Fuji X-PRO 2: The complete review with everything we know so far

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The official Fuji X-Pro 2 camera body has been announced and there are a few pre-production bodies out in the wild among Fuji X shooters, but the official release version of the camera is yet to be seen.  The camera is set to be shipped on February 28, 2016.  I haven't yet laid hands on the camera, but I've put a few hours into finding every little thing available so far from those who have.

If you're one of the more than 1 million regular readers of Improve Photography, you already know that I ditched Nikon and switched to Fuji last year.  Since then, dozens or hundreds of Improve Photography readers have also made the switch, partially because I'm always gushing about my Fuji gear.  So sorry if I sound like a fanboy in this post.  Maybe it's because I am.

But for the record, I also own a Canon and Nikon camera body that I use for testing new lenses.  So I'm not THAT impartial ๐Ÿ™‚

This article is being updated on an almost daily basis as new information becomes available.  I'll also be putting together a series of Youtube videos as soon as the camera is out.  Subscribe to my Youtube channel so you don't miss them.

Overview

The Fuji X Pro 2 is a gorgeous-looking retro-style camera that puts almost all of its attention to still photographers who want the control, and ease of shooting that the body provides.

The body includes all the high-end features you'd expect on a flagship camera: wi-fi, 1/8000 shutter speed, 1/250 sync speed, excellent low light specs, weather sealing, and a solid magnesium-alloy body.

When it comes right down to it, there are only two significant drawbacks to the camera from what I can see: (1) No tilting LCD screen, and (2) a relatively short battery life that will require the photographer to carry multiple batteries.

This is one of the first mirrorless cameras that can replace a DSLR for 99% of photographers.  It still isn't the right camera for photographers who shoot pro sports (there's no 400mm f/4 on the Fuji system), but other than that, it's tough to think of a photography situation where the X Pro 2 would be a bad choice.

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Specs

  • 24.3 megapixel sensor
  • Hybrid rangefinder and EVF viewfinder
  • 273 autofocus points, with 77 cross type AF points
  • Dual SD card slots
  • Built in Wi-fi
  • Tremendous controls on the camera: Joystick for AF, separate dials for ISO aperture and shutter, 6 customizable function buttons, etc.
  • Weather sealed
  • Max shutter speed 1/8000 physical or 1/32000 electronic shutter.  1/25o flash sync speed.
  • 1080p/60 video
  • 8fps with a huge buffer
  • ISO 100 to 51,200

The Viewfinder: Including the big myth

The Fuji X Pro 2's most unique feature is that it has a rangefinder-style viewfinder.  Rather, I should more correctly say that the Fuji X Pro 2 CAN HAVE a rangefinder style viewfinder.  This is something that I didn't explain well when I discussed it on the most recent episode of the podcast and I got some people confused.

For those of you who didn't shoot a rangefinder film camera, a rangefinder viewfinder basically means that you see out through the camera body through a little window and NOT through the lens.  The viewfinder shows lines in the window showing where the edges of the frame are as you zoom in and out, but you can see wider than what the lens is seeing.

This works quite well when shooting landscapes or street photography where you want to see what's in the frame and what's slightly out of it so you can decide if you want to include it.  However, it's a disaster for sports and wildlife photographers, who use long lenses.  You'd see a very wide image through the viewfinder, and then a tiny little box in the middle of the frame showing where the frame of the picture is through the lens.

Here's where the myth comes in!  I'm sure this scares off a lot of photographers.  It did to me as well until I understood it better.  This is not a traditional rangefinder camera.  Yes, this view is available, and I actually expect it to be quite handy when shooting wide, but it ALSO has a normal EVF (Electronic viewfinder) for shooting just like you'd see if you were to shoot with an XT1.  There's a little lever on the front of the camera to the left of the viewfinder window that allows you to switch between normal EVF mode and this rangefinder mode.  So you CAN use the X Pro 2 with a normal viewfinder in addition to the rangefinder mode if you choose to use it.

But there's one other mode available for the viewfinder–hybrid mode.  The hybrid mode is pretty unique.  It shows a traditional rangefinder view, but also a little popout at the bottom right of the screen showing a tiny image preview.

The refresh rate on the Fuji viewfinders that I've tested are the best in the market.  There is almost no perceptible lag, and word on the street is that the lag will be reduced even more on the new Fuji X Pro 2.

