MHG-XT pre-orders at AmazonUS + X100/S firmware coming on April 22 + TCL-X100 in May for $350

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After BHphoto, you can now pre-order the Fujifilm X-T1 metal hand grip also at AmazonUS and Adorama.

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In the Japanese press-release (translation) of the TCL-X100 we can find some more information about the TCL-X100 teleconversion lens for the Fujifilm X100/S (thanks Antoine B.).

  • The latest firmware can be downloaded from the website of Fujifilm. (Will be released April 22, 2014)“. In the English version of the press-release Fuji wrote: “Achieving the very best results from the TCL-X100 is simple; just select the ‘Tele- Conversion Lens’ option in the FUJIFILM X100/X100S’s shooting menu. To enable this extra functionality, the camera must update the firmware(X100:ver2.10 or later /X100S:ver1.20 or later) which also allows the option to be selected via the function (Fn) button.”
  • it is possible to “Fujifilm tele conversion lens TCL-X100” (hereinafter referred to as “TCL-X100”) will be released on April 25, 2014

So outside Japan the lens will be available in May. Another confirmation of rumors posted previously here on Fujirumors comes from dpreview. They say that the price of the TCL-X100 will be of $350.

Another FR-reader spotted the Australien price of the TCL-X100 at discountcameras: 300 AUD!

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Announced: Tele-conversion lens for the Fujifilm X100/X100S + New Accessories for the FUJIFILM X-T1

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Long rumored and finally announced: the Tele-conversion lens for the Fujifilm X100/100S. Read the official announcement of the TCL-X100 at Fuji’s website here. It’s listed at BHphoto (Click here). They also announced the MHG-XT Metal Hand Grip for X-T1 which is also on preorder at BHphoto (Click here). TheGB-001 Grip strap, the X-T1 Extended eyecup EC-XT and the X-T1 Cover kit CVR-XT (all not on preorder yet). Read more about the new accessories here.

Accessories press release

Fujifilm is pleased to announce the launch of a series of new accessories for its premium mirrorless X-T1 camera; two handgrips, a grip strap, an extended eyecup, and a coverkit for its sync terminal, hot shoe and vertical battery grip terminal.

1) X-T1 Handgrips: MHG-XT Large and MHG-XT Small

Key product features:

  • Integral design and reliable components
    The handgrip consists of a base-plate milled from aluminum block and a grip which is designed to integrate perfectly with the camera body. Its precision design shows in its stylish silhouette which provides a firm hold, and additional robustness.

    • * The MHG-XT Large sports a larger grip than the existing MHG-XT, while the MHG-XT Small is a base-only model, to be coupled with one of four grips available, including the vertical battery grip VG-XT1, according to usage and preference.
  • Optimum balance with sufficient clearance from the base of the camera body when using a large-diameter lens
    The handgrip offers an additional 8mm clearance from the base of the camera body so as to prevent large-diameter lenses such as XF23mm or XF55-200mm from interfering with a tripod head.
  • Access to the battery / memory card slot when the handgrip is attatched.
    There is no need to remove the MHG-XT Large or MHG-XT Small handgrip to open the camera’s battery cover, providing speedy access to the battery or memory card even while the handgrip is mounted on a tripod.
[Image] Access to the battery / memory card slot when the handgrip is attatched.
  • Enhanced operability while using a tripod
    The handgrip has a tripod socket, carefully positioned so that the rotation axis of the tripod is aligned with the optical axis of the lens to ensure panning and framing free of rotation displacement. The base also features a 38mm-wide protrusion that acts as a quick-release dovetail plate for use with a dovetail tripod mount.
[Image] Enhanced operability while using a tripod
[Image] FUJIFILM MHG-XT Large, MHG-XT Large with X-T1
[Image] FUJIFILM MHG-XT Small, MHG-XT Small with X-T1
2) X series Grip strap: GB-001

The grip strap enhances the camera’s hold, allowing users to carry the camera firmly with just one hand. The camera can be also fitted with a shoulder strap at the same time.

Compatible products:
X-T1
X-T1 with MHG-XT / MHG-XT Large / MHG-XT Small / VG-XT1
X-E2
X-E2 with MHG-XE / HG-XE1
X-Pro1
X-Pro1 with HG-XPro1 / MHG-XPro1
X-E1
X-E1 with MHG-XE / HG-XE1
X-M1
X-M1 with HG-XM1
X-A1
X-A1 with HG-XM1
X-S1
HS50
X100
X100S
[Image] FUJIFILM GB-001, GB-001 with X-T1
3) X-T1 Extended eyecup: EC-XT L

The dome-shaped eyecup effectively shields light, making it easier to see the viewfinder.
The soft material also improves the fit for users shooting with the naked eye or with glasses.

