Long Exposure Photography (X-Pro1)

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I genuinely didn’t expect to find a compact camera packed with as many professional features as are found on the Fujifilm X-Pro1.

This camera is all about quality without compromise. It should be noted that the images in this post were captured with a preproduction version of the Fujifilm X-Pro1 which things can only get even better.

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Anyone who has visited FlixelPix before knows I particularly like the challenge of long exposure photography. A nice wide lens, low light and a shutter speed of 30 seconds or more creates moody black and white ghostly landscapes and ultra white waterfalls.

Long Exposure River (X-Pro1)

To test the camera I thought it important to try the type of photography I wouldn’t instinctively consider when using a compact camera. I still had the mindset that The X-Pro1 would be for everyday work and that I would need to retain my DSLR for landscapes and long exposures.

Even before taking a photo the X-Pro1 I was surprised how feature rich the camera is for long exposure work. The camera comes with two modes Bulb (B) and Time (T) mode.

Normally I would use the bulb mode and a remote switch with my DSLR but found on the X-Pro1 the T mode which offers up to a 30 second exposure was meeting my needs nicely.

A really nice feature is that both the T and B modes offer a large visual counter on the rear LCD. The camera is also equipped with long exposure noise reduction to ensure the best quality of image.

It is hard not to get excited that stunning long exposures photographs are possible with a camera that is considerably smaller and lighter than my DSLR.

The result of a compact and light X-Pro1 camera meant my Manfrotto tripod felt twice as heavy as usual so perhaps the next step is to find a reliable tripod that is easy to carry over long distances as the X-Pro1, any suggestions would be appreciated.

For the long exposures I used the 18mm (27mm equiv.) lens and although it is tighter than I normally would shoot long exposure photographs the minimal vignette meant very little cropping in postproduction.

It was also interesting to note that as a rangefinder style camera the X-Pro1 was still able to focus when using an ND filter making the whole process of long exposures easier and cleaner.

Fujifilm X-Pro1 Long Exposure {Explore}

I really can’t fault the X-Pro1 the camera software makes landscape photography a really enjoyable process.

Even after two days of long exposure photography I hadn’t experienced a single lock up or issue and I was equally pleased that after a two days of long exposure work the battery was only partly depleted.

I am quickly coming to the conclusion that the X-Pro1 is my one stop camera solution producing remarkably sharp and detailed images even when taking 45 second long exposures. I love this camera. You can view the full set of images in my X-Pro1 flickr set.

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David is a documentary and landscape photographer covering everything from dramatic long exposure landscape photography through to live music. David is a former Official Fujifilm X Photographer.


  1. Is there any sort of remote shutter release or are you just pushing the shutter button and letting that massive tripod keep the image sharp? I have an old cable release for my x100 but found that it actually causes a lot of camera movement when using it. Loving the images coming out of this camera and hope you can share a video clip soon.

  2. Hey there!
    thanks a lot for your detailed pictures and reports.
    Do you have any videos to share made with the x-pro1? I’m highly interested in shooting some video, but don’t want to carry around a dslr.

    In the last couple of months I found myself not shooting very often because I don’t wanted to drag all those gear around (5d). So I’m searching for something small but nice, with decent video quality for occasional moviemaking.

    Thanks for your opinion!

  3. @manson you can use a manual cable release (about £4) but I tended to just press the button. Mirrorless means less movement but a cable release is affordable. @Florian, I will try and shoot some video with the 34mm at 1.4 this week.

  4. @manson, you can also use the 2sec timer so any vibrations caused by pressing the shutter do not effect the camera as it exposes the image. Handy if your tripod is not rock solid.

  5. Nice shots! I saw your waterfall shot on Explore in Flickr and noticed right away that it was taken with the camera that I’ve been lusting after. I’m guessing that you had the first Explored pictured taken with the X-Pro1.
    Well Done!

  6. Nice review
    You can try the little giottos vgr tripod for long walks.
    They are quite good for value.

  7. Since this is a rangefinder, dare I ask the question street photographers likely want the answer to: how “loud” is the shutter?

  8. Not loud but not silent like the X100. Quieter than a DSLR. I like hearing the shutter though, I always struggled with the sound effect on the X100 but I guess it is personal choice. I don’t think it is loud enough to worry about for street photography though.

  9. You might consider the Gitzo GT0531 for a light weight tripod. I have a small Leitz ball head on mine for a combined weight of 880 grams. The three-leg model (GT0531) is a bit lighter than the four-leg model (GT0532) but doesn’t collapse as small. I actually try to avoid using the lowest set of legs anyway, the tripod is more stable if you don’t. It’s quite adequate for a camera and lens weighing less than a kg.

  10. Hi David,

    We are expecting our first baby and my wife is ok with me upgrading my camera. I tried the X100 the other day and I love it. However, I felt like I would like to change lenses. Would you recommend it for baby pictures?. I love street and building photography but my wife wants me to make sure that it is good for baby pictures.


  11. @Felix, this camera will cover all the shots you will need as would the X100, they both great cameras and perfect for family photography.

  12. David,

    Thanks for your answer. How is it for capturing kids running around? I’ve read pretty bad things about the autofocus.

    Thanks again!

  13. @felix check out my Flickr account, I took some photos of a magic show with lots of movement and also a photo of a boy running with flowers. I don’t have any problems with AF. If in doubt try it at a local camera shop when stocks arrive.

  14. Great review David. I hadn’t considered its usefulness as a landscape camera but these shots look great. I’m loving my x100 and the pro is on my wish list now.

  15. Any idea what the longest possible exposure is on the XP1? You mentioned 45s – I’m wondering if this will go to 8-10 minutes

  16. Hi, I have a xpro 1 does the bulb mode only last for 30seconds? Cant seem to get mine to shoot for any longer everything is on manual and the lens is not set on A and i am using a shutter release. Any advice appreciated.

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