The EVF is actually slightly smaller than the one on the XT1, but it has a higher resolution to show greater detail.

Bert Stephani pointed out on Youtube that he likes the viewfinder placement on the X Pro 2.  Because it is way off in the corner of the camera, your face doesn't contact the LCD screen as much and most of your face is not covered by the camera so you can more easily communicate with your portrait subjects without hiding behind the camera.  Another benefit to the viewfinder placement is that you're less likely to bump the eye detection sensor accidentally, which switches the view from LCD to viewfinder.

UPDATE on January 29, 2016: It was first rumored that the X Pro 2 would not adapt the optical viewfinder to adjust to new lenses (being more zoomed in when using a long lens).  This is not true.  The feature IS in the X Pro 2, so using long lenses won't be so ridiculous ๐Ÿ™‚  Thanks to the commenter below that pointed it out to me.

This is one of the official sample shots done with the X Pro 2. It's a gorgeous composition, and notice how well the camera handles this EXTREME dynamic range. That's a promising sign.
This is one of the official sample shots done with the X Pro 2. It's a gorgeous composition, and notice how well the camera handles this EXTREME dynamic range. That's a promising sign.

Shutter Speed (And that interesting shutter dial)

The max physical shutter speed of the X Pro 2 is 1/8000.  That's actually quite nice to have.  When I'm shooting on a bright day but want to achieve a shallow depth of field with an f/2.8 lens, I need the 1/8000 shutter speed to cut out more light.

One of the biggest improvements to this body is that the flash sync speed is now 1/250.  This is a very welcome change for flash photographers like myself who need to cut out more light so a faster aperture can be used, or to freeze motion in brightly lit areas.  The sync speed of the previous model was an annoying 1/180.  On the shutter speed dial, the max flash sync speed is marked with an x after the number.

Within the shutter speed dial is the subset ISO dial.  By lifting up the edges of the shutter speed dial and twisting, you can see the ISO change.  There is a little plastic window on the shutter dial that shows the ISO.  I'm not convinced that this is better than the separate ISO dial on the XT1, but I'm at least glad to see that there are separate dials for shutter, aperture (on the lens), and ISO.  I would have freaked out if Fuji had removed the ISO dial entirely.

Speed

Fuji really went crazy with the processor in this camera, which should hopefully improve the responsiveness and snappiness of what I would already consider to be a good menu system on the Fuji cameras.  The new processor is quad core.

The camera is capable of shooting a respectable 8 frames per second, which makes this camera appropriate for even casual sports and wildlife shooters like myself.

The buffer on the X Pro 2 is really huge.  I've searched around and can't confirm a specific number of raw files that it can do, but I heard a loooooooong burst on some of the pre-production models from other photographers.

Image Quality and Low Light Performance

The X Pro 2 does not utilize a low pass filter which will, in theory, produce sharper photos.  I heard several comments from official Fuji X shooters who got a pre-production version of the camera that the Jpeg images were surprisingly sharp, but that really doesn't mean much.  A sharp JPEG could just mean that the camera applied more post-shot sharpening to the file.

The minimum ISO is 100, which is a welcomed change from the XT1's minimum shutter speed of ISO 200, which was disappointing for landscape photographers who often need to cut out more light to get a longer shutter speed without using filters.

On the high end of the ISO specs, I've always respected that Fuji advertises much more reasonable high ISO capabilities of its cameras than the other manufacturers.  Canon is the worst about this.  They'll advertise a max native ISO that is sometimes 3 full stops above what would ever be considered usable.  With the Fuji system, you still wouldn't want to shoot at the max ISO, but it's usually a lot closer to reality.  So don't take the max ISO number of a Fuji camera and use it to determine how well it will do in low light.  The only way to know is to test it for yourself.

I was really nervous about the low light performance of the Fuji line of cameras when I considered switching over from my Nikon D810 full frame camera.  I'd always heard that mirrorless cameras don't do well in low light, and when I tested the micro 4/3 offerings from Panasonic and Olympus, I wasn't pleased.  But I was AMAZED at how well my Fuji XT1 did with low light.  I regularly shoot night photography with my Fuji XT1 and it holds its own against my full frame cameras.  It's not AS good, but it's close.