[Image] FUJIFILM EC-XT L, EC-XT L with X-T1
4) X-T1 Cover kit: CVR-XT

The replacement cover kit contains three covers – one for the sync terminal, another for the hot shoe and another for the vertical battery grip terminal ensuring users can easily replace any of these covers if lost.

[Image] FUJIFILM CVR-XT

TCL-X100 Press Release

Fujifilm is proud to announce the launch of the TCL-X100, a tele-conversion lens designed specifically for the FUJIFILM X100 and X100S cameras. The lens attaches directly onto the camera and increases picture taking versatility by multiplying the fixed focal length by approx. 1.4×, converting it from 23mm (35mm in 35mm equivalent) to a 33mm fixed focal length (50mm in 35mm equivalent).

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Superb optical quality and maximum versatility

This is Fujifilm’s second conversion lens for the X100 and X100S cameras and follows on from the WCL-X100 wide-conversion lens. Both conversion lenses offer Fujifilm’s supreme optical quality and are created by the same experts who designed the X100/X100S’s lens. The TCL-X100 delivers high image quality even at the F2.0 wide aperture setting, retaining the original optical characteristics.

This optical excellence is underlined by the fact that the TCL-X100 is manufactured in Japan, allowing Fujifilm engineers to guarantee precision and quality in every component. The optical construction uses four premium glass elements in four groups to keep aberrations to a minimum and also employs Fujinon’s unique Super EBC coating for outstanding results.

Image processing optimizes picture quality

Achieving the very best results from the TCL-X100 is simple; just select the ‘Tele- Conversion Lens’ option in the FUJIFILM X100/X100S’s shooting menu. To enable this extra functionality, the camera must update the firmware(X100:ver2.10 or later /X100S:ver1.20 or later) which also allows the option to be selected via the function (Fn) button.

If you select ‘Tele’ in the “Conversion Lens” option, the FUJIFILM X100 and X100S cameras automatically apply image processing to shots taken using the TCL-X100, reducing image distortion, ensuring balanced illumination across the frame and reducing chromatic aberration commonly found in tele-conversion lenses. In practice, the TCL-X100 enhances the functionality of the FUJIFILM X100/X100S. Its 14cm of minimum focusing distance enables you powerful macro photography and it is also compatible with the FUJIFILM X100/X100S’s hybrid viewfinder. With the optical viewfinder (OVF) selected, icons showing the edge of the frame are displayed, while selecting the electronic viewfinder (EVF) gives users a 100% field of view.

The perfect match for the FUJIFILM X100/X100S

The design of the TCL-X100 has been carefully considered to ensure it blends seamlessly with the look and feel of the cameras. It is manufactured using the same materials, textures, colors and finishes as the X100 and X100S.

Available in two colors: silver and black

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Fujifilm wide conversion lens TCL-X100: key features
  • Approx. 1.4× magnification factor to convert X100/X100S lens to 50mm normal angle (35mm equivalent)
  • All glass optical construction using four elements in 4 groups
  • Fujinon Super EBC coating
  • “Made in Japan” for optimum quality
  • Available in silver and black

Leaving the DSLR world behind: “Working with the X100S has totally changed my vision of how I see things and shoot them”

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Stockografie (Zeiss Touit 50mm + X-T1)

FR-reader Daniel shared some images taken with his brand new Zeiss Touit 50mm 1:1 macro lens (mounted on a Fuji X-T1) on the Fujirumors facebook wall here. (The lens should be available in late April and is can be pre-ordered at BHphoto and Adorama.)

If you also have some favorite X-shots to share, feel free to use the facebook wall. Or just check it out and push the like button on the images you like most. The most liked pics will be featured in the next X-shooter facebook zone.

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Thierry Nguyen

Hello Patrick.

I followed Fuji rumors for awhile and I have to admit that your feed have mostly helped me in my decision to totally switch. And thank you for that!

I was a DSLR shooter I’ve been Canon (7D, 5D) then switched to Nikon (D7000, D700). I switched to Fuji since 6 months with the X100S. I still kept my D700 in case of this little bad boy wouldn’t make it, and guess what :  My D700 stayed in his bag since all these times, and I think I won’t use it anymore. I use my X100S all the time, even for all my commissioned works.

To me the X100S equal the D700 and even, it performs better.

It’s not only about specs or image quality or design etc, but Fuji cameras have « un je ne sais quoi ».  I remember that there was some testimonies saying that the X100 had a soul, and I confirm that. Working with the X100S has totally changed my vision of how I see things and shoot them.

