India :: I’m Like Whoa

March 14, 2012 | Editorial Photography

I’m currently in India on assignment for Fuji to shoot promotional photos with their new X-Pro1 camera system. Hey, why not? It’s a good gig if you can get it right? Hell yes it is. I arrived in Mumbai/Bombay already exhausted after the Dubai trip and this city amplified my senses to eleven plus one. I’ve always had a bit of a smug pride about not being intimidated by places until the hour long drive from the airport to my hotel. I hit the bed the other night afraid that I may very well have met my match. I found the place that scares the sh*t out of me. It’s completely insane here and that makes it awesome.









It’s the kids on the streets that really break my heart into one million pieces. I mean really break me down. I want to earn a billion dollars and grab them all and make a life for them.







Straight from camera.

The X-Pro1 is a Fuji X camera so I’ve said my fair share of curse words using it but then the effing @#&*!@ camera locks on and O. M. G. In the chaos that is this city I can’t even begin to explain how using this camera makes my life 500% easier because they can just about fit in a pocket and rival my 5d Mk II in image quality. Twelve hours out shooting with my x100 and X-Pro1 and I don’t even feel it at the end of the day. I can play the tourist card with these cameras and get in and get out without even thinking about my gear.

Internet is dodgy here at the hotel. If this blog post publishes I’ll be surprised. More when I can. Full post about the camera after this trip and after a three day job I head to immediately following this trip.



PS – The contrast of subjects I’m photographing on this trip does not escape me.


  • Robb said on March 14, 2012


  • Andy Fell said on March 14, 2012

    superb shots Zak – India gets in your soul and changes your life for the better – embrace the chaos

  • Robb said on March 14, 2012

    the first photo literally makes me dizzy. so good.

  • Seshu said on March 14, 2012

    When you get back and de-compress, grab Suketu Mehta’s book on Mumbai – Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found –

    You may be tempted to go back again and explore some more. Wish I were carrying your bags man. But wait, you are shooting with the Fuji cameras … so no bags … right?

  • Zack said on March 14, 2012

    @Seshu – You’re right! No bags! I’ve heard about this book. Definitely going to pick it up.


  • Jennifer Grigg said on March 14, 2012

    My daughter will be there for 3 weeks in April with a service group, like I wasn’t already worried. Great pics, BTW. I’ll tell her to look you up….;)

  • Brian Powell said on March 14, 2012

    Whoah is right.

  • Mark Gambol said on March 14, 2012

    Great stuff Zack. Your portraits are excellent. How do you go approaching these people? Are you working with them or are you approaching them and asking to take a photo. You seem to be able to capture a very personal image and I am curious of the time it take or the process you use to get them to let you photograph them.

  • Éric said on March 14, 2012

    Great pictures Zack

  • Andrew said on March 14, 2012

    That last image, Zack, is spectacular.

    How are you interacting with your subjects? Are you just asking if you can take their photo, or are you just snapping away and asking for forgiveness later?

  • Zack said on March 14, 2012

    @Andrew & @Mark – A smile goes a long, long, long way. It’s internationally accepted.

    The girl in the car, well, that’s another story. That involves an agency and some Rupees in the pocket for random taxi drivers. :)


  • Aileen said on March 14, 2012

    amazing work Zack. amazing. i can’t wait to see more through your eyes. especially the children.

  • MIke Kemp said on March 14, 2012

    That traffic’s crazy, huh? When I visited, one of our guides said he went to an aquarium once, pointed at the fish and said to his friend, “You see how they swim and never seem to bump into each other? That’s how we drive.”

  • Keri said on March 14, 2012

    No matter what camera is used that first shot is fantastic, and in the hands of a genius like you i’d expect nothing but great shots and fair play, you never disappoint !

    Keep up the good work and thanks as always for sharing with us.

  • Aaron said on March 14, 2012

    Holy smokes!

  • Matt Tyler said on March 14, 2012

    Finally a decent set of sample photos by a real photographer in the real world. Loving following your experiences of the X-Pro 1 Zack. Thanks for some honest feed back and great photos. I’ve got an itchy ‘pre-order’ finger…

  • Mats said on March 14, 2012

    X-Pro1 is looking to be an amazing camera system, closest to a digital Contax G2 so far.
    Image quality looks stunning in most of the pictures and your shots are excellent.
    Only thing I don’t like is how the high-lights behave in the slow shutter speed shots.
    They has a distinctive “digital” look that I don’t see on similar shots made on film, but that seems to be a limitation on *all* digital cameras I have seen and not specific to X-Pro1.
    I guess it’s one of the areas where sensor technology still has some room left for improvement.