The other thing to realize about the X Pro 2 and all of the other Fuji cameras that I've tested is that they are completely ISO invariant.  Click that link to read my article explaining clearly what ISO invariance is.  It's really quite interesting.  But basically it means that it doesn't matter if you set the camera to 1600 to properly expose in camera, or if you shoot at ISO 100 (producing a very dark picture) and then bring up the exposure later.  You'll get the same result.  It's actually a very useful technology that you DON'T find in most of the Canon and Nikon bodies.

Build Quality & Body Features

Weather sealing is an excellent feature to see added to this camera body.  I'll be interested to do a tear down or wait until someone else tears down this camera to see how well the weather sealing is done, though.  Not all weather sealing is the same.  Sometimes it's just a glorified term for putting in a few 2 cent rubber gaskets, and sometimes it means the camera has been designed from the ground up to make it tough and weather proof.

The buttons on the camera are much higher quality.  Many of the previous Fuji cameras have very plasticy, clicky buttons.  Fuji has made the buttons softer to the touch and added a little travel to the buttons.  The spinning dials on the camera are made out of cross-hatched metal, which looks really cool.

One major disappointment on the Fuji X Pro 2 is that the LCD is not articulating or even tiltable.  Why in the WORLD are camera manufacturers continually releasing cameras with fixed LCD screens?  It's incredibly useful to have a tiltable LCD screen and I'm disappointed that Fuji didn't include on in this camera.  In fact, this is the #1 most disappointing feature in this camera in my opinion.

[x_blockquote cite=”Jim Harmer” type=”left”]By far, the most disappointing miss on the Fuji X Pro 2 is that there is no tilting LCD screen.[/x_blockquote]

But at least the X Pro 2 includes dual SD card slots, which is an excellent choice.  Nikon and Canon keep releasing cameras with two different cards (XQD + SD, or CF + SD, for example).

Unlike the X Pro 1, the X Pro 2 has a tripod socket on the bottom of the camera that is centered with the lens.  This is an excellent choice as it makes it much easier to shoot panoramas.

This body also has a beefier magnesium alloy frame that is just slightly larger than the previous version.  That's actually a welcomed change as far as most photographers are concerned, who sometimes find the Fuji cameras too small for their hands.  It also has a chunkier grip for the right hand.

The camera uses the same NP-W126 battery as the X Pro 1, Fuji XT1, Fuji XT10, and most of the other Fuji X cameras.  This is a disappointment as this battery is underpowered.  However, I bought 7 of this third party battery for my XT1 (works in the X Pro 2 as well) that lasts much longer.  This third-party battery is 1500 mAh instead of just 1260 mAh on the official Fuji battery.  Oh, and it costs 1/4 the price!  Those batteries have been great!

A look at the magnesium alloy body under the X Pro 2. You can't tell me you didn't look at that and think it looked disturbingly similar to Kylo Ren holding Darth Vader's old mask in the new Star Wars. Sorta?
A look at the magnesium alloy body under the X Pro 2. You can't tell me you didn't look at that and think it looked disturbingly similar to Kylo Ren holding Darth Vader's old mask in the new Star Wars. Sorta?

Autofocus

The X Pro 2 includes a ridiculous, fat, huge, monstrous number of autofocus points–273.  Yup.  273.  And they cover just about every nook and cranny of the screen.  I love that they aren't all concentrated in the middle.  77 of the focus points are phase detection autofocus points.  Phase detection means that the autofocus point can tell the lens if it needs to push out, or in to get proper focus, instead of requiring the lens to hunt back and forth until focus is found.  The number of autofocus points is staggering, and welcomed.

Selecting an autofocus point can sometimes take too long if you have too many points to choose from.  Fortunately, the camera allows for the points to be grouped so you can quickly move to a region of autofocus points and then zoom into that region to pick a specific point.

Fuji XT1 users and users of many other Fuji cameras, are familiar with the requirement to press the down button on the four-way selector, and then you can move around your autofocus point.  The X Pro 2 makes this a much quicker process by including a joystick on the back of the camera so that the focus point can be moved around much more quickly.  This is the first time I've seen an autofocus joystick on a mirrorless camera.

