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25
Mar
2015

dpreview X100T review: “Still nothing else on the market offering same combination of IQ and shooting experience”

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Silver Award for the X100T at dpreview. You can read the whole review here or jump to the conclusions here. Overall they say:

“The X100T is an excellent photographic tool that’s engaging to use and capable of beautiful images. Its autofocus is starting to show its age, and its unusual X-Trans sensor’s benefits are hard to discern in an era of 24 and 28MP rivals. But there’s currently nothing to touch it in terms of the size/price/image quality balance it offers and the style with which it does so.”

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12
Mar
2015

“Unashamedly aimed at Pros!” XF 16-55mmF2.8 WR highly recommended at Cameralabs & ePhotoZine… and more!

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XF 16-55mmF2.8 WR
USA:
BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / EUROPE: wexUK / PCHstore /

A bunch of tests about the XF 16-55mmF2.8 WR has been published over the last few days. I invite you to check out all the reviews listed in this post. But it’s pretty clear: the XF 16-55mmF2.8 WR is another optically outstanding Fujinon lens. Fuji spoiled us with truly amazing glass… so no surprise that X-shooters consider the Fujinon lenses the highlight of the X-system (see the poll at the bottom).

And now, have a good read:

1) Every good read begins with Rico’s First Looks…. and here is the one about the XF 16-55. If you didn’t still check it out, then make sure to click on this link.

2) 16-55mm f2.8 review at cameralabs: “Ultimately the XF 16-55mm is unashamedly aimed at pros, particularly event shooters who’ll want to pair it with the XF 40-150mm and know they’ll have a bright f2.8 aperture throughout a broad range and not need to worry about inclement weather. Suffice it to say wedding and street photographers will love it.”

3) 16-55 review at ephotozine: “Optically, this standard zoom from Fujifilm is up there with the best f/2.8 zooms available for APS-C format cameras. It is capable of delivering excellent sharpness, with low CA and distortion. More importantly, it handles well, and features such as weather sealing and the Nano-GI coatings applied to this lens ensure it is capable of holding its own amongst the best zoom lenses currently available.”

4) Fuji XF 16-55mm f/2.8 zoom — a hands-on review at aboutphotography-tomgrill: “If I were a wedding photographer depending only upon a Fuji equipment kit, I would add this lens to the mix for its high resolution and fast aperture. Same would be true if I only used a Fuji X camera for lifestyle or landscape photography.

5) Fuji XF 16-55 LM WR Review (Part 2) at adamkingphoto: “The Fuji XF 16-55 F2.8 is hands down the best standard zoom available to demanding Fuji shooters, and I would consider it essential for event shooting, outdoor exploration, and any high-performance work in the standard range.”

6) Review at thephoblographer: “Is this a great lens? Absolutely, but it’s one that we’d keep in our camera bag and relegate to special needs purposes when we really need a zoom lens.”

7) Spanish Field Test at dslrmagazine (translation).

8) 16-55 compared to 23 at soundimageplus and compared to the Sony A7 Mk II 35mm Prime here: “Completely contrary to my expectations, the Fuji / Zoom combination turned in a better looking file than the Sony at f/2.8 and ISO 200, even after the upsizing and the Sony A7 Mk II / prime combination turned in a slightly better performance than the Fuji at f/2.8 and ISO 3200. ?????”

 

XF 16-55mmF2.8 WR USA: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / EUROPE: wexUK / PCHstore /

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1
Mar
2015

miXed zone: XF 16-55 review at admiringhlight, Silkypix 4.1.00 vs Lightroom RAF, R. Simko’s favorite X-shots & more!

