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17
Oct
2014

“I much prefer the rangefinder style, but the Graphite X-T1 changed that” (michaelrcruz – with electronic shutter samples)

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X-T1 Graphite Silver + 56mm @ f1.2, 1/10,500, ISO 200, Classic Chrome

[UDPATE: more samples taken with the electoronic shutter also here at neillsoden]

I’ve read and heard several times, that no picture on the web does justice to the beauty of the graphite Fujifilm X-T1. And Michael R. Cruz confirms it in his review here:

“I have to admit, if I haven’t own the black X-T1, I would definitely go with this one. I might even sell my black X-T1 and get this one, that’s how much I like the Graphite Silver, but that’s purely subjective. This color is so much sleeker and it gives the X-T1 a more retro look. I felt like the black one is not “retro” enough, compared to X-Pro1 or X100s, but the “graphite silver” color gives the X-T1 that retro kick it lacks. To me, it is gorgeous! I was never a fan of how the X-T1 look/form, I much prefer the rangefinder style, but I think, the Graphite Edition changed that.”

He tested a pre-production graphite X-T1, and posted also some samples taken with the new electronic shutter (which, I remind you, also black Fujifilm X-T1 owners will get in December via firmware update). I’ve posted a sample above, for more, check out michaelrcruz’s review here.

Graphite Silver X-T1USA: BHphotoAmazonUS / Adorama / EUROPE: WexUK / WexDE AUSTRALIA: CameraPro

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X100T: USA: BHphoto  / AmazonUS / 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 /

14
Oct
2014

Sony RX100III vs Fujifilm X30 :: which one is the better camera according to Kai (digitalrev)?

Kai from digitalrev compared the the Fujifilm X30 with the Sony RX100III (see youtube). His conclusions are that “there is nothing wrong with the Fuji… it’s a decent (but fat) compact camera, it’s just that the Sony seems to be the better camera overall“.

Here just a few PRO’s he listed about each camera:

Fujifilm X30 PROS: cool looking, bigger & better EVF, feels better in the hand, manual zoom.
Sony RX100III PROS: Pocketable size, flip screen, slightly sharper, more detailed images, better dynamic range, better auto-white balance in low light, better ISO performance

Just let me add one more PRO to the Fujifilm X30… it costs $200 less than the Sony. The Fujifilm X30 is sold for $599, while the Sony RX100III costs $799.

12
Oct
2014

miXed zone: How to sharpen X-TRANS files in Lightroom, the XF 18-135 is “the Swiss Army knife of lenses” and more!

XF 50-140: USA: BHphotoAmazonUS / Adorama / EUROPE:WexUK / WexDE / PCHstore /
X100T: USA: BHphoto  / AmazonUS / Adorama / EUROPE: WexUK / WexDE / PCHstore / AUSTRALIA: CameraPro
XF 56mm f/1.2 APD: USA: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / EUROPE: WexUK / WexDE AUSTRALIA: CameraPro

 Fujifilm X-T1
Amazon, Adorama, DigitalRev, J&R, B&H, eBay

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image courtesy: thedigitaltrekker (f/4, 1/320 sec, at 70.5mm, 400 ISO, on a X-T1)

– Ladakh Photo Trek Part 3 at thedigitaltrekker / Fuji X-T1 Goes To Vietnam at thetravelphotographer  / Verdict | The People of Tây Bắc Photo Expedition at thetravelphotographer / X-T1 does weddings at johncaz / Kaushik Parmar: “video on our Traditional Dance Festival in my city Ahmedabad (India). I used Panasonic GH4 & Fujifilm X-T1, I hereby invite you to see it, and try to recognize X-T1 footage, this wll be good quiz! See the video here /

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

 – Review at the Japanese site dc.watch (translaton) / First Image Samples from the Fujifilm X30 at thephoblographer and their following article Using the Fujifilm X30 with High Speed Sync Flash here / Fujifilm X30 review at photoreview /

XF 18-135mm
Amazon, Adorama, DigitalRev, J&R, B&H, eBay

- The Fujifilm XF 18-135 The Swiss Army knife of lenses? at thistonybridge / Max de Martino talks on FUJINON LENS XF18-135mm at youtube /

X100/S + Converters
Amazon, Adorama, DigitalRev, J&R, B&H, eBay

- REVIEW: Converting the X100 – Adding a TCL-X100 to the Perfect Travel Camera at macleancomms / Fujifilm X100 long exposure practice. ….. Finally at simonpeckham / X100S + WCL-100 at jonasraskphotography / How film image quality compares to my Fujifilm X100S at atmtxphoto / Commercial Photography with X100s? Yes! at ivanjoshualoh / X100s v X-Pro1 – Comparing Two Favourites at daveyoungfotografia /

 other X-series cameras

A photo walk in Chicago with the X-E1: An exercise in monochrome from Chicago, the “City of the Big Shoulders.” I thought Chicago’s massive building would display best in monochrome. I used DxO filmpack 3 with the Tri-X emulation for most frames. See more at worldofdecay / Delicate Nature with Fuji X-E1 at thomasfitzgeraldphotography / John Legend at Singapore GrandPrix 2014 (X-PRO1) at lucpher / why lukelee get rid of his X-PRO1 at lukelee / Italy: A weekend, a wedding and the Fuji X-E2 at charlenewinfred / Fuji and Mr. Action at igormotl / Fujifilm Fujinon XF 23 mm f/1,4 R review at the French site focus-numerique /

lenses

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XF23mm Test at fuji-xperience in Spanish (translation).

