X-M1 reviews roundup (admiringlight and more), XF 27mm first impressions + X-M1 kit deal

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still missing: at the major stores the X-M1 black body is available only combined with the kit lens. At AmazonUS here you have to pay $50 extra for the black body only via third party reseller. Just two more available.

price drop: at dealsrunner they found the first price drop on a DEMO X-M1 kit at eBay here (save $70). ACT FAST, just 2 more available!

cameraland X-M1 kit deal (just 2 available)

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X-M1 (body only or with 16-50mm)USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / DigitalReveBay / Pictureline EUROPEeBay / DigitalRevAmazonITA / AmazonDE / WexUK / PCHstore

XF 27mm – USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / DigitalReveBay / Pictureline EUROPEeBay / DigitalRev / WexUKAmazonDEAmazonITA / PCHstore XC 16-50eBay / WexUK / PCHstore

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– In depth X-M1 review at admiringlight here. From the conclusions: “I didn’t think I was going to like the X-M1 that much. I really prefer to use an EVF where possible, though I’m not completely averse to using a camera without one. They modified the truly outstanding old-school control scheme, and I didn’t think I would like that at all. Then, when I picked up the body, it felt quite plasticky. Yet, as I used the camera, I found myself really, really enjoying it. It’s by far the most responsive X-series ILC to date, the small size and outstanding image quality, combined with a well thought out control scheme has made me quite happy to grab the X-M1 and go shoot. Focus peaking works very well on the rear LCD, I enjoy using Wi-Fi to quickly share high quality photos, and certainly, the image quality seriously impresses. I actually found myself enjoying the X-M1 more than my X-E1 in most situations. It’s not all puppies and rainbows, of course. The autofocus speed still noticeably trails its competitors, though Fuji has made good strides over the past year to bring it up to a speed that is generally acceptable for most shooting.”

thedigitalcameraworld review here: “Fuji cameras can’t really compete with Olympus and Panasonic cameras in terms of focusing speeds, but nevertheless, the X-M1 is quick enough for the majority of situations. Both start-up times and shot-to-shot times are also very quick. We had pretty high hopes for the X-M1 with its proven sensor. Happily, we have not been disappointed by image quality, with shots containing plenty of detail and bright, punchy colours.”

– X-M1 review at trustedreviews here: “What the X-M1 may be lacking in specification – as well as in the value stakes – it more than makes up for it with striking design and the standard of image quality. If you’re in the market for an entry-level CSC, it’s well worthy of consideration.”

eyalg X-M1 review here: “The X-M1 would have been a tremendous hit, if only it was treated by Fuji as a photographer’s camera, rather than a checked flag in their lineup or a gadget to show off with. Some of these mistakes can be mended by future firmwares – adding AF/MF control to the AF button, adding an option for the silent mode to use the electronic shutter, adding all existing film simulations, as well as B&W filters. Sure, they managed to pull off a great technological achievement, and introduced a compact mirrorless camera with terrific photographic capabilities, but they left something out while doing it – the essence of the X family. The sensation of sheer greatness. Close, but no cigar.”

– rolandrim X-M1 impressions here: “Oh, I really have to rant about this. The X-M1 is the 3rd iteration of the X series bodies, and although I applaud Fujifilm for making constant improvement with each new camera and also bringing new firmware updates to improve old ones. There are somethings that still has not changed. I have not seen anyone ranting about this so far, but I am sure I am not the only one. Why on earth does Fujifilm thinks that +/- 1 stop exposure bracketing is enough??? Even before the days of HDR photos, all DSLR I have shot with allowed at least +/- 2 stops of exposure bracketing. Does Fujifilm know that HDR photo processing even exists?? Please, please, please give us at least +/- 2 stops, preferably even 3 stops exposure bracketing! It is all software really, I am sure Fujifilm can easily add this in new firmware!”

XF 27mm first impressions at thephoblographer here: “So far, we’re overall very impressed with the quality of this lens. It seems to be a bit too expensive for our tastes, but it surely doesn’t overall deserve to be bashed. While it had some quirks, it has some excellent positives such as stellar image quality, pretty fast focusing, and an itty bitty size to match.”

– And after reading all these reviews, if you think it’s the one camera that meets your needs, in this unboxing video you’ll see what’s inside the box and a size comparison X100 vs X20 vs X-M1 at the end of the video. (source PCHstore)

organic sensor patent + 4% reward at AmazonUS

The 4% reward at AmazonUS is back again. The promotion is valid for a limited time only. Click here to check this offer out (found via dealsrunner).

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A couple of time ago Fuji and Panasonic announced a new partnership and said that they are developing the first organic sensor together. The new technology promises among the others “Industry’s highest dynamic range of 88dB”, “higher sensitivity than conventional sensors” and “ faithful color reproduction“. Now at freepatentsonline.com you can read 19 pages of technical explanation how this works.

