And then I Thought: “Stop Waiting for the X-E3, and get the X-T2/Zero (X-T20)” … Did Fujifilm Hit the Sweet Spot with the X-T20?

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The more I read about the recent epic Fujifilm announcement day (live blogging here), the more I start to think, that, in the shadow of the mighty Medium Format GFX and the sexy X100F, I completely underestimated the power of the little and inconspicuous Fujifilm X-T2/zero… or X-T20.

Yes… X-T2/Zero. Because it is really almost like if someone would have shrinked the X-T2 into a smaller and much more affordable body, just as Palle Schultz showed in his humorous and entertaining X-T20 video here. And this is why Palle calls it the X-T2/zero.

It has the nice 24MP X-TransIII sensor, the X-Processor, the tilting touch screen, up to 325 focus points, it shoots 4K video (!!)… and has even the AF-C Custom settings of the X-T2….that’s a lot of stuff for a camera that costs about half the price of the X-T2 and X-Pro2.

And suddenly a tought came in mind: “Stop waiting for the X-E3 and get that X-T20“.

Now, the only thing that prevents from making the switch to X-Trans III is my infinite love for the design of the X-E line. My resistance is strong… but is also slowly crumbling…

The Fujifilm X-T20 might just have hit the sweet spot in the X-line and be the best value for money today in the X-world.

Fujifilm X-T20: USA BHphotoAdorama, AmazonUS EU: AmazonDE, AmazonUK, WexUK, ParkCamerasUK, PCHstore AUS: CameraPro
Fujifilm X100F: USA BHphotoAdorama, AmazonUS EU: AmazonDE, AmazonUK, WexUK, ParkCamerasUK, PCHstore AUS: CameraPro
Fujifilm XF50mmF2 WR: USA BHphotoAdorama, AmazonUS EU: AmazonDE, AmazonUK, WexUK, ParkCamerasUK, PCHstore AUS: CameraPro
Fujifilm GFX: USA BHphoto – Win $3,000 by pre-ordering at BH via FR*, Adorama, AmazonUS EU: AmazonDE, AmazonUK, WexUKParkCamerasUK, PCH AUS: CameraPro
*Pre-order the GFX at BHphoto using the FujiRumors B&H link to enter the contest. Price: $3,000. Sweepstake Overview & Rules can be found here. Full Terms & Conditions here.

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What A Great Start :: Fujifilm X100F Best Selling X Series Camera at AmazonUS Overall Ranking (5th)

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So which one of the new Fuji gear had the best sales start today?

According to the AmazonUS overall digital camera ranking, it’s the Fujifilm X100F (currently 5th and 7th). Far behind there is the black X-T20 kit (63th). Of course it’s difficult to compare the sales between X100F and X-T20, since the latter one is sold in at least 6 different combinations, as opposed to the 2 options (silver/grey) for the X100F. If we take a look only at the mirrorless camera ranking, the X-T20 is 9th (black body).

A nice start I’d say. :)

Live Blogging here – Links to all First Looks

Fujifilm GFX: BHphoto – Win $3,000 by pre-ordering at BH via FR*, Adorama, AmazonUS
Fujinon GF63mmF2.8
: BHphotoAdorama, AmazonUS
Fujinon GF32-64mmF4
: BHphotoAdorama, AmazonUS
Fujinon GF120mmF4 Macro
: BHphotoAdorama, AmazonUS
*Pre-order the GFX at BHphoto using the FujiRumors B&H link to enter the contest. Price: $3,000. Sweepstake Overview & Rules can be found here. Full Terms & Conditions here.

Fujifilm X-T20: BHphotoAdorama, AmazonUS
Fujifilm X100F
: BHphotoAdorama, AmazonUS
Fujifilm XF50mmF2 WR
: BHphotoAdorama, AmazonUS

 

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5 Things You Will Love & Hate About the Fujifilm GFX … … But It’s Frankly Fujifilm’s Best Product Launch Ever ;)

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*Pre-order the GFX at BHphoto using the FujiRumors B&H link to enter the contest. Price: $3,000. Sweepstake Overview & Rules can be found here. Full Terms & Conditions here.

