Shooting with Fuji X-Pro2, ACROS Film Simulation

As regular readers will know, I shoot almost exclusively with a Fuji X-Pro2. With it I got myself the xf18mmf2 lens (a 28mm full frame equivalent, if you’re interested in those details), and this blog will feature photos from that combo bar from a few exceptions where I experimented with an old Pentax SMC 1.7 50mm (75mm full frame equivalent).

fujifilm x-pro2 test shooting jpeg only with black and white acros film simulation by glasgow photographer lee jones

Before I put a deposit down for the X-Pro2, I’d read a few photographers praising the JPEG output at 2000 ISO which sounded pretty ridiculous to me until I tried it out for myself. I’ve found the noise/grain structure doesn’t distract from the photograph, and I’ve comfortably shot up to 8000 ISO (and still pushed the JPEG with satisfying results).

Take this late evening low-light shot as an example…

fujifilm x-pro2 test shooting jpeg only with black and white acros film simulation by glasgow photographer lee jones

I won’t start with the dumb “it’s like you’re shooting film!” drivel as the two are still very much their own thing, but the attention to detail Fuji have gone to with the film simulations (such as the grain structure being sized according to the ISO selected) means it looks real bloody good.

Check out that tonal range.

Leeds to Glasgow-16
It shows how quickly technology is progressing, as I rarely shoot my Nikon DSLR (a full frame D610) beyond 1600 ISO – it’s admittedly a strange hang up to have, as I know it would be fine but the point here is that with the Nikon it’s something I consider, but with the Fuji I don’t have to, and I know it’s going to perform.

Something I hear often is JPEG be compared to MP3, and it would be easy to consider that a negative. There was a time I’d feel uncomfortable listening to an MP3 over a readily available WAV, but now I’m finding it harder to get genuinely passionate about the differences – “Then you’re listening on rubbish speakers!”, I’m not, and these Mackie HR624’s do just fine, thanks.

Glasgow-4Glasgow-29

I understand the apparent advantages of RAW – The data is uncompressed, there’s a wider range of control with the photograph, not to mention the non-destructive editing that allows for infinite revisions. So you’ve processed a photograph in colour but want it in black and white, or vice versa? No problem, just load up the RAW file and switch it up.

All things considered, I now find that more of hindrance.

I trust the camera. And as these film simulations demonstrate, Fuji know their stuff. I’m no longer messing around in Lightroom with curves, split-toning, colour calibration, nor am I even coming close to touching the customised presets I’ve made for myself in the past…

I now take a photograph, import it into Lightroom and apply my contrast to taste with some basic sharpening alterations, and besides the occasional shot of architecture where I’ll correct the verticals, that’s me set.

Export.

Upload.

Done.

Jeffels & Emma, Glasgow Centre-4Glasgow Bike Ride-25

In some ways I feel that us digital photographers are presented with too many options, and it feels bloated.

Choice isn’t inherently a bad thing, but I dread to think how much time I’ve unwittingly spent umming and ahhing over inconsequential details which wouldn’t have concerned me if I’d have learned to embrace the settings I’d chose on the camera in the first place – Much like going out and shooting film, the type of film and ISO is typically what you make do and work with for the following 24/36 frames.

“But this is a digital camera, not film”.

True, but this feels like the best of both. I now have the flexibility of being able to change my film simulation effortlessly between shots (compared to after every roll on film), all the while still having to commit to the simulation I shot with once the exposure has been made.

Jeffels & Emma, Glasgow Centre-11Jeffels & Emma, Glasgow Centre-10

Despite my beginnings in film I never really became a fully-fledged film photographer, but I have always missed the perceived magic of shooting in that matter of fact way, and that’s what I’ve enjoyed discovering about stripping back my options through the X-Pro2.

The camera feels like a camera. It’s focused, and I feel like I’m absorbing and learning more than I ever have, which is precisely why I don’t miss RAW.

The following is a selection of photos taken over the past few weeks.

Glasgow Bike Ride-17Jeffels & Emma, Glasgow Centre-1Glasgow to Leeds-4Glasgow to Leeds-3Glasgow to Leeds-5Shooting Fuji-Xpro2 with ACROS Film Simulation in Glasgow by Photographer Lee JonesGlasgow-14Leeds to Glasgow-3Leeds to Glasgow-15Leeds to Glasgow-13DSCF7829fujifilm x-pro2 test shooting jpeg only with black and white acros film simulation by glasgow photographer lee jonesGlasgow-8Glasgow-9Glasgow Bike Ride-21Glasgow-11Glasgow-13Jeffels & Emma, Glasgow Centre-19Glasgow-2Leeds to Glasgow-2Leeds to Glasgow-4Leeds to Glasgow-7Leeds to Glasgow-12Leeds to Glasgow-10Leeds to Glasgow-11Jeffels & Emma, Glasgow Centre-17Jeffels & Emma, Glasgow Centre-8Jeffels & Emma, Glasgow Centre-14Gray Dunn Biscuit Factory-3Gray Dunn Biscuit Factory-6Govan Graving Docks-35Govan Graving Docks-26Jeffels & Emma, Glasgow Centre-9fujifilm x-pro2 test shooting jpeg only with black and white acros film simulation by glasgow photographer lee jonesGlasgow to Leeds-2Glasgow-3Glasgow-18fujifilm x-pro2 test shooting jpeg only with black and white acros film simulation by glasgow photographer lee jonesfujifilm x-pro2 test shooting jpeg only with black and white acros film simulation by glasgow photographer lee jones

4 thoughts on “Shooting with Fuji X-Pro2, ACROS Film Simulation

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  2. Ever since buying my first X100 (the original model) I’ve been very impressed with jpg output straight from Fuji cameras – but I’ve never managed to move away from raw. I think you’ve just inspired me to have another go and particularly using Acros. The 18mm seems to get a “bad press” but it’s one of my favourite lenses and it’s my default choice for wandering around a town looking for interesting stuff which might happen. Anyone who knocks it might do well to look at your results. I look forward to seeing and reading more 🙂

  3. Ben

    Love what you are getting here. I am collecting Fuji JPEG settings in an attempt to find my perfect Acros look. Would you mind sharing yours? Cheers

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