The New Fuji X-Pro2 and Why It Will Probably Be My Next Camera

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I was a Nikon D700 user until recently, having made the switch from Canon in 2009. There were multiple reasons for this. At the time, the D700 was a much better full frame camera than the 5D. The former was basically a smaller pro body with a few features cut to lower the price, while the latter was a Canon 20D with a large sensor. Everything about the D700 was better, including the glass that I was lusting for. My main reason for making the switch was the Nikkor 14-24 f/2.8G — a zoom lens sharper than many primes. I sold (still selling the lenses) my whole kit recently and switched to my Fuji X100T, which my wife got us a few months ago.

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I got a Fuji X100T

My reasons for getting rid of the D700 and my lenses are simple — I was tired of lugging ten kilograms of gear in a dedicated pack on my back during my vacations. This didn’t bother me much when I was in my twenties, but it does now. I tested and shot the X100 and X100S and liked them, but I fell for the faster X100T with a few new features and much improved buttons. This small Fuji was never meant to be my main camera, but I didn’t want to compromise on quality when I couldn’t take more gear with me. It naturally has various limitations, which is why I was looking for an alternative to my D700 and lenses. I wanted a small full frame camera with at least three lenses: something around the 14 mm mark, a bright 35 and something longer, to shoot my neighbourly squirrels with. For many months I was set on getting the Sony A7R II, despite the fact that I don’t need the 42 MP images and consider their file size to be much too large. The Sony has two issues however — they don’t have a 35 mm f/2 (the f/1.4 Zeiss is huge, heavy and expensive), nor do they offer a super wide angle lens which would be to my liking. Their hardware is not exactly that much lighter than a D700 with a lens either, especially considering that Zeiss’ are built like tanks — an A7R II with a 35 mm Zeiss f/1.4 weighs in at 1.3 kilograms, which is twice that of a Fuji X-Pro2 and 35 mm f/1.4 Fujinon.

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Fuji X-Pro2

After reading an interview with a Fuji exec a few months ago, I was pretty sure they wouldn’t come out with anything of interest to me. I wanted a newer sensor, since the X-Trans II was getting a bit long in the tooth. The exec mentioned that they had no plans to introduce anything new in the near future. He lied.

As soon as I saw that the X-Pro2 had a new X-Trans III sensor, I was interested. The camera itself has many improvements over the X-T1 (which held my interest until now) and since these have been explained already, I won’t bother going into the details. What grabbed my instant attention, apart from the sensor of course, was the size (or lack thereof) of the body. Fuji also has a great line-up of Fujinon lenses, which fit my needs almost perfectly. Should I choose the X-Pro2 (I’m still on the fence about it), I will probably get the XF 23 mm f/1.4R (35 mm equivalent in full frame terms), XF 56 mm f/1.2R APD (85 mm equivalent) and an XF 10-24 mm f/4R OIS (15-36 mm equivalent). The new XF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6R would be perfect for wildlife, even if it’s a bit dark for my tastes.

The best thing about the above set is that the body and three lenses weigh in at about 1.6 kilograms — this is over six times less than my D700 kit. It wouldn’t need as big a bag either.

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Fuji X70

Fuji also announced the X70. It’s basically an X100 with a wider and darker lens (28 mm f/2.8 instead of 35 f/2) and no viewfinder. Since 35 mm is my favourite focal length, this is not a product for me. I personally can’t accept the lack of a VF either, but it should be a great camera for people who want more than their smartphone offers, and want a small package at the same time.

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Fuji Love

There is one more aspect to hardware, which is extremely important to me — how it feels in my hands and how I feel using it. My Nikon was just a tool; the X100T is more than that. It’s an extension of my eye and my heart, helping me immortalise what I see and feel. I assume the X-Pro2 would provide me with a similar experience — it looks fantastic — while the Sony would just be another tool.


I’m still considering my options and I’ll definitely write about what I chose if and when I pull the trigger.

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8 Comments

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  2. any thoughts about Pentax offer (e.g. K3II) and upcoming full frame model (one day…)…

  3. Not really. I never was into Pentax.

  4. The price is too high.

  5. which camera was used for the images above?

  6. Nice. Question is, buy one now or wait for the successor?

  7. Tough question. The X200 will supposedly have a 28 mm lens. That disqualifies it for me. I guess I’d wait if I didn’t have to buy one today.

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