Its been almost 2 years since I gotten my first Fuji X series system. Its a birthday gift from my loving wife. Its the Xpro1 plus 2 lenses. XF35mm F1.4 and XF 14mm F2.8. Boy am I lucky! And boy am I lucky to have a wife!
I have always think the Xpro1 looks gougeous. But never though of owning one as the price is not that cheap to start with. Until I had lunch with my good pal and fellow photographer; Joel Lim. He been using the Xpro1 for couple of months already and when I first held it; my first thought was its rather big and AF is not quick enough. Big because I was comparing it with a compact camera and AF is not quick because I was comparing with my DSLR( 1DX ). What a silly comparison.
On the good side; I love the beautiful crafted dials. oozing with such sex appeal. The aperture rings, reminds me of a SLR from the old film days. An APS-C size Fuji X-trans sensor for capturing great details. The built quality that is second to none and after awhile I think its not that big after all. Especially when one compare with a DLSR.
Ever since lunch; I can’t seem to get rid of Xpro1 from my head. Intoxication is the word. Maybe I must have been sleep talking about Xpro1 one time too many. That eventually causes my wife get the hint and did her research and gotten me that lovely Xpro1 and 2 lenses set. I can’t promise this strategy will work for Xpro2 when it comes!
How quickly 2 years have past and my Xpro1 have collected quite abit of dings and small scratches. Fortunately this is not the only thing the Xpro1 has collected. It has help me collected a total of 12 international photography awards. Including a Gold Award(1st prize) at the 2014 PX3. PX3 is Europe’s biggest and most prestigious photography competition.
Xpro1 is no longer my default camera in my daily camera bag. Its been taken over by XT-1 with a 23mm lens mounted on it. Is it because I love XT-1 more? Its for practical reasons. I feel it focus faster, for obvious reason. It a weather resistant camera. So I no longer fear rain when it mounted together with a WR lenses. Primary the XF16-55mm and XF50-140mm. Both are F2.8 constant. And also the very versatile XF 18-135mm F3.5-5.6. Lastly a tilting LCD Monitor to help me view those difficult angle without breaking my back!
With all the practical advantages of the XT-1; I still yearn to replace it from time to time with my sexyand classy Xpro1. Old is indeed gold. Its like how sometime I wish I could own a classic Porsche 911compare with its newer models which is faster and near to perfection in all aspect. But my heart tells me its the classic Porsche 911. In my world, Xpro1 is the sexiest of all Fujifilm X series camera. You have to spend some time with it to understand this camera and its does have a soul! Its a camera I could grow old with. Hopefully together with the classic 911 in my garage too.