I did a little trip with my wife and my parents in law to a nice little hotel in Kuehlungsborn (a place at the Baltic sea coast of north/east Germany) to enjoy walks at the beach, a hot sauna and a good dinner to forget about work and get some fresh air into my lungs. The camera was with me (as always) and I took some more photos for this little real life review.
Will it blend?
At hundred percent view in Lightroom this photos has so much details that it is a pure joy to use this lens on the X-Pro2. But trust me. We live in luxury times with products who deliver great quality even when you shoot photos with your iPhone. In the library of the hotel we stayed I found some older photo-books from the seventies and the quality of the printed photos (compared to now) was way behind every photo you can take with today's technology. That doesn't mean that the composition or the all the other aspects that make a good photo were wrong. It is just a major step in overall image, post processing and print-quality. I think Fuji is with the "top of the cream" in this field and it feels good to use excellent optics and technology that this well made to get professional results (even as a non-pro).
Only cheap in price
Will this camera also perform in back lit situations? How about recovering the darker parts of the image and preserving color, noise and contrast?
The image above was taken in a high contrast situation. The building in the foreground was dark out of cam. I did some tweaking with Lightroom and the colors look great. Even the noise level was low in the shadows. You can seriously work with this images without the need of taking two photos or working with a filter. But for fine art photography I will always suggest do save every bit of information by using the other mentioned techniques.
Many have written about that new control but you can't say loud enough: thank you! I use this joystick a lot of times (most of the times by doing portraits) and you think by yourself: why has it take so much time until someone had this idea!
Found a quirk!
Is it pure marketing? A new profile that is only possible with the new sensor? Black and white like from the darkroom? I've used the ACROS profile in Lightroom to develop the next three images, because I don't do in camera JPG that much. I am a lazy guy when it comes to post processing lots of images and this profile looks great out of the box. I only need to do some tone curve tweaking and it's done!
I think this camera is the ideal companion because of it's size, handling and image quality. It is ideal for street, reportage and travel photography. It is solid, weather sealed and (now) fast. With high quality glass from Fuji or Zeiss this camera delivers the same excellent images like the predecessors did. There is nothing that has stopped me from taking photos and most of the controls are in the right place (don't forget about that supa dupa joystick!). I can say that I'm satisfied with this camera.
Stay tuned for the next part...