The X-series lost its soul! X-M1 in Cuba (laroquephoto)

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The X-series is more than just stunning image quality. The viewfinder, the lenses with aperture ring, the retro design, the controls and more are part of the “soul” of the X-series. This is why Patrick La Roque, when asked if he would buy or not the X-M1, gives a clear answer: NO! The X-M1 is simply a digital camera that delivers fabulous images but there is no “true photography” feeling as with the other X-Trans cameras. But keep in mind that pro-photographers are not really the target of the X-M1. Read Patrick’s article here.

“Leaving out the viewfinder, building lenses without aperture rings… When you strip away the physicality of that experience what are you left with? A Canon or a Nikon. The camera’s image quality is fabulous but in the end, it’s a robot. It’s a digital camera that flaunts its digital nature at every turn and takes all the immediacy, stealth, thoughtfullness and pleasure out of the equation. It completely disconnects you from the scene. I know I’m being harsh but there’s a reason I’m so enthusiastic about the X series; this ain’t it.”

Tell me, what should Fuji do to save the X-series. What’s the “soul” of the X-series? Make a list with your suggestions in the comments (I’ll then make a poll).

X-M1 (body only or with 16-50mm)USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / DigitalRev / Pictureline EUROPE: DigitalRev / WexUK / PCHstore / AmazonITA

XF 27mm – USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / DigitalRev / Pictureline EUROPE: DigitalRev / WexUK / PCHstore / AmazonITA XC 16-50: WexUK / PCHstore

 

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X-A1: Fuji’s next X-mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera

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The new Japanese source [who was right with the the X-M1 (and more) and has been upgraded to “trusted source”] can now confirm what has already been rumored by Fujirumors here.

There will be another mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera, and it will be called X-A1. It will have a non X-Trans APS-C sensor.

You won’t find the X-A1 in small and specialized camera stores. It will be sold only by big retailers on the web and big general stores.

The X-A1 could be announced by the end of August.

As soon as I get reliable rumors about the specs, you’ll read them on Fujirumors. So stay tuned and follow us on facebook, twitter and subscribe the RSS feed.

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photographyblog XF 55-200 review

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(there is one 55-200 lens in stock at AmazonUS via third party reseller, but you have to pay $50 extra)

Fuji XF 55-200mm: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

It’s online, the full photographyblog XF55-200 review. They assigned 4 out of five stars and recommend this lens. Check out the whole text and the samples here. Some extracts:

“[…] very quiet linear motor. In practice, we found the auto-focus to be fairly fast, pleasingly quiet and without too much hunting in low-light. Thanks to the IF mechanism the front of the lens does not rotate on focus, which is very good news for anyone looking to use the lens in conjunction with a polariser or graduated neutral density filter. […]  pleasing bokeh […] offering an appealing combination of good image quality, excellent construction and handling, and fair value for money. Both centre and edge sharpness drop off as you progress through the zoom range, though, requiring the user to stop down the lens to get the best results. […] very good images, especially at the wider end of the focal range.”

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anti-deal: X-M1 for $9,999 – free shipping :)

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Fuji is the new Leica… at least if we look at the price at top rated reseller K&K Digital (via AmazonUS). $9,999 (free shipping) for the entry level X-series camera X-M1! Click here to check this Anti-Deal! Or save $2000 and get the Leica M9-P (AmazonUSyour ebay) with sapphire glass display and vulcanite leatherette covering.

btw, can Fuji be considered as the new Leica? Can the X-series really compete with the red dot cameras? Fuji vs Leica… feel free to leave a comment.

X-M1 (body only or with 16-50mm)USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / DigitalRev / Pictureline EUROPE: DigitalRev / WexUK / PCHstore

XF 27mm – USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / DigitalRev / Pictureline EUROPE: DigitalRev / WexUK / PCHstore XC 16-50: WexUK / PCHstore

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