Guinness Store Visit - Using the FujiFilm X-Pro 2
All too often we neglect to take time out of our busy schedules and take some downtime, I am certainly guilty of this, so I outsourced some work and recently visited the Guinness Storehouse, St. James Gate, I had wanted to visit it for some time but had never taken the time to visit the home of the 'Black Stuff' in the heart of Dublin and a weekend off work and my birthday seemed like a very opportune moment to visit. As a wedding photographer weekends off are a rare commodity but I brought along my FujiFilm X-Pro 2 to take a few photos along the way, I had been mostly using the FujiFilm X-T2 and had just recently updated the firmware on the X-Pro2 so it was a good chance to put it to the test.
On the walk up to St. James Gate we marvelled at the beauty of the city, at one point I was passing a very narrow alley and spotted a man washing a horse down with water, it struck me as a very contradictory sight, something so simple planted in the middle of a busy city and it gave me a very natural scene to test the dynamic range of the X-Pro 2 and it handled it very well with minimal editing required, the shadow detail is superb.
We had pre-booked tickets online with bookings.com and opted for the skip the line tickets which proved to be a good shout as the queues were quite lengthy both inside and outside the storehouse and this meant more time to explore and take photos.
The journey begins at the bottom of the world's largest pint glass and continues up through seven floors filled with interactive experiences that fuse the long brewing heritage with Ireland's rich history. At the top, you'll be rewarded with a pint of perfection in the world-famous rooftop Gravity Bar.
You make your way through several floors with many areas of interest including the brewing story, the world of advertising, Cooperage Transport & The Arthur Guinness Story. I tried a couple of long exposures on the water on the way up but really should have been using a tripod but the X-Pro 2 took it well and I has happy enough with the outcome and the colours & detail at the faster shutter speeds were excellent.
It was fascinating to see the history of Guinness and has it is brewed, stored, transported and advertised. The FujiFilm X-Pro 2 handled the low light really well and the AF focusing speed is incredibly good and with the smallest of single point AF points it makes picking out the point of interest a very quick process.
The X-Pro 2 form factor really is a winner, I could negotiate the busy storehouse without standing out too much and the ease of use and portability is a definite positive for this camera, although a little bigger and heavier than the X-T2 - its still much lighter than a DSLR and I spotted a few people checking it out, probably because its super retro looking and looks like an old film camera, but super charged with technology.
The X-Pro 2 is a joy to use and I use it in a professional capacity as well as for downtime. The FujiFilm colours and the sharpness straight out of camera are something special. Once you get to understand how the FujiFilm X-Trans files handle you can really start to push the boundaries.
The Guinness Storehouse Tour concluded with a magnificent pint of the Black Stuff in the Gravity Bar and a panoramic view of the fair city of Dublin and a walk to the inner city for some birthday drinks.
In conclusion I can recommend two things, one - visit the Guinness Storehouse at some point in your life, its truly worth a visit. Secondly FujiFilm make awesome cameras and really listen to their users and care about the user experience and this latest realm of firmware updates for the X-T2 + X-Pro 2 really show that..