Kevin Mullins Fujifilm X-Pro1 review, 6 months in: Quite simply it’s a marvellous camera, rolled into a little portable box. The optics are wonderful, the weight and portability are excellent.

Kevin Mullins is a well estabilished pro photographer that has seriously began working on assignments with the X-pro1 nad his 3 Fujinon lenses, the XF 18mm, 35mm and 60mm macro.

"The camera really has great image rendering and performance in low light and I’m comfortable using it at 6,400 ISO where necessary.  I’m interested to see where the new Fuji X-E1 takes the X range in terms of performance and any improvements (or, as I presume, its effectively an X-Pro1 without and OVF).

In summary, after six months of use, the X-Pro1 remains a primary camera for me for my wedding photography work.  I don’t see this changing, even with the introduction of new Canon DSLR’s.  Quite simply it’s a marvellous camera, rolled into a little portable box.  The optics are wonderful, the weight and portability are excellent.

Battery life and start-up time have been improved with recent firmware updates but could perhaps have a little more legs in them.  I’d like to see a minimum shutter speed added and I’d also like to see an adjustable dioptre.  Perhaps, even in future cameras I’d like to see a built in wi-fi module as this would allow creativity and communications combination whilst out travelling or shooting street photography.

I’ve been asked many times what the video capabilities of the X-Pro1 are and to be completely honest I have never used it so can’t offer any qualified information on the video support.

However, the overriding reason I use this camera is because of it’s image quality.  It’s simply astounding – from low ISO up through the range it consistently produces lovely perfectly saturated images that are just a joy to work with.  There is a great choice of film simulations should you wish to use them – the Q button is a brilliant feature and the hybrid viewfinder is exceptional with its detailed information including live histogram and exposure settings).  It’s also amazingly discreet and apart from the shutter release itself almost silent to use."

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Fuji X-Pro1 Settings

I normally set the camera to the auto ISO setting of 2,500 or 3,200 depending on where I am.  It’s a shame there is no minimum shutter speed option but the auto ISO does work remarkably well.

I set my camera to record in fine JPG.  I only shoot in RAW as well for certain aspects of the day (such as the ceremony).  I find the JPG files the Fuji X-Pro1 produces are as fine as I’ve ever seen and prefer to work with those images in my processing.  It speeds things up and offers a greater consistency.  I keep the Dynamic Range at 100%.

If I am shooting in colour I set the film simulation to Velvia and the only other image setting I change is the Sharpness which I set at +1.  This combination gives a real pop to the images and emphasises the sharpness of the photographs.

If I am shooting in black and white I use the R filter.  The Sharpness is still at +1 and the shadow tone I set to +1 (medium hard).  In both cases I shoot with Auto-White Balance which I have found to be adequate at all times.

I generally shoot using the OVF – which I find (even with the new firmware) focuses quicker than the EVF.  In relation to that, I turn the Power Save mode off and the Quick Start mode on.  I also keep the silent mode off as the shutter noise still makes a substantial sound anyway.  When I do need to use the EVF (for macro shots, close up or in very low light) I have my focus point set to the very smallest size (which you can do by pressing the AF button and using the thumb rotation dial).  This greatly reduces my chances of missing the focus point.  This is especially useful with the 60mm macro lens.

As mentioned earlier I have my FN button set to ISO control so I can quickly switch out of auto-ISO if needed."

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