Is the Fuji X-Pro 1 good enough for stock?
My de facto camera for stock is the Nikon D7000, and with the release of the Fuji X-Pro 1, I researched as to whether it would be a viable (and lighter) alternative to my pre-existing system.
The forums seemed to be filled with haters and lovers of the X-Pro 1. Those who did not like it blasted its AF, its battery life, initial lack of RAW support by Adobe, and a variety of other things. Those who loved were enamored with the quality of its images, and the fact that it liberated them to shoot more.
Fortunately, a local rental shop brought it several units, and I put myself in the queue to bring home the body and its (for now) three primes for a long weekend. I had previously been acquainted with the X100, and the user interface of the X-Pro 1 was supposed to be improved. It was.
Unfortunately the initial version of the firmware prevented me from falling it love with it, and I returned the unit and lenses and continued using my D7000. Recently however, I received news that a new version of the firmware had been released for the X-Pro 1, and the forums were singing praises of it. This also showed that Fuji had been listening to feedback from its users.
This time however, I shelled out cold hard cash for the body and the 35/F1.4 lens, and set up to answer the question in the title.
To my delight, the answer was a resounding YES! A quick walk-about during lunch around my work area gave me an indication what this puppy was capable of. Here are the first three published and approved by here (I've got a few more in the review pipeline):
I had a Singh Ray LB Color Combo polarizer and color intensifier attached via a step ring on the 35mm, and that setup is really quite promising.
More importantly, I'm shooting more, carrying less in terms of weight, and if there is ever a tool that is a creativity enabler, I would say that the X-Pro 1 is it.
Photo credits: Tangjans.