I apologise to any brides who may stumble upon this blog post.  It’s going to contain some (hopefully) lovely wedding photography but it will also be quite a technical article based on my Fujifilm X-Pro1 Best Settings and also a one year of use review of the camera.

So, a little under a year ago I lucky enough to be given a review copy of the (then new) Fujifilm X-Pro1 by the kind folks at Professional Photographer Magazine.  I used it for a couple of weeks in my everyday job as a wedding photographer, took it to a couple of weddings and totally fell in love with the camera.

Like the X100 before it, the X-Pro1 wasn’t perfect, and the auto-focus was a little hit and miss at first glance.  However, just like the X100 Fujifilm have diligently updated the firmware for the camera, and that, coupled with a different mindset to using it compared to using a DSLR has allowed the X-Pro1 to become my favourite camera, probably of all time.  At the time of writing we are on firmware v 2.03 and really the version 2 update affected the AF substantially so I really would ensure you have the latest firmware to get the most out of the cameras.

I’ve been using the camera now for a year, and I have been asked so many times “how I use it”, “why I use it” and “what settings I use” so I’m hoping to answer all those questions in this blog post.  Bear with me, if could be a long one……

I was recently lucky enough to have a quick use of the new X100S and I could immediately see how quick the autofocus was and how much smoother and accurate the manual focus was (especially using focus peek).  I have no idea what is in line for the future of the X-Pro1 range but I would hope that Fujifilm continue their fine work with this model and if it inherits the improvements that the X100S has received then it will already be on the right tracks.  As it happens, I’ve not used the X100S in anger yet but I hope to be shooting with one very soon.  I will, of course, update this section of my blog as soon as I can when I start using it.

X100 and X-Pro-1

My rather battered X100 and X-Pro1 cameras

So, back to the X-Pro1.  I wanted to answer the two questions I get asked the most; What are the Fujifilm X-Pro1 Best Settings? and How do I use the camera.

Why do I use the X-Pro1?  

Well, I’m hoping this short film clip will answer that question in its own right (turn the sound up, and go full screen if you can):

I recently posted the following image in my Why I Love this Photograph Series and it pretty much symbolises the way I use the camera and why I like using it so much:

Real Life Weddings

One of the points I made about the image was that I didn’t think I’d be able to step into this space, comfortably, with a DSLR.

Another example of this in practice is a bridal prep photo taken using the 18mm lens last year:

fuji-x-pro1-1

I enjoy being able to position myself easily (and “easily” is the key consideration) and get shots that may have been cumbersome using larger equipment.  I don’t want to repeat past posts, but feel free to investigate my other X-Pro1 and X100 posts throughout the site.

How do I use the X-Pro1?

I’m asked this question a lot, and partly the answer is in the next section which will show my X-Pro1 Best Settings.  The main issue people tend to have with the X-Pro1 is the AF focus speed.

Now, whilst I love this camera I am also fully aware that the AF speed is not on a par with DSLR standard.  Maybe one day it will be, but as it stands, the X-Pro1 uses a Contrast Detection AF mechanism (which differs somewhat to the AF systems in most DSLRs).  If you understand what contrast AF is, it may help with your focus speed.

Essentially, I have found the best way to use the AF is to look for vertical lines in the subject, or break points.  The contrast AF will pick these up quicker than non-contrast scene.  Once AF is secured the images are sharp and lock onto the AF point amazingly tight.

If shooting in EVF mode, I always tighten down my AF points too using the the AF button and the scroll wheel:

AF-X-Pro1

However, I tend to use Manual Focusing a lot using the X-Pro1.  With my DSLRs I’ve become accustomed to using back button focusing and it’s possible to configure the X-Pro1 to emulate (almost) that button configuration.  Using this allows me to shoot quicker and more comfortably (I will explain the configuration in the menu settings later).

I tend to shoot in manual mode, setting the shutter speed to 1/125th of a second and operating the ISO (which invariably is set to AUTO6400) via the rocker switch as needed.  I prefer to shoot wide open and the lenses I use currently are the 35mm, 18mm and 60mm (in that order).

I tend to wind the strap quite tightly around my wrist to minimise any camera shake and shoot with both eyes open allowing me to see far more of the scene around me.

The X-Pro1 is not a DSLR.  It’s not a reactionary camera in that respects for me.  Using the camera makes me think more about composition as well as the technical aspects of the image.

X-Pro1 Best Settings

I’m asked this so often;  What are the best settings to use on the X-Pro1?  Well, the answer of course is “whatever works best for you”.  This is my configuration and it’s how I have adapted to shoot with the camera over the year I’ve had it.  It works for me.  It may work for you but it’s important to experiment with the camera settings and really get used to the way it works.  I’m only going to mention settings that are different from the defaults.

