16
Sep
2014

Fujirumors: Your Window to Photokina! FULL X-WORLD COVERAGE: News, Images, Curiosities and more… stay tuned!

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Photokina just started, but the majority of us mere mortals will remain at home, at work, or simply can’t afford the long journey to Cologne… and I am one of those.

But Fujirumors will be the window to photokina for all X-shooters around the world. I’ll search the web for everything of interest around the X-system… and you can help! If you find something interesting on the web too, or if you actually are at photokina and have a quick report or a useful information to share with other X-enthusiasts, then feel free to drop me an email at fujirumor [at] gmail.com. Or use the rumor box to contact me anonymously.

So follow Fujirumros also via facebook, google+, RSS-feed and twitter.

Meet Rico Pfirstinger on Thursday (18SEP) between 10.00 and 11.30 AM at Photokina and ask him anything about Fuji X! Hall 4.1, Booth C27/D24 (d.punkt Verlag).

The graphite silver edition coating process (Fujifilm)

Gran Opening at Fuji’s LIVE TALK series…the first speaker is Zack Arias! (fujixclubitaliaMax de Martino)

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15
Sep
2014

Different Twins: “King of Bokeh” XF 56mm f/1.2 APD VS classic XF 56mm f/1.2 (PROS & CONS)

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XF56 APD: USA: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / EUROPE: WexUK / WexDE / PCHstore / AUSTRALIA: CameraPro

Nathan Elson and Patrick La Roque tested the brand new XF 56mm f/1.2 APD lens. And what do they think about it? Did Fuji succeed in its difficult challange to improve a lens that is already almost perfect?

Keep in mind, both are testing prototypes… this means the overall performance of this lens can still be improved until its launch later this year.

Nathan Elson (first look) says in his first thoughts about this lens that “it’s not a huge leap [...]  the original 56mm lens lets in roughly 1 stop of light more than the new APD version which could be a good or bad thing depending on the shooting situation [...] the new APD version does have slightly more contrast [...] slight improvement to an already awesome lens“.

Patrick La Roque (first look) thinks that “this filter [APD] adds a slight vignetting effect. And I do mean slight [...] you’ll notice [with the APD] a bit more blurring breaking up the pattern. [...] So given the slightly more pleasing bokeh, common wisdom would dictate that the APD is the better of the two right? Well, I’m sticking with different. Because there actually are trade-offs with the apodization process: Less light gathering capabilities & No phase detection AF, resulting in slower focusing. [...] Does this mean you should immediately sell your 6 months-old standard 56mm? Well, I won’t — and I certainly won’t feel cheated. What this amounts to is choice, not replacement, upgrade or deprecation. As far as I’m concerned, neither can disappoint.”

Go for the 56mm f/1.2 APD if you need:
- improved bokeh
- slightly more contrast

Go for the 56mm f/1.2 if you need:
- faster AF (phase detection)
- more light gathering capabilities
- slightly less vignetting than the APD

This is just a very early PROS & CONS list. We will have to wait for more reviews and final production XF 56mm APD.

XF 56mm f/1.2 APD: USA: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / EUROPE: WexUK / WexDE / PCHstore / AUSTRALIA: CameraPro
XF 56mm f/1.2: Amazon, Adorama, DigitalRev, J&R, B&H, eBay

14
Sep
2014

miXed zone: more 56 APD samples, X-E2 or X-T1, switch to the X + X100S: “my creativity has grown because of it!”

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Pre-order
(& support FR. No extra cost for you, but a small comission is valued back to FR. Thanks to those who decide to support FR this way)

X100T: USA: BHphoto  / AmazonUS / Adorama / EUROPE: WexUK / WexDE / PCHstore / AUSTRALIA: CameraPro
Graphite Silver X-T1USA: BHphotoAmazonUS / Adorama / EUROPE: WexUK / WexDE / PCHstore / AUSTRALIA: CameraPro
XF 56mm f/1.2 APD: USA: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / EUROPE: WexUK / WexDE / PCHstore / AUSTRALIA: CameraPro
XF 50-140 f/2.8 WR: USA: BHphotoAmazonUS / Adorama / EUROPE: WexUK / WexDE / PCHstore AUSTRALIA: CameraPro
X-T1 + XF 18-135 WR: USA: BHphotoAmazonUS / Adorama /

XF 56mm f/1.2 APD
USA: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / EUROPE: WexUK / WexDE / AUSTRALIA: CameraPro

More samples at laroquephoto / Simple Comparison between XF56mm APD and XF56mm (exterior photo, lens construction, and MTF chart) at dicahub /

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

Fuji X-T1 or Fuji X-E2? And the winner is…. check it out in Spanish at Fuji-Xperience (English tranlsation) / Mein Resümee zur Fujifilm X-T1 in German at die-zeit-zeugen (translation) / Stéphane Monard: All albums except the Laos one is made with a fuji x system. Japan with an x-e1 and all Africa with X-T1 at smosvision / Fujifilm X-T1 Hints and Tips at photomadd / X-vinTage1: My Fujifilm X-T1 review part two at jonasraskphotography / Fuji X-T1 Review Follow-Up at masonmarsh / A day of sailing at doncraigphoto / A little taste of Icelandic B/W at jonasjacobsson / Fuji X-T1, My Thoughts at rf-photography / 30 B&W wedding pictures – Fuji X-T1 at leemeekphotography / Sean Marc Lee: My 3 page spread in September’s GQ Taiwan from the 9 page article “Girls We Love.” I wish they included all the details and closeups I took. All photos taken with the Fujifilm X-T1 and XF56mm. at seanmarc-lee / Fujifilm X-T1 Review: The RAF at danielkcheung / Lighting portraits with the Fuji X-T1 and natural light at iso1200 /

