I’ve got some pretty exciting news to share after my last trip to Dubai. I can’t even begin to describe how amazing my trip was out to the Middle East.. I completely fell in love. Aside from the sand dune bashing and the camel riding.. I was really blessed with the friends and contacts that I made out there. A few of the contacts that I had mentioned include those part of the Fujifilm Middle East team. We spent the week talking camera’s and film.. and both decided that we wanted to work together on some upcoming projects.
One project in particular was the upcoming Fujifilm X-Pro 1 camera. Although all of my digital camera’s are home collecting dust.. they really wanted me to check out their new digital rangefinder coming out. I agreed to test the new X-Pro 1.. and give my Rolleiflex a break for a few weeks.
I immediately was floored by this new camera.. especially with the size and the weight of it. I’m so used to carrying around heavy camera systems as of late.. and it was definitely a breath of fresh air to pick up this lightweight rangefinder. However.. the size and weight weren’t what caught my attention. What’s really captivating about this new camera is the Image Quality. Fujifilm really played their cards right on this one.. packing in professional IQ in such a lightweight and compact camera system. You can really see what this camera is capable of by checking out my good friend Zack Arias and his recent blog posts about the X-Pro 1. He is taking this new camera to a completely new level.. and his pictures are unbelievable. I’m excited to be able to share the experience of the new X-Pro 1 along side of him.
Although I spoke to Fujifilm about utilizing this camera in the world of weddings and portraits.. I also carry it around with me during my travels. Once I am able to plant myself back in Connecticut for a couple of weeks.. I will be posting more blogs on how the camera preforms under those circumstances! However.. I wanted to share some shots I took with the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 from the end of my Dubai trip!
I’ve become extremely excited about the Panoramic features built in the camera. After spending some time playing with it.. I can really see myself utilizing this feature in my workflow!
The size of this camera alone really gives off that “tourist” feel.. allowing you to get shots where a large pro camera might give off the wrong impression.
I was also curious about how the camera handled off-camera flash.. so I brought out a few pocket wizards and an sb-900. It’s really awesome to be able to utilize the small flash system with the X-Pro 1.. especially being in such a different environment. You are able to walk in almost unnoticed with this camera and a small flash.. making it perfect for quick photojournalistic shooting. I would love to use this combination at my next wedding!
I also decided to bring the camera with me into the desert for some testing! A few friends and I jumped in a Land Cruiser for some dune bashing.. and then went to enjoy the night riding camels and watching dancers at dinner. I’d say it was a great day for testing all aspects of the camera. I can’t stress enough how amazing it is to have such incredible image quality in such a small camera. I could carry this thing around with me all day and not even realize that it’s on my shoulder.
Quick self portrait during a break in between the sand dunes!
All in all.. I’m completely loving this camera. It definitely has it’s quirks.. autofocus being one of my main concerns.. but I haven’t had the chance to test this camera out in a setting more prone to what I do.. weddings, engagements, and portraiture. I’m not usually one to just head out and shoot street photography.. but I did want to post some of my initial pictures with this camera. I get back from my travels with Joe McNally next week.. and I’m looking to really put the X-Pro 1 through the gauntlet! Stay tuned..