Fuji X-Pro1 Image Samples

I am currently working on the Fuji X-Pro1 review, although I will be honest that I have been delaying the review for quite a while now, since I am still waiting for Adobe to release a version of Camera RAW / Lightroom 4 that will support X-Pro1 RAW files. While the JPEG images produced by the X-Pro1 are superb, I know that I can get much more from each image if I use a good RAW image processor. The RAW converter that Fuji has for the X-Pro1 is definitely not my thing…

Here are some sample images from the camera that I will be using in my upcoming review, all taken in England. As always, EXIF data is embedded to each image with exposure, lens and other information.

Fuji X-Pro1 Sample (20)

Fuji X-Pro1 Sample (9)

Fuji X-Pro1 Sample (12)

Fuji X-Pro1 Sample (23)

Fuji X-Pro1 Sample (25)

As I have already said before, the colors of the Fuji X-Pro1 are stunning. All images are shot in “Vivid” camera mode.

Update: The Fuji X-Pro1 Review has been posted!

Comments

  1. 1
    ) Praveen
    May 11, 2012 at 12:24 am

    Nasim, how do you manage to take such beautiful images? The colors are truly stunning and I can’t wait when you publish your Fuji X-Pro 1 review.

    By the way, what is up with the clothing on the third picture? Was that some kind of clothing show taking place?

    Thanks for the samples!

    • May 11, 2012 at 12:29 am

      Praveen, thank you for your feedback! The clothing show on the building was on the Brick Lane – part of the “Shwopping” clothing recycling program. I found out about it in a local newspaper and decided to check it out :) It was definitely worth the visit!

      • May 11, 2012 at 4:02 pm

        Nasim, this raises another question; How do you do the color-mangement; I know some stuff about X-Rite and Gary-Cards, how do you do thos for exampels with your nikons?

        cheers
        /Karl

  2. 3
    ) Carl
    May 11, 2012 at 12:52 am

    Very nice pictures Nasim!…
    > All images are shot in “Vivid” camera mode.

    Could it be that Vivid is the standard mode? And by the way the images seems to be a little bit underexposed means they tend to full deep colors; Does an D700/D800 not deliver similar Image-Quality?

    A Nikon fan :)
    /Karl

    • May 11, 2012 at 1:06 pm

      Carl, I let the camera sit on “0” exposure compensation to see how well it would expose images. I agree, the camera does underexpose a little bit…I realized it later and then started dialing +0.3-0.7 EV. Still, hoping to get the RAW support from Adobe soon, so that I could fix all those images without losing data.

      D700/D800 deliver better image quality in my opinion. However, the color tones of the Fuji are better for my taste, especially when rendering skin tones. Nikon cameras are horrible at rendering the reds, while Fuji does it perfectly. I really wish Nikon had the same color tones as the Fuji X-Pro1.

      • May 11, 2012 at 4:04 pm

        Nasim, this raises another question; How do you do the color-mangagement; I know some stuff about X-Rite and Gray-Cards, how do you do this for examples with your nikons?

        cheers
        /Karl

        PS.: sorry wrong thread, too much tpyos (its late night here … )
        /K

  3. 4
    ) Nivas
    May 11, 2012 at 1:02 am

    Love Fuji colours. Beautiful shots as usual. I use X10 which also produces wonderful colurs but slow.

    I love Leeds castle and the settings around. I am surprised that you managed some blue sky in England (hope not from post processing! :-)).

    Probably, you should have arranged an one or two hour photography open sessions here. Next time!

    • May 11, 2012 at 1:09 pm

      Nivas, I agree – I also love the Fuji colors. I really wish Nikon had similar color output on its DSLRs…

      As for the blue sky – that was my lucky day! It rained 9 days out of 10 while I was there. And it was not just rain, but cats and dogs. Apparently it helped with the drought though, which is good.

      I mostly spent time with my family while I was there. My sister lives in London and my mother was there as well, so we had a great time together. Next time I will plan for more time so that we could meet and do a photo walk!

      • 23
        ) Nivas
        May 11, 2012 at 4:52 pm

        I understand. Yes, that would be great. I look forward to meeting you next time.

        ” I really wish Nikon had similar color output on its DSLRs…” or they keep lending their old bodies to Fuji like D200! I am quite tempted to try S5. Skin tones are particularly good as well with Fuji where Nikon requires adjustments.

        I am eagerly waiting for your full review.

        Sorry to hear that you had mostly wet days on your trip. Finally, another sunny weekend tomorrow! We have flooding and drought now.

