Marlon and the Fuji X-Pro1


As I’m generally using the Fuji X Pro 1 in controlled environments with either models or actors following my direction what better way to test out the Auto Focus speed and accuracy than to test run it with my new kitten Marlon…as you can guess he’s extremely hyperactive and doesn’t take direction too well. I mainly took advantage of the fantastic ISO and set it around 500 to 1250 so I could have a fast shutter speed to capture movement.

Below are some of the shots I got with a few notes on each:


Monkeying Around.
backlit from sky light 35 mm ISO 500 ƒ/1.4 1/20 sec


Carefully does it.
The Af has correctly focused on Marlon here, rendering a nice front bokeh
35mm ISO: 1600 ƒ/1.4 1/110 sec


Jungle Fever.
Finally a moment of stil…
60mm ISO 500 ƒ/2.4 1/420 secs

Jumping for Joy (ironically the name of the monkey:) The fast shutter speed as catch the action but the exposure isn't great. 35mm ISO 1250 ƒ/1.4 1/350

Jumping for Joy (ironically the name of the monkey:)
The fast shutter speed has caught the action but the exposure isn’t great.
35mm ISO 1250 ƒ/1.4 1/350


Thirsty work.
The AF here has focused on the wooden floor rather than Marlon.
60mm ISO: 500 ƒ/2.4 1/80 sec


All done.
Focus is still on the wood
60mm ISO: 500 ƒ/2.4 1/80 sec


I think I’m safe here..
Correct focus point
35mm ISO 2500 ƒ/1.4 1/420 sec


Water Boy.
The fast shutter speed managed to freeze the flow of water
35mm ISO 2500 ƒ/1.4 1/750sec


Missed opportunity
Focus was out, and farming was inaccurate.
35mm ISO 500 ƒ/1.4 1/800 sec


Do not bite the hand that feeds you!
Not an easy shot to take:)
35mm ISO 2500 ƒ/1.4 1/450 sec


You could be dancing…
Even though it’s slightly out of focus and the framing is off, I love this shot:)
35mm ISO 1250 ƒ/1.4 1/120 sec

DJ Marlon in Da house Backlit  35mm ISO 2500 ƒ/1.4 1/750 sec

DJ Marlon in Da house
35mm ISO 2500 ƒ/1.4 1/750 sec


I think she’s leading me on..
35mm ISO 500 ƒ/4.0 1/60 sec

Overall I found this little experiment a little frustrating, especially when using the 60 mm Fujinon lens. which is by far the worst lens for auto focus, however once focused the sharpness of the image is sublime.


The only macro shot I managed to take with the 60mm. Not bad, but not the best I’ve seen this lens produce. Main problem was hand shake from the slow shutter speed
60mm ISO 1600 ƒ/2.8 1/13 sec

My favourite choice of lens however was the Fujimon 35mm lens set at an aperture of f/1.4. the Bokeh is outstanding (see above shots). I also set the AF to AFC which I found didn’t help track the kitten at all. I found it far easier using AFS.

The Fuji X-Pro1’s Firmware Version 2.05 has been available for just over a month now, but here’s the link to the update, just incase you missed it.

I have also since found this blog very helpful in recommending a few tips on getting the X Pro 1 to focus

Viva le Marlon and the Fuji x-Pro1

Photographer Michelle George


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Posted: July 12, 2013


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