19
Apr
2014

miXed zone: Why Fuji is better than Leica, SanDisk UHS-I vs UHS-II, X-T1 reviews and more!

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So I’m not the only one who reads (well, actually writes on) Fujirumors while slurping his morning coffee. Urang Nata shared this image on the facebook wall (X-E2, 35mm f/1.4). And if you also have some favorite images to share, or simply would like to see what other X-shooters produce with their cameras, feel free to stop by the facebook wall and like the images. The most liked pics will be featured in the next X-shooter facebook zone.

Please note that, once you click on this link, you may not be able to see all the images shared on the FR-facebook wall by X-shooters. This is due the fact that facebook randomly selects older images. Make sure to see them all by selecting the month where you want the photostream to start. Then simply scroll down to see all images and comments.

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MIXED ZONE

Fujifilm X-T1 and SanDisk UHS-II
Amazon, Adorama, DigitalRev, J&R, Canon USA, B&H, eBay

- SanDisk 16GB Extreme Pro 280MB/s SDHC UHS-II with Fuji X-T1 (Quick Review) at the-owl.co.uk: “The results were: SanDisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s SD HC I Card = 14 seconds (approximately), SanDisk 16GB Extreme Pro 280MB/s SDHC UHS-II = 9 seconds (approximately)“.

- Eivind Røhne told me via FR-twitter page: “Fujifilm makes life miserable for us EVF haters with viewfinders as good as this! Field test of the X-T1 here“.

- Fuji X-T1 ‘wet review’ at Songkran in Hong Kong at f8photography: “Again, as per my original blog post which is linked here as full review of the Fuji X-T1, I can only really say good things about it, if you are looking to buy in to the Fuji system, now is the time, this is easily their best yet, well done Fuji, finally its hit the nail on the head for this format.”

- Hello Fuji X-T1, Bye-Bye NEX-7 at doppler-photo.net: “All told, I’m really happy, and looking forward to shooting lots more stuff with this sucker. Whee! :o) ”

- Fuji X-T1 Review at peterlangfelder: “Even though the Fuji X-T1 is not anywhere near perfect (if there is a such thing as a perfect camera for me), I enjoy using this camera very much, period. Look at it this way, I have taken over 6000 exposures in just one month (and I didn’t go on any kind of vacation). This tells you how much I like it. I take it everywhere with me. It has become a part of me. I hope this is not just some kind of temporary excitement from buying a new camera; rather I hope to continue using this camera as often as when I first bought it, taking my photography skills to new heights faster than ever before.”

- Fuji X-T1 (+ 56 f/1.2) review part 2 at karlbratbyphotographer: “The X-T1′s size and the ability to put a whole system in a small discreet bag is a God send for me and many other pros around the globe, it may not have the same image quality of the full frame camera (but not far off), it may have issues with other things compared to a mirrored camera, full frame or not, the question should be. Is it good enough? And my answer to that is a big fat YES, I would happily use the X-T1 for everything but the most exacting of my work, and coming from me, a total nit picking anal perfectionist, that is saying something and for those that know me will know, I never lie, I tell it like it is, I often upset people with my honesty and frankness, but like I’ve said before I’m old school, if its rubbish I will say its rubbish.”

- Hot Gear & Review: Fuji X-T1 (Podcast starting from minute 26) at photofocus.

- Fujiflm X-T1 podcast at thedigitalstory.

- Fujifilm X-T1, De Nikko a Misaki in Spanish here (translation).

 XF 56mm f/1.2
Amazon, Adorama, DigitalRev, J&R, Canon USA, B&H, eBay

- Comparing the Canon 85mm F1.2 with the Fuji 56mm F1.2 at andrewvanbeek: “All of these pros and cons mean that I will continue to use both systems for professional work and I have the added bonus of having the Fuji system for more personal work and travel. I will never drag 2 Canon full frame cameras around Africa, Asia, and South America again!

