Fujifilm X-pro1 review parts I & II at the Luminous Landscape

In this extensive two part review, Nick Devlin gives the 'photographer's eye' lowdown about the X-Pro1. There are no Iso trains, technical charts and pixel peeping exercises here, just some grey matter at work and a couple of eyes:

"At the very head of the not-so-great but not-so-terrible category is the X-Pro1's autofocus performance. It's ok. In macro-mode it's really slow.  Do not try an X-Pro1 after handling a Nikon D4.  You won't be happy. 

But these are not equivalent creatures.  Carry the D4 around a market somewhere all day and you will also not be happy.  Everything has its price.  In good light, especially with the shorter lenses, the AF is just fine. In marginal light it struggles, but usually gets the job done.

  A daily RF shooter might do better with a manually focussed RF, but I think the AF on the X-Pro1 is not that much different in speed than what most mortals can do with a manual rangefinder.  This may provoke howls of protest from some quarters, but I'll stick to my guns: focussing RFs rapidly with middle-to longer focal length lenses is hard.  Doing so with moving subjects is often near impossible.  With the digital cameras of today, close is not good enough.

One of the things which makes this camera so attractive is the ability to shoot much closer than a normal RF will allow, at wide apertures. Under these conditions, hitting focus with a mechanical rangefinder is damn hard. The X-Pro1 will give a high ratio of tack-sharp shots in this situation, but it's far from perfect.  At macro ranges, the autofocus is downright leisurely, especially with the 60mm lens.  On static macro subjects, this doesn't matter that much, but with human subjects it gets old fast.

In practical reality, I think most photographers will find the X-Pro1's autofocus acceptable, and will learn to live with its limitations.  In  less than a week, I found myself getting more an"
 

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