Fuji X PRO 1 marked as discontinued in some stores…

 

Some stores like for example Camerastore Australia marked the X PRO 1 as “discontinued“. Just to make it clear, that’s no proof at all that an X PRO 2 is on the horizon. Stores sometimes discontinue products for different specific reasons. But n X PRO 2 is due for a 2013 release and it’s time to talk about how the X PRO 2 should be to make it a nice camera!

eXperience tour: Fujifilm is on the road + X100S impressions

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Lucky Italians!

You want to know more about the Fuji X-series, included the latest X100S and X20 (and the X-E1, X-PRO1, lenses, X-S1, XF1…)? You’d like to participate, for free, to a workshop and test these cameras at work? Then you should know that Fujifilm Italy has organized a photographic roadshow, the “eXperience tour“. You can put your hands on the newest cameras and actually work with them! Meet Fuji’s technical staff, make some studio shots (with a model) and participate to the street photography workshop.

The eXperience tour will have a great start! Massimiliano Angeloni and Donato Chirulli, the riflessifotografici-guys will run the first events in Naples (13 April) and Rome (14 April). So, the Fujifilm road show starts with two talented X-photographers! I stumbled on their website a few months ago and wrote this post here. Since then I’ve followed their work with great interest. I’m sure you’ll benefit from a workshop with them!

So, don’t miss this opportunity, if you are curious about the X-series, this could be the right way to get in touch with it. Just reserve your place at the event you want to participate, and enjoy your Fuji-day at the eXperience tour.

Napoli 13 Aprile / Roma 14 Aprile / Bari 20 Aprile / Palermo 11 Maggio / Catania 12 Maggio / Cagliari 18 Maggio / Ancona 25 Maggio / Bologna 26 Maggio / Mestre 8 Giugno / Firenze 9 Giugno / Torino 15 Giugno / Milano 16 Giugno

X100S

laroquephoto initial X100s impressions: “manual focussing: wow“. Read it all and see his shots here.

It’s the greatest camera I’ve ever owned. No. Freaking. Joke. It’s perfect. I wouldn’t change a thing.” This is what Zack Arias says in the teaser to his upcoming X100s review here. He also posted a few shots here, saying: “Fuji is the new Leica.

X100S: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonDEAmazonUK / AmazonITA / DigitalRev / your ebay
X20: AmazonUS (blacksilver) / BHphoto (blacksilver) / Adorama (blacksilver) / AmazonUK (blacksilver) / AmazonDE / AmazonITA / DigitalRev / your ebay

FR-reader: – Tancredi: “Hello Patrick. My name is Tancredi De Lisi, I am an italian freelance photographer, right now I’m in Vietnam and I decided to travel only with a Fuji X-Pro1 with lens fuji 14-18-35-60. I am writing a photo/report in real time on my site: click here (translated version)

[UPDATE] Finally! X20 in stock in Germany [and UK] + X100S at AmazonUK (third party reseller)

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[UPDATE]: ebayUK has the X20 (blacksilver) available for £499.

You may be interested to know that today the X20 is finally in stock at AmazonDE for €549 (silverblack) or at ebayDE (for example here (€549) or here €554)).

Also DigitalRev has the X20 in stock for €682 here.

If you are looking for the X100S, AmazonUK (via third party reseller) has only 4 in stock for £1,025 here.

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X20 vs X10 vs RX100 + more X20 and X100s reviews

I’ve announced it 2 days ago. This week could be an interesting “review-week”. We started yesterday with the first impressions of the X20 and X100s at riflessifotografici, and you should not miss the X-pert corner this Friday, with the X100s vs X100 article of Rico Pfirstinger (in the meantime check his Flickr set here).

This time two Spanish magazines tested the X20 and X100s, Dslrmagazine and quesabesde.

1) Dslrmagazine posted his X20 review here (translated version) and the X100s review here (translated version).

2) Quesabesde compared the performance of the X10, X20 and RX100. Click here (translated version). Can the X20 really compete with the Sony RX100? Now we know, the X20 is faster than the X10. Especially in low light conditions you’ll notice the faster AF-performance. The image quality is outstanding for an advanced compact camera. Of course the X20 beats the X10 also in terms of image resolution, details, ISO performance and more, but can the X20 really match the RX100? This comparison shows that the RX100 (with 20.2 MP and 1″ sensor) beats the X20 (with 12MP and 2/3″ X-Trans sensor). But Fuji did an “excellent work“, making it one of the “most desirable compact cameras“. At quesabesde you can also download the RAW files of the sample shots!