  • Steve said on March 14, 2012

    That last shot is why I love the Fuji’s. The color, vibrancy, range and contrast just look amazing. As quirky as the X100 is I still find myself reaching for it all of the time. The only problem is getting my kids to stand still long enough. I’m excited to get my hands on the X-Pro.

  • Nasir Hamid said on March 14, 2012

    If you really want to get the cr@p scared out of you ask one of the maniac scooter riders to let you hop onto the back in rush hour traffic.

  • Peter Burkwood said on March 14, 2012

    Wow, looks impressive Zack. Good job!

  • Ole said on March 14, 2012

    Impressive work. The first one reminds me of one of Steve McCurry’s photos from Calcutta (

  • Howard Lucas said on March 14, 2012

    What a fabulous set of pics and what experience….thanks for posting this. It’s great to get some info on this system.

  • Anthony said on March 14, 2012

    India, home of the worlds largest SLAVE population … untouchables …

  • Christos said on March 14, 2012

    Zack amazing body of work and I’m loving what I’m seeing out of this new little Fuji. I’m curious Zack, in shoots as this do you actually have them sign a model release in native languages? I apologize if this may have been asked in the past.

  • Derek said on March 14, 2012

    That last shot looks like film. That’s a compliment :)
    Thanks for sharing the photos and such sane, human thoughts on the camera!

  • anise said on March 14, 2012

    Can’t wait to go to chaos like that. Congrats on the job.

  • Harv.! said on March 14, 2012

    “It’s the kids on the streets that really break my heart into one million pieces.”
    I know what you mean, It ‘s one of the most difficult things to take in India. A few years ago I was in Mumbai and out late one night, there were 2 or 3 year old homeless children asleep alone on the pavement outside my hotel.
    It’s a strange place India, when you leave you’ll be glad to be leaving…but I’ll bet you anything that you’ll go back. It draws you back.
    You’ve got some nice images there, enjoy the trip.

  • Ray said on March 14, 2012

    Thank god you explained the circumstances of that last picture. If you were as talented as you are, AND getting random free cameras to test, AND beautiful women started jumping into cabs you’re riding in… I’d have to start hating you a little.

    Brilliant work.

  • Tim Roper said on March 14, 2012

    Awesome photos, Zach, and they’re a big help in helping me evaluate whether to get that camera (test charts, etc, don’t really do it for me). India does cast a spell on you, and once you get back home to what will now seem like a sleepy, almost ghost-town like Atlanta, you’ll start dreaming of going back. And back, and back.

  • Tim Roper said on March 14, 2012

    Oops, I meant Zack. I knew that.

  • Raman Singh said on March 15, 2012

    Zack, one word WOW!.. i 2nd Seshu on that i would’a LOVED to have been there with you! thanks for sharing this stuff.

  • Melanie said on March 15, 2012

    I am loving these blog post documenting your trip. These images from India are AMAZING! I can’t wait to see more.

  • Mark Denman said on March 15, 2012

    Forget the camera. Who’s the girl in the back seat? I’m like, WHOA!

  • Michael Meinhardt said on March 15, 2012

    Oh my god! The last one, Zack. The last one! That shot is golden. Hate you so much right now. 😉

  • Iden Ford said on March 15, 2012

    Well, in one day I ordered your DVD and a Fuji x1 pro with a 35mm. I’m also shooting a dancer who was featured I the TorontoStar today (my shot) with an IQ 140 next month as a test run. You must be inspiring something here as your work is magic

  • Vergentino Robles said on March 15, 2012

    The girl in the car… I think I want that framed. “I’m like, WHOA!”, seconded. Waiting for more!

    – v.

  • Matt Richards said on March 15, 2012

    Make sure you visit The Leopold Cafe on Colaba Causeway! The best food and atmosphere!

  • mike said on March 15, 2012

    This is gold.

    Keep shooting,

    Keep posting.

  • Matthew Carter said on March 15, 2012

    Between you and Daniel Milnor, I swear my wife is going to pull her hair out. HAHA. My entire DSLR rig is on the way out the door along with a big ass bag. I finally got an X100 this week and can’t wait for this X-Pro 1 to release so I can add it into the mix. I figured out today that I can fit my RZ w/ a 110 2.8 + Polaroid back and one 120 back, film, x100, x-pro-1 and two lenses, notebook, extra batteries and possibly an audio recorder with phones in my old Mountainsmith shoulder/fanny pack. Have you figured out the funny head nod thing yet in India? We constantly found ourselves thinking people were asking them to follow them rather than just saying yes. Have fun. Stay safe. Your images are killing it. I’m so stoked that Fuji got someone to shoot their promo shots with some soul. Nice work, Hoss.