Here’s a sample of my works done with this little bad guy :-  www.nguyn.fr

–  for the Exif : http://500px.com/ThierryNguyen
Thank you again Patrick for keeping us updated about all Fuji news, you do a great job.
Cheers.

Thierry Nguyen

X-T1 – 23mm – 1/4000 secs – f/2.2- ISO200

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Çağlar Çakan

Hello Pat.

You like to feature Fuji X photographers so I thought I’d share my experiences and show off my street photography work.

I worked my way up on the Fuji X ladder. Our relationship started with the X10, I wanted to have a quality point and shoot for in addition to my DSLR. I figured that the OVF and the low profile was excellent for the kind of work I was beginning to explore, namely working on the streets. The long and slow walks I regularly do to explore the urban atmosphere in order to collect images where much easier due to the practically non-existing weight of this little camera. But I needed more as I figured that the X10 was getting my new tool of choice on the streets.

I got a X100 and that was a revelation. This camera is probably the most important camera I’ve ever had – it changed the way I shoot and ultimately the way I function on the street. No need to point out the excellent IQ – but with all my love for this camera it also has been a very frustrating relationship from time to time. IF the AF locks on, you will get the one-in-a-million chance to shoot this moment. IF the camera turns on in 2 seconds. IF the camera decides to wake up from sleep by a half button press. Although I believe the 23mm lens is the perfect focal length for street photography there have been times where a shot was impossible to get, mostly because the lens is not wide enough for some scenes.

I love the lens of the X100. It is a perfect street photographers tool (I bet the X100s even more so, I never used it). It is wide enough to give the viewer of a good photograph the impression to be right there in the middle of the scene and it is close enough to be able to photograph scenes from a reasonable, still small, distance to the subjects (which is always an issue, not only of courage, in street photography). I used one single focal length for almost a year. Exclusively.

Now that I didn’t touch my DSLR for a decade or so, I decided to replace it completely with a Fuji X-E1. I figured the X-E1 and the Kit zoom are the perfect companions for traveling where you have to adapt to many different situations, may it be street, forest, indoor or public spaces. You get outstanding IQ on the wide end with reasonable aperture of 2.8. For the first time I will leave my X100 at home and bring with me the X-E1 instead. I will have to carry a little bit more weight and size, I will miss the OVF and I won’t enjoy the absolute silence of the X100’s ninja-style shutter noise. But I hope I will bring good photos home. If you are interested in the stuff I do with the Fuji X system – most of which is shot on the streets of Berlin and Istanbul

visit my tumblr at http://ccakan.tumblr.com/

Çağlar Çakan

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Matt Russell

I just wanted to write to say I’ve enjoyed your work on the fujirumors website.  I find myself checking it once a day usually.

I am a long time DSLR user (Canon 5D Mark II) and shot medium format before that.  Fuji was my favorite film at that time.

With the addition of more kids I found it difficult lugging my DSLR kit with lenses around and having the time and free hands to take the shots I wanted.

I started hearing about the X100S earlier this year.  I finally bought one this month and took it on a family vacation and I can say I was extremely impressed with the sharpness, image quality, and size.  I barely noticed it hanging on my neck and images I got were on par with my DSLR.   I’m hooked on this little camera and look forward to taking it on more trips.  I was hesitant to leave my DSLR kit at home, but I feel really comfortable after seeing the shots I got with the X100s.

All of the shots on my website with the exception of the top gallery (Washington DC, December 2013) were taken with a Canon 5D Mark II with L lenses.  I found it hard to see a quality drop off for the majority of the shots I liked.

Check out the Washington DC gallery and the detail I’m getting.  All shots in this gallery (except the last one) were taken with the X100s.

www.mattrussellphoto.com

Great camera

Matt Russell
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Devin

Hi, just like to share a set of images i took with the x100s when i was in China in May 2013. Places include Shenzhen & Jiangxi Nanchang. (website)

Thanks

Devin

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Daniel Korzeniewski

Hey Patrick,

I am back from Myanmar, took along the Nikon D4 and the Fuji X-E2, I really had a wonderful time and moving forward I am just going to travel with the X system, this is my second Fuji, just upgraded from the X-E1. Although used both cameras during the trip it really doesn’t make sense to carry big gear and lenses anymore, the IQ of the Fuji is superb, ended up using the Kit lens most of the time, and I am very excited with the new lenses coming up.

Here is a link from a post from the Street Market, that I shoot entirely with the X-E2, and also attached 2 photos you can use for X-Shooter Section if you like. http://danielkorzeniewskiphoto.com/street-market-yangon-myanmar/

If you have any question, please don’t hesitate to contact me, and thank you for running the site, I keep an eye on it every day.

Daniel Korzeniewski

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