Fujifilm’s X-Pro1 Takes on Landscapes and Long Exposures
I love long exposure photography. There is something epic about the stillness of the scene and the movement captured in long exposures. It beckons us back to our photographic roots, where big cameras and seriously slow film ruled the field. It also affords unique opportunities like light painting (not X-Pro1 photos) and star trails (below, also not an X-Pro1 photo). Beautiful images that are completely removed from “the decisive moment” but still capture the essence of a unique passage of time, that is what captivates me about long exposure photography.
I could write a love letter about my affair with lengthy exposures, but I will not bore you with the nitty gritty of our times together. The point of this is to introduce a pre-production Fuji X-Pro1 amateur reviewer based out of Ireland by the name of FlixelPix (His real first name is David, but I can’t find anything else on him). He has chosen a realm of photography well beyond what almost every other reviewer out there has – Long Exposures – to put the X-Pro1 through it’s paces. This camera looks, feels, and is intended to operate like a street shooter’s dream, but Fuji did not equip the camera to only function specifically for that photographic genre.
(The following photos are all from a pre-production model of the Fuji X-Pro1 and they are all courtesy of David of FlixelPix.com, please click through the images to check out the rest of his set on flickr.com)
This reviewer points out a few things that I have not heard mentioned in the camera’s spec highlights and reviews. Apparently Fujifilm has equipped the camera with some wonderful long exposure tools to go with it’s world-renowned Fujinon glass. A lovely combo of T (Time) and B (Bulb) modes enables a variety of exposures, along with a “large visual counter on the rear LCD”, and in-camera long-exposure noise reduction for a spectacularly clear final image. Not to mention the sheer brilliance of including an old-style manual shutter cable port (yeah, the really inexpensive ones that you use on film cameras) in the shutter button for shake-free images.
The glowing reviews and incredible images that keep rolling in from this yet-to-be-released camera are creating a hunger for the Fujifilm X-Pro1 that is almost too hard to resist! I won’t inundate you with more words to sugar coat this already sweet enough camera, so I’ll just let FlixelPix’s review and images on Flickr satiate your taste buds for now. Enjoy.