Reviews

14
Sep
2014

miXed zone: more 56 APD samples, X-E2 or X-T1, switch to the X + X100S: “my creativity has grown because of it!”

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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
X-T1 + XF 18-135 WR: USA: BHphotoAmazonUS / Adorama /

XF 56mm f/1.2 APD
USA: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / EUROPE: WexUK / WexDE / AUSTRALIA: CameraPro

More samples at laroquephoto / Simple Comparison between XF56mm APD and XF56mm (exterior photo, lens construction, and MTF chart) at dicahub /

Fujifilm X-T1
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Fuji X-T1 or Fuji X-E2? And the winner is…. check it out in Spanish at Fuji-Xperience (English tranlsation) / Mein Resümee zur Fujifilm X-T1 in German at die-zeit-zeugen (translation) / Stéphane Monard: All albums except the Laos one is made with a fuji x system. Japan with an x-e1 and all Africa with X-T1 at smosvision / Fujifilm X-T1 Hints and Tips at photomadd / X-vinTage1: My Fujifilm X-T1 review part two at jonasraskphotography / Fuji X-T1 Review Follow-Up at masonmarsh / A day of sailing at doncraigphoto / A little taste of Icelandic B/W at jonasjacobsson / Fuji X-T1, My Thoughts at rf-photography / 30 B&W wedding pictures – Fuji X-T1 at leemeekphotography / Sean Marc Lee: My 3 page spread in September’s GQ Taiwan from the 9 page article “Girls We Love.” I wish they included all the details and closeups I took. All photos taken with the Fujifilm X-T1 and XF56mm. at seanmarc-lee / Fujifilm X-T1 Review: The RAF at danielkcheung / Lighting portraits with the Fuji X-T1 and natural light at iso1200 /

Switch to the X

Matt Russell: “Patrick, Well, I finally did it. I sold my Canon 5D Mark II with 5 lenses and bought a X-T1 with the 10-24mm, 55-200, and the 56mm. After having bought the X100s and been impressed with it, I can’t say how impressed I am with the X-T1 and the lenses. I’m starting to branch out in my photography (portraits, street, etc) which I felt inhibited by the size, bulk, and attention my Canon gear garnered. I would have to pick and choose which Canon gear to leave home as it all wouldn’t fit into my gear bag. I now carry all my Fuji gear (X-T1, 3 lenses, X100S) and have room to spare and less of a load. I couldn’t be happier with my decision. I will never go back to a DSLR.” mjrussellphotography.com/latestmjrussellphotography.com/gallery/places/connecticu

- The Fuji switch part II: Weddings… at benjacobsenphoto / POV: The ‘Unbearable’ Lightness of Fuji X Series at thetravelphotographer / From Nikon DSLRs to Fuji X cameras ~ Reflections on the X-T1 at alexanderleaman / I fell in love with my X at wieselblitz / I sold all my gear for a Fujifilm X-T1 at russellfeatherstonephotography / A Fujifilm X-T1 Review Of Sorts VS Canon 5D Mark III & Olympus E-M1 at kithomasphotography / Should I sell my DSLR and buy a Fuji? at dougchinnery / Bye-bye Canon, hello Fuji (longterm X-T1 & X-system review) at juiceimaging /

Fujifilm X30
USA: BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / BestBuy / EUROPE: wexUK / wexDE / PCHstore

- more real world samples at dpreview / hands-on preview at kammah / X30 first look at dslrmagazine in Spanish (translation) /

KAIZEN

Chris: “I’d like to know more about Fujifilm plans for open source software. I’d like to be able to interact with my camera via an api, and create customizations/plugins that change the way the camera operates. There is Magic Lantern www.magiclantern.fm, which does this for Canon cameras, but the best option would be for Fuji to lead the charge.” /

X100S
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- Michael Falco: “I wrote a review on the X100S, I hope you find it valuable enough to share it. It came from my heart and my creativity has grown because of it.” Read it at michaelfalco / caving with the X100s at xexets / Fuji X100s at ianmacdonaldphotography / Here’s the iPhone 6 Plus Next to the Fuji X100S. Which is the ‘Pocket Camera’ Now? at petapixel /

other X-series cameras

- Tristan Williams: Just found out how well the X system handles shooting indoor concerts! Couldn’t believe the results. See here. / Hands On Review: Fujifilm X-E2 + Fujifilm 18-55mm at antonionunes / Fuji X-PRO1 in Bali at samburtonphoto / Photography of Marathon watches. Fuji X-E1 at simonpeckham / X-PRO1: photo shooting right before and after the sunset at wilsonchiew / X-PRO1: Suberashi Photo @ Morgan Motor Car Malvern at suberashi / Slowing Down with the Fuji X-Pro1 at kagecollective /

