28
Aug
2013

miXed zone: Apple RAW X-M1 support, admiringlight and phoblographer 27mm review, comparisons and more

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X-M1

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- Apple RAW compatibility update adds support for X-M1 here.

- The Phoblographer published the X-M1 review here: “What happens when you take the best APS-C sensor in the business that just so happened to be in your flagship camera and put it in your entry level camera? Well, you get some damned good image quality that can rival that of a full frame camera’s performance. [...] The camera’s JPEG conversion engine is also worthy of talking about–especially when converting an image to a black and white. pixel for pixel at higher ISOs, the engine crushes absolutely any noise issues and delivers a superbly sharp image with film grain that looks completely organic.”

- digitalcamerainfo’s review of the X-M1 can be read here: “Putting an X-Trans sensor in a plastic body is a bit like putting a Ferrari engine in a Toyota Camry. Yeah it’s got a lot of get up and go, but at the end of the day, the beige paint and cloth seats diminish the overall experience. And the handling? Not so sporty. If you’re willing to spend $800 on a Fuji X-series camera, chances are you’re the kind of shopper who’s looking for ultimate quality, both in image quality and build. So do yourself a favor: Spend a little more and pick up an X-E1. For the extra coin, you’ll get improved controls, the confidence of an all-metal build, and the same great image quality.”

- The comprehensive optyczne X-M1 review is online here (translation).

- A little bit of street photography with the X-M1 at dslrmagazine.com (translation).

- A quick take of Mike Kobal’s favorite compacts: Fuji X-M1, Ricoh GR and Sony RX100II here.

X100S

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- Fuji X100s Long Term Report at photofocus.com: “I guess it goes to show you that no camera is perfect. And no tool can be expected to do EVERYTHING well. But the X100s comes close.”

- neocamera X100S review here: “The Fuji X100S is an extremely capable premium compact camera. It features a unique 16 MP X-Trans II CMOS sensor without anti-alias filter that delivers image-quality which competes with the best APS-C DSLRs on the market.”

- wired posted its X100S review here: “WIRED: Compact size. Amazing photo quality. You look cool using it. – TIRED: Controls take longer than usual to master. Battery life and meter can cut a planned long day shooting too short.

- Three Guys With Cameras Part II of the comparison of the X100S with the GR and Coolpix A is now up. You can find it here.

- See Florence through the eye of the X100S at alessandromichelazzi.com.

- X100 vs X100S at thevisualexperience.

- focus-numerique’s review can be read in French here (translated version)

- The Fuji X100S makes an appearance at the James Beard Awards (click here)

- A short feedback with some samples checked out here at thelifeofm.com.

X-E1

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- X-E1 review at photoxels here. They posted some sample shots taken with the 27mm: “The Fujifilm X-E1 inherits the DNA of the X-PRO1 with image quality that rivals and even bests that obtained from some enthusiast and top-end DSLRs. It swaps the Hybrid optical/electronic Multi Viewfinder for a very high resolution OLED EVF and adds a built-in flash. It accepts all the XF and XC lenses and, with the M Mount Adapter, can also use LEICA M lenses. If you like the X-PRO1 but can’t afford it, the X-E1 may just be the one for you.”

- Fuji X-E1 and Sigma 12-24mm samples at soundimageplus here: “Its not pretty. In fact its ugly, heavy, huge and difficult to use, but the Sigma 12-24mm takes a great picture on the Fuji X-E1.”

- Leica M9 vs Fuji X-E1 at frankdoorhof here. From the conclusions: “Now when we know that most people will use the Leica on the street and that you need some speed there I think that the Leica is a great/sexy/cool and awesome to shoot with camera BUT… due to the lack of focussing speed it’s not the camera I would advise, even if it was the same price…….. However seeing the fact I can buy 6x X-E1′s for one M9 (and I don’t even talk about glass)… well I will advise the X-E1 without a doubt in my mind. Also take into account the dynamic range in the X-E1 and the much better handling of noise I’m more and more convinced the Leica is not the better choice.”

- “photo shoot: take a rapper and the X-E1″ here.

- Forbes X-E1 review here.

