miXed zone: “travel lite, travel smart, travel X”, Iridient update, Zeiss 32 and 12 first impressions and more

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Zeiss deal at BHphoto here and Adorama here

IRIDIENT

– Brian released Iridient Developer 2.4.1 with a number of improvements and bug fixes. One Fujfilm specific bug fix was for the X100S when shot in 1:1 aspect ratio in-camera which resulted in Iridient Developer 2.4 using an incorrect crop origin when loading these RAF files with the default options. This issue may have effected other models too, but Brian only had reports of problems with the X100S. The full release notes for 2.4.1 can be viewed here. The new version can be downloaded here.

TRAVEL

Travel Lite, Travel Smart, Travel X at michaelmcqueen: “if your looking to travel some place in the distant future I can most definitely recommend you think about what you want out of your travels in terms in making images, do you need to pack lite? do you need that bulky DSLR? there are better solutions out there and I highly recommend the X.”

X-T1 or DSLR

– Is the Fuji X-T1 as good as my 5d3 / D800? at mikecroshaw: “I’ve seen some pretty outrageous claims from the pro DSLR crowd about how bad the Fuji autofocus is.  One guy claimed he could only shoot still life with the fuji, for everything else he needed his DSLR.  Well I’m sorry, but that guy just fails at using the XT-1.  Of course its not as fast as a pro DSLR..people expecting it to be are, frankly, deluded.  But unless you are a professional sports or wildlife photographer, or just suck at taking photos without machine gun speed autofocus, its fast enough.”

–  Can the Fuji X system replace my DSLR system? at gambofoto: “In most of the comparison shots I prefer the look of the Nikkor 85mm.  Possibly because of the extra focal length.  Carrying the cameras around definitely goes to Fuji.  Handling- Fuji.  Enjoyment in use goes to Fuji.  Confidence while doing a paying job?  Well that depends.  I truly love the quietness and stealth of the Fuji cameras and had a lot of success in the last weddings I shot.  However the Nikon provides one of those intangibles by seeming to be faster in AF and thus more confidence inspiring.  Notice I say seemingly.  In the past I have experiences plenty of problems with AF and the Nikons.  And where I feel I miss shots with the Fuji, because of AF, I also get shots I don’t think I would gotten with the Nikons.  So I guess the answer to the original question is not clear cut, at least not for me.  With that said the rest of my Nikon kit will remain for the immediate future, but for how long?  It might not be clear in the above text, but I must say the 56mm is one great lens.  It has been over a month now that I have had this lens and the longer I use it the more that I have come to appreciate it.  It just continues to surprise me how exactly sharp it is, even wide open.  Of all the fast lenses that I have owned, I will say that, this one is the best at wide open.”

– Fuji X-T1 and the ‘mirrorless inferiority complex’ at soundimageplus: “Yet again there are more recent posts about how people sold everything, bought a mirrorless camera and achieved photographic and personal nirvana, how the DSLR is dying, dead or really rather poorly and a heavily touted current Camera Store video that comes up with the staggering discovery that us idiots who don’t work as assistants in camera shops couldn’t possibly have discovered for ourselves, that mirrorless cameras have really quite fast AF. To me all this smacks of a ‘mirrorless inferiority complex‘.”

 Fujifilm X-T1
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– Fuji X-T1 for wedding photography at phildweddingphotography. There review includes a nice list with the Advantages of the X-T1 compared to a full frame DSLR and the Disadvantages of the X-T1 compared to a full frame DSLR.

“Over the next few years, with the right camera body, I think they can take a large part of the DSLR market. They have the viewfinder. They have the lenses. They have the sensor. They just need to concentrate on the list above and also speed of use for common actions like exposure changes (not a deal breaker for me, but it is for others).

For me, I’d happily pay an extra 20-30% on top of the price of the X-T1 to get everything I need and I suspect may pro photographers will feel the same, having been used to DSLR prices.”

– Fuji X-T1 vs Nikon Df: which is the best retro-style camera? at digitalcameraworld: “It may not be quite as versatile as the Nikon camera, but the Fuji X-T1 is capable of very high quality results. Modern features such as tilting touchscreen, the ability to shoot video, the electronic viewfinder and built-in Wi-Fi connectivity (for remote control and speedy image-sharing) make it a real winner. The Fuji X-T1 is the winner in our Nikon Df vs Fuji X-T1 comparison.

– X-T1 does fashion at johncaz: “Overall, I was really impressed by the X-T1 and its ability to not only do what my Nikon’s had offered in the past, but actually offer me new ways of creating images. Placing the camera on the ground with face detection ON and the screen flipped out was such a treat, look at the image of Michalis doing pushups with granny walking past! That was wide open and face detection nailed him.”

– Fujifilm X-T1 – Does it make a good travel camera? at richardberryphotography: “So does it make a good travel camera? I definitely think it does! Especially for those wanting creative options and convenience through the use of zoom lenses. With the added bonus of weather sealing and the rugged magnesium alloy body you can’t really go wrong.”

– Fujifilm X: gestalt or bust at ohm-image: “What I appreciate about Fujifilm’s X series is cohesiveness. There isn’t another camera manufacturer in Japan that cares as much about operational design, about physical layout, or about culling specific users from the larger customer base. Their cameras polarise. That is how it should be.”

