Wedding photography with the Fuji X Pro 1 and my Canon cameras – Charles Le Photography

This review is only intended for photographers or people who have an interest in the Fuji X 1 Pro. Although I use pictures from several weddings I’ve shot as a reference, it’s not a blog on the actual weddings. I’ve blogged on those wedding separately, and you can read about it in my separate blog entries.

I’ve been using the Fuji X Pro 1 for weddings since it first came out. I’ve shot four weddings using it so far. I shoot with it alongside my Fuji X100, Canon 5d Mark 2, and Canon 7d. In total, the Fuji X Pro 1 accounts for about 30 percent of my pictures. As much as I may love any camera, I never depend on just one to do the job. I believe all my cameras have different roles to fulfill throughout the day. Sometimes I use the Fuji X Pro 1 exclusively. At other times during the wedding, I shoot it alongside any one of my other cameras. In this review I will explain how I use it, why I use it, and how I feel about it as a tool for professional wedding photography. I’ve read many reviews about this camera as a tool for street photography and for travel photography, but have not seen too many reviews for this camera in regards to wedding photography. Incidentally, there are many parts of the day where photographing a wedding photojournalistically is very much like street photography. I hope that my review will help others decide if this camera is the right camera for them.

I will try not to dive too much into the technical side of the camera. I assume that if you are interested in this camera and are considering using it as a backup or as a substitute to a DSLR, you would have read everything there is to read already about the features and technical attributes of this camera. I will not repeat them here except for when I need to make my points. I will only talk about it as it relates to how I use it to do my job and what it does for me. I’ll explain what it does right and what it does wrong. You will get a feel for why I choose to use this camera over my Canon 5d Mark 2 or Canon 7d in certain situations. At times I may get off track and talk about how I shoot weddings. This is partially because I can’t disconnect the two thoughts.

Let’s start off my saying that I love this camera. It is my favorite camera right now. This is not to say that it is the best of all my cameras. In fact, there is no such thing as “the best” camera. It is very good at certain things and inadequate at other things. There are many reason why it is my favorite camera. I love the image quality it gives me in low light. I love the natural skin tones it gives me whether I’m indoors or outdoors. It’s auto white balance is superb. When I have to do custom white balance, it is just a few clicks away and I can do it all without even taking my eye from the viewfinder. This makes it very convenient and easy to do custom white balance. I find myself doing it more often than with a camera that does not have that capability. As a result, I end up with more accurate colors. I love how sharp the 35mm f1.4 lens is, at all apertures. I love the hybrid viewfinder because it allows me to work in many different ways. I love how this camera focuses manually! (Yes, you heard that right. Despite everything you’ve heard about how useless this camera is at focusing manually, I will come to its defense and praise it. I’ll go into in later in this blog.) I love the tactile feel of its aperture ring and shutter dial. I can glance down at my Fuji X Pro 1 and know what setting it is currently at before I even turn it on. That’s huge. I can preset my camera in anticipation of the next scene. I can adjust the aperture and/or the shutter speed even before turning on the camera! It’s very intuitive and I love working that way. Finally, I must admit I love it for how it looks and feels in my hands. It makes me want to photograph and I find myself not wanting to put it down. It is so lightweight that I can carry it all day without it wearing me down.

All the pictures posted in this article were shot by the Fuji X Pro 1. I shot some of it in color and others in black and white. I did very minor processing in Lightroom. I mostly increased the lights and increased the darks for slightly more contrasty black and whites. That said, I am very impressed with the black and white pictures right out of the camera. I find myself shooting in black and white a lot because I love the images that were coming out. It’s quite different shooting in black and white than shooting in color and converting afterwards. I like the instant feedback and it motivates me. Sure, I can convert a color picture to black and white afterwards, and I do plenty of that, but somehow doing that you lose something. It’s not scientific. I can’t explain it. It’s just how I feel. However, it is valid because how I feel is part of how I take pictures. In some cases, the pictures are tack sharp. In other cases, its adequately sharp. When it’s not tack sharp, it may be because of motion blur or because the focus was slightly off in the heat of the moment. In any case, all the pictures here are good as far as focusing goes for my purpose. I favor emotion over sharpness in almost all cases. Had I valued sharpness emotion, I would shoot everything on a tripod and everything would be tact sharp and void of emotion.

