Interview: The Most Comprehensive Guide on the X-Pro2

Tony Phillips is an author, photographer, pilot, teacher, and lecturer, and has a long-standing passion for photography. To date he has 8 published books on photography. Four on Fujifilm X cameras and lighting. All are available on the following website.

He is recommended by MirrorLessons as one of 6 Authors of Mirrorless Camera Manuals Whose Books You’ll Actually Enjoy Reading. He conducts photographic seminars on the fundamentals of digital photography through to advanced lighting.

I reached out to Tony with some questions to learn more about his latest book – “The Complete Guide to Fujifilm’s X-Pro2“, in which he examines the highly anticipated camera to form a detailed 545-page guide.

Can you tell us about yourself and how long you have you been using Fujifilm X-Series cameras for?

Over the years I’ve been a teacher, businessman and entrepreneur. I started shooting film in high-school, using an SLR as a school photographer. This ongoing passion has led me to writing books to help people understand photography and their equipment – so they shoot the kinds of pictures they are interested in.

I dipped my toe in the water with the Fujifilm X-E1. The first Fujifilm X camera I really fell in love with was the X100S. It’s difficult for people who have never shot Real High Speed sync with a leaf-shutter lens to understand why X100 cameras are so magical.

A preview of what’s covered in the X-Pro2 Guide

When you write a detailed guide that covers a camera what are the steps you like to take to ensure all content is accurate?

Accuracy is essential in a book like this, and is a significant part of the undertaking. I handle a camera quite a bit over many months during the writing process. So it’s safe to say I become quite familiar with it. I read available Fujifilm information – including the manual and test everything I say. I sometimes ask questions of Fujifilm to seek clarification of technical details, and I have proof-readers who are Fujifilm (X-Pro2) photographers. In this book, for instance, I requested information from Fujifilm to cross-check my explanation of the new Depth-Of-Field Scale setting.

When the entire work is completed, I read, edit and test everything – every setting, suggestion and idea – to ensure nothing is missed and my explanation is complete and clear. I usually write the opening introductory chapters last.

What is the biggest stand out feature (or your favorite feature) of the Fujifilm X-Pro2 that you have been able to uncover?

I’ve shot with many cameras, so this is actually a tough question.

What people mostly ask me is what “hidden” features I discovered. And after handling the camera so much, I usually feel it is all pretty straight forward. Handle it for a while, and the X-Pro2 is an easy camera to use.

Since I am a photographer, I value image quality, then camera handling. The notable features for me are IQ, speed, and the hybrid viewfinder. I also like the new menu structure and customisations which help streamline shooting workflow.

Technically I’m impressed the bump to 24MP comes without added noise. It might not be obvious to people, but that is quite a feat!

A preview of what is covered in the X-Pro2 Guide

In what formats can people view the X-Pro2 guide and is the guide interactive?

The X-Pro2 book is available in PDF, .MOBI, and .EPUB electronic formats and print on demand B&W and Colour printed books. Whichever format a customer buys entitles them to the electronic formats if they send their receipt (as proof of purchase) to the publisher. Instructions are in the book.

The electronic formats are all internally hyperlinked, and the PDF has an extended index and hyperlinked table of contents.

Based on your own experience, is there a particular piece of content that Fujifilm instruction manuals may lack?

The manual does a reasonable job outlining camera settings. It’s tough to cover everything in detail without writing a huge book.

Can you make any suggestions about how Fujifilm could improve their instruction manuals for X Series cameras?

I’ll be cheeky here, and say give everyone my book

But seriously, the manual has a logical structure. Hyperlinked PDF versions are always welcome.

A preview of what is covered in the X-Pro2 Guide

When you talk to other Fujifilm users who have purchased your guides, what has been the best feedback you have received?

I receive lots of great feedback ranging from suggestions, questions, and occasionally a typo. What I mostly get is people telling me how much the book has helped improve their understanding and use of the camera in the pursuit of their photography. People often comment on the accessible style – which is something I aim for.

Here’s just a few from X-Pro2 owners since the launch:

“The book is really (can’t put it down) really great … such a relief to find a friendly conversational style of writing. I have used the X-Pro2 professionally and for recreation… I’m still fine-tuning how I use it, and I find it most informative to cross check how I use the Camera with the recommendations in the book.” – Roland Herrera

“Just want to let you know that I’m finding your new X-Pro2 ebook extremely helpful, and this after using my X-Pro2 camera for 3 1/2 weeks in Europe. Finding all kinds of helpful info on settings, etc. Thanks for writing it.” – Chris Morrow

“Thanks for the dedicated book. It’s really enjoyable and helpful.” – Hidenori Yamada

“This is a very well put together guide book, and I’ve read a ton of them in my time! Excellent!” – Steve MacDonald

A preview of what is covered in the X-Pro2 Guide


Typically, how long does it take you to create a detailed guide, and did you face any challenges when creating the X-Pro2 guide?