XF 18-135mm
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- Fujifilm XF 18-135mm, the “superb telephoto lens” review in Dubai at michaelrcruz / My thoughts on the WR 18-135 lens at jonasjacobsson / Weather-sealed Magic – FUJINON XF18-135mm F3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR at randallcipriano /

lenses

- Fuji XF 10-24MM f4: Shooting Architecture by Marco Sobrevinas at findingrange / Up Close? X-Pro1 Fuji XF 35/1.4 & Raynox +8 at roblowephoto /
Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 & Testing New Fuji Glass at 35mmstreet / Movement. The essence of Old Delhi with the 56 and 10-24 at timsteadman / arch In August rally at Hyde Park, Sydney (with Fuji X-Pro 1 & 56mm f/1.2, 18mm f/2) at robertcatto /

RAW-conversion

- best X-Trans RAW converter at fujivsfuji /

Classic Chrome

Fuji’s Classic Chrome Film Simulation Brings the Magic of Kodachrome to the Digital Realm at petapixel /

Acessories

- New battery protection for the Fujifilm NP-W126 battery called Clip cap at ad-3d /

a little bit of everything

- X-to-iPad workflow at doncraigphoto / Paris street photography – traveling X-Photographer style at fujixfiles / My Gear / Fuji X Series Cameras at colinnichollsphotography / My love affair with EVFs at fujifilmblog / 500px has a new feature called groups. So far there are over 700 members to the fuji group https://500px.com/groups/fujifilmusers / Cambodia part 2 ~ Temples at prophotonut / Big Images and Small Cameras in the City at markschuelerphoto / with the Fuji X100s and the X-T1 at gaborimages / London and Fuji strike again, with an evening detour to the BWPA at lizzieshepherd / My dreamed Fuji XT on my next photo tour at nomadphotoexpeditions /

11
Sep
2014

“This Fuji X30 is a great way to go… but the retro-cool factor is gone” (TheCameraStoreTV – VIDEO)

Unlike the just announced graphite X-T1 and X100T, which are respectively at the top positions of the overall CSC ranking and P&S ranking, the Fujifilm X30 pre-order start was rather disappointing. Sure, the camera features the same 2/3 sensor of its predecessor, but there are so many other improvements over the X20, that also Chris of TheCameraStoreTV appreciates: nice handling, the EVF, super-customazible camera, the control ring, the WiFi, the battery life, BUT…  it’s not nearly as nice as the Fujifilm X20… and I agree with that.

From his conclusions:

“Overall, if you consider the price point of the Fuji X30, we get a pretty amazing camera. $650 [admin: price in Canada] roughly, the RX100MKIII is pushing $900 bucks. And if you look at the camera like the Panasonic LF1, yes, it’s quite a bit cheaper, but, much worst viewfinder, I mean it’s not even close to this [X30], the sensor is smaller. The X30 really does represent good value. My only real complaint, honestly, is from a visual/esthetic… I just think it’s not as pretty as the X10/X20. They just had a great retro-cool factor, and this camera I’m not so exited to carry around in a visual way. But, if we keep it practical, if we think of value for dollar and photographic features, this Fuji is great way to go, guys.”

For a more comprehensive first look, read Rico’s X30 XPC special here and check out also his updated flick X30 images here (over 200 shots now).

