London "street" shooting - first impressions of X-pro1 firmware 2.0 in use

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London "street" shooting - first impressions of X-pro1 firmware 2.0 in use
Sep 18, 2012

Blog post here: http://wp.me/p2wMAg-cD

A week or two ago Fujifilm announced its new X mount camera, the X-E1 (basically a stripped back X-Pro1 minus OVF and plus flash) which apparently resolved all the AF issues that the X-Pro1 has had to date and also announced that the X-Pro1 would get all of these AF improvements by way of a firmware upgrade which was released today.

Having rediscovered the amazing IQ of the X-Pro1 in the last few weeks I was really hoping for big things. I do think AF and speed of use is now much better. I upgraded my X-pro1 and all 3 lenses this morning and headed off. In some preliminary testing before I left I noted that the low light performance was better but not smokingly so. Think Sony NEX but more accurate.

At lunchtime I headed out to give it a go.

I started out with the 60mm macro since that was the lens that had the worst performance with the previous firmware. It's much better.

IMHO the shots above just wouldn't have been possible before (or at least they would have required manual focusing). Not because of shutter speed but because of the lag while the lens went back and forth to acquire focus. It's still there, but nowhere near as bad.

I switched to the 35 to see if there were improvements there. The 35 was already tolerably quick, so it was less of an action issue and more of a speed of use thing. I noticed less improvement with this lens but it was still better.

Finally, I just decided to take advantage of the quicker write times also offered by the firmware upgrade and have some fun with the camera. I would note I appreciated the improvements to manual focus which make the macro lens much more usable and promise to offer a real alternative to AF in low light and action situations.

Fujifilm have done a good job improving the X-Pro1 with this firmware update. However, those who were keen to see ultra fast focus speeds may be disappointed. What I would be keen to see is the body paired with one of the new lenses with faster motors.

PS I realise the photos above aren't really classic street... It's just a title...

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