Mastering the Fujifilm X-Pro1 – Practical tips & tricks for better use of the camera’s features – #photography #bookreview

Mastering the Fujifilm X-Pro1
Rico Pfirstinger
(Rocky Nook – paperback, Kindle)

The X-Pro1, Fujifilm’s first mirrorless camera with an APS-C sensor, is popular with many photographers who like its smooth blending of retro, minimalist exterior and top-notch digital technology inside.

Also, if the available Fujinon interchangeable lenses are not enough for you, the X-Pro1 also can be used with adapter rings that accept lenses made by Canon, Nikon, Contax, Leica, and others.

The camera comes with a user manual that includes brief descriptions of every feature. But, notes Rico Pfirstinger in his new book, Mastering the Fujifilm X-Pro1, “What’s missing are background information and practical tips based on experience. What’s the best way to activate a function? Which settings should you use in different circumstances? Why is the camera exhibiting a certain behavior? And, most important, which functions don’t work the way you would expect them to and how should you handle them?”

His well-written, 266-page book answers these questions and more. And it provides numerous photographs and illustrations to emphasize his points and how-to tips.

The X-Pro1 is not intended to be a beginner’s camera. It does not, for example, include a built-in flash unit. So Pfirstinger’s book likewise is not intended to be a beginner’s how-to manual.

He assumes that this is not your first digital camera, and you possess a reasonably good understanding of aperture, shutter speed, and other matters associated with photography and lighting. Still, his explanations of  features, capabilities, and quirks are clear and concise enough that technically proficient beginners can learn from them.

Bottom line: Yes, keep and refer to the X-Pro1’s standard user guide. But definitely have Mastering the Fujifilm X-Pro1 in your camera bag, as well. Rico Pfirstinger provides the tips, tricks, in-depth information, and lessons from experience you will  need to really get the best photos with your Fujifilm X-Pro1.

Si Dunn


  • Si Dunn is a novelist, screenwriter, photojournalist, and book reviewer. His published books include: DARK SIGNALS, a Vietnam War memoir; ERWIN'S LAW, a private-detective novel; and JUMP, a novella about a combat veteran suffering from PTSD and alienation while trying to work for newspapers as a journalist. Several of his feature screenplays recently were under option to movie producers. He spent nearly 15 years working as a technical writer and software tester in the telecommunications industry. His current programming interests include Go, JavaScript, Python, R, Angular, and other languages and frameworks. He is a U.S. Navy veteran and a graduate of the University of North Texas.

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