For many years, my format of choice to write photographs has been RAW. Exclusively RAW. And then development on the PC. Partly due to the desire to write picture with most complete data to be able in the future to get maximum quality final pictures. Even if this “getting maximum quality” stays in the category of good wishes. Partly due to the fact, that my cameras so far didn’t process shots the way I would be satisfied. So there is nothing strange in fact that just after I started shooting with X-Pro2, my search for best RAW (or RAF) developer for files written by this camera has also started. Everybody rate Iridient as the top developer.
He was waiting, waiting and finally went away. Three have come instead. Or even four. The new ones are quite sexy, beautiful, shapely and… sharp! So who has gone? AF-S Nikkor 300mm G ED VR II. And who have come?
In the spare time I have made some shots with both lenses. Definitely this is neither a scientific analysis nor neutral comparison. This is because Fujinon was working on X-Pro2 – 24 Mpx, while Nikkor was on the D810 – 36 Mpx. Why this way? The simple answer: I don’t have any APS-C Nikon body. A bit more complex answer: Fujinon is an APC-C lens, so it’s natural way of working is with APS-C body. But Nikkor is a full frame lens – in it’s case the natural environment is the full frame body. So why would I use it with APS-C body? Especially when the majority of the weight is concentrated in the lens?
Generally I wanted to write something about one of the more interesting lenses, like one of the primes. But it happened that I went together with my family to the garden of Polish Academy of Sciences in Powsin. And as usually in such case, I decided to take with me only a basic, versatile set of gear. And this is why my bag was loaded with just three lenses, including the light, compact FUJINON XF55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS.
No, this is not another, an in-depth description of Fujifilm X-Pro2. It will be a subjective description of the camera, and, in principle, what I noticed after the first few days of use. And it will not be just a series of delights, because I found things both positive and negative.