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Two years on a bike with the Fuji X-Pro1

James Greig | June 19, 2014

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Cycling is often about the moment, or rather enjoying being in the moment.

With a smartphone to hand, you can capture and share these moments instantly. But sometimes it’s lovely to think a little more about what you are seeing, rather than tap a screen and apply a filter.

But when you’re cycling and taking photos you don’t want to be lumbered with a big camera or more than a couple of lenses. So if you’re looking to downsize your camera from a DSLR to something more compact, Kevin Sparrow’s recent post on the Radavist is well worth a read. It documents the results of his switch to a Fuji X-Pro 1… namely some great cycling photography.

Having recently ditched my an old Canon 400D for a Fuji X100S (a pretty huge upgrade),  I can’t see myself ever going back to what now seems like an old-fashioned DSLR setup. Kevin is definitely onto something here:

Most of the time when I show up to a shoot or event, I almost instantly get that look from people. The look that says, “where’s the DSLR?”. It’s funny because it actually breaks the ice with conversation if i am doing a portrait shoot or working with one person. I’ve found out that t he X-Pro1 is a camera that actually makes people feel more comfortable and approachable when they getting photos taken of them. It’s really quite nice when you don’t want a posed feel to your photos.

The Fuji X-Pro 1 costs around £800, on top of which you’ll need something like a Fujifilm XF 35mm F1.4 Lens. Or you can pick up the Fuji X100S (with fixed 23mm lens) for under £900.

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by James Greig

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