How To Optimize X-Pro 1 for Street Photography


While the X-Pro 1 remains on of the most beautiful and inconspicuous digital cameras on the market, there are still a few aesthetic features that can be distracting when trying to stay as stealthy as possible. I instantly noticed upon unboxing that the white on black lettering on the camera was very “out there” like it had bleached teeth. I realized there was something that needed to be done.

IMG_9985             After searching around I ordered Birchwood Casey’s Super Black Touch Up Pen in flat black. It matched the Fuji’s finish well and most importantly a q-tip of isopropyl should remove the pens marking. If you are worried it may decrease the value, it’s your choice . I received the pen through amazon and got to work. Taking the camera, I cleaned of all of the oils and debris I had hanging around. I then shook up the pen and started depressing the pen on a sheet of paper until I saw the paint coming through.  This does take a minute or so; be patient. I had a paper towel on hand a put a layer of the paint over the area, more than I needed so that it was completely filling the indentations on the shutter dial. I let this dry for around 2 minutes and then wiped of the excess paint. Just repeat this and once you get to the lens be very careful you don’t put to much as it might get into the interior mechanics. Thats a NO-NO.

IMG_9982      Although the picture may contradict me, you’ll be left will a stealthy camera and you will still have functions of the controls in available light. I highly recommend this to anyone with a black camera for street photography. Enjoy!

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3 thoughts on “How To Optimize X-Pro 1 for Street Photography

  1. Too be honest, I never gave thought to the white lettering on my XP1 and I have yet to after nearly a year been stopped and inquired about it. Now, the X100 on the other hand is a different story.

    Even then, when asked about it, it is if it is a Leica. As so as being spotted shooting with either camera, I still find the silver X100 goes unnoticed more than the black XP1. I have several theories on this, but no concrete proof as to why one gathers attention over the other. Regardless both are more stealthy than trying to do street with a D3s and a 24-70 or 70-200 f/2.8.

    But, I digress. Looking at the image above, it looks like everything was blacked out but the Fn button.

  2. Thanks for the read! The lettering on the Fuji drove me crazy from the get go and because I shoot aperture priority for the most part so I didn’t mind the shutter dial being less distinct. I tend to lean towards the X100 in terms of design. For the Pro1, it tends to remind me of the Contax G2, though I would rather have an M-ish design. I liked the interchangeable lenses and better sensor but I might consider the X100s in a year or two.
    Scratch it. By then they’ll release full frame compacts at sub 1000 dollars, haha! Cheers!

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