The concept and implementation of FUJIFILM X-Pro1 with its lenses has a great future ahead of it and in my case fills an essential gap. The handling, processing and quality, i.e. in this case the deployed materials and haptics are excellent. Although I have very large-sized hands, this in no way impairs the appreciation of its excellent ergonomic features.
The concept of the viewfinder, optical, digital and via monitor is ingenious. The switching from MF to AF also works well and quickly. The lenses are excellent! Shutter speed dial, shutter and exposure compensation wheel as well as the aperture ring are adequately fitted and correctly positioned. Further, the sensor fulfils all my expectations. The noise performance as well as the sharpness and detail reproduction are excellent.
Since I very intensely used the Super-EBC 18mm lens without AF, the performance of the rechargeable batteries, i.e. the power supply was more than sufficient. The continuous shooting speed and shutter lag was likewise excellent.
The FUJIFILM X-Pro1 is excellently suited for landscapes, fast enough for sports and quiet and unobtrusive enough for reportage.
Bernd Ritschel, born in 1963 in Wolfratshausen, Upper Bavaria, Germany, has been traveling the mountains and continents of this earth for 25 years. He has made many expeditions to the Himalayas, Alaska, the Andes and the Arctic to climb peaks more than 7000 meters high. The enthusiastic extreme mountaineer is now an internationally successful professional photographer. Long crossings such as the Skitransalp (2009) and the Dolomites Cross (2010) have made it possible for him to pursue his passion for the Alps more intensively than ever. He has been living in Kochel am See, Germany, with his wife Manuela and daughter Clarissa for many years.
"My camera has been my constant companion in the mountains for more than 25 years. At first, I mainly concentrating on documenting our tours and expeditions. This was followed by a phase of challenging, exciting promotional photography and commissions. However, 'mountains in the light' will continue to make up a large part of my photographic work and bind me closely to high Alpine mountaineering—authentic, emotional, back to the roots."
More than 80 expeditions have taken him to 65 countries and almost all the mountains on earth. The results are captured in 20 books of photography, 5 textbooks/guides, numerous calendars and publications in almost all the major German-language magazines, among others.
His photos have been printed in many renowed magazines such as Geo, Stern, Geo Saison, Abenteuer & Reisen, ADAC specials and almost all the European skiing and mountaineering magazines. They have also been displayed at more than a dozen exhibitions throughout Central Europe. Bernd Ritschel is now one of Central Europe's most famous mountain and documentary photographers.