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Fujifilm X-H1 Wins EISA Award 2018 for Best Mirrorless Camera. But Can We Trust Any Award and Do They Make Sense?

Let’s Talk Awards

It’s time to say a few things about these awards, and to start a debate:

  • Do they make sense?
  • Can we trust any award?

Can we Trust any Award?

Let me explain….

When a few months ago Fujifilm did not win anything at the TIPA awards (except for the Instax SQ10), I tried to understand why this happened.

Did Fujifilm products simply suck, or is the story a bit more complicated?

So here is what I’ve heard:

If a company wins an award for a certain product, then this company must pay TIPA, EISA or other award companies thousands of dollars if they want to get the license to use the winning-logos for their products.

This could explain why TIPA, EISA & Co always have so many categories.

It’s a big business! Which isn’t bad per se…

But now I ask you guys…

… if a company decides to stop paying for award licenses, because they prefer to invest their money into real R&D for their cameras and lenses, how likely is it that this specific company will win something the following year?

More precisely…

… if an award company has the feeling (or even knows) that a certain company won’t pay for licenses anymore, then will they prefer to give more awards to products of other companies, which they know are more willing to pay for them?

I’m sure not… I mean, I am sure they will just reward the cameras and lenses that deserve it, even if they know (or think) they won’t be able to sell the licenses afterwards, because rewarding the gear that deserves it, is more important than making money by selling as many licenses as possible.

Or do you guys think differently than me? ;)

Do these Awards Make Sense?

How important are these awards, in the era of internet?

I mean, everybody is reviewing everything on websites and on youtube. People can easily read and compare hundreds of reviews, as well as select reviewers they trust and value their (free, unpaid and independent) opinion.

I wonder, does Fujifilm really need that nice logo to display at the photography fairs and magazines under their product that says “best camera in category xy“?

Also here… I would like to hear your opinion.

may you have a rewarding day ;)
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Fujifilm X-H1 (save $250): BHphoto, AmazonUS, Adorama, Focuscamera

And The Winners Are…

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Matt Granger Fujifilm X-H1 Review: “Phenomenal, Best Ergonomics, Survives Water Bucket Attack and Quite Good Battery Life”

Fujifilm X-H1 Review by Matt Granger

After Jared Polin’s very controversial Fujifilm X-H1 review, now it’s time for Matt Granger to share his thoughts about the X-H1.

Here is what he says about the X-H1 (tested while travelling through wonderful Laos, where he also used the X-T2):

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Jared Polin (Not so Positive) Fujifilm X-H1 Review Vs. Sony A7III

Fujifilm X-H1 Review

Jared Polin reviewed the Fujifilm X-H1 and compared it with the Sony A7III. The review is 33:19 minutes long. He uses firmware ver 1.10 (and not the latest ver 1.11, which fixes some bugs).

If you notice horizontal flashing lines in the review, it’s not Fuji’s fault. The review was filmed with a Sony A9 camera.

Here is a summary:

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Tamron 150-600 AF on Fujifilm X-H1 through Fringer EF-FX adapter (firmware V2.30 Coming Mid-August)

Tamron 150-600 AF on Fujifilm X-H1

Just a few days ago, Fringer released ver. 2.20 of their smart adapters for the Fujifilm X and GFX system.

Now they are already working on the next firmware update ver.2.30,which will be released in mid-August.

As a teaser, Fringer posted a video showing the Tamron 150-600 F/5-6.3 autofocus on the Fujifilm X-H1 using the Fringer EF-FX adapter (see video above or on Fringer’s youtube here).

One of the main critics when looking at the Fujifilm system, is the lack of autofocus third party lens support.

Well, all those nice AF adapters that are now on the market (full list below), should definitely weaken these critics, since more and more Canon, Tamron, Sigma and soon also Nikon lenses will work just fine with AF on your Fujifilm camera.

So DO NOT sell your beloved Canon & Co glass to quickly, when you switch to Fujifilm. If there is a lens you abolutely love (and is not covered by native Fujinon lenses), you might get one of those adapters to make it work on your Fujfiilm camera.

Tamron 150-600 F/5-6.3: AmazonUS, BHphoto
Fujifilm X-H1 (save $250): : BHphoto, AmazonUS, Adorama, Focuscamera

New Fujifilm X-T100 Handmade Leather Case (and X-H1 too, as Reported Last Week)

There are more and more leather cases for our beloved Fujifilm cameras hitting the market.

