19 Feb Simplicity and the X-Pro1

Source: Fujifilm Insider

I almost wish I had not impulse-bought from Craigslist an old, used X-Pro1. I almost wish I had stuck with my X-T1 and X70 combo. They did the job. Competently. The X-Pro1 has intruded on my current Fuji setup because I am finding I like it almost too much and I am now reconsidering my gear choices and what I enjoy most about photography.

So what is it about this older Fuji camera that I find so appealing?

Something. Something intangible. While I may occasionally wish the AF was a bit faster, or the LCD could articulate, and I really don’t have a strong opinion about the versatility or benefits of the OVF/EVF hybrid viewfinder, there is something special about the feel of this camera in my hand, how it operates, and the images it captures.

At 50 years old I am an oldish guy, having been introduced to photography in college with 1980’s manual Pentax cameras. The Fujifilm design aesthetic hearkens back to those days with more deliberate, tactile controls. This old X-Pro1 works not only on a image quality level, put appeals to the more romantic and nostalgic aspects of photography. The X-Pro1 is simply a very cool and very capable camera, and the very feel of it in my hand puts me into a photographic mindset that encourages me to slow down, and see, and explore. Even though we are in the year 2017 and the X-Pro1 is coming up on 5 years old, it has a timeless quality to it.

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