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Fuji X-Pro1 vs the DP2

Fuji X-Pro1 and a DP2 in hand.  What do I do.  

Sigma DP2 Merrill 1/320th sec @ f? ISO200

X-Pro Relative Strengths compared to DP2:

  • Low Light speed / High ISO performance (Extraordinary)
  • Interchangeable lenses for different angle of view
  • Clever Viewfinder
  • Fujinon Lenses as well as Leica / Zeiss / Voigtlander glass.
  • Battery Life

DP2 Strengths compared to the X-Pro1

  • Size
  • Image Quality
  • Lens
  • Auto Focus - Manual fine tuning

The Fuji has much in it's favour.  Personally I thought the uncorrected glass from Zeiss and Voigtlander was disappointing compared to the same lenses mounted on the Leica M8.   Even with the Fujifilm M adapter and Zeiss ZM 21mm at over £1100 I found the files from the DP2 were more detailed and needed less post processing.  That said,   the Fuji lenses, especially the 35mm f1.4 and 60mm f2 are really very good and a pleasure to work with. 

Although very close, the files from the X-Pro1 lacked the impact of the files from the DP2.  The Fujifilm X-Pro is a flat-out marvellous camera and in the view of many a viable Leica substitute for most practical (if not emotional) purposes. 

This has been said more eloquently, and at greater length on many many review sites and hundreds if not thousands of wonderful images now grace the internet.  My contribution here is that I have bought with my own cash, the Leica M8, The Fuji X-100, The Fuji X-Pro1 as well as having owned the Earlier DP1 and DP2 models so my observation might be useful.

The X-Pro is a brilliant camera but in the narrow functioning range in which I work, it's not quite as good as the Merrill range.  I love the compact form factor of the DP, and the discipline of working with one focal length which I find trains my mind to look for images that the camera can capture.  I carry four batteries (although I've only ever needed two) and out of every card I've produced images that I want to keep.

I've sold the X-Pro1 and the ecosystem of lenses.

Horses for courses. But I'd urge you to try the DP2 before you spend more than £799 on any camera.....

Fuji x-pro1 with 15mm Voigtlander ISO200 1/240sec @ f8.0

Chris Bampton2 Comments