Just last week we reported in this accessories roundup about the TP half leather case for Fujifilm X-H1. I share it again today, just in case you missed it.

Of course there are some more X-H1 leather case options on the market, and you can see them all at AmazonUS (includes BolinUS, Gariz and more that we already covered in the past here on FujiRumors).

So let’s talk about the brand new stuff today.

BolinUS just released the Fujifilm X-T100 BolinUS Handmade PU Leather Half Camera Case. It comes in three colors and also in this case you can access the battery door.


B&H Photo Sweepstake: Win a Fujifilm X-H1 and X-E3 (+Lenses)

Fujifilm X-H1 and X-E3 Sweepstake

BHphoto has launched a Fujifilm X-H1 and X-E3 sweepstake here.

You can check out all the details at BHphoto here.

Entry Period is from Thursday, July 26, 2018 through Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Two Winners will be picked at random from all entries and announced on the podcast on Thursday, August 23, 2018:

Firmware 2.20 for Fringer EF/FX Smart AF Adapters Available – Fujifilm X-H1 IBIS Works Properly

Fringer EF-FX Smart Adapter

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Finally, X-H1’s IBIS works properly!

The new firmware has changed IS control logics of both IS lenses and camera’s IBIS functions.

– For lenses with IS (or OS/VC)

When IS switch on the lens is on, IS function is controlled by camera menu. Mode 1 (Continuous): IS function is always on. Mode 2 (Shooting only): IS function is activated when shutter release button half-pressed and deactivated about 2 seconds after its release. Be noted that if camera body has IBIS, it will be disabled if a lens with built-in IS function is installed.

– For lenses without IS function installed on a camera with IBIS.

Begin with V2.20, IBIS function of X-H1 works properly. It’s controlled by the menu, i.e. Mode 1 (Continuous), Mode 2 (Shooting only) and OFF, which is similar to native XF lenses without built-in IS function.

Be noted, IBIS performance of lenses longer than 100mm may be poor.

In addition to IS function change, following lenses have been added to tested and opimized lens list.

And following lenses have been improved in AF performance or new lens firmware compatibility.

Visit my website to download the detailed release notes and V2.20 firmware file.

Make sure current firmware of your adapter is V2.x before installing the new firmware. If it’s V1.x, please install V2.10 first. Read the release notes for more details.

Fringer EF-FX Pro adapter is open for pre-order now. This batch would begin to be shipped before August 3. Please visit my web store to place your order.

Thank you!

Meike Vertical Battery Grip for Fujifilm X-T2, Leather Case for X-H1, JJC Metal Lens Hoods for Fujinon Lenses – Accessories Roundup

Fujifilm X-T2 Vertical Battery Grip by Meike

Meike is already offering the vertical battery grip for Fujifilm X-T1, and they now offer also a vertical battery grip for Fujifilm X-T2, the MK-XT2 Pro Battery Grip.

Major function

Same texture as the camera, Perfect match with the camera, Sealing technique prevents water and dust into battery grip. You can set the delay time, exposure time, interval and the number of sheets photo. Using FSK 2.4G wireless transmission Input frequency, anti-jamming capability Strong signal is more stable. Transmission distance up to 100 meters.

Support to

  • Vertical shooting
  • Double battery capacity
  • AF-L/AE-L
  • Support screen lock function
  • Support lock display mode
  • Use low-power LCD screen

Leather Case for Fujifilm X-H1 – Leather case for FUJIFILM X-H1

Metal Lens Hoods for Fujifilm

JJC has metal lens hood for XF 16mmF1.4 and metal lens hood for XF 23mmF1.4. They cost about half the price of the original metal Fujifilm lens hoods.

Batteries & Chargers

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Fujifilm Releases NEW FIRMWARE Updates for X-T2, X-Pro2, X-H1, GFX 50S and Announces FW for X-A5 and X-T100

New Fujifilm Firmware Updates

Fujifilm just released new firmware updates for a bunch of cameras.

Of course you heard it here first ;)… and if you like to be the first to know, make sure to

Follow FujiRumors at Facebook, RSS-feed and Twitter
Facebook User Groups for Fujifilm X-T, GFX, X-H, X-Pro, X-E and X100 line

Full Firmware Details & Download links

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