Fuji X-Pro1 black and white gallery

As great as the X-Pro1 is in colour, i think it is even better as a black and white camera. It is the first digital camera i’ve had that makes me visualize the final image in monochrome before i even take the shot. It adds another creative dimension to my photography which i never really explored in the past. Do you use a lot of B&W with your Fuji X camera system? What are your thoughts on the Leica Monochrom system, would you ever consider getting a black and white only camera?

Leave me a comment below and i hope you enjoy this gallery.

8 thoughts on “Fuji X-Pro1 black and white gallery

  1. Slinky
    July 26, 2013 at 11:17

    Great pictures-
    Thanks for sharing ! Do you use any special in camera settings with the B&W ?

    1. July 26, 2013 at 12:00

      Hi, thanks for the comment, you know I don’t use any special settings, just black and white jpeg alongside the RAW file. The fuji is great for black and white

  2. July 26, 2013 at 16:52

    Hi psamoluk,

    Nice shots!

    You’re asking for thoughts on the Monochrom as a sole system for b/w-work? In one word: OUTSTANIDING! the X-Pro1 is miles behind in just about all aspects as far as IQ is concerned only the mono is a rangefinder offcourse and as such might not suit ones way of shootin’…. it all depends – I’m so fortunate to own both the mono + the X-Pro1 and to be honest I only use the Fuji for its colors… I also shot the smaller X100 and it’s later incarnation the X100S extensively which in some aspects surpass its bigger brother in the b/w-departement (well, at least to my eyes…. and at high ISO’s in particular) – I know a lot of people who love the Fujis for their b/w-output but having the mono I dare say: no contest/no comparison…. but admittedly one should ask oneself if this difference is worth a small fortune… Its all about priorities in the end, I guess. And I doubt most people will find it a worthy investment if ‘only’ showcasing their work in smaller sizes/resolution on the web in contrast to larger prints? Unless offcourse one is just wanting the best for the sake of it…. But You sure do prove a good case for the Fuji here in this gallery;o)

    Best
    klehmann

    1. July 26, 2013 at 17:40

      Oh how I would love to shoot the leica monochrom, seems like a dream, but you are right, the second mortgage would be a bit of a deterrent for me :)

      1. July 27, 2013 at 04:03

        Hi again,

        Well – like I said You seem to be gettin’ the best out of the X-Pro1 anyways so the idea of keepin’ it simple with good glass is really all there is to it – besides, when one also has to get the most out of the mono and gettin’ the glass it deserves; well – ones hard-earned money just keeps runnin’ out of ones pockets;o) In many ways it’s a camera for ‘a lifetime’, I guess (as far as modern digital ones goes) and as such might prove a somewhat financially viable system in the (very) long run, after all? To be honest a 2nd hand M8/m8.2 will go a loooong way for a rather unique b/w-IQ as long as one stays at lower ISO’s – these days they can be had for ‘as little’ as1500$-2500$ on the 2nd-hand market.and provide amazing build/output – to a large extent the mono’s 1st cousin or;o) Also, one doesnt have to be as paranoid walkin’ around with it as with the mono in more questionable neighbourhoods/areas (if thats ones thing) – lol.

        Happy shootin’!

        Best
        klehmann

        ps. in fact the biggest gripe I have with the X-Pro1 is the almost tractor-like noise coming from the lenses in AF/motor… just drives me nuts! Then again, Im overly sensitive to these things;-)

  3. July 26, 2013 at 22:40

    Very nice gallery! I’ve been shooting more and more b/w with my X-E1 and, like you, have been recording JPEGs and RAW together. The quality of the JPEGs is making me wonder how much I’ll use the RAW files…

    1. July 27, 2013 at 12:47

      Yes that is precisely how i feel, especially on larger trips where you end up with 2- 64Gb cards full of images, and then have to spend 2 weeks in front of the computer trying to process all the raw files. I see myself continuing to shoot the RAW+JPG, but be much more critical of my selections and unless i missed an exposure and need to bring things back from highlights or shadows, just delete most of the RAW captures.
      Enjoy your X-E1 !
      Paul

  4. Ishan
    August 20, 2013 at 13:49

    Hi,

    If I have the money, I buy a Leica monochrome. Actually I own the X-Pro1 and a D800E. So for now and for me, the D800E with a Zeiss APO SONNAR 135/f.2 delivers B&W images with outstanding details, micro-contrasts and sharpness. Also out of hand without a tripod. O.K it is a DSLR and the lens alone is 920 gramms ;-). Very heavy!
    I love the X-Pro 1, the camera delivers very good images, but if I want the best quality for large prints on Baryt papers, I use the Nikon.

    Best
    Ishan

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