– Fujifilm X-T1 from my X-Pro1 – how does the upgrade hold up? at kwaibun: “Overall, the X-T1 is one of the best you can get for street photography and vast variety of serious usage. Fuji has done it right in just 2 years. The only direct rival will be Olympus OMD-EM1, which i found equally, if not more, attractive as well: primarily its unbeatable, close-to-DSLR snappy focus and responsiveness. its 5-axis IBIS which effectively allows you to use lower ISO, compensating the higher ISO noise and lower resolving power disadvantage of m43 sensor. (some reviews said it’s similar but I still quite convinced Fuji is better, and for sure better in terms of high ISO performance)

– Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless Camera Review at digital-photography-school: “I can confidently state that a student with this camera system would probably find learning the basics a bit easier than with a standard digital SLR camera system if for no other reason than the live histogram available in the electronic viewfinder and the easy to access, logically laid out controls. Further, for the seasoned user, the X-T1 body and lenses make a great combination for producing high-quality professional results.”

– Fujifilm X-T1: Technology in a Headlong Rush at jjsemplephotography: “Fuji, among all the leading brands, seems to understand the customer very well. And that’s why I like the closed loop of camera bodies, lenses and accessories being made by the same company and sold at a reasonable price. Guess it comes with being an Apple devotee. In the meantime, I’ll go back to making myself a better artist, now that Fuji has given me some of the best tools available.”

– Trusting the Fuji X-T1’s Panoramic Mode at macleancomms: “The new X-T1 also has a panoramic mode which is on the drive selector, located on the top panel under the ISO dial (see top image).  I have tried this function on several occasions and I can report that this is a lot more user friendly than the function on the X-Pro1 and X100.  More importantly I haven’t had a misaligned shot yet and I have found myself trusting the system more and more.”

photographymonthly: “The fact that the X-T1 looks as good as the pictures it takes is part of the attraction. It’s the perfect blend of new technology and old school charm. If the thought of giving up your beloved DSLR scares the pants off you, don’t worry, it does me too. But I’m seriously thinking of investing in an X-T1 to run alongside my professional Nikon gear. I’ve dipped my toe in the water with the X-Pro1 and I’m finding I’m using it more than I thought I would. The more time I spend with the X-T1, the more I’m convinced it’s the way forward.”

–  The Palouse – A Visual Journey with the Fuji X-Series – Part 2 at olafblog: “the Fuji X-T1 large viewfinder was such a joy to use. Being able to see the final composition, colours and exposure makes a huge difference. The days when I had to look at the back of the camera to check the photo are gone.”

– Fuji X-T1 Review: The Best X-Series Camera at ishootshows: “it’s simply fun to shoot with the X-T1. It’s well built without feeling like it’s made out of precious metal mined from space rocks. The camera does what you want, when you want it. It’s fast. The RAW files are gorgeous. The lenses in the X-Series lineup are the kind of glass that beg to be shot wide-open.

– Fujifilm XT-1 review at danielbader: “Pound for pound, the X-T1 is one of the most enjoyable cameras I’ve ever used; whether it’s the most practical is another story, but I think it’s worth the price of entry.”

– Gianni Galassi: “I’d just like to inform you that the third chapter of my in-progress Fuji X-T1 review is online“. Read it here at giannigalassi.

– Is the Fuji XT-1 as good as my 5d3 / D800? at mikecroshaw: “kept my DSLR until I was sure I could rely on the fuji for all my work, and I think if you can afford it, this is the way to go.  It’s not a complete system or a DSLR killer..yet.  But for me, and for a lot of people, its now good enough to use without having a DSLR there as a backup.”

– Sigma DP2 V Fujifilm X-T1 at christianfletcher: “And to let you know, I paid for my X-T1 and I paid for my Sigma. Also I am no expert so don’t think this is a fair test of both cameras. I shot a toy dinosaur with both cameras, the focal lengths are slightly different but I tried to get everything else as similar as possible. I still think in this crude test the Sigma came out on top. Saying that you will not use it for lots of things you would use the Fuji. The Fuji loves low light, the DP2 Merrill is scared of the dark (so I have read, not tested that theory myself yet)

– Fuji X-T1 in the hands of a woman and a Boudoir Photographer at fabyandcarlo: “I could honestly go on and on, but the moral of the story is that I have not touched a Canon camera since buying my new Fuji T-X1. I have not even looked at it. I have ditched Canon forever and I just know that I will never look back again. I Love love love my Fuji X-T1.”

– Review: Fuji XT-1 camera neilvn: “The images looked superb, even with my misgivings about over-sharpened JPGs and the aggressive noise reduction. Even though Fuji is known for excellent skin tones, I would still recommend shooting in RAW to be able to fine-tune the images.”

– AF-test at mirrorlessons: “A couple of weeks ago, The Camera Store released an interesting comparison video between the four MILC cameras that claim to have the fastest AF in the world. The Fujifilm X-T1 proved to be the least efficient of the four. Is it bad? Well, we actually found that the X-T1 is very capable. And if we analyse it a step further, the next models could be terrific regarding AF.

– Toronto beach model shoot with Fujifilm X-T1 & SLR Magic 35mm T0.95 lens at kittle: “You should try to select lenses that compliment your personal style and help you create photos that you love.  I really value shallow depth of field above all so I’m super happy buying this hyperprime.  If you don’t need the speed and value sharpness above all else, Fuji’s 35mm f1.4 is likely a much better fit for you and is a lot cheaper, smaller and lighter as well.

