Videographer and editor Steve MacDonald has released an ebook on how to get the best out of setting up, shooting and grading video footage your Fujifilm X-Pro2 rangefinder-style APS-C/Super 16 hybrid digital camera. I highly recommend The Fujifilm X-Pro2 Video Set-Up Guide to anyone seeking to shoot video with this amazing camera.
Pre-release excitement about Fujfilm’s X-Pro2 reached fever pitch when the rumour that it would be capable of 4K video began circulating early last year.
That excitement began abating when the camera appeared with 1080p Full HD only, though some Fujifilm staff members seemed to think that a 4K firmware update would be released soon after the arrival of the X-T2 some months thence.
The 4K update never did appear and that initial excitement about the X-Pro2 as a viable video camera seems to have all but disappeared.
Those demanding 4K video on Fujifilm cameras soon turned their attentions exclusively to the X-T2 and its X-T20 spin-off, forgetting altogether that the X-Pro2 remains a highly promising video camera despite the video functionality of its firmware remaining less than fully-featured.
My X-Pro2 and a distant OVF movie camera relative
I wrote a letter to Fujifilm about the X-Pro2 last year after Paul Leeming wrote his letter to Fujifilm on the X-T2 because I want, nay, need the X-Pro2 to be a production-quality video camera that I can carry with me everywhere at all times even if mostly keeping my eyes peeled for stills photography rather than moviemaking opportunities at the moment.
One thing I know for sure is that anything can happen in the great world outside our doors and best to be prepared for it. That might have been a sentiment underlying the Reuters news agency’s request to Canon to add video capability to its EOS 5D Mark II way back when, accidentally kicking off the DSLR video revolution that preceded the even more radical DSLM aka mirrorless revolution of recent years.
Mr MacDonald’s ebook, born of years of experience as a San Franciscan video professional who bought his X-Pro2 primarily as a video camera, is worth investing in if you want to get great video out of your X-Pro2 investment.
The X-Pro2’s sensor is, after all, the very same one as the sensor in the X-T2 that Fujifilm is focussing on as the more videocentric of the two. So why not sharpen your video skills and make the most of that brilliant rangefinder-style camera on your shoulder?
Right now the X-Pro2 might be just a great 1080p video camera and not a 4K powerhouse and may remain so if Billy Luong’s efforts don’t bear fruit, but more than a few TV shows and documentaries on our screens right now were shot in 1080p HD and broadcast in 720p HD so there is plenty of mileage still in non-4K formats.