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22
Oct
2014

Weather sealing: just a sales gimmick? Lost Fujifilm X20 survives 3 months of rain, dust and bear attacks in the wild! (WITH POLL)

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If I understood correctly, in democracy you can have & express in public whatever opinion you want… but nobody forces you to have one ;-) . And, since I live in a democratic country I’ll now admit in public: I still don’t have a final opinion about the following subject: Weather Sealing!

Personally, I don’t worry to shoot with my Fujifilm X-E2 under light rain (see my wet X-E2 here). Sure, I didn’t test it under heavy tropical rain or in sand storms of the Sahara, and I probably would be afraid to use it in such extreme conditions. But I’m pretty confident that my Fujifilm X-E2 can handle any normal adverse weather condition.

Well, some say that weather sealing is just a sales gimmick… and here is a story that made me think about it.

It’s the story of Claire’s Fujifilm X20 (read her whole story here) that was shared and sent to me by Dan Bailey (thanks danbaileyphoto)… and it’s quickly summarized in the following 3 sentences:

1) Claire lost her Fujifilm X20 in the wild, in an area with many bears.
2) The Fujifilm X20 remained 3 months exposed to rain, dust, wind, sun, animals (bear bites).
3) After three months Claire found her X20 again, put a battery into it… and it still worked perfectly!

Ok, we know that Fujifilm cameras are very well made, but that the X20 would still perfectly work after being completely exposed to the brute force of nature for 3 months, now that comes really surprising for me.

So, let us know in the comments what you think about it and feel free to vote the poll, too. And for all those (like me) who don’t have a final opinion about it, I included the option “I don’t know”… or, as my favorite author Montaigne would have said: I know that I know nothing, and I’m not even sure of that ;).

You can buy the indestructible Fujifilm X20 here: Amazon, Adorama, DigitalRev, J&R, B&H, eBay
or its successor, the Fujifilm X30 here at Amazon, Adorama, DigitalRev, J&R, B&H, eBay

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my Fuji X-E2 in the rain… and a shot taken the day after with it

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20
Oct
2014

[UDPATE: comparison at lemondedelaphoto] Corel AfterShot Pro 2.1.0.40 with X-TRANS support (for Windows, Mac and Linux)

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[UDPATE: comparison AfterShot vs Lightroon vs JPEG in French at lemondedelaphoto (translation)]

image courtesy: lemondedelaphoto (translation)

Corel AfterShot Pro 2.1.0.40 is now available and it supports all Fujifilm X-Trans cameras (except the XQ1).

Read the release note and download it here. For the free trial click here… and let us know in the comments what you think about it.

Corel AfterShot PRO 2 can be purchased for $60 at AmazonUS until Nov 2.

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19
Oct
2014

INSPIRING X-SHOTS: Top Liked FR-facebook images taken by X-shooters worldwide :: SHARE & VOTE your favorite pics!

James Day: Fuji X-T1 & 56mm 1.2 – More here – www.facebook.com/jamesdayweddings

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Here is this weeks inspiring selection of X-shots shared at the Fujirumors facebook photostream. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do. (NOTE: last photo included in the contest is Ryan Gouthro’s one. The next contest will include a selection of top liked images shared after Gouthro’s image.)

If you also want to share & vote images, here is how to do it.

1) SHARE: go to the Fujirumors facebook timeline and submit your favorite X-shot (and a short description) in the timeline by selecting “Photo/Video” .
2) VOTE & COMMENT: All the images will be displayed at the Fujirumors facebook photostream. You can vote & comment the images there.

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Timothy Schulz‎: Grief of a Fisherman… captured with ISO 400 Fuji X-pro1 35mm

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Ryan Gouthro‎: Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia Fuji X-T1 – 14mm f/2.8

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Trenton Talbot, photographer from Atlanta‎: Just a teaser frame from today’s portrait shoot. X-T1, XF56mm, available light; RAF processed in Iridient Developer (slight boost in shadows)

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Robert Brockmann‎: The city of La Paz, Bolivia. Photographed from the neighboring city of El Alto. Picture made with a Fujifilm X-T1 with XF 18-55. Exposure: 1/420 f:10 ISO 200. Exposure compensation -3. It was a cloudy, bur fairy clear day.

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18
Oct
2014

CELEBRITY & CURIOSITY: X-shooter Beyoncé (X100S), Jane Goodall (X20) and Ara Güler (X-T1) + Fuji Toy Capsule cameras

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Famous X-Shooters

X-shooter 1: One of the most famous Turkish photographers, Ara Güler (honoured as “Photographer of the Century” in Turkey), seems to have made the switch to the X and grabbed a Fujiflm X-T1 (he mostly used Leica for his work). See the image at the German site Spiegel.de.

X-shooter 2: It looks like Jane Goodall, the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees & UN Messenger of Peace is also an X-shooter, as she carries her Fuji X20 when hanging out with animals and people. See it here on her website.

X-shooter 3: It seems that Beyoncé (website) grabbed one of the Fujifilm X100S right now in offer here ($200 savings)… and that she is left eye dominant. Beyonce with her X100S here, here and here.

Toy Capsule Cameras

These cute Fuji Toy Capsule cameras are out in Japan now (via ebay, too)! They’ve done this with Olympus, Nikon, Canon, and Pentax.. and now Fujifilm! They include little adapters to mount them on your hotshoe as well.

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17
Oct
2014

DxO corrects: “Our apologies for this inconsistency, tests on X-TRANS sensors are still not planned.”

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When DxO first posted the X100S “test and reviews” page (probably December 5 - thx Trenton), they didn’t mention the fact that they will make their own Fujifilm X100S test. It was a simple site with a collection of reviews found all over the web… but something changed this Summer.

After the FR post here, some FR-readers told me that already back in June, someone at DxO deliberately added this sentence to the X100S DxO page: “This product will be tested and reviewed on July on dxomark.com.” However, DxO didn’t post any X100S review in July. Since then, DxO changed the date for the publication of their X100S review to August, then September and finally to October.

And now this: DxO just said over at their site here that:

This indication was not accurate and has now been removed, since tests on X-TRANS sensors are still not planned. Our apologies for this inconsistency, and thank you for your understanding.”

That’s strange, they don’t even have plans to test the X-Trans sensor. So why even add and afterwards change continuously the Fujifilm X100S review publication date?

Fact is, no X-TRANS test, no X-TRANS support, and no X-TRANS DxO scores… however I’d like to assure you that Fuji X-series cameras will neverthelss take awesome shots… just ask some X-shooters or check out the FR-X-Shooter facebook photostream and tell me if you think I’m wrong ;) .

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