– Tip – Andrew Van Beek Reviews Fuji X-T1 at fundysoftware: “With all of the cons listed above one might get the impression that the X-T1 is not that great. Truthfully, there are people who don’t like it and have returned it. I’m on the opposite end of the scale where none of the quirks really bother me. If I had to pick one area that would be great to improve it would be everything to do with focus. This would include the focus speed as well as how to choose a focal point. That said, the X-T1 is currently my favorite camera of the over 30 that I have ever owned. Despite this, I don’t feel like I can get rid of my full-size DSLRs, so the X-T1 strongly complements rather than replaces my other cameras.”

– Jonas Jacobsson: “This time I have some great street photography from a very special event here in my hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden. The event is called “Andra Långdagen” and it’s just a melting pot with all kinds of people, all kinds of cultures and a everything in between coming together for one day of complete mayhem! It’s kind of hard to explain in words – it must be experienced! Or via my images of course! I rarely praise my own work – but this time I’m very happy with the results. Do have a look! (All photos taken with the X-T1 and the XF 35mm)” jonasjacobsson.

ZEISS TOUIT

The Zeiss 32 and 12, save $800, at BHphoto and Adorama.

– Zeiss Touit 12mm & 32mm First Impressions at street-photography-workshops: “I really enjoyed my time with the Zeiss Touit twins. Both exemplify outstanding image quality, high-quality build, great feel and excellent balance. The 12mm manages distortion astoundingly well–probably better than any super-wide lens I’ve ever used, and it’s very sharp wide open. The 32mm has a beautiful, almost classic rendering that tempted me greatly. But since I already owned the Fuji 35mm f/1.4, I didn’t buy it. But with the current deal on these lenses, they are a must-buy! Whether you own the Fuji X system or the Sony NEX/Alpha (E-Mount) system, you cannot go wrong.

 Samyang 12mm
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– Rokinon 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS Review at lonelyspeck: “Optically, the Rokinon 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS is very good.  It’s very sharp at almost all f/numbers, even sharper than the much more expensive Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8. I have no reservations recommending it to anyone looking for a nice sharp lens. For astrophotographers, its excellent coma performance, fast aperture and an ultra-wide field of view make it a prime tool for shooting the stars.” the reviwer mention an “astrophoto lens rating system”. Le link is this one.

– Samyang 12 mm f/2.0 NCS CS at lenstip: “The Samyang 12 mm f/2.0 NCS CS of course can’t be called a flawless lens; still you can forgive a lot a trailblazer. If you take into account its very sensible price you would be hard pressed not to recommend it. In fact I personally found the Samyang so good that, instead of sending it back to the distributor, I asked for the invoice and bought it. The lens will stay in my arsenal and I am going to use it for landscape photography and wide-field astrophotography. I don’t doubt it will perform very well.

 XF 56mm f/1.2
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–  Review: Fujifilm XF56mm vs XF18-55mm? at bigheadtaco: “The XF56mm F/1.2 prime lens is a beautiful lens for those who need this focal length and wants shallow depth of field for portraiture or subject isolation. I wish it had OIS (optical image stabilization), and a manual focus and DOF scale like other Fuji primes. Other than these two small complaints, the lens is perfect for what it is. If I had a studio and used the X-series cameras as my primary tool (the X-T1 has a built in PC terminal for studio fash triggering), I would definitely have the XF56mm in my arsenal of lenses. The XF18-55mm zoom is the do-it-all lens. It’s not specialized, but it can pull anything off with very good image quality. You won’t get the bokeh that you can get with a F/1.2 lens, but you do get OIS and also a compact and light package. I enjoyed my time with the XF56 and wouldn’t hesitate to shoot with it again. If you need a portrait lens with decent bokeh, this is the lens for you.”

XF 10-24
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 – First Impressions of the Fujinon XF10-24mm f4R OIS at macleancomms: “The price reflects the premium quality of this lens and at £849 it cannot be considered cheap but it is good value for money. By comparison Nikon’s two f4 wide angle zooms, the full frame 16-35mm and the crop frame 12-24mm, both have a street price at around the same level and, while the Nikkors are capable of producing top quality images, neither of these offer the same angle of view or build quality of the Fujinon.”

–  Review: Fujifilm 10-24mm f4 R OIS at arnyzona: “Likes:finally an ultra wide in the x-mount, the all-metal construction, Image quallity, no barrel distortion, no chromati abberations, no vignetting. Dislikes: Heavy, The max aperture isn’t the best for low light / night photography, Expensive, Flimsy plastic lens hood, 72mm filter threat (most wide angles use 77mm filters, but nothing a cheap adapter can’t fix)

– Fujifilm XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS Wide Angle X-Mount lens – First Impressions at photomadd: “this is yet another fantastic lens from Fujinon and when I can afford one I’ll be adding it to my collection.  It is certainly one that I can highly recommended to anyone wanting to fill that ultra-wide angle gap in the Fuji range, especially landscape and architectural photographers.”

– “I had a fifteen minute opportunity to capturing the castle during a family visit to the coast. I was only able to capture six images in total so I am considering these photos to be test shots given the extra struggling of capturing during the mid afternoon sun. Using the Fujifilm X-T1, the 10-24mm lens and the lee filter system I decided to try some long exposure photography.” Read more at flixelpix.

