Fuji X-Pro ACROS Edition?

A few weeks ago, I wrote about a development in the world of JPEG engines that made me think of the possibilities a good in camera development system could provide. Today, after shooting a local St. Patrick’s Day celebration, I have ACROS burned in to my head. I have always been a RAW shooter, but with my Fuji cameras, I usually shoot RAW+JPEG to see how their engine interpreted a scene.

I’m still getting the hang of the X-Pro 2, but using the EVF and looking at ACROS through the EVF for several hours made me consider an interesting possibility. The overwhelmingly positive response to ACROS might one day lead to a monochrome X-Pro type camera with an ACROS tonal signature.

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This wouldn’t be the first time Fuji has tweaked their sensor for a nitch market. The Fujifilm X-T1 IR has a very limited market and is largely marketed to law enforcement. Modifying the X-Pro 2 sensor for black and white would not be very difficult, and we know there is a market for monochrome cameras. After all, Leica has successfully released two generations of their expensive luxury monochrome cameras to rave reviews.

ACROS has sparked an interest in me that did not exist before, and it’s making me want a more advanced monochrome experience that as of this time can only be found in very expensive/specialized cameras. I have used so many digital cameras over the years now that I have begun to look at them like they are bodies with film baked in, and it would be nice to be able to own a body where I can change the digital film or at least be able to buy a body with color or B&W digital film baked in. I could always swap my M240 for a Monochrome, but I would rather own a color and monochrome X-Pro, since owning a color and monochrome M would be ludicrously expensive.

If you think the possibility is far-fetched look, at how heavily Fuji borrows from Leica. Their aperture ring, viewfinder, rangefinder body, menu structure, dials, and yes, even the new focusing numb, which could come directly off the Q or SL, are all Leica inspired. So, why not produce a premium monochrome X-Pro with ACROS tonality baked in? Fuji is currently the only company trying to out Leica, Leica. They should take advantage of the opportunity to grow, while Canon and Nikon are still absent from the serious mirrorless camera market. I have used every high-end mirrorless camera on the market, and Fuji/Leica are the only companies pushing professional mirrorless photography forward.

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  • Francisco Santos

    all this camera could do, the xpro2 actuall can + much more. hard to see the benefits. Better Low light performance, but thats it.

    • Sony hasn’t produced enough professional quality glass yet and their cameras are convoluted and difficult to work quickly with. The A7 series is an improvement, but I do not know many photographers that enjoy using them. Also there support is horrendous. Sony cameras are consumer electronic devices first in my opinion.

      • Francisco Santos

        professionals don’t need to enjoy their cameras.. they need to deliever. I am a amateur shooter, and i enjoy Fuji alot. But with Sony + Zeiss professionals get a real option here. yeah.. the support is terrible according to matt granger and other users, but i honestly dont know how fujis support is.

        • If the experience is frustrating you will look for an alternative. Professionals don’t just set their cameras up once and forget about it. They are constantly making changes. Sony does not make this easy, while Fuji and Leica do. Leica is too expensive for most, but Fuji is very competitively price.
          As for your statement about professionals not needing to enjoy their cameras that couldn’t be further from the truth. People have enjoyed Canon and Nikon for years over mirrorless options because of lens availability and usability. When the new A7’s came out a lot of enthusiast professionals gave it a try, but now many are shopping around again because of the lack of glass and support. Sony isn’t prepared to be a serious camera company, but they do make the best sensors by far.

          • Francisco Santos

            there isn’t much competition in sensor manufactoring. Toshiba were about equal but sold as far as i know to sony. Samsung was leading in IQ for aps-c.. but quit.. i dont know what happens with their sensor technology.. nikon should have bought them. Fuji used to build sensors, but as far as i know also sold it.. there is basically just sony and canon in the high end market and canon just suck in almost all aspects, expect on sensor AF (dual pixel) and video capabilities… but sony almost with the a7sii probably beat them..

  • Tadao_Isogai

    Presumably, a Fuji Monchrome would lack a Bayer filter and eschew the de-mosaicing process, thus generating a significant improvement in resolution. If so, I’d be very interested.

    • exkeks

      I always thought that the whole point of Fuji’s XTrans system is not having a Bayer filter. In order, a monochrome sensor would win in sensitivity but not in resolution.

      • nwcs

        No, a monochrome sensor would have superior resolution. The xtrans is an interpreted array just like Bayer – just arranged differently. The problem is you’d have to carry around color filters to achieve different tonal contrasts.