Continuing the blog serialisation of my popular X-Pro Series lust/hate/love story:
Part 29: The X-Pro2 Review: The X-Pro2 Review Part Five: View Finding Cont.
Last time I wrote about the X-Pro2 VF, particularly the OVF!
While we’re on the subject of the OVF… The OVF has an internal partition that pops up to block natural light from entering when you want to use the EVF.
That’s fair enough; the X-Pro1 has the same thing.
But the X-Pro2 makes a very audible click as this partition jumps up and down. Leave your camera in VF (OVF) + Eye Sensor mode? You’re going to being hearing that click a lot, you’re also going to hear the aperture blades stop down and open up a lot, as the OVF works hard to make sure it’s illegible 🙂 Raise the camera to and from your eye a lot and that little partition and the aperture blades click like dash less Morse code… It sounds like there’s a woodpecker in there, one that likes drinking red bull and listening to drum and base. You can circumnavigate this by turning the camera off when it’s not at your eye*, or NOT using VF + Eye Sensor Mode.
(*Also if you do this you might very well be amazed how much longer the battery lasts!)
The EVF: I can see X-T1 owners being a little underwhelmed simply because it’s so much smaller… I’m not really an EVF guy, but I’ll say this… This is one part of the X-Pro2 that doesn’t so much feel 4 years newer than the X-Pro1 as about 10. Seriously! At first I had to do a double take to check it wasn’t in OVF mode.
Of course if you’re an EVF lover, then I’m not convinced the X-Pro2 would be your first choice, especially not with the X-T2 around the corner. Whereas the X-Pro1 EVF is laggy and grainy, the X-Pro2 one is smooth and rich and fast. There’s apparently some ‘issue’ with using auto brightness, so I’ve set mine to ‘0’ (as recommended by Rico Pfirstinger, in his X-Pro2 book) and not really thought about it since.
There’s various other X-Pro1 / X-Pro2 differences of course; things that aren’t directly comparable, the weather sealing. Which PERSONALLY I’m a little sceptical off, think slightly splash proof and I think that’s about right…. Think able to withstand a torrential battering of Biblical proportions and I think water will get into your camera… why do I think this? Well the X-Pro2 needs its hot shoe and flash sync terminal* covers to be in place to be “WR”; these covers are NOT a very tight fit, easily able to prised off with a fingertip. So if that’s the only thing keeping the water and dust out, then good luck to us all!!!
(*The flash sync terminal cover is the same as the X-Pro1 one, it’s NOT the screw in type as found on the X-T1)
The X-Pro2 features dual SD card slots. One is UHS-II the other isn’t. So if you use them in anything other than sequential mode, then the slower slot is the bottle neck. Bravo.
If you’re used to the data write speeds of the X-Pro1, the X-Pro2 is going to thrill you like a roller coaster ride. Well ok, not quite, but seriously, the data throughput is SO much faster on the X-Pro2.
The grip of the X-Pro2 is a little fatter, but for me at least, that’s only something I noticed the first couple of times I picked the body up and afterwards it just felt like a X-Pro1. That’s no bad thing.
The X-Pro1 case fits the X-Pro2 (VERY tightly), and assumingly my Match Technical Thumbs Up Grip not only fits, but actually offers easier access to the SS dial, than it did on the X-Pro1.
Another random little thing that gives me pleasure? The lens mount on the X-Pro2 is so much tighter than the X-Pro1, (which on the samples I owned was fractionally tighter than my X-T1) you really get a solid quality feeling when you mount a lens.
OK… I think that about does the whole physical comparison to the X-Pro1 thing..
Hopefully you’ve heard some things you didn’t know, perhaps some X-Pro1 owners are reading this and thinking, “I really do have a great camera already” and you’d be right!
You may have noticed; that the past 3 parts have ended with the paragraph:
Now it may sound like I’m not very happy with the X-Pro2. Not at all. The areas that truly matter (IQ and how easy it is to access that IQ) work very well. But equally… That doesn’t mean that the X-Pro2 is without foibles, failings and idiosyncrasies. I just feel compelled to point them out to you.
Compulsion delivered 🙂
A few of you have (quite understandably) accused me of nit picking in regards to finding fault with the X-Pro2. There’s a reason that these things are ‘nits’ and that is because by and large the X-Pro2 is a sublime and sensational camera.
So now it’s got to be time to start talking about, and reviewing what I like about the X-Pro2.
And you know what? it’s a LOT
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