I usually start the day with the Fuji X Pro 1 on one side and the Fuji X100 on the other side. I use an Op/Tech Double Sling instead of Rapid Strap or Camera Slingers because I love their fast connectors. I can easily unclip one camera and clip on another as needed. My assistant also wears an Op/Tech strap and always has a camera clipped to her strap as well. This is not so she can shoot, because as a rule I am the only one shooting, but it makes it easy for her to unclip whichever camera she has on to hand to me and then clip on whichever camera I hand her to hold onto. In this way, even though I always have two cameras on me, in reality it’s like having 3 or 4 cameras at all times.

Most of these shots were taken with the 35mm F1.4 lens. I find this lens to be very useful in all situations, from candid moments to portraits. I also have the 60mm lens, but honestly I don’t use it as often. The bokeh that the 35mm (50mm equivalent) gives me is great for how I use the Fuji X Pro 1. I really don’t need a longer lens. One reason I like the Fuji X Pro 1 is because I can work close and discretely to get some great moments. The camera doesn’t scream pro and it doesn’t scream paparazzi either. This helps me remain unobtrusive. In many cases I am able to get my shots without people even knowing and changing their behavior. It I were shooting from a distance, I would probably use my Canon with the 135mm or the 70-200 because they focus much faster and I don’t need to be as discreet in those situations.

While we’re on the subject of focusing, let me give you my take on it. I think it does an adequate job in bright light and in low light as long as people are standing around talking. If I’m walking towards someone and they are also walking towards me, forget it. I can get the shot by punching the shutter in S-Focus mode, letting the camera track the subject, and making the exposure when it achieves focus. But this is like gambling. The camera doesn’t always nail it A better technique is to step aside and photograph the person as they are heading towards their intended path. This give me more time to get the shot and decide when I want the shot to happen. It’s also makes a much more interesting picture than someone walking towards you because I not only get the subject, but the object of his interaction as well. The Fuji X Pro 1 is accurate in it’s focusing, but it is a lot slower than what I would have liked it to be. I would love it to have the fast focusing of the Olympus EP-3 or the Om-d Em 5. However, it is usable, as you can see from my pictures. You just have to really practice and get to know it and it will serve you well.

One technique that I would like to talk about is how it focuses manually. The consensus seems to be that it is worthless at focusing manually. I completely disagree with this assessment. Most of the complaints seem to revolve around the fact that the focusing is fly by wire and not geared. This creates a slight lag that most people find irritating. The other complaint is that the lens does not have a distance scale marked on the lens.

While I would agree that I would have prefer that the feel of manual adjustments by gear instead of fly-by-wire, I feel that this is a blessing in disguise. Because it is fly-by-wire, it is able to communicate its setting to the camera electronically and the camera is able to relay that information to me through the viewfinder. What this means is that without taking my eyes from the viewfinder, whether I’m in optical or EVF mode, I can see the distance scale! With a Leica or other cameras that uses lens with a distance scale, I can never do that. I have to take my eyes from the viewfinder and look at the lens’s distance scale to set the zone of focus. This becomes very difficult when it is dark, such as in a dark reception hall.