Menu 1

ISO – AUTO6400.  This does depend on the situation of course, but a lot of my work is inside and this setting works best for me.  When I’m outside I tend to lower the range but still use the Auto ISO feature
IMAGE QUALITY – F+RAW.  For wedding work I shoot in Fine plus Raw mode.  This gives me the advantage of being able to work with the lovely JPGs produced in camera but with a bit of leeway should I need to extensively recover an exposure using the raw file.  For personal and street photography I just shoot in Fine jpg mode.
DYNAMIC RANGE – 100%.  When not using the AUTO ISO I would set this to Auto.
FILM SIMULATION – MONOCHROME+R for black and whites, PRO Neg. Standard for colour.

Menu 2

WHITE BALANCE – AUTO.  Always for me.  If I was in a studio situation then I would set white balance manually of course but for documentary wedding photography the AWB does an amazing job out of the box.
SHARPNESS – +1.  I like to work with the jpgs and I find the default sharpness to be a tiny bit plasticy.
NOISE REDUCTION – -1.  Again, because I work with the JPGs I prefer the noise reduction to be slightly less than the default out of the camera.  The images at 6400ISO are mind blowing good and with that in mind, and the JPG configuration this seems to work best for me.

Menu 3

Fn BUTTON – ISO

Menu 4

AE/AF-LOCKE MODE – Switch
AE/AF-LOCK BUTTON – Both AE+AF

This deserves further explanation as in my opinion configuring the camera like this is a bit of a game changer.

Using this configuration I can use the AE-L AF-L button on the back almost like the back-button focusing technique many of us adopt with out DSLRs.  For this to work you need to shoot in manual focus (eeek!).  The camera is now configured so the AE-L AF-L button activates as a one touch focus – effectively AF.  So, the shutter release is now operated the same way, through the release button but the AF has been divorced from that.  It means that you can AF using the AE-L AF-L button and use the shutter release to expose the image much quicker (as it’s not trying to focus as well as expose).  Clever huh!  Try it…..at first it may seem a little alien but with a bit of perseverance it can really pay dividends.

And in terms of performance, I set the camera to operate with POWER SAVE MODE set to Off, QUICK START MODE set to On and SILENT MODE set to On too.

That’s it.  That’s Why I use the X-Pro1, How I use it and The X-Pro1 Best Settings (for me).

What Next?

Well I’m really excited by the way Fujifilm are progressing with the X-Range of cameras.  Yes, there are some minor issues but hopefully these will be taken on board by Fujifilm for future releases.  In my mind, the perfect camera would be:

– Full Frame
– Dual Card Slots
– Better Weather Sealing
– Better button layout (the AE-L AF-L button is kind of awkward to use).
– Improved AF and MF (we’ve seen a glimpse of this perhaps in the X100s) already.

But don’t let that detract you from what is already a wonderful camera.  That’s my utopian wish-list, but as it stands, the camera performs amazingly for me and you really need to use it, get a feel for it and experiment with it.  As Zack Arias said – the camera has soul and I really has become my favourite camera and goto camera too.

I’m also excited by the new range of lenses Fujifilm are producing.  As it stands I only have the 35, 18mm and 60mm macro and I hope to be able to try out more of the lenses over the coming months.  I’m especially interested in the 14mm personally but you can see the X Mount Lens Roadmap for yourself.

As I’ve mentioned before, the ISO capabilities and the beautiful JPGs out of the camera are enough to keep me hooked.  I’m pleased that Adobe and Fujifilm are managing to get better support (though still not perfect in my mind) for the sensor in Lightroom for the Raw handling.  I would really like to see some lens profiles included in Camera Raw and Lightroom too.

My blog is littered with photos and comments, so please take a look around.  I wanted this post to mostly answer the “What’s the X-Pro1 Best Settings” questions.

As always, I’d love it if you could share this post on social media but if you have ay questions please don’t hesitate to use to comments area below.  I’ll reply to all that I can.

A few of my favourite higher ISO images:
X-Pro1-Photos_00001 X-Pro1-Photos_00002 X-Pro1-Photos_00003 X-Pro1-Photos_00004 X-Pro1-Photos_00005 X-Pro1-Photos_00006 X-Pro1-Photos_00007 X-Pro1-Photos_00008 X-Pro1-Photos_00009

And I’ll leave you with a snapshot of my little boy putting the world to rights last night:  X-Pro1 18mm F/20 @ 6400 ISO

X-Pro1-Portraits-1

 

  • Excellent piece Kevin and some really useful tips to help me squeeze more out of my XP1. Thank you.

