Fuji X-Pro1 Impressions by Hugo Poon

Last updated March 20, 2012

Aminus3 photographer Hugo Poon was given the opportunity to test a pre-release version of the Fuji X-Pro1. The following, are some of Hugo's impressions of Fuji's latest creation, as well as a look into the mind of one of Hong Kong's great street photographers.

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When I received a request from Jason from Aminus3 to write a review of the Fuji X-Pro1, I couldn't help thinking to myself, I'm the wrong guy. Although I might be among the first people who had the chance to play with this new camera, I must also be the most non-professional tester in the whole world. I never have the time, or even more important, the interest to dig into technical details of the equipment and do all sorts of detailed tests and comparisons... Taking pictures, my kind of pictures, is more than a hobby, it's a passion or even like an obsession to me and the only thing I care about the camera is how well it can help me achieve this - to capture the moment and document the familiar places that are fast changing and disappearing!
 
So my first response was that I would not be able to compile any kind of technical review, if that's what they are looking for. Quite to my surprise, Jason replied that my report need not be overly technical or a bunch of numbers and specs - in fact, the more personal the experience the better... Oh I love that, and can't find any reason to refuse any more.

Here's the little story I'd like to share - First impressions of the Fuji X-Pro1. Hope you enjoy :-)

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It's a cool and beautiful Monday morning and also Boxing Day (26 December 2011), when the Product Manager of Fuji Photo Products Co. Ltd. called me up, "I've got something to show you! Do you have time around lunch today?"
"So It has arrived. Wasn't it announced only a short while ago?'"I replied calmly.

Have to be honest, I wasn't really unduly excited then, not because I didn't expect this to be a good camera but because I had already been a very happy user of the Fuji X100 for almost a year. I couldn't imagine that the new cam would be too much a difference except it could change lenses… Of course I was wrong!
 
After we met in a local restaurant, we chose a quiet corner seat. He opened a steel briefcase in which the body together with 3 lenses were neatly packed. As he took out the cam carefully, he kept looking around and stayed exceptionally alert - like we were examining some secret weapon! :-) When I noticed that the model name on the top of the cam was covered with a piece of black tape, I couldn't refrain myself anymore and simply burst into laughter. He stopped me immediately, "We have to do this. This camera doesn't exist yet. You'll have two days to play with it but you must not tell anybody…"
"Okay Okay." I said as I turned the cam over and over to examine it in different light and angle; tossed it up lightly to feel its weight. It's well built and nice looking (though I love the classic look of the X100 even more), bulkier but didn't feel too much heavier than the X100.

As mentioned, the last thing I'll do with any new equipment is a detailed test and comparison. Normally an hour or so is all I would take to try out its various modes, settings and image quality. But with the X-Pro1, even less time was spent. After I returned home, just as usual, I took a few shots of the ceiling lamp and my book shelf and copied the pics to the computer. Well it uses the same USB cable as the X100, how convenient. I recall I was pretty laid back until the moment the copying was completed and the file opened. I was immediately stunned and astounded! What amazing super fine details it managed to capture. I got real excited then and just couldn't wait to get some real world shots! But before that, I needed to make a phone call to the Fuji's Manager, "Two days aren't enough. Give me at least one more night please!"

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