What does the X-PRO 2 mean for Fuji addicts!?
Let me be clear, as I said yesterday, I have not seen an X-PRO 2, an d I have not held one, or shot with one! I am very excited that I will be getting one of the very first, actual production cameras, but I want to talk about what I think this new camera means to all of us Fuji-holics! I have read everything I have seen on the web, and it is a large volume of information, some articles and reviews I’ve read are from people I know and trust implicitly! So for now, I am going to assume that much of what I’ve read, from trusted sources, is true and accurate, and I have no reason to doubt these folks!
So I think the importance in the release of the X-PRO 2 is it further cements the belief that Fuji is truly committed to elevating their X-System with products of ever increasing quality and functionality! Let’s start with the sensor and processor. We now have the first jump in resolution in a Fuji X camera and the added 8 megapixels will definitely make a difference. My fear all along was what would this do to two factors, noise, and the lens performance of the sterling Fuji glass. More resolution always puts more demands of glass. I love the exceedingly high level of sharpness of the current lenses, I wanted so badly to believe that adding 30% more resolution would not tax them too much. My trusted sources say the lenses are more than up to the tack and look even sharper with this new 24.3 mega pixel X-Trans sensor! So what about noise, it is being reported by almost everyone that uses the camera that the new sensors has gained at least one additional stop of low noise at hight speed, translation 6400 now looks like what we were getting from 3200! Great news indeed. The new X-Pro processor is said to be 4 times faster, making every function much smoother and of course faster!
The controls on the new X-PRO 2 are said to be more positive in their function, better arranged and easier to use, making what was already a photographer’s camera better than ever! The ISO dial being resident within the shutter speed knob, and the + or – 5 stop range ignite exposure compensation are both very welcome. Early reports seem to indicate that we are getting + or – 2 full stops of bracketing, not enough in my opinion, but much better than only one stop. I can only hope the X-T2 will give us 5 to seven full stops of bracketing.
The X70 looks like a wonderful new addition to the line and more importantly the 100-400 is a dream come true for photographers that needed the coverage of those focal lengths. The recently released 35mm f 2 and the 1.4 teleconverter have both been fantastic products!
This entry was posted on Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 at 9:06 pm
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