  • Rich said on March 15, 2012

    Hey Zack,

    Love your India pics and I’m glad u r enjoying your first time visit of India;) Can’t wait to see more!

  • Andrew McCauley said on March 15, 2012

    Wonderful pictures, Zack. The portrait of the street kid grabbed me. I think your caption sums up many people’s feelings. The great thing is that you don’t have to make billions to help kids like this – there are organizations like Compassion International and World Vision that enable you to make a huge difference in a kid’s life for not a lot of money.

  • Jordan Bush said on March 15, 2012

    Thud (sound of jaw hitting floor). Thud again (me hitting floor because I want an X100 SO BAD for photoj, but refuse to spend more money on gear). Brilliant, Zack. Glad to see the passion glowing like a lit cigar.

  • Jordan Bush said on March 15, 2012

    Also, have you considered doing a blog on advocating for social awareness for those kids? You might not have a billion dollars, but you reach people who do. I know that’s not your normal gig, but what’s it all about, really? Us, or them?

  • Erik said on March 15, 2012

    Zach- It the last image inside the car with the 18mm lens? Crazy good photo. How does the 18mm compare to the 23mm on the x100?

  • Zack said on March 15, 2012

    @Erik – That was shot with the 35mm f1.4.

  • Vic Román said on March 15, 2012

    Wow,great job like always sir.Push The X-Pro1 to the limits.

  • Bharath Ravichandran said on March 15, 2012

    Nice images! :) It’s great that you are finding interesting subjects in India. Do you plan to travel to any place other than Mumbai? I’d like to meet you if you are in a city in south India! :)


  • Gustavo Mayoral said on March 15, 2012

    I’ve been following your post for a few years now, and I’ve seen some fine pictures in your site. But the images here, holy s…! You just blew my mind away. And I’m not talking about the pixels and I really don’t care if you used an x1000 or whatever. In my mind you are truly mastering this art form. Keep it up. I am hooked now…

  • Roland said on March 15, 2012

    @Zack – Can’t wait to see your review of the XPro1 and comparison to the X100!
    Would be great if you could do an awesome video review on both of these great cameras (like you did on the PhaseONE).

    Just ordered an X100 for street photography (don’t always want to lug my DSLR around…) and hope I’ll be as pleased with it as you are. I wanted a compact and stylish body and thus chose the X100 over everything else (even the new XPro1).
    Too bad, Fuji is not making the XPro1 in the same cool silver retro look as the X100.
    You should use your connection to pitch this to them!


  • Matt Driscoll said on March 15, 2012

    Zack, just found your site (url posted on GetDpi)! Bookmarked, and, now, a daily read. Stunning photos and informative ‘blogging’. I know what you mean about that hour drive from the airport. We were in India in January, and now, I understand what ‘culture shock’ means. Looking forward to more of you posts. BTW: Also, thinking about getting the X-pro. Cheers.

  • Girish said on March 15, 2012

    Am from Mumbai. It’s so surprisingly sad that know one knows you are here. Even when Scott was down here. Nothing. When will people arrange photo-workshops in India / Mumbai.

    Nice photographs, good portraits.

  • Brian Donegan said on March 15, 2012

    Beautiful work Zack, amazing to see my hometown through your eyes.

    Great to see Mohammed in the shots too.

    A small technical question. Are you shooting Raw with these shots ? If yes, what are you using for the conversions ?

    Have a safe trip.


  • Ian said on March 15, 2012

    The kids are heartbreaking but what is even sadder…

    My brother’s tour organizer said the Indian Government requests that no charity should be given to the children. This will discourage parents deliberately crippling their children. The parents believe begging is the only way the children will ever make a living and a crippled child fares best.

  • Gerhard Egger said on March 15, 2012

    Well Zack, how things change.
    Extract from your blog post 4.July. 2011
    The Fuji x100 is the greatest digital camera ever made and may just be the greatest camera I have ever owned. You’ll have a hard damn time convincing me otherwise. I can state with confidence that this is my favourite camera I have ever owned. Period. End of story. Done. Best. Camera. EVAR. OMG. Etc. Note that I am not sponsored by Fuji, I have no relationship with Fuji, and I paid for this camera with my own money. I have nothing to gain in services, advertising, affiliations, or monetary value by writing this review.
    Looks like Fuji read your blog and gave you a nice Gig. You where pushing hard enough for it.


    Ps Love your Images.

  • Jason said on March 15, 2012

    Some gorgeous shots Zack.
    Love the first one, it sooo looks like Asia. I can almost *SMELL* the scene.
    And the last one has such a beautiful quality of light.
    It’s very presumptuous of me, but I hope you share some more.

