Archive for February, 2013

28
Feb
2013

X100s first impressions

The X100s is already available in Japan. So here are some first impressions about the new Fuji-gem from the country of the rising sun! Ian posted on Google+ his considerations (click here).

“[..] ISO 2000 looks great, and I do find I need it a bit. It’s better than the D90.  And it isn’t a noise factor, it is dynamic range.  Past 1000-1250 the D90 files looked sickly and unnatural even when properly exposed.[...] Other thoughts, the manual focus ring still has the fly-by-wire limitations.  It is nowhere as responsive as a direct coupled lens. [...] The AF-C mode on the other hand has impressed me so far.  For keeping the focus on a moving child’s eye, it works as well as a DSLR. [...] Oh, one piece of bad news, I have managed to freeze the camera once.  I had to take the battery out to solve the problem.”

At the end Ian says you’re free to ask him questions. So, just visit his site here, read his first impressions, and if you have any questions, feel free to ask him.

Ah, and, if you want, join the Desperate Aperture User Facebook page of Fujirumor reader JasonChart (The Desperate Aperture Users page, is dedicated to a single cause. To revive the company’s interest in professional applications, Aperture foremost)! C’mon Apple… make your homeworks!

X100s: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUK / AmazonDE /

X20: AmazonUS (blacksilver) / BHphoto (blacksilver) / Adorama (blacksilver) / AmazonUK (blacksilver) / ebayITA /  / AmazonDE / AmazonITA /

image courtesy: Ian (Go0gle+)

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28
Feb
2013

ACR 7.4 RC conclusions at soundimageplus + X20 vs RX100 ISO comparison

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image courtesy: soundimageplus

Soundimageplus tested ACR7.4 RC over the last days and posted some conclusions here about the Fuji X-Trans files (and multi-image stitching) with the new update.

“The simple answer to that is that it’s very good indeed… Dynamic range is OK, Fuji claim a lot for it but its good not great in terms of the raw files… In terms of comparison with what else I use, these are clearly the best files from any of my mirrorless cameras, other than my DP Merrill files at ISO 100 of course… I also prefer what I’m getting now from these Fuji files to those that I get from my NEX cameras…  I want quick and efficient raw processing and I’ve now got that. Why this wasn’t done months ago is still a mystery and it has, I am convinced, affected how people view Fuji’s products and indeed sales of their cameras..”

In the meantime FR-reader Tom posted this ISO-comparison image in the comments to the previous post. You can find the article here at dslr-check (translated version). The comparison includes the X20, Sony RX100, XF1, and Leica D-LUX6.

image courtesy: dslr-check

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27
Feb
2013

X100s + X20 test shots

We are all hungry for real X100s and X20 reviews. I check the web every day!

The good thing is, I’m not alone in my daily search. Fujirumors reader Jonti spotted this webiste (translated version) that seems to compare x100 and x100s shots.

thanks Jonti

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Click here to see X20 sample shots on Flickr or click here for another X20 Flickr photostream.

P.S.: you can preorder the X20 in Belgium, at the PCH store in Brussels. They received a sample of the X20 and took some images of the camera here. For the unboxing video click here. Preorder in silver here, and in black here. They were told by Fujifilm Belgium, that the delivery estimation in Belgium would be March.

P.P.S.: FR-reader M. received an email from the main Fuji Dealer in Ireland. According to the dealer, they will get the X100s on Friday or Monday. Also at AmazonUK the X100s should be released on the March 1. And FR-reader G. emailed me this: “My mate is a fuji dealer and speaks to fuji uk a lot…he told me today that fuji wants us in the uk to have our x100s in our hands in time for the focus on imaging show.. That show runs march 3-6, he says this Friday they should ship and he would be surprised if I did not have cam for Monday.”

X100s: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUK / AmazonDE /

X20: AmazonUS (blacksilver) / BHphoto (blacksilver) / Adorama (blacksilver) / AmazonUK (blacksilver) / ebayITA /  / AmazonDE / AmazonITA /

image courtesy “just zis guy” on Flickr: “Noise is also pretty good up to ISO 3200 and 6400 is not great but usable if you crank the noise reduction up to the max (+2). 12800 is unusable and only offered so they had say they have it.

26
Feb
2013

Feedback: Lightroom 4.4 and ACR 7.4 release candidates

Hi

First of all, let me say that the contest for the £50 voucher is closed. I’ll inform the winner as soon as possible.

Before I go back at work, here are the first links with feedback about the LR4.4 and ACR7.4 release candidates… now it’s your turn, Apple!

[Reminder: Rico Pfirstinger updated his RAW converter comparison with LR4.4 samples (click here).  Also dpreview posted first impressions.]

Soundimageplus (click here):

“There is certainly now much more foliage detail, colour rendition is excellent and as you can see with the last 100% blowup ISO 6400 with some noise reduction added in Photoshop is simply spectacular… it does seem that finally we can see the potential of the raw files from this sensor, in an efficient and familiar workflow.”
image courtesy: soundimageplus

Thomasfitzgeraldphotography (click here):

“The raw conversion engine no longer suffers from the dreaded water-colour effect and is as good if not better than Capture One, and pretty much on par with the Fuji Jpegs. Where as previously any amount of sharpening would cause the raw files to fall apart, now you can sharpen away. Adobe have done a great job…”

comparison LR4.3 vs LR4.4 RC at thomasfitzgeraldphotography