My de facto camera for stock is the Nikon D7000, and with the release of the Fuji X-Pro 1, I researched as to whether it would be a viable (and lighter) alternative to my pre-existing system.
The forums seemed to be filled with haters and lovers of the X-Pro 1. Those who did not like it blasted its AF, its battery life, initial lack of RAW support by Adobe, and a variety of other things. Those who loved were enamored with the quality of its images, and the fact that it liberated them to shoot more.
Fortunately, a local rental shop brought it several units, and I put myself in the queue to bring home the body and its (for now) three primes for a long weekend. I had previously been acquainted with the X100, and the user interface of the X-Pro 1 was supposed to be improved. It was.
Unfortunately the initial version of the firmware prevented me from falling it love with it, and I returned the unit and lenses and continued using my D7000. Recently however, I received news that a new version of the firmware had been released for the X-Pro 1, and the forums were singing praises of it. This also showed that Fuji had been listening to feedback from its users.
This time however, I shelled out cold hard cash for the body and the 35/F1.4 lens, and set up to answer the question in the title.
To my delight, the answer was a resounding YES! A quick walk-about during lunch around my work area gave me an indication what this puppy was capable of. Here are the first three published and approved by here (I've got a few more in the review pipeline):
I believe the X-Pro 1 is more than suited for stock, just as well as art or fashion, not for sports though. In terms of image quality it delivers professional results. It is only a matter of personal preference, since not everyone likes the camera's handling and interface, although i'm pretty sure one would get used to it and love it within a couple of hours hands on.
There are two separate issues. Picture quality and easy of use. Most non P&S newer cameras meet the picture quality requirements, at least for situations where there is enough light, which should be the case for stock photos. Easy of use depends on each one's photography style and how much is one willing to fiddle with the machine. Only you can tell if Fuji X-Pro 1 meets your needs and you enjoy working with it.
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