With the Fuji X Pro 1, I can shoot with it using the viewfinder and manually adjust the lens while using the lens distance scale in the viewfinder as a guide. If I’m shooting at f4, I can get pretty accurate, pretty quickly. I’ve used this technique successfully in the evening when the dancing is going on. I have one Quantum QFlash at each side of the room and I have a radio popper transmitter on the camera’s hotshot. Shooting subjects that are 3-6 feet away, I have an approximately 1 foot margin of error. Shooting subjects 10-15 feet away, I have about a 2 feet margin of error. This margin of error is enough for me to get the shot. The nice thing is that as soon as I take the picture, I get an instant playback of the picture in the viewfinder. This gives me a visual confirmation of my exposure, my focus, and of what I captured. I have the display set to 1.5 seconds, but I can immediately go back to shooting by just half clicking the shutter. Instant chirping without taking your eyes from the viewfinder! With any DSLR or Leica, you have to take the camera from your eyes to view the picture for the same confirmation. I can’t stress how useful this feature is. When used in combination with the electronic distance scale in the viewfinder, I find that this camera excels at manual focusing if you take advantage of what it has to offer instead of focusing on what it doesn’t have.

The Wedding Day

So now let’s get on with the wedding day. I usually start with the bride getting ready at her home or at a hotel or salon. I usually start with the Fuji X Pro 1 and the Fuji X100. I have the 35mm on the X Pro 1 for my normal 50mm equivalent perspective and the X100 is fixed at 23mm for my semi wide 35mm equivalent perspective. My assistant is holding onto the Canon 5d Mark 2 with the 24-70 for my all-purpose go to camera and lens combo if I need it. Generally I don’t because noting really quick is going on at this part of the wedding day. I prefer using the Fuji’s because I like to fade into the background and shoot quietly. The Fuji’s are quiet and very good at high ISO’s for natural light photography. I either dial it in manually or shoot shutter priority to keep the shutter speed at least 1/125 or 1/250 to lessen motion blur. The one thing that I do differently with this camera then with my Canons is that I tend not to use Aperture priority. The camera tends to favor a lower shutter speed of 1/52 rather than a higher shutter speed and higher ISO. I guess Fuji does this to keep the IQ the best possible, but in the real world, 1/52 is too slow when people are moving around. So to get around this, I shoot with Shutter priority or Manual mode and set the shutter speed to where I need it to be. I let the camera decide the aperture. Generally under most hotel rooms and salons, the aperture would fall to 1.4 to 4 depending on how much light there is in the room. If I need more depth of field, I shoot manually and let the camera set the ISO.

For the ceremony, I start with my 5D Mark 2 on one side and the 7D on the other side. I hand my Fuji’s to my assistant to hold on to. She has it ready to switch with me if I need to at any time. I use the Cannons because while people are walking down the aisle, I need the faster autofocusing speed of my Cannons. During the ceremony, I may hand one of the Canon’s to my assistant and grab my X Pro 1. People at this point are staying relatively still and I want to use the X Pro 1 for it’s sharper images and more accurate colors. As soon as the ceremony is about to come to a close, the Canon 7d is the one I reach for the same reason I used it at the beginning of the ceremony.

Moving onto the portrait session, I use the X Pro 1 plus either my 5d Mark 2 or my 7d. The reason I use the X Pro 1 in this case is not because I”m trying to be discreet, but because I find that I get sharper images and better color with my X Pro 1 than with my Canons. Now, if I have the bride and groom or the bridal party running around and doing action type of portraits, my Fuji X Pro 1 takes a break and my Canon 7d comes to life. The IQ is not as good, but with its superior focusing speed, I have more chances of getting a sharp picture. Like I said, one camera is not better than the other. They both have their purpose.

At the cocktail hour and reception, I tend to favor the X Pro 1 for walking around and getting discreet pictures. I like to blend in with the guest and be unobtrusive. The funny thing is that in the Bay Area, many of the guest are walking around with big DSLR’s and flash modifiers on the cameras. I think they look more like “the photographer” then I do. This is a good thing because it makes me even more invisible during this time. The 35mm and the X Pro 1 is all that I really need at this point in the game. I use autofocus for most of this and it works well. As soon as it starts getting darker, I put the flash triggers on my cameras and use my Quantum Q Flashes for off camera flash to light up every picture. If it’s too dark for auto focus to work, I switch to manual focus. My preference is to use the X Pro 1 and the 5d Mark 2 at this point. I have either the 24-70 or the 135mm on the 5d Mark 2 and the 35mm stays on the X Pro 1 for the most part. This is pretty much the combo I use until the dancing starts. At that point my 7d takes over my 5d Mark 2 because of its better focusing speed. I use the Fuji x Pro 1 in manual focusing mode using the technique I outline earlier. Both cameras are triggering the two Quantum Q Flashes I have set up in the room.

