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The wait is over. The Fuji X Pro 2 is here and in my hands! While I am bummed it didn’t arrive before the event, Frostbike, that I shot last week with a rented Olympus Pen F, it is here now. I am so thankful for my friends at National Camera Exchange. They had one ready for me at the store on the morning of release date. I sold my full Olympus OMD EM1 kit and was ready. With camera in hand I hit the country this weekend.

I was fortunate to have handled a prototype at an event here in Minnesota so I had an idea, but the production camera just seemed more refined and finished. I’m super pleased with all of it. The build. The handling. The joystick. The OVF/EVF. The focus speed. No camera is perfect. I lost my settings when I corrected my incorrect date settings and others are reporting this as well. We’ll see how that goes. Also, the shutter button, especially with a soft release seems a bit fiddly and loose.  But, still pleased and  I will share more about the good and bad as I use it more, but honestly, this is one very refined photographers camera.

I was hoping that my first outing on the bike with this camera brought clear skies and a beautiful sunrise so I could test the colors. Instead, I got overcast, cold, windy and icy. I made do with shooting RAW + Jpeg Normal switching from Acros to Classic Chrome, both with “weak” grain setting. I threw a Velvia in there to really pop the colors on a close up of my bike. I haven’t processed any RAW images yet so all of these are shared as jpeg.  I brought only the 23 f1.4 and the 90 f2 with me.  For those curious why I have a picture of my espresso machine, it’s because we all know that any good bike ride starts with a fresh espresso!

Overall, pleased is an understatement. I have shot the X Pro 1 on and off for years and the last 6 months it has been my primary camera. Despite how much I love(d) the X Pro 1, after one outing with this camera, I can’t imagine going back and shooting it.

More to come as I have two trips in March that will really put the X Pro 2 to test.

Click on the images below for slideshow.


I aslo wanted to share one last, special image with you. This past weekend I received a special gift from my friend Shuji. He visited from Japan and brought me this whisky glass with Mount Fuji in the base of the glass. I finished the evening off with a taste. It was shot with Arcos, ISO6400 with the incredible, little 35mm f2.


10 comments on “My first outing with a production Fuji X Pro 2

  1. Can’t wait to get my hands on an X-Pro2!… Also, nice to see a Macho King. I’m a big fan of the Macho Man disc.

    1. Gnat says:

      Thanks John! Love both the Macho King and my Fuji X Pro 2.

  2. Guitar Ted says:

    Every good ride starts with espresso and, apparently, they end with whiskey. Looks perfect!

    1. Gnat says:

      Thanks Mark. Honestly for me I strongly prefer a hoppy IPA but with a gift like that I had to at least try it right?!

  3. Great stuff! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Simon Young says:

    Great photos, Mark. Got mine yesterday.
    I bought the XPro1 at Xmas and my other half is having it.
    I’m a great fan of other people’s camera settings.Prob a bit early for that.
    Thanks for sharing.

  5. Mike says:

    I enjoyed your photos and words. My X-Pro2 has arrived as well, and I’m getting some practice in before a big holiday to Japan. Maybe I’ll find one of those whisky glasses!

    1. Gnat says:

      Thanks Mike. I am completely enamored with the X Pro 2. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do and have an incredible trip to Japan. Jealous!

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