Reviews

22
Apr
2014

First Look: Fujifilm TCL-X100 Teleconverter for X100(S) Cameras

Fujifilm TCL-X100 Teleconverter for X100(S) Cameras

by Rico Pfirstinger

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TCL-X100 Sample Images Set – Fuji X Secrets Workshops – Rico’s Flickr sets

Mastering the Fujifilm X-Pro1 Reading Samples (65 free pages)
Mastering the Fujifilm X-E1 and X-Pro1 – The Fujifilm X-E2 – Beyond the Manual (coming soon)

Hello Again!

It’s been a while, as I have been busy wrapping up my new eBook The Fujifilm X-E2 – Beyond the Manual. The German version of the manuscript will enter conversion later this week, and I am currently working on the English version.

When a member of the German Fuji X Forum inquired about workshops covering Fujifilm X-series cameras, one user suggested me to offer one, though I honestly didn’t expect much interest, given how small the Fuji universe still is. Turns out I was wrong: The first three Fuji X Secrets workshops each sold-out within just a few hours.

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We kick-off the series with a Beginners Workshop on 31MAY, followed by two “standard” workshops in Nuremberg on 7JUN and 14JUN, then two more in Heidelberg on 28/29JUN. Here’s a list for those of you who might be interested and are based in Germany or nearby countries (even though we have participants that come from as far as Australia). There’s a fair chance that we’ll tour other cities (such as Berlin) after summer break. As I am going to spend a few weeks in Santa Barbara, CA in late November and December, I’d like to offer one or two workshops there, as well. Stay tuned.

X100(S) Turns Into a Mini System

When Fuji displayed a telephoto conversion lens for their X100 and X100S cameras at CP+, it was a dream come true for many X-Philes who had kept asking for such an option since this camera’s inception. Adding 19mm (wide-angle conversion lens WCL-X100) and 33mm (telephoto conversion lens TCL-X100) options to the fixed 23mm lens of the X100(S) turns the camera into a three lens mini system with silent leaf shutter operation and fast flash synchronization speeds.

X100S with standard 23mmF2 lens

X100S with 19mmF2 WCL-X100

X100S with 33mmF2 TCL-X100

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17
Apr
2014

First looks at the Samyang/Rokinon 12mm f2.0

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AmazonUS / BHphoto

- Rokinon 12mm f2.0 for X-Mount – a first look at aps-photo: “Is this a replacement for the Fuji lenses? No I don’t think so, it might be a nice addition or if you are on a budget it might be a good lens to get. It is really hard to beat the Fuji 14mm f2.8 or the Fuji 10-24mm f4, they are very high quality lenses.”

- A pretty detailed first look at the Rokinon 12mm (mounted on Canon EOS-M) by N. Hamilton can be read at the AmazonUS customer reviews here: “For the money, I’m very pleased with my purchase. There are a variety of good reasons NOT to buy this lens, but if you can live with the negatives, this lens is a good value ultra-wide angle. Even after the use I’ve put it through so far, I would buy this lens again. I plan to give it some more extensive testing in the next several weeks.”

 

15
Apr
2014

X-T1: Travel, Action, Mud… and the Fujifilm X-T1 (+ Yashica 50mm 1.7)

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image courtesy: f8photography

Fujifilm X-T1
Amazon.es, Redcoon.es, DigitalRev, eBay

The Fujifilm X-T1 body is in stock at Adorama here and at Pictureline here.

The Travel

- British Pro-Photographer Gary Tyson traveled for three weeks through three different countries (Cambodia, Korea and Hong Kong) with his X-T1. And here is non technical and nice real life review of the X-T1, the Fujinon XF lenses (14, 18, 23, 35, 56) and also some thoughts on Lightroom 5.4. You can read his review here and you’ll understand why he highly recommends the X-system and the X-T1, “easily the best mirrorless camera of 2014 (so far for me)“. Here some excerpts (full review here):

Body: “The finish of the camera is great [...] they’ve worked so hard to get most things very very right, then put on a flimsy SD card door that you open and close every time you shoot to get to the card, not a dealbreaker, just a little annoying

Lenses: “Its already well documented that the lenses from the Fuji X-Series are all pretty damn good, I would go as far as to say most of them that I have used are SPECTACULAR. [...] the 56mm is sublime, probably the best lens I have ever used for portraiture, especially on a ‘non full frame rig’, amazing quality in every sense.”