This varies. This is my fourth Fujifilm-specific book. The first took 7 months. This last one came in at just over four.

The typical challenge is the long developmental lead time, and of course it’s a solo effort. That’s a long time to spend without an income.

If you are interested in obtaining Tony’s X-Pro2 guide then you can pick up your own copy for $26.45 USD. Over the coming weeks it will also be listed on Amazon, iTunes and other eBook outlets so stay tuned.

Author: Leigh Diprose

Leigh works at Fujifilm Australia as a Direct Market Communications Specialist. He is an experienced photographer and blogger who enjoys sharing his extensive imaging knowledge with photographers around the world. To learn more about Fujifilm Australia's products visit

10 thoughts on “Interview: The Most Comprehensive Guide on the X-Pro2”

  1. Emilio Pasquale Photography – North Las Vegas – Emilio Pasquale does not exist. He is a figment of an overactive imagination, a young man trapped in an old man’s body! A product of the sixties, he survived the Summer Of Love in San Francisco and the business world of New York City before divorce and ill parents led him to Las Vegas, where he now resides in contented retirement. I am he and he is me. I am happily remarried to Melinda, commonly called Lynn (or babe, or dear, or milady- which she prefers). We have a large extended family with 10 children- all thankfully grown. Educated in the arts, I have recently returned to my first love- photography. I shoot mostly landscapes in and around the southwest United States with occasional forays to parts further east and west. The name Emilio Pasquale is derived from my grandfather Emilio, and my uncle Pasquale. They, and my grandmother Maria, landed at Ellis Island around 1917. My father was born in Brooklyn, as was the rest of the clan. The family originated in Fontanarosa, a small town about 1 hour east of Naples, Italy. They settled in New York state. More specifically Brooklyn. As the children grew, married, and had children of their own, they settled in different parts of the Country. Though I was born in Brooklyn, I grew up in Southern California and now reside in the south-west United States. I first picked up a camera to document my passion for the land and the effects of the weather, the way the sun can bleach the color from the earth, when I was only 17. To document my travels I use a digital camera, but I feel the lack of texture we had with analog cameras decreases the effect I am going for. So I add and play in Lightroom and Topaz Studio. I have no argument with people who want a reproduction of what the camera sees, without manipulation of any kind. But with every choice you make; the type of lens, the use of filters, the aperture, or the setting of the camera, aren’t you manipulating the image? Therefore, I reproduce an image with whatever is at my disposal, so that the viewer can see what I want them to see. Sometimes the titles of the photos might seem arbitrary, or even meaningless . But in my mind I have quotes to accompany each, and this is where the title comes from. Thank you. I hope you enjoy.
    Emilio Pasquale says:

    This interview was great. Thanks. I just ordered his book for the X-T1.

  2. Book is excellent, if you order the printed copy from lulu shipping is a long long wait. I am waiting here (Germany) for the 3rd week and counting… Yes, there is express shipping but very expensive. 🙁

    1. Hi Bernd,
      I’m glad you like the book.
      Purchase of printed books entitles you to the electronic formats. Just send your lulu receipt to the publishers at friedmanarchives. They’ll send you download links, and the waiting is over!

  3. I have had Tony’s X-T1 book for some time now. I anticipate buying the X-T-2 as soon as possible. Would the X-Pro2 book have enough new information applicable to the X-T2 to justify buying it rather than wait for the X-T2 book in several months?

    1. Leigh Diprose – Leigh works at Fujifilm Australia as a Direct Market Communications Specialist. He is an experienced photographer and blogger who enjoys sharing his extensive imaging knowledge with photographers around the world. To learn more about Fujifilm Australia's products visit
      Leigh Diprose says:

      Hi Ben,

      Yes, Tony is planning on releasing a guide on the X-T2 very shortly.


      Leigh Diprose
      Fujifilm Australia

  4. Excellent and clear information that makes the fujifilm first timer a joy of experience. Waiting for the XT2 edition to be able to understand the mumbo jumbo manual of the manufacturer. Please!!!!!

  5. I purchased a copy soon after buying my X Pro2. It has been invaluable. Easy to understand, covers everything, and offered additional support in the form of access to the color pictures ( I bought the paper, B&W version) and Flash book. I’d venture to say it is an essential buy!

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