Reviews

1
Oct
2014

“The new electronic rangfinder OVF? A bloody brilliant feature!” X100T Hands-on Review of Kai (DigitalRev)

Same sensor, same lens, almost same look… but the new electronic overlay in OVF is “a bloody brilliant feature!” Check out the video here.

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27
Sep
2014

miXed zone: Last place for Rico’s Workshop, A6000 vs X-T1 focus peaking comparison, XF 50-140 samples and more!

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Fuji X-secrets workshop

There is just one more place available at Rico’s Fuji X-secrets workshop from the 3. to 5. of October, in Schwabach (Germany). For more information click here.

XF 50-140
USA:
BHphotoAmazonUS / Adorama / EUROPE:WexUK / WexDE / PCHstore

Image samples at Rico’s Flickr here / First look at all the upcoming Fujifilm XF lenses at grittymonkey /

X100T
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Rico’s first sample shots at Flickr here / Photokina Hands-On preview at digitalcamerareview / beta real world samples at dpreview  and updated overview here /

 Fujifilm X-T1
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– Landscape Photography Test with the Fuji X-T1 in Spanish at fuji-xperience (English translation) / Mike Browne looking to get into a mirror-less camera and picks a Fuji X-T1 (youtube) / Food Photography with the Fuji X-T1 at nicolesyblog / Iceland photos at jonasjacobsson / Gear Review – Field testing the Fuji X-T1 at focus52 / Fujifilm X-T1 Review: Perspective from a real wedding at danielkcheung / Olympus v. Fuji v. Sony (Part 5) – Which one will be SOLD? at joshmcleodphotography + Michaela Baranov and the Fuji X-T1 at joshmcleodphotography too / Giovanni: “I did some testing of the Fuji X – T1 with the 55-200. I took some photos on the sideline of a football game. I am attaching pictures 1234 /  Fuji X-T1 six months on at thebigpicturegallery / Fujifilmfilm X-T1 + Fujinon XF 56mm F1.2 shot at AhmedabadHD facebook /

soundimageplus: “I’ve moved my blog to a domain website. This is www.soundimageplus.com. I’ve also expanded what I do and have decided to work on making the blog a serious review and blogging site. In the past it’s just been more a less a hobby and a break from all the editing work I undertake. You’ve always been a supporter in the past and have been kind enough to link to my posts about Fuji gear. If you are interested there are some recent posts you and your readers might be interested in. I’m currently posting a lot of material to get the site up and running. The posts are: NIKON Df AND FUJI X-T1 – HIGH ISO COMPARISON - THE FUJI X-T1. A 6 MONTH USER EXPERIENCE AND REVIEWSHOOTING STOCK AT STATELY HOMES WITH A NIKON Df and FUJI X-T1.

Switch to the X

 – From DSLR to Mirrorless (X-T1) at peterdelaney /

KAIZEN

FR-reader John compared the red focus peaking between the Sony A6000 and the Fujifilm X-T1…. and would like one of Fuji’s Kaizen firmwares. See why here.

X100S
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– Tokyo: Then and Now, Film vs Fuji X100S at thomasalanphoto /

other X-series cameras

– Marvin Javellana: “Sharing with you my Photowalk today in Chicago taken by my Fuji X-E2 with my Fujinon 14mm and 55-200mm.” / X100, Portraits of discarded sofas capture flotsam and jetsam of L.A. at latimes / Street Photography Pairs with the Fuji X-E1 at thomasfitzgeraldphotography /

XF 18-135mm
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– Hands-On Lens Review: The Fuji XF 18-135mm at photofocus / Action shots at danbaileyphoto / THE FUJI 18-135mm ZOOM IS A GREAT LENS. at soundimageplus /

lenses

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image courtesy: Stockografie / Flickr / Facebook /

– STOCKOGRAFIE: “This photograph was taken in Beijing after a long night flight. It was early in the afternoon and far too early for bed so I went out to relax a bit with my X-T1 and the Zeiss Touit 1.8/32. I participated in the „Zeiss for Photokina“ contest with this photograph and it was one of the last three. Due to this it was also shown at the Zeiss booth at Photokina.”

– Review and Samples of Fujifilm XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS Lens at derekolsonphotography / XF 10-24 review at the Taiwanese site mobile01 / Kipon HandeVision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85 Hands-On Preview at ephotozine / Review of the 56mmF1.2 + X-T1 at kristamichaels / Sunset Portuguese fisherman & X-T1 + 23mm at afshoot / X-T1 still life with 60mm Glass Bubbles at macleancomms /

– Joshua Moss: “Hello, I thought I would send a quick note about the performance of the Fuji 50-230mm. I shot with this lens at the zoo and was amazed at the quality. This lens is also amazingly light. I believe it is an underrated lens in the Fuji lineup with an unbelievable cost to value ratio. I hope fuji continues to develop these light affordable lenses. If you would like to see the photos I took they are posted here https://joshmoss.exposure.co/nc-zoo

RAW-conversion

– Lightroom vs Iridient at jlmphotos / Fujifilm X-E1 + Photo Ninja = Awesome at thomasfitzgeraldphotography / Choosing a raw processor for Fuji X-Trans Files again at thomasfitzgeraldphotography /

a little bit of everything

– Seeing Better is Black and White—Part II (The Fuji Monochrom) at effeleven / Paris XF 10-24mm at patricemichellon / Photo Essay in Valencia, Spain at leighmiller / 2 Quick Tips That May Help You Get Sharper Images on the Fuji X-E1 at thomasfitzgeraldphotography / Photokina 2014: Interviews at dc-watch and also at at mirrorlessons /

26
Sep
2014

Fujifilm X30: “X-series DNA at an affordable price” (photographyblog review)

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coming September 30, according to AmazonUS.

