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Fujifilm X-Pro1 gets prices through Amazon preorders

updated 10:45 pm EST, Wed February 1, 2012

Fujifilm X-Pro1 and lenses priced early

Fujifilm's X-Pro1 interchangeable lens camera may have had its US prices slip out through Amazon starting to take pre-orders. The X-Pro1 body shows as costing $1,700 by itself, making it one of the more expensive non-SLRs available. Lenses are more in line with expectations and have the 18mm f2.0 and 35mm f1.4 primes each costing $600, while the 60mm f2.4 macro could cost slightly more at $650.

Both the camera and its lenses are due to ship later this month, although Amazon didn't give clues as to the exact timing. Fujifilm hasn't officially provided details.

The X-Pro1 likely carries a premium for its exotic sensor. Fujifilm has touted better-than-DSLR image quality through a layout that reduces moiré and should be sharper overall. The company's distinctive optical viewfinder with electronic overlay is also a stand-out, as is a lens mount system that keeps lenses from protruding too far from the body.

We tried the camera at CES and found that it eliminated some of the quirks of the X100 we reviewed surrounding controls. Image quality from what we could test was good, although at $1,700 we'd now recommend it mostly for those who depend heavily on the shots the current lenses take or else wait for the zoom lenses to appear.



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  1. fractal_h

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jun 2011

    +14

    I cringe

    every time I read a photography related article on Electronista.

    Really, you recommend waiting for a ZOOM lens for a premium camera with better than DSLR quality sensor? Maybe one of those ultra wide to super telephoto zoom lenses? The wider range the better, right?

    Why? Why would you want to put a slow, soft, distortion-ridden zoom lens on a camera with a superior quality sensor instead of the sharp, contrasty and perfectly corrected primes that are on offer?

    Zooms are the domain of compact cameras and amateur cameras. They compromise image quality for convenience. They are also useful for professional applications where capturing the shot is more important than the quality, such as sports photography. But then you will want a DSLR with a good motor drive, not a good sensor.

    If you are paying so much extra for image quality, why on earth would you choose a zoom lens over a prime?

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