- Some testings with the X-E1 can be seen here at thomasfitzgeraldphotography.

lenses

Fuji XF 27mm: Amazon, Adorama, DigitalRev, J&R, B&H, eBay
Fuji XF 55-200mm: Amazon, Adorama, DigitalRev, J&R, B&H, eBay

- thephoblographer’s XF 27mm review here: “PROS: Compact size – Sharp image quality – Low profile look – Fast to focus CONS: An aperture ring would have been preferred – Macro focusing doesn’t really work out so well

- Also admiringlight posted its XF 27mm review here: “Overall, the Fujinon XF 27mm f/2.8 is a pleasant lens to use and a great option when you want the smallest possible package for your Fuji X camera. It pairs especially well with the tiny X-M1, creating a very portable package capable of very good image quality. The 27mm f/2.8 is sharp at most any aperture, and while the edges are a little softer than the center, they are plenty sharp enough for most any use. This little pancake controls chromatic aberrations and fringing extremely well, and I feel that overall image quality is quite good, though bokeh is rather unremarkable. Ultimately, if you want a very small lens with very good image quality in a nice all-purpose focal length, the XF 27mm f/2.8 will fit the bill quite nicely. I was left wanting for a few things, however. For the $450 asking price, I would have much rather seen a faster aperture, as an f/2.8 prime lens isn’t exactly a speed demon. I would have much preferred this to be an f/2.0 or even f/2.4 lens given the price.”

- The exhibition at the old hospital and the zeiss touit 12mm for x-pro1 at suspectphotography.com.

- Getting close with the 55-200 at byjansen.com here: “The building quality is solid with an all-metal barrel construction like all Fujinon lenses and although it’s a big lens it feels really good on the camera, [...] The image sharpness overall is superb, stabilisation (4x) works fine, it has smooth bokeh (!!) [...]. I love using it and the image quality is superb compared to the dslr zoom lenses I’ve owned before. I can’t wait to try the 55-200 out when my kids start playing hockey again.

- And here is World Superbikes race shot with the 55-200 and X-PRO1: “All in all, a superb combination of kit. Lightweight, compact and unbelievable quality.”

First day with the XF14mm at rolandlim: “[...] f2.8 aperture is good for indoor and night shots – Although it is certainly not a macro lens, but with a closest focusing distance of 18cm, the macro ability is not bad in emergency use [...]”

The Spanish quesabesde tested the 14mm here (translated version)… looks good, and it is!

The Japanese camera.itmedia review (translated version) of the XF14mm.

Fujixfiles XF14mm review here.

X-PRO1

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- rezaevol X-PRO1 first impressions here: “To be honest I would love to say everyone should buy this camera but that’s not true. The people who should buy this camera are camera enthusiasts, street photographers and or photographers who have a DSLR and want something smaller to carry around everyday with them. I would be brave enough to say that you can use this for fashion photography if you wanted. If your looking to capture fast moving action I suggest you stay away from this camera, unfortunately it’s not fast enough to capture those moments that need fast focusing.”

- X-PRO1 review at mirrorlessons here: “It still needs some improvement, but seeing how the camera has evolved in this year and a half, I really believe that the system can attain perfection and become something completely different from any other system. Not only am I waiting to become just that bit richer, but I am also awaiting a new model and new lenses, like the recently-announced 23mm f/1.4 and the 56mm f/1.2. At that point, I really won’t need a DSLR anymore.”

- Fuji X-Series Cameras For Astrophotography at Jonesblog here.

X-E1 +VSCO Film 4

Fuji X-E1 + VSCO Film 4: A Quick Review at thomasfitzgeraldphotography.com here:

  • http://vam.nu vam

    Thanks for the hard work Patrick. Any news on the rumored X100 firmware update?

    • patrick

      Late August / Early September is the last thing I’ve heard

  • loooo

    and 23 1.4? sony will kick our butts with the ilce

  • Gimmeabreak

    Wow, just wow. The Elitism of these reviews never ceases to amaze me. Apparently the X-M1 is the worst camera ever, or is it just that the reviewers refuse to consider a Fuji camera that’s under $1,500?

    The absolute trashing of any camera that’s under $1.500 is going to be Fuji’s downfall. The fanboys that shriek in pain at the thought of a consumer model are Fuji’s worst enemy right now, because based on all these “OMG IT HAS PLASTIC” reviews, the customers in that price range will happily go buy the new Sony NEX-5T, and guess what, they’ll never consider Fuji again.

    • tim

      The price is wrong, that’s all. Drop it by 100, same with the 27mm, and everyone will be OK with it. Nothing to do with Elitism, Fuji is playing their usual pricing game … this camera *is* cheaply made (plastics, county of manufacture, removed functions), the price should reflect that a little more.

      Olympus Pen-E5 is also a little expensive … but at least for those extra 300 over the M1 you get – stabilization, touch screen, metal build, connector for EVF and who knows what else – that package for 800 sounds pretty good, the M1 for 600 sounds good too.

      • Gimmeabreak

        Tim,

        Have you used an X-M1? Well?

