Back to Palle Schultz: as an official Fuji X Photographer, he had access to the behind the scenes of the Fuji booth (and to the GFX), and he decided to document his stay at Photokina 2016 in his original video “Handheld Photokina 2016 Impressions” (filmed with X-T2). It’s a good way to close the 1 week Photokina marathon… no more interviews, no more talks… just video, music and editing by Palle himself.
I’ll share two more videos from his youtube channel below, “The biggest fail of the Fujifilm X-Pro2” and “Should you shoot RAW or JPG, with Fujifilm cameras?”
Fuji Guys – Fujifilm Photokina 2016 Booth Tour at youtube
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Big print made out of an images taken with the Fujifilm GFX
GFX Hands-On Report at ivanjoshualoh
Mirrorlessrumors calculated the FF eqivalent focal length AND aperture for the new Fujinon GF lenses. Here they are:
23mm f/4.0 in Full Frame 18mm f/3.4
32-64mm f/4.0 in Full Frame 25-51mm f/3.4
45mm f/2.8 in Full Frame 36mm f/2.4
63mm f/2.8 in Full Frame 50mm f/2.4
110mm f/2.0 in Full Frame 78mm f/1.7
120mm f/4.0 in Full Frame 95mm f/3.4
Fuji says it clearly (again) no plans for full-frame system after GFX. Interview at camerajabber
There is a lot of buzz at the Fujifilm GFX facebook group in these days. Fellow X-shooters share thoughts and hands on experience with Fuji’s latest gem. One of these is Joel, who compared the Hasselblad X1D and the Fujifilm GFX… and then wrote in this post:
I spent more time with this camera, including 30 minutes alone with it in a studio. Pros: It is more beautiful (my personal opinion), smaller, weather sealed, and available now-ish (preorders should all be fulfilled by November). It feels really good in the hand. Well balanced. Cons: it has fewer lenses, it has no zoom lens (yet), a higher price (I assume), it feels less rugged, and it is warm to the touch when powered on. Those MF sensors create a lot of heat!
I spent about 15 minutes with it and took a few photos of other people who were in the room. Pros: there are more announced lenses, including a zoom, it is weather sealed, it feels more rugged and it will presumably cost less. Cons: it is larger, not as attractive, and it is not available for several more months.
One reason for the Fuji being larger is the placement of the battery. It is not in the handgrip, like many cameras (including the Hassy X1D), but rather it is between the sensor and the rear screen. The battery is inserted from the left side (if you are holding it like you would shoot with it). This makes the body much thicker, but it separates the two heat sources (the sensor and the screen) from each other and keeps the camera cooler. I understand this choice from an engineering perspective, but I think it makes the camera larger and less attractive.
To me, there is no clear winner yet. They are both very tempting. I look forward to learning more over time. Ultimately, it’s up to each photographer to decide which tool is right for themselves.
Amateurphotographer had a talk with Sony Manager Legend Kimio Maki, the creator of RX series and A7 series (so not really a Fuji Fanboy). It’s all about the A7 series and especially the Sony A99II (which I took some shots with at Photokina and shared the video with SAR here).
At the very end the Sony Manager says one sentence also regarding the Fujifilm X-T2, when amateurphotographer asked:
Q: Are fast-focusing mirrorless cameras like the Fujifilm X-T2 a threat to Sony Alpha 7-series customers? A: Yes. In terms of speed we have learned a lot from Fujifilm, Canon and other competitors. There’s still a lot more to learn of course and we don’t have the same kind of weapon right now. We have to create something new.
I wish the Fujifilm X-T2 would also ship as fast as it shoots ;)
As you might know, after my first day at Photokina I joined a Fuji X Photowalk… to relax a bit after a busy day. The organizer of the photowalk, wedding photographer Jörg Kampers, had the X-T2 with the XF 56mmF1.2.
Well, we were walking on the famous bridge towards the cathedral, when a runner came along. Jörg took his X-T2 with the 56mmF1.2 and shot a burst of images… wide open at F1.2. When we watched the images on the rear screen, I was just like “what the ****”… they where all in focus! Maybe Joerg was just lucky, or maybe he has particular sport photography skills, but I was really surprised by the performance of the X-T2. See by yourself and download the images on dropbox! – Thanks Jörg Kampers
Or maybe, those Fuji guys, who develop the Firmware, just got it right!
NOTE 1: Sounds incredible, but this is what the Sony Manager confirmed indeed. He confirmed there is a threat coming from the X-T2 due to the faster AF. Don’t blame me for that. NOTE 2: I don’t want to start the war: “Sony is better, no, Fuji is better”. But until now many accused us X-shooters to be “fanboys” when we said the X-T2 has awesome AF. Now a non-fanboy like a Sony Manager aknowledged that the Fuji X-T2 has really a fast AF. He even goes so far to say that, on the A7 series “we don’t have this weapon right now“. That said, Sony has awesome cameras, too. We all know that. NOTE 3: A camera is not only AF speed. You may love Sony, or Fuji, or Olympus, or whatever based on the various aspects that are important for you
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