    • Kevin Mullins

      Cheers Lorenzo!

    • sierdjan

      Hi there!

      Great piece!

      I’m a little late to the game, but loving my newly acquired x-pro.

      Wondering what you mean by ‘operating the iso via the rocker switch’? What is the rocker switch?

      Thanks for answering (if you’re still watching this topic…)!!

  • Great blog Kevin. I’ve been following your progress with the X-Pro1 and late last year switched fully to two X-Pros and an XE1 for wedding/portrait work.

    It is indeed not a reactionary camera and it does require you to think. But that alone has improved me as a photographer so it’s a win win for me.

    The want list for future upgrades is spot on too. The best thing of all as we all know is that Fujifilm are listening!

    P

    • Kevin Mullins

      Thanks Peter. I’m sure Fujifilm get lots of great feedback so we will have to see what the future brings. It’s definitely made me a better photographer too.

  • Really nice article Kevin.

    I, like you, set it to NR -1 and sharpness to +1 – the X-Pro1 is so good in low light that you don’t need it to apply the full NR to its images, and I don’t like the over processed mushy NR look you often get – although the X-Series is pretty good not going over the top anyway, unlike the Sony NEX range.

    The DSLR style ‘back focus’ trick is a great one too, I have been using the X-Series like that since I had my X100 with the original FW which was very slow! and it really does make a big difference, especially in poor light – like you say, you can just keep shooting without it having to run through the AF routine each time, and just jump in with a bit of MF if you need to.

    I’d really love to see FF in a Fujifilm X-Series too, but I think that’s at least a few years off sadly. I’m still betting the X-Pro1 replacement will be pretty awesome though if the X100S is anything to go by.

    • Kevin Mullins

      Yep, the X100S seems to be amazing from what I’ve seen and heard. We’ll have to see how the X-P1 develops in terms of the future but all arrows are pointing in the right direction 🙂

  • Neale James

    Great article Kevin. I’ve just started using mine more as you know, I shall go reset some of the settings having read this now! Neale

    • Kevin Mullins

      Thanks Neale – try out the back button AF if you can. I think you will like it 🙂

  • Kevin,
    I always read the articles in Prof Photo Mag, I have a question though, why B&W with this camera ??

    I guess with the venues, and some of the shots I see, do you only shoot B&W with this camera ?? Or just present in B&W, Leica of course have their Monochrome, just wondered why only showing B&W.

    Nice articel adn yes I agree the X-PRO 2 will out outstanding when the ‘S’ features are placed in there and some.

    • Kevin Mullins

      Hi Antonio – thanks for stopping by.

      I shoot mostly black and white with all my cameras (take a look around the site). It’s not a conscience decision based on the camera – I just prefer it. The X-Pro1 produces remarkably vivid colour images (which is, of course, what Fujifilm are famed for).

      Thanks again,

      Kevin

  • A very helpful article Kevin. I started using an X100 for weddings last year and apart from the sometimes frustrating autofocus issue, I found it really great to use. As you so rightly say, it’s not a camera for quick reaction shots but for more considered shooting. I certainly found it a great help during wedding ceremonies. I now carry it with me all the time and it’s starting to earn it’s keep on the book cover stock side of the business!

  • Hi Kevin,

    Great article, thanks. Have just been playing around with the back-button AF technique and it’s brilliant, hardly missed a focus!

  • Hi Kevin

    I have been using the “back button” for focus to mimic how I shoot with the DSLR. Have started using the X Pro 1 and X E1 as a second body now, both with prime lenses, although I have the 18-55 zoom which came with the X E1. I tend to do B&W conversions in LR but can see the advantage of maybe shooting RAW & JPG with the JPG set to B&W. However you can actually do JPG conversions from RAW in camera with the X E1.
    Do you use the the B&W – R to boost the contrast? I find it a bit too heavy for my taste, would be great for skies. Have you tried the green filter as that is claimed to be best for skin tones?.

    Thanks for sharing – great info here!

    Steve

    • Kevin Mullins

      Thanks Steve. I prefer the BW+R over the green but it’s completely subjective of course. All my pictures get a once over in LR anyway. Hope you are well.

      Kevin

    • Hi Steve – the BW+R Can be a bit heavy on contrast I agree. It does depend where I’m shooting. Mostly I shoot JPG+RAW at weddings so if something is a little off I can resort to the RAW file for recovery.

  • Hi there. Just found your ridiculously informed articles. Great work.
    I have my little dilemma, as I am to choose from either a X Pro1 or the new X100s.

    Your blog and opinion are not making it easy fro me to decide.
    If you had to make a quick pick for the new, or the older pro1 and 35, where does your heart lay?