5 Things You Will Love and Hate about the GFX

Holy Moly! That was a heck of an annonucement.

And after the massive live blogging (that still continues!!!), I’m slowly finding the time to go through the various first look reviews. And I invite you to check out the live blogging, too. A lot of great stuff to find there also about the X-T20, X100F and XF50mmF2.

But now I want to focus on the GFX, and make a list of 5 things you are going to love & hate about it. I’m basing the list on the first looks I’ve read.

LOVE:

A hard list, because there is so much to love about it.

  1. Image Quality “deserves to be printed“: Astonishing Sharpness (see for example the video at minute 3:30 at thedigitaltrekker). Excellent high ISO (Read also High ISO… Noise, What Noise? at Damien Lovegrove’s prophotonut) and great dynamic range.
  2. Dual Operation: Command dials or dedicated Shutter/ISO/Aperture Dial? You can use whatever you prefer. Extremely customizable camera overall.
  3. Despite the Beta Firmware, the AF speed is snappy and seems to be already as fast as the X-T1 (read ivanjoshualoh).
  4. EVF: A “monster of a viewfinder“, says jonasraskphotography. Huge (0,85x magnification), high resolution, tilting… awesome!
  5. You can create TIFF files in camera

HATE:

I think that, with the GFX, Fujifilm made the best product launch ever (much better than when they launched the X-system). It comes with tons of features and 6 lenses in just 1 year. So it’s hard to find the “Hates” and I’m streching the list quite a bit. The GFX is an awesome camera, but I’ll challange myself and pick out 5 points:

  1. Price: You get the kit for $8,000. Considering that we are talking of a Medium Format camera, this is actually a more than fair price, but it’s still $8,000… and most of us won’t be able to afford it.
  2. There is an adapter for HC lenses. So you can get the leaf shutter. And there are electronic contacts for aperture. But no Autofocus.
  3. The file size is big. And with the new Super-Fine JPEG setting, you have little compression. But when it comes to workflow, rendering a preview can be cumbersome (up to 10 seconds according to thedigitaltrekker – Video minute 4:25)
  4. 14 bit color depth. That’s what the specs say. But a Swiss Manager, who said it would have 16 bit color depth, was wrong. But from all the samples I could see until now, I think we might easily get over it ;)
  5. 1/125th sync speed (but you can adapt leaf shutter lenses on it… and HSS can help here, too)

And how would your “5 Loves & Hates” list look like? I’d be curious to read it in the comments.

Oh, and remember you can win $3,000 if you pre-order it at BHphoto after clicking on the GFX BH Link on FujiRumors ;)

Fujifilm GFX: BHphoto – Win $3,000 by pre-ordering at BH via FR*, Adorama, AmazonUS
Fujinon GF63mmF2.8
: BHphotoAdorama, AmazonUS
Fujinon GF32-64mmF4
: BHphotoAdorama, AmazonUS
Fujinon GF120mmF4 Macro
: BHphotoAdorama, AmazonUS
*Pre-order the GFX at BHphoto using the FujiRumors B&H link to enter the contest. Price: $3,000. Sweepstake Overview & Rules can be found here. Full Terms & Conditions here.

Fujifilm X-T20: BHphotoAdorama, AmazonUS
Fujifilm X100F
: BHphotoAdorama, AmazonUS
Fujifilm XF50mmF2 WR
: BHphotoAdorama, AmazonUS

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The Fujifilm GFX Facts & Specs Updated… + Join Damien Lovegrove & Co at the Fujifilm GFX Facebook Group!

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Join 5,000 Members at the Fujifilm GFX Facebook Group

Do you want to discuss the Fujifilm GFX with people, who actually already own it? Well, then you might just join the 5,000 members strong Fujifilm GFX facebook group.

You will find some big shots like X-photographer Damien Lovegrove, Jonas Rask, Piet Van den Eynde, Ivan J. Loh (& more) sharing their impressions and reviews about the Fujifilm GFX. You won’t find such a concentrate of Fujifilm GFX Fans AND Owners anywhere else on the web.

