Buying an XPro 1 today

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Sufstreet
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Buying an XPro 1 today

Hey. I own and love my XT2 and I plan to get the XT3 aswell. I've sold prints and have had many pictures published in magazines, album covers, books etc.

I love analog photography but would like a digital that captures the same vibe. My everyday camera. I will shoot mostly b&w and use my old Leica R lenses and Zuikos. Got the XF35mmf1.4 aswell

Will not use movie mode. Don't care too much about AF speed.

Is the X Pro 1 good enough for fine art A1 prints? 24x33 inches

The X pro 1 looks so nice but is it worth it? Might it be a collectors item in a few years?

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SpeedyNeo
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Re: Buying an XPro 1 today

Good for 24x33 inches? Yes.

A future collectors' item? Unlikely.

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SpeedyNeo wrote:

Good for 24x33 inches? Yes.

A future collectors' item? Unlikely.

It's in my collection 

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yardcoyote Forum Pro • Posts: 13,386
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Go for it.  It is such a fun, weird camera, and there is nothing else quite like it.  The files are beautiful.

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CarryLight
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Re: Buying an XPro 1 today

Like mentioned in this thread already, the files coming out of the X-pro1 is something else.

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Re: Buying an XPro 1 today
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R_U_Q_R_U wrote:

SpeedyNeo wrote:

Good for 24x33 inches? Yes.

A future collectors' item? Unlikely.

It's in my collection

Snap!

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The Davinator
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When I went looking to buy the X-Pro 3, I wanted to know how the colour and noise looked. As a film user, I wanted noise that became softer and more like film grain at higher iso.

The first image compares colour. From this, the version 1 is vibrant...while version 3 looks more of a grey/green instead.

For the second, I wanted to see how noise compared. Version 1 becomes a bit softer...much like denser grain of film. Version three to me is more gritty and actually worse.

In the end, I picked up a second X-Pro 1...and will likely add a third. For my type of work, the version is the best.

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Tom Schum
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Re: Buying an XPro 1 today

I printed a 24"x36" poster print from an X-E1 photo and it turned out great.  X-E1 has the same sensor and processor as the X-Pro1.

At this size, though, choice of raw developer and so on is very important.  Best of luck to you!

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Valdai21 Regular Member • Posts: 322
Re: Buying an XPro 1 today

X-pro1 is a nice camera. It's not fast to operate but the sensor is amazing and it's quite reliable.

Be aware that most of them are either used and abused or sold at high prices due to a kind of collector value they don't really have. Otherwise you can make a great deal.

Threaded Veteran Member • Posts: 3,481
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The X-Pro1 is a nice camera - I’ve owned a few of them - but the IQ mystique is somewhat overblown and it can be very frustrating to use, due to the slow and erratic AF and many other quirks/shortcomings.

Do I think it’s a future collectible, no, I think like most modern consumer electronics it’s ultimately headed for landfill. X-Pro1 shutters do not last forever and I imagine repairs are impossible now. The X-Pro2 is a far better and more durable camera and perfects the X-Pro concept, so that’s the older model I’d “collect” if I was looking now.

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biza43 Forum Pro • Posts: 13,324
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It is certainly a good camera even today. And since you do not mind AF, it is quite appropriate for your purposes.

Even AF-wise, there was a big improvement back in the day via firmware updates.

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Pan50 Contributing Member • Posts: 650
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I bought one this spring after loving my XE1 and X100S. Sadly, the XPro1 and I never warmed to each other. The AF is so slow as to be useless. I didn’t like the OVF as over half of it was obscured by any lens you mounted on the camera. Image quality was good. But the ergos were terrible for me.

I appreciate that people love the XPro1 but it wasn’t for me.

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Mikael SB
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I think the X-Pro 1 is going to feel disapointing coming from the XT-2 or XT-3. It's fairly slow and unintuitive to use, lacking a control joystick, got a fairly messy interface and aged LCD panel and a real poor EVF screen. I bought one super cheap a year or two ago but sold it off again in just two weeks. It was just too slow and clumsy. Fuji made a great leap in usability with their second generation X-cameras.

If you like the looks of the camera, I say hunt for a second hand X-Pro 2 for cheap and you'll be getting a much better device for not that much more money. Or you can go in big, knowing you get excellent stuff and get the X-Pro 3.

As a collectors item X-Pro 1 is dead weight.

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Foskito
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I had an XE1 - same sensor as XP1- and the IQ of my XT3 is vastly superior in every dept. But yes, you can print big with 16mp.

A few years ago you could buy an XP1 for a very low price, now they are getting more expensive and most are in rough condition.

I would put the money for the XP1 and the XP3 you are planning to buy and look after the XP3 🤔

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brulain Forum Member • Posts: 57
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Bought mine 8 years ago and still use it today with 35/1.4 and 23/1.4. In my opinion its main lacks are poor AF, poor EVF and no diopter ajustment.

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jjz2 Senior Member • Posts: 2,959
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I'd for the X Pro 2 instead, big jump in sensor IQ, EVF and AF from that gen to gen. X Pro 2 also adds a dedicated ISO dial and WR with the f2 lenses if you don't want to block your OVF.

Back to your question, yes it's good enough for prints.

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El Jeffe Contributing Member • Posts: 553
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Current collectors item.

like the no BS simplicity of it. Be sure to install latest firmware for best performance. I bought one new when they first came out and the AF was so terrible I sent it back. I got a used one two summers ago and the AF is very much improved. 
One of my favorite lenses on it is the 14mm f/2.8 because it fills the entire OFV.

I would sell my XT2, but not the X-Pro 1.

Be careful though. I read somewhere Fujifilm will not service them anymore.

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Robert A Senior Member • Posts: 2,076
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CarryLight wrote:

Like mentioned in this thread already, the files coming out of the X-pro1 is something else.

Are the files any different than the two cameras I've listed below?

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jslade797 Regular Member • Posts: 266
Re: Buying an XPro 1 today

I did this last year and wrote a post about it (with some images) here: https://www.jonathanslade.net/post/in-with-the-old

tl;dr - Lovely output, though easy enough to replicate in post with other sensors. As others have pointed out, there are plenty of limitations (focus point moving, terrible EVF and poor AF the worst offenders) so figure out if you can live with them first!

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looneytongueben New Member • Posts: 8
Re: Buying an XPro 1 today

jslade797 wrote:

I did this last year and wrote a post about it (with some images) here: https://www.jonathanslade.net/post/in-with-the-old

tl;dr - Lovely output, though easy enough to replicate in post with other sensors. As others have pointed out, there are plenty of limitations (focus point moving, terrible EVF and poor AF the worst offenders) so figure out if you can live with them first!

Thanks for the review!

I don't have any experience using the Fujifilm system but considering the 16-55 f2.8 with the older sensor or a couple prime lens (16 f2.8 or 23 f2) with the new sensor. Is there any good/ bad reasons for choosing either?

Ideally would like something for documentary/ street/ landscape and possibly time lapse stuff. I can't decide so any advice would be really helpful.

Thanks!

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