IMHO, the missing viewfinder on the RX100 is already reason enough to go for the X20. But I’m sure some of you would go for the RX100 (bigger sensor in smaller camera)… so feel free to add your own PROS and CONS (X20 vs RX100) in the comments and vote this poll:

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X100s: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonDEAmazonUK / AmazonITA / DigitalRev
X20: AmazonUS (blacksilver) / BHphoto (blacksilver) / Adorama (blacksilver) / AmazonUK (blacksilver) / AmazonDE / AmazonITA / DigitalRev
Fuji X10: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay Sony RX100: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

 image courtesy: quesabesde

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Technology of the Year: Fujifilm’s X-Trans Sensor (Imaging resource)

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[The X20 arrived at Rico‘s home! See his first samples on Flickr here.]

For our inaugural Camera of the Year Awards, we came up with seven categories we felt spanned most of the great cameras we were privileged to test and review in 2012.” And here are the “The Magnificent Seven“. Let’s begin with point 7, technology of the year:

7) Technology of the Year: Fujifilm’s X-Trans Sensor:

” […] Because the X-Trans pattern includes red and blue pixels in every horizontal line of the array — whereas Bayer-filtered cameras display these two colors only in alternating rows — it can produce more consistently accurate colors and color boundaries. The net result is a real step forward in image resolution and crispness, as well as a more “filmic” look to its image noise pattern. […] With their X-Trans technology, though, they appear to have finally delivered something truly special. In testing the X-Pro1, we found exceptionally sharp images, with clean detail and very few artifacts — and the X-Pro1’s image sharpness was realistic, not oversharpened and rife with halos like we often see in JPEGs from even top DSLRs. […] Everyone talks about the importance of out-of-the-box thinking, but few are willing to endure the struggle that’s needed to bring something truly radical to market. Fujifilm stuck it out, and we’re happy to see them finally enjoying the fruits of their long years of effort and innovation in sensor technology.” Read the whole text here.

X-Trans is probably one of the reasons why Thomson Reuter named Fujifilm to the world’s Top 100 Global Innovators (2012). From the Fujifilm press release: “With this award, Thomson Reuters recognizes the world’s top 100 companies that strive to protect inventions via intellectual property rights and lead the world with innovative discoveries and initiatives, based on the concept of regarding patent activity and other intellectual properties as an indicator of technological innovations and future trends.

… and here are the other imaging resource winners:

1) Overall Camera of the Year: Sony RX1 (BHphoto / Adorama / your Amazon / ebay)

2) Compact System Camera of the Year: Olympus OM-D E-M5 (BHphoto / Adorama / your Amazon / ebay)

Not the winner, but close enough, the X-PRO1. Imaging resource says: “Quality prime lenses and a tack-sharp sensor come together with a unique hybrid optical viewfinder to form the Fujfilm X-Pro1, a digital camera built exclusively for enthusiast photographers. The X-Pro1 really hits the nail on the head, driving deep into high-ISO territory with tack-sharp images. Its controls and feature set are also ideal for the target market, and its available lenses are reasonably priced, small, well-made, and light weight. We found it to be a terrific photographic tool, easy to control, and a joy to use.”

3) Enthusiast DSLR of the Year: Canon 5D Mark III (BHphoto / Adorama / your Amazon / ebay)

4) Pro Camera of the Year: Canon 1D X (BHphoto / Adorama / your Amazon / ebay)

5) Pocket Camera of the Year: Sony RX100 (BHphoto / Adorama / your Amazon / ebay)… let’s see if the X20 can endanger the RX100 next year edition of the imaging resource award.

6) Entry-Level Interchangeable Lens Camera of the Year: Nikon D3200 (BHphoto / Adorama / your Amazon / ebay)

Here is a list of all Fuji X-series cameras with X-Trans sensor

Check in Stock info and price at
Fuji X-E1: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay Fuji X-PRO1: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay Fuji X100s: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay Fuji X20: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

X100s: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonDE / AmazonUK
X20: AmazonUS (blacksilver) / BHphoto (blacksilver) / Adorama (blacksilver) / AmazonUK (blacksilver) / ebayITA /  / AmazonDE / AmazonITA /