At the moment, one of the most liked images at the X-shooter facebook zone
Nishanth Adu‎: “Rise” Saint Euastache Church, Paris Fujifilm X-T1, XF56mmF1.2 R, f/1.2, 1/1000 s
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Keep up voting and sharing your absolute favorite X-shot… and here is how to do it:

1) SHARE & DESCRIBE: 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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XF 16-55mmF2.8 WR
USA:
BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / EUROPE: wexUK / PCHstore /

MUST READ: First Look at the XF 16-55mmF2.8 WR / My XF16-55mm lens review at ehnamour / 16-55 Review – With the X-T1 is Fuji finally ‘Pro’ at soundimageplus / Review at Photographyblog / Samples at mapcamera / Full Review at admiringlight / samples at thephoblographer / review at dcfever (translation) /

XF 50-140
USA:
BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / EUROPE:WexUK / PCHstore /

Winter Derby in Québec City taken with the X-T1 + XF40-150mm at Gilles Baribeau FlickR /

X100/S/T + TCL/WCL

X1ooT
USA:
BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / EUROPE: WexUK / PCHstore / AUSTRALIA: CameraPro

Full Review: Fujifilm X100T in Hong Kong at bigheadtaco / Up Goes The Ante: Fuji’s X100T at ultrasomething / Fuji X100T – Yep It Can Be A Landscape Photographer’s Camera at photofocus / Spanish review at quesabesde (translation) / Panasonic LX100 vs. Fujifilm X100T – Compact, stylish and great performance: what more could you ask for? at mirrorlessons /

X100/S

X100: Self-Taught Street Photographer Surprises China With His Perfectly Timed Photos at earthpormFlickr /

TCL/WCL

Naha, Okinawa with the Fuji TCLX100 at shootlighter /

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

Red Kite Stages at electriclemonade / Test af FujiFilm X-T1: Finmekanik, frustrationer og fuldfede Fuji-farver at graverholtfoto (translation) / Fuji X-T1 Twins Go to Iceland at danielkorzeniewskiphoto / Walking the Welsh Coast with the Fujifilm X-T1 and XF 35mm f/1.4 at mirrorlessons /

other X-series cameras

Is it worth to buy the X-PRO1 today? in Spanish at fuji-xperience (translation) / A year with a Pro- one year on with the Fuji X-Pro1 at suberashi / X-E2: The end of printing at doncraigphoto / Fujifilm X30 : le test terrain at focus-numerique (translation) / X-A2 samples at photographyblog /

lenses

X-mount lenses

- Zoom! Zoom! (XF zoom lenses) at tbray / XF 14mm: Winter landscape for fun with the XF 14mm Fujifilm lens at blog.glyons / X-T1 + 18-135: White Out: A Wintery Weekend in the Peaks at veritymilliganphotography / Fujifilm XM-FL 24mm f/8 First Impressions Review at cameras.reviewed / XF 23mm compared to Leica T 23mm F2 Summicron – more on raw processing at soundimageplus / Fujifilm 10-24mm: A stand-out, versatile, ultra-wide zoom at imaging-resource /

RAW-conversion / Jpeg

MUST READ: X-T1: Tethering with Adobe Lightroom and Fujifilm HS-V5 / MUST READ: Rico’s Film Simulations in RAW File Converter EX Version 2 XPC here / RAW file converter for Fuji ver. 2.0 released at soundimageplus / Quick down and dirty test of new Silkypix 4.1.00 vs Lightroom RAF processing at jlmphotos /

Acessories / Flash / Adapter

Lensmate Thumb Grip: Ingenious grip solution for Fuji X-T1’s viewfinder hump at macfilos / Nissin i40 Flash for Fuji X Series Preview and Test Shots at Damian Brown’s youtube / Lensmate Thumbrest for X30 here and X100T here / Metabones Speed Booster ULTRA for Fuji X cameras -X-T1 + NIKON 20mm f/1.8G and 100mm Series E f/2.8 lenses soundimageplus /

a bit of everything

My favourite X photographs at richardsimko

How to set up your camera for Street Photography at fuji-Xperience (translation) & list of Fujifilm releated blogs you should follow at fuji-Xperience (translation) / Fuji Spring Clean: Deciding what gear I NEED not what I would LIKE at macleancomms /Fujifilm Breathtaking Landscapes Photo Contest for North America: Join the contest within March 31. More at fujifilm.votigo / CP+ interview with Damien Lovegrove at the Japanese site dc.watch (translation) / Tomasz Lazar CP+ 2015 stage talkshow on youtube / My year of Fuji X at fujix365.exposure /