 Fujifilm X30
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The Fujifilm X30 review is now online at photographyblog : 4.5 out of 5 stars for the X30. From the conclusions:

The X30’s continued use of a relatively small 2/3-type sensor continues to deliver great image quality, but is starting to look a little under-powered when compared to the likes of the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 series and the Canon PowerShot G7 X with their 1-inch sensors and the Panasonic Lumix LX100 with its even bigger Micro Four Thirds sensor, especially when you consider that all of those cameras are smaller and lighter than the X30. Those rivals are all more expensive, though, so if you’re happy with the X30’s image quality, then we can certainly recommend it as a very well-built, refined and attractive camera that delivers the X-series DNA at an affordable price.”

Review at the Japanese site dc.watch (translation) / Photokina First Impressions Review at reviewed /

18
Sep
2014

FR window to Photokina: the naked Fuji X-gear, Russian Fuji-X manager interview [translation needed ;-)] and more

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X100T: USA: BHphoto  / AmazonUS / Adorama / EUROPE: WexUK / WexDE / PCHstore / AUSTRALIA: CameraPro
Graphite Silver X-T1USA: BHphotoAmazonUS / Adorama / EUROPE: WexUK / WexDE / PCHstore / AUSTRALIA: CameraPro
XF 56mm f/1.2 APD: USA: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / EUROPE: WexUK / WexDE / PCHstore / AUSTRALIA: CameraPro
XF 50-140 f/2.8 WR: USA: BHphotoAmazonUS / Adorama / EUROPE: WexUK / WexDE / PCHstore AUSTRALIA: CameraPro

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Fujirumors’ window to Photokina: DAY 3
for all the mere mortals (like me), who can’t go to photokina
non-stop Photokina news coverage at Fujirumors: facebook, google+, RSS-feed and twitter

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In case you missed it, check out again Admiringlights Fuji X-stand report here.

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The Spanish site DSLRmagazine field report with images here (translation). Lot’s of “nacked” Fuji X-images, showing the inside of the new XF 56mm f/1.2 APD lens and the X100T HVF.

DSLRmagazine: APD filter

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DSLRmagazine: APD filter

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If I’m not wrong, that’s a Russian interview with a Fuji manager (+ press conference). I don’t understand a single word, so maybe there is some FR-reader who could listen to it and hear if he drops something worth to be shared here on Fujirumors. Here is the interview.

[UPDATE] FR-reader DIS listened the interview and points out two interesting things:

1. Fuji has no plans on powerzooms (electronical zoom mechanism) yet but the don’t exclude the possibility of these products in future.
2. Fuji doesn’t plan to support third party lens officially (except Zeiss). So all third party optics will work only using reverse engineering.

At the same press-conference, Fuji showed the list of features that will be introduced with the December firmware for the X-T1. The list is officially known since the 10th of September 01:00 AM New York time (and who follows FR-regulary, will have read about some of this features already in earlier rumors ;-) ), but apparently some missed these news/rumors. So here is a screenshot from the press-conference. Number 1 to 4 are available from the shipment on the silver X-T1, the rest of the features will come via firmware update.

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Hands-on and thoughts at the new Fuji Photokina gear can be found also at mirrorlessons.

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HamburgCam (Flickr) shared the following image on Twitter

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Ralph presents the new Fuji-X gear at photokina (youtube)

15
Sep
2014

Different Twins: “King of Bokeh” XF 56mm f/1.2 APD VS classic XF 56mm f/1.2 (PROS & CONS)

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XF56 APD: USA: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / EUROPE: WexUK / WexDE / PCHstore / AUSTRALIA: CameraPro

Nathan Elson and Patrick La Roque tested the brand new XF 56mm f/1.2 APD lens. And what do they think about it? Did Fuji succeed in its difficult challange to improve a lens that is already almost perfect?

Keep in mind, both are testing prototypes… this means the overall performance of this lens can still be improved until its launch later this year.

Nathan Elson (first look) says in his first thoughts about this lens that “it’s not a huge leap [...]  the original 56mm lens lets in roughly 1 stop of light more than the new APD version which could be a good or bad thing depending on the shooting situation [...] the new APD version does have slightly more contrast [...] slight improvement to an already awesome lens“.

Patrick La Roque (first look) thinks that “this filter [APD] adds a slight vignetting effect. And I do mean slight [...] you’ll notice [with the APD] a bit more blurring breaking up the pattern. [...] So given the slightly more pleasing bokeh, common wisdom would dictate that the APD is the better of the two right? Well, I’m sticking with different. Because there actually are trade-offs with the apodization process: Less light gathering capabilities & No phase detection AF, resulting in slower focusing. [...] Does this mean you should immediately sell your 6 months-old standard 56mm? Well, I won’t — and I certainly won’t feel cheated. What this amounts to is choice, not replacement, upgrade or deprecation. As far as I’m concerned, neither can disappoint.”

Go for the 56mm f/1.2 APD if you need:
– improved bokeh
– slightly more contrast

Go for the 56mm f/1.2 if you need:
– faster AF (phase detection)
– more light gathering capabilities
– slightly less vignetting than the APD

This is just a very early PROS & CONS list. We will have to wait for more reviews and final production XF 56mm APD.

XF 56mm f/1.2 APD: USA: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / EUROPE: WexUK / WexDE / PCHstore / AUSTRALIA: CameraPro
XF 56mm f/1.2: Amazon, Adorama, DigitalRev, J&R, B&H, eBay