From my perspective because Fuji produce the X pro 2 and the X100 cameras in tandem with each new model features from one are picked up by the other and this leads to general maturing of both product lines. I think it’s the case after using the XPro 1 for almost three years that I would buy the X100 F but would not replace my XPro1 with the XPro2. The reason for this is purely my subject matter. While one can almost take any type of photography with any camera it helps if the features fit the usage. The XPro series is not all good for nature of landscape the essence of the camera just gets in the way, the XT2 is far superior in this regard. However when one starts to photograph near distance urban landscapes the X100F and Xpro series really come into their own. Add to this the small physical length of the X100F’s lens or the WR lenses on the Pro series and you are on to a winner.
I have done a lot of garden and plant work for magazines. I worked with Canon 5D’s and a Leica M9. The M9 gave me the freedom to move quickly from high to low from one metre to ten metres, then for macro and telework the 5D came into its own, but more often than not it needed the use of a tripod. The XPro1 changed all that because it could use a zoom that the M9 could not and it wasn’t the lump that the 5D and a (mostly)large lens was.
I see the X100F with its supplementary lenses* as replacing a Leica system and four lenses and to a lesser extent the Canon 5D as well but with image quality that is equal and possibly better than both especially as Leica have forgone the CCD sensor.
I have said this before in this blog that when one gets down to a pixel level there is so little difference in the IQ between the Leica, Canon and Fuji as to be negligible. BUT, and it’s a very big but, the Fuji pixel quality is more pleasing to the eye, the Fuji combination of sensor and lens draws linear forms more closely to the way the eye sees them. It’s been said many times before but Fuji film presets present imagery as film. However, I would go one step further and say that what Fuji has done is created image quality that has gone beyond what film ever was but it has maintained the intrinsic qualities that only FujiFilm ever had. Essentially that is a new level of photographic imagery a standard that few can match. And I really look forward to working with it on this new generation of FujiFilm cameras.**
Will I buy an X100F? Yes, I will as soon as I get my new studio is finished and my new flower garden is started but likely after the XPro1 is replaced with an XT2!
*Up until the turn of the century the quality of supplementary lenses particularly third party products was of dubious benefit in the making of quality imagery. However, in about 2003 Canon manufactured several supplementary lenses that were designed to go on top of the line point and shoots the G and S series. The IQ from then on with supplementary was almost no different to the fixed or zoom lens except for the wider or longer tele reach. This improvement was in no small part due to many developments that took place in lens coating technologies.
** Comparing sensors is now a bit like comparing films in the past I have been using M43 cameras since 2009 and my last EM1 and current PEN F is essentially the daily everywhere carry around camera. I have manipulated Sony images from a 7 mk 1 and a similar vintage Nikon. Making comparisons is never easy without upsetting someone. But the one thing I will say about all of the above is that under day light conditions the IQ is similar mostly very good but relatively neutral. I find the Sony image quality to be almost clinical at times and the M43 has so many choices of synthesised image style the eye is swamped with choice. But Fuji has a sensor sauce that is unique to it and only itself.
The best review I have read thus far is from Here at imaging-resource.com
Photo – Seattlesteve.me
seattlesteve.me has written a good comparison between the venerable Leica M9 and a Fujifilm X T1 with some interesting results.
Personally looking through the sample images the results are pretty close to what I would have expected. However, I found that with my usage of the M9 and depending on the ergonomics of the individual lens used I could compose and focus more accurately than all but the very best of auto focus systems. In this case the example would be the EOS 5D mk 1 and 2. The Olympus EM1 is also very good with some of the Oly lenses.
My XPRO1 is no speed demon and quite honestly there are times when I still miss the M9 in that regard.
On general usage there is no competition, the Image quality is as good as I need. I’m even warming to using jpegs straight out of the camera. Not that crazy about archiving jpegs, I still convert everything to TIFF’s. The Fujifilm X mount cameras are far more versatile, one can go very long or one has macro. Only the 8K M240 can do that and even though my cameras earn their keep the difference in the IQ is just not worth the difference in cost. Not one of my clients noticed either!
