With all the new fangled, fancy pants, digital gee-wiz-a-bang’s being released seemingly on a weekly basis, I decided to stop! I decided to stop buying the latest and greatest version of what I already have. I have the Fuji XT1 and love it but I also KEPT my Fuji X-Pro 1, and here’s why.
- Just because Fuji released something new does not make my X Pro-1 a bad camera.
- The B&W I get from the X-Pro 1 is more like film than any other camera I’ve used, X100s a close 2nd
- It’s focusing is fast enough, certainly faster than I can manually focus my Leica M6
- It’s a pretty tough camera. In fact I have my XE-2 repaired from a slight drop where as the X-Pro 1 still works
- The X-Pro 1 fits my hands perfectly. I love rangefinders and this is a rangefinder-ey as you can get
Now, please keep in mind that cost does factor into this process, but not to the degree you might be thinking. I have learned that when you find something that just works keep using it until it breaks. Then get it repaired and keep using it until it needs to be replaced. Then buy a used X-Pro 1 from B&H or KEH then repeat the steps above.
I have always, and guess always will, wrestle with the film vs. digital thing with no clear winner in sight. The Fuji X-Pro 1 is the only digital camera I have used that comes closest to the look of B&W film. And for me that matters. I rarely shoot in color but when I do I am equally pleased with the color files. I still use the heck out of my X-Pro 1 at weddings. It along with the X100s are amazing wedding cameras!
In the end as long as my X-Pro 1 works and Fuji updates the firmware I will keep shooting it. I liken the X-Pro 1 to Alanis Morrissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” album, they both got it right the first time!