuji X-Pro2Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review ~ X-Pro2 | XF 35mm F2 R WR | 1/125 sec @ f/2 ISO 500


Acros Film Simulation

As someone who shoots in Monochrome a LOT, Acros is the new love of my photographic life.

It seems to emulate the film stock well with deep blacks and pleasing smooth tones.  I really love it.

Let’s show you the difference between the film simulations;  These image sets are Classic Chrome, B&W (+r) Simulation, Acros (+r) Simulation.

Some snapshots of my crazy little Whippet…

These shots were all: Fujifilm X-Pro2 | XF 35mm F1.4 | 1/450 sec @ f/1.4 ISO 200

Fujifilm X-Pro2 Classic ChromeClassic Chrome Film Simulation


Fujifilm Black and White (with R) Film SimulationFujifilm Black and White (with R) Film Simulation


Fujifilm Acros (with R) Film SimulationFujifilm Acros (with R) Film Simulation

Some snapshots of my crazy little daughter…

These shots were all: Fujifilm X-Pro2 | XF 35mm F2 R WR | 1/3,800 sec @ f/2 ISO 400

Classic ChromeClassic Chrome Film Simulation


Black and WhiteFujifilm Black and White (with R) Film Simulation


Acros Film SimulationFujifilm Acros (with R) Film Simulation

X-T1 or X-Pro2?

This is the question many people will be asking themselves now and is probably why a lot of you are even reading this Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review.  I know some people who are firmly in the DSLR type X-T1 camp, and others who have literally been keeping awake with excitement at the prospect of a new Fujifilm X-Pro2.

Well, I hope this Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review has gone some-way to helping you at least understand some of the key new features of the camera.

For me, whilst I love my X-T1’s, as a wedding photographer who shoots in a reportage style, what I’ve seen from my prototype X-Pro2 is enough to make me convinced I’m going to be using X-Pro2’s at weddings going forward.

What about the tilt screen? – I know some of you have become very much used to the tilt screen on the X-T1 and X-T10, and I have too, truth be told.

I’d have liked the X-Pro2 to have an articulating LCD monitor, but I can fully see why Fujifilm did not include one.  The cost factor, for a start but also, adding a tilt screen will effect the size of the body and the ergonomics of the back plate.

The X-Pro2 is already the perfect size and I wouldn’t want it any larger.

I think, looking at the way the X-T range and X-Pro range are evolving, we are seeing the strands being aimed at subtly different market places.

The X-Pro2 is a rangefinder style camera; it has an optical view finder as well as the EVF, it has its eye view finder in the traditional left hand side, its stealthy, its sleek and it is (now) very very fast.

I can see journalist, reportage photographers, wedding photographers and street photographers using the X-Pro2 to its fullest advantage.

In the heat of the moment, whether that is as a news photographer, or a wedding photojournalist, it is nearly always quicker to shoot through the view finder.  I see the X-Pro2 being used in a mele of other photographers or guests – and yes, of course, in some cases shooting above the head with a tilt screen will be advantageous, I think, for me at least, this camera will allow me to really get into the wedding I’m shooting and capture the moments on  a very intimate scale.

The X-T1, is of course a fine camera – I wouldn’t have used it to shoot all my weddings since it was released in 2014.  I’m guessing the direction and speration of the two camera models would lend the X-T1 more towards landscape and portrait type shooters but wedding shooters too will still appreciate that camera.

But in truth, from my very good understanding of the X-T1 and my knowledge of the X-Pro2 over the last few months it may simply come down to the fact that the X-Pro2 has a much better and faster sensor by my reckoning….but the X-T1 has the prism type view finder and tilt screen.

Only you can decide I guess.

Did I mention the Speed of Shooting with the X-Pro2?

This following little clip is only 45 seconds long, but I think it show cases the speed at which the X-Pro2 with its new X-Trans III 24.3 Mega Pixels sensor can work.

These images were all shot using the AF-L button to lock the focus, and the shutter button to shoot.

Its only a bit of fun, but can you imagine shooting this with an X-Pro1?

XPro2 – the future?

I can tell you right now the Fujifilm X-Pro2 is a fine, fine camera but there are a few minor features that I think its still missing.