    I’m actually looking forward to the XPro1 promo material now. :-)

    BTW – Seshu is right Bombay Maximum City is a fascinating read.

    Enjoy you gig you big shot, suksessfool comershal photographa you.
    You deserve it.

  • Zack said on March 15, 2012

    @Jason – Ha! Thanks. :)

  • Charlie J Round-Turner said on March 15, 2012

    Awesome Zack. Makes me even more cautious about when/how to plan a trip to India – and worried about how the street kids will tear my heart like yours…

  • Martin Duerr said on March 15, 2012

    Hi Zack,

    awesome images. Thanks for sharing. Like the fact that you mixed up color and b&w images, as well as pictures with and without motion. And .. you really captured the sadness in the childs face …


  • John Cooper said on March 15, 2012

    Brilliant images Zack.
    If you want your mind further blown, and your schedule allows it, head to the Ghats on the banks of the Ganges at Varanasi (Benares). That place made me feel more alien than anywhere I’ve been. Another world, another century – beautiful and awesome (in the true sense of that word).
    I’m rambling. Enjoy Mumbai while you’re there. It’s amazing too.

  • Tim Skipper said on March 15, 2012

    Awesome Zack.

    Be safe in your travels, looking forward to hearing the rest of the stories.

  • Priyanka Sachar said on March 15, 2012

    India is very vast Zack and very very diverse culturally, geographically and religiously .. so lot of colour and chaos to be captured :) If you need any help while you are here, just holler!

  • Marc Weisberg said on March 15, 2012

    Zach, stupendous dude! I’ve been looking at the Exif info from your blog posts shots and am pretty blown away at the first dizzying traffic image shot with the Xpro-1 @3200 ISO. I’m so jazzed for the release of that bad boy. I love to travel but hate hauling round my girth and weighty DSLR’s. Feel like i was in a boxing match with Pacquiao at the end of the day. One camera slung over each shoulder. And in need of a new back too. Keep the posts coming and drink only sealed bottled water and cooked food. Stay Thirsty My Friend!
    p.s. Looking forward to your Xpro-1 reveiw. :-)

  • Sunita said on March 15, 2012

    Welcome to India, Zack! Glad you love it :-) (‘foreigners’ usually love it or hate it!) – it definitely puts you on a sensory overdrive! Enjoy the rest of your stay!


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  • Nathan Jones said on March 15, 2012

    That last photo just takes my breath away. Just wonderful. If ever it is available to buy……

  • michel said on March 15, 2012

    Zack, I came across your site and blog while looking for reviews of the xpro1. Beyond enjoying your comments and photos taken with the camera, I am happy to add your site to my short list of photo sites to be reviewed on a regular basis.

    I’d like to ask a question about the xpro1 film simulation mode. Can you use those modes and still shoot raw, the way you can set white balance but still change it when processing the raw file?


  • Zack said on March 15, 2012

    @michel – Not sure as I can’t yet access the raw’s. I’m shooting RAW + jpg at the moment.

  • Brian said on March 15, 2012

    Great shots !!!! I was just wondering what film simulation do you seem to use the most on the X-Pro1? (other then B&W)

    I remember reading someplace that the camera will do film style bracketing, is this right?

    I have the camera and all three lens on pre-order. I’m counting that days/hours !!!!

    Next quarter is the new 5D Mrk III (It just never ends) :-)

  • Erik said on March 16, 2012

    Zack- how does the camera compare to the X100 in terms of focus speed and accuracy? I have read that the 18mm focuses faster than the 35mm, is that true. Also how do the JPEGS compare with the X100 at high ISOs? I have been saving for an X100, but am considering the X- Pro 1 with 18mm instead, is it worth twice the price?

  • David Moore said on March 16, 2012

    Great stuff, Zack. I’m interested in what you think of the X-Pro 1, but then I just start looking at the images as images (which is obviously the most important thing in the end anyway), and I’m loving them. Can’t decide if I like the first one or the last one more.

  • JGonzo said on March 16, 2012

    Zack, looking at that last photo, I’m forced to say some giddy fanboy kind of shit, but dude, you have a gift. There are one thousand different stories in that car, and you’re telling every single one of them. Thank you so much for sharing with this blog. I’ve been spending the last week with my mouth agape at the photos you’ve been posting and then grabbing my camera, rushing out the door, and trying to capture something in homage.

  • DAvid said on March 16, 2012

    Your x100 got sticky aprture blades right? Did they repaired it fast or do you have another one. Any word from the fuji guys on the issue?

  • Oliver said on March 16, 2012

    It is always worth seeing/visiting a place that scares the s@#t out of you – perspective and all that. What I am trying to figure out, is how to give that perspective to my kids. I am not going to travel to places like that anytime soon, but I so I want them to understand that world before we get there. Great post.

