Travelling with Fujifilm X-Pro 2, Thailand part 1: Hua Hin Pier.

Recently I spend three weeks in Thailand. About two of them in Hua Hin. This trip to Thailand was the first time I would really try out my new Fujifilm X-Pro 2. As some might remember I wrote a X-Pro 2 first impression review which you can read HERE. But this three week trip really gave me a chance to get to know the camera's strenght ... and weakness. And the lenses. I think it will be too long a post to write about the whole Thailand trip in one go. So I will split it up. 

The Hua Hin pier

Fujifilm X-Pro 2 + XF 35mm f/2.0 WR at ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/1400 sec. Classic Chrome simulation

The Hua Hin Pier is a place where fishing boats come in to unload their cargo, and many people, both locals and tourists go there for a relaxing morning or afternoon walk. And some locals go there for fishing, either with a fishing rod or a net.

Above the pier is seen from the south, with your back to the Hua Hin Hilton hotel. I used the XF 35mm f/2 lens. It's weather resistant, which is a good thing. It's rainy season now in Thailand, and an occasional shower during the day was not uncommon. Also, because I spend some time on the beach taking photos, I was afraid of sand and dust too. The 35mm f/2 was on my camera much of the time in Thailand.

Fujifilm X-Pro 2 + XF 35 f/2.0WR at ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/250sec. 

Fujifilm X-Pro 2 + XF 35mm f/2.0WR, ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/350sec

One of the local boys out with his fishing net. I love the new black and white Acros film simulation on the X-Pro 2. I shoot in raw and I use Lightroom and the Acros camera calibraton to get the result I want. Why not black and white Jpeg straight from the camera? Well, I liked the above picture better in color actually, but I didn't know until I tried it in Lightroom. So... I like having that freedom in post production, and the Lightroom version of Acros gives me what I want. With more raw data to work with.

Fujifilm X-Pro 2 + XF 35mm f/2.0WR, ISO 200 f/5.6, 1/125 sec

Sorting and checking the catch. On a picture like this above I hung around long enough to make them stop noticing me. When I first stopped there, everybody turned and looked at me and my camera, put up nice smiles and all. But that was not what I wanted. So I stayed around for about 5-7 minutes or so. And then they didn't care any more about me. 

Fujifilm X-Pro 2 + XF 35mm f/2.0WR, ISO 200 f/4.0, 1/125 sec

This lady didn't care at all, not about me, not about my camera, not about anything I guess...  :) I never tried smiling at her, for some reason....  

I found that the X-Pro 2 and the new XF 35m f/2.0WR was a perfect combo! The autofocus on the X-Pro 2 seems very fast, and it's fastest with the newest lenses, with the 35mm f/2.0 being the fastest one. It seems pretty much instant. Also, the face recognition focus worked very well most of the time. 

Fujifilm X-Pro 2 + XF 90mm f/2.0WR, ISO 200 f/4.0, 1/420 sec

I had other lenses with me as well. Just before I went on my trip I bought the XF 90mm f/2.0WR lens, which I used for the shot above. Not the kind of lens anyone would think of street photography lens, but wow - this lens is so sharp! It focuses very fast too. I used more than I had thought originally.

Fujifilm X-Pro 2 + XF 90mm f/2.0WR, ISO 200 f/2.0, 1/400 sec

A local lady fishing. I wasn't really sure if I would bring the XF 90mm f/2.0WR at all on this trip. But I'm glad I did. I didn't use it all that much, but it had its use.

Fujifilm X-Pro 2 + XF 35mm f/2.0WR, ISO 800, f/2,8, 1/950 sec.

Well, not exactly from the Hua Hin pier, but outside a restaurant close by. It seemed most people in Hua Hin didn't mind being photographed. And if I gave them a smile, and pointed at my camera most people gave a smile back. But it was hard to take candid photographs, it seemed like the Thai people could spot you with your camera from a km away... 

Fujifilm X-Pro 2 + XF 35mm f/2.0WR, ISO 200, f/4, 1/640 sec

I guess the 90mm gave me a chance to take photos of people without being noticed - except by the dog...

I guess this is all for now. I will post more in the days and weeks to come from Thailand. Some night shots, some shots from a local market in small town a long way from any tourists, some shots from a temple, and... well lots of stuff. Stay tuned!