How I Set Up and Use My Fujifilm X-Pro2

It’s probably not how you might think.

GE McKerrihan

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Close up of the agave plant, in black & white.
“Agave at Santo Domingo” — Oaxaca City — Image by Author

Before I jump into how I set up my X-Pro, I want to share a brief bit of my photo background for context.

I began using the camera with intent in 1974, inspired by reading Edward Weston’s Day Books. It was then I bought my first serious camera, a Mamiya twin lens reflex.

I later enrolled in the photography program at the University of Oregon, in Eugene. There I began using the large format view camera. Now I was completely hooked.

For the next 25 years all of my work was made with a variety of view cameras and lenses. I loved being under the dark cloth, viewing the upside down & backwards image on the ground glass.

For casual work and portraits in the field, I used a Pentax 6x7 single lens reflex. It was a beast that made wonderful negatives.

Extreme close up of an Agave plant.
“Agave Detail” — Straight out of camera, no editing. — Image by Author

This image was made with the X-Pro2 and a TT Artisan 35mm f1.4 manual lens. All camera controls were set to full manual operation. And this is exactly why I’m gaga over the X-Pro2!

I bought the X-Pro because it has an optical view finder making it similar to a rangefinder film camera. But to be honest, I rarely use it. I use the rear LCD screen instead, finding it closer to the ground glass experience on a view camera. Without the upside down and backward thing of course!

I can see the entire image, corner to corner easily. This is the reason I have eliminated all the distracting information in the view finder.

The only things I see are exposure compensation, shutter speed, f stop, and film simulation. All if this information is located around the perimeter of the frame. And I would gladly loose it all of this if I could.

Photographer taking a picture.
“Photographer Working on the Zocalo” — Image by Author

I love all of the manual controls on the X-Pro. The ISO is usually set between 200 and 400. I set the f-stop on the lens depending on what I’m photographing. Then I adjust the…

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GE McKerrihan

I’ve been using the camera for nearly 50 years. I write about Photography, Art, Travel, and Life. Top Writer in Photography, Art, Creativity, and Inspiration.