        I have, and it didn’t feel cheaply made at all. If you compare it to other cameras in the same price range, say the new Nex5T, it’s right in the same range.

        But the blistering reviews that are based on elitism are going to doom this camera, and Fujifilm in the process.

        • Jon

          I do this the quoted review critic has a good point:

          “If you’re willing to spend $800 on a Fuji X-series camera, chances are you’re the kind of shopper who’s looking for ultimate quality, both in image quality and build. So do yourself a favor: Spend a little more and pick up an X-E1.”

          Not so much a scathing review as a questioning one.

          X-A1 might dig a little deeper in the buying spectrum.

        • tim

          Nope, no intention, too expensive. Competition is better value (at a higher price) – value and feature mix being key. I already have the sensor in an XP1, so I know the image quality, that does not interest me, its the design and feature mix … where the competition show what is missing in the M1.

          This camera is basically Fuji taking an old sensor, reducing the manufacture price as much as possible, and then selling it at a premium price. People are disappointed with that and Fuji gets hammered for it.

          E1 is the right way to do it, that camera is a real winner.

          Fuji will doom itself. There is only so much room for Japanese camera makers who (all) follow this development and pricing model. Fuji’s only real chance is to be different, price constantly, produce higher margin jewel like cameras, and build a Leica like following.

        • tim

          Sorry, it is cheaply made as in lower manufacture cost via feature removal, material selection, and build location. Not cheaply made as in poorly constructed and ill-fitting.

          • lettherebelight

            Interesting comments Tim… The “doom” you speak could occur to any camera manufacturer but I don’t see that happening to Fuji any time soon. Fuji is well diversified in other businesses not just the camera market and it would have to take a lot to “doom” them. And I don’t think a camera like the X-M1 (which is very well constructed) is going to have much effect on moving the needle in a negative direction for Fuji. If anything it gives consumers another way to buy into Fuji’s excellent lens system.

    • lettherebelight

      I agree, I have seen a lot of bad X-M1 reviews too… I purchased the X-M1 and paired it with the 35 1.4 for a wedding I went to, my friends were all blown away with the image quality and I emailed them photos through my iPhone that night (wifi is a bit gimmicky and not necessary to me but a decently added feature). The X-M1 is a nice setup if you ask me.

      As for the plastic, sure it is a negative compared to any metal body, BUT Fuji put this little camera together tightly and the build is superb. When you pick up this camera it does not feel like plastic like all the reviewers say, obviously it is plastic but the tight construction and slight heft to the camera make it feel more than a consumer product. I think the reviewers have had too much time with X-E1/Pro1 and are looking past what the X-M1 is.

      Hopefully there will be some reviews based purely on image quality and not all the gimmicks, in which I would take any of the 3 Fuji X cams any day in the mirror-less market. Also, the X-M1 allows you to change aperture, shutter speed, and ISO all with simple dials and after a little time with it you can maneuver this camera as quickly as any pro cam.

      The X-M1 will hold me over well until that mysterious X-Pro2!! I couldn’t be happier with a mirrorless camera right now!

  • grumpycat

    Very mixed reviews on the X-M1.One states it has magnesium alloy body and the other complaining about the plastic body… Go figure!

    • m_x

      I know right? Chris at The Phoblographer was the only guy to praise the body and now I don’t know what to think.

      • tim

        Its plastic, the internal chassis will be made from metal. I think on the A1 even that is plastic.

        Rico’s expert review has a good description of it.

        • m_x

          Thanks for the clarification, I’ll look up Rico’s review.

      • lettherebelight

        m_x: See what I mentioned above, the X-M1 is solidly built and puts a lot of other cameras to shame in terms of build quality (even with the plastic). I think you would be quite happy with it unless you are tough on cameras where a metal body is preferred. I have a metal DSLR that I take into pretty tough situations and can see the need for metal if it is your main cam… The top plate is plastic as is the bottom, the leather is synthetic and it may seem like plastic but feels very close to leather. The build is cheap comparatively to X-E1/Pro1 but by cheap it is a plastic surround and not metal. when you pick it up you can tell the construction is tight and there is a slight heft making it feel perfect in your hands.

        I have had a Panasonic GF, and Sony NEX-7 and finally settled on the Fuji X system, couldn’t be happier, the build is in my opinion far superior than those cameras and is a perfect compliment when I don’t want to lug my dslr around… the X-M1 is going to be a nice little camera for me until an updated X-Pro or X-E2, only gripe with X-M1 is lack of viewfinder but as you can see that didn’t kill my decision to purchase.