        You can experience beautiful and dramatic lighting as well (in sunny days excepting summer time). You would want a permanent camera implanted next to the eye. Countryside is very good. Lake district offers visual treat. Hopefully, I will have 28mm 1.8G when I go there next time.

  4. 5
    ) David B
    May 11, 2012 at 1:35 am

    yep, the Fuji Vivid, formerly “Chrome” on their point and shoot cameras, was always fun to use. Fuji used to make the best point-and-shoots on the planet: F10, F30, F31fd…. just 6-7 years ago

    • May 11, 2012 at 1:09 pm

      David, I hope Fuji comes back, because I love the colors from the X100 and the X-Pro1.

  5. May 11, 2012 at 2:10 am

    Hi Nasim,

    I have been using X-Pro 1 for a month now and I am definitely astonished.
    I always shoot in RAW and the SilkyPix SW is not so terrible, ok, you need to fully understand all the settings, but eventually you can get acceptable images.

    I show you just a sample: http://progallery.eu/shanghai/h1d02dac6 (EXIF data rollover the image).
    2000 ISO, Vivid mode. The lack of noise even in the shadows is unbelievable

    The upgrade of firmware both on body and lenses is mandatory (IMHO).

    Looking forward to read your comprehensive test, to share thoughts and ideas.

    Regards,
    Marco

    • May 11, 2012 at 1:12 pm

      Marco, I just couldn’t use the SilkyPix software…it was too painful to learn and use. That’s why I am anxiously waiting for the Adobe support. I think I will delay my review until then, because I would hate to go off JPEG images, especially when comparing noise performance. Great images of Shanghai you got there bud, beautiful work!

      I did upgrade the firmware as soon as it came out. It surely did make a huge difference.

  6. 7
    ) Scott O.
    May 11, 2012 at 5:59 am

    Nasim: dumb question, but how do I access the EXIF data? I click on the photo, and it brings the photo gallery up for viewing, but no data. Do I need to download a utility?

    • 9
      ) Michael
      May 11, 2012 at 10:34 am

      If you are Windows user (i work with Windows 7 x64) just do “right click” on JPEG file with photo, go to “Properties”, then choose “Details” and you are at home!

      • 10
        ) Scott O.
        May 11, 2012 at 10:57 am

        Thanks, but I’m on a Mac…should have said that earlier.

    • May 11, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      Scott, check out this EXIF viewer for Mac: http://homepage.mac.com/aozer/EV/
      If you use Firefox, you can get an extension that allows viewing EXIF data as well. I believe Chrome also has some good extensions to do that.

      • 22
        ) Scott O.
        May 11, 2012 at 4:16 pm

        That works fine. Thank you.

  7. 8
    ) Michael
    May 11, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Welcome to England Nasim!

    I know full review is on its way (i can’t wait!!!) but…you know…any comments about Fuji’s AF system please:)

    • May 11, 2012 at 1:03 pm

      Michael, thank you! The AF system is good for stationary stuff, but forget about it for anything that moves. Also, I find the AF selector function to be very painful to use ergonomically. The AF-C tracking is horrible – can’t use anything but the center selector. It is slow and does not track well at all. Tried to photograph moving people in London and every single shot was out of focus. The camera will also freeze right when you half-press the shutter button, which totally sucks for photographing anything that moves. I will post more info on this in the upcoming review.

      • 18
        ) Michael
        May 11, 2012 at 1:52 pm

        Than you for quick response! I love this camera but i know (from reviews) poor AF is the biggest issue with X Pro 1. I hope Fuji will try to improve AF performance (firmware), if not – i will have to wait for X Pro 2 or even 3! :/

    • May 11, 2012 at 1:14 pm

      And by the way, England is so beautiful. So much to see and explore! I can’t wait to go back and visit some places, especially away from the very busy London :)

      • 19
        ) Michael
        May 11, 2012 at 2:00 pm

        Yes, it is! But sometimes i’m fed up with the weather haha:)

        I do agree – London is very very busy! I go there only when i have to!

  8. 24
    ) Agus Kencana Putra
    May 12, 2012 at 12:58 am

    Hi Nasim,
    Always love your images and review. I am waiting for your deep review about X Pro-1.
    By the way, can i change my D700 with this camera since Photography is just a hobby for me?
    I take picture of my family and landscape while i am on travelling and sometimes take picture of models and friend’s wedding and pre wedding.
    Because sometimes i feel very heavy to take D700 with 35mm lens all day long while i am on travelling, and my budget only for 1 camera. Need advise from the master..
    Thanks in advance.