XF 10-24mm
Amazon, Adorama, DigitalRev, J&R, Canon USA, B&H, eBay

- Review: Fujifilm Fujinon XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS at admiringlight: “Ultimately, this lens is about quality imaging and convenience.  Rather than carrying two or three lenses to cover the wide-angle range, one can simply grab this one lens and get excellent images over a wide range of focal lengths.  The image stabilizer and quick focus add even more of a reason to pick up this lens.  At $999, the lens isn’t cheap, though it’s not a particularly out of line price compared to the competition.”

Fuji VS Leica

- Fuji X-E2 – 10-24mm and 56mm f/1.2 lenses. Better than Leica? at soundimageplus: “For me Fuji are moving beyond Leica and from being pretty much a copycat of that illustrious brand they seem to be taking the small unobtrusive high-quality camera concept into new territory. Better viewfinders, better high ISO performance, better focusing and yes  I’m going to write this, better lenses.”

X-E2
Amazon, Adorama, DigitalRev, J&R, Canon USA, B&H, eBay

- Fujifilm X-E2 Hands-On Preview at digitalcamerareview: “I’ve only had the X-E2 for a short time, but I really like it so far. I’ll go into more detail in my full review of this exciting new camera soon.

lenses

 - Shooting Infrared Using A Fuji X-Pro1 With A Rokinon 8mm F2.8 Fisheye Lens at diyphotography.

RAW-conversion

- Sharpening – Monster Under the Bed – Debunked at olafphotoblog: “The RL Deconvolution is the method we use. After experimenting with different tools we found this process the best in treating the X-Trans sensor files. With the most recent X-T1 and Fuji X100S cameras we use 0.39. Indeed, we confirm Brian’s point that this method significantly improves micro contrast and details.

- Processing Fuji Images “Flat” from Iridient Developer and Finishing in Lightroom at thomasfitzgeraldphotography: “I took inspiration from a technique commonly used in cinematography. In order to maximise the dynamic range on certain cameras, a cinematographer will set it to shoot “flat”. That is, they will keep the contrast and saturation low, which in turn maximises the amount of brightness and shadow information that can be captured. The contrast and look is added back in post production (through a process called Colour Grading). So, I used this idea and created settings in Iridient Developer that would render images out in a similar “flat” setting, thereby maximising the highlight and shadow details so you’re not loosing anything when you save out as a 16 bit RGB file rather than a RAW file. Basically the idea is to make sure that there is no clipped information in the shadows or highlights which, when saved as a tiff, would be unrecoverable. ”

- Can the X-Trans Sensor’s Image Detail be Improved with Topaz Detail 3? at thewanderinglensman: “There you have it.  My initial tests in bringing out detail on X-T1 raw image files using a plug in in conjunction with Lightroom 5.4.  Is it the best?  Not quite in my opinion.  But it works pretty well.  The downside, however, is that the detail that should be apparent from the beginning in the initial raw conversion has to be drawn out through a convoluted process of using a plug-in for each image you want to improve.  That takes time and patience.

- Rejoice! Lightroom supports Fuji X at johncaz: “So I did some testing myself, and the conclusion is that it’s true, you can now shoot only RAW without the fear that an out of camera JPEG may be better! So no more shooting RAW plus JPEG’s, thank you Fuji! This is something I never had with Nikon raw files thanks to Nikon’s stubbornness to not cooperate with Adobe and others. Another big plus which I never saw with my Nikon files, is that Lightroom automatically adjusts for lens corrections thanks again to Fuji’s cooperation for better support.  No need to pick an Adobe-made less-than-perfect lens profile like I used to with my Nikon gear LOL.”

- Lightzone (click here) project improving support for Fuji cameras in new beta build, including X-T1.

 switch to the X

- Travelling Down the Rabbit Hole of the Fuji X System: An Interview with Riley Joseph at mirrorlessons.

batteries

- Fujifilm NP-W126 Review: OEM versus Watson at danielkcheung.