25
Feb
2015

Film Simulations in RAW File Converter EX Version 2

Film Simulations in RAW File Converter EX Version 2

by Rico Pfirstinger

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Fuji Film Simulation Sample Images

My new book featuring 111 tipps for X-T1 users is now available as an eBook. Please use this link and enter coupon code XPERT40 to get a PDF version and an ePub (Apple iBooks) file and the Kindle version for just $11.99, all DRM-free. If you are still undecided, click here to download 47 free sample pages. If you like the book and can afford the time, please leave a review at Amazon.

On Thursday (26FEB), Fuji will release a new version of its free Silkypix-based RAW File Converter EX converter for Windows and Mac OS. It isn’t much different from the previous version, with one notable exception: RFC EX 2 supports Fujifilm’s original film simulations Provia, Velvia, Astia, Classic Chrome, Pro Neg. Hi, Pro Neg. Std, Monochrome, Monochrome+Yellow filter, Monochrome+Red filter, Monochrome+Green filter and Sepia. Only those simulations will be available in RFC EX 2 that are also available in the respective camera. So if your camera doesn’t support Classic Chrome, neither will RAW File Converter EX 2 when you are processing a RAW file from this camera.

Once the release version of RFC EX 2 is available, you can find your free download here. Initially, the software will offer Fuji film simulation support for X-T1, X100T, X-A2, X30 and XQ2 cameras. Film simulation support for older X models will be available later this year through a free update.

As of now, it’s unclear if the current commercial version of Silkypix 6 will also be updated to support Fuji’s film simulations. I certainly hope so, since Silkypix 6 is more advanced than RAW File Converter EX 2, which is still based on an older release of Silkypix (probably version 4).

Compared to the previous version of RFC EX, sharpening and noise reduction algorithms have been enhanced. However, there is still no Retina display support for Mac OS users.

During the past three weeks, I was able to preview a beta release of RFC EX 2. Since the feature set of version 2 remains mostly unchanged, I concentrated on the new film simulation aspect and compared several straight-out-of-camera JPEG samples with their respective film simulations in RFC EX 2. I also compared shots that were recorded with varying dynamic range settings (DR100%, DR200% and DR400%), and I looked at differences regarding highlight clipping and rendering. Read more »

20
Feb
2015

XF 50-140: “Admirably fast AF […] best lens for action and sports among the Fuji lenses” (Jonas) + “Fantastic IQ” (engaged)

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XF 50-140
USA: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / EUROPE: WexUK / PCHstore / AmazonUK

In PART 1 of his review, jonasjacobsson tested the autofocus speed of XF 50-140 (on a X-T1). The subject? A dog running full speed in any direction. So how did it work? From the conclusions.

“The toughest test was for sure the first one, when he came towards me, resulting in 5 missed shots. Otherwise, for the most part, the lens performed admirably. Fast and accurate. And like I stated above, some of the missed once are a result of me not being used to shoot fast-moving dogs and it was really hard to predict the movement sometimes, so do keep that in mind. Without a doubt this is the best lens suited for action and sports among the Fuji lenses. In terms of autofocus speed the XF 50-140 is miles ahead of the slower XF 55-200, along with many other advantages like weather sealing and a fast constant aperture of f/2.8. It is however also almost 2.5-3 times as pricy as the older sibling. Once you lock on target the lens tend to keep that focus very well unless you do a some drastic movement that might interfere.”

In PART 2 of the 50-140 review, jonasjacobsson judges the IQ of the lens.

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Also engaged tested the XF 50-140 and they say:

“Image quality is fantastic throughout regardless of focal length, with pleasingly sharp details and accurate focus. Without Fuji’s current speed king, the X-T1, I wasn’t able to test out the upper end of its autofocus abilities, but it performed quickly enough on my trusty X-E2. As for bokeh, out-of-focus background elements were generally smooth and not distracting, meaning this should be a solid portrait lens if that’s your thing.”