Fujifilm X-H1 Development Story #1 -Frame. Fujinon XF200mmF2 will Weight more than 2kg

Fujifilm X-H1 with reinforced ribs for use with heavy glass

Fujifilm X-H1 with reinforced ribs for use with heavy glass

Fujifilm X-H1 Development Story

Fujifilm just published part 1 of their Fujifilm X-H1 development story.

Let’s examine the X-H1. The product planner requested the developers to make the body more robust so that new devices could be installed and the expected camera performance could be realized. In order to make the body more robust, the frame, which is made of magnesium alloys, needed to be strengthened by adding extra thickness. The frame is 125% thicker for X-H1, meaning that the frame has almost doubled in volume (1.25 x 1.25 x 1.25 = 1.95). The strength of the frame is almost twice as strong.

Portability and lightweight are the charm of the X Series. This should always be taken into account even when considering an exterior design that is more robust. The designer examined the frame closely and learned where the stress is most/least applied and where the extra strength is most/least needed. With the study, the following structure with pillars jointing the exterior part has been realized, which helped minimize the effect on body size.

[…] In near future there will be lenses that weigh more than 2kg. [note: given that they show the XF200mmF2 in the article, it’s save to assume they meant the 200mm]

To withstand the stress, the mount part is reinforced ribs as shown below.”

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See the Fujinon XF200mmF2 Mounted on Fujifilm X-H1 – Coming Soon

Fujinon XF200mmF2

With the launch of the Fujifilm X-H1, Fujifilm also officially displayed sketches showing the XF200mmF2 mounted on the Fujifilm X-H1 at all press events worldwide, such as here at dc.watch or in this Italian youtube video, where they present the X-H1.

The Fujinon XF200mmF2 is “coming soon”, says Fujifilm. The official roadmap confirms it will be released within 2018.

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TCSTV Live Chat with Fuji Guy Billy: How Fujifilm made X-mount IBIS Compatibile and Why Would Chris Destroy the X-H1? ;)

TCSTV Live Stream with Fuji Guy Billy

TheCameraStoreTV had a fantastic live stream with Fuji Guy Billy today, and of course it’s all about the Fujifilm X-H1. Make sure to check it out here.

I was lucky enough to attend the live stream and make my questions, but Jordan anticipated me on the first big question I wanted to make to Billy: back in 2016 Fujifilm said X mount is not compatible with IBIS. What did Fuji do on the Fujifilm X-H1 to make it compatible? Here is Billy’s answer:

We understand how IBIS works with pretty much all brands. We thought it was a very strong feature to incorporate.

At that time when we said that statement, the technology for us wasn’t there yet. Because, when we develop our cameras, image quality is number 1 for us. And we know that with IBIS, there is always some sort of loss in that, so we needed to develop a system that still mantains that high strict image quality. That really was successful with the X-H1.

We had to make the IBIS system a little bit larger in order to do so. That’s why the X-H1 itself is slightly bigger to accommodate that.

It’s the only IBIS system that has a dual processor that can make 10,000 calculations and that corrects instantly for any movement.”

How I understand this, is that Fujifilm studied other brands’ IBIS systems, they saw that those solutions won’t work on Fuji cameras, they needed time to develop a technology specific for their cameras, and their solution ended up requiring the whole camera to become bigger compared to other systems.

Heard that, I asked Billy if this means that IBIS won’t come to smaller Fujifilm cameras in future. Billy answered:

currently the IBIS system is quite large and that’s why this camera itself is large. We really want to maintain image quality. Now it’s very important for us to develop the system. I think as we learn to grow and develop, who knows where that technology will go.”

This makes hope that one day we will see IBIS also on smaller cameras. But currently, it’s not possible. Related to this, I remind you that we rumored the Fujifilm X-T3 has no IBIS.

Now just a few more highlights of a long and very interesting live chat…. oh, and do NOT miss the Wooden Niccolls movie shot entirely on X-H1.