Fujifilm X30: USA: BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / BestBuy /   EUROPE: wexUK / wexDE / PCHstore

X100T: USA: BHphoto  / AmazonUS / Adorama / EUROPE: WexUK / WexDEAUSTRALIA: CameraPro
Graphite Silver X-T1USA: BHphotoAmazonUS / Adorama / EUROPE: WexUK / WexDE AUSTRALIA: CameraPro
XF 56mm f/1.2 APD: USA: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / EUROPE: WexUK / WexDE AUSTRALIA: CameraPro
XF 50-140 f/2.8 WR: USA: BHphotoAmazonUS / Adorama / EUROPE: WexUK / WexDE AUSTRALIA: CameraPro
X-T1 + XF 18-135 WR: USA: BHphotoAmazonUS / Adorama / EUROPE:

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10
Sep
2014

VIDEO: Fuji Guys FIRST LOOK at the X100T and Silver Graphite X-T1 (+56mmAPD and 50-140)

The Fuji Guys just published their First Looks at the X100T and silver graphite X-T1. They also confirm the electronic shutter firmware udpate for black & silver X-T1.

They also talk about the new lenses. Especially the XF50-140 f/2.8, which, says Billy, really gives prime quality in a zoom lens: “it’s gonna be a very legendary lens, for sure!”

And check out how awesome the new X100T HVF is :-)!!!

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Graphite Silver X-T1USA: BHphotoAmazonUS / Adorama / EUROPE: WexUK / WexDE AUSTRALIA: CameraPro
XF 56mm f/1.2 APD: USA: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / EUROPE: WexUK / WexDE AUSTRALIA: CameraPro
XF 50-140 f/2.8 WR: USA: BHphotoAmazonUS / Adorama / EUROPE: WexUK / WexDE AUSTRALIA: CameraPro
X-T1 + XF 18-135 WR: USA: BHphotoAmazonUS / Adorama / EUROPE:

10
Sep
2014

MASSIVE Fuji-X announcements: X100T, XF 56mmAPD, XF50-140, silver X-T1 (LIVE BLOGGING, refresh this page)

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PRE-ORDERS

X100T: USA: BHphoto  / AmazonUS / Adorama / EUROPE: WexUK / WexDEAUSTRALIA: CameraPro
Graphite Silver X-T1USA: BHphotoAmazonUS / Adorama / EUROPE: WexUK / WexDE AUSTRALIA: CameraPro
XF 56mm f/1.2 APD: USA: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / EUROPE: WexUK / WexDE AUSTRALIA: CameraPro
XF 50-140 f/2.8 WR: USA: BHphotoAmazonUS / Adorama / EUROPE: WexUK / WexDE AUSTRALIA: CameraPro
X-T1 + XF 18-135 WR: USA: BHphotoAmazonUS / Adorama / EUROPE:

 

FUJIFILM PRESS RELEASES

Fujifilm X100T / Fujifilm Graphite Silver X-T1 / Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 APD / Fujifilm XF 50-140 f/2.8 WR

 FIRST LOOKS and SAMPLES

FUJIFILM X100T: Dedicated Fujifilm Website / Fuji’s sample images / Zack Arias first look at dedpxl / First look at the-owl / Promotional Video /

FUJIFILM Graphite Silver X-T1: Promotional Video /

FUJINON XF 56mm f/1.2 APD: Dedicated Fujifilm Website / Fuji’s sample images / Nathan Elson image samples / Patrick La Roque image samples /

FUJINON XF 50-140 f/2.8 WR: Dedicated Fujifilm Website /

DECEMBER FIRMWARE

10 further improvements coming soon via a planned firmware update*** [ELECTORNIC SHUTTER: This functionality will be installed via a firmware update planned for December, 2014, for both the X-T1 Black and the X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition.]

  1. (1) Direct selection of AF Area
    The update will let users select the focus area using the 4-way controller, without pressing the Fn key.
  2. (2) Unlocked AE-L/AF-L buttons
    The function of the AE-L/AF-L button is currently locked, but will be interchangeable, depending on the user’s preference.
  3. (3) Variable Focus Area during MF
    When working in Manual focus mode, the update will enable changing the size of the focus area during Instant AF with the AF-L button.
  4. (4) Direct selection of Macro mode
    In Autofocus mode, the update will enable the Macro function to be turned on or off, without accessing the pop-up menu screen.
  5. (5) Q Menu customization
    To make the Q Menu (used for quick access of frequently-used items) even more efficient, the update will allow its items and layout to be changed to the user’s preference.
  6. (6) New video frame rates
    As well as the existing 60fps and 30fps selections, 50fps, 25fps and 24fps options will be available with the update. 50fps and 25fps allow video editing in the PAL regions, such as Europe, without converting the frame rate. 24fps offers a cinema-like view.
  7. (7) Manual shooting in Video mode
    The update will enable ISO sensitivity selection prior to shooting videos, as well as the ability to adjust aperture and shutter speed during movie recording.
  8. (8) Phase Detection AF support for Instant AF
    In Instant AF mode, which is operated by pressing the AF-L button during manual focusing, the update will enable Phase Detection AF, providing faster focusing speeds.
  9. (9) Interlocking of Metering and Focus areas
    Users will be able to interlock the AF area position with the Metering area when Spot Metering mode is selected.
  10. (10)   Expansion of shutter speed in Program Shift mode
    In the current Program Shift mode, the slowest-speed setting is 1/4sec, but this will increase to a maximum of 4secs.

