Something cool for your X: Think Tank Retrospective 5 bag review

Now that the fist examples of the new stylish X-E1 are finally available (click here to check availability on ebay) and AmazonUS is shipping this camera (see image at the end of this post), maybe it’s time to purchase also a cool place where to put this camera. So I decided to link you to this review (click here) about this stylish bag (click here). Perfect for CSC with 2-4 lenses, lot of pockets, rain cover, lifetime warranty… but beware, according to the reviewer there is a big CONS: it’s so beautiful, that his wife tries to steal it for her own micro four thirds system!

See all the bags available on ebay here. / Amazon US / Amazon DE /Amazon UK / Amazon ITA / Amazon FRA / B&H / Adorama

ebayUS has the X-E1 kit + permanent X-PRO1 price drop

Hi… again! ;)

First: We read here on brandonremler that the price drop on the X-PRO1 body goes only from Nov 25th to Feb 2, 2013. But we’ve received the information today that the price drop should be permanent! So you have time until 02/2/2013 to benefit of the $600 rebate (X-PRO1 + lens), and afterwards the X-PRO1 body only will remain at $1400!

Second: Just wanted to tell you, that there is the first X-E1 kit with 18-55mm lens available at ebayUS (click here). For $1300 you can purchase the package.

You’re still thinking if you should buy it or not? Well, bertstephani.com (click here) has already made his decision: the X-E1 will be his perfect second camera. “As soon as I get it, I won’t have to lug a big DSLR with me for backup anymore on most of my assignments and I’ll probably sell some of my DSLR gear.” Read the third and final part of his review and look at his images here.

Third: amazon has started shipping the X-E1 kit (click here), according to emails of Fujirumors reader.

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$600 rebate on X-PRO1 with lens until 02/2/2013

Oh, this time I made you hurry, sorry. But the offer on the X-PRO1 + 18mm or 35mm lens is still valid until 02/2/2013. So, there is no haste. Grab the $600 deal on the X PRO 1 + lens purchase at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and on many eBay US stores (via Slidoo).

So lxcellent was right in the comments to this post. Still time to think about it, and decide, X-E1 or X-PRO1? I’ll give you one more review to read and think about.

What camera would frankdoorhof choose? X-PRO1 or X-E1? His first impressions of the X-E1 can be read here: “I would choose the X-E1, it’s about 90% of the fun of the X-Pro1 but at a much lower price, and the image quality is equal… so for me…. well the X-E1 is a 100% winner and I would HIGHLY recommend the camera for everyone that is on the lookout for a great smaller camera that has different very high quality lenses and gives an image quality that is 100% on the level of a DSLR.” He also posted part two of his review here. In the second part, after comparing the X-E1 and Sony A99 he says: “Now when you are shooting as a hobby and you really only want one camera….. get the Fuji…… without any doubt, it’s a camera that is about everything you will get from a DSLR but it’s smaller, the lenses are smaller/lighter AND…. the image quality rivels many DSLRs… When you want to work in the studio, do model photography, maybe sometimes a wedding or a paid shoot….. now get the Sony/DSLR. It’s a real all rounder and it looks much better in the studio for a client than the Fuji.

Would frankdoorhof still recommend the X-E1, also now, that there is the $600 deal on the X-PRO1 with lens?

X-E1 bug found

In short: A Fujirumors follower wrote me an email. He says that: “When shooting in JPG you have the option of choosing the picture format just as with the XPRO1, 3-2 equals 4896×3264.  This is the same if you choose Raw+Fine also, and it works properly with the generated RAW file being 4896×3264. BUT If you choose RAW only, the format changes to RAW and the file size locks at 4896×2760!  The XPRO1 if set the same way is 4896×3264!  There seems to be NO way to change this. This has been very frustrating.”

There is also a dpreview post about it here.

PS.: Another feedback on the X-E1: Alexander startet this blog, fujifilm-x-opinions, because he now owns a X-E1, and although it’s a good camera, there are some irritating quirks that he would like Fuji to improve with updates in future. above all the focus in backlit situations. The AF of camera really struggles with backlight situations. “I have used a Panasonic GF1, G5 and a Sony NEX-7. These cameras all don’t offer lightning fast AF. But I had never experienced that they almost completely refused to focus like the Fujifilm X-E1.

And thanks James for sharing this information with us.

 

X-PRO1/35mm and kickboxing: sport photography with the X-series

image courtesy: fotoaprendiz.com

We read in different reviews, that the X-PRO1 and X-E1 are great cameras, but if you want to use them for sport photography, then these cameras are not the best for such a purpose.

Now I found a Spanish review on fotoaprendiz.com with a field trial of the X-PRO1 on a kickboxing match. I’ll make just a short translation, or go directly to the translated version here.

A big room, it’s night, bad light conditions and no flash. How will the X-PRO1 handle this? He uses the Fujinon 35mm 1.4. Well, the AF had indeed some problems. So he decided to shot images with the MF to achieve better results, by adjusting the depth of focus. But then another problem arose when he tried to shoot many images in a row: the camera was able to shoot just 8 or 9 images in rapid succession because of the buffer, and the problem was not the SD-card, because he used the Sandisk Extreme Pro SD 16GB (click here), the very best and fastest out there in the market.

Take a look at his shots on flickr (click here) or read the original review here… I’d like him to go on the ring again with the 18-55mm lens, and make this test again.

if you want share your opinions in the comments.

PS.: Well, there was someone else out there that also challenged his X-PRO1, trying to freeze the motion “while not going crazy with a super high ISO and shooting tons of frames“… the set? No kickboxing ring, but a Justin Bieber concert. So, if you want, click the link here and see the images of the concert.