It’s been an emotional week, to say the least. So yesterday I decided to invest in something I’ve been looking at for a few weeks now – the Fuji XPro 2 with 35mm f2 lens.
The Fuji XPro 2‘s a mirrorless camera, which means it’s totally silent. No clunking great mirror bouncing up and down – something that officiants hate at weddings!
I’ve decided to add the Fuji to my camera line-up, which means that I’ll be even less obtrusive than before! Though not a Ninja yet! 🙂
There are plenty of reviews on the web of both the camera and the lens, so I’m not going to try to compete. This isn’t a pixel-peeping review. Rather my first impressions of using the camera and the lens.
The camera has a few quirks, but don’t they all. I noticed yesterday evening that the settings I’d put into the camera in the afternoon had disappeared, Luckily, Fuji have been made aware of this issue for some users and issued a firmware update. That’s now been loaded, so we’ll wait and see what happens over the next day or two.
With the electronic shutter engaged and the sounds turned off, this camera is silent. I mean, silent. There’s no way that a Vicar’s going to be able to object to this during the wedding ceremony!
The camera handles nicely, and even though I’m left eye dominant I don’t find it a problem using the viewfinder. Nicely balanced with the 35mm f2, which is not only silent but very fast to focus! Fuji have made it (and the XPro 2) water resistant, so it feels, well …. nice. Losing a stop to it’s older brother might be a problem in really dark venues, but we’ll have to see how we get on together. At the moment I think it’s brilliant.
Most of the shots are at f2 or f2.8 and it renders the out of focus areas nicely (“bokeh” as the Japanese refer to it).
These are just downsized snaps from jpgs, with a touch of sharpening. They’re not artistic, just test shots.
At the moment, it’s just the early days of the honeymoon, so everything’s good. Hopefully this will continue as my relationship with this little powerhouse of a camera continues …
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