  • Eric Cullen said on March 16, 2012

    That first picture reminds me so much of Town Hall Square, Sydney.

  • Matrox said on March 16, 2012

    Great shots, especially the lady in a car. How many photos do you take every day? :)

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  • Wushi said on March 16, 2012

    Whoa! Great images Zack!
    It as really been said before by all the other comments!

    Is that a strobist umbrella with that kid??!!

  • claude etienne said on March 16, 2012

    Hi Zack,

    Beautiful pictures as always. I wanted to ask you a question regarding model releases. The pictures you are taking with the camera are for promotional purposes. Therefore, I’m assuming you had to get releases for each person you photographed since the usage for these pictures does not fall under editorial.

  • almostinfamous said on March 16, 2012

    My Fave shot is of the man with the thick glasses. Reminds me of Grandpa 😀

    Glad you enjoyed the (all to brief) sojourn to India! Hope you can make it back and maybe get to see what lies beyond Mumbai as well :)

  • Erik said on March 16, 2012

    Well, I bit the bullet and ordered a Fuji X100. I was fence-sitting waiting to hear more about the X-Pro 1 before making my decision. What it came down to was, that I really prefer the 23mm (35mm equivalent) focal length (I use the Canon 5D and 35L 99% of the time). I know that Fuji will eventually release a 23mm for the X-pro 1; but since the focus speed seems to be about the same (between the X100 and the new body) I decided not to wait. Tell Fuji that they got another sale thanks to your reviews. Cheers Mate – Thanks again for the inspiration!

  • Avishek Bhattacharya said on March 17, 2012

    Nice images. I am from Kolkata the capital of West Bengal. Will you be staying only in Mumbai or you will visit other parts of India? There are a whole lot of fascinating places to visit here. Wish you all the best for this project. Cheers. :)

  • Ale said on March 17, 2012

    Hi zack.. you are the best. What setting use prefer for x1 pro!

  • Zack said on March 18, 2012

    @Ale – I bounce through a lot of “settings” but I default to aperture priority, auto ISO, and standard film simulation mode. I use the exp comp dial a lot. I’m constantly adjusting that.


  • Broderick said on March 17, 2012

    OK now I understand what you were saying when it comes to the X-Pro — amazing shot in the car. I can’t wait to see more posts

  • Tillie said on March 18, 2012

    Zack. I can really appreciate your ability to produce amazing shots and create a story in the craziness there. You certainly have vision! My husband and I went out to dinner last night in Lagos and we struck by the contrast all around. I am working on my ability to see and capture the story here in Nigeria.Thanks for a great workshop in Dubai! Cheers, Tillie

  • don t. said on March 18, 2012

    Yes! Embrace the chaos! (Is there any other choice?)

    India was my first big trip abroad. I remember landing in Delhi and thinking “WTF am I doing here??” My first day landing in Delhi is still so vivid now — it was such a sensory overload I’ll never forget being so blown away. Equal parts fear and amazement. I can’t wait to get back there!

    Keep up the great work Zack!

  • Harv.! said on March 19, 2012

    Without going into all the technical pros and cons, just from what you felt when using the camera…did you prefer the X100 or X-Pro1 ?

  • Zack said on March 20, 2012

    @Harv – The x100 is still my favorite but the X-Pro is growing on me more each day.

  • Zachary Long said on March 19, 2012

    Wow great stuff, love it all, especially the first and last images (not that the others are too shabby either). Almost makes me want to cancel that 5D3 preorder

  • Lincoln Barbour said on March 19, 2012

    I am so envious. Congrats on such a cool assignment. Great shots, too!

  • PsiModuloQuadro said on March 19, 2012

    Is not a matter of camera…is a matter of Zack! The last one is gorgeous!

  • Andres Recinos said on March 20, 2012

    Great shots.

  • Ulas Bilgenoglu said on March 20, 2012

    Hi Zack,

    I attended your X-pro 1 launch in Dubai and ended up ordering one :) Still waiting it though. At the launch event, you mentioned that you got some shots with flash, and will be very happy if you can help me on that.
    I have 2 Canon 580s, one PW MiniTT1 for canon, and 2 FlexTT5 for Canon, I couldn’t find any information if I can use the PWs with X Pro 1 and I was wondering maybe you have some idea :) Obviously I’m not expecting to shoot in TTL, manual is fine but as I said I’m not even sure about manual.

    Also as usual your shots from India are amazing :)

    Cheers, see you back in Dubai


  • Zack said on March 20, 2012

    @Ulas – The PW’s should work. I’ve been firing my Canon mini on the X-Pro.


