Roundup Fuji… some reviews and pics

Share

X-F1

thenewcamera.com compared the specifications of the Canon G15 and the Fuji XF1. It’s not really a review, just a cold comparison of specifications. Bigger sensor for the Fuji, better ISO range for the Canon. Better shutter range for the Fuji, and OVF for the Canon. Look here for more. Tell me, who would gain a point for better appearance?

There is a review of photographybay.com. His conclusions are: “All in all, the Fuji XF1 has the makings of a nice point and shoot camera.  I will be curious to see how others receive the lens-twisting quagmire once the camera hits store shelves in the next few days.Click here to read the review.

There is a XF1 hands-on review at DC.watch and a review on photographytalk.com.

Also danbaileyphoto.com could hold the camera in his hands for about one hour. Click here to read his impressions.

X-E1

There are some sample pictures taken with a X-E1 + Fujinon XF 18-55 mm f/2.8-4 OIS on optyczne (click here) and a detailed (Chinese) review with a lot of pictures on mobileo.com (click here)

And here a professional photograph, bertstephani.com, tested for the first time the X-E1 in his studio and writes about his first impressions (click here).

X-PRO1

Martin Hülle crossed alone a region between Norway and Sweden. He took images with the X-PRO1. Look at them here. And you can also read about his workflow, among other things how he works with RAW-files (click here). It’s in German. The Out-of-Cam JPGs are very good. So he focuses more on the “old school-photography” than editing images later. We know that’s not that simple to work with X-Trans RAW-files… until now.

Not a review, but I decided to link you to stephangeyer.com (click here) so you can see a X-PRO1 (click here) on safari in South Africa.

If you want a short review of the X-PRO1 take at look at theonlinephotographer (click here).

For a  declaration of love to the X-PRO1 click here.

Look at images taken with the X-PRO1 at the Shooting Street Fashion. “Shooting Street Fashion Sydney (SFS) is all about getting the image as quickly and efficiently as possible.Click here to go to streetfashionsydney.blogspot.com

X-TRANS WORKFLOW

Kinematic Digit writes about the X-Trans sensor and the RAW-problem. After playing around for a few weeks he believes that “this is probably the maximum that we can get out of the Fuji RAF files until the other developers come up with better understanding of the unique X-Trans CMOS sensor.Now this is still not the most ideal workflow for most people. Pixel Peeping aside, the Fuji X files are fantastic, even in Adobe Lightroom. My goal in this was to get a better understanding of what is going on.Read about his workflow here.

Fuji FinePix F800EXR

New reviews of the compact Fuji FinePix F800EXR can be read on DSLRPhoto (click here) and on ePhotoZine (click here) with a few picture samples. The conclusions ePhotoZine makes are: “Like the versions before it, the Fujifilm FinePix F800EXR is one of the smallest cameras available with a 20x optical zoom lens, and its design with large front grip helps keep the camera steady when shooting. The camera takes pleasing photos with good colour reproduction and has a variety of useful options including the ability to get better dynamic range in bright or difficult shooting conditions, although this is at a lower resolution when using the EXR modes. The camera does a lot of things well, including Wi-Fi transfer, and has a wide variety of controls including RAW, however if you’re keen on recording video then you may be a little disappointed.

At least a Fujifilm XS1– Preview at Photographic Central.

Have a nice weekend!

Share

[Update] Fuji X-100: $200 price drop… offer extended until DEC 31 ’12

Share

B&H exteded the offer on the X-100 until DEC 31′ 12 (click here). You can have this camera also with a $200 price drop at Amazon US (click here)

You can have the Fuji X-100 for $1.000 instead of $1.200 at B&H (click here to see). This special offer ends tomorrow, Nov, 3.

Take a look of the PROS and CONS and read the full, detailed review of the Fuji X-100, at dpreview (click here).

 

Share

X-PRO1 + Minolta lenses. ikphotography experience

Share

image courtesy: ikphotography

A few days ago i received a mail from ikphotography (click here to visit his blog). He tried out some Minolta lenses on the X-PRO1 (click here). The photographer says: “This is not a scientific test or lens review and should not be taken in anyway shape or form as such, i simply write my experience with these lenses and an attempt to give those interested an idea of what to expect using this combination.

To me, he made a really accurate and passionate job (click here, choose a lens to read and look at the picutres). The Minolta lenses tested were:

1) 24mm F2.8 Minolta MC: One of the sharpest, if not the sharpest Minolta lens ever produced. ikphotography says: “This lens is a gem. It is a bit hard to find on the used market.” Well, at this point I would like to share a little secret with you all. I found this lens in a few seconds because there is a really easy way to look for used (or new) products worldwide on ebay. I use slidoo.com (click here to see the results for the 24mm F2.8 Minolta MC). Slide, search, and if you don’t find what you want, simply click “save this search and get notified”, and once the product you looked for is on ebay, you will be informed immediately. For more details read the short and clear “About Us” of slidoo (click here).

