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  1. Albert Smith
    September 15, 2021 @ 3:17 pm

    I think more than most brands, Fujifilm users embrace the vintage (if ten years can be called vintage) models. YouTube is full of videos asking the already answered question, “Is the Fujifilm (fill in the blank) still viable in 2021?” On the Nikon sites, they look at you like you are crazy when you say you are still using a D700, which is my current full frame camera.

    Like you, the X-T2 was my starting point into the interchangeable lens X system. I have expanded to newer models, but also I sought out and bought earlier generation cameras because of the talk of the magical rendering from previous sensors. Today, an older X-E2s gets as much or more use as my newer models. With the 35mm f/1.4, the images are so film-like that I can’t believe that I’m not using one of my old Leicas.

    If you use an older model and can live with the few minor quirks, then of course it is not only viable, but a pretty good tool, even in 2021.

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  2. Albert Smith
    September 15, 2021 @ 6:20 pm

    MODERATOR: I am so, so sorry. I stupidly clicked on the wrong photo in my post to this thread. The photo that is showing makes no contribution to the subject, so please feel free to delete it. I will pay more attention next time and have my morning coffee before posting.

    Again, sorry. Albert

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    • fujixpassion
      September 21, 2021 @ 5:15 pm

      Hi Albert! No problem, it’s a magnificent pair of cameras 🙂

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  3. Dirk
    September 16, 2021 @ 11:39 am

    Hallo,
    ich habe mir gerade eine X Pro 1 und kurz davor eine X-E1 gekauft.
    Beide Kameras haben den Sensor der ersten Generation.
    Begonnen habe ich allerdings mit einer XT2, die ich immer noch besitze.
    Es kam eine XT4 dazu, die aber hauptsächlich meine Frau benutzt.
    Warum kauft man sich also eine alte Kamera, wenn man modernere besitzt?
    Weil sie einem gefällt und weil sie einen einschränkt.
    Das hört sich komisch an, ist es aber nicht.
    Man muss sich mit dieser Kamera arrangieren, sich auf sie einlassen und die vermeintlichen Nachteile durch die Art wie man fotografiert wieder ausgleichen.
    Ja, sie ist langsam!
    Ja, das Fokussystem ist langsam!
    Die Batterieanzeige sagt lange es ist alles gut um dann plötzlich auf rot zu springen.
    Man ist langsamer!
    Ist es ein Nachteil?
    Das muss jeder für sich entscheiden.
    Wenn ich professionell damit arbeiten müsste, dann währe es wahrscheinlich ein Nachteil.
    Wenn jemand aber einfach nur fotografieren möchte und sich auf das Wesentliche beschränkt, dann bekommt er für relativ wenig Geld eine hervorragende und super schöne Kamera.
    Meiner Meinung nach, ist immer mehr Technik mit immer besseren
    technischen Werten eine Sackgasse, denn es führt nicht zu einer besseren Fotografie.
    Auch 2021,2022,2023……. eine Kaufempfehlung!
    Gruß
    Dirk

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    • fujixpassion
      September 21, 2021 @ 5:28 pm

      Hi Dirk! We fully agree with you. All its limitations and slowing you down it’s not necessarily a downside, because you will have to work harder to overcome all these setbacks, making it a much more immersive experience. Just think that even these days, there are still people shooting with pinhole cameras 🙂

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    • Patrick
      September 28, 2021 @ 9:31 am

      Hallo Dirk! Besser hätt’ ich es aus nicht ausdrücken können. Seit 2018 fotografiere ich mit einer Sony A7iii und dazugehörigen Sony Objektiven. Natürlich ist die Klarheit, Dynamic Range, Unschärfe usw. “besser” als bei meiner kürzlich – stark gebraucht – gekauften X-T1. Aber… und das ist ein riesiges ABER… die Fuji macht mir einfach viel mehr Spaß zu shooten als es die Sony je könnte. Und meine X-T1 ist wirklich stark gebraucht (andere würden sogar ,,verbraucht” sagen); beim ISO-Rad drehen verstellt sich der Drive-Mode immer mit um, wenn ich den Shutter-Speed ändere habe ich das selbe Problem mit dem Fokus-Schalter. Ein Teil von der Ummantelung fehlt seit längerem. Aber alles egal, solang ich damit Spaß hab! (Noch ein Foto von meiner Kenya-Reise –> X-T1 mit Samyang 12mmF2.0)

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  4. Steve Surfaro
    September 20, 2021 @ 7:46 pm

    A very nice article; however, where is the coverage with “old glass,” or vintage lenses producing unique subject and background rendering? As both an X-Pro2 and X-Pro1 user, I am fortunate to keep mostly “dedicated lenses” on each, to grab, focus and shoot. The X-Pro2 has a Zeiss Touit 10mm that gets me my wide angle event shots, with autofocus. The X-Pro1 has its choice of Meyer-Optik Trioplan 2.8/100mm, 2.9 50mm, Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 2.8/50, Carl Zeiss Sonnar 1.5/5cm and more. These vintage lenses are excellent “matches” to the fast X-Pro1 ease of manual focus peaking, and background rendering through the viewfinder. This allows you to offer a fast choice of bubbly or creamy backgrounds to your subject, just by switching cameras, that BTW use the same battery as X-PRO2!

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  5. Magnus919
    September 21, 2021 @ 12:30 am

    If someone were starting out, I agree, get into the second generation of Fuji X cameras. They were some real beauties in there, including the X-Pro2.

    The EVF on the X-Pro1 had a slow refresh rate and I found that made it hard to work with.

    X-Pro2 plus manual focus 35mm lens and you’re set for life.

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  6. Johan
    February 8, 2022 @ 7:06 pm

    Great article, and photos. Personally, at this point, I would try to get a used X-Pro2. I know there’s a lot of debate about the sensor generations, but the X-Pro2 output is great for me, and you get the Acros film simulation (yes, I have used the X-Pro1 and X-E1 as well). Besides, the X-Pro2 is a lot more usable for me, both with AF glass (speed and AF reliability), and with MF glass (the excellent ERF). However, the X-Pro1 still is a very fine camera as well (would just not be my choice, with the X-Pro2 used prices slowly coming down).

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  7. Borya
    March 16, 2022 @ 9:07 pm

    Very interesting, thank you! I own both the X-Pro1 and X-Pro3 and the X100 and X100V but I used several other Fuji cameras over the years (X100, X100F, X100V, X-T1, X-T2, X-E3 & GFX 50R) and nothing compares to the X-Pro1 and the original X100. Both have that magic and they’re so inspiring that, whenever I feel like I’m losing motivation, all I have to do is pick up either one for a couple of hours to get back on track. The X-Pro1 has a unique sensor, arguably the best in the digital world to those who like film, and it’s as stunning in 2022 as it was 10 years ago, especially in black and white. Yes it has quirks and you’re likely to miss out quite a bit as compared to more recent cameras but, man, the shooting experience is just out of this world. I don’t think it’s that slow actually, at least if you don’t intend to shoot sports with it. This camera is not the easiest one and you’ve got to know what you do if you want to enjoy its full potential. In my opinion it’s designed for pros and advanced photographers only. But if, like me, you shoot mainly portraiture and street (or even landscape), the X-Pro1 will light up your photography days and bring back fun, inspiration and satisfaction. The X-Pro3 is my main gear and better in every way than the X-Pro1 (and so is the X100V as compared with the original X100) but my X-Pro1 (and my X100) will always be next to me. It changed my life as a photographer and it still makes me happy to this day! Cheers!

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