X-E1 in Myanmar: a short insight

For one time, let me begin with the conclusions of framighands.com (click here). Richard Simko traveld through Myanmar with his X-E1 and at the end he says: “This camera is not without quirks as many previous Fuji cameras but it has less of them and Fuji seems to continuously working on improvements. It is easy one to fall in love with. And boy, I do love it. It is unobtrusive, light, relatively easy to handle and well built. I can carry it all day long without even noticing the weight… With growing lens range from Fuji as well as lenses from other vendors (noticeable Zeiss – EXCITING!!!) the future looks very promising.” [fujirumors told you yet that the new Zeiss lenses for the Fuji X system, the 12mm f/2.8, 32mm f/1.8 and 50mm f/2.8 with a price of around 1.000 Euro will hit the market on April 2013.]

PROS: The X-E1 looks gorgeous, has a great ISO performance, the Fujinon 35mm lens in very nice, sharp, fast and “it is rendering bokeh in very pleasing way.” And the image quality?When it comes to quality of image I think Fuji nailed it 110%. It is simply stunning. My “WOW” sounded much louder than when I first time saw files from Nikon D800. There is something to the X-Trans sensor… I am stunned by quality, colour rendition and dynamic range. I have to say that light condition I used this camera were pretty though ones with mostly very contrasty scenes, yet I was able to pull so much details from highlights as well as shadows.” Other reviews said that the X-E1 is too easy. For Richard Simko this is a PRO: “very light and one can barely notice it even after whole day wearing it on the shoulder or around the neck.

CONS: But, as he already said, there are some quirks. Here a list of some of them: “The EVF display shows the updated aperture with little lag” Further on he says: “Changing the autofocus point is awkward. Button is positioned lower left corner on the back of the camera. This means it cannot be done without moving the camera away from the face and not looking like I am digging the nose at the same time. This can be a big deal to some…  At F1.4 the depth of field is so shallow that even that slight movement when recomposing can throw the focus off (look at this picture here: the eyes of the Buddhist monk are not the sharpest)…” The focus: “in bad light conditions camera hunts for focus and cannot seem to find it. There is new firmware available for lenses so hope this might improve the situation… Focusing seems still slow to me. This is definitely not an action photography camera.” “There is a little shutter lag.” As Pedro Kok said for the X-PRO1, also the rubber lens cap of the X-E1 easily falls down, making it useless.

This is only short insight and there can be definitely more written about it. What I can say I didn’t regret a bit investing money into this jewel.

Read the whole review of Richard Simko here.

You can read about his travel through Myanmar here.

Firmware update ACR 7.3 and Lightroom 4.3 / X-Trans RAW: Adobe & Co. vs JPG out-of camera

codyhatch: “Come on, Adobe, help us unlock the potential of the X-Trans sensor.

ACR 7.3 beta and lightroom 4.3 release candidate are now available, but no luck also this time for Fuji owners. You have to be patient. There is still no native X-TRANS RAW support for ACR 7.3 and lightroom 4.3 so that the support for X-PRO1 and X-E1 is not optimal. So take a look at the two comparisons in this post, and you’ll understand why Fuji owners are really hoping for this support to come soon.

First comparison

Take a look at this comparison on codyhatch.com. Same exposure, same subject, same camera (X-PRO1), two different results. If you want, before you read the review, take a look at the 2 images here and guess: which one is an out-of-cam JPG, and which an output after processing in Lightroom 4.2?

Here the solution: “The first one is the output after processing in Lightroom 4.2, while the second one is the output of an out-of-camera JPG utilizing the Velvia film simulation.” The second image looks much better than the first one! “The difference between those two photographs is shocking and demonstrates how far Adobe has to go before properly handling output from the X-Trans sensor. There is far more sharpness, contrast, and dynamic range in the out-of-camera JPG“. Therefore “the best RAW converter for X-Pro1 images is the camera itself.

Second comparison

From dmcgaughey.com: He says that JPEGs are excellent with the Fuji X Pro1, but he needs to go to the RAW in two common situations: 1. Poorly exposed photos (usually when blowing the highlights) 2. Bad white balance is selected (often indoors, like most cameras)… “Unfortunately Adobe has done a … poor job in implementing their algorithmthey slap something together so they can check “Fuji X Pro1″ off  their list.” He tried to work with RAW-files with the following programs: Silkypix, Adobe Camera Raw 7.2, Raw Photo Processor. You can see in this image his 100% Crops!  (go directly to the review here)

image courtesy: dmcgaughey.com

Okay. Clearly Adobe su….s! It renders the leaves as indistinct strokes of color. It gets far worse if you try and sharpen even semi-aggressively, leaving jagged edges around color blobs. RPP does a nice job, but there’s always a smattering of colored pixels dotting the scene. These can be removed with a touch of color noise reduction in Bridge. But still, edges tend to be jagged. SilkyPix very closely matches the X Pro1 rendered JPEG. It looks a bit less sharp, but that’s more likely due to the lower contrast.

If you want to see more comparisons click here do read the whole post of dmcgaughey.

And so maybe you can understand why, at the end of his post, codyhatch says: “Come on, Adobe, help us unlock the potential of the X-Trans sensor.

As you know, rumors we got (read the post) say that something is moving. According to the rumors, Fuji is now working with Adobe, Apple and DXO towards tweaking the RAW file processing from the new Fuji X-Trans sensor. Could we soon have the potential of the X-Trans sensor unlocked?

For everyone out there who has further information or rumors, write us an email.

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First X-E1 in Stock at Samys Amazon (and new testings).

At the moment of writing we have one single Silver X-E1 im stock via Samys on Amazon (Click here). It’s the first time the camera is in Stock with the normal price. You will not have a problem to find it in Stock in Germany at Wex and in UK on eBay (via Slidoo).

That said we also have some new reviews to report. A hands-on with RAW image samples on Quesabesde. JPG image samples on Photographyblog and Clubsnap.

Tested: Fujinon XF18-55mm F2,8-4 R LM OIS

The Chinese website PChome posted a review about the Fujinon XF18-55 F2,8-4,0 which will soon hit the market. The review is in Chinese (translated version) and you can see some shots at page 12 and 13 here. There is also a video on youku here. After 55 seconds of this video the reviewer did a few AF test clicks. Based on the sound the AF seems to be really fast!

thanks to our reader that linked us this review by email.

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Firmware: 1.01 for X-E1 and 2.01 for X-PRO1

Here is the next update for Fuji lenses and the X-PRO1:

Firmware 1.01 for X-E1 (click here): It will add the compatibility with Fujinon XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R, improve the auto focus accuracy with XF60mm lens, and prevent under exposure when using the M-Mount Adapter .

Firmware 2.01 for X-PRO1 (click here) : Get full performance with the Fujinon XF18-55F2.8-4 lens. The size of the bright frame on OVF can be magnified in relation to zooming motion of Fujinon XF18-55mm lens. When using the focus checking function with “3-time” magnification in manual focus mode, you could find a few dots (black or color) only in live view image on EVF/LCD. Improve auto accuracy focus of XF60mm lens and prevent under exposure when using the M-Mount Adapter.

keep it up, Fuji!