My Conclusions

I’ve written enough about why I like this camera and why I use it over my DSLR’s at certain points of the wedding day. At this point I would like to point out some things about this camera that I feels needs improvement.

1) Shutter Lag

This camera has an annoying shutter lag at times. I work around it, but I shouldn’t have to. The Fuji X100 has no shutter lag and neither should this camera. I’m not talking about the slow auto focusing speed. There is a lag even when it is in Manual focus. The lag is there even when I manually set the aperture and shutter speed. I hope Fuji addresses this in the next firmware update.

2) Slow auto focus speed

Even though I’m able to work with it the way it is, it would be wonderful if Fuji can improve the auto focus speed. As it is currently, the Fuji X100 focuses faster than the X Pro 1. If this camera focuses as good as my DSLR’s or even as fast as the Olympus EP-3, I actually feel it can totally replace my DSLR’s, at least for anything 90mm and below.

3) Auto ISO

The auto ISO implementation needs improvement. As it is, I cannot set a minimum shutter speed in Aperture priority mode, like I can in the X100. The camera defaults to a too slow speed of 1/52 in favor of a lower ISO. I would like the ability to choose a higher shutter speed minimal and live with a higher shutter speed. I can do this with the Fuji X100. There is no reason I shouldn’t be able to do it with the X Pro 1.

I would also like the ability to use the exposure compensation dial when shooting in manual exposure mode. If I want to shoot at f4 and at 1/250, I would like to be able to dial the exposure compensation to plus 1 or plus 2 and have the camera adjust the ISO accordingly to facilitate what I want to do. If I’m shooting a bunch of guys wearing black and I’m shooting in manual exposure mode, I want F4 for the dept of field and I want 1/250 to freeze motion. The camera will over exposure the picture to make the blacks look grey. If I dial down the exposure compensation, the camera should be able to decrease the ISO to allow for a darker and more accurate exposure. As it is, the dialing down the exposure compensation will do nothing. I have to take my ISO off auto and manually dial it down to get the exposure where I want it to be. Fuji should be able to correct this with a firmware update.

4) Focus point selector

In order to change the focus point, I must first press the button on the lower left side of the camera before I can use the 4 buttons on the right to select the focus point. This is entirely cumbersome because my face is usually pressed against the LCD and is blocking the AF button. A better implementation would be to not have to press the AF button at all. I should be able to just press the 4 directional buttons to choose my points, like in other cameras.

As with any other cameras I have it has it’s strength and faults. I love it and use it accordingly but am also hopeful that it will be improved with firmware updates and will probably jump on the next version Fuji comes out with as well.

Check out the pictures in the gallery below. There are many more pictures that what I’ve shown already. They are all taken with the Fuji X Pro 1 at several weddings I recently shot.

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Author:Charles Le

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26 Comments on “Wedding photography with the Fuji X Pro 1 and my Canon cameras – Charles Le Photography”

  1. May 24, 2012 at 8:19 pm #

    Hi Charles,

    This was a very interresting review and your shoot are really beautifull !

    Thanks for this journey in the weeding world…..

  2. May 25, 2012 at 2:39 am #

    Good review! I’m with you on the shutter lag, it is annoying at times, though I think the X100 has it too. The X100 does focus faster for sure. I walked with both cameras again last weekend, standing at the corner of a street and aiming at cars, then looking at where the cars would end up in the photos as opposed to where they were when I pressed the button. Both had lag.

