Recently I purchased a Fujifilm X-Pro1, a camera that is more than 10 years old. Owning a Leica M10, why would I want to purchase this camera that is clearly outdated compared to the current cameras available on the market?
My Fuji X-E2
Before I switched to Leica, I had been using a Fujifilm X-E2 for all my photography. The X-E2 is more than 10 years old and I purchased it because it is small and it has a rangefinder style body. I like the rangefinder style as you might have guessed.
Now that I own both a Leica M10 as well as a Leica M4-P, my X-E2 spends its life on a shelf. Which is a shame as it is a good camera. I looked to sell the camera, but you never get more than € 200 – € 250 for it. For me that does not justify selling it. I’d rather have some fun with that camera or pass it on to my kids.
Enter the X-Pro1
Then I started reading on the X-Pro1. Although more than 10 years old, this camera has gained some kind of a cult status. This is based on two features: the sensor and the OVF.
The X-Pro1 has the first generation of the XTrans sensor. This first generation sensor generates colours that are very film like. And because the sensor does not have an anti-aliasing filter, the image resolution of the 16MP sensor is still more than acceptable.
The second feature is the optical viewfinder (OVF). As the X-E2, the X-Pro1 has a rangefinder style body. It combines this with a hybrid viewfinder that can switch between an optical viewfinder and an electronic viewfinder. As I am already using an OVF on my Leica, this is a very attractive option. It is a very different user experience compared to an electronic viewfinder.
Purchasing the X-Pro1
So I decided rather than selling my X-E2, I would trade it for an X-Pro1 and enjoy that experience. Due to its popularity the X-Pro1 is however more expensive than an X-E2. Thankfully I stil had the 18-55mm XF kit lens that came with the X-E2 and together these matched the price of the X-Pro1.
So, I went up to MPB.com and entered the gear that I want to trade for the X-Pro1. The whole process of sending off the gear and receiving it, was very smooth. I will write a separate article on this in the near future.
There is a lot to say about using this 10 year old camera, both positive as well as negative. On the whole, my experience is positive though. Come back for a subjective review that I will post shortly!