    • Kevin Mullins

      Thanks for dropping by Scott.

      As it stands, because I haven’t used the X100S in anger, I’d be going for the X-Pro1. Also, the X-Pro1 offers interchangeable lenses (amongst other benefits) so on a professional scale I would probably opt for that.

      Cheers

      Kevin

  • Leonarda

    Great piece. Very useful, thanks!
    And…Fuji X-series forever!

  • Great article..Thankyou Kevin, I work with D700 Nikons and a lot of fast glass, but am inhibited by the size of my kit bag on what always turns out be a long day.
    A couple Fuji X1 Pro’s over the shoulder looks like freedom! Oh!!!

    The only gripe is no full frame; before i consider switching, is the quality really up to scratch?
    Cheers
    Neil

    • Neil,

      I’d love FF too! I shoot with a D800 and an X-Pro1 commercially – my favourite shots of the day *always* come from the X-Pro1!

      I’d leave the D800 behind, but I need to shoot from anything between 12mm to 300mm, and the X-Pro1 can’t do that just yet! When it can, I’ll be leaving the D800 behind more and more – I can’t wait to get the 10-24 and 55-200 lenses!

      I don’t think you’d go far wrong replacing one of the D700’s with an X-Pro1 and a couple of the primes then see how you go.

      Matt

    • Kevin Mullins

      The quality is amazing. Simple as that 🙂

  • Alison Edwards

    Thanks for sharing Kevin – an interesting read and, as always, stunning photos. I will have a play with changing my settings now! Thanks, Alison

  • Antoine

    Thanks for that cool article.

    You didn’t mention Shadows and Highs for your jpegs. Do you shoot “flat” ?

    • Kevin Mullins

      Hi Antoine – I generally leave these as they are. I find they work fine in most situations. Occasionally I will pop the shadows to High, depending on what I’m seeing in the viewfinder.

      Thanks for swinging by,

      Kevin

  • Jonathan

    Great article and some lovely wedding shots, thanks Kevin. I stumbled across the AE-L/AF-L manual focus trick by accident and it occurred to me that it might be a useful technique. I’ve only relatively recently acquired the X-E1 and have the 35mm and 14mm lenses. I’m still getting used to the camera, but loving it already. Takes me back to my early film SLR days but better 🙂 Btw, you mention you’re contemplating the 14mm yourself – I’d definitely recommend it.

    One of the best things about your wedding shots is your ability to capture the ‘moment’. Expressions which really tell a story and show emotion. Do you use burst mode at all, or do you just have an eagle eye and lightning finger on the shutter release for that priceless moment?

    • Kevin Mullins

      Thanks very much for the kind words Jonathan. I don’t use burst mode on the X-Pro1 at all. I’m more of a watcher in that respect. However, I’ve used burst mode on DSLRs for recessionals etc though generally not throughout the day.

  • John Hobson

    Good article Kevin.. I use this camera myself along with the canon 5D III… I love the monochrome+R filter myself.. Looks great when processed in camera & often needs little post-processing work…

    Keep up the good work….

    • Thanks John – glad you are enjoying shooting with the camera.

  • Andrew Brackenbury

    Hi Kevin,

    I’ve been using the X-Pro 1 since December (I did ask a few questions here and really appreciated the feedback at the time) alongside my D700 and D800. I have used it at weddings, but more at corporate events. The stealth factor, and the fact it’s near silent, make it such a great camera for doing speaker shots at conferences and the like. I’ve been careful in the way I’ve introduced it into my work; I tend to get my key shots done and then experiment with the X Pro. I’m already finding that once I start working with it I tend to stick with it, so I’m really hoping it can take over more of my work as time goes on.

    I’ve played a lot with the settings and really like the in camera RAW converter. I haven’t been using the AE-L/AF-L manual focus arrangement though, and as autofocus is my only issue with the camera (but then not one that I am overly concerned about as it is better than the DSLRs in other respects) I had a play when I read this blog.

    The ‘problem’ I noticed straight away is that you lose the parallax correction box when using the OVF and you don’t get the green indicator light on the focus point to tell you you’ve actually locked where you want to. I’m only experimenting round the house, so maybe ‘in the field’ you haven’t been bothered by this, but I thought I’d ask as it did concern me during the tests I just did. Are you just so used to the camera that you automatically correct for parallax, or do you simply prefer the EVF?

    I’ve tended to find that the X Pro 1 is actually surprisingly quick to focus if you literally hit the shutter hard and shoot with one press. I’ve regularly been amazed that this has hit the spot when working in a more reactive way. Having said this, I do still miss some, so any technique that can help is of interest.

