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    My Observations Using the X-Pro 1 for Ten Days in NYC

    Posted this in DPReview. Thought I would include it here:

    Had an opportunity to shoot with the X-Pro 1 for about ten days in New York City. Here are a few observations in no particular order.

    Never got tired carrying the Xp1, 18, 35 and 60 all day.
    Got at least 300 shots from a full battery.
    Xp1 is faster focusing than the x100 with the 18 and 35.
    Xp1 is not quiet like the x100, but no problem for street shooting.
    Xp1 can produce images with a definite wow factor in part because of the 35/1.4.
    35/1.4 produces wonderful shallow depth of field and lovely bokeh.
    60/2.4 is great for portraits and focuses faster than I expected.
    35 is an excellent, fast street photography lens.
    18 is fine, but really looking forward to the upcoming 14.
    Low light capability is amazing and I shot up to 6400 with no problem.
    Camera is unobtrusive except with 60 and its huge hood.
    People would stop and ask about the camera - a real ice breaker.
    Had several Leica shooters stop and ask about the camera - they were impressed.
    Didn't miss the built in flash of the x100, but then I had no need for it.
    Didn't miss the ND filter, however, I probably will miss it in sunnier conditions.
    Didn't spend much time with in camera settings, just shot RAW and jpg.
    Shot aperture priority for the most part.
    Exposure was a bit hot so I dialed down about 1/3 to 1 full stop.
    Difficult to assess image quality with jogs only, however, they looked great.
    The Xp1 will probably replace my D700 for all travel related and fun shooting.
    The DSLR still rules for paid shoots and weddings, but the Xp1 closes the gap.
    Focusing was never an issue, although I did miss shots I thought I nailed.
    Camera hunts in low light, but not unexpected after a few beers in a NYC bar.

    Overall, the x100 proved that wonderful images could be obtained from an unobtrusive, small and light camera. The Xp1, along with the stellar optics is capable of producing images with more wow factor than the x100 and comparable to my D700. The Xp1 will give me more flexibility than the superb x100 and unique images and for me, that is a godsend. If interested, here is a slideshow of my images using the Xp1: Joe Marquez - The Smoking Camera | Fuji X-Pro 1 Photographs. And here is the gallery: Joe Marquez - The Smoking Camera | Fuji X-Pro 1 Photographs. Enjoy.
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    Re: My Observations Using the X-Pro 1 for Ten Days in NYC

    What a great gallery! Productive 10 days. Gotta say the muppets shot made me smile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry View Post
    What a great gallery! Productive 10 days. Gotta say the muppets shot made me smile.
    Thanks Terry. Muppets tend to do this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry View Post
    What a great gallery! Productive 10 days. Gotta say the muppets shot made me smile.
    Joe....gotta agree with Terry....the Muppets made my day.

    Actually......all your gallery photos look great. When you get back home, I hope you pass on a few tips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Smoking Camera View Post
    Posted this in DPReview. Thought I would include it here:

    Had an opportunity to shoot with the X-Pro 1 for about ten days in New York City. Here are a few observations in no particular order.

    Never got tired carrying the Xp1, 18, 35 and 60 all day.
    Got at least 300 shots from a full battery.
    Xp1 is faster focusing than the x100 with the 18 and 35.
    Xp1 is not quiet like the x100, but no problem for street shooting.
    Xp1 can produce images with a definite wow factor in part because of the 35/1.4.
    35/1.4 produces wonderful shallow depth of field and lovely bokeh.
    60/2.4 is great for portraits and focuses faster than I expected.
    35 is an excellent, fast street photography lens.
    18 is fine, but really looking forward to the upcoming 14.
    Low light capability is amazing and I shot up to 6400 with no problem.
    Camera is unobtrusive except with 60 and its huge hood.
    People would stop and ask about the camera - a real ice breaker.
    Had several Leica shooters stop and ask about the camera - they were impressed.
    Didn't miss the built in flash of the x100, but then I had no need for it.
    Didn't miss the ND filter, however, I probably will miss it in sunnier conditions.
    Didn't spend much time with in camera settings, just shot RAW and jpg.
    Shot aperture priority for the most part.
    Exposure was a bit hot so I dialed down about 1/3 to 1 full stop.
    Difficult to assess image quality with jogs only, however, they looked great.
    The Xp1 will probably replace my D700 for all travel related and fun shooting.
    The DSLR still rules for paid shoots and weddings, but the Xp1 closes the gap.
    Focusing was never an issue, although I did miss shots I thought I nailed.
    Camera hunts in low light, but not unexpected after a few beers in a NYC bar.

    Overall, the x100 proved that wonderful images could be obtained from an unobtrusive, small and light camera. The Xp1, along with the stellar optics is capable of producing images with more wow factor than the x100 and comparable to my D700. The Xp1 will give me more flexibility than the superb x100 and unique images and for me, that is a godsend. If interested, here is a slideshow of my images using the Xp1: Joe Marquez - The Smoking Camera | Fuji X-Pro 1 Photographs. And here is the gallery: Joe Marquez - The Smoking Camera | Fuji X-Pro 1 Photographs. Enjoy.
    Joe,
    A terrific collection of images with the XP1. I really enjoyed your NYC series.
    Carl
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    Re: My Observations Using the X-Pro 1 for Ten Days in NYC

    Fantastic gallery.
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    I enjoyed the NYC series as well -- made me HOMESICK.

    I never "bit" on the x100 or the Nex7, but I have always loved Fuji color (many of my LF lenses are Fuji) -- once I sell off some gear I may bite on the X-Pro 1.

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    Thanks Rich, Carl, Jim and JCT.
    Next, I want to try the xp1 on a shoot and a wedding and see how it performs.
    In the meantime, just enjoying the camera.
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    Enjoyed the whole gallery very much. Two images were standouts for me...the Hare Krishna photographer and the two girls sitting together in the garden looking at their LCD monitor...this one was beautifully lit, balanced very nicely with the black statue on the left...I'd be proud to have that one up on my wall of fame. Thanks, Joe, for a great set.

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    Re: My Observations Using the X-Pro 1 for Ten Days in NYC

    Joe, I fully agree with your conclusions.

    I don't have the 60mm but I'm planning to sell the 18 and buy the 60.
    I have already 35.


    Just one think, what great interface you have in your website.

    Can you tell me what kind of online album software are you using ?


    Ok I just discovered it's zenfolio

    Thanks


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    Thanks Roy and Jolly
    The monk had an impressive DSLR.
    There were a few other monks in the vicinity and they kept looking in my direction.
    Don't know if they were looking at me or the Fuji.
    The two girls were at the garden area near Rockefeller Center.
    I just put on the 60 to try some macro shots on the flowers when I saw the girls looking at photos.
    So many photo ops in NYC.
    Yes Jolly you will enjoy the 60.
    Zenfolio is correct.
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    Stunning work as always, Joe. Your style is so unique that I always know your shots. Bravo for making the XPro-1 yours!
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    Re: My Observations Using the X-Pro 1 for Ten Days in NYC

    A really wonderful gallery of rare qualiiy.
    Thanks so much for posting it

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    Thanks Ashwin, always enjoy seeing your work.
    Thanks archiM44, glad you enjoyed the gallery.
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    Thanks for your short review and the lovely pics you posted. Much appreciated.

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