 

31
Aug
2014

miXed zone: Fujifilm X30, XF18-135… and the “mirrorless revolution” (luminous-landscape)!

Fujifilm X30
USABHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / BestBuy / EUROPE: wexUK / wexDE / PCHstore 

-MUST READ: Rico Pfirstinger’s Fujifilm X30 FIRST LOOK here /  Small review of the Fujifilm X30 at neillsoden /

Switch to the X

 - From Fujifilm to Nikon: The $10,000 Question at danielkcheung. / the mirrorless revolution at luminous-landscape (video) /

KAIZEN

- On vertical mentality and everything at trentontalbot /

XF 18-135mm
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 - The Fuji Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR with Fuji X-E2 at soundimageplusThe fact that it’s a superb lens optically is a real bonus. As I said others can do the tests, but I doubt anyone will have anything to complain about here. A superb lens and one that significantly enhances the Fuji X system as a whole.” / Full review at danbaileyphoto / Real world samples at dpreview /  Quick test of the 18-135 at the Japanese site camera.itmedia (translation) /

 Fujifilm X-T1
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- The X-T1 does Lightning at johncaz. / Fujifilm X-T1 images at patrickfurter. / Thousand miles with the X-T1 at tommorris. / The “Pentazhong Nocticon” in German at retrocameracs (translation). / Olympus v. Fuji v. Sony high ISO comparison at joshmcleodphotography. /  Striking Gold with the Fuji X-series at olafblog / Fuji X-T1 Review – Mirrorless in Brooklyn NYC at youtube /

X100S
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- J. Matt: “Thanks for this- your site has been helpful to me now and then as I shoot with both the X-Pro 1 & 100s. Site is below, not all shot w/ a Fuji but some of it for sure.
www.tinyshocks.com. ” /

 other X-series cameras

- Fujifilm X-PRO1: my experience at tommorris. / A Prospectus On The Leica M-9P vs. Fuji X-Pro1 at prometheus. / Fujifilm X100 and Street Photography at cannedhate. / One piece of equipment changed my life however: The Fuji X100 at inmybag / Exploring the city of Edinburgh: Thoughts about the Fujifilm X-E2 at mirrorlessons. / freelance photographer Vincenzo and his reportages around the globe, shot with a Fuji X-E1 (and he sold his Nikon) at one125 /

lenses

image courstesy: fujixperience-es (XF10-24 vs XF 14mm article)

- I stumbled on another interesting, Spanish, Fuji site, the fujixperience-es. The site has lots of reviews in of Fuji gear with amazing shots. For example, check out the 10-24 vs 14mm in Spanish at fuji-xperience.es (translation).

- Cambo produces a tilt/shift Mini View Camera for Fuji-X called Actus mini. Details here. / Yasuhara’s MADOKA fujifilm X mount here / 55-200: The Fujifilm X-Series goes Zoo! at lichtklicker. / 55-200: Newcastle Festival of Flight 2014 at davymac.photoshelter. / Fujifilm Fujinon XF 10-24 mm f/4R OIS review at lenstip / 10-24 review in Japanese at dcfever (translation) / Ibelux 40mm f/0.85 vs Canon FL 55mm f/1.2+Speed Booster at admiringlight / FULL REVIEW of the IBELUX at admiringlight /

 RAW-conversion

- Fujifilm X-E1 + Photo Ninja = Awesome at thomasfitzgeraldphotography /

Acessories

- Nauticam Announces Housing for the Fujifilm X-T1, more at divephotoguide /

a little bit of everything

- 6 gear hacks and freebies for concert photography at adamkingphoto /