“I can tell you… the future of the X-series looks very exciting” (Bert Stefani after his visit in Tokyo)

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there are only 2 X100S in stock at AmazonUS via third party at normal price right now!

Bert Stefani was part of the fellowship of the X-photographers selected by Fujifilm and invited to Tokyo in order to present them their own suggestions to make the X-series even better and more complete. They continue to share their experience on their blogs.

So, after Kevin Mullins (article here) now also Bert Stefani wrote about how the company listens to the feedback of customers to improve the X-system and he gives an insight of what’s going on behind the scenes. Read Bert’s blog post here.

“[…] What struck me most is that the technical part doesn’t seem the starting point in the development process. It’s not about: “let’s produce a sensor with as much pixels as possible”. Instead they start from what kind of colors, contrast and “feel” people like in pictures. And only then they start looking for a technical way to capture that. A fine example of this philosophy is the fact that one of the main guys in sensor development has been involved in the development of some of the iconic films that Fujifilm produced like Velvia, Astia and Pro. He moved from chemicals to microchips but his job is still the same: making sure the image is pleasing, has character and the right “feel” […].

We were presented with the question: “Which five lenses should we design next?”. This triggered a lengthy discussion. […]

Throughout our visit, we were given the chance to give feedback on top-secret prototypes in various stages of development, from early ideas to almost production ready products. We didn’t have to sign any NDAs or contracts but I’ll leave the honor of announcing new products to the people who design them with so much passion (so dear rumor sites, there’s no reason to keep e-mailing me). But I can tell you is that the future of the X-series looks very exciting. […]”

Now it’s our turn. As we’ll never be that lucky to be invited by Fujifilm to Tokyo, Fujirumors could be the place where you can raise your voice and let all your wishes arrive to the Fuji headquarters.

Feel free to give your own answer to the question at which five lenses should Fuji design next? Or what would be your dream camera? What should the next firmware bring?… the debate is open in the comments! And I know that someone in Tokyo will read it.

cheers
Patrick

P.S.: now lemme see if I can dig up something about the exiting X-series future for you  ;)

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To switch or not to switch? LAST super-X-deals day. Save up to $1,125 (and persuade Chelsey ;-))!

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Now or never! This is the last chance to profit from the huge XF-lens discount

AmazonUS: Fuji X-E1 / Fuji X-PRO1BHphoto: Fuji X-E1 / Fuji X-PRO1Pictureline: Fuji X-E1 / Fuji X-PRO1 Adorama: Fuji X-E1 / Fuji X-PRO1

To switch or not to switch? That is the question Chelsey Wood struggles with… and many others out there too (read the comments in the last X-deal post here). The dilemma is the following: X-E1 and lenses or GX7 and lenses? Chelsey is gravitating towards the GX7 but said that you still have some hours to persuade otherwise :). So if you think Chelsey should not miss this occasion, feel free to share your reasons in the comments.

And what if Fuji releases the X-E2? lettherebelight said in the last post: “You can always sell the body but the deal on the lenses is awesome. You would probably come out even if you bought say an X-E1 kit with 18-55 and added a 35 f1.4 at the current discount then sold the body later and upgraded to the X-E1s/2 or X-Pro2 body.”

Or as Mike said: “Wow, that’s a great deal. Worth buying now and putting those lenses away to use with the X-Pro 2 next year!”

It seems that many people think like Mike and lettherebelight, as the X-E1 with kit lens is currently the 3rd best sold camera in the AmazonUS CSC ranking. There are also the X-PRO1 and X-E1 body in the top 15!

And here is the deal: the amount of savings depends on how many XF lenses you bundle with the X-PRO1/X-E1 body. You can save for instance $1,150 if you buy the X-E1 with the 18-55 kit lens and then add the 4 primes. You’ll pay $2,645 (purchasing all this gear separately would normally cost you $3,795).