I have a couple of adaptors for the X mount the Fuji M mount and a Canon FD and of these manual lenses its the Canon FD Macro lenses that have had the most use. Purchased new in the 1970’s I will likely use them for the rest of my natural because I have yet to come across anything better. I think the Zeiss will have the edge over the forty odd year old FD’s just because of the technical advance in lense coatings… Well, maybe, perhaps sometime on some year end sale or other I might splurge!
I have been following Chris Gampat the Phoblographer .com since he started his blog, his articles have always been balanced and often a worthwhile read. He recently wrote this. It’s essentially his love affair with the Fujifilm X Pro 1. He also is an ex Leica user, so much of what he says rings oh so true with me… Likewise Marco Larousse of we shoot fuji and hamburg cam also came from that Leica marque. (and Canon too) In addition I have come across many people who have switched from Leica film cameras or even M8 and M9s to Fuji. The beautiful Fuji Leica M to X mount adaptor is part of it.
Who wants to sell off all the lenses that one has used for years when they can be adapted perfectly to a Fuji. I used to use a few Leica R lenses on Canon 5D’s basically (sorry Canoneasters) because precise manual focus was better on the Leica R lens than doing the same thing on the good but not perfect Canon 100 Macro. Besides I have never really forgiven Canon for rendering the FD lenses totally obsolete when they introduced the EOS range. Olympus had an upgrade path, Nikon old glass can still be used today. Leica had an R conversion system in place, even Zeiss M42 lenses seem to be infinitely adaptable, Pentax also from the micro 110 lenses to the mighty 6×7 all still usable.
The second part of this endearment to marque is that Fujifilm have fostered is that they have continued to support and upgrade thier cameras and lens firmware long after the point of purchase. I think is almost a first among manufacturers. To a lesser extent Olympus and Panasonic have done the same thing but nothing on the scale of Fuji. The last upgrade was almost like getting a camera compared with my short use of the XPro1 in 2011. Thats four years ago when most digital cameras shelf life is a year if that…
To some degree Fuji have taken on board Leica’s service attitude towards their customers and that in these days of annual obsolescence That can only be a very good thing,
Our Japanese friends go gaga over the scale and number of blossoming trees in Tasmania. Indeed we have to be some of the most fortunate people on the planet to have a site like this to wake up to for a few weeks in the year. Likewise as a photographer I am enjoying the Fuji X pro 1 camera. This as every Fujiphile knows was the first of a new range of mirrorless cameras that Fuji introduced some three years ago. Unlike most manufacturers, Fuji through downloadable updates have recently turned a three year old into a new current tech camera. The camera has evolved!
To be perfectly honest there is another mitigating factor I bought the X pro1 as it was being offered by Camerapro.com.au at a very reasonable price less a cash back offer from Fuji resistance was futile. I have been a Leicaphile almost for as long as I can remember and when my M9 was stolen in a very violent break in I put off replacing the M9 as the 240 was about to be introduced. My other half was also concerned about the cost, lugging 15k of camera kit around for her was a liability she was not comfortable with, especially as on one trip to Bologna I had a pocket picked! For me the look and feel of the images was paramount but when I began to compare the IQ of the Type 240 and the Fuji’s glorious X Trans sensor my steadfast Leica loyalty began to falter then wane away. This process took three years I’m not prone to hasty decision making. With every upgrade and new Fuji model the IQ scrutiny continued, the pixel peeping and even the odd print was over analysed ad nausium. Then it happened, Leica type 240 was reviewed by AP – Amateur Photographer and Fuji introduced an upgrade within a few weeks of each other. To my eyes the IQ the look of the Fuji image had all the qualities I wanted from a Leica it was then the purse strings were unleashed.