  • Siddharth Siva said on March 20, 2012

    Yo Zack! Well done.. you look like you totally enjoyed that trip.. awesome images btw. And take Seshu’s advice and get that book

  • Brendan Stewart said on March 20, 2012

    Awesome stuff Zach! Please take the time to visit other parts of India. Not just Mumbai… Rajasthan and the deep south Kerela are some of the real jewels of the country.

    Here are some of my pics from India (Dragging a full kit of 5DMKII and lenses in a Pelican 1510.):

  • Jonathan said on March 21, 2012

    Had an X100. Loved it. Sold it in desperation. Now I have the ability to reclaim my baby and then the X-Pro 1 came out. (sigh) I played with it and it’s cool.Love the Q menu but something keeps telling me to run back and pick up my first love. What to do…

  • Jay Nathanson said on March 21, 2012

    Zack: “@Harv – The x100 is still my favorite but the X-Pro is growing on me more each day.”

    Wow! With all the improvements of the X Pro-1 (autofocus speed, button placement, using lenses of different focal lengths, etc.), you still prefer the X100!? As someone who’s sitting on the fence with respect to the two, I’d love to know why the X100 is still your favorite. Size? Focal length? Something else?

  • are marmelade said on March 22, 2012

    hello zack, alot of good ambassador images for the X-Pro here… no doubt on that part..

    have you had any chance to try it with non XF lenses? and how is your thoughs on the manual focusing/heard anything about IF focus peaking is possible to achieve or not via FW ?

    got some M glass and i would really like to use it wisely on the XPRO but need to know just a little more before biting the new bullet 😉

    (i did have a 1 year affair with the x100 but we did split up just before the new fw…=)

  • Zack said on March 30, 2012

    @are – Not yet. The M adapter isn’t out yet.


  • Adwet Harsora said on March 23, 2012

    hey Zach.

    Really enjoy your work. Big fan.

    just wanted you to know that the first pic in your India series is about 7 minutes from where i stay!I was floored when i say it turn up on the Blog.If i had ANY IDEA that you were here, would have definately invited you over for an Indian meal at home.


  • Jay Rodriguez said on March 24, 2012

    Awesome shots Zack!
    Can’t wait to see more of your Fuji Pro images!

  • Gus said on March 25, 2012

    Zack, I would like to first compliment your work, well done!!,
    I just received delivery of my x pro 1, after reading every blog and review prior to today I wasn’t sure what to expect. I have been a professional photographer for 16 years and use the
    Hasselblad H3d and H4d system with all the fujinon lenses, as-well my canon set up 1dmiv, 5dm2, 1v,and a dozzen L lenses, and for fun a leica IIIf. I had owned a x100 for a short time, so the transition to the xpro1 was easy. After 24hrs of using this camera I am very impressed, I don’t find the AF to be all that bad,it all depends on what you focus on. The image quality is amazing but I think Fuji could of done a couple of things to make this the perfect camera, in its category
    #1 Stop the aperture chatter this is driving me crazy in out in out…in out out…
    #2 why could they not have taken the fly by wire that Fuji seems to love and calibrate it to the same turning distance as
    a manual focus lens? a short turn as apposed to three complete rotations. Personally I think for quick street photography you have to use a m adapter, a leica or CZ lens, shoot at the hip and shoot in the focus zone..I think thats the only way this camera is going to be quick.
    Anyways Zack thank you for the great images and read this is one of the sites I enjoyed during My delivery anticipation of the x pro 1.

  • Sehmuzb said on March 25, 2012

    Zack, first and last shots are fantastic. Last shot shows the power of XPro-1 sensor, so filmlike. Stop shooting B&W in India, it is the land of color :)

  • Oliver said on March 26, 2012

    Hi Zack. Lovely images with the X-Pro 1! I am truly sold on this camera. :)

    Does the X-Pro 1 have real time exposure simulation in live view?

  • Zack said on March 30, 2012

    Oliver – Yes.

  • Sundeep Singh said on March 26, 2012

    Hi Zack,
    i really like the shots you captured but my favorite shots are the 2nd and 3rd because i like these kinda compositions.
    Even i also have a series of these kinda shots from India.
    Please have a look :


  • Eitan Riklis said on March 26, 2012

    Really nice images. India is indeed a blast. Surprises just keep on coming. It’s great to have two such great cameras with you to capture it all.

  • Harri Rauhanummi said on March 27, 2012

    Like so many others here I’m also very curious how X-Pro1 compares to X100. I hope you do the review at some point. Not from a technical view point but more on how you perceive these cameras on action. I use X100 for all my street and travel photography nowadays. The recent firmware update REALLY improved AF&MF which makes X100 even better.