To read again the press-release click here.

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miXed zone: X-M1/27mm in stock check, demo X100S deal (save $50), ephotozine 18-55 review, XF vs XC, X-Trans and more

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You can’t wait anymore? Then you have to pay $200 extra to grab the last X100S at AmazonUS now! For $1,249 (save $50) you can purchase an X100S demo at kenmorecamera or for $1,397 at bigvalueinc. – found via dealsrunner.

X-M1/27mm in stock update

Adorama now has kits and siver body available, as well as the 27mm. The PCHstore (Europe) has the X-M1 (body and kit) available. Check this post here to have an overview about the in stock status.

ephotozine XF 18-55 review

At ephotozine here you can read the review of the XF 18-55. The PROS: Excellent sharpness in the centre throughout the zoom range – Good build quality – Low distortion – Quick to focus – Effective optical stabiliser. The CONS: Not as sharp towards the edges of the frame – CA levels a little high at 35mm.

Switch

Barney is the guy that wrote the X100S review at DPR and assigned the gold award to this camera. It took him several months to write it and it seems this was enough time to make him change opinion about his DSLR. He shared the 5 reasons why he hasn’t used his DSLR for months at dpreview here.

X-Trans

– Capture One: Mike (via rumor box): “Not a rumor, sorry. I did enjoy this article and the resulting comments and thought you and your readers would enjoy it also.  It is about Capture One and RAF files etc. (here at the phase one blog). Aloha! Mike”

– The question that soundimageplus would like to have answered by you is: “have Fuji tweaked raw processing in latest firmware? […] Is this just me or is anyone else seeing a much better rendition for green foliage in Photoshop after installing the latest firmware? […] I’ve been noticing this improvement on all the files I’ve been editing recently.” Check out his blog post here.

– Miro: “Hi there. This may be something interesting. New issue with Xtrans senzor. I have post this on dpreview forum and looks like some folks have the same problem. There is also a RAW file to download.” The problem? Every time there is a direct sunglight in his image, he gets strange pattern as result. See the forum discussion at dpreview here and tell me about your experience in the comments.

Fuji XC vs Fuji XF

– Fuji vs Fuji, or XC vs XF lenses at the German site photoscala.de (tranlsation). Among the other they noticed no significant focus speed differences, XF is heavier (XC is made of plastic but well built), XF is faster… and the image quality? Well, there are some samples to see. In the same post (photoscala.detranlsation) they tested also the new 27mm pancake lens and the 35mm.

X-M1

Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

– In his article “X-M1: A Quick Look, and Market Contemplation” Michael Reichmann of luminous landscape looked at the history of the X-series, from the X100 to the X-M1. Short, clear and well worth a read here. The story ends with the X-M1, but FR-readers already know that it will continue with the X-A1 ;).

-There is a lot to like in the X-M1… at least according to the first impressions of the German site photoskala (translation).

– Cnet’s video first look of the X-M1 can be seen on youtube here. “If you’re looking for the best photo quality you can get for the money… the X-M1 is it.”

– techradar posted the full X-M1 review here. The verdict: “When it comes to shopping for a camera like this, although image quality is good, appearance is still very important. If you’re willing to part with a large chunk of change in return for something that looks beautiful but still delivers in the image quality department, then you’ll no doubt be pleased with the Fuji X-M1. If, however, you’re looking for your first camera in the interchangeable lens category, and you’re on a budget, this wouldn’t be our first recommendation. Although Fuji’s lens and accessory range is limited for the moment, it is growing, and we’re hopeful that it will continue to grow. It’s nice to see Fuji thinking about mass market consumers, and we can hope that the price of the Fuji X-M1 will drop to enable it to compete more closely with rivals from Sony, Panasonic and Olympus.”

– The German site Chip posted his X-M1 first impression at youtube here.

X100S

Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

– Comprehensive X100S review at Pentaxforum here. A long list of PROS but also a long list of CONS (for example “Image quality less than what is achievable from an APS-C sensor“). According to this review, the IQ is close to that of the Pentax K-5 IIs.

bigheadtaco posted an X100S (Stylish but Powerful) review here: “So the best in class for street photography that takes into consideration functionality, size, and affordability is the Fuji X-100S. Considering what the Fuji can do in comparison to a Leica set-up at 1/10th the price, it’s easy to pick it as the winner. Yes it has some things that needs improving, like a longer battery life, quicker revival from sleep mode, and faster low light autofocus. But with great handling, an effective OVF/EVF, sharp images, good high ISO performance, and great design and style, the Fuji is definitely best overall in class.”

– Morten: “Hi Patrick… some of us are still lucky to take delivery of the X100s. Here is a quick “Day One with the X100s” blog post if you are interested.” Click here.

