X-Pro 2 Marks the Spot

News, Photography / Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

I’ve returned to Team Fuji. No, I haven’t abandoned Olympus–I remain firmly in the micro-four thirds camp with Oly as my preferred addiction but I had to take a look at the Fujifilm X-Pro 2 as another option in my digital arsenal and I’m having fun with it as I become reacquainted with the Fuji system.

You may recall that I owned a X-T1 and an X-100T. I also had a few lenses to include the 27/2.8, 35/1.4 and 23/1.4. I sold them all in favor of focusing on one system–namely Olympus and my OM-D E-M5 II, Pen F, and recently sold OM-D E-M1. I decided to sell the E-M1 to make room for the X-Pro 2 and repurchased the 23/1.4 along with the weather sealed 35/2.0.

Although the Pen F and OM-D E-M5 II are fairly complementary–one is a fast and steady street shooter and the other is a weather proof, all-purpose beast–I’m finding that the X-Pro 2 shares a lot in common with the Pen F for street and documentary purposes and I’m not sure what that means longer term. I like the weather proof nature of the Fuji while still enjoying the size and speed of the Oly. What it means is I’ve reinvested in maintaining two systems but I’m going to try to use Olympus as my true interchangeable system, Swiss-Army versatility option with a much greater investment in smaller, high quality, cost-effective lenses with the Fuji cameras (I also have an X-70) as my take anywhere, portable, capture-any-moment camera in the case of the X-70 and the X-Pro 2 as my Peter Parker, documentary device where I’m ready to shoot no matter what the environment.

I continue to struggle with when to use the Pen F and when to use the X-Pro 2 but for now, I’m fine with having the choice and I’m not at all irritated with two outstanding options. Fujifilm is back in my bag and the X-Pro 2 with the EF-X20 flash and Instax SHARE printers is the perfect everyday, anywhere, all the time creative photographic instrument for passionate image makers.

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