  • Jordan says Fujifilm has quickly gone from “nothing” to “very amazing” in the video market
  • Nobody buys a GH5 or A7sII to do professional stills and video. They are video cameras that have stills option. The X-H1, though, is a fantastic stills camera that happens to do excellent video.
  • Fujifilm will offer the LUT file for ETERNA. Eterna great skin tones. ETERNA on X-T2 is very possible in future (as we rumored here, it will come)
  • X-H1 has Jordans’ favorite APS-C shutter since the Pentax K3II. Super quite.
  • Billy confirms the SD relay recording, as we rumored here
  • 10bit: X-H1 sensor and processor don’t have the speed yet to support the incredible data 10bit has.
  • there is some rolling shutter, but pretty well controlled, especially with some lenses and IBIS
  • Firmware updates are costly, but Fujifilm is committed to them
  • X-H1 has much larger heat sink, and processor can run much higher
  • Video Autofocus: Canon is on top, but Fuji and Sony are following.
  • 15 minutes limit in 4K is due to sensor heat
  • The little things Fuji cares: they made the EVF sticking out, to avoid the nose to touch the screen, they improved the mechanism of the 3-way tilt screen and more
  • With manual focus lenses only, you only have 3 axis stabilization, because in oder to know shift, you need to know subject distance.
  • EVF black out is shorter than on X-T2
  • & a lot more… check it out and enjoy!

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Fujifilm Complete X Guide Update: Includes Fujifilm X-H1 and Removes (discontinued) XC 16-50

Complete Fujifilm Guide

Fujifilm just updated their complete X guide brochure, which now includes the Fujifilm X-H1.

Fujifilm removed the XC 16-50 from the catalogue, which means it is going to be discontinued in favor of the brand new and smaller Fujinon XC 15-45 power zoom.

You can check out the complete X Series guide PDF here (13 MB). You can find the X-H1 only catalogue here.

And thanks a ton again to the FR-reader, who send me this. Your support means everthing to me and is such a huge help.

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Fujifilm X-H1 Wooden Niccolls Movie by TheCameraStoreTV

Wooden Niccolls

Back in January 27, TheCameraStoreTV announced they will be screening a Wooden Niccolls movie shot with “unreleased gear” at a movie theater. I placed my bet, and said it would be a movie shot on Fujifilm X-H1. If I was wrong, I promised I would shoot Sepia only for an entire month. So believe me guys, I am relieved to see I was not wrong ;) .

Well, right now the TheCameraStoreTV has published their movie on their youtube channel here.

  • All the BTS and B-Roll footage was Eterna. The actual scene was shot F-Log and expertly colour graded by Tyler Roth. He used a pre-production Eterna LUT as a starting point, but there are many manual adjustments in the scene as well.
  • intuitive layout
  • shot with Fujinon Cabrio lenses

I remind you that the Fujifilm X-H1 can shoot DCI 4K at 24fps, which is the wider screen format you are used to see in motion pictures.

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For Whom is the Fujifilm X-H1? Kevin Mullins Needs to Talk :: Worth Upgrading from Fujifilm X-T2?

Fujifilm X-H1

UPDATE: Allow me quick follow up to the previous article: I confirm that Fujiflm has changed the front plate design of the X mount. If you don’t trust me, you can go to dpreview and see how the X-T2 can have two different mount designs, older are more angled, newer more round. This has not been made casually by Fujifilm, but there is a reason behind that. Most likely it is related to mitiage grid artifacts, as we reported here.

Kevin Mullins

The epic Fujifilm X-H1 live blogging is now officially closed, but you can check back to see a comprehensive list of first look reviews, samples and videos after 2 nights and 3 days of non stop coverage.

What we are trying to do now, is to enter more in specific to some of your questions, and focus on certain topics.

In our “All About IBIS” article yesterday, we made an in depth technical and practical analysis of IBIS.

Today we try to adress another question that I get also via email: for whom is the Fujifilm X-H1?

I was planing an article about it, but today wedding photographer Kevin Mullins published a youtube video where he answers this question.

And since I not only agree with him, but he also says it in a much better English than me, make sure to check out his video here.

