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The Switch

As mentioned in my last blog I recently took delivery of the Fuji X-Pro1 to which impressed me a great deal. For me it’s not so much what the camera does (although it helps). To me it’s more about how the cameras feels and how much I enjoy using it too.

The Fuji has impressed me a great deal. In my hands it feels great, the build quality and detailing is fantastic. The controls are logically placed, it’s an absolute joy to use. In fact this camera has impressed me so much, I made the decision to switch my entire professional set up to Fuji, switching from Nikon.

Now I know many fan boys will scoff and that’s fine. But at the end of the day I need to have a system I enjoy using that delivers the goods in terms of quality. For me both of those factors come hand in hand when I shoot. My Nikon kit was due for an upgrade and although it served me well, very well in fact. I felt the new offerings didn’t offer me what I wanted. As well as that it left me slightly confused as to where Nikon were heading.

The Fuji system however offered me everything I was after and in a form factor that was smaller and lighter. Plus they even published a road map to show me their future plans. This alone gave me confidence it was the right choice. So this week all of my Nikon kit was sold and replaced with another Fuji X-Pro1 and an X-E1. Plus the full current lens portfolio.

So now I am a full time Fuji Professional and so far loving every minute of it. As I know most people don’t read this bit I may as well shut up now and stick some pictures below.

  • November 15, 2012 - 13:45

    Stuart Reid - A brave move, but I believe you’ve got the ability to to make it work. The X-Pro1 is a very capable camera.

  • November 15, 2012 - 13:54

    Howard Lucas - Pete I believe this is a really clever move. I had a feeling when I first saw & held an X-Pro 1 that it was going to be a big part of the future for professionals. The future has arrived for you and I’m looking forward to that future arriving for me.

    PS Awesome selection of images in this post.

  • November 17, 2012 - 04:11

    Stephen Scharf - Peter,
    Congratulations on your switch to Fuji!

    While I don’t earn my living as a professional photographer, I do it at a professional level, my skills having been developed working as a pro motorsports photojournalist as an official track photographer for Laguna Seca and Infineon Raceways in Northern California for nine years. All that time I used pro Canon (1-D series) bodies and L glass. While that gear still serves me well in that context, after almost 10 years of using dSLRs, I really wanted something smaller and lighter for my day’s out doing “non-photojournalist” photography. I bought an X-10 in September, and fell in love it’s with retro look and functionality as well as the superb Fuji dynamic range, image quality and those incredible Fuji colors. I took it to a landscape photography holiday in Utah at Arches and Canyonlands Nat’l Parks in October, where I was extremely impressed with it’s performance, and shortly after, rented an X-Pro1 for week. Well, after that, I was a goner. I fell in love with it’s OVF, the build quality, and the classic “35 mm style” camera controls, and an absolutely amazing image quality. Fuji really put back an experience of using these cameras that I think a lot of us were missing all these last 10 years or so. Like you, I am loving my experience of using these wonderful cameras. They make me want to pick them up and get out and generate quality work, and like you I very much enjoy working with them.

    Congrats on your decision and thanks for putting up the wonderful images. I look forward to checking in to your site and seeing what you come up with your new kit!

    Best regards,
    Stephen Scharf

  • November 17, 2012 - 14:39

    Paul Donovan - Great pictures Peter

    I’m in the process of making the same switch & the more I use the fuji the more I’m loving it.

  • November 18, 2012 - 09:13

    Andy - Stunning images! I’ve had the X-E1, the 35mm and a Voigtlander 15mm/f4.5 for about a week – this is a rekindling of interest in photography – and I’m so excited and blown away by the shots I’m getting. In no way comparable to yours, dear chap, but on my personal scale it’s stratospheric. This is perhaps the digital camera some of my (older) generation has been waiting for? Fuji were very clever with the retro look, it looks “right” too :)

  • November 19, 2012 - 08:13

    Andy - I’m compelled to add here that the Voigtlander VM version appears to be incompatible with the X series. It’s noticeably absent from Fuji’s published list, whereas the L mount version is approved. Definitely an infinity focus issue with it, whereas an L would have an extra L to M adapter which would bring it into spec. Best I say it before anyone else falls into the same trap – although I took a fabulous close-range shot with it on Saturday, so my regrets are not total.

  • April 30, 2013 - 00:26

    V. - Congratulations on the switch, just like you, I am now a “full time Fuji Professional”
    Exciting times ahead! all the best for this year’s wedding season.


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