    What boggles the mind (in a good way) is that the focus trick that was discovered on the XPro-1 a few weeks ago works on the X100 too (don’t half-press & wait for focus confirmation, just press the shutter all the way in one step). With a fast 95MB/s SD card, shooting in JPEG mode (like I do on the X-Pro1), the X100 is indeed noticeably faster to focus (and so much quieter). I like the X-Pro1 very much already, my 5DMIII is… reliable, but the X-Pro1 is just fun and motivates me, what a fantastic camera it would be without that lag or faster focus. I use it a lot in zone-focusing mode, and I don’t mind manual focusing it either by pressing AF/AE button for a rough focus estimate, than micro-adjusting using the ring.

    Auto-ISO should at least use the ISO6400 setting, why is it stopping at ISO3200, I’m not sure, but ISO6400 is so usable, especially in B&W mode.

    • June 3, 2012 at 9:16 pm #

      Thanks for reading. I agree with you about the ISO too. I have an Olympus OM-D with a delivery date of June 6th to replace my EP-3. Can’t wait to put that one through its paces too. Seems pretty remarkable and hope the IQ is good enough, because I love everything else about it. With the Olympus OM-D, you can dial up and down compensation while shooting manually, and the camera will increase or decrease the ISO to accordingly. So you can dial in your shutter speed and aperture and let the camera use ISO to handle the exposure compensation! I expected the X Pro-1 to do the same but sadly it does not. I hope Fuji follows Olympus on this and allows for this in the next firmware update.

  3. May 25, 2012 at 4:37 am #

    Thanks for sharing. Like you, I love my XP1. Though there is some learning curve. Btw, what trigger do you use with your XP1? Thanks.

  4. May 25, 2012 at 4:38 am #

    Thanks for sharing. Nice review. Like you, I love my XP1. Btw, what trigger do you use for your flashes? Thanks.

    • May 25, 2012 at 11:05 pm #

      Hi Darryl, thanks for reading. I use radio poppers to trigger the Qflashes. The PX ones rides on my canon St-E2 and triggers them with ETTL, and, with the X Pro 1, I use the JrX transmitter to trigger the QFlashes manually.

  5. May 25, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

    Great post Charles! I too shoot weddings and bought the X-Pro1 when it came out hoping for a lighter, less bulky camera to use on the job. So far it’s been amazing! I do share your gripes about it, and hope that Fuji will continue to work on these issues. Also, I hope Adobe will soon support the Fuji Raw files, as I’d really like to process in Lightroom.
    Thanks again, and great photos!

    • June 3, 2012 at 9:18 pm #

      Thanks Jeremy. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. It certainly makes you work harder and think about the picture you take and I think that make you a better photographer in the run.

  6. Rex Gigout
    May 28, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

    Thanks for this thorough and informative write-up! It is especially significant to me that the X Pro produces good JPEGs, and renders skin tones well, as I record evidentiary images, with most of my subjects being living crime victims, and I am required to submit these images as JPEGs. Presently, I use two Canon 7D DSLRs. I reckon the one 7D with my work-horse 100mm Macro 2.8L to be well worth carrying the bulk and weight, but the X Pro, with the 35mm 1.4, is tempting me as an alternative to the second 7D.

    • June 3, 2012 at 9:22 pm #

      Thanks Rex. However, wouldn’t you want both of your camera to deliver identical skin tones given that you do this for evidentiary purposes? I would think you’d want two X Pro 1 instead of having a second 7D. Your subjects are pretty still I recon so focusing shouldn’t be an issue.

  7. Alagami
    June 4, 2012 at 10:37 pm #

    A totally other kind of question. Where do you most often place your 2 lights at the party (ballroom/partyroom)? I’ve been doing the same, but dropped it again since i thought it made some areas of the ballroom to hot/bright. I turned them on and off, but i thought it was too much work. Do you point them upwards?