The speed of the autofocus remains to be seen, and that's a subjective measurement.  The XT1 was never faster than a DSLR, but after the version 4 firmware update, I wouldn't call it “slow” either.  I even had reasonable success photographing a college football game with it.  I'd love to see an improvement in the autofocus speed, which it's rumored to have improved dramatically, but I can't comment on this until the camera is in my hands since this IS a subjective measurement.

You can measure the autofocus speed scientifically, but the real speed depends dramatically on the situation, the autofocus target, the specific lens used, etc.

Weight (And the REAL weight of the system)

The weight of the camera is a huge draw for me.  Weight was the thing that pushed me away from my D810 in the first place.  Given that I travel to shoot with readers of Improve Photography around the world about 10 times a year, I need a camera system that won't break my back after backpacking through the mountains, traveling throughout rural China, chasing the light in Iceland, and hiking through the forests in Costa Rica.  The full frame DSLR systems (INCLUDING the A7RII which is actually NOT lighter than full frame DSLRs), were too heavy.

I'm slightly sad to see that the Fuji X Pro 2 gained just a little weight, but it's not significant (only 40 grams heavier than the previous version).  To put that in perspective, the new version is only the weight of one of those tiny boxes of Sunmaid raisins.

The real weight numbers to pay attention to when buying into a camera system are not just the weight of the camera, but the weight of comparable lenses.  This is what convinced me not to buy a Sony A7RII.  The A7RII itself is lightweight, but Sony doesn't yet make a trinity of f/2.8 lenses.  If you compare the weight of the Sony f/4 lenses against the Nikon or Canon f/4 lenses, you see that you really don't lose any weight by switching to Sony's full frame mirrorless system.

The below little comparison of my D810 and my Fuji XT1 when I switched was one of the biggest reasons for switching.  Fuji is WAY less money and WAY lighter.  But the weight argument will appeal to some photographers (especially those who travel, hike, or shoot day-long weddings), but not as much to other photographers who don't have to haul around their gear.

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I put together this little comparison when I sold my beloved Nikon D810 and switched to the Fuji XT1. I haven't run the numbers with the X Pro 2, but it's still a dramatic improvement in price and weight, which are two important factors for me.

Video

The Fuji X PRO 2 does not include a 4k recording capabilities, which is a little bit of a let down for a camera in this price range, but frankly isn't too surprising given the fact that Fuji has never really gone crazy with video features.

The X Pro 2 does include a microphone port, but it is a 2.5mm port and not a more standard 3.5mm port, so you'll need to get an adapter for most of your mics.  The good news is that it only costs a couple bucks.

The Lens System (And my favorite Fuji lenses)

The Fuji lens system is excellent, in my opinion.  Coming from the famous Nikkor glass, I was not let down one tiny bit by the lens system available in the Fuji line.

If I were buying a Fuji today, these would be my personal picks for the lenses to get.

Fuji 10-24mm for your wide angle landscape shooting.  Since I'm primarily a landscape photographer, this is my most-used lens.

Fuji 16-55mm lens for tighter landscapes or environmental portraits.  This is similar to the focal range of a 24-70 in DSLR world.

Fuji 50-140 for tighter portraiture.  This is the equivalent of a 70-200, and this lens does NOT disappoint!

Fuji 100-400mm.  This is the brand new wildlife and sports lens for the Fuji system.  It's been announced but isn't shipping yet.

With this lineup of lenses, there really isn't a photography situation that you couldn't shoot.

Because Fuji has not made a camera with more than 16 megapixels until now, I'm curious to test the Fuji lens lineup with higher resolution cameras, which are more likely to show any faults in the glass.  So far, though, I've been totally satisfied with the Fuji lens lineup.

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Sensor Size (And why I PREFER APS-C)

Personally, I love the APS-C sensor size.  I missed it almost immediately when I “upgraded” to my first full frame camera years ago.  While full frame has some benefits of low light performance, the difference is a lot less in real life than you'd expect.

I like the APS-C cameras because I get a longer focal range on my long lenses for when I'm shooting sports and wildlife, but on the wide end, I can get the exact same wideness as with a full frame camera because the wide angle lenses for APS-C cameras go to lower focal lengths (the 10-24 is a popular wide angle for the Fuji, but there is no rectilinear 10mm lens for full frame cameras.  You'll usually shoot a 16-35, in which case the field of view is the same).