    Here are some of the X100 shots from my last trip to Istanbul:

  • Greg said on March 27, 2012

    Can’t wait to see the full review!!!

  • Paul Bence said on March 28, 2012

    Still loving your honesty, dedication and love for the profession. Your my hero !

  • Rob Holloway said on March 29, 2012

    Zack, love your shots and comments. Thanks! When can we expect to see some more pictures?
    You have not mentioned the aperture chatter…. does it not happen on your camera?
    On other sites ist seems to be a big deal for $2k camera

  • Raj said on March 29, 2012

    Hey Zack, are you still in India? I’m a journalist and am interested in getting in touch with you.

    Do let me know!

  • Zack said on March 30, 2012

    Raj – Nope. I was only there 3 days.


  • John McGill said on March 31, 2012

    Zack — I spent three months in India on assignment and could never get used to the place. Blows your socks off! So, you’re not alone. Great place to take photographs though. Everything is new to our Western eyes! Nice to have seen you at Gulf Photo Plus. Best, John

  • matt haines said on April 2, 2012

    Zack, your work with the Fuji X series is stunning. Makes me almost want to switch (back) to digital, just to shoot that puppy. Almost! (But not quite…) Fuji always does have a certain film-like sensibility to their high-end digital cameras, and they seem to have continued that with the X.

  • Julia said on April 3, 2012

    Zack-These shots are fantastic!!! LOVE them!!
    India is like a second home to me, isn’t it a crazy and amazing place?
    Keep up the awesome work 😉

  • Johnny Quach said on April 4, 2012

    Hi Zach,

    Was curious what settings you use on the go when you’re using your x100.

    The problem I have with it is not being able to set the iso / aperature quick enough to capture a shot I want.

    I tried auto Iso and Aperature priority mode but the camera seems to do a horrible job of auto iso.

    Any quick tips or do we just learn to get faster?

  • Zack said on April 11, 2012

    Johnny – Check out my full x100 review. (just type x100 in the search box) I write about how I have my set up.


  • Alessandro said on April 4, 2012

    Hello Dear Zack. First to all I am italian and I don’t speak very well english.. but I can try. Well I’m you big fan, I always follow you, your blog, videos and DVD workshop. I am “professional” photographer, weddings, events…. I must say that i’m very depressed some times about photography, because I always see a heavy use of photoshop in photography like to much color correction, desaturate, saturate color, aging of photographs, to much grain and more…. we are in 2012, the progress of photography continues to grow, new cameras coming out every year. So why do not we go in search of clear pictures instead of creating an old style? I think everyone can take good pictures with the help of photoshop .. and without photoshop? What do you think about this?
    Thank you, and sorry for my bad english.
    I which you can reply to me.
    Have a good work.

  • Zack said on April 11, 2012

    Alessandro. I don’t know. Folks should just leave some things alone and let photographs stand on their own in color or in B&W. I’m kind of over all the processing as well.


  • Brian Mosley said on April 4, 2012

    Hi Zack, I love your work – and hope you will achieve huge success in your photographic adventures.

    Quick question though, would you rather have an X-Pro 1 and 3 lenses, or 3 X100 successors with new sensor, fast focusing and 24mm / 35mm / 90mm equivalent fixed lenses?



  • Zack said on April 11, 2012

    @Brian – A wide and tele x100 would be awesome. With leaf shutters. Yep.


  • Martin Walter said on April 7, 2012

    Wow! – That`s just stunning + awesome! Great work, Zack Arias!

  • Jon said on April 7, 2012

    The first picture pretty much sums up my wife’s experience in India as well. She said the traffic was madness. She was in Delhi though.

  • Espencerrr said on April 8, 2012

    Alright Zach, you’re killing me here. Any idea when you’ll post about your trip and thoughts? I’m seriously waiting as I hope it will hep me decide between a daily walk around x100 or a walkable alternative to my 5dii portrait work horse.

    But ya know… whenever. 😀

  • Cate said on April 8, 2012


    Did you find yourself using the 18mm or the 35mm more while in India? I have the 50 1.4 on my Mk2 now and I LOVE the quality of the images but sometimes it’s just not quite wide enough if the subject is close to me, although it is my go-to lens when traveling because it’s lighter.


  • Cate said on April 8, 2012

    I did just see on your Dubai post that you say the 35 is “the” lens to have with the xpro1 in your opinion… so if you have a differing opinion regarding the chaotic life in India, please answer when you get the chance… otherwise… I know the answer now :)


  • Gary said on April 9, 2012

    Really loved your workshop, i value your opinion, just wondering if you will be coming out with your review of the x-pro1 soon,?

