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Rico Pfirstinger
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24 Jan 2013

Mastering the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 provides a wealth of experienced-based information and insights for owners of the new X-Pro 1 camera. Readers will learn about the features and capabilities of the X-Pro 1 and will discover numerous tips and tricks for how to maximize its potential.

With the X-Pro 1, Fujifilm released the first mirrorless camera with an APS-C sensor. The successful combination of high-end retro design and state-of-the-art digital camera technology, originally seen in the X100 viewfinder camera, has been pushed even further to achieve this interchangeable-lens camera. The X-Pro 1 offers three FUJINON interchangeable lenses.

In a layout suitable to the camera's attractive design, this manual presents imagery that attests to the fun you will have as you begin to push the envelope of your Fujifilm X-Pro 1.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Rocky Nook; 1 edition (24 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937538141
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937538149
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rico Pfirstinger studied communications and has been working as journalist, publicist, and photographer since the mid-80s. He has written a number of books on topics as diverse as Adobe PageMaker and sled dogs, and produced a beautiful book of photographs titled Huskies in Action. He has spent time working as the head of a department with the German Burda-Publishing Company and served as chief editor for a winter sports website.

After eight years as a freelance film critic in Los Angeles, Rico now lives in Germany and devotes his time to digital photography and compact camera systems.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for the X-Pro1 user 24 Jan 2013
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This book complements and further develops the manual, providing tips and advice from Rico's extensive trialling of the camera during 2012. It is extremely well written, laid out in a progressive and logical order, and would be suitable for the beginner through to the more advanced user.
I don't find it too technical at all - indeed I think it strikes the right balance. If I wanted to state a minor criticism it would be to the effect that the camera and its associated lenses have had their firmware updated since the book was published ( Fuji are about to release a further update very shortly to coincide with the release of the 14mm lens) BUT you have to accept that in this day and age all digital cameras are likely to require firmware updates periodically - that cannot be avoided.
Would I recommend it to other X-Pro1 users? 100% yes. What are you waiting for? Place the order now!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly as described and a real help 12 Feb 2013
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Having purchased the Fujifilm X-E1 as a travel camera over the Nikon D700 I own. I found the book very useful, as the handbook supplied by Fuji was to say the least very basic. Fuji X series cameras are not really for the novice as they handle like cameras of old with no real 'Auto', which is great as it makes you have to thinkand the book helps to explain little quirks, such as if you go into 'Silent Mode' you turn off the flash. - I dont agree with everything the author says, but we all have our own theories and ways to work, but I do highly recommend the book and believe Fuji should send it out with every camera.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful addition to the manual 6 Feb 2013
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I've owned the X-Pro 1 since May 12 and by experimenting have achieved some excellent results using only the Manual for guidance.
However, this book greatly improved my insight into all the camera's functions and consequently I have changed some of the camera's default settings after reading this book.
I bought the Kindle version so I can refer to it on my iphone which I carry at all times.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book around on the X-Pro 1 camera. 10 Mar 2013
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If you have purchased or are considering buying the X-Pro 1 then this book is a must. Like many manufacturers, Fuji have provided a good level of information in the handbook but it fails to explain the best shooting styles and settings etc. This book is extremely well written, its easy to follow and it will help you stop using your £1000 purchase as a 'point and shoot' camera and instead reap the benefits of this very cool camera. Its even better value as a digital download so go get it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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I'm not a professional photographer - I bought the X-Pro 1 because it offers very good image quality in a smaller, lighter package than an equivalently specified SLR. For someone like me this book is very useful indeed. It is well organized and there is plenty of background to allow the reader to understand the technical issues around topics like exposure or dynamic range before the specifics of using the X-Pro 1 are discussed. As the author says, the book doesn't aim to replicate the information in the camera's manual but rather explains how to use the functionality to achieve particular results (but since he also does an excellent job of explaining the basic functions you get a sort of superior user manual as part of the deal). So, for example, there is a concise 6 step guide to using the exposure compensation function in conjunction with AE bracketing to create 7 levels of exposure as a basis for HDR processing. You could work this out for yourself but speaking personally, I probably wouldn't have got there for a long time. The book is written clearly and there are numerous boxes that highlight useful tips and hints. There are also plenty of images to illustrate the effects of the techniques that are discussed. It's a thorough, detailed, thoughtful and readable guide which I would definitely recommend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This a fantastic book for Fujifilm X-Pro 1 users. It starts with the basics, giving you a good overview of the X-Pro 1 and some useful default settings for your camera. Further chapters cover things like exposure, focussing, ISO settings, flash photography, continuous shooting and more.

The author illustrates the camera's features nicely with example photographs and it's a well-written book. The book assumes a cursory knowledge of things like F-stops and the basic principles of photography, but even an absolute beginner will be fine if they have an internet connection to look up unfamiliar terms.

Fuji should buy the rights to this book and distribute it with every X-Pro 1 as the handbook that comes to the camera is pretty basic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide Great price on Kindle 7 Feb 2014
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A very informative and well-illustrated guide. The Kindle version is also much cheaper than the paper version. The fact that it is available via Kindle also means I can have it with me on my phone (as well as my laptop etc.) so I can consult it when out using the camera if necessary, as well as a more normal 'book' when at home. I wish more guides were available in the Kindle format - how about it Amazon?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a good back up to manual 15 Sep 2013
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I found the book a good back up to the official manual with plenty of tips, especialy on the HD settings and explaining some of the film simulations especial the colour neg film would recommend the book to itermediat photographers.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Some good points not covered by the manual, but a little pricey in my opinion
Published 1 day ago by Nigel Hart
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughrougly essential read
Superb guide to the use and control of the camera. Far more info that the Fuji manual and I often dip into it when i run into an issue (mainly because there are so many settings... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Comprehensive. What the manual should have been.
Published 1 month ago by MR CLIVE PAGE
2.0 out of 5 stars Useless
Just an extended users manual - virtually no information on converting the unique RAW files produced by this camera so the book is useless to the more advanced photographer. Read more
Published 1 month ago by roger ashford
5.0 out of 5 stars Great...
Excellent!
Published 1 month ago by Ian Tonge
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
essential reading
Published 2 months ago by Dr. J. TOBIAS
5.0 out of 5 stars a novella for a novel camera
there are many tips & tricks for an xpro1 user inside. I quite found the focusing tips very handy. The author says "a novel camera" for Xpro1 and it's time to read it via... Read more
Published 2 months ago by gaddarjoker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is essential reading for owners of an X Pro
Published 3 months ago by stugrieve
4.0 out of 5 stars but generally a good handbook.
Its the book the manual should have been, does witter on about lenses etc, but generally a good handbook.
Published 3 months ago by Fuji man
5.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction
Very clearly written and really useful at the early stages of using the camera. The retro design makes the X-Pro look relatively simple, but it isn't. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Professor David J. Smith
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