X20

Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

– Check out this review about some accessories for the X20, the (LC-X10 Leather Case and the LH-X10 Lens Hood at nextimelah here. You can find also an X20 review on this page here.

– How good is RAW on the X20? Read Dan Bailey shared on the FR-twitter account his findings. Read them here.

27mm at Adorama, AmazonUS, Pictureline, eBay, BH + J&R removed the X100S + a message of hope

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[UPDATE: Adorama has kits and siver body available, as well as the 27mm. The PCHstore (Europe) has the X-M1 available.]

The good news

Third party reseller Unique Photo has a limited number of XF27mm available (sold via AmazonUS here). You can purchase it also at Pictureline and BHphoto here. And also kenmorecamera at eBay us has a few of them available here. The X-M1 (silver body) is now back in stock also at Adorama here.

– PICTURELINE (click here): Picturline has all the X-M1 combinations available, except the black body. For the 27mm click here.
– BHPHOTO (click here): Same for BHphoto. They also have them all but the black body. / XF27mm (click here): It’s in stock.
– AMAZON US (click here): The black body is missing also at AmazonUS. The rest is available for normal price sold via third party reseller.
– ADORAMA (click here): Silver body and kits are in stock. Also the 27mm (click here)
– EBAY (click here): You’ll find the X-M1 at some stores there like kenmorecamera and popflash.photo888 (both top rated reseller). For the XF 27mm click here, just a few available.
– DIGITALREV (click here): The silver body and silver kit are available. But for now they cost more than in the other shops.

In Europe you can find the X-M1 at the PCHstore (they ship in whole Europe), at various Amazon stores and more. The number of bodies and kits available is limited, so act fast if you are interested. Check the links below.

X-M1 (body only or with 16-50mm)USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / DigitalReveBay / Pictureline EUROPEeBay / DigitalRevAmazonITA / AmazonUK / AmazonDE / WexUK / PCHstore

XF 27mm – USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / DigitalReveBay / Pictureline EUROPEeBay / DigitalRev / WexUKAmazonDEAmazonITA / PCHstore XC 16-50eBay / WexUK / PCHstore

The bad news… and a message of hope

AmazonUS changed again the delivery of the X100S. In the meantime J&R completely removed the X100S from their store now. Here is what a FR-reader wrote me:

“Note that J&R, one of the FujiRumors links has dropped the X100s altogether due to Fuji’s continuing non-poerformance with delivery.  It is off of their site and I got this email from J&R about the X100s:

You submitted a stock alert requesting to be notified when we have the item(s) below back in stock.  We are sorry to inform you that due to circumstances beyond our control, we are unable provide you with this information.  At the current time, we are unable to obtain sufficient information from the manufacturer as to when or if we will be receiving another shipment.”

Amazon changed the status again: instead of 3 to 6 weeks, customers will have to wait 4 to 6 weeks
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But hey, I don’t wanna leave you without a message of hope. I’ve just received also an email from John:

“Really, all I can say is, fu….., finally. Actually, I can say this too. It’s as good as the hype has been. That OVF is just magical.”

cheers
Patrick

Fuji X100S: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

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X-M1 in stock at Pictureline, AmazonUS, BHphoto… but still no black body only available + 27mm at BH

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Did Fuji learn from the past? Until now the delivery of the X-M1 seems to proceed smoothly. Just the black body only version is still missing everywhere. Do you find it somewhere? Then share it on dealsrunner and it will appear on the Fujirumors-dealsrunner sidebar!

USA

PICTURELINE (click here): Picturline has all the X-M1 combinations available, except the black body (and of course the brown one, which Fuji will release later on).

BHPHOTO (click here): Same for BHphoto. They also have them all but the black body. / XF27mm (click here): It’s in stock. The only store to have it available until now.

AMAZON US (click here): The black body is missing also at AmazonUS. The rest is available for normal price sold via third party reseller.

ADORAMA (click here): They were the first to have the silver body in stock yesterday, but now there is no body or kit available there.

EBAY (click here): You’ll find the X-M1 at some stores there like kenmorecamera and popflash.photo888 (both top rated reseller)

DIGITALREV (click here): The silver body and silver kit are available. But for now they cost more than in the other shops.

X-M1 (body only or with 16-50mm): AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / DigitalReveBay / Pictureline  XF 27mm: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / DigitalReveBay / Pictureline

EUROPE

You’ll find some cameras at Digitalrev, Amazon UK, DE, ITA and on ebay. Check the links below. The XF27mm can be found at ebayUK.

X-M1your eBay / DigitalRevAmazonITA / AmazonUK / AmazonDE / AmazonUK / WexUK / PCHstore

27mmeBay / DigitalRev / WexUKAmazonDEAmazonITA / PCHstore XC 16-50your eBay / WexUK / PCHstore