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If you have used the Fujifilm X-Pro1 camera, let us know what you thought of it in this thread.

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Love the camera, but it's not perfect.  I gave it 4 stars.  I would have given it 5 stars if it was a little better for action photography like sports and wildlife.

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No camera is perfect, but within the bounds of its design parameters, the Fuji is hands-down the best digital camera I have yet used. (Sorry, Mr Nikon).


So much so that I've sold all my Nikon digital gear and the Fuji is now my full-time work camera. The only thing I might miss from not having the D3s are rapid burst speeds and snappy, if often slightly inaccurate focussing. The Fuji is much slower in AF as a rule, and given its CDAF method the subject must have some high contrast area to latch on to, but when it does it is deadly accurate, none of the almost-there back/front focussing that plagued me with both the D3 and D3s.

As for burst speeds, I used them mainly to shoot HDR brackets to cover for blown highlights and lost shadows with the D3/D3s. There is little need to do this with the Fuji, as its DR400% mode available with 800 ISO and above makes blown highlights and lost shadows virtually a thing of the past. One shot gets the goods nearly 100% of the time, and those that are misses I can generally blame on this user's error.


The EVF might not be the best now available, but the hybrid form of optical/electronic and LCD, with either automatic or very rapid switching between each as desired. The X-100S and the X-Pro1 are the only system cameras that do this, and the versatility this adds to the camera almost makes that a good enough reason to buy the camera.


As the lens line slowly increases the camera is slowly becoming a versatile system camera, the lack of a decent flash system and perhaps some fast, single aperture zooms being the major let-down at the moment. The 14mm f/2.8 lens, however, makes buying a Fuji X camera almost mandatory, because without doubt this is one of the best lenses I have ever used, and I've used a lot of lenses over the past four decades or so. It's the lens that sits on my camera by default while I carry the others.


My camera was one of the first batch into Australia, so it is approaching its second birthday, and with the constant improvements with Fuji's excellent firmware updates program it has gained such features as focus peaking and excellent, auto-zooming and indexing bright frame lines for the optical viewfinder plus a myriad of smaller yet as important improvements keeping the camera fresh and new. It has also performed flawlessly over that period, never needing a service or repair.


That said, it's not an easy camera to get to know and use initially, some of the controls and menu items are a bit confusing at first, but once in use as one's primary camera, familiarity becomes established and it is a delight to work with. The feather-weight of the camera compared with "pro" DSLRs helps no end in achieving that.


While I gave it four stars, I'm confident that its successor will be an instant 5 star camera for me, when the small niggles are addressed as I'm sure Fuji will do. They are one very customer-focussed company, and have proved on numerous occasions already that they both listen and respond to customer suggestions and complaints with amazing speed. The company itself gets 5 stars from me.

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