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I have a friend who insists that you have to use the viewfinder in order to be considered a “real” photographer — and I beg to differ.

What I love about Fuji is their ability to preview live film simulation on the LCD, and to someone who mainly does photojournalism like me, the ability to discreetly capture life as it unfolds is critical. I don’t want to disturb or annoy my subjects with big, intimidating lenses and loud shutter noise.

That is when the Fuji X-Pro2 comes into play. The small size of the camera itself, paired with a line up of wonderful Fuji glasses, makes great companion on a photography expedition.

On my trip to Japan, in terms of Fuji gear, I only bought the X-Pro2 and FX 35mm f2. The 35mm ASP-C prime lens (50mm equivalent) was perfect for capturing street life and landmarks, even though I admit it was not ideal for wide landscape. But hey, that Fuji-san photo was captured with a Fujinon 35mm (see what I did there?).

I mainly used the Astia simulation, with Sharpness +2. The photos came out perfect with vivid colours and snappy focus. The temperature was sometimes a bit off under yellow light, but it can be adjusted in post-production. And the best thing was most of the time, my subjects were not aware that they were being photographed — which meant their expressions would be more natural and not acted out.

The only question remains in, what’s next for street photography — after the Fuji 35mm?

Photo and text by Trinh Le.

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