I don’t profess to be knowledgeable in all of the camera options available on the market right now. I’ve often been asked at weddings about various choices for cameras, whether a guest should upgrade from a Canon XXd to an XXd mk2 and I’ve often found myself a little embarrassed, because truth be told I tend to go with the opinion of “get whatever you like the feel of and whatever does the job best for you!”. This, for me, happened to be my recent X-Pro 2 acquisition(s) (3 camera bodies later…) which does everything I need it to do and more.
If you’ve stumbled across this blog post hoping for an in-depth comparison of the X-T1 and the X-Pro 2 I’m afraid you’ll need to return at a later date, as this is purely a quick “Here’s what I think after 5 months” post, with a more detailed write-up to come further down the line.
In short, if you’ve used a Fujifilm camera before, and like street photography / documentary photography / reportage wedding photography then you couldn’t make a much better decision than going for the X-Pro 2. It’s fast, a blast to use, and has some great upgrades over my previous X-T1. The elephant in the room is probably the form-factor, which is vastly different than the X-T1 and favours the rangefinder style as opposed to that of an SLR. Aside from this, the innards appear to have completely changed to my eye. All ways round, the X-Pro 2 is a much quicker, sharper camera than the X-T1 whether you’re comparing ISO performance, autofocus speed or sensor resolution… it’s all a considerable upgrade.
After 5 months or so of using the X-Pro 2 I can honestly say that the only element I miss from the X-T1 is the tilt screen, which is fabulous for reportage wedding images, but not essential. My only other complaint is the nasty little ISO dial buried underneath the shutter speed, but frankly that’s not something that would sway my decision to go for this camera. Aside from this, if you were looking to upgrade but prefer the form factor of the T1 I’d wait a little longer and grab yourself the X-T2 coming out in a few weeks. Otherwise, the Pro 2 is a great option for anyone looking for that rangefinder styling, tactile controls and EVF / OVF hybrid.
A much more detailed review to follow in the coming weeks so watch this space!