[UPDATE] Fujirumors gives away £50 for a X-series camera in the UK. Competition ends Tuesday at 1PM

[Update] Thanks to all who made their guess. The winner is Rob! congratulations.

Dear UK readers

On Thursday I was one of those guys following with interest the live interview of Paul to Theo from FujiUK at CameraDiner.com (see the video here). At the end of the show, Theo surprised us with a competition. The first 20 people who answered correctly to the following question won a £50 discount voucher off any X-series camera! The question was: “How many X100 have been sold globally since the launch in March 2011?

I answered 130.000, and won ;-)!

But I’m not a UK citizen and I can’t use the voucher. So here is what I want to do with it: I give it away to you!
The question now is, who will gain this voucher? You just have to post a comment to this post, writing “UK voucher” and to guess when I was born! That’s all. The one who comes closest to my birthday date, will win the voucher.
Write (for example): “UK voucher: 01-January-1927” and not “1/1/1927” or so. It will make it easier for me to find the winner if everybody uses the same format.

1) You can make only one guess! People who post more than one guess will be disqualified from this competition. Let’s be fair!
2) You have to put your real email address in the comments contact form. Nobody except me will be able to read it. If your email is a fake, I won’t be able to contact you.
3) The winner will receive an email from fujirumors with the voucher code and the store where you can order your X-series cam.
4) You have to buy the camera until midnight on the 2nd March.
5) We don’t have much time, so the competition will end on Tuesday, 26 February 2013 at 1PM (UK Time)! I have a break at work there, and will look for the winner. On Tuesday evening the winner will receive the voucher.
6) You MUST be from UK. The store doesn’t ship outside UK, so you can’t purchase anything from other countries.

That’s what I can do for you.

And here is what you could do for me, if you want.

I’m working on Fujirumors during short breaks at work or in my free time. It would be a great help if you’d support this website. You can do a lot for Fujirumors, also without paying anything:

1) Fujirumors gets a small percentage on anything you purchase or preorder using my links to online stores. It’s a great help and it doesn’t cost you extra money. It keeps things ticking over.
2) Click on the banners on my site, it doesn’t cost you anything.
3) You can donate via paypal:




4) Support Rico Pfirstinger by purchasing his book Mastering the FUJIFILM X-Pro1” (Kindle Edition) (Apple iBook Store) (German version)
5) Follow Fujirumors also on facebook, twitter or subscribe the RSS feed.

Thanks a lot to Paul from CameraDiner (website), who allowed me to pass my personal voucher to one of my readers, very kind! Many thanks also to FujifilmUK, who made us this nice surprise at the end of the CameraDiner show.  And, of course, thanks to all those who decide to support Fujirumors!

good luck

Patrick

miXed Zone

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image courtesy: Mike Kobal

 Shot with the Fuji X-E1 and the Tokina 11-16mm at 11mm.

X-E1

Roshan Vyas travels a lot. And he was tired of carrying the heavy Nikon D7000 around Europe. So he sold it off, and was tempted to buy a Leica M9. But “having a need to continue eating and living under a roof, I wasn’t about to spend a few months mortgage on a used M9 and lenses.” He found a compromise and bought the X-E1, a Leica lens (Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2) and RainbowImaging lens adapter. Compared to the X-E1, the Leica lens is heavy, “causing the combination to be a little off balance“. The results? Look at his first two sample shots and read more here on his website.

Here is a comprehensive Italian review (translated version). It’s a good overview about the X-E1. And, I know, you will think that a comparison with FF-cameras is unfair… but on page seven you will find some ISO-comparison samples. This time the competitors are the Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 6D and the Nikon D600. (thanks Omar)

Fuji X-E1 + Elmarit-R 24mm F2.8 + metabones speed booster (via slidoo). See the sample shots at dc.watch (translated version).

XF 14mm

How to never miss another shot with the Fujifilm X-E1: Zone focusing“… DOF with the XF14mm explained by Mike Kobal here!