    BTW I’m currently using the 35 and 18. I’m very tempted by the 60, but cashflow is making me hold back, also the fact that some say the AF is a lot slower on this lens than the other two. I’ve noticed you seem to use the 18 and 35 a lot but I’ve seen less mentions of the 60. Do you have any thoughts on how well it performs from an AF point of view?

    Thanks for reading this and for another informative blog,
    cheers
    Andrew

    • Kevin Mullins

      Hi Andrew – thanks for dropping by. I tend to be OK with the parallax and work with it now. I’m not using the zoom where I would expect that to be more of an issue for sure. The “shutter mash” is a great idea too and I use it myself.

      The 60mm lens is actually my favourite optically but, as it’s a macro lens, it is substantially slower to focus. I really only use it for portraits or static subjects. It’s amazing though but don’t expect to be chasing little kids around with it.

      Cheers

      Kevin

      • Andrew Brackenbury

        Hi Kevin – Thanks for your reply. ‘Shutter Mash’ – great phrase, I have read that elsewhere and it does sum that method up nicely. I have found parallax does make a difference with the 35 when quite close in, and the guide box is useful in that sense. Still, the EVF removes that as an issue and as it’s so easy to swop over, I guess it’s not that big a deal. I’m shooting a conference tomorrow and will test the MF/AF button method then.

        On the 60mm, I take it from what you’ve written that it would be fine for speaker shots and similar, just not the ideal for grabbing that ‘face in the crowd’ or roving toddler image. I prefer wider angles for the latter anyway and contrary to a lot of what’s written, I’ve found the X Pro to be my family camera of choice. How does the 60mm perform in lowish light – does it hunt more that the other lenses or roughly the same?

        Anyway, thanks again and I’ll look forward to reading more about that 14mm when you get one,

        cheers
        Andrew

        • Kevin Mullins

          Actually I think to 60mm is a bit of a better performer in low light. Not sure why. I really love it and its a wonderful portrait lens and for speaker shots it would be ideal Andrew.

          Cheers

          Kevin

          • Andrew Brackenbury

            Cheers Kevin. I’m struggling to keep my card in my wallet now! Very useful advice,

            Thanks and atb,
            Andrew

  • Another good read Kev, perhaps the Sunday rags need to come take a peek at your writing style!

    As for the images – superb and they show an interaction with you and the camera as ‘the nicest voyeur’ on the planet.

  • Charlie Johnson

    Nice Summary Kevin. I ditched my heavy canon gear last year and have been using the x-pro 1 as my sole camera. (OK the back up plan of Contax plus iso 3200 asa back up may have been a little reckless!) I need to get another x-pro/ex or 100s to back up. The manual focus settings are the same way I was using my 5d so its a been a smooth transition.
    The auto iso bit niggles me. It overrides the exposure compensation button. Is this correct or have you found a workaround? I guess you could do an exposure and recompose as well as a focus and recompose.

    • Kevin Mullins

      Hi Charlie – thanks for dropping by. Exposure Compensation is unavailable due to it being in manual mode (this is true of most of the cameras I own). I tend to really only use ExComp in AV mode to be honest.

      Cheers

      Kevin

  • Edward Burbidge

    Dear Kevin,
    An eloquent and useful post, thank you. I have always found DSLRs to be rather “big and clunky” for discreet reportage, so like you I have high hopes for the future of the X range. Although I don’t own the X Pro 1 I was inches away from buying one when it first came out, but held back. Instead, I pre-ordered the X100s in January, due to arrive next week… looking forward to getting my hands on it and enlightening myself in the Fujifilm mindset!
    Edward

    • Hi Edward – I received my X100S just yesterday. It’s pretty phenomenal don’t you think?

      • Edward Burbidge

        I’ve been trying mine out on and off over the past week. First and foremost, I’m stunned at how much performance has been squeezed into such a small size – just amazing.

  • Brian Glover-Smith

    Hi Kevin.
    First, congratulations on a great set of images. The quality is stunning.

    I have just bought an X Pro1 and taken in out for a test run! I was a little disappointed in the contrast of the ‘fine J Peg’ results. Especially B&W (R). When I see yours I am even more concerned at the distinctly flat images I have produced.

    I am shooting on auto ISO and Auto DR with Velvia and BW(R) film simulation. All other settings are standard for those profiles. Most shots have been outside in daylight.

    Any suggestions would be very gratefully received.

    Thanks.

    Brian.

    • Hi Brian – the BW+R is quite punch when it comes to contrast. Have you tried with the +1 sharpness, that could make a slight difference.

      Also, the latest Light-room update (4.4) has greater support for the X-Trans processor lenses so you will probably get a little more leverage from the RAF files now.

