Thursday, April 19, 2012

Models from Models International Management (MIM) Ottawa photographed at 1,000 ISO with the Fujifilm X-Pro1 and a 1974 Leica Tele-Elmarit lens





Models Tyson, Anastasia and Michele from Models International Management (MIM) in Ottawa. Shot 18 April 2012 with the Fujifilm X-Pro1 and the 90mm 2.8 Leitz (Leica) Elmarit lens and at 1,000 ISO. The combination is startling. The picture of Tyson is maybe the first professional photo using the combination of an X-Pro1 and a 1974 vintage 90mm Leica lens.

A special thank you to Fujifilm Canada. Greg Poole Fujifilm's Vice President of Graphics and Recordings, spoke to me about my critique of the camera. He was very helpful and gave me hope that the Fuji X series will be most important camera since Fuji developed the D-SLR. The X-Pro1 will likely hold a place with the Nikon F of 1959 and the Leica M3 of 1954. While I complain about the camera's shortcomings, This is by far the best digital camera on the market for diverse reasons. All of the pictures on this entry were shot with this remarkable camera.

Also, I wish to thank, link, and endorse Fuji Rumors and Mirrorless Rumors websites. These two sites are the best resources for news on the new mirrorless cameras, and in particular the X-Pro1. They have been good friends and they have superb information about the new camera trends. Click on the hot links above. No, I am not making a profit from it. I just endorse what I believe in.


  1. bloody hell... that is a good lens.....

  2. Hi, can you tell us how easy it is to focus with manual lenses on this camera ? This an aspect of its use that very few reviewers describe. Thanks a lot.


    1. Good question. And here is a good answer from dpreview

      have any of you guys tried this?
      "The X-Pro 1 autofocus is surprisingly good at locking onto moving targets – humans, bicycles and cars can all be caught with relative ease. First, set the X-Pro on AF-S (NOT AF-C). The trick is to depress the shutter in one go – the camera may take 1/4 of a second to sort out the focus, but it feels like there is some sort of an algorithm that compensates for that 1/4 second (or however long focusing takes) and puts the plane of focus into the right position.
      If you’ve been brought up on DSLRs the overwhelming urge is to half press the shutter to get focus – do this on the X-Pro 1 and the autofocus will fail on fast moving objects. Mash the shutter (gently) in one go and it works really well, even at f.1.4 with taxis."

      I tried it. It works. If you have an X-Pro1, or you are trying it out at the store, give this method a whirl. One step closer to the M series Leicas.

    2. That said, the manual is a bit trickier. My way is to zone focus, that is to focus a range that you will likely shoot in. Figure out your depth of field and shoot accordingly. The X-Pro1 has a great electronic zoom feature that allows you to close in and focus critically. I mentioned to Fuji that it should consider a peak focusing feature like the NEX 5n and 7. Fuji, hear our prayers!