Image Quality: “For example, I made 15 A3+ prints the other day, 8 from the Fuji X-T1, the other 5 from my Leica M240, I showed 4 different professional photographers the images, they all guessed wrong as to which cameras produced which files, testament to the Fuji, once a file is shot on a good lens and processed, its not so easy to tell them apart from higher end cameras, in fact, I would say extremely difficult…apart from the fact that the Fuji colour is better than any other camera on the market

Colour: “Spectacular, I have shot this camera in Hong Kong in artificial light, same in Korea, then in Cambodia in harsh light and amazing sunsets, and I can honestly say, I can’t remember having even once touched the custom white balance tool in Lightroom to fix white balance [...] That paired with the ability to use the Fuji colour profiles for Velvia, Astia, Pro Neg, etc is really a very, very cool thing in my view, post processing has never been so easy for the colour files.”

AF: “I tried and failed badly shooting a basketball match and a soccer match, useless continuous AF for that….for someone walking or cycling down the street that you want to shoot however, its more than adequate. [...] fast AF in good light allows capture of natural reactions quickly and easily.”

Battery life: “The weakest link of the camera.  I carry 4 batteries around with me, if you use the camera a lot, you will need a minimum of 2 batteries for a days shooting”

Lighroom 5.4: “ Rumour has it that LR 5.4 also has a different way of dealing with the Fuji RAW files in the sense that they are better quality than previously available in Lightroom.  I think this is true, before I found Fuji files to look ‘smudgy’, I don’t see that with these files, they are very very very good”

- Laurent Bourlier: “Hi Patrick, I own a splendid X-T1 since a week and i really enjoy the great improvements  Fuji has done. Still got my X-Pro1, and i will keep it, i am now waiting for the 56mm 1.2 ; my local retailer (in France) tells me “100% sure before the end of April”… You can find here some shots made with the X-T1 + 35 mm 1.4 : http://laurentbourlier.wordpress.com/ Many thanks for the great job you do everyday on Fujirumors !! Cheers

The Yashica 50mm 1.7 (specs&price)

- Josiah Patterson: “Just wanted to share some images from a family hike this past weekend taken with the Fuji X-T1” See the shots at siahphoto: “All I can say is im super stoked on the Fujifilm X-T1. It’s an amazing camera to work with. For me it’s the closest camera to bridge the gap between digital and film cameras, bringing the best of both worlds into a modern package, which is why I bought it. The images above were shot with a Yacshica 50mm 1.7 in raw mode, edited in LightRoom using Replichrome.

X-T1 with Yashica 50mm 1.7 at siahphoto

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The Action

- Dmitry Gudkov:I brought an X-T1 and 56mm 1.2 to a gig shooting a Tough Mudder obstacle course event. I didn’t think I’d use it during the assignment – I mostly brought it along for travel shots, etc. But I ended up shooting quite a few frames with it, and even delivered a few to the client. If I didn’t know where the photos come from, I couldn’t tell the difference between my Fuji shots and my Canon 5D Mark III shots. Really really solid performance.” To see the action shots check out his flickr here.

image courtesy: Dmitry Gudkov

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15
Apr
2014

“Outstanding Sharpness”: XF 10-24mm review at ephotozine + X-T1 body in stock at Adorama

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The X-T1 body is now in stock at Adorama.

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ephotozine completed its technical review of the Fujinon XF 10-24. See the charts, the samples and read more at ephotozine here.

“Yet again, Fujifilm has produced an excellent quality lens that should exceed the expectations of even the most discerning photographer. The sharpness delivered by this lens is outstanding, focusing is quick and precise and the robust build helps to assert that this is a quality piece of equipment.

The price of £850 may seem a little high when compared to alternatives available for other camera systems, but in this case, quality is probably worth paying extra for.

       The Fujifilm Fujinon XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS is an excellent quality lens that should exceed the expectations of even the most discerning photographer.”

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just 1 more Fujinon XF 10-24 is in stock at AmazonUS here (via third party at normal price)

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14
Apr
2014

“A Joy to Use”! Fujifilm X-T1 full review at dpreview (Gold Award)

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Gold Award, what else ;-)

Once again the Fujifilm X-T1 gained an important award. This time it’s Dpreview (review here) that assigns the Gold Award to the X-T1, saying:

“The X-T1 is probably Fujifilm’s best camera to date, offering a compelling combination of intuitive handling, excellent image quality, and one of best electronic viewfinders we’ve seen. It also features on of the most impressive autofocus systems on any camera at this price level, both in terms of accuracy with fast lenses and tracking moving subjects. Over all it’s a hugely engaging and capable camera, and one that’s fundamentally a joy to use.”

It has just two weak spots: the video… and it’s hard to find in stock!

In stock check: Amazon.es, Redcoon.es, DigitalRev, eBay

 

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