I've used plenty of cameras throughout the last ten years. I had the opportunity to photograph with entry-level Pentax digital SLRs, intermediate cameras and full frame bodies from Nikon, and ultimately, in early 2011, when I purchased the Fujifilm X100. In my opinion, the camera that pegged Fujifilm as a premiere camera-maker (acknowledging their incredible series of medium-format cameras, and cine-lenses), after years of sluggish sales in the point and shoot sector, and hadn't released a 'serious' camera since the S5.
I made the plunge, completely, when I purchased the Fujifilm X-T1. Pegged as their 'professional' mirrorless camera, within the X Series lineup, it made a serious punch towards full-frame bodies, being released by Nikon, Canon, and Sony. For an APS-C sensor, it performs incredibly well in all avenues of image quality, especially low-light performance, and has since become the benchmark for many mirrorless shooters on the market today.
Even through all of the excitement, and enthusiasm, behind the acclaimed X-T1, people were drooling over the prospect of seeing a replacement for Fujifilm's X-Pro1. They answered that prospect with the release of the highly-anticipated X-Pro2, earlier this year (2016).
I, like many other photographers, was completely excited about Fujifilm's X Series lineup, and through the success of the X100, I had the opportunity to start an online collective, called 'myfujix', with nearly twenty photographers from around the world, sharing their photos, taken with Fujifilm X Series cameras. I started it in 2011, and is still active today on Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram.
Through my measures of promoting, loving, and sharing tons of photos done with these incredible cameras, Fujifilm Canada sent me an X-Pro2 body in late March. This gave me the opportunity to test its capabilities while on a trip to Ottawa, photographing a wedding in Whitehouse, Jamaica, taking portraits of a local musician, and had the pleasure of using the camera for other events throughout the month of April.
Before I share a few photographs done with the camera, I should mention a few technical details about it, and why it could be the perfect camera for you.
Alright, let's get through the technical details quickly: it's a 'rangefinder'-style mirrorless camera, 24 megapixels, X Processor Pro CMOS APS-C sensor, capable of achieving a maximum ISO of 51,200 (with a minimum of 200), 273 focus points, max shutter-speed (mechanical) 1/8000 sec (and 1/32000 sec electronically), 8.0 fps continuous drive, two SD memory card slots, and a beautiful optical/electronic viewfinder.
Out of all the X Series cameras that I've tried, this one feels the strongest (mag. alloy body - one of the heavier mirrorless cameras on the market), it has the snappiest focusing speed, it responds well to all of the lenses that I own (14mm f2.8, 23mm f1.4, 35mm f1.4, and 56mm f1.2), and it was a great companion to the X-T1.
From an entire month of using it, I only recognized two hindrances: (1) The placement of the "Q" button on the right-side of the camera. I would press it, regularly, by accident whenever I picked up the camera from my bag, or when I was adjusting some of the dials. (2) On two occasions, albeit using it in above-average warm temperatures, the camera heated-up, and I would need to turn it off, to let it cool down.
My favourite aspects of the camera: speed and ISO performance. Speed is one the aspects of what I miss from full-frame cameras that I've used in the past. They're incredibly snappy, responsive, and efficient in certain scenarios, like a wedding for example. I found the X-Pro2 competent in a wedding, where my lenses focused a lot faster, and the camera responded in a quick fashion (where I sometimes struggle with the X-T1). I had the opportunity to test-drive the ISO, near the 3200-6400 range, and I was completely blown away by its renditions at such a high sensitivity. The noise was controlled satisfyingly, the colours were intact, and my details in shadows and highlights were usable, without much noise-reduction (in-camera or in post-processing).
If you look below, I grabbed a photograph that I took with the Fujifilm X-Pro2, at a wedding in Jamaica, with no noise-reduction in camera, and no noise-reduction in post-processing. This photograph was done with the 56mm f1.2 (@ f/1.2), 1/40 sec, and 3200 ISO.
I thoroughly enjoyed my experiences with the Fujifilm X-Pro2, and I would recommend it to the photographer who is looking for a camera that is capable of achieving outstanding image quality, and who wants a relatively small and light body. It's important to note that the X-Pro2 is not the lightest of mirrorless cameras, but because of its larger size, works wonderfully in my hands, and feels comfortable. A lot of people say that these cameras are adequate for landscape, architecture, and anything that doesn't involve a lot of fast movement. The camera works well in those avenues of photography, but also proves to excel in portrait and wedding photography (the latter one being more unpredictable, and involve faster movements).
The X-Pro2 is not inexpensive, ranging from $1900 to $2000 in Canadian retailers, but because of its updates compared to the X-T1, it is an adequate upgrade, especially for the sensor/processor alone. It handles quality, colour, and noise incredibly well.
Throughout April I used it for street, portrait, landscape, and wedding photography. It handled every situation effectively. At this point, instead of giving you more technical data, charts, and how well it performs in low light, let's look at a few other examples of what I've done with the camera in the last month.
All photographs are copyrighted (© 2016 Marc Lafrenière) and I would like to thank Fujifilm Canada for letting me use one of their cameras for these photographic events.