But let’s go back to the ikphotography pictures…

2) 28mm F2 Minolta MD W Rokkor-x: “Between f2.8 and 5.6 the optical quality is absolutely fantastic.

3) Minolta MC 28mm F2.5 W Rokkor SI – 1st Generation: “I’ll let the photos below speak for themselves, notice there’s a tiny bit of distortion though by not much, easily fixed in PP, pleasantly contrasty, has a film like rendering, nice bokeh wide open, sharpens when stopped down. At F4-5.6 which many lenses excel, this lens is no different. It is exquisite! For around $50-$100 on he used market, this is a serious lens to consider.

4) 28mm Minolta MD/MC/Auto Rokkor f/2.8 and 3.5: “Sharp wide open at 2.8, very well built as with other Minolta lenses of this era, light weight with nice heft really balances well on the X-Pro 1. Half click stops from f/2.8 to f/22 on the aperture ring which is nice for fine tuning exposure. Razor sharp when stopped down, fantastic between f/4-5.6. It is the sharpest of the 28mm 2.8/3.5 MD/MC variations i have used to date. Easily found on the used market for almost next to nothing.”

5) 35mm Minolta MD/MC/Auto Rokkor f/2.8: ” As with all Minolta lenses, they are extremely well made especially the early Auto Rokkor’s, compact and balances very well on the X-Pro 1. Performance of these lenses are also very good, wide open at 2.8 you get a nice soft sharp rendering though the later 35mm’s such as the MD’s in my opinion are sharper wide open, stopped down to f/4-5.6 they are at their best without any noticeable difference amongst the early and later ones.”

Thanks to ikphotography. And if you enjoyed the images so stay tuned, because he will update his blog with more Minolta lenses.

Share

X-E1 review and comparison with D600 and NEX-7

Share

OK, this time it’s Chinese! The automatic translation-tools requests a bit of imagination to find a sense in what is written. But the good thing is, that there are a lot of pictures. This time it’s the Chinese pcpop.com that has reviewed the X-E1.

In this case we have also a comparison with the Nikon D600 and the Sony NEX-7! A tough fight.

Here you can see the comparison between the X-PRO1, X-E1 and NEX-7 (see the pictures here).

The next comparison is between the X-E1 and the D600. Take a look at the JPEGs of these cameras (click here).

There are many more images, about ISO, noise reduction, and videos about the auto-focus. Just click through the test.

Check it out and share your considerations in the comments.

 

 

 



Share

X-F1 review at photographyblog

Share

rotate to 25, pull, step 1, step 2, rotate until it clicks, pull… is it all too complicated?

We have already posted the link to the 49 sample JPEG photos at the end of this post (click here). Now the photographyblog.com posted the full review (click here). This time no translation is needed :-).

I know, “De gustibus non est disputandum” (literally “In matters of taste, there can be no disputes”). And in this case there is no dispute. Every review I’ve read, every comment, simply agrees: this vintage-styled camera looks great. Also photographyblog says: “The Fujifilm XF1 is a classically styled camera with a beautiful retro design that can’t fail to impress everyone that sees it. In an age where digital cameras are virtually ubiquitous, the Fujifilm XF1 stands out by a country mile thanks to it uniquely clean styling and solid build quality, not to mention a wealth of photographer-friendly features.” It’s a “very well-built camera, with absolutely no flex or movement in its chassis.” Only the supplied wrist strap isn’t quite as luxurious as the rest of the package.

Also this camera has his PROS and CONS and the conclusions of photographyblog are:

Although not quite on a par with the X10 and X100, the XF1’s build quality is very good, and the image quality from the large 2/3-inch CMOS sensor is markedly better than virtually all other compacts. Noise is noticeable only by its almost complete absence from ISO 100-800, with the faster full-resolution settings of 1600 and 3200 also being very usable. The 4x lens is commendably sharp and distortion free at both ends of its focal range, while the f/1.8 maximum aperture at 25mm makes it easier than most compacts to creatively throw the background out of focus (although it does quickly slow to f/4.9 at full telephoto).”

The manual lens ring didn’t convince the testers. Although they appreciate the possibility to zoom quickly and set the focal length by turning the ring with a short and tactile movement they say that “we’d much prefer a simple on/off button to the frankly convoluted way of turning the camera, with the Standby mode feeling redundant.” It only adds complexity to the handling of the camera.

The auto-focus is pretty quick. According to Fuji the camera focuses in 0.16 seconds. “In practice there’s a very slight delay as it locks onto the subject, but it’s more than fast enough for everyday shooting.”

So whereas the Fujifilm X10 got the combination of retro style and a photographer-friendly approach largely right, the new XF1 feels a bit less well-realised. Not to say that it’s a bad camera – and it is also the cheapest X-series model in the now extensive range – but overall the Fujifilm XF1 doesn’t have quite the same appeal as the rest of the range…

Read much more in the detailed review (click here).

The X-F1 is still not available in USA. We will inform you immediately when we find this camera in stock. In the meantime you can pre-order it here:

Amazon US: (preorder here) / Adorama (preorder here) / B&H (preorder here)

 

Share