– Fujifilm XF 10-24mm f/4R OIS Zoom Review at mikemander: “The chromatic aberration is actually very minimal and for landscape photos, I rarely feel the need to correct for the slight bit of barrel distortion it shows at the wider focal lengths. I still feel it is a bit weak at the long end (over 21mm) and definitely recommend shooting with the amazingly good XF 23mm f/1.4, if you own one.”

– More X-T1 + 10-24mm samples at upperplayground.

X-E2
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– Brian: “We had a very pretty day in Chicago – sunny, 80 °Fs , and low humidity. I walked around for two hours with my gear (X-E2, 12 mm, 23 mm, and 50-230 mm glass) and snapped a bunch of photos. Here are my favorites.”

– Fuji X System Wedding Review at jessejamesphotography: “I have always shot weddings with a 2 body system. Im proud to say I haven’t taken 1 single photograph with my D600 this wedding season. The X series has completely replaced my need to use a DSLR as a 2nd body. And honestly, I enjoy the files out of the XE-2 more then what my Nikon D3s produces. When it comes to portraits I grab the Fuji and the XF56 lens now and leave the D3s in the bag. Just amazing!”

– The Fujifilm X-E2: a Landscape Photographer’s Perspective at michalography: “The X-E2 is a pretty good little camera, albeit with a number of annoying handling nags. I would be willing to forgive some of the handling problems if the image quality were up-to-par for my landscape work, but ultimately the X-trans sensor is unacceptable for me. Sadly, my landscape work has turned me into an obsessive pixel-peeper: I demand good detail from my RAW files, and the X-E2 doesn’t deliver in that regard.”

– 6 Months of Mirrorless Photography at lightwith: “Wrapping up here, I’d say I have no regrets ditching my big guns and moving to a mirrorless platform. After only six months I have such a sentimental attachment to my camera now I couldn’t imagine taking pictures without it. I simply love my X-E2 and the amazing images it gives me every time I use it. Even when I’m not shooting, I’m thinking about shooting and I can’t wait to pick up my camera and point it at somebody.”

 X100S
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  – Cactus V6 With Fuji X100s at jasonpitcher: “At the end of the day, these are probably my favourite triggers. My PW setup is good. Very good. But I’m keeping that dedicated to my Nikon system. PW of any type, on an X100s, are just radio triggers and these offer more flexibility. No TTL, of course, but to be honest, I don’t like TTL much anyway.  They are a bit cumbersome, I wish they were half the size for portability. If (when) I add an X-Pro 1 to my arsenal, these will suit perfectly – especially as the X-Pro 1 doesn’t have a built in flash to use as an optical trigger. I hate wires between the camera and flash, so these will add some interesting abilities to that system.”

–  Fujifilm X100s Review at roninphoto: “I’ve been more than pleased with my purchase of the X100s.  I would even go so far as to say this camera has changed the way I view photography and make images.  I’ve since spent time with the X-Pro1 and have purchased the X-T1 and a few fast primes.  My DSLR’s have been collecting a lot of dust as of late and it feels great not to be hauling around a boat load of gear!”

– First hands on experiences with a Fuji X100s at mattevansphotography: “overall this is a fantastic camera. Sure there’s a few niggly bits like the short battery life, soft images when shooting wide open and weird skin smoothing at high iso when shooting jpegs. But nothing that would seriously put me off this camera. All the important things are there, high iso performance, fast lens, image quality is excellent once stopped down beyond f4, the images are sharp and its a devilishly good looking camera.”

– Review of the Fujifilm x100s for Street Photography at erickimphotography: “The Fujifilm x100s is the ideal companion for street photography, travel, and just taking with you on a regular basis. In terms of the value, you can’t beat it in terms of bang-for-the-buck.”

– San Francisco and an Amateurs review of the Fujifilm x100s at folkloredesign.

– Review of the Fujifilm x100s and Tips for Street Photography of Eric Kim at youtube.

X-E1
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– Bradley Hampson: “Hi Patrick. I see lots of tests of our favourite gear, but I took it to an extreme last April. I was waiting for my X-T1 (in transit) and thought, heck, why not see what it takes to make my trusty X-E1 retire? I did not want to break it, I love it, but I wanted to really see its limits… Check it out, if you think it’s of interest feel free to share as you see fit. http://bradleyphoto.ca/projects.

– Wonderful Copenhagen, part 2 at lightpriority: “The great thing about the Fuji system for travel photography is that it’s so compact and lightweight compared to even a small DSLR setup – crucially while still producing top notch results. It’s taken awhile for mirrorless cameras to reach this point, but now I know there’s no going back.”

X-PRO1
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– Two Years on a Bike With the Fuji X-Pro1 at theradavist: “It has been over two years since I switched over from Canon DSLR to the Fuji X-Pro1 and I haven’t looked back. I’ve traveled all over the world with this camera. I road from Paris to Lausanne with her slung around my back. I’ve shot photos for commercial clients and for publications. This little camera has more than met my expectations as a professional use camera.”

lenses

– Fuji XF35 f/1.4 and XF60 f/2.4 – A Street Photography Review . . . at streetphotographyblog: “The biggest and most unexpected revelation though was the XF35. Sure I was well aware of the superb image quality, but for me the speed with which focus could be achieved, the overall tactile feel and all round usefulness of the focal length, means this lens will be mounted more often than first imagined. Previously I had anticipated that the XF60 would account for 90% of my shooting. It now looks as though this figure could be more like 50-50.”