        • m_x

          Thanks for the detailed writeup. I’m not so fussy about a metal build, the worst it’ll be exposed to is a few dots of water. I treat my cameras well. You have that luxury of time and space as a landscape/urban photographer. I just don’t want flimsy doors and cheap buttons.

          Besides, I might get an X-Pro2/3 kind of thing in some years’ time, especially if they choose to build a 1:1 viewfinder somewhere down the line, like the one so loved on the classic M3. It would make it the perfect camera for me. So I don’t absolutely need the X-M1 to last me a decade although I would be happy if it did.

  • Gimmeabreak

    Well, I guess I had better go out and buy the Sony Nex5T then, as I’m in the market for a sub-$900 carry-around camera to supplement my DSLR. (No, not going to make that switch yet, as there are a few too many issues still with the 4/3 systems to truly make that leap).

    But that’s the thing the fanboys don’t see.. There are DSLR users, both in Nikon and Canon camps that are willing to invest SOME in a 4/3 system, but they aren’t all going to be buying top-end models. And with the outright disdain in the reviews everywhere for the X-M1, with most of that disdain unwarranted, Fuji has a serious problem.

    A few weeks ago I was able to test-drive an X-M1 for the weekend. At no time did I feel hindered by the build. It’s fine. The menus and controls were fine as well, I easily adapted to the system. I only had two complaints. The main one is that the primary dial is too easy to move inadvertently, and thus change exposure compensation. Second is that some of the filters are heavy-handed, they need to be scaled back, or have a level option for them. Battery life is a bit short, but that’s to be expected.

    But coming from a non-Fuji user, I didn’t miss any of the things that anyone here is railing about. Those that are really don’t understand what the target audience is. Consider buyers of the Nex-5T, That is the direct competition.

    • lettherebelight

      What exactly are you looking for? If it is price then I think the Sony would be a good option or 4/3 might be better. If it is image quality then the Fuji is the answer. Are you taking portraits, landscape, street life, low light? Depending on what you shoot there might be a better solution.

      You sound like you would be happy with the Sony 5T and for that I say go for it, if it gets you out shooting what you love than thats what is important. Also, don’t forget to consider the lens selection. Sony’s glass leaves much to be desired IMO. 4/3 has the largest glass selection but you are investing in a smaller sensor. I think Fuji has the best glass based on what shooters typically want and you can find a good kit pretty nicely. If you let us know what you are exactly looking for it might help us understand what might work best for you.

      • Gimmeabreak

        Well, to supplement my DLSR, mainly for a carry-around-dinner-with-friends type of camera, I want a ~$500-600 camera kit. Now looking at the options in that range I know I have to stretch to the $700-800 range to get the better IQ. Looking at the comparisons on DPReview, I know that Oly is out (they suck in low light terribly) so that leaves Fuji and Sony. I’m sure that there are others like me. Now that Sony has added Wifi to the NEX-5T, the comparison is even closer.

        But you are missing the point. Reviews that are screaming that the X-M1 is terrible because it isn’t a $1200 camera are doing a real disservice to Fuji. It’s one thing to point out real flaws, and there are a few, it’s another to scream that it should have all the features of the X-E1. An average buyer who is looking for the price range that I’m looking for is going to see these reviews, and buy Sony.

        That said, in my test of the X-M1, I found only one truly annoying thing. It was far too easy to hit the top dial and change the exposure compensation without realizing it. I ruined some shots because of that.

        • http://www.fujixspot.com/f34/ Rico Pfirstinger

          It is funny and comes unexpected even to myself, but the X-M1 has become my favorite X-mount camera. I am missing an optional EVF, of course, but apart from this, this little camera is very usable. The firmware is more advanced, the JPEG engine has been improved, and processing is much faster. I have also grown fond of the tiltable display.

          • m_x

            That comes as quite a surprise. Do you miss the Pro Neg film simulation modes, and the motion panorama?

          • http://www.fujixspot.com/f34/ Rico Pfirstinger

            Pro Neg would be nice, but it’s not relevant for external RAW workflows. Of course, future higher-end models will have Pro Neg and many other “enthusiast” features, so I am looking forward to other 2nd generation offerings. It is misguided to see the X-M1 as the lowest level first generation model to complement the X-E1 amd X-Pro1. In fact, it is the first 2nd generation model.

  • http://www.fujixspot.com/f34/ Rico Pfirstinger

    This guest pass link leads to a comparison of 4 popular, state-of-the-art RAW converters (latest versions): http://flickr.com/gp/25805910@N05/sqg7Q6

    Over there, you will also find a link to download the RAW file and create your own comparisons.

    • http://www.fujixspot.com/f34/ Rico Pfirstinger

      Extended to 8 converters.