I also like APS-C cameras because the lenses are smaller as well, which makes the whole system significantly lighter.  That's a big factor for me since I do so much traveling to shoot around the world.

DxO Mark doesn't test the Fuji cameras because their unique sensor technology does not work with their testing setup.  So all the tests you'll see of the Fuji  sensors will be more real life.  That's fine with me.  I've never found the tests from DxO Mark to line up with what I'm experiencing in real world scenarios.

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What to Expect if You're Switching to Fuji or Ordering the X Pro 2

The first thing I noticed when I switched to Fuji is how much better colors look coming straight out of the camera, and in my raw files.  The files look much more like Canon raw files than Nikon raw files.  I was used to the dull look of Nikon colors until I switched to Fuji and remembered how nice it is to get the colors looking more natural right out of the camera without doing any work.

Low light performance is likely quite a bit better than you're expecting.  This was the thing that I was really nervous about before switching, but as soon as I did my own real-world low light testing, I was pleasantly surprised with my Fuji XT1, and the X Pro 2 promises to be even better.  I have no problems shooting the milky way or other night photography situations.

Extremely configurable.  There are six function buttons on the camera, which is awesome, in addition to the quick menu which is also fully configurable, and on top of that, there is yet another configurable menu called “my menu” where you can add up to 16 of your most-used functions.  Handy!

Update on January 27, 2016: Usually when you buy a new camera, it takes about 6 weeks for Adobe to update the software with the necessary RAW support for the new camera.  This is extremely annoying for new camera users who sometimes have to shoot in JPG or convert to DNG until Adobe updates the software.  The good news as of today is that Lightroom as already announced the support for the X Pro 2, so you'll be able to open your files in Lightroom as soon as you get the camera.  (Thanks to Tim Evans and Ernst Haas who alerted me to this in the comments today).

Pre-Ordering the Fuji X Pro 2

I always pre-order my cameras through Amazon.  You can Pre-Order the X Pro 2 here.  For me they have been reliable in getting me the camera fast because they have ridiculously awesome shipping.  If you click that link right now and then if you decide to actually place your order later, I'll get a 4% commission which helps to pay the direct costs of producing these in-depth reviews, and it doesn't cost you anything extra.

You can also pre-order through B&H right here (Affiliate link).  The price is the same through both retailers.

Another option is to pre-order through your local camera store.  It's happened more than a few times that I've seen cameras that were back ordered for MONTHS on Amazon and B&H which a local camera store would have in stock immediately.  I haven't seen any backordering for the X Pro 2 where the estimated shipping date is anything other than the February release date, so I'm not sure this will be necessary for the X Pro 2.  But it's a good tip to know when you're pre-ordering the 5D Mark IV later this year.

69 thoughts on “Fuji X-PRO 2: The complete review with everything we know so far”

  1. Seems like a lot of rationalizing the choice of an interesting camera that falls way behind a Nikon D750 in features, ease of use and sensor performance. The weight difference between the 2 will never swing my vote until viewfinder, battery and sensor performance gets a lot better! But c`est la vie in this world of photography as we spend as we please.

    1. @Stephen S Johnson – You mentioned that the sensor performance of the D750 is superior to that of the X Pro 2. In what way? Have you tested them side-by-side? Notice that in the article I made no judgments about sensor performance. Why? Because the production version of the camera hasn’t been released yet. So I’m not sure how you already have an informed opinion about that.

      Also, you said that the D750 beats out the X Pro 2 in features. What features do you mean? The D750 has a tilting LCD screen. But I can’t really think of any other feature that the D750 has that the X Pro 2 doesn’t. However, there are a HOST of features that the X Pro 2 has that the D750 doesn’t. For example, focus peeking, seeing the histogram in the viewfinder (really handy!), six customizable function buttons, 3 dials for each player in the exposure triangle, a faster frame rate and larger buffer, higher ISO performance, four times more focus points, a much lower price point (especially if you consider lenses), etc.

      You’re right that some users will find the weight argument more compelling than others. As I mentioned in the article, for me it’s a big deal. For others, it may not be. That’s why there’s more than one camera in the world. We all have our own preferences.

      This isn’t the camera for everyone, and it’s really not possible to judge any camera until we actually test it hands on, but it looks to be quite compelling from what I’m seeing.