– Review: Fujifilm 60mm f2.4 Macro (X series) at thephoblographer: “Fujifilm’s 60mm f2.4 X series lens isn’t really a macro lens per se due to the fact that it doesn’t focus down to a 1:1 ratio; but it can surely focus closely. Besides checking out little things under the lens, you can turn it into a kick ass portrait lens when the right lighting is applied. Its sharpness isn’t spectacular, but it isn’t at all horrible either. Overall though, we’ve been more excited about other lenses from Fujifilm. And this one isn’t particularly making us drool as much.”

– Carlo Milani: “I want to share with our Fuji friends a portrait shooting taken with XT-1 and the 55-200“. See it at milani.info.

– Fujinon XF 23mm f/1.4: Great ‘Xpectations at betterphotography: “There is absolutely no doubt that the Fujinon 23mm f/1.4 is a stunning piece of optics. It does sound a little repetitive to say this—almost every Fuji XF lens we’ve tested has had us searching for new adjectives. But in a growing lineup of excellent lenses, the 23mm seems to be one of the very best.”

RAW-conversion

 – Michael:

“Hey… This in no rumor. You are talking a lot of iridient developer. This is a good raw converter, for sure. But you should give a look to apples aperture. This a also a very very good raw developer and storage solution for the fuji x-t1.

After the mess with adobe lightroom i am very happy and satisfied with aperture. The colors are very nice and natural, just with standard settings. i don’t have to adjust something, for making good pictures. sure, you CAN adjust anything you like, but you don’t have to. ;)

You have to do just one tiny step:

In Raw-Adjustment of the Camera you should adjust the controller “Details” from 0 to 50 to get that very sharp and crispy images, that the fuji x-t1 can deliver. save this setting as standard setting for that camera and you are good! You have to do it just one time.

I deleted lightroom from my hard drive after getting familiar with aperture. the workflow is fantastic! The pictures are also very natural and crisp, even without provia, velvia etc. settings. You don’t have to switch between your library and developing, as you have to in lightroom. that makes my workflow much easier. You have a good database, you can share to fotostream, flickr, Facebook and smugmug, you can even access and edit this online storages. Database is library based, so aperture creates a big library with original (Masters) and working copies of your pictures. nothing can be deleted or lost!

Maybe you can take a look at Aperture by Apple an recommend it to your readers… I am fascinated by that app!

The fuji x-t1 rocks!”

– A Look at Replichrome II from Totally Rad at thomasfitzgeraldphotography: “In my opinion VSCO gives a much stronger effect than Replicrome. In someways it’s probably more like what people are expecting, but I’ve always found the contrast a little much on it. I would often have to adjust the shadow and highlight levels. Which you prefer is kind of a subjective choice though and it depends on your tastes. Personally I do prefer the look of VSCO film, but then I’ve been using it a lot longer and that’s just my personal opinion anyway. You may prefer Replichrome’s more subtle approach.”

 switch to the X

– Fuji X series, how I got here! at smithographer: “The fuji’s are light and compact, have exceptional image quality, have extremely sharp lenses that are very well built, and are simple and easy to use free of gimmicky features. Most importantly though, I actually want to shoot again. The X-PRO1 actually brought back that feeling I had when I was studying photography. Its impossible to put into words what that feeling was but there is a certain excitement and sense of wonder. This was in the days of film mind you where you were not certain of your results, you didn’t have that instant feedback we have in the digital era.”

– Going mirror less – Switching to Fuji X at sftwins: “Wow. Big news. Still can’t believe that I actually did it. A few weeks ago I sold my entire Nikon DSLR equipment and have switched to the Fuji X system. After 20 years of being a loyal Nikon customer I finally decided to take a step into the future. Over the years, I had amassed a collection of lenses, flashes and small tools such as remotes, batteries etc.. Nikon had never let me down. As a matter of fact, I simply loved my Nikon D800. It is an amazing camera with probably the best possible image quality out there in the market. But it was time to move on and I am actually very happy that I switched to the Fuji x system. In this post I want to share a few thoughts about making such a drastic switch.

tips

– Tips for street Photography at artphotofeature.

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  • EJPB

    Of course this is a Fuji fan forum and owning two Fujis, I belong to these pages as a dedicated reader. But why not discuss in a decent, serious, sober and professional way these mirrorless cameras – the advantages but also shortcomings. The niches where they fit in and those where they won’t. Week after week focus No1 is to explain that the Fuji X-series are the perfect match for any mission with no issues or surprises and the main headline now is to create a kind of “step over from your DSLR” rage. Boy, I hate that “step over from a DSLR, is it some kind new religion we are in a hurry now to replace an optical composing & adjusting focus methodology that has been existing in the market for 60 years? Why do we never speak about ‘stepping over from a rangefinder’? ‘From a p&s’? From an iPhone? Real photographers will easily admit even a DSLR is not fitted for every purpose, like a MF isn’t or any other box and technology capturing light isn’t. How can we expect manufacturers improve on technical issues, particular lacking of features, missing lenses and accessories if we only praise them and say everything is the best? Fuji Rumors looks more and more like a religious website, with testimonials people have finally found God now and the rest of the world is no longer of importance. Not true ! – in the case of Fuji there is still a lot to be desired. From the cumbersome and inflexible user interface to missing pro-flash solutions, from overall R&D-management to QC. Precisely that should be our concern & priority No1.

    • Patrick

      So we should not talk about the strenghts and/or weakness of each system? I mean, DSLR or CSC?