  • Joanna said on April 9, 2012

    The photo of the boy with the crutches brings me to tears.
    I can’t wait to hear your full review, and maybe a little compare/contrast with the x100 too? 😉

  • David said on April 9, 2012

    These are stunning, I am still shooting with the preproduction version and can’t wait to get the final version. As time goes on I feel drawn to the 18mm lens more and more. I just can’t pick a winner in the lenses yet. I dabbled with a bit of street work in London when I was over and the X-Pro1 was the perfect system. Hooked.

  • Zack said on April 11, 2012

    Thanks David. For me I’m all about the 35. Really not loving the 60 at all. I’m wondering if my copy wasn’t quite ready for release. It’s like tapping a maple tree for sap in January.


  • Marc Weisberg said on April 9, 2012

    Zack, bring on the Leica uhhh I mean the Xpro-1 reviews. I’m going through Pavlovian withdrawls dude. Just BRING IT!

  • Pious said on April 12, 2012

    I can’t believe myself! I followed your blog from donkey years, but just as some work had me tied up I couldn’t, AND THATS WHEN I MISSED TO READ THAT YOU WERE IN INDIA, IN BOMBAY!! Arghhh!!!

    Just can’t stop beating myself!

  • brian rickey said on April 13, 2012

    These are just so good and really show off your talent and what the camera can do.

  • David Aelbrecht said on April 19, 2012

    Hey Zack,

    First of all sorry for my bad english! 😉 I am french speaking! 😉
    Just to tell you great images!! Natural & real! Just the images of life…images that speaking!
    Most of the time the 18mm or 35mm on you Xpro 1? (if you use only 1 camera)
    Best regards
    David from Brusseles Belgium

  • gurung said on May 8, 2012

    Fan of your style of work and sense of humor. Didnt know you were here in Mumbai. Else I would have been glad to assist you for things. I have worked with the model in the last shot “in the car”. Gabriella she is ..I guess. Cheers !!

  • Heather said on May 28, 2012

    my roommate at the time asked me when I traveled to India, “why would you want to vacation there, it’s like the gateway to hell.” (I should add that she was born in the Philippines. I had an amazing time there, and some of the images I was able to capture are still my favorite to this day. Nothing better than shooting on the street with no traffic lanes, motorcycles, cows, taxi cab madness, cars and perpetual honking! Glad you got to experience it first hand.

  • Zack said on May 29, 2012

    @Heather – Yes! I agree!


  • Clueless Wanderer said on May 31, 2012

    Hey man, ive had the pain/pleasure to drag a DSLR around an Indian summer for 2 months. I feel for you and i also resent you. I WANNA GO BACK :-( …:-)
    Photography subject matter? You cant release the shutter fast enough huh? ..As your composing in one direction a thousand other ‘moments’ have flitted by behind you. How awesome are the people? Most visitors don’t fully appreciate India until after they have left, You can’t! Its just so in your face. I LOVE IT. ..Oh yeah, nearly forgot. Just want to say that your work is amazing. However ts your personality and style of humour coming through in the blog’s that have me coming back over and over.

  • Dion soehartono said on June 1, 2012

    Hi Zack, great photos i love it, may i ask you a question? With the BW portrait photo of the old man, which lens were you using and what arperture? Thanks alot

  • Zack said on June 4, 2012

    @Dion – That was the 35mm. Can’t remember which specific aperture and I don’t have those files with me right now. Prolly in the range of 2.8 or larger.


  • Derek Anson said on June 16, 2012

    Fantastic work Zack.

  • dion soehartono said on June 19, 2012

    i see thanks zack, i can never get this kind of shot… i meant with the bokeh, maybe the aperture is to big, because the nose is always out of focus.. only the eyes were focus. i will try again.. thanks again Zack…

  • Charuteiro said on July 26, 2012

    Hey Zack, Great Blog, Photos and Videos. I really enjoy them and always gain from your insight, expertise and experiences. Thank you!

    Question: What is the wireless attachment on your X Pro1 shown in Mumbai Video Part 3 (2:25)?

    Thanks again.

  • Zack said on July 26, 2012

    A PW Plus 2. Took a little flash. Never used it.

  • Gunston said on October 1, 2012

    how many battery pack that you need to shoot for the whole day with X-Pro1?

  • Zack said on October 2, 2012

    @Gunston – 2 batteries usually keep me going all day. I have a third on hand just in case.


  • Nayeem Modan said on January 10, 2013

    Love the last shot. Great work. Zack.

  • Vivah Moments said on March 10, 2016

    Amazing pictures..loved all of them..Great work!

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