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  • Writer's pictureIan Miller

The Magic of Fujifilm

I have used Canon and Nikon cameras and lenses for many years and love their reliability and sturdiness. I have recently (over the last 2 years) become a real fan of Fujifilm cameras along with their superb range of lenses.

I have taken a real fancy to the X Pro range (1 and 2) and also have an AE2 which is cheaper but just as effective. The lenses are what make the cameras so good, the retro design of the cameras, the lightweight is complimented by some superbly sharp and contrasty glass and great prices.

X Pro 2 with 23mm f2 lens

I am not a technical photographer, I make pictures that I enjoy and the Fuji’s have helped me do this in a number of ways. They have a number of inbuilt features that I appreciate and are not available in other cameras. The cameras have theirs onset of Fujifilm like camera profiles that I find most useful, enabling me to change from Fuji Velvia, Provia and others, in-camera. You can even shoot three different profile at the same time, plus monochrome if you like (which I do often).

This ability to do the processing (of JPEGS) in the camera has saved me much time in post-processing and I have all but stopped using RAW as I can tune the cameras to give me the images I want in JPEG.

(PROVIA/STANDARD) Standard colour reproduction. Suited to a wide range of subjects, from portraits to landscapes

(Velvia/VIVID) A high-contrast palette of saturated colours, suited to nature photos

(ASTIA/SOFT) Enhances the range of hues available for skin tones in portraits while preserving the bright blues of daylight skies. Recommended for outdoor portrait photography

(CLASSIC CHROME) Soft colour and enhanced shadow contrast for a calm look

(PRO Neg. Hi) Offers slightly more contrast than (PRO Neg. Std). Recommended for outdoor portrait photography

(PRO Neg. Std) A soft-toned palette. The range of hues available for skin tones is enhanced, making this a good choice for studio portrait photography

(ACROS) *Take black-and-white photos with rich gradation and outstanding sharpness. Available with yellow (Ye), red (R), and green (G) filters

(MONOCHROME) *Take pictures in standard black and white. Available with yellow (Ye), red (R), and green (G) filters

(SEPIA) Take pictures in sepia. *** Filters deepen shades of grey corresponding to hues complementary to the selected colour. The yellow (Ye) filter deepens purples and blues and the red (R) filter blues and greens. The green (G) filter deepens reds and browns, including skin tones, making it a good choice for portraits.

Probably my favourite Fuji camera would be the X Pro 2. As seen in the main picture above. I like the simple design and functionality. It looks like an old rangefinder camera but the function and punches above its weight.

  • Newly-developed 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III APS-C sensor reduces moiré and false colours to dramatically improve image quality and X-Processor Pro engine increases response times, achieves faster AF, lower noise and better colour reproduction

  • Advanced Hybrid Multi Viewfinder featuring a Multi-Magnification function that automatically switches viewfinder magnification according to the lens and simultaneous EVF over OVF display

  • Electronic shutter maximum speed of 1/32000 sec and a focal plane shutter with a top speed of 1/8000 sec. with flash synchronization of up to 1/250 sec.

  • Intelligent Hybrid Phase detection AF with 273 selectable AF points, Dual SD Slots. Operating temperature is minus 10 degree Celsius to plus 40 degree Celsius

  • 16 Film simulation modes including the new ACROS monochrome mode and Grainy effect

Using the knowledge gained from accurately reproducing colour in film manufacturing, Film Simulation allows the user to change colour and tone settings to match the subject, scene and creative intent, just as if shooting with a roll of film. There are a total of 15 modes including PROVIA / Standard, Velvia / Vivid and ASTIA / Soft.

The Fujifilm X-Pro2 features the new ACROS Film Simulation mode. Its features include smoother gradation, deep blacks and beautiful textures. Ultra high-quality monochrome images are possible, adding extra creativity to the general monochrome mode.

Dual SD Card Slots

The Fujifilm X-Pro2 is the first mirrorless camera to offer dual SD card slots for highly reliable data storage. Slot 1 is compatible with UHS-II standards for excellent write speeds. One of three recording methods can be selected: sequential, backup and Raw / JPEG sorting.

Images can be copied between SD cards within the camera, making image data backup possible without a PC.

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