      You should take a closer look to the blogs I linked in the section, and then tell me if they are religious fanboys or just try to hightlight the difference between the systems. I don’t think that gambofoto or mikecroshaw are saying “fuji is the best!”

      Just a few quotes:

      -Of course its not as fast as a pro DSLR..people expecting it to be are, frankly, deluded

      – However the Nikon provides one of those intangibles by seeming to be faster in AF and thus more confidence inspiring.

      – But unless you are a professional sports or wildlife photographer, or just suck at taking photos without machine gun speed autofocus, its fast enough

      You said “Week after week focus No1 is to explain that the Fuji X-series are the perfect match for any mission with no issues” Really? Today I featured some saying that it’s not good for wildlife and situation where you need super fast autofocus! Did you even read that? Obviously not

      So read their blog posts first, and then feel free to agree or not…

      In fact, if I’d say that Fuji is as good or better than DSLR, I should not have linked to them ;-)

      • EJPB

        I don’t think that the difference between a pro-DSLR and a Mirrorless camera boils down to AF issues only. This is again one of those statements repeated over and over again. It’s also about R&D management (AF, user interface, connectivity, features), QC, accessories, lens ranges,… People should clearly understand that – put an name on it – Nikon, Canon & Sony (Minolta) – have an heritage of building about 50 years their type of camera (…and even they still make design mistakes, that’s the complexity of the story!). Fuji has a lot of experience in many areas but never truly managed to maintain a solid, i mainstream range and is still building up that experience with the X-series. Sorry, but I’m still missing the clear, red line in the X-series. Is every new release a bug-fix of the previous one, being hyped for a while, or is it a new camera that will be followed by new models and versions? A kind of permanent prototyping on the back of enthousiasts? Same with lenses, so the XF35mm MkII is close to be released? A lot of people don’t see it as a problem to buy and rebuy all this kind of stuff, have made some kind of ‘way of living’ of it (your readers must be very rich, if I read quite a few of these posts), but looking at the fact that I tried with a DSLR to survive 4-5 years, mirrorless is really A LOT MORE expensive and less solid as an investment. While the return of value on the second hands market is very, very disappointing. That’s my point: Nikon & Canon are not releasing 4-5 DSLRs every year and a full range of lenses, but they go for a kind of stability, a future and a true user base believe in their system. With Fuji (and other mirrorless) I just don’t know, it sits for me a bit too much in the ‘toys for boys’ kind of market, ‘being attracted’ is a completely different meaning than ‘having confidence’. To be honest, the Fuji X range breaths everything to be attractive, but about that confidence aspect… Coming from +25 years Nikon – there have been so many quality and performance incidents during my +3 year Fuji X experience that I just don’t know I would be prepared to take these kind of risks again – to implement this famous XF-system. Even as an service org, Fuji is not very well organized (also not a ‘wow’ feeling, not at all, for my country in the EU I may even use the word ‘in existing’). Also there, they still have a way to go. (Yes, I know, there will be a zillion posts about the D600 & Nikon response to it again. It has not been Nikon’s best story. I’m afraid it’s a very financial one too, the kind that can kill a company’s balance and reputation. I must admit, I didn’t run into this problem but in other technical issues – only very, very few – and Nikon’s service proofed to be really existing and responsive enough).

        • Patrick

          interesting, that’s an opinion, finally! And I respect that. Not just a silly accusation of religious fanboyism.

          • Dave

            Hi Patrick, I don’t think somebody wanted to upset you. Critics is just coming from disappointment and this has to do with expectations. I wish Fuji would accept, that some issues are critical to credibility. I read your posts on an almost daily base and I read Fujirumors for a good reason while it seems useless to read other rumor sites.

            I see even more potential: The X-T1 has these very good manual-focus aids but can take MF-lenses only via adapters and third party lenses. Wouldn’t it be stringent if Fuji released its own native manual focus lenses for the x-mount? Neither Canon nor Nikon has these aids and Canon seems to push MF-lovers away with their fixed matte screens. There is a market for MF lenses and quite a lot of people are very passionate about it. Small glass with good build and IQ would be very interesting to a lot of people like myself. Do you see a chance Fuji releasing MF lenses, or might Zeiss or Voigtlaender jump in with native x-mount lenses? Thanks.