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  • Pier Paolo

    Hi Kevin,

    I like very very much your works.
    Just a question about the AE/AF technique. I can’t understand why you use in the menu that settings: I mean, in manual focus the AE AF button works in the way you describe in any case and there is no need to set anything. Please tell me if I am wrong.
    Tks
    PP

  • Thanks for this Kevin, a big help and have just set mine up following these settings. This post has saved a lot of leg work and experimenting, now just to see if I’m up to it. Thankfully I’m a manual shooter anyway and I can’t see I’ll be changing very much, if at all. Thanks again

    • Great stuff Bob – I know you are going to love it 🙂

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  • V.

    Hi Kevin,

    Great set of images and some very useful information. I too have love these “magical boxes” and I used them exclusively at weddings now. The more I use them, the more I love them.

    V.

  • Jerry Russell

    I came across your site while searching for X series back-focusing information. Your video is a wonderful reminder that a gifted eye is more important than the equipment. Very nicely done.

  • Will

    Lovely photos, do you not feel that it is a risk using a camera with only a single memory card slot? I’ve had data corruption on a sandisk card in my X-E1 and in my Leica M9, thats one reason why I use a DSLR with twin slots for wedding work.

    • Thanks for dropping by Will. No, not really. Up until around 2 years ago it was the norm for cameras to only have one card slot (think 5D Mark II etc). I think card technology is fairly stable these days – although granted the risk isn’t mitigated as it might be with two slots.

  • Will

    Thanks Kevin, I’ve been looking at a lot of wedding photographers websites over the past few months and I can say with out doubt that you’re wedding work is outstanding, you can feel the connection you make in your pictures.

  • liviu suciu

    hi kevin,
    somehow i am not entitled to bother you, since i am only an unskilled enthusiast amateur, but i saw that you are so kind to anybody here, that i dare an here i am.
    first of all, thank you for this post and for your wonderful pictures. i’ve read the post about 1 month ago, and tried your settings, hoping to get some interesting pictures for me, my family and friends. i managed and for the first time i took a lot of story teller pictures in a row, at an private event.
    i own the x pro 1 and the 35 mm lens for 1 year. this camera makes me a better photographer beyond any doubt and i do like it a lot. now since i saved some money and i want to go wider i was thinking to ask your advise. i saw your were interested in fujinon 14 mm. i don’t have the 18 mm, but i think i will avoid it and i have to choose among fuji 14 mm and the new zeiss touit 12 mm. both look very good and are almost the same price. here, in my country they anounced zeiss at the same price with the fujinon (basically marginally cheaper). both are 2.8, there is a 2 mm diefference and this mean not much. the only issue i cannot compare is the image quality, i know both are very good lenses. what do you think about these two lenses compared. i believe i cannot go wrong any way.
    thank you.

    • Hi Liviu – many thanks for the comment. I have not actually used the 14mm nor the Zeis lens I’m afraid so I can’t comment on those.

      I’m sure that they are both absolutely wonderful lenses though.

  • liviu

    thank you kevin.
    i think i will reconsider the 18 mm also, for price, weight and dimension. the image quality is not very good compared with the other two lenses, but good enough and f/2 is one stop faster than 2.8.

  • Edward Nikkel

    Hey Kevin, If I were to have come to the bottom of this site I would have seen that I could leave a message here rather then bother you on your website in which you do business. I have a question about lenses. Would a 35mm lens be enough for outside family sessions in addition to say boudoir photography?

    • Hi Edward,

      Yes – it’s a great and very versatile lens.

      Cheers

      Kevin

  • Stuart Posner

    Enjoyed your article very much……..Recently purchase the X Pro1 and need some clarification regarding manual focus. Can you use the OVF to confirm sharp focus or is the EVF automatically selected to assess focus with magnification? Your comment will be greatly appreciated………..S.P.

    • Thanks Stuart. You need to use the EVF if you want focus confirmation using the back button focusing technique.

      Cheers

      Kevin

  • Hi Kevin,

    I’ve just been sat here pondering new toy purchases and came back to the x-pro1, despite it being over a year old now, and found your post. I just wanted to see how the recent v3 of the firmware has worked for you as it claims to have handled some of the few remaining issues that you had with it. Cheers for the helpful post.

    L

    • Hi Leon,

      The v3 of the firmware isn’t available until tomorrow AFAIK (23rd) but I’m really looking forward to having focus peak functionality – which I use a lot on my X100S

      • Ah cool. I saw a friend had it the other day but she must have got the chance of a preview. Let me know how it works out for you please!