I’d like to see:

  • The ability to sync settings across bodies (either by wifi or by saving a configuration body)
  • The ability to set the time to the second (and sync across bodies via wifi?).
  • A standard microphone out 3.5mm jack.
  • A pure monochrome only version (that’s me just dreaming though).
  • The ability to switch in camera noise reduction off completely (NOTE:  In the X-Pro2 you can set this to -4 now.  It *may well be* that this setting is *off*, I just don’t know yet.
  • The ability to change the saturation level of the sepia, or, apply a sepia setting to the monochrome film simulations (that was controllable).

But seriously, by the time you read this, the full specifications will be available on the Fujifilm website.  Fujifilm have put a great deal of effort into keeping this launch secret (it didn’t work, clearly), and I really don’t know at the time of writing this the *official* specifications.

I’m guessing my prototype is fairly accurate to the release version but there may be tweaks and firmware updates.  I have to tell you though, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed using this camera and its a real leap forward for the X-Pro range and the whole of the X-Series.

Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review ~ Final Thoughts

So, I hope this little Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review has been useful.

I want to reiterate again that I’m using Fuji gear professionally, 100% in my photography business.  I wouldn’t jeopardise my business for the sake of some kudos or the odd free camera.

The words above are my personal thoughts, they aren’t swayed by any promises of goodies from Fuji.  I have too much respect for my fellow professional photographers to pedal bull sh*t here.

I’ve been shooting with the X-Series since 2011 and I suppose this Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review is a culmination of all that time shooting.  I’ve grown up with it and watched it mature from a bumbling and stutter early start to the elegant and advanced photographic system that it is today.

I’ve had almost every possible combination of conversations with people about switching from DSLR to the Fuji X-Series and you know what?  The actual fact of the matter is…..

Some people will never make the change, and that’s fine.

Other’s will change, and go back to DSLR. And that’s fine too.

But for the majority who do try and the X-Series, they will stay, and they will appreciate, as I do, what a very capable and well defined system it is.

The Fujifilm X-Pro2, in my opinion has taken it to the next level.

Sure, it doesn’t have 4K video, and it doesn’t have  tilt screen, it can’t shoot at 156,000 ISO and its an APS-C sensor…


It’s quick, its small, its light, it makes incredible images, its cheap(er)  and the lenses are amazing, the company behind it are empathetic and way above all of that…..perhaps the most important thing is the fact that it is pleasurable to use – its a photographers camera.

Photography using the X-series is enjoyable, its fun, its something moving to the X-Series made me want to do more of, not less, like my old DSLR system did.

When I was shooting DSLR I felt like a professional photographer, now, in the words of the great Elliott Erwitt, I feel like I am a professional photographer by trade and an amateur photographer by vocation.

Remember, this Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review is just my first thoughts based on three months of having it (but only at one wedding).

Remember, the camera I have is a prototype.  Some, perhaps even all of what I speak about in the Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review above might be different by the time the retail camera comes out.

If you want to watch the mini-documentary of me shooting a live wedding with the Fujifilm X-Series, its under the “Shooting Weddings with an X-Pro2” section above, or you can see it on vimeo.

It would be amazing, if you found this Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review useful, if you could share it on Facebook and Twitter.  I’d really appreciate that.


Oh, and if you want, please check out my Fuji X-Series workshops.

Oh (yes, another Oh), and if you sign up for my mailing list below, you’ll get notification of all posts to this site.  No spam, I promise.  I’ll be doing a multi part guide to shooting weddings with the X-Series very soon.

In the UK, you can purchase the X-Pro2 from WEX right now.  Enjoy…..

You may also want to see what my fellow Kage Collective members think of the Fuji X-Pro2 too:

Charlene Winfred – featuring a great in-depth review and amazing images from Sri Lanka.

KAGE International Photography Collective –  January 2015 magazine – our new magazine format launches with a huge X-Pro2 special, many X-Pro2 stories and reviews!

Patrick LaRoqueBert Stephani & Flemming Bo Jenson (how come they all have such cool names and I’m called….Kevin!).

And on that note I’ll leave you with another view out of my car window which I took very early on in my time with the Fuji X-Pro2, last November:

England and RainFujifilm X-Pro2 Review ~ X-Pro2 | XF 35mm F1.4 R | 1/170 sec @ f/5.6 ISO 400

Actually, you know what, I’ve changed my mind….I’ll leave you with my lovely family instead of the miserable rain.

Happy shooting.

Fujifilm X-Pro2Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review ~ X-Pro2 | XF 35mm F2 WR R | 1/125 sec @ f/2.8 ISO 640

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