AmazonUS: Fuji X-E1 / Fuji X-PRO1BHphoto: Fuji X-E1 / Fuji X-PRO1Pictureline: Fuji X-E1 / Fuji X-PRO1 Adorama: Fuji X-E1 / Fuji X-PRO1

have a great weekend
Patrick

strong sales for the X-E1 and X-PRO1 at AmazonUS
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Act fast! Limited number of X100S in stock at Pictureline and ebayUS!

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[UDPATE] Lucky those who were fast enough to buy the X100S at Pictureline! It’s now out of stock again (still available on ebayUS). But remember their contest (ends October 3): like Pictureline on facebook here and you could win a X100S!

Grab it if you can! The X100S is back in stock at pictureline here and available at the following ebayUS stores: photo4less and focuscamera.

P.S.: You have 2 more days to make your switch to the X as cheap as possible. You can save up to $1,125 on the X-E1/X-PRO1 body and 5 XF lenses. Check the deals out here: AmazonUS: Fuji X-E1 / Fuji X-PRO1BHphoto: Fuji X-E1 / Fuji X-PRO1Pictureline: Fuji X-E1 / Fuji X-PRO1 Adorama: Fuji X-E1 / Fuji X-PRO1

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Last 3 X-deals days: save up to $1,150 on the X-PRO1 or X-E1 and 5 XF lenses

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AmazonUS: Fuji X-E1 / Fuji X-PRO1BHphoto: Fuji X-E1 / Fuji X-PRO1Pictureline: Fuji X-E1 / Fuji X-PRO1 Adorama: Fuji X-E1 / Fuji X-PRO1

These are the last Fuji-X-deals days. The amount of savings depends on how many XF lenses you bundle with the X-PRO1/X-E1 body. You can save for instance $1,150 if you buy the X-E1 with the 18-55 kit lens and then add the 4 primes. You’ll pay $2,645 (purchasing all this gear separately would normally cost you $3,795).

It seems that the (still unconfirmed) rumors about the X-E2 do not influence the sales of the X-E1. In the AmazonUS CSC ranking the camera is stable in the top 20 and right now 15th. As Mike said in the comments: “Wow, that’s a great deal. Worth buying now and putting those lenses away to use with the X-Pro 2 next year!”… and then sell your X-E1 or use it as a backup camera.

Also the X-A1 is in the top 20, but behind the X-M1.

X-A1 PRE-ORDERS XC 50-230

X-A1 with XC 16-50USA: AmazonUS: blackblue /BHphoto: blackblue / Adorama: blackblue / Pictureline: blackblue / EUROPE: AmazonUK: black – blue – red (via DR)

XC 50-230 : USA: AmazonUS: blacksilver / BHphoto: blacksilver / Adorama: blacksilver / EUROPE: AmazonUK: black – silver (via DR)

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Is it getting better? X100S in stock at ebayUS and AmazonUS (via thirdy party) and for a short time also at Pictureline

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Ebay reseller kenmorecamera sold the 6 X100S available yesterday in just a couple of hours [UPDATE: they have again 2 in stock here]. For those who missed it, they can now grab it for normal price at AmazonUS via third party reseller here

Also top rated reseller cameraland and ebay reseller focuscamera have a limited number available at the moment.

I’ve seen the X100S in stock for a short time also at the Pictureline here but they sold them like hot cakes. It seems that photographers are truly hungry for the X100S.

And don’t forget the contest that ends October 3: like Pictureline on facebook here and you could win a X100S!

X-A1 – PRE-ORDERS – XC 50-230

Fuji X-A1 with XC 16-50 ($599): AmazonUS blackblue /BHphoto blackblue / Adorama blackblue / Pictureline blackblue
XC 50-230 ($399): AmazonUS blacksilver / BHphoto blacksilver / Adorama blacksilver

XF 23mm

Fujinon XF23mm: USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / Pictureline EUROPE: PCHstore / wexcamerasDE / wexphotographicUK

Fuji X-M1

Fujifilm X-M1: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

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