Needless to say, with such great photographers on board, we are having a well informed and factual discussion at the facebook group… so join us over there :)

Fujiflm GFX Facts

I’ve recently made a complete and comprehensive overview over all known and rumored facts about the Fujifilm GFX. Well, I won’t bother you with the whole list again, just highlight a few aspects (and correct others) that are new and final.

Most of it comes from the Fuji Guys GFX first look, which you can find in the Live Blogging (that is still updated).

  • New Super Fine JPEG setting. Little compression, but huge files (takes 10 seconds to render a preview in Lightroom according to thedigitaltrekker – see Live Blogging)
  • The Top LCD Panel is customizable and also changes if you are in video or stills mode
  • The Top LCD Panel colors can reverse colors, to make them easier to read in low light
  • 14 bit RAW files (and not 16 bit, as the Swiss Fujifilm Manager said)
  • You can create TIFF files in camera
  • Electronic shutter up to 1/16000 sec
  • The focal plane shutter allows to make cheaper lenses without leaf shutter. The GF lenses are therefore less expensive to produce.
  • Pinch to zoom capable touch screen
  • First curtain electronic shutter reduces shutter shock, decreases shutter lag time. But over 1/1000 you have issue of vignetting and also bokeh is affected. But in the electornic first curtan shutter mode the camera automatically switches to mechanical shutter when it goes to 1/1000.
  • Up to 9 frames bracketing
  • You can chose between 117 or 425 AF points
  • GFX body + 63mm weight 1230 g
  • GFX body + memory card + battery weight 825g
  • shipping Feb. 23 according to Amazon
  • shutter endurance supporting up to 150,000 shots
  • Fujifilm has already developed a bridge software where testers could tether and open pictures with Capture One – via ivanjoshualoh
  • Shooting rate of 3 frames per second for a burst of 13 frames (compressed RAW)

Fujifilm GFX: BHphoto – Win $3,000 by pre-ordering at BH via FR*, Adorama, AmazonUS
Fujinon GF63mmF2.8
: BHphotoAdorama, AmazonUS
Fujinon GF32-64mmF4
: BHphotoAdorama, AmazonUS
Fujinon GF120mmF4 Macro
: BHphotoAdorama, AmazonUS
Fujifilm GFX EVF-TL1 Tilt Adapter: BHphoto, Adorama, AmazonUS
Fujifilm H Mount Adapter G for GFX: BHphoto, Adorama, AmazonUS
*Pre-order the GFX at BHphoto using the FujiRumors B&H link to enter the contest. Price: $3,000. Sweepstake Overview & Rules can be found here. Full Terms & Conditions here.

Fujifilm X-T20: BHphotoAdorama, AmazonUS
Fujifilm X100F
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Fujifilm XF50mmF2 WR
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FUJIFILM Announces GFX, X100F, X-T20, XF50/2 :: First Looks, Pre-orders ** LIVE BLOGGING **

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Fujifilm GFX: BHphoto – Win $3,000 by pre-ordering at BH via FR*, Adorama, AmazonUS
Fujinon GF63mmF2.8
: BHphotoAdorama, AmazonUS
Fujinon GF32-64mmF4
: BHphotoAdorama, AmazonUS
Fujinon GF120mmF4 Macro
: BHphotoAdorama, AmazonUS
Fujifilm GFX EVF-TL1 Tilt Adapter: BHphoto, Adorama, AmazonUS
Fujifilm H Mount Adapter G for GFX: BHphoto, Adorama, AmazonUS
*Pre-order the GFX at BHphoto using the FujiRumors B&H link to enter the contest. Price: $3,000. Sweepstake Overview & Rules can be found here. Full Terms & Conditions here.

Fujifilm X-T20: BHphotoAdorama, AmazonUS
Fujifilm X100F
: BHphotoAdorama, AmazonUS
Fujifilm XF50mmF2 WR
: BHphotoAdorama, AmazonUS

Full Pre-order Page for GFX, X100F, X-T20, XF50/2 Here
Includes More Accessories + Links to EUROPEAN and AUSTRALIAN Stores

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Fujifilm GFX + GF Lenses:

First Looks / Reviews

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First Looks

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