It's official. FujiFIlm has announced an exciting new camera that is marketed towards professionals and advanced amateurs. The new Fujifilm X-Pro1 is a rangfinder camera that is almost identical in size than the much more expensive Leica M9. The Fujifilm X-Pro1 promises to be a excellent full featured camera that will make those lusting after the M9 take a serious look at what Fujifilm has to offer. The body with all three lenses (available at launch) will be less than half of the Leica M9 body alone.
FujiFilm has a long history of making professional cameras so the X-Pro1 should be every bit as good as everyone hopes it will be. Three lenses will be available at launch: an 18mm ƒ2, a 35mm ƒ1.4 and a 60mm ƒ2.4 (27mm, 53mm and 90mm equivalents).Fujifilm is fully invested in the system, and plans to introduce a total of nine XF lenses in the next three years. An ultra-wide 14-mm lens is in the works, which equates to 21mm on a full-frame sensor.
Lenses due out for the X-Pro1
• 14mm (21mm equivalent) super wide
• 18-72mm f/4 (27-108mm equivalent) image stabilized zoom
• 23mm f/2 (34mm equivalent) wide
• 28mm f/2.8 pancake design (42mm equivalent) normal
• 12-24mm f/4 (18-36mm equivalent) image stabilized zoom
• 70-200mm f/4 (105-300mm equivalent) image stabilized zoom
Price for body is $1700 and lenses are going to be around $600 each which means photographers can afford this puppy. I'm getting one!
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The X-Pro1 has several film emulation modes built-in, mimicking the look and feel of such classic Fuji slide stock as Velvia, Astia, and Provia. The X-Pro1 is also capable of recording video in 1080p resolution. A mini HDMI port will make it possible to watch the video directly on an HDTV. The X-Pro1's new 16MP sensor does not require a low pass filter for moire issues which means sharper images.
See some fantastic sample images from the X-Pro 1 here
I am impressed!
check out this hands on demo.
Promo vid for the new Fujifilm X-Pro1