After magnificent performance in 2015, during which the world market was enlarged by the Fuji X-T10, Fuji X100T, Fuji X30, Fuji X-A2, Fuji XQ2 and numerous Fujinon X-Mount lenses, Fujifilm continued strongly at the start of 2016 by introducing new mirrorless models from its X-Series - Fuji X-Pro2 and Fuji X-E2S - as well as a lens intended for this series - Fujinon XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR.
A long expected successor of the superb MILC camera Fuji X-Pro1 has finally arrived - Fuji X-Pro2. Although it is very similar to the predecessor when it comes to design, virtually everything else is different and new. First of all, this mirrorless camera is equipped with a completely new 24.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS III sensor, which places the X-Pro2 on top of Fuji's camera line-up as far as the resolution is concerned. With this sensor, images can be captured at ISO values from 200 to 12800 (expandable to 100-51200); what is more, the uncompressed RAW format is also supported, which makes the X-Pro2 the first Fuji X camera with this option. The X-Trans CMOS III sensor is paired with an EXR III processor, which brings exceptional results in terms of agility and overall speed of the camera - the continuous shooting rate is 8 fps, the maximum shutter speed is 1/32000s (electronic shutter), a start-up time is only 0.4s, the shortest shooting interval is 0.25s, whereas the shutter time lag is 0.05s!
Another big step forward in relation to the previous generation is made in the sphere of autofocus. The Fuji X-Pro2 boasts a hybrid AF system with 273 points, 77 of which are phase-detect and cover 40% of the frame. The company claims that the X-Pro2 offers the fastest autofocus so far out of all X-Series models - the said processor brings autofocus speed as fast as 0.06 seconds.
What is also new with the Fuji X-Pro2 is an improved hybrid viewfinder from its predecessor, which is now more similar to what is found on the Fuji X100T. It is still both optical and electronic, with the resolution of the EVF panel being 2,360,000 dots. The X-Pro1 used to display shooting data and bright lines onto the optical view; however, now there is a 'tab' in the bottom right corner that can display a projected LCD screen showing a magnified view of the focus point, peaking, or a digital split prism. The viewfinder coverage is 92%, while the magnification is 0.6x. In addition to the viewfinder, shooting can be carried out via a fixed 3" 1,620,000-dot TFT LCD screen.
It is true that the Fuji X-Pro1 is sealed and a very sturdy camera; however, the successor X-Pro2 is even more durable. The housing is made from magnesium alloy and is sealed with more than 61 points, which makes it dust-proof, splash-proof and capable of operating in temperatures as low as -10°C.
The other characteristics that distinguish the Fuji X-Pro2 are: a monochrome ACROS film simulation for smooth tones, deep blacks and rich textures; a Grain Effect mode for images that resemble old film photos, especially when printed; an interval timer for shooting time-lapse sequences of one second to 24 hours in length - up to 999 frames; Full HD video (1920 x 1080) at 60 fps; and Wi-Fi support. Finally, what also makes the X-Pro2 the first in the Fujifilm world is the fact that it features dual SD memory card slots (the first is UHS-II compatible). However, it does not feature a built-in flash.
The second Fuji X mirrorless innovation is the Fuji X-E2S, a successor of the numerous-award-winning Fuji X-E2, introduced as early as 2013. Probably the most important improvement in the X-E2S in relation to the previous generation is its hybrid autofocus system, which, along with 49 points in the Single-point AF method (taken from the X-E2), also brings 77 points for capturing moving subjects, which makes this AF system similar to the one in the Fuji X-T10. And thanks to the EXR II processor, the autofocus speed is 0.06s, which is by 0.02s faster than in the case of the old X-E2. The other important items are the addition of an electronic shutter, which brings the shutter speed of 1/32000s (like the Fuji X-Pro2) and completely silent shooting, ISO 200-6400 (expandable to 100-51200), improved grip, as well as a new interface for the menu system.
What the Fuji X-E2S kept from its predecessor is a 16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor, the uncompressed RAW format, a 3" 1,040,000-dot LCD screen, a 2,360,000-dot electronic viewfinder, 7 fps continuous shooting, Wi-Fi support, a built-in flash... The processor is still EXR II, but it now brings a start-up time of 0.5s, the shortest shooting interval is 0.5s, while the shutter time lag is 0.05s! The video is still Full HD at 60 fps, but now there is the latest set of Film Simulation modes, including the Classic Chrome. Like the X-Pro2, the X-E2S also shoots time-lapse sequences of one second to 24 hours in length (up to 999 frames).
Apart from the new MILC cameras, the Fuji X-Series also received reinforcements in the field of optics with the arrival of the new telephoto zoom lens Fujinon XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR. When mounted on a Fuji X body, the equivalent range of this lens is 152-609mm, while the aperture is f/6.8-8.4. It is also compatible with the Fujinon Teleconverter XF 1.4X TC WR, and when it is coupled with it, the range reaches astonishing 213-853mm. The Fuji 100-400mm is intended for handheld shooting and it is excellent for catching moving subjects, primarily thanks to its 5-stop optical image stabilization (OIS) system, which results in crystal clear images, and also thanks to the fact that it features two linear motors, which brings fast and silent autofocus. When it comes to the optical construction, this telephoto lens sports 21 elements in 14 groups, 5 of which are ED and one is Super ED, and they reduce chromatic aberrations. The new Fuji lens is also sealed, which makes it resistant to dust and moisture, as well as operative in temperatures as low as -10°C. Moreover, the front element features a fluorine coating, which repels water and dirt; this even further facilitates the functionality of the Fujinon XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR. The diaphragm consists of 9 blades, the filter diameter is 82mm, the minimum focusing distance is 1.75m, while the weight of this Fuji lens is 1375g.
All the new models from the Fuji X-Series are already in stock. The Fuji X-Pro2 is available body-only at a price of $1699; the Fuji X-E2S comes in two combinations - body-only ($699) and in kit with the Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS ($999); the price of the Fujinon XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR is $1899. What is interesting to point out as far as the Fuji X-E2S is concerned is the fact that it now, at the arrival, is much more affordable than it was the case with its predecessor Fuji X-E2 in the same situation in 2013 ($999).