X-day on June 25: New X-E1 and X-PRO1 firmware + Fuji camera announcement?

The wait is over on June 25 there will be a series of big Fuji announcements!

FIRMWARE: Fujifilm Philippines announced at their website that there will be a new firmware update for the X-E1 and X-PRO1 on the 25 of June. Let’s see what will be improved (or if it just adds support for the 27mm, which is rumored to be launched soon.)

NEW BODY: The new Asian source (who for first told me that Fuji is about to announce 2 new bodies ) just told me that the first mirrorless interchangeable-lens body could be announced on June 25. I remember you that Fuji is about to launch a new X-Trans body and a new non X-Trans body.  P.S.: Trusted sources told me that the upcoming very cheap non X-Trans X-body will be offered in many colours.

NEW LENS: Also 2 new lenses, on should be a 16-50/55 zoom lens and the 27mm f/2.8 could be finally released too! Source: FR post.
Exciting times for X-fans! Stay tuned on FujiRumors! We will as usual give you new rumors soon. And be sure to be online on June 25 as we will follow all the announcement live on FR!

miXed zone: BHphoto X-superdeals with 4% reward, DxO working on X-Trans support and more

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X-superdeals

After AmazonUS, now also BHphoto offers a 4% reward on the Fuji X series. Save $1300 on the lenses (up to $300 for a single lens) and $200 on the bodies. And then add the 4% reward (up to $133 reward for X-PRO1 + all lenses except 55-200). The 4% reward offer expires on June 15 (the deals continue till June 29, but there won’t be the 4% reward). Good times to make the switch. Adorama doesn’t have the 4% reward, but instead you get a lot of accessories (spare battery, SD-card and more). So, check the X-deals at BHphoto, AmazonUS and Adorama, compare and make your choice.

DxO

The latest DxO v8.2 doesn’t support the X-Trans files yet. But according to an email I got from FR-reader echenique we should not worry. He spoke with a representative from DxO who told him that “they are actively working on the X-Trans support“! So let’s hope that this turns out to be true soon. (thanks echenique)

custom settings

FR-reader Adam sent me this email: “I know it my have already been covered but my subscriber base over on Youtube have been requesting a video on custom setting for new Fuji X-Pro1 owners. I thought since you have all these offers going up on your site, some might be interested in this too. Here is the link. Can’t wait to find out what the new cameras are like. Thanks, Adam J Piper” Check out Adams settings.

X-E1

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– “The Keeper“… or the X-E1! theonlinephotographer posted part 1 and part 2 of his findings about the X-E1. And at the end a short story:

“One final note. As I was leaving the bank in our little town recently, I crossed paths with a well-known architectural photographer who has talked publicly, and eloquently, about his difficult, costly, and ultimately successful transition from large and medium format film to high-end digital. He looked casually down at the camera slung over my shoulder and said, “Hey Jim, is that a new Leica?” I explained that although its quiet shutter had something of the old Leica M4 sound, it was perhaps closer to my previous constant companion, a steel-curtained Canon. “It’s a digital Fuji,” I noted. He grinned. “Nice!” he said.

– World and Humanitarian photographer David considerations about the X-E1 can be checked out here.

“[…] loved the size and handling. […] lenses were fantastic, especially the 14mm […] The sensor is amazing and I shot at crazy-high ISO without thinking twice about it, in part because I like the look. Very film-like to my eye. […] I love the ability to shoot in B&W, and because it’s an electronic viewfinder, I can see my scene that way. […] Quirks? Not many. […] not the fastest start-up and sometimes the focus hunted a little, but I expected worse, so wound up pleasantly surprised. […] I love this thing. Will it replace my DSLR? Sometimes, yes.

– X-E1 vs Nikon 1 at ISO 100 – RAW available (click here)

X100S

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Brutally Simple & Highly Effective (Even If You Didn’t Want to Admit It)” That’s the title of chasejarvis’ review here.

