My wife and I have recently returned from our latest trip to Mexico. We went down with some friends and had a great time together. My basic camera kit came along for the trip as well.
In order to try and pack somewhat light, I brought along the X-Pro2, Rokinon 12mm, Fuji 18-55mm, 23mm f/2 and 35mm f/1.4. While this may seem like a lot, the kit is very compact and rather lightweight all together. The kit, along with a Surface Pro 4, accessories, Velbon Ultra Maxi tripod and other stuff all fit into my backpack as my carry on personal item on the plane. This kit let me shoot essentially everything I needed. Long exposures on the beach at night were no issue and the 18-55mm served well during the day on the beach to prevent changing lenses most often.
My daughter and I had the day off today so we went out for a hike together. She wanted to bring a camera so I let her use my backup with a small prime lens. We loved being out together and exploring in the woods.
The typical winter cold has subsided for a few days and the sun was out instead of the usual gloom of February. My daughter and I went on a short walk through a family member’s field. We stomped around and explored, forgetting that most likely in a few days, the cold would creep back in again.
Ever since Fuji first announced the X100 compact camera, I’ve loved the design and ergonomics of the Fuji X series. Though I never shot with old film camera’s, I immediately felt at ease controlling the most essential functions of the camera (shutter speed, aperture and ISO) from dedicated dials. I dove into the system with the purchase of a used X-E1 and never looked back. Soon after that, the X-T1 was released and I had one on order. That was about 3 years ago now. The X-T1 was much better than the X-E1 in regards to speed, but I missed the rangefinder style body. Enter the X-Pro2.
The major draw of this camera is the hybrid optical hybrid viewfinder. This gives you your choice of an optical viewfinder or an electronic one depending on your need. The optical is great for seeing outside of your frame and being able to compose shots and wait for the right moment. The electronic gives you an accurate preview of exactly what you are about to shoot. Both are useful and switching between them is just a flick of a lever away.
The X-Pro2 just feels right in the hand. The controls are easy to get too, logically laid out (to me) and can be assigned just how you like. Even the much derided ISO dial isn’t nearly as bad as others have written about it. It just takes some muscle memory to master. The focus speed is very much beyond my X-T1’s capabilities and now just generally works without being an issue. The new 24 megapixel sensor is fantastic in both resolution and noise performance at higher ISO’s.
I don’t have much to complain about with this camera. There is still much I have to learn with it, but so far, it has been a great purchase.