Goodbye X-T1, Hello X-Pro 2

Well, it’s happened. The Fujifilm X-Pro 2 is well and truely here. No doubt you have read some of the technical reviews and the raves about the new film simulation (Acros), and the joysticky, focus-point selector, do-it-all button.


X-Pro 2 by X-Pro 1

If you are either an existing enthusiast of the Fujinon X series lens or would like to build a system around them and, let’s face it, lenses not camera bodies are the heart of a system, then there are only three questions;

  1. Should I get the X-Pro 2?
  2. Should I get the X-T1?
  3. Should I wait for the X-T2?

The answer of course is yes, but which question depends on how and what you shoot and, of course, on how much cash you can spend.

I shoot street, travel and portraits plus a mixture of lots else, less often. I really, really like an optical viewfinder where I can see what’s about to arrive in frame. I don’t major in sports or wildlife and I prefer primes to zooms. Not that there’s anything wrong with zooms; used primes for years, then zooms for years, now I’m back to primes. For me the rangefinder style X-Pros are prefect and so my X-T1 has found a new happy owner.

If you like a high quality electronic viewfinder and don’t mind the centre prism style then the X-T1 is awesome. If you want blazing autofocus and high MP counts then maybe await the X-T2, or stick to a DSLR. But those lenses…

I’m not that concerned about MP counts and ‘old’ technology isn’t really old so I am keeping my X-Pro 1. If cash is tight and you want into the Fujifilm X system then maybe a used X-Pro 1 is the way to go. You can save for a Pro 2 – they will come down in price within the year I predict – and you will always have a great back up body.


X-Pro 1 by X-Pro 2

But enough. What do I think of the first few weeks using the X-Pro 2? No complaints from me. I’ll let you in on a little secret. The sound of the shutter is so addictive that I am taking twice as many shots as I need to just to hear it again. And again, and again, and again…

Any limitations might be illustrated by the extras I have bought/ am planning on buying. Got a Lexar SDHC II card for slot one. Sturdy wrist strap.Three(!) extra batteries to add to the three I already have. Awaiting Lensmate’s development of a thumb rest and going to get a soft release button at the same time. That’s it really. Oh, and come on Fuji and produce a weather resistant F2 23mm prime to match the F2 35mm WR.



Around the world with the Fuji X series cameras – Vancouver, Canada


How do you capture the essence of a place? What make this city different from all the other cities? What do I see here that speaks to me?

For me the answer is usually found through ‘street’ photography, which overlaps with ‘travel’ photography, ‘portrait’ photography and, just occasionally ‘landscape’ photography. Other people would see other things in other ways and that, in the final analysis, is what means everything can never be photographed and photography have no end.


Board walk

Tattoo window

Dog basket

Bored with art


Used to fit


All content © Simon Shaw 2016

Around the world with the Fuji X series cameras – Shetland Islands, UK


The northernmost inhabited Islands in the UK. Famous for vikings, Fair Isle knitwear, puffins, beautiful scenery and awful weather.

From the ferry

The ferry

The two images above were taken from one of the inter island ferries, which take people, vehicles and livestock between the islands.

From St Ninians

St. Ninian’s Isle is connected to the main island by a sand tombolo which never gets completely covered, even at high tide.

Sheep and sea

Isles and mist

Seabird cliffs

Mist over Sumburgh


On good days your choice of empty beaches awaits. The photo above is at the village of Hillswick.


In summer the seabirds are nesting and it’s usually possible to get fairly close.

Nesting fulmar





All images © Simon Shaw 2016

Around the world with the Fuji X series cameras – Bucharest, Romania

Hammer and


Romania was a real treat. Tradition, brand new Range Rovers and the rapid decay of communism. Safe, mostly friendly – but even rudeness had a wholesome feel to it – and things worked. Has a lot to be preferred to some of the more ‘sophisticated’ European cities.


Bike lane


Waiting to cross

The crowd


Old inn

Phone benchCandle power

Ping pong

And to show that I’m not entirely wedded to black and white and the wonderful flexibility of the X Trans sensors…

Dogs in park


All images © Simon Shaw 2015