  • Kevin,

    If you are looking at investing in this camera and are anything like me you’ve spent the last three weeks researching it, especially using reviews like this to help form your opinion. This is one of the best I’ve read in terms of sheer functionality of the camera. It really helped me free my mind from the comparison to DSLRs. Which is why I first bought the NEX-6, because it had snappy performance, some what like a 7 D. Great camera, I just couldn’t get used to it, we didn’t bond. After reading this review I took it back and exchanged it for an X-E1. With these settings and the new firmware updates (Just installed this morning and it seems to have made some outstanding improvements) I have absolutely nothing to complain about with this camera. The ‘back button focus’ tip you gave… Outstanding. Thanks for sharing with the world.

    Garrett

  • kiodo

    Hi Kevin, thanks for your very competent article.
    One think I really miss on my X-E1, is an image stabilization working on every lens. One that works on the sensor, like in Pentax DSLR, would fit very well these wonder cameras. What do you think?

    • Hi Kiodo – tbh, I really only see the need for IS on longer length lenses. Short primes, which is mainly what I use, I don’t really need it for.

      That said, of course, if it was a feature of the body and uniformed across all lenses it would be a welcome addition.

  • Great Article Kevin. I am a big fan of your work and appreciate you sharing your experience here and in Professional Photographer.

    I’ve just taken delivery of the X Pro with and there are some very useful pointers here to get me going. Looking forward to falling in love with it as well.

    Matt

  • James

    Hi Kevin,

    What do you think of the XE1? Is it really comparable to the XP1? Keep up the GREAT work!!

    • Hi James – I don’t have an XE1 at the moment. The quality is the same, and if you can deal without an OVF, then the XE1 is probably the best choice based on value.

  • G’day Kevin:

    Your blog posts regarding the Fuji X series are tremendous. I am collecting my X pro1 kit today, Canon gear being sold as I type.
    One thing though; your images are superb. Too good in fact. It makes me want to quit altogether when I see how good this stuff is, and how far I have to go. Oh well, I must persevere!

    Regards from Oz.

  • Hi Kevin,
    I have to say that due to the huge amount of information on your blog about the Fuji X-Pro1 it has been easy for me to part with one of my Canon 5D3’s and purchase the X-Pro1, 18mm, 35mm & 60mm. I’m very much at the beginning of this journey, but looking forward to it!
    After my last 12 hour wedding day I was shattered and my back was killing me; I needed something lighter, more discrete, but professional looking too; the comprehensive info on your site was, and still is a great help.
    Thankyou.

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  • Great article, Kevin. Definitely helps to know how you get the most from your camera. Will definitely look at employing this kind of setup with my X-E1. Cheers!

  • Michael Shea

    I’d like to congratulate you on those truly excellent wedding pictures, which I found very satisfying to view. Without exception they are perfectly framed and wonderfully composed. Not a contrived scene in sight and you appeared to have pressed the shutter button at precisely the right moment on each occasion. To be brutally honest, I have never held wedding photographers in very high esteem, but your images clearly encapsulate the methods and skills required to be deservedly successful in the craft.

    Thank you also for your excellent advice, all of which I will take on board when I next use my newly-acquired X-Pro1 camera. I jumped on the bandwagon quite late with both that model and the X100, and as a result got all the accumulated benefits of software updates at greatly reduced prices and am very happy with my purchases. Although they’re only tools, feeling confident, positive and enthusiastic about them will help my own photography reach a higher level. At least that’s what I keep telling myself after spending loads more money.

  • Mike

    Hi

    Great article, however the AE and AF trick was completely lost on me and I have no idea how to use it. I don’t suppose you could run me through it step by step as to the technique could you? I have set the menu as you suggested.

    Mike

  • TB

    Fantastic article, and great work!

    I have just ordered my camera and trying to find out as much as possible to get head start (taking photos) when it arrives.

    The AF-L using the back button is god send! I use this all the time with my current Canon 5Dc, so i will feel straight at home.

    Regards to workflow, whats the best software to use for processing the raw files? I know the Sigma has their own software to get the best out of the image, is this the same case for Fuji?

    Many thanks,

    TB

    • Is use Lightroom and Capture One at the moment TB.

      Cheers

  • Looks like Im missing a trick here. All those AF points on that little compact camera. You may have given me some food for thought in 2014. Nice post Kevin!

  • Ray

    Happy new year Kevin
    I’ve just purchased a Xpro 1 and love the camera.In my early days I used leica m4’s and M6’s( these were company cameras not mine)and loved working with these especially with the sumicron 35mm lens.One of the advantages is the way you can view your subject at the moment of exposure as the view finder is not shutting off due to the mirror flipping up.
    However I just wanted to ask how you find the ovf in af mode as I much prefer this to the evf as I feel I’m looking at a tv screen in evf. Your wedding images are amazing thankyou for sharing your experiences.