    • May 12, 2012 at 9:36 pm

      Agus, if you are looking for a good camera on a budget, I would recommend the Sony NEX-5N or NEX-7 instead. Sony’s AF system is much better than Fuji’s and they have great image quality as well.

  9. 25
    ) bartolyni
    May 12, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Hi Nasim,

    I have always been a regular visitor to your site and have always considered you to be a well balanced reviewer until you said this ” The RAW converter that Fuji has for the X-Pro1 is just terrible…” Silkypix has been around for many years now and its been a converter of choice for many photographers some in fashion industry.I never use Lightroom but can never say “its terrible” as its been the converter of choice for many and I haven’t put enough effort to master it well.Do we endorse only those items offered by B& H?????

    Many thanks.

    • May 12, 2012 at 9:26 pm

      Bartolyni, I realize that some photographers use Silkypix, but I tried it and I did not like it. It might be great for someone, but after fiddling with it a little, I ended up removing it from my PC. I have been working with Lightroom and I have used Aperture before – I find both to be easy and intuitive to use. I just did not have the same feeling with the Silkypix software. Again, when I say “terrible”, that’s just my opinion.

      My biggest complaint is the fact that there is still no RAW support for the most popular and widely used software on the market – Photoshop. I find it rather disappointing that I have to learn and use third party software in order to convert RAW images to JPEG. I very much hope that Fuji works closely with Adobe to release support for the camera ASAP. I know that I am not the only person who is disappointed with this. And I know for a fact that I am not the only person who does not like Silkypix…

      I apologize if I upset you with the word “terrible”. I revised the article to make it sound a little softer.

    • May 12, 2012 at 9:33 pm

      And what does B&H have to do with this? As far as I know, they do not “endorse” anything…

      B&H is just a photo reseller. I am their affiliate, but it does not mean anything – I am also an affiliate with Adorama and I would be Amazon’s affiliate if they allowed Colorado residents to do that. I primarily post links to B&H simply because it is easier for me to manage one affiliate program. Putting multiple links to each product would look like link spam and advertising. I want to keep this site clean.

    • May 12, 2012 at 10:09 pm

      My experience and ‘emotions’ are the same as Nasim’s, But just another case; Nikon delivers Capture NX for RAW-Processing with it’s cams; First time I used the software It felt not intuitive because of the ugly slow graphical user interface and there was no real workflow support.

      And thats what I have with LR; Clear workflow to process a lot of Images;

      I know that a lot pros are using Capture NX because it’s give best results and is able to draw camera specific things like Active Day Lightning, … because it knows about the structure of the Nikon Raw Files; But as I fell in love with LR for me for CNX is no way because the whole thing feels terrible for me;

      Then from time to time I check other Raw-Converters like DXO and Capture One, …
      After one or two hours I come back to LR; It seems like Car driving; A Mercedes Benz is a nice car but BMW is better and best would be a Ford Mustang :))

      So that’s all a personal stuff and the fact that you are in need to process hundreds of Images and organise them.
      cheers
      /Karl

      PS.: Some performance with Adobe Lightroom 4 is terrible, hope they come back to LR3 Level or finally start with GPU support

  10. 30
    ) Dean M.
    May 13, 2012 at 12:11 am

    Nasim
    Very much looking forward to your complete review. From the user reviews I was able to bring up, most agree with you re the AF.
    I see there is now an adapter (or two, maybe even one from Fuji, which would or should be by far the better choice) to use Zeiss “M” class glass. However, numerous reviewers have noted severe or near severe corner “smearing”, which is by some consensus due to the larger thickness measurement of the Fuji sensor interacting to cause this.
    I hope you will touch upon this in your eagerly awaited (at least by me!) full review. It seems to me that one interesting combo for street and grab shots (thinking mostly of vacation walk arounds with other glass in bag or even pocket) would be the Zeiss 24mm. or a close mm. cousin. As would then void AF, with the conversion 1.5 factor this would be an effective 35mm. and would almost always be in focus with little quibble?
    Best regards and again, eagerly awaiting!
    Dean

  11. 31
    ) Sayed Mohamed
    May 13, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Dear Nasim..
    As usual the pictures are superb !! You have both skill and technique to capture wonderful moments. I’m a newbie in fotografy and also a big fan of you. I usually read your reviews and writings. However, in this series, the dynamic range of the first photo is excellent. Is this processed in computer or direct from camera? Did you use slow shutter in second one? Color and dynamic range of the last foto is nice too. Keep your writings.. Almighty may bless you.