  8. October 9, 2012 at 9:01 pm #

    Thanks for your insight on this. I shoot with the Canon 5DII for my weddings and bought the Fuji XPro 100 a few months ago. Love love love this camera but have not been bold enough to use it at my weddings. It is going in the bag this weekend. Thanks for the direction and the confidence to employ it!

    • October 18, 2012 at 8:49 pm #

      You’re welcome. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. I’ve recently sold my 5D Mark 2 and 7D and replaced it with two 5D Mark 3’s that I shoot in conjunction with the X Pro 1. I only shoot primes now, so mostly I have the 18mm on the X Pro 1 for my wide angle and each of the 5d Mark 3’s has a 35mm and a 135mm. These three lens account for 95% of my pictures. The only thing else I use is a 50mm and a fisheye sometimes.

  9. October 14, 2012 at 8:53 am #

    Excellent article. I am a real amateur with only 3 years serious DSLR experience. My camera history has been Canon Powershot A80 (from 2003) which, although only 4MP delivered some astounding results, then onto Canon 50D (2009) then to Canon 7D (2011). I BOUGHT SOME OF CANONS BEST LENSES BUT STILL FIND MYSELF LEFT WANTING, PARTICULARLY IN THE AREA OF PICTURE SHARPNESS STRAIGHT OUT OF THE CAMERA. I am extremely interested in these two fuji models and must thank you for this excellent article. I recently did a wedding book for some friends, taking pictures with 7D and EF 85mm Prime lens and was extremely pleased with the results but have now been offered a real wedding assignment next May so I am looking at getting in some practice. If you had a choice and a budget for only one of the cameras would you pick the X100 or the XPro 1?

    • October 18, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

      Hi John, if I could only have either an X100 or a X PRO 1, I would definitely choose the X Pro 1. I certainly use it more the the X100 and it is more versatile. The 18mm has become my most used lens on the X Pro 1 for candid photography because I can zone focus with it very well. You might wait to check out the X E1 that has recently been announced and should be release in November. It is like a X Pro 1, but is more similar in size to the X100 and is $700 cheaper than the X Pro 1.

  10. October 18, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

    Excellent post. I certainly love this website.
    Keep writing!

  11. October 20, 2012 at 4:29 am #

    I enjoy reading through a post that can make men and women think.
    Also, thanks for allowing me to comment!

  12. November 23, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

    Wonderful account of the fuji X-Pro1 and great photos too! I’m about to take delivery of my X-pro1 next week. I’m a documentary wedding photographer in the UK and have found it very useful to read how you’ve been using it. I’ll update again when I have real life experience using this fantastic little camera system.

  13. December 3, 2012 at 6:14 pm #

    Hi Charles,

    Your shots are just spectacular. I recently added the XE1 (essentially a more compact XPro 1 with an EVF instead of OVF) to my stable having read your blog. The image quality is just beautiful. Out of the camera it just looks to nail skin tones and the dynamic range is in a different league to other mirrorless cameras.

    I was wondering what your opinion was on the recently announced firmware 2.0 for the X-Pro1 and your thoughts on whether Fuji have done enough with shutter lag and the autofocus in this update ? Focus peaking would be amazing in a future update.

    As for the Fuji camera, I really do like it. A wish list for the future would be to make the camera splash proof/weather sealed and a tilt screen with touch to focus feature (similar to the OMD) which would make the camera very inconspicuous for street photography.

    I really enjoyed your blog. I would love to see an update to this blog with your opinion following the 2.0 update to the XPro1.



  14. December 3, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

    Hi Charles,

    I discovered your blog and it in no small way helped me make up my mind to go with the XE1.

    I would love to see an update to your blog and your opinions on whether the firmware 2.0 made much of an improvement to your criticisms on shutter lag and the speed of autofocus.
    The 2.0 firmware was supposed to bring dramatic speed /accuracy improvements on autofocus. Personally I find the speed of the autofocus fine for what I do , but I am not a professional photographer. I do like that Fuji appear to listen to their customers and instead of just rolling out new models update existing ones with firmware updates to improve and refine features.