    Kind regards.

    • Hi Ray – and Happy New Year to you too. I tend to use the OVF when speed is paramount. I can shoot a lot faster with the OVF.

      Thanks

      Kevin

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  • Great article, Kevin… thank you for sharing. I’ve run some tests using your settings & been pleased with the results especially on some of the mono images. I’m new to the X-Pro1 & I’m not sure which colour emulsion the camera uses when you’re using a black & white one for JPEGs. Logic tells me it would be the last colour emulsion you had used but logic doesn’t always work! Any help greatly appreciated – thanks in advance. And your wedding images are outstanding; I love the documentary style.

  • Daniel Michael

    Wow! This thread is alive after a year! It’s a testament to your amazing photography and the help you give fellow photographers. I was mesmerised by the shots of the last wedding you posted. Made me want to gatecrash someone’s wedding just to take photos! Hope you are having fun with the X-T1 now.

    I recently picked up an X-E1 to get into the Fuji ecosystem, and I love it! It’s definitely a learning curve for compared to my DSLR, especially getting the settings right. This article has really helped! Thank you!

    Keep up the great work Kevin!

    Daniel

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  • David Jones

    Hi Kevin
    Some great advice here and very useful info on X-pro1 setup etc and fantastic images and presentation.
    I’ve been asked by a friend who is an experienced photographer to help at a wedding next weekend in Cornwall with church then Barn for reception as a second lensman !
    Never done a wedding and this is a general question, I want to shoot with my Fuji x-pro-1 and will take the three lenses I have, 18mm, 18-55mm zoom and the 60mm (with your recommended settings as a custom menu function) and will take shots that people are not expecting and not staged, but would you have any general advice and what would your brief be if you took along a newbie to help.
    We’ve all got to start somewhere!
    Thank You

    • Hi David,

      Sorry – this is probably a bit late for your wedding now but my best advice really (especially when taking candid shots) is just relax. Look for images that interest you and they will likely interest the client. Don’t force anything and try not to get caught up in the “I must take this picture because it’s a wedding” thought. If you are shooting to tell the story, then do so – the story doesn’t *have* to include a close up of the wedding bands, a cheesy cake cutting etc.

      Good luck

  • Just got the X-pro1 and testing it and your settings. Still needs a bit of getting used to, but it works great. However there is one big minor with this camera, it makes me wanting the X-pro2 more and more . . . . Yes, I’m saving and hoping the price will drop in a year or two! For now the X-pro1 is a joy to use.

  • Have the x-pro1 for a month now and these tips still hold up! Thanks for squeezing a little bit more out of this amazing camera! Really like the AE-L/AF-L button on manual focus. Before i wasted too much time with the AF every shot.

  • Thank you very much for this post !
    I have been switching fully to Fuji end of 2016 – and it was teh best choice i ever made!
    Bought the Xpro1 as a fun Camera – always with me!
    Best regardsm
    Daniel

  • Martyn

    Hello Kevin
    I have my xpro1 set to back focus, but the focus square will not glow green when focus is made….Fuji tech told me it’s normal.

    I’ve spoken to other users and their cameras make the green focus glow when in focus. Any idea’s,Kevin.

    • Hi Martyn, the focus square will not be green in manual focus on the XP1. That’s quite normal.

  • dee dowling

    Hi Kevin

    As an ever struggling amateur who adopts cameras /snapshots to ease the out of phase nature of mild ASD , I came across a new X-Pro-1 in a showcase @ £168 .
    I left it to research it and returned to find it gone [ surprise ]
    They found another never opened .
    Funds being short , the sale of a Leica II @£150 enabled the aquisition of a new 27mm .
    Adam Bonn assured me that it could act as point and shoot until I could master the complexity …sorry !!
    Somewhat anxiously I took it on a rare holiday to Malaysia , where i did manage to read the manual and use manual exposure etc .
    It performs discretely and perfectly around my wife’s home town of Ipoh and with family stuff.
    [ They are aware of my glitches and let me alone behind a camera ]
    I love it ! For my main interest , architecture , it’s perfect , no fast focusing and it preformed flawlessly , in mixed lighting at the Harry Potter experience in North London .
    I bought a new X-M1 [£200] for the 16-50 , but much prefer the X-Pro as a fixed lens camera , just like my Minolta SRT / 45mm of old .
    Thanks for the enlightenment .
    dee

    I am unconcerned that the camera is deemed obsolete – i can’t imagine better files / IQ / picture atmosphere from ‘compact’ around @£220 …
    I am now intend to try out the settings recommended and

    • Really glad you are loving the X-Pro1 Dee. It’s a camera that I’m still very fond of.