18
Apr
2014

Finally! X-T1 + 18-55mm in stock NOW at AmazonUS (1 left) and Adorama! XF 10-24 on ebay!

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It was a long wait, but finally also the X-T1 with 18-55 kit lens is in stock at AmazonUS here ( sold out just ONE left, sold via third party at normal price) and Adorama here (+4%reward) and at top rated ebay reseller cameraspot

The body is easier to find. A limited number is available at AmazonUS here (via third party at normal price), at Adorama here (with 4% reward) and Pictureline.

The XF10-24 is available in a limted number at AmazonUS (sold via third party at normal price) and at top rated ebay reseller popflash here + samyscamerainc.

The XF 56mm f/1.2 is still out of stock or $50 more expensive at AmazonUS via third party reseller.

Fuji X-T1: Amazon, Adorama, DigitalRev, J&R, Canon USA, B&H, eBay
Fuji XF 56mm: Amazon, Adorama, DigitalRev, J&R, Canon USA, B&H, eBay
Fuji XF 10-24mm: Amazon, Adorama, DigitalRev, J&R, Canon USA, B&H, eBay
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18
Apr
2014

“From Snapshots to Great Shots”: new Fujifilm X100S book by Kevin Mullins (now 25% off)

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Kevin Mullins’ X100S book available for pre-order (get 25% discount)

Kevin Mullins is writing a book about the Fujifilm X100S, which will be available in July. The book is called “From Snapshots to Great Shots” and can now be pre-ordered at AmazonUS here.

“While the camera manual explains what the camera can do, it doesn’t show exactly how to use the camera to create great images! That’s where Fujifilm X100S: From Snapshots to Great Shots comes in. Starting with the top ten things users need to know about the camera, author Kevin Mullins carefully guides readers through the operating features. Readers get practical advice from a pro on which settings to use when, great shooting tips, and end of chapter assignments. “

You can take a look also at Alexander S. White book “Photographer’s Guide to the Fujifilm X100S” at AmazonUS here.

But the X100S is matter of the study also in Tony Phillips’ book “Guide to Fujifilm’s X100s Camera“, listed here at AmazonUS and at his personal website.

18
Apr
2014

Mark the date: Rico’s TCL-X100 first look on Tuesday (April 22) and full size SOOC on Flickr

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The TCL-X100 is listed at BHphoto / available for pre-order in black or silver at ebay Japan (available April 25)

HOT: X100S for $1.049 / €810 / £699 at DigitalRev

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If you are a happy X100S owner and consider to purchase the TCL-X100, then you should not miss Rico’s first look on Tuesday, April 22. You can already take a look at his full size SOOC on Flickr here.

With the WCL-X100 and TCL-X100, X100/S owner will have a three-lens mini system (28mm, 35mm and 50mm) with leaf shutter, fast aperture and terrific IQ.

Fujifilm also added the TCL-X100 to the dedicated Fujifilm X100/ X100S website here.

Rico’s Flickr

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17
Apr
2014

First looks at the Samyang/Rokinon 12mm f2.0

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AmazonUS / BHphoto

- Rokinon 12mm f2.0 for X-Mount – a first look at aps-photo: “Is this a replacement for the Fuji lenses? No I don’t think so, it might be a nice addition or if you are on a budget it might be a good lens to get. It is really hard to beat the Fuji 14mm f2.8 or the Fuji 10-24mm f4, they are very high quality lenses.”

- A pretty detailed first look at the Rokinon 12mm (mounted on Canon EOS-M) by N. Hamilton can be read at the AmazonUS customer reviews here: “For the money, I’m very pleased with my purchase. There are a variety of good reasons NOT to buy this lens, but if you can live with the negatives, this lens is a good value ultra-wide angle. Even after the use I’ve put it through so far, I would buy this lens again. I plan to give it some more extensive testing in the next several weeks.”