          • EJPB

            I don’t want to offend you, really not – to be honest, this is an interesting discussion. Many are getting a bit bored by those ‘I just ditched my DSLR’ stories. Unless they are in particular niches, I still don’t believe that a lot of die-hard professionals are ready to give up their DSLR (or MF) system in favor of any Mirrorless solution. If Fujifilm ever reads users posts (do they?) they want to find an answer to the question “what’s the next step to make from the X-series not just A system but Thé X-system’. On one side of the constellation we see Nikon (that has lost his proudness over the superior F-system in the 60-70’s a long time ago) and Canon (a bit the same with the EF-mount). Do we want Fuji to become a new Canonikon? I don’t think so. We users wouldn’t benefit of the ‘mass-production in cheap countries’ kind of business model. Fanboyism in this world is often because users have never used anything else and are addicted to a system they know and trust more than their wife (or man). On the other side sits Leica, a small company with a weird range of cameras, but the M stands and once over, most Leica owners won’t ever switch to anything else. Again holy fanboyism! But again one based on trust and believe in a stable system that can last till the end of times. If I look at Fuji… I don’t know. It’s a smaller player that can benefit of the gaps in the market. As long as they are profitable, that’s not a problem. But is the X (I’m now only using this letter) something where we are prepared to die for (when somebody grabs our camera ;-) )? I think there is still a lot to do before they’ll achieve that level. To a certain extend, we all really started as fanboys, from day1, otherwise we wouldn’t have bought into the system. I’d like to see how many first wave X-Pro1 users didn’t go back to fully DSLR again, made the jump to Leica M, or bought in f.i. OM D-range. The ones that just bought an X-E2 or X-T1 and raving about there fantastic first missions – I really would like to hear their opinion over 1,5-2 years. I bet some will have forgotten what Fuji X really was. Go back 55 years and I’m pretty sure that most Nikon F adopters never have bought into any other system again. To put it different, is that ‘X’ something to be proud of today, or do we want more? I do. I want it to become better than any OM D, A7 or even Leica M and T. So the open question is, users, what do we want as a next step from Fuji X? Another X-Pro2 style X-E2? FF? Cameras with OLED EVFs or hybrid OVF/EVF-ones? Leica-alike QC and no more R&D flaws? Better, faster (AF) lenses? A pro-flash line? A better user interface? Real pro-tethering support? Less (but better) cameras or more cameras (just to fill commercial niches)…???

          • HF

            For every company, this is the most important question to answer and the most difficult. Only time will tell.
            A Pro-Flash system would be a nice thing, the other is the organic sensor, see:
            http://www.fujix-forum.com/index.php/topic/14830-just-what-is-this-new-organic-sensor-thing/.
            Fuji’s pseudo random CFA is a very nice idea, at least academically. I could link you to publications showing the benefits inherent in this arrangement. There are even more clever ones, but all need specialised demosaicing algorithms, probably not found in present raw converters.
            Therefore The first thing I want Fuji to do is support all companies to provide the best possible raw conversion (Irident and PhotoNinja show it’s possible).
            I don’t think they would go back to Bayer, as that would loose the brand name Xtrans, a name they tried to build the X-Series upon. If the organic sensor would come, we would need new software anyway.

          • EJPB

            Most of all, the complexity makes the demosaicing even on a lot of recent computers slow. In Aperture it’s even slower than the 36MP D800 standard Bayer. Don’t think what should happen if the resolution increases. Btw, despite those publications, what did it really offer in the field to go for this random CFA? I think it caused more issues than it actually solved. The X-series are still very moiré sensitive and none, yes none i’ve looked at them all !, of the convertors is really free of artifacts and color errors. There are comparisons between the A1 and the other X-series that proof… it is very hard to discover advantages of the deviating X-trans CFA.

          • HF

            I don’t find it that tedious, compared to my D610 or OMD files it happens almost at the same speed. When I bought the XT1 I was afraid to become unhappy with demosaicing after reading a lot on the web and immediately shot comparisons amongst my three cameras. Especially the OMD-XT1 comparison was important to me, as the Fuji or Oly are second bodies for traveling and leisure, a jack of all trades camera. If I did landscape for a living, I would buy an A7r or D800e, but not a 16MP camera, for sports journalism, a D3/D4/D4s/1Dx or similar would be of interest. So my tests revealed almost no differences at all (only LR shows drastic differences). It was only critical in green foliage shots, especially out of focus areas. But if I could detect differences between the cameras (and I had to really look hard), then only at 100%, details where on par. Irident sometimes delivers some color artefacts, that’s true (although the detail was there, PhotoNinja does’t and is my choice). However these are extremely rare and visible in my comparisons only at 100%, so I don’t care at all since they are removable. I looked at the A1,M1 comparison here, too, but differences are so minor, that I wouldn’t have been able to tell the difference if somebody would have given me the files without indicating the camera name.
            Moire I find strongly reduced compared to the OMD. It’s possible to get it but again rarely, so a benefit for me. So what does this give me? A camera system which delivers about the same resolution as a comparable 16MP camera without AA filter, with a very good lens base (most of them very fast) and haptics and controls I like. I like the random CFA idea, too, because it allows for tuning spectral properties. The chrominance channels have a different noise characteristics, resulting in a maximised robustness of the acquisition system to aliasing. The demosaicking artefacts (there are always some in any sensor) appear as incoherent noise, which is less visually disturbing than the moire structures characteristic of CFAs with periodic patterns. But I respect other opinions, of course, for me it is a very nice and capable system.

        • Robert

          Very true. “R&D management (AF, user interface, connectivity, features), QC, accessories, lens ranges”, Fuji needs to manage all of this for its X-series to survive, and there sure is an improvement potential remaining, despite all the good that has come so far. IMHO the X-Pro, X-E, X-T and X100 series including lenses are pretty well thought out on a high level, what remains is to improve AF, user interface, connectivity, features, QC, accessories and continue to add more high IQ lenses. My feeling is that the biggest challenge Fuji is facing is to earn a reputation for delivering quality gear that works well at delivery and will continue to do so for years to come.