So how good is the AF on the X100s? Much, much, much better than the X100’s AF. On par with most mirorless/Compact System Cameras out there, in fact. The only one that I’d confidently say is way better is the Olympus OM-D E-M5’s AF, which is just plain scary-fast. Even better is the fact that the X100s will achieve focus in some pretty dark conditions. […] The X-Trans sensor from the X-Pro1 is an awesome bit of technology, and in combination with the X100s’ gorgeous 23mm f/2 lens, produces some impressive shots with deep detail. […] I’m off to Hawaii in June for a vacation, and the X100s is the only camera I’m taking with me. With all the gear at my disposal, this is the only thing I feel like I need.

lenses

Fuji XF14mm Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

thebigpicturegallery posted some shots taken with the XF14mm here. “So whats it like to use in the field, one word FANTASTIC. It’s pin sharp, with a great depth of field, shooting either in af or manual mode is easy, set it up for zone focus, or hyperfocal and it gives you the depth of field to make quick street shooting a breeze. A minor nitpick is the lens hood, just a little bit too big and shows up a little too much in the viewfinder, when shooting with the OVF. However minor niggles aside, it is a great lens, delivers punchy sharp images with great IQ.

Zeiss Touit: After the 12mm, now Craig posted his 32mm full size samples. Check them out here.

Zeiss Touit 32mm in stock status check: USA: Adorama / BHphoto / AmazonUS / Uniquephoto / Pictureline / Europe: AmazonDE / ebayUK / PCHstore Brussel
Zeiss Touit 12mm in stock status check: USA: Adorama / BHphoto / AmazonUS / Uniquephoto / Pictureline / Europe: AmazonDE / ebayUK / PCHstore Brussel

Craig

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time to switch ;) X-E1 and X-PRO1 prices will fall tomorrow (save $200)! body + lens offers too!

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UPDATE: Look for the deals here! Save up to $1300

The prices will fall tomorrow. You’ll save $200 on the X-PRO1 and X-E1, and if you purchase these bodies with a XF lens ( 18-55, 14, 35, 60, 18) there will be instant rebates too.

I don’t know when these deals will expire, but for sure, if you switch to the Fuji-X tomorrow, you’ll make a good deal ;)

stay tuned on FR tomorrow
Patrick

X-entry level cameras rumor update: tilt screen and name: X-A1 (new sources)?

Note: Please read carefully if the rumor comes from trusted or new sources.

1) APS-C X-trans entry-level camera: We know that this camera won’t have a viewfinder (trusted sources), but according to a new source it will have a tilt screen.

2) The non X-trans very cheap camera: You remember when I told you that I guess it will be the sensor of the X100? Well, trusted sources told me that my personal supposition is wrong. It won’t be the APS-C of the X100… I’ll shut up and leave guesses to you in the comments :)

Another new source also told me that the X-Trans camera will be called X-A1 (A stands for Amateur.) Trusted sources could not confirm it. And if the Nippon magazine is right, the non X-Trans camera could be the X-M1… where M stand for…?

Now, let’s suppose that the name guessed by the new source (X-A1) is right, then this could be the new APS-C interchangeable Fuji X-family: X-M1, X-A1, X-E1, X-PRO1…

I remember you that trusted sources told me that there will be 2 new lenses here and one of those will be a 16-50 or 16-55.

Samyang 16mm available in June? + Rokinon 300mm f/6.3 Mirror lens

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As you know, Samyang just announced the Samyang 16mm f/2.0 X-mount (click here). According to a FR-reader from Malaysia, it will arrive in stores there at the end of June.

And more good news. At the facebook page of Rokinon here you can see the first images of the new 300mm f/6.3 mirror lens (for E-mount) and a video here. The X-mount version will follow.

Seems that Samyang is about to release a whole new range for the Fuji X-mount… and now we wait for Sigma to do the same ;)

To what belongs Sigma, I’ve read here that Sigma Corporation America said “Unfortunately Fuji did not use the Micro Four Thirds mount and doesn’t have the market share Sony does, I’m not going to say we will not make lenses for your mount but not at this time.” So, buy a Fuji X to convince Sigma :)

cheers
Patrick