Gaslamps and Making a Decision on the Fujifilm x-Pro1

Spending a little over a week in downtown San Diego this past May gave me a chance to test out the Fujifilm X-Pro1.  I've always loved the Gaslamp Quarter but usually only visited the area at night. Spending my lunch breaks in downtown afforded me broad daylight and a chance to see the place from a new perspective. 

I focused on capturing the gas lamps from various angles, framing them with the surrounding buildings. I also looked for images that would test the metering and exposure on the Fujifilm X-Pro1. Stunned by both the image quality and its ability to capture a broad range of light in a single exposure, the X-Pro1 made a great impression.

Although I loved the camera, there were a few considerations that made me decide against purchasing it. First, I wanted to use a fixed focal length lens. I've always used zoom lenses and decided that I wanted to work with a fixed focal length to improve my technical skills. The XF 18mm f/2 lens for the Fujifilm X series was a little too wide to be my only lens. The XF 35mm f/1.4, although beautiful and capable of opening up to a 1.4 aperture, put me a little too close to the subject be my only lens. I wasn't able to capture enough of my surroundings.

The idea focal length for me is 23mm on APS-C sensor which represents 35mm on a full frame camera. I find it just wide enough to capture the shot but just close enough to take nice portraits. Fuji has already announced that a 23mm lens will ship in the Fall of 2013 so maybe that will be my lens for the successor to the X-Pro1.

Along with the focal length issue, I also decided that before I invested in the Fujifilm X series as a system with multiple lenses, I wanted to see what they would do to improve the speed of their camera's operations in upcoming releases. The Fujifilm X100S was already being lauded as a much improved and speedier version of the X100. The speed and the 23mm focal length made me opt for the X100S but I will be keeping an eye on what Fuji does with the next version of the X-Pro1. It may still prove to be my system camera after all.