There's no denying that the world of photography has evolved over the last couple of decades. Now, we no longer have to wait to develop prints in a dark room or take a film cannister to be developed somewhere else before we see the photos from our latest trip or party. The ease of grabbing a photo with your smartphone or even a digital camera with a memory card that you can use to print at home has forever changed the way we engage with capturing moments. Maybe not always for the better...I'm talking to you ducklip selfie takers.
Fujifilm has recently released the Fujifilm X-Pro 2 and it is definitely top of the line and packed with specs for the pros.
In any case, photography is integrated into our daily lives and can be a hobby of varying degrees for different people. Popular hashtags like #iPhoneonly and of course, Instagram, allow amateur and professional photographers alike to participate in communities where their photos can be appreciated and liked, regardless of what equipment was used to shoot them. But, for the aficionados and the "arty types" who dive deeper into their work, it's tough to choose what camera equipment might be best for the job. Nikon, Canon, and Sony have long been the leaders in professional photography and they still have a place in the developing technology within the industry, as was showcased with several new models at CES 2016 earlier this month. However, Fujifilm has recently released the Fujifilm X-Pro 2 and it is definitely top of the line and packed with specs for the pros.
The latest model comes with a Hybrid Viewfinder that can switch between electronic finders and optical ones. Fujifilm has included an updated image sensor and processor, which should make amazing improvements to the quality of the images. The new focal plane shutter has an impressive speed of 1/8000 sec. and a flash sync of 1/250 sec. Normally a faster shutter speed can mean more noise and vibration while shooting, but the X-Pro2 claims to be quieter and vibrate less because of newly optimized parts. A quick-fire mechanical shutter allows more flexibility for aperture selections, especially when shooting with a flash outdoors in the daylight.
The catch with these Fujifilm models is that they come with a pretty hefty pricetag. Just the body alone on the X-Pro2 will run you $1,700 and it goes without saying that you're going to need and want some lenses to go with that, so you could be looking anywhere between $2,000 - $3,000 just to get started with this little investment. So, what happens when we compare this high-end camera with a more affordable model, like the Canon EOS M3?
Between the Fujifilm X-Pro2 versus the Canon EOS M3 the X-Pro2 comes out on top, but there are a lot of perks to the Canon model. It has a flip out screen and is lighter and shorter with a built-in HDR mode. The touchscreen and touch autofocus are nice editions that might help someone with a more beginner level. It's also got a flash and has NFC capabilities to help you connect wirelessly.
Still in love with Fujifilm? There are a couple of other versions that might suit your needs if you're not ready to go full throttle with the X-Pro1 or X-Pro2. The Fujifilm X70 seems like a steal at $700 and is a smaller option if you're worried about not being able to hold on to your new gadget when you're making this kind of investment.
My favorite thing about these cameras is that from the outside, they look so old school. When you ask a group of kids to describe a "camera" these days, many of them will start talking about their parent's phones or tablets. They're growing up in a world where they can take photos too, in an entirely different way than we remember. I'm not sure if you ever tried to figure out how the camera worked, and in the process exposed a whole roll of film, but I certainly did. From a cosmetic standpoint, the look and texture of these new models is just the right blend of a traditional photography feel with modern specs to produce some of the highest quality photos possible.
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