      1. I was a Nikon shooter prior to the release of the D750….I looked long and hard at the D750 as I was , at the time, contemplating switching systems….ultimately I switched to Fujifilm and never looked back. Aside from from Nikon’s rather arrogant attitude toward their customers, I didn’t care for the D750’s OLPF or Nikon’s FF lens performance. My XT-1 has made photography fun again and I am greatly looking forward to the release of the XT-2 .

        Regards,

        RP

        1. @Robert Picard – Thanks for your comment. Can I ask why you’re waiting for the XT2 instead of jumping for the X Pro 2? I’m just curious because I’ve heard a few x shooters mention this over the last few days and I’m wondering what you’re seeing with the X Pro 2 that you don’t like. I’ll likely be getting whatever the XT2 is as well for testing and as a backup body, but I’m just curious what you are waiting to see before you buy.

        2. Hi Jim,

          In response to your question….it’s the form factor of the X-T1 that I’ve grown so fond of….I know, just as with the X Pro 2, Fuji won’t try reinventing the wheel….they’ll just make improvements to an already fine camera. I’ve never shot with a rangefinder style camera and even though I find the X PRO 2 to be quite beautiful, this would be a stretch for me.

          And, as you already mentioned in your article, I would greatly miss the articulating rear LCD…once you’ve used this technology, it’s hard to imagine not having it….certain types of compositions would be impossible (or greatly inconvenient) without it.

          Regards,

          RP

        3. Ciaran McGrenera

          I totally agree. I had the x-pro 1 for a while and switched to the X-T1. the main reason being that I preferred the form factor.

        4. Mark Hammerschmidt

          I’m in exactly the same boat. I have the D750 and found the issue with flat dull images is an apparent Adobe/Nikon problem since Nikon won’t properly licence their colour control settings to Adobe. If you use DxO Optics Pro the difference is immediately noticeable! Hence why Canon RAW looks so much better in any Adobe software. the IQ and DR from the 750 is quite stunning simply put.

          But – I’m mid 50’s and have an old knee injury that’s gradually getting worse as I age (replacement knee on the cards) so weight is a big issue. The D750 isn’t plastic, contrary to beliefs, but actually a carbon fibre composite material on the front and an alloy body for the rest, but despite it being one of the lightest FX DSLR’s around I’m still struggling with the 1.6kg weight with a Tamron 24-70 VR lens mounted! The XPro-2 comes in at 1.1kg with the equivalent lens and that’s quite a big difference.

          I found this article very useful despite it having been written prior to the official release. Move aside Nikon methinks!!

        5. It’s exactly the same reason I LOVE MY X-PRO2 (like yours X-T1) – The form factor! It’s so COOL to shoot rangefinder style!. I love how my face (right side) only partially covered, unlike SLR, face smacked flat back of the camera completely!. Not to mention I can open my left eye to see the whole scene (and more aware) without taking the camera off my face!

          Rangefinder is the NEW COOL!!!

          To each its own, what ever works for you.

          Enjoy shooting with your camera, guys!!!

      2. Ok, I do not have an informed opinion about the sensor but I am very, very happy with the Nikon sensor so I`m waiting for the results on Pro2 testing. Your discussion is compelling and as a travel photographer the weight issue is important! So, you have tweaked my interest with your passion for Fuji but I`ll wait to hear about the sensor and bracketing features which I use a lot on Nikon. Though I am disappointed about the non tilting screen and battery power, I think I could work around those issues if this sensor measures up. I am pretty impressed with my wife`s X-T10 the more that I handle it.

    2. A long time Nikon shooter, I still have my F2as and a few Ai lenses, along with D700 and D750, I bought an XPro 1 two years ago on a lark, and now I find myself moving away from Nikon, I ordered the Pro2.

      Besides the great photos and lens resolution that is just as good and as many tests have shown, surpasses most Nikon glass, the build quality of the Pro1 body and the nearly all metal lens construction put it over the top. Nikon is getting cheap with its use of plastics and has not kept up with quality or technology. Cannon is now running the table with DSLRs.

      The XPro line has reignited a spark in my approach to photography.

  2. Viewfinder location sounds great – if your are right eye dominant – not so much for lefties! ๐Ÿ™‚ Sounds good otherwise.