We’re currently testing the Fujifilm 14mm lens with the XE-1 body. We’ve included the entire aperture range from f/2.8 to f/22 to show what the lens is capable of. A gallery of 40 JPEG photos taken with the Fujifilm XF 14mm f2.8 R lens.” See all samples here at photographyblog.

FixelPix loves his XF 18mm lens. But now the XF 14mm arrived, and he shot for one hour with it. “I know a number of people have asked if the 14mm is really worth the investment over the 18mm. I personally think it is, 21mm (full frame equiv.) offers a fair bit more image than the 28mm. I’ve marked the approximate scale factors between the 14mm,18mm and 35mm lenses. […] There is a massive versatility of speed + ultra wide + stunning output and I can’t wait to get it know it better. The Fujinon 14mm lens looks like the perfect companion for both landscape photography as well as general street / documentary work.” Read more and see his long exposure shots here at FixelPix.

image courtesy: FixelPix

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Sony 35mm f1.8 (NEX) vs Fujifilm 35mm f1.4

The phoblographer made an informal Lens comparison: Sony 35mm f1.8 (NEX) vs Fujifilm XF 35mm f1.4 (X Mount). “As far as this test goes, Sony has done great things with their lenses, sensors and cameras. But in terms of pure image quality, it still can’t stack up to Fujifilm.” See the comparison pics here on his website.

X-PRO1

Fuji X-Pro1 Portrait Review at roughly365 (read it here). “For me the X-Pro1 was built for this kind of work, I needed a powerful yet discreet bit of kit. It slipped into my pocket easily… I can see how the Fuji X-Pro1 system would be amazing for wedding photography and documentary/backstage photographers, the files are defiantly comparable to the canon 5dII when shooting RAW….Would I swap my Canon Kit for the X-Pro1 kit?? NO….  I find the X-Pro1 to be the perfect camera to have in your kit as a backup/2nd/3rd/4th? camera or for situations you need subtlety.  There are definitely situations where the X-Pro1 is an advantage.

RAW-conversion

How to get the most from the Fuji X-Pro1: Using Capture One and Photoshop“. Read roughly365 workflow here.

XF1 (specs&price)

The XF1 is without doubt the best looking compact out there – just look at it! And, while it’s not a back up to a DSLR by any means, it certainly does have that wantability factor that is hard to resist. It does exactly what is asked of a camera of this type – it has a near instant start up, is very quick to focus and very quick to process an image.” Read the whole review here at photographymonthly.com

CameraDiner (Fuji UK interview / X20-X100s): Fujirumors-reader Amnon won “question of the week” contest

As promised, Paul of CameraDiner printed the questions you posted at Fujirumors here and asked some of them to Theo from Fujifilm UK. Take a look at the video to see if Theo answered to your question.

One of your questions was also chosen the “question of the week“. This means that Amnon won the VisibleDust prize asking:

What happened to the 18-72 lens that initially appeared in the lens road-map and replaced with the 18-55? Were there technical issues, cost issues, weight issues that led to the scale-back?

[Update: Thanks for contacting me via email Amnon… your email wasn’t a fake] I tried to contact you, Amnon, via email, but it seems that you put a fake email account in the FR-contact form. Therefore I’m asking you to contact me at fujirumor@gmail.com. To make sure that you are the Amnon I’m looking for, please write in your email the fake email account you entered in the FR-contact form in the comments.

That’s all… look at the video, and see if your question is one of those chosen by Paul from CameraDiner (youtube channel)!

Updated X-Photographers websites (with X100s and X20 samples)

To be frank: the X100s and X20 sample shots at Fuji’s website are not that good. I agree with MJR, who said in the comments: “I’m sorry Fuji but these are the worst samples ever. (at photographers fault) :( I’m heading back to http://fujifilm-x.com/photographers/en/ to feel better.

So, take a look at the dedicated X-Photographers pages (with X100s and X20 samples) here. Just look worldwide for them!

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

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