How I Set Up and Use My Fujifilm X-Pro2
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.
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.
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…