    1. It can take a little getting used to, but you actually don’t need your dominant eye to shoot with. When shooting “both eyes open” guns like shotguns or some archery applications, the dominant eye is important, but photographers almost always shut one eye, so the dominant eye isn’t essential.

      1. I so want to get an x-pro 2. I bought and x-100 one month before the x-pro 1 and have been waiting for the x-pro 2 ever since.
        I have always loved Leica M cameras and have a few lenses I would pair up with but would get the Fuji 10-14.
        My question is on the xt1 the view finder can adjust to +3 corrective vision adjustment, what can the x-pro 2 go to?

        Also I would love to see what the viewfinder looks like in direct comparison to the xt1.

      2. Strange you mention that – I am left eye dominant .
        With the setup of the XPro2 similar to the NEX6/alpha 6000 rangefinder style I shoot with my left eye to viewfinder and I keep both eyes open.
        I might be in the minority perhaps

        1. Lindsay Muirhead

          I also shoot with left eye as vision much better, good to hear this works with XPro 2

  3. No full frame 10mm lenses but Canon has a beautiful 11-24 for the full frame user.

    The Fuji system is a good one with a nice selection of lenses. The X-Pro bodies aren’t as small as the X-E bodies which are just too small for my hands.

    The X-Pro2 as a rangefinder style doesn’t need a moving screen. That would be better done on the ‘slr’ style bodies, just my opinion on it.

    Hope Fuji sells a boatload of these cameras.

    1. Agreed. For landscape photography the 11-24L is a true differentiator. I’m seriously considering an X Pro 2 though as a secondary system… But an 11-24L and 17mm TSE are also priorities for me and I can’ t get that in a Fuji system.

  4. Sometimes Adobe is faster that you think :). They just announced update for X-Pro2 files. Thus lets hope that our preordered X-Pro2ยดS will arrive soon.

  5. Thanks for the initial thoughts Jim. As a recent adopter of the Fujifilm X-T1 and a Nikon D610 user I can agree that the Fuji is much easier to pack, grab on the way out the door, and much more fun to use than the D610. One of my main hesitations was the 16mp vs the 24mp sensor, but it looks like the X-pro2 solves that. As you hinted at, the Fujifilm cameras have a certain image quality to them that just make the artist inside smile. Fuji has been making film and cameras for a long time and it shows in their x series cameras. I look forward to your hands on review! Have fun with this new camera!

  6. Halstein Tonheim

    “One thing that is lost on the Fuji X Pro 2 compared to the previous version is that the previous version would change the magnification of the rangefinder viewfinder mode when longer lenses were put on. That is not a feature of the X Pro 2.”

    This is still a feature. You can see it happening in this video: https://youtu.be/fv7lt9LiOMA?t=72

  7. Frans van Zomeren

    I am a little puzzled by your lens choice in relation to the X-PRO2.
    Owning the XP1, the OVF is. IMHO, only capable of medium wide lenses, say from the 14mm to the 35mm. anything below or beyond, you need the EVF for.
    Even with the 55mm the focussing rectangle in the OVF is becomming quite small and almost unusable.
    The same is true for the wide end of the 10-24, which is out of reach also.
    Your lens choice might be ok for the XT1, but certainly not for the XP1 or 2.
    So, the main drawback for me, concerning the XP2 is the lack of magnification in the OVF.
    When you have to shoot with the EVF most of the time, why bother with the XP2? This is the main feature setting it apart from the XT1(2) and the likes.
    Apart from that, the specs look really good and the X-Por has remained a very good looking and interesting camera with alas, limited – usebility

  8. I have never regretted leaving Canon for Fuji – I have never joyed my photography more. What a do regret however is upgrading my XP1 for an XT10. Whilst an amazing little camera for the price, I have missed the greater heft, solidity, size and styling of the XP1 every day since. As such I’ve been waiting for a while now for the XP2 and cannot wait to engineer an excuse to give my wife for buying it.

    I don’t have much experience with customer support with other brands, but Fuji’s commitment to keeping older models competitive and current, with increased and improved functionality with software updates, is utterly commendable. It has gone quite some way to making me a committed Fuji fan.

