I am really thrilled and lucky that I got a pre-production X-Pro1 with 18mm, 35mm and 60mm lenses and the flash model no (forgot the name as I didn't use it) to test. I am not an expert in terms of evaluating a camera and photographs technically, so this is going to be a user experience review. Back story: A friend of mine was posting images from the X-Pro1 on his facebook page. I commented on a couple of them and offered (I was joking) to take it off his hands as he was not happy about certain features when compared to his X100. This happened couple of days back and when I logged into facebook yesterday, I had a message from Mahesh Shantaram. Mahesh is a famous photographer in India, who does subjective documentary photography. More about him here: Mahesh Shantaram / Photographer / Bangalore, India. He asked me if I would be interested in testing out the X-Pro1 and it was a too good an offer to refuse. Mahesh was one of the few photographers who was given a pre-production X-Pro1 to give his views and he has been generous to pass it on to other enthusiasts like me to get a feel of the camera, even before the rest of the world gets it in their hands. So, after exchanging couple of messages, I decided to pick it up from him in the evening. He didn't have it as he had given it to someone else to test it out so I met the other friend and got the camera in my hands. Initial Impression: As soon as I got the camera with the three lenses and a flash, it felt so light. And that statement from a micro four thirds user says a lot. But, I did notice that the paint had worn off on the lens hood and the digit "8" on the 18mm also has lost some paint. The camera looks slightly cheap with the plastic on the front, almost toy camera like. But, the cheapness ends there. The fujinon lenses are a pleasure to hold and the metallic hoods give them an extra edge. Even though I had previously not liked the Panasonic GF-1 (because of the range finder like styling), this one felt just right in my hands. I fell in love with it when I held it in my hands. The button layout is very good. Everything is accessible without putting in extra effort, including the small button/lever to switch between EVF and OVF. I really liked the fact that the lenses have an aperture ring. The two dials on the top of the camera which can be used to set shutter speed and change exposure compensation are placed very well. These things matter a lot and am really glad that Fuji has decided to go with this design. The menu is straight forward, and I really didn't struggle much as the layout is similar to what I have seen on my Panasonic G1. There's a "Q" (Quick menu) button that brings up a ton of options that I can use the thumb wheel to change the values if necessary. Image Quality: We've already seen the various images from the internet that show how good the camera and the lenses are. I was quite impressed with high ISO shots as the noise was hardly visible. There's another DR option that I am yet to explore, but with the limited time I have with it, I doubt I'll get a chance to test it out. Will upload photographs later as I want to spend more time taking photographs with it rather than processing them :smile:. The RAW (.RAF) files can be opened only in Raw Therapee or Silkypix for now. I use Silkypix to open the RAW files and export it to .tiff and then use other software to make all changes. Auto Focus (The Big Question): I'll be honest, I hated AF on it. It could be because this one is a pre-production model but I hope Fuji gets it right in their production model. There are three modes called S (Single Focus), C (Continuous) and M (Manual Focus), which can be set using a small button located at the front. When the camera is set in S mode, you can half press the shutter button and it locks the focus, press it completely to make an exposure. But, the camera hunts quite a bit to focus. Mahesh has given me an alternative approach which seems faster. He has asked me to leave the camera in M mode and upon pressing the AE-L/AF-L, the camera engages auto focus even though it is in MF mode. Somehow, using this method is faster than directly using the auto focus. Another thing to note here is that the camera's EVF/LCD "freeze" or do not refresh if you move the camera while trying to auto focus. The EVF/LCD come back to life only after the focusing mechanism is dis-engaged by the camera. So, if I half press the shutter button in "S" mode and move the camera, the EVF/LCD does not refresh and this can cause some lag and a lot of irritation. This was never the case in my Panasonic G1 as both the LCD and EVF are very very responsive. When in "M" mode, the camera's display shows the distance meter which is a nice touch, but as it is "fly-by-wire" focusing mechanism, it takes a while to get used to it. I am kinda used to it because micro four thirds also has similar lenses. There's a macro mode on the camera to shoot close-ups if need be. But, even with all these quirks, there's something about this camera that makes me want to go back to it. It just feels right in my hands and slows me down for the right reasons. Misc Stuff: There are many more things like Exposure bracketing using aperture or ISO, in-camera multiple exposure blending, setting the DR etc that I am yet to explore. I doubt I'll be too interested to do it as I really want to go out and test this camera to my heart's content. Conclusion: I love this camera. If I had the money ($3-$4k), I'd buy this camera without a second thought along with some nice Leica lenses (I'll probably be able to buy only one lens though). The IQ is top notch, ISO performance is excellent and there's nothing more I could ask for. Yeah, the AF is a bit of a let down, but I am sure Fuji will work these out before releasing the camera to the market. The X-Pro1 will definitely give Leica a run for its money when Fuji comes out with the Leica M mount adapter. The Kipon adapters for Contax G etc are already out on ebay, it'll only take a while before we see M mount adapters for X-Pro1. I can't wait to get out of work and go out to shoot . Please let me know if there are any queries or questions that you have or if you want me to test a particular feature, I'll try and oblige before I give the camera to the next friend in line on Friday. Also, all the above views are purely based on my experience and are not Mahesh's experiences/views. I'll add photos to this thread in a few days.