– Andrea Scirè: “Hello, I’m andrea from italy,  I have a blog of street photography (fotostreet.it) being interested in the mitakon 24mm f1,7 for its use in the street, I asked at the marketing office (Steve) a few examples of photos at F1.7 and F8 …  I posted these photos on my blog: http://www.fotostreet.it/zyoptic-mitakon-24mm-f1-7-pre-review-with-new-sample-photos. I just wanted to alert you for these new photos.  There is also the download of the original :-)”

– lightwith bought one of the 56mmF1.2 lenses in offer at ebay store cameraland and immediatly attached it to his X-E2 for a portrait shooting. Read his experience at lightwith / Meandering on the Moors with the X-T1 and XF 10-24mm at veritymilliganphotography / Fuji 18mm f/2.0 Lens at joshmcleodphotography / 35mm test in French at focus-numerique (translation) / Three Months With The Samyang/Rokinon 12mm f2.0 at ucphoto /

 RAW-conversion

- Sharpening X-TRANS files in Adobe Lightroom at petebridgwood /

Acessories

- Fujifilm X-T1 Thumbrest – A Must-Have Accessory by Lensmate at lensmateonline / REVIEW: Fujifilm EC-XT Extended Eye Cup for X-T1 at macleancomms / The Fuji, the filters and the tripod at ideasandimages / Review: Fujifilm VG-XT1 Vertical Battery Grip at admiringlight /

a little bit of everything

- Confused about what Fujifilm X-Series camera to buy? In this updated real world guide (at Fujifilm.com au) Fujifilm’s blogger, Leigh Diprose briefly explains what each X-Series camera offers. The guide now includes the Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver, X100T and X30 / Getting started with the Fuji X System at mikecroshaw / Sharpness Is An Illusion | Lens Selection FAQ at leighmiller / Fuji X series from a professional prospective at hodgkissphotography /

Fuji X Series Club Italia Facebook – Palermo (check out the facebook group)

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11
Oct
2014

Fujifilm X30 “Highly Recommended” at ephotozine: “impressive image quality from a compact camera”

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

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Quick focus, long battery life, sharp images even at ISO1600, detailed images with rich saturated colours typical of Fujifilm… overall, there is a lot to like on the Fujifilm X30, says ephotozine here. At the end of their review they posted a very long list of PROS, and just 2 CONS: the price and that RAW is not available in some modes.

They end up highly recommending this camera giving it 4.5 stars out of 5.

And if the price is the only thing that is holding you back from purchasing this camera, check out the offer on the black X30 (8 available here) and on the silver X30 (8 available here). EbayUS store cameraland sells it with a $70 price drop for $529!

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10
Oct
2014

“The X100T electornic rangefinder? It’s fun, but you’re probably not gonna use it.” Hands-on at TheCameraStoreTV

X100T: USA: BHphoto  / AmazonUS / Adorama / EUROPE: WexUK / WexDE / PCHstore / AUSTRALIA: CameraPro

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One of the amazing features of the new X100T is the electronic rangefinder OVF. Since now we have read great things about it. For example Kai (digitalrev), who called it a “bloody brilliant feature“.

Now it’s time for Chris (TheCameraStoreTV) to test the X100T, and he is not so enthusiastic about this new feature:

The electronic rangefinder OVF is a nice little feature. That being said, a lot of people who looked at it found it very distracting [...]. It’s fun, it’s a novel, but honestly you’ll probably gonna turn it off, because that full EVF is just so good. I don’t know even use the OVF, the EVF’s are getting so good now, that they basically make optical viewfinders redundant.”

But the end of the hands-on test, Jordan, the Video-Guy, says: “I have to say, my favorite thing in the Fuji line are the cameras with a HVF, because they are fun to shoot. You know, are they practical? Lot of the time, no. But it does really remind me of the old rangefinder experience.” Chris: “Fair enough, it’s really about the charm of it.”

Chris also misses a tilt screen, would have liked a new sensor, but there are also many things he appreciates, like the new ergonomics, the controls and how customizable the camera now is (7 function buttons and customizable Quick Menu):

What they did is to keep all the things that worked well, change all the things that didn’t… it’s fantastic, it’s a big plus on this camera. Of course the great thing about Fuji is, if you are an X100S user or have an older X-camera, they’ll probably update and fix those things on those cameras as well through firmware updates… it’s fantastic that way, a big bonus as well for using this company

The video includes also an untechnical AF-speed comparison between the X100S and X100T. “Not a big difference, but the X100T focusses a little bit faster.”