  9. I have a question about the X-Pro2 and it’s ISO dial. What concerns me is that its the only way to change the ISO and for night photography it would be nice to assign to the Q menu and use a rear dial to change the ISO and the EVF to see it in the dark and not have to fiddle with the ISO dial.

  10. IAlthough the title includes the word “review” it reads as though the author hasn’t actually tested the camera and is basing his assumptions on spec sheets and real reviews by photographers who have the camera.

    1. @Kevin Horton – You’re right, I’m compiling the available information. I haven’t shot the camera hands-on yet, and I said that in the very first paragraph.

  11. Do you have any guidance for someone who’s been shooting for 3 years with an OMD – EM5 and really enjoying it except for the situations where I end up in low light?

    I use the 25mm 1.8 and the 12-40mm 2.8 the most, but in many low light / indoor situations, and I get pushed into iso 3200 or even 1600 I get a ton of grain. Obviously I still have a ton to learn so it could be my lack of skill, but I’m wondering how much extra wiggle room I’d get from a Fuji APS-C sensor or something even bigger.

  12. Thanks for the update. Last year, I switched to the X100T and the XT1; away from Nikon. It was a decision to go cold turkey and the best decision I could have made. I use a 10-24 lens and the 35 1.4. I have preordered the XPro2 and can hardly wait. Setting aside the relevance of build quality and commitment to their customer base, Fuji has produced products that make it much more enjoyable to hike or walk the streets when weight is a consideration. The X100T has forced me to be a more connected and thinking photographer; albeit more of an enthusiast than a person trying to make a living with a camer. Regards…..Wayne

  13. Keith Williamson

    Those that are waiting for the XT2 rather than pre-ordering an XPro2 are hoping for a July release date and for all the upgraded features of the new camera to be included. Neither of those are certain at this point.

    In any case, Fuji target different users with the XT and the XPro lines. Thus the cameras compliment each other rather than form direct replacements.

    To be honest, I would not choose either if I was a wildlife or sports photographer and if I was solely into landscapes I would be considering something else. To my mind, Fuji cameras are more general purpose i.e. not aimed at niche groups.

    I already have an XT1 and have an Xpro2 on pre-order and fully intend to use both but for slightly different purposes.

  14. i have to wonder about the lens choices here too. you picked 3 zooms, which would seem more appropriate with an XT-series body. even Fuji themselves say the XP2 is more suited to smaller primes and street shooting in particular. So that seems incongruous. While i realize you can just use the EVF instead of the OVF, that’s not how the camera was ideally intended to be used, as a digital rangefinder.

    Personally, if it were me, my top lens choices would be:

    14/2.8 — compact wide-angle with negligible distortion (for landscapes, scenic shots, environmental portraits)

    16/1.4 — 24mm equivalent, fast aperture for low-light

    23/1.4 — for 35mm lovers and low-light

    35/2 — weather-sealed 50mm equivalent for street, travel, inclement weather

    56/1.2 — for portraits, bokeh effects

    18-55/2.8-4 OIS — if you must have a zoom, an impressive performer with stabilization for dim light situations. quite compact as well.

    1. You’re welcome to prefer different lenses, but I have to ask for a serious reason WHY not use zooms with this camera? There’s an EVF, so you can use it normally with a zoom. Fuji said the rangefinder viewfinder is more suitable to wide primes. It didn’t say the camera shouldn’t be used with longer zooms. In fact, it specifically engineered it to work normally with long zooms.

  15. I find the Fuji advantages Jim describes as a great fit for my needs. I shoot a XT-1 and will try a X pro 2. I find the time required to import the RAF raw files into Lightroom unacceptable. Also Lightroom mixes the order of images taken in a short high speed burst. I have a recent retina IMac and LR 5.7. This rig imports raw files from my Sony RX1r and other cameras quickly and in the correct order. Are there any easy work-around steps to improve the performance? I see others with similar complaints on Adobe forums on the web. Will Adobe fix this? This is a good topic for a future podcast.

      1. Thanks, Jim. I finally have enough money saved up and the X-Pro2 is coming out. I was just going to buy an X-T1. I realize I’d be happy with it; but, the X-Pro2 seems like the right way to go for the money. But, given the cost of a used X-T1, I think I might still go with that because I might be able to fit two pieces of glass in instead of just one. We’ll see; but, I am going to wait until the X-Pro2 comes out to see how it affects the market.

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