image courtesy: luminous landscape
1) Luminous landscape tested the X100S (specs&price). The reviewer says among the others that although the AF is still not as fast as the OM-D E-M5, it’s fast enough for “pretty much any application this camera will be put to“. The really great thing is that the AF sees in the dark: “Walking the streets of NYC at night, I was able to focus readily on passersby, in conditions that would have been a real challenge with the best rangefinder. You will run out hand-steadying ability four or five stops before you run out of AF. This is truly impressive. […] It’s a DSLR killer for a lot of serious shooters (like Zack Arias whose review is linked here)“.
“A truly modern camera focuses quickly, accurately, often with little light, and at the spot in the frame where the photographer wants it to. The X100S does that. Case closed. […] The best thing that could happen on the next-gen Fuji is a serious simplification of controls. AND, spending another $25 a camera on buttons. Nice buttons. Expensive, metal-feeling buttons. That small step would take the Fuji to a real “premium” level. […] It’s a real photographers’ camera.”
Check out this nice review here.
2) laroquephoto has the opportunity to test the XF 55-200. As it’s still a pre-production model, Fuji doesn’t allow anyone to post full size sample images (there are still improvements that will be made).
“The contrast, sharpness and highlight rendition is right up there with the 35mm f/1.4. My initial feeling is that it even surpasses it. The OIS feels like a Steady-Cam; Manual focussing follows in the footsteps of the 14mm and 18–55mm and keeps me eating my own words about fly by wire. And when mounted on my X-Pro1 the entire kit feels like it’s at least half the weight of my old Nikon 70–200 2.8 on its own.”
Read it all and see the sample pics here.
image courtesy: laroquephoto