Fuji X-Pro1 Black and White: One of the things that excited me about the Fuji X-Pro1 is its magnificent Black and White image handling, especially at high ISO levels. The Fuji X-Pro1 Black and White photographs are just beautiful and its primarily for this reason that I tend to shoot in JPG rather than RAW when using the camera.
Whilst the Fuji X100 produced some amazing black and white images, the X-Pro1 has taken it to a new level in my mind. I’m using the camera a lot now at weddings and when the time is right, shoot entirely black and white JPGs.
This first image was shot at a recent wedding at Clearwell Castle in Gloucestershire. The bridal room is large and spacious, but for any of you who have been there, you will know its actually quite dark too. The image was shot on the XF18mm F2 lens at f/2 at 3200 ISO. The beauty of the camera as a stealth machine has been well documented and I really enjoy using it during bridal prep time. The size and weight really allow you effectively sneak into places you may well not have so much confidence doing with an SLR.
I shoot with a 35mm and 85mm lens on my DSLRs and so this shot would not have been possible without changing lenses using the SLRs. The 18mm lens remains my favourite because its quicker to focus and gives you a beautifully wide view of the scene (effective 27mm). Having the wedding dress in the background was what I wanted here and the Fuji X-Pro1 delivered a perfect shot for what I was trying to achieve. Using the Fuji X-Pro1 Black and White mode meant I could effectively get the dress into the shot without worrying (too much) about the huge amount of light coming in through the back window.
This next shot was taken at Adrian and Marianna’s Greek Wedding back in April. I’d literally only just got the camera and at that time Lightroom still did not have any support for the X-Pro1 – and it was because of this that I started and continue to shoot in JPG with the camera. This image was shout on the XF35mm F1.4 lens at ISO6400. The shutter speed here was 1/400th and to be completely honest I was trying to shoot even slower to get an element of motion in the photo. It worked to a certain extent but perhaps a little slower and panning would have resulted in the exact image I was thinking of.
The final Fuji X-Pro1 Black and White image I want to show for now is this one. I shoot in an un-orchestrated manor. This means I don’t ask the bride and groom to do anything or pose etc. So, its actually rare for me to get a shot of a bride walking down a stunning staircase bathed in light (!). As Marianna descended the stairs I was coming up and at the same time changing lenses on the X-Pro1. I knew what I wanted, and hopped I could get it. I set the camera to Aperture priority quickly using the dials to enable me to concentrate on getting the shot quickly. This Fuji X-Pro1 Black and White photo was taken on the 18mm F/2 lens at 1/125th second at 2000 ISO.
So, as you can see, I’m a big fan of the Fuji X-Pro1 Black and White images, and of course of the camera as a whole. Fuji have made a few minor firmware updates recently and I would encourage any users to update their systems and lenses. Currently I’m using the 18mm almost exclusively. I have the 35mm lens too and I’m fairly sure I will purchase the 60mm lens in the near future – if only for candid of the kids at home.
As the wedding photography season progresses I’ll be posting more and more images from weddings using the Fuji X-Pro1 in this section of my website. Please feel free to leave any comments or questions below.