Switch to the X

Matt Russell: “Patrick, Well, I finally did it. I sold my Canon 5D Mark II with 5 lenses and bought a X-T1 with the 10-24mm, 55-200, and the 56mm. After having bought the X100s and been impressed with it, I can’t say how impressed I am with the X-T1 and the lenses. I’m starting to branch out in my photography (portraits, street, etc) which I felt inhibited by the size, bulk, and attention my Canon gear garnered. I would have to pick and choose which Canon gear to leave home as it all wouldn’t fit into my gear bag. I now carry all my Fuji gear (X-T1, 3 lenses, X100S) and have room to spare and less of a load. I couldn’t be happier with my decision. I will never go back to a DSLR.” mjrussellphotography.com/latestmjrussellphotography.com/gallery/places/connecticu

- The Fuji switch part II: Weddings… at benjacobsenphoto / POV: The ‘Unbearable’ Lightness of Fuji X Series at thetravelphotographer / From Nikon DSLRs to Fuji X cameras ~ Reflections on the X-T1 at alexanderleaman / I fell in love with my X at wieselblitz / I sold all my gear for a Fujifilm X-T1 at russellfeatherstonephotography / A Fujifilm X-T1 Review Of Sorts VS Canon 5D Mark III & Olympus E-M1 at kithomasphotography / Should I sell my DSLR and buy a Fuji? at dougchinnery / Bye-bye Canon, hello Fuji (longterm X-T1 & X-system review) at juiceimaging /

Fujifilm X30
USA: BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / BestBuy / EUROPE: wexUK / wexDE / PCHstore

- more real world samples at dpreview / hands-on preview at kammah / X30 first look at dslrmagazine in Spanish (translation) /

KAIZEN

Chris: “I’d like to know more about Fujifilm plans for open source software. I’d like to be able to interact with my camera via an api, and create customizations/plugins that change the way the camera operates. There is Magic Lantern www.magiclantern.fm, which does this for Canon cameras, but the best option would be for Fuji to lead the charge.” /

X100S
Amazon, Adorama, DigitalRev, J&R, B&H, eBay

- Michael Falco: “I wrote a review on the X100S, I hope you find it valuable enough to share it. It came from my heart and my creativity has grown because of it.” Read it at michaelfalco / caving with the X100s at xexets / Fuji X100s at ianmacdonaldphotography / Here’s the iPhone 6 Plus Next to the Fuji X100S. Which is the ‘Pocket Camera’ Now? at petapixel /

other X-series cameras

- Tristan Williams: Just found out how well the X system handles shooting indoor concerts! Couldn’t believe the results. See here. / Hands On Review: Fujifilm X-E2 + Fujifilm 18-55mm at antonionunes / Fuji X-PRO1 in Bali at samburtonphoto / Photography of Marathon watches. Fuji X-E1 at simonpeckham / X-PRO1: photo shooting right before and after the sunset at wilsonchiew / X-PRO1: Suberashi Photo @ Morgan Motor Car Malvern at suberashi / Slowing Down with the Fuji X-Pro1 at kagecollective /

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

- Fujifilm XF 18-135mm, the “superb telephoto lens” review in Dubai at michaelrcruz / My thoughts on the WR 18-135 lens at jonasjacobsson / Weather-sealed Magic – FUJINON XF18-135mm F3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR at randallcipriano /

lenses

- Fuji XF 10-24MM f4: Shooting Architecture by Marco Sobrevinas at findingrange / Up Close? X-Pro1 Fuji XF 35/1.4 & Raynox +8 at roblowephoto /
Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 & Testing New Fuji Glass at 35mmstreet / Movement. The essence of Old Delhi with the 56 and 10-24 at timsteadman / arch In August rally at Hyde Park, Sydney (with Fuji X-Pro 1 & 56mm f/1.2, 18mm f/2) at robertcatto /

RAW-conversion

- best X-Trans RAW converter at fujivsfuji /

Classic Chrome

Fuji’s Classic Chrome Film Simulation Brings the Magic of Kodachrome to the Digital Realm at petapixel /

Acessories

- New battery protection for the Fujifilm NP-W126 battery called Clip cap at ad-3d /

a little bit of everything

- X-to-iPad workflow at doncraigphoto / Paris street photography – traveling X-Photographer style at fujixfiles / My Gear / Fuji X Series Cameras at colinnichollsphotography / My love affair with EVFs at fujifilmblog / 500px has a new feature called groups. So far there are over 700 members to the fuji group https://500px.com/groups/fujifilmusers / Cambodia part 2 ~ Temples at prophotonut / Big Images and Small Cameras in the City at markschuelerphoto / with the Fuji X100s and the X-T1 at gaborimages / London and Fuji strike again, with an evening detour to the BWPA at lizzieshepherd / My dreamed Fuji XT on my next photo tour at nomadphotoexpeditions /

13
Sep
2014

New X-mount lenses: The Mitakon 42.5mm f/1.2 & 24mm f/1.7!

Press Release

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13
Sep
2014

FUJIFILM X30 Owners Manual available

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

If you pre-ordered a Fujifilm X30, then you can already start to study and read the manual. Download it here.

For Rico’s Fujifilm X30 first look click here (German). Check out also his updated flick X30 images here (over 200 shots now).