About Thomas Fitzgerald

Thomas is a professional fine art photographer and writer specialising in photography related instructional books as well as travel writing and street photography. 

Farewell X-Pro1

Boat in Galway Harbour After writing lots about the x-pro1 over the last few months, I figured it was only fair that I share my final thoughts as I bid farewell to it. It's been a frustrating experience, both because of the bugs, and also because of how good it could be if Fuji had properly developed the cameras software properly before releasing it. I understand why lots of people like this camera, as it can produce great images in the right hands, but for me the bugs have taken all the fun out of shooting with it. I can see how depending on your shooting style and level of expectations, the numerous bugs might not be that big of an issue for you, but for me, and for what I want to use the camera for, there's just too many things wrong with the X-Pro 1 to be worth the time and effort to work around the camera's bugs. 

The X-Pro1 could be a great camera but the issues with its firmware need to be fixed. Maybe in a year or two with a few firmware updates under its belt it will be the magical camera it could be. I know some will point to the X100 and the numerous firmware updates as a possible roadmap for fixing the X-Pro1 but I bought the camera to use now, not a year or six months in the future.

In the end, it's a matter of personal taste and as much as I try I just can't like the X-Pro1 when it takes a second to take a photograph after you press the shutter, or if you dare to take a bracketed series of photos it locks the camera up for 10 seconds or more. I've taken some great images with it, but I've missed some great images too because the camera had become unresponsive. For those who love the x-pro1 I salute you. Seriously, I really do. If you are getting what you want from it, then more power to you. I really do respect that. I just hope people can respect that not everyone is made from the same mold, and those of us who disagree deserve that same respect.

So onwards and upwards. I've sold my X-Pro1 and I bought a Sony Nex-7 instead. So far I couldn't be happier. I'll post some first impressions later, but I have to say, it has blown my mind that something so small can produce images of such amazing quality. More on that later!

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