The Fuji X-Pro 2 camera has been a long time coming – and this is not at all a comprehensive review, but more a first, slightly over-excited preview.

And I don’t generally get excited about hardware. But just occasionally a product emerges which is genuinely extraordinary. In this case, a camera which is the natural successor to my much-loved film cameras of the past…the Voigtlander R2, Mamiya 7 II and Leica M6 TTL. All of which I sold, then cried, and then swore I’d always get another rangefinder.

Rangefinders aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. If you want to blaze away at 5 frames-a-second or use long, heavy zoom lenses, they ain’t for you. But ever since I got my R2 I’ve been hooked. I love the small, clean design. The tiny, fast, fixed primes. The unobtrusive, near silent shutter. The frame lines that allow you compose with thought.

Photographing weddings, portraits or documentary work (including for commercial clients) invariably means I use my big heavy DSLRs with big heavy lenses. They are practical, efficient tools. They work.

But now I can hang this small, silent black box around my neck and pick off the occasional moment with it.

Thank you to the lovely bride Emma who was the test model on her wedding day for the X-Pro 2. This is one of my favourites and I know one of hers too.

More to follow on the Fuji X-Pro 2….