    I would love to hear your opinions on pre firmware 2.0 performance of this camera and post 2.0 firmware performance and whether Fuji have done enough.

    All the best,


    • December 3, 2012 at 7:08 pm #

      Hi Tom, thanks for reading my blog. I plan to do and update soon. I was going to wait till my XE1 and 18-55 arrive so I can put it through its paces. To be honest, I’m more excited about the 18-55 than the XE1. I’m excited to see how much faster this zoom lens autofocuses.

      Its nothing bad about the XE1 but from what I’ve been reading and seeing, its the same as the X Pro 1 with the firmware 2 except that it is smaller and missing a few things, like the optical viewfinder and the sync port. I can live without the sync port but I’m not happy to lose the optical viewfinder. I’ve been using the manual focus quite a bit. During the reception and during the wild crazy dancing I usually shoot with the 18mm for increase depth of field and intimacy with context. With a small radio popper jr radio trigger in the hotshoe I am able to shoot at f5.6 and get sufficient depth of field to be able to focus manually in optical mode using only the viewfinder’s distance scale. From time to time I may easily double check by clicking on the command dial to instantly zoom in and switch to evf to check critical focus. Its a very fast and accurate way to work and get decisive moments. The shutter lag is still there a bit but not as bad as before. The manual focus is FAR SUPERIOR than before. The auto focus is improved as well. My dream is for Fuji to make this camera as responsive as my Olympus OMD. However the IQ is far superior on the Fuji so that’s why I rarely ever use the OMD for professional work.

      The other thing I don’t like about the XE1 is something I haven’t heard anyone else complain about but is a big deal for me. For some reason that I do not understand, Fuji had changed the position on the playback button. I don’t like this at all! I love where it is on the X Pro 1 because it is very easy for me to chimp with my right thumb without removing my eyes from the viewfinder. I can chimp with my right eye while keeping my left eye on the scene and in case of a portrait session, keeping my connection with my model. Moving the playback button to the left of the camera now means I have to use both hands to chimp and now my left hand blocks my left eyes! Its the same on my X100! My left hand has to leave the lens barrel and I end up having to hold the camera in tourist position to chimp. I prefer to have my left fingers on the focus barrel and my third finger of my left hand on the aperture ring for instant adjustments. This is actually my second or first major issue with the X E1. I hope I can live with it when it arrives. As for the size difference, I do like the smaller size but it’s not like the X Pro 1 was bothering me at all so this is not a major thing. As a tool for my profession, the price difference is insignificant and not something I consider at all.

      I hope this insight helps. I ramble a bit so I apologize for that!

      Take care,

  15. edjonesphotography
    July 1, 2013 at 8:48 am #

    Fantastic blog! I’ve been using 5d2 and 7d for weddings, but had been contemplating getting an xpro (and eventually an x100) and your blog answered all of my questions, from your experience I can see that the xpro will fit right in exactly where I thought it would! Great insight, and thanks for giving such a full explanation of how you use it and why!

  16. October 22, 2013 at 1:18 am #

    And now comes the XE-2 into the fray. I can hardly wait to get my hands on one! I shoot with the 5D and 1d MK II and need something lighter and inconspicuous as did you. To your success!!!

    • October 25, 2013 at 11:24 pm #

      Best wishes to you on the XE-2. The X100s is still my favorite in the Fuji line-up. My Omd-em5 (soon to be replaced with the Omd-Em1 any day now) and the Fuji X100s makes an awesome combo.

  17. August 5, 2014 at 10:13 am #

    Good blog. I’m going back into wedding photography after a break of several years and need to decide what my X-Pro1 can and can’t do – and which DSLR to buy (probably a 6D for it’s ability to nail spot focus in the dark). This ‘review’ really helps. It would be helpful if you were to include which firmware version you’re running, so that your conclusions (criticisms) can be referenced against that – for instance the latest firmware (Aug 2014) has greatly improved AF speed.

    Thanks and best wishes.

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