  12. 32
    ) Denis
    May 16, 2012 at 2:38 am

    Dunno if it was done by you but these images are definitely look oversharpened. Sharpening artifacts are well seen even at this size.

  13. May 16, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Nasim,
    My thanks too for all your work in sharing your wide experience and lovely photos. Am also looking forward to your full X-Pro 1 review – and even more to that of the XP 2 and forthcoming lenses, which all might just allow us to focus on “anything that moves” – or to use Nikon/Leica lenses with ease!

    I am currently assessing programs, working on NEF files from my D700: (really I’d prefer changing to Fuji one day than move up to the D800). I am testing out demo programs, to check usability and results e.g. on very wide-DR images of stormy pre-dawn Irish waterscapes.
    I would value your advice please, especially over Lightroom 4.

    The 3 contenders:
    1) Nikon Capture NX2. Easy to use, intuitive; wonderfully simple localised tonal alterations; offers colour-fringe alterations and built-in original lens corrections. Original D-Lighting controls are still changeable. Quick and very simple to get near ‘where you want to be’.
    No Clone brush; no Perspective corrections: requires visit to Photoshop. No Clarity / Vivacity sliders. No ‘Orange’ or ‘Purple’ sliders, no White Point as opposed to Highlight, Black point v. Shadow extra options. (Pity it will never do Fuji files.) Results therefore less subtle than:

    2) Aperture 3. (Limited experience so far.) More versatile than (1). You need to re-import (I believe) Tiffs once they are exported into the original folder: file management a bit of a nuisance. ‘Definition’ slider seems less subtle than ‘Clarity’ in LR4. Dodge/Burn brushes a debatable virtue over Gradient tool. Before-and-after comparison a bit of a nuisance. Worry – will the user be forced to ‘upgrade’ to Lion in place of Snow Leopard every time a new camera model / upgrade comes along:? This will cost thousands of £s/$s if one currently relies on numerous legacy programs –Photoshop, databases etc. Lion is unacceptable to many Mac users. Committing to Aperture will lead to a dead end in time, with Mac’s attitude to its customers. (RIP Steve Jobs.)

    3) Lightroom 4. Fantastic, subtle results. Obviously the pros use it for good reason. File management a right pain, despite their promo video: it often seems to refuse to load All the files from a particular folder: “file unavailable, OK?” Not OK! (Any idea why, please?) And one needs to reimport Tiffs that have been exported, as above.
    ‘Help’ offered only via browser links to innumerable web pages: why no instruction pages/book?
    Clone / Stamp a right pain in the a**e, practically UNusable: going back over a spot leads to so many concentric circles that it’s easier to scrap the whole idea or go back into PS. Please press them to Change this – they might listen to you, if not lesser customers!
    Likewise making subtle changes to the Gradient controls seems completely unintuitive, defying simple use. Wish they could copy the Nikon Control Point idea, which is unsurpassed.
    This more subtle program is also (therefore) far more ‘fiddly’ to get a simple result with: too many options lead to a lot of fooling around, often unnecessary.
    Could you please advise the uninformed (me), where to find straightforward instructions for Lightroom, and how to overcome the Clone and Gradient difficulties. Apologies for the length of this, and many thanks.

  14. May 17, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    I like the x1 hopefully there will be raw support soon.

  15. May 18, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Back to the colors …
    ususally the Raw-file dependend on it’s design (Fuji and Sigma have different desings) capture the same uninterpreted light. Only the standard color calibration of the Vendor gives a typical Nikon or Canon-Look;

    I shot a photo with the X-Rite Colorchecker and processed both standard profiles and the X-Rote generated profile – the difference is remarkable.

    So if I would shot using the same Callibarion tools with a X-pro 1 I would get the same (real) colors ;-)

    http://spinthma.zenfolio.com/x-rite-color-checker-passport

    cheers;
    /Karl

  16. 36
    ) John
    May 19, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    I am sad as there is no perfect camera. I was hoping this would be it. I need something light and fast. I think I would do good with this camera but there are flaws. I like the D800 but it may be too heavy for me.
    It is also too expensive for me although very inexpensive for what it is. My Nikon lenses are old, but still good. The Sony NEX might be good for me but the X Pro1 has great color. No perfect camera for me. I will have to figure it out or wait for something else.

  17. 37
    ) Kris
    July 18, 2013 at 9:30 am

    That’s a realy nice images, good colors. I think it’s not just camera, it’s depend of the photographer ;)))

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