FUJI XPRO REVIEW

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Here I am on the Playa at Burning Man 2016 with the Xpro 2. Image by my good friend Jonatas Eridani.

My Reviews are strange

I talk like a normal person, not a gear head. I prefer to show lots of sample photos and talk about how practical a camera is. If you really want to read all about the optics and other nerdy hardcore stuff, best to visit another in-depth site, such as F-Stop Lounge which is contributed to by my FUJI buddy Leigh Diprose.

My Photos are strange

That’s part of the allure, maybe? It’s also a reason a lot of photographers don’t like me, but that doesn’t bother me. If you ENJOY the looks of these photos I got with the FUJI, might I suggest you either:

These are all very fun filters and techniques that anyone can do. I have a strange teaching method that helps you discover your own style of photography. It’s easy, and anyone can do it!

A Quick and Dirty FUJI XPro 2 Review

Quite Dirty! Burning Man Dirty, in fact! I’ve been very interested in these FUJI cameras for years. Many of my photographer friends have them and they just won’t shut up about them. They’re like FUJI this and FUJI that and finally I had ENOUGH! I had to try it myself, and now I know why they like them so much!

The impetus for trying it was Burning Man, where I have been for the last seven years in a row. It’s an environment that is rough on cameras (I’ve lost at least three to the weather there), so I wanted something tough. I’ve seen videos of how this FUJI can take photos while under a water faucet (even better, while the water is ON), so I had to give it a go!

I was out photographing the EARTH sculpture and 5 magical German models just showed up by random chance. They asked if I would take their photo, and I said, “Excuse me while I whip this out,” and then to their delight, I pulled out my FUJI. I wasn’t disappointed.

The Ultimate All-Weather Camera

I can see myself using this camera whenever the weather turns a bit sour. Which, you know, it does quite a bit. I can also see this being my primary Burning Man / Festival Camera. It didn’t miss a beat and came home to New Zealand with me just as good as always.

The quality of the photos was amazing, especially during the day.

An All-Day All-Night Camera?

As you may know, this is a “cropped” frame sensor, which means it is not a full-frame like my Sony A7r Mark II (see my Sony A7r Review) or not nearly as big as my medium-format Hasselblad. But, honestly, during the day you’re not going to get much of a different “look” to your photos.

You’ll see many samples below of night photos as well. Most of those were on a tripod, where, again, you won’t get any noticeable photo quality difference between a cropped sensor and their bigger sensor brothers.

Now, the only time you might see a dropoff in quality is in handheld low-light situations, where bigger sensors are more, well, sensitive. Bigger sensors can gather more light, which allows you to often get higher quality photos when doing handheld shooting in low light.

You can get around some of this by getting some of the many GREAT lenses that are available for the FUJI Cameras like…

Amazing Lens Selections

I tested out a lot of different lenses. I’ll rank them in the order of the ones I used the most!

Note that if you’re trying to figure out the Full-Frame equivalent of the lenses below, you’ll have to multiply everything by 1.5. For example, the 56mm on the FUJI is the equivalent of a, errr, what is that… doing math in head…84mm. I think. Yeah about that. Exactly that. Pretty sure.

1x Fujinon XF16-55mm F2.8 – I took about 80% of the photos below with this lens. It’s very flexible, sharp, and amazing.

1x Fujinon XF56mm F1.2 – AMAZING for people photos. A lot of the tight people photos you’ll see below with that amazing out-of-focus (Bokeh) area in the background were shot with this camera.

1x Fujinon XF16mm F1.4 – Excellent for night photography, especially wide-angle astrophotagraphy.

1x Fujinon XF90mm F2 – Another great people-lens

1x Fujinon XF55-200mm F3.5-4.8 – Excellent telephoto lens

1x Fujinon XF100-400mm F4.5-5.6 – Another excellent telephoto lens. It’s SO zoomy that I didn’t use it much. However, I would use something like this more for animal or bird photography since the real range is 150-600mm. 600mm!

Sample Photos Galore

Here’s a BUNCH of photos I took with this amazing system. You’ll notice that most of them are unapologetically post-processed! If you’d on to get my Lightroom Presets or my HDR Tutorial to get these looks too, be my guest. In fact, thank you in advance! Have fun… these are great looks and anyone can do it, especially you!

Trey Ratcliff
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  • Leslie Hoerwinkle

    I’d include the 14/2.8 lens.

  • Ray

    Fantastic images as always trey. I am interested to know why you chose the XPro2 over the X-T2. Was it the viewfinder or the timing since the XPRo 2 was out first? I wrestled with the selection and ended up with the X-T2, but might still buy the XPro2 as well. 🙂

  • Stu – SIC

    Hey, I believe thats what Leigh recommended Trey try. So he did 🙂

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