        • HF

          I see that in most brands. Take Sony Nex -> Sony a6000, the OMDs, X-E2 -> XT1 … They all didn’t increase image quality drastically. Instead they changed responsiveness, features, etc. and QC is an issue (shutter shock, light leaks …). I think the latest two generations of camera bodies just peaked the sufficiency level. Before every new body delivered a drastic change in MP, image quality, features. Now, a Sigma or Sony or Fuji camera has an image quality on par with a DSLR in it’s class, decent lenses, autofocus is now comparable, too, and the argument to switch bodies on a year to year basis is breaking down (with an exception of all enthusiasts reading theses forums).
          I don’t have high hopes for increased revenue for most companies. In Germany people buy smartphones not cameras, all local dealers in my hometown closed. Teaching at an university I always ask my students, PHDs and post docs whether the bought a camera within the last three years or intend to buy one in the near future. One (!) answer was positive. They all think their iPhone or Samsung to be sufficient. Thom Hogan is right in my opinion, the next big thing is software and connectivity. This is what our research is directed into, too, since companies think to make money via connectivity and advertisement, not hardware (with an exception of our local engineering industry). What do we average people gain in having 100MP cameras? It’s frightening to see how the software in smartphones is now being able to blur out the background. In a few years I can imagine most people can’t distinguish such a photo from that taken by a Canon 50/1.2. Nevertheless, I find Fuji’s concept of controls unique and they found a niche I’m willing to invest in. But it will still take some years until I dump my Nikon FF gear. It just does it’s job.

    • You can easily start your own website and write and link whatever you want. ;)

    • Dave

      Well said. I am pretty sure it won’t last long and somebody will insult you. I feel likewise and find in particular, the critics are immediately countered, the positives are overblown, the brainy critics are a bit difficult so find.

      The Fuji cameras kind of suck in a vacuum of wishes not satisfied by CaNikon, and Fuji does that in a very sophisticated way. I have to admit that I am on Fuji GAS at the time and barely can’t hold back. But I want to see Photokina and the X-T2 before. I had one of the first X-T1’s in my hands arriving here in Switzerland and it felt like a joke: paper thins card doors, buttons without feel. The camera in my hands had nothing to do with the reviewed cameras. Caution. They say, everything was put into order meanwhile. Then I see all these raving reviews, and as I want to be positive, I believe there really was something wrong with the first batch. But concerns remain. I like the camera in the reviews, but want to rent one before I buy and see longer term reviews. I will buy the camera Fuji promises, not a dream or the membership in the Fuji community. And during an exposition lately, the Fuji salespeople really were enthusiastic and supporting showing a very different X-T1 than I saw initially. Finally, all these disputes hopefully are for the good of Fuji and help to improve digital photography.

      Thanks for this website!

    • sidtw

      Yes and no.

      Patrick is doing a great job collecting and sharing Fuji related information. You can’t blame him for not being scientifically impartial. And it’s naive to believe he (or anybody else) could possibly be.

      Calling it a “religious website” is a bit far off. You don’t hate McDonalds for telling you how tasty their burgers are.

      In fact, the neutral, objective, well-balanced opinion you are looking for has to be created by yourself.
      And now you’d magically realize that even you, the most objective and well-informed person on the planet, can never reach ideal objectivity. Because you have specific needs and requests, and you are going to buy an X-camera for a specific purpose for a specific kind of task, and you have wishes and dreams what kind of photos you want to take with it. Got it?
      You are not looking for the ideal camera in an ideal world. You are in fact looking for a camera that fits YOUR OWN needs. This magic objectivity is never going to happen.

      Again, why blaming others that they don’t present all information to you in bite-sized pieces, when you can instead try different sources, rent a X-camera yourself, and make up your own mind. And then come back and share your experience with us.

      And if it’s true what they say about Fuji listens to the crowd, I guess they have already heard about their own missing pro-flash solutions. Maybe our voice is not loud enough? You could get in contact with one of their product managers, I guess they have phone numbers and can read emails. You don’t speak Japanese? That’s an excuse.

      Finally, I don’t visit this site because I want to be reminded every day that Fuji sucks on pro-flash solutions. It’s not that funny, and not a topic of a rumor site either. So get over it.

      Good luck.

    • Did you actually read the articles or just look at the headlines and decide to rant? I actually tried to write a fairly balanced article, because I’m fed up of the black and white arguments about switching systems. For each person it will be different..for some they can easily do all they need on a mirrorless system, for plenty of others its not yet appropriate to do that. I just wanted to address some of the common misconceptions about what theses cameras can and can’t do, based on my own experience.

    • Robert

      I read some of the reviews posted today and the first review posted in the X-T1 section sounded balanced to me. I like it when someone with much experience shares thoughts about methods, gear etc. (in this case mostly gear of course) in a balanced way, because I can learn not only by myself but also from the community. In this case I would like to thank Phil Drinkwater for his sharing his thoughts on the X-T1 in wedding photography.

      http://www.phildweddingphotography.co.uk/2014/05/fuji-x-t1-for-wedding-photography-preview/

  • Short notice: the first three samyang 12mm reviews are actually the same. ;)

    • Patrick

      thx for the note, corrected it

  • rt

    Something to add under RAW-conversion

    While I’m not sure this applies to many, I just wanted to mention that there is a very good open source raw converter for x-trans sensors in the darktable-xtrans2 branch. It is made with Linux in mind, but can probably be put together on a Mac by anyone with a little bit of programming experience. I run the linux version in a virtual machine on Windows.

    https://github.com/dtorop/darktable/tree/xtrans2

    I have not tried irident developer, but in my opinion darktable knocks lightroom out of the park (disclaimer: I haven’t tried the more recent versions of lightroom), plus – it’s free :)

    Maybe if I find the time I can write a tutorial/review/something… but anyway – for those curious / those running Linux.

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