In short:

  • The Fujifilm X-H1 is aimed at videomakers (where there is still room for improvement, though), sport and wildlife photographers
  • It’s for photographers who use big lenses, want a big grip, a solid body
  • For people who want extra functionality and don’t need small cameras
  • The X-H1 is all about power
  • The X-H1 is not really for wedding and street photographers. No reason to move to X-H1 from something like X-Pro2, X-T2, X-E3 etc., which are better for that
  • The X-H1 is another option in the Fujifilm line, and not an upgrade to the X-T2, so it makes sense to call it X-H1
  • If he buys the X-H1, then it’s for his videos work especially on the youtube channel. But not for weddings
  • It would be great if the autofocus and shutter system if the X-H1 would be rolled into the X-T and X-Pro line of cameras

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He also says:

  • He invested into the X system because of smaller size, and size is still an important factor for him
  • X-H1 has amazing video tech, internal F-log, Eterna Cinema film simulation, indipended custom settings for stills and video, touch screen and of course IBIS
  • sensitive shutter button, takes time to get used to, but those who shoot very quickly in sports or also weddings they will love it
  • sadly no articulating screen, and for video makers that would have been awsome
  • no audio connection in body. You must buy the vertical grip to monitor your audio

Down below, a video of The Photography Team that discusses the questions… X-T2 or X-H1?

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Fujifilm X-H1 Launch Deals. Save $150. Adorama Adds Free Domke Bag. EU deals, too!

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Fujifilm just announced the Fujifilm X-H1 yesterday, and they also officially announced a special launch deal offer, that will go until April 28.

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Fujifilm X-H1 launch deals are available also in Europe, for example a €150 cashback in the Netherlands, £100 trade-in deals in the United Kingdom. Select your country in the Fuji promo page, and see if you country is included. However, Fujifilm is notoriously slow to update this page. So while Fuji Netherlands already announced the deal on theri facebook page, their official website still does not mention the deal. I recommend the good old way to see if your country is included: give them a call ;)

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See the Impressive Fujifilm X-H1 IBIS Wobbling. Front Plate Redesign to Allow IBIS on X-Cameras or Reduce Purple Grid Artifacts?

In the video above you can see how much the X-H1 sensor wobbles, going behind the front plate. That’s impressive.

And you will remember, how Fujifilm said that X-mount is not compatible with IBIS, right?

So people wonder, how did Fujifilm manage to make it compatible and to make IBIS work on X-cameras without introducing to heavy vignetting?

Good question.

What we know, is that newer X-series cameras have a newly designed front plate. Just check out my old X-T1 with sharp 90° angle compared to my new X-E3 with a much more rounded angle. UPDATE: Older X-T2’s and X-Pro2’s have a very angled mount, while newer ones more rounded. Check it out, it’s documented also on dpreview ;) .

Most likely, Fujifilm did it to fix (or at least signficantly reduce) the purple grid artifacts we wrote about it here.

However, I heared another fascinating theory, that I want to share here on FujiRumors,.

The rounded angle could allow the light to filter better in the corners, and hence reach the sensor even better, when it goes behind the mount.

Wait… I hear you say… the X-E3 has no IBIS!

But, so the theory, since Fujifilm had to redesign the mount to accomodate IBIS on X-H1 anyway, it just hugly simplifies and speeds up the production line, if you use one front plate design for all cameras, instead of manufacturing 2 different ones.

However, this theory does not convince me fully, since the front plate on the X-H1 seems to be more similar to the one of my old X-T1 than the one of my X-H1.

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All About Fujifilm X-H1 New IBIS: How it’s Made, How it Works, How Efficient it is… and Can You Shoot 11 Seconds Handheld?

All About IBIS

The live blogging is still running, but time to dig deeper into the more technical and also practical aspect of IBIS in a dedicated post.

We start with a Fujifilm video that shows how IBIS is made and how it is tested by Fujifilm, we continue by telling you how IBIS and OIS work together, how efficient it is with each lens, and we end with a hands on experience of shooting 11 seconds handheld still image… will it work?

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How IBIS is Manufactured and Tests

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Adobe Lightroom Adds Fujifilm X-H1 Support + ETERNA Film Simulation

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Back in February 13, Adobe released the Lightroom Classic CC 7.2, adding Fujifilm X-A5 and X-A20 support.

This was 2 days before the official announcement of the Fujiflm X-H1, so at that time, they did not mention X-H1 support.

However, after the announcement, they updated their camera support list, and included the Fujifilm X-H1. It also adds the Eterna film simulation profile.

Fujifilm X-H facebook group member Rene is already opening his X-H1 files with Lightroom and sharing samples and feedback in the group. Feel free to join here.

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