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Fujifilm X-Pro2 Arrives, Promptly Glitches

Get Fujifilm X-Pro2 at B&H Photo.

See also my commentary on the Sony A6300 vs Fujifilm X-Pro2.

The Fujifilm X-Pro2 is here along with a bunch of Fujinon lenses.

Physical impressions: the X-Pro2 body is larger then the Sony A7R II—no big deal. But while the X-Pro2 body is larger, the grip is much smaller and far less comfortable than the Sony grip, the X-Pro2 having a very shallow front grip (a nub at best), and a rear nub that forces my hand to remain tightly compressed to to grasp it. It’s not a camera I enjoy holding. Smaller hands may be happier.

The EVF is very nice.

Spontaneous camera reset

Update 25 March: Fujifilm has issued a firmware update stated to fix this problem.

So I took about 20 minutes to go through every last menu item, programmed all the buttons and functions to my liking, added items to My Menu, etc. I took a few frames in lossless-compressed raw and I generally liked the image quality I saw (in Photoshop).

Next I went outside and shot 3 more raw frames. Attempting to take a 4th frame, the camera glitched spontaneously: it wiped out every change I had made, wiped out My Menu in its entirety, deprogrammed all buttons, changed from raw to JPEG, reset file naming prefixes, etc. Everything back to factory defaults, aside from date and time. To my knowledge, I hadn’t done anything except try to take one more picture. I’m baffled how a camera can wipe itself this way just by trying to take a picture. I tried to figure out if there was something I could have done to cause it (what a 'killer' feature!).

Ouch.

Maybe some reader out there knows of a “known bug” that causes this, or some obtuse thing I might have somehow done to provoke this. Or maybe, as with all new cameras, there are firmware bugs and this is one of them.

Update: FujiRumors has some notes on this. Similar to one comment there, I add that this is NOT a battery problem: I had a nearly full charge and was actively shooting. The camera just spontaneously crashed and reset itself. Obviously this spontaneous-reset behavior is a major disaster for anyone using the camera for any serious work, since it requires a good amount of time and effort to restore and reprogram the camera—sunset vanished, the bride now down the aisle, the moment lost. Whatever. This kind of thing is an unmitigated disaster, and it’s a wonder how such things can get out into the wild without being caught in testing. But Fujifilm has a proven track record of aggressively improving firmware so perhaps it will get fixed quickly. And where is a feature to save all settings to the storage card, a feature well worth praise, as done by Nikon.

Nicotera P writes:

The same happened to me within the first 24h using a fully charged battery. However, since I left the camera overnight with a fully charged battery inside, the resetting has no longer occurred. I have changed batteries several times and let the camera without a battery for minutes and the settings are retained. It may be a problem with the internal battery that is not sufficiently charged when shipping from the factory. I wonder whether this may be fixed by firmware changes. A similar issue has occurred with a brand new Leica Q and, in this case, I had to send the camera back to Wetzlar.

DIGLLOYD: a few other readers wrote to note the same issue. I redid the settings and shot last night with no issues.

One thing I suspect that attracts many Fujifilm X users is the superb lens quality. Fujiifilm pays particular attention to bokeh with lenses like the Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 APD but even seemingly mundane lenses like the Fujifilm XF 35mm f/2 R WR offer gorgeous blur quality.

f2 @ 1/210 sec, ISO 200; 2016-03-15 12:01:12
X-Pro2 + XF35mmF2 R WR @ 53.4mm (35mm)

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