Today I got my hands on an X-Pro2 for an hour. I was not really looking at it with a view to buying one now, more as a view to “where are Fuji going” and “what can I expect from the next generation X-T”.
You will not find photos of the camera here, there are plenty of them around!
It feels nice in the hand, very nice. The slight increase in weight gives it a more solid feel, the change in grip shape on the right hand side means a nicer, more solid grip particularly when holding single handed.
The joystick is really nice, making it much easier and quicker to switch focus point. Although I grew up with film cameras I was slightly concerned about the “lift-up” iso dial but it works fine; its not the fastest but is still quite easy to operate with the camera up to your eye. Whilst I am on the subject of having the camera to the eye, the new EVF is noticeably smoother than that in the X-T1.
One thing you do quickly notice though is the sound. Oh it sounds so nice. No, that should not be important but it does give you this warm feeling that this camera will be nice to use.
Mounting a flash on the camera and having it fire at the full 8fps with the jpg’s streaming into my cheap SD card in slot 2 with no delay or pausing was a relief. I did get the feeling I could put this camera into service right away and if I were shooting a job on prime lenses I would probably opt for this over my current X-T1’s.
I have not posted any full size for the pixel peepers but here are a few images I shot:
To Sum up:
Will I be buying one now?
No, I do not have a business case for one. However it does give me a really good feeling about the next generation X-T. If this camera is anything to go by the future is really bright.
I have the feeling that at some point I might move my current X-Pro1 and X100 on and replace both of these with a single X-Pro2 because it just feels so nice, nice in the same way that the original X100 did.
2 thoughts on “X-Pro2 : A quick Hands on”
I’ve got the same dilemma, I can’t really justify it. Think I’ll wait till the next XT update but I am also tempted to sell my original x100 and X-Pro1 to fund it. Shame second hand values are so low and the new camera so expensive.
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I think I’ll wait and see what happens in the next year, Fuji cameras have a habit of falling in price just after I purchase one. I love my X-Pro1 and XT-1 and have no real need for a new camera. The X-Pro2 does look great though and the reviews so far are tempting me.