A year ago I purchased the X-Pro 1 just as the Japanese market dumped it to half price. Its first outing was a snowshoeing trek in a very wet February. It has clung to me in the Rockies, on boats, in the largest city in the world, and for walks with my wife. It is always in my photophile bag. It has never been attached to an XF prime lens. Instead, it rolls with M and LTM lenses, like the amazing Canon 35/2 LTM, the Nikkor 10,5/2,5 LTM, and the above Leica lens. I even keep it in my audiophile bag along with other audiophile goodies.
Though it is the same size as an SLR camera, the lenses are smaller, and thanks to helicoid adapters, close focus rivals SLR distances. I both love and hate this camera. It is slow, it is made less well than every single film camera I have, and its EVF is atrociously slow and prone to stutter. But everyday I spend with the Sony a7r, I realise much more how special the X-Pro 1 is.
I will be posting a year-on review in a couple of months. Today, I just wanted to land a short tribute to what has become the object of both my deepest love and bitterest hate. Oh yes, and it looks fab with the below lens.