XF 56mm shipping in Japan! (+ £250 voucher for the WR 18-135 in UK?)

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XF 56mm f/1.2: USA AmazonUS / BHphoto / AdoramaDigitalRev / – EUROPE: wexUK / wexDE / PCHstore / DigitalRev

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Yesterday FR-reader Roger told us that a Japanese store just shipped his XF56mm… and today “The Green Balbo” (website: grittymonkey) shared an image on the FR-twitter account with the following image :-).

[UDPATE: Damien (grittymonkey) continues to diligentely share his findings on youtube: for the UHS-II vs UHS-I video click here, for the manual focus video here.]

Another FR-reader (moslake) shared in the comments to a previous post his Flickr (here) with his initial impression of Fujinon XF56 F1.2. “I’m ecstatic to find out that XF 56 delivers very beautiful bokeh. It wins hands down!” [admin: On his Flickr he compared it with the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II. But it would have been better done with an 1.8 lens on a FF, as the Fujinon 1.2 is a 1.8 equivalent. To see more images of the beautiful bokeh of the 56mm, I recommend you to check out Rico’s first look here.]

RUMOR: An anonymous source, who said to work for a UK store, told me that: “the X-T1 body (not the kit) had a sticker for an offer where if the person registers the camera they can receive a £250 discount voucher for the XF18-135mm weather resistant lens when it comes out. Have you seen anyone else, uk or otherwise, have this same offer as it seems like no one has mentioned this yet.” The rumor is now confirmed by drphotorumor and another FR-reader too.

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The Green Balbo via twitter

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XF 56mm f/1.2: USA AmazonUS / BHphoto / AdoramaDigitalRev / – EUROPE: wexUK / wexDE / PCHstore / DigitalRev

Available: Adobe Camera RAW 8.4 with X-T1 and Fuji’s film simulation support

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[UDPATE: Initial test at Tom Grill (aboutphotography) here: “I have applied the new beta 8.4 corrections to some Fuji RAW files in Photoshop and did a blog post on it showing the results along with some downloadable samples your readers might find interesting“]

Adobe Labs released the latest prerelease version of Camera Raw 8.4 RC and DNG Converter 8.4 RC Now here. No equivalent Lightroom RC for now.

It now supports, not only the X-T1, but, as a trusted source told us in January also Fuji’s film simulations. Read more at the Lightroomjournal here..

Added Camera Matching color profiles (PROVIA/STANDARD, Velvia/VIVID, ASTIA/SOFT, MONOCHROME, etc.) for the following Fujifilm cameras:

The first feebdack comes from soundimageplus here: “finally, a much improved demosiacing algorithm that eliminates the smearing / watercolour problem with foliage in particular and in fact produces extremely nice raw conversions within Photoshop without the need for additional software.”

However, FR-readers can’t confirm the improved demosiacing until now. MJr said: “Well i guess soundimageplus just ASSUMED the demosaicing has improved and went straight to the comparison with Noise Ninja, not knowing it’s actually the VERY SAME algorithm as before. NO CHANGE AT ALL aside from the color presets (not that this isn’t quite awesome already!). What i did notice however is that the X-E1 renders a somewhat poorer image than the X-E2 or X-T1 raws do. So i’m guessing he simply discovered ACR/Lightroom already does a decent job with current bodies, most of the time.

As always, download, test and share your finding… some of you may also be able to test it on the new X-T1.

IN STOCK CHECK

at the moment the body is in stock ant WexUK and WexDE

X-T1 body only ($1,299): USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / Pictureline / EU: wexDE / wexUK / PCHstore /
X-T1 with 18-55 ($1,699): USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / Pictureline / EU: wexDE / wexUK / PCHstore /

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Here is the one of German FR-reader Martin… “the family is growing“. Also BH and Amazon are shipping it, according to several emails I’ve received.

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[UDPATE: In stock at WexUK] X-T1 in stock (limited number) at eBay (top rated reseller kenmorecamera)

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[UDPATE: The X-T1 body is now in stock at WexUK here.]

Just a flash: Right now there are 4 X-T1’s in stock at top rated Plus ebay reseller kenmorecamea.

Thanks again for link, Roger!

[UDPATE: Roger also told me: “The 56mm f1.2 is available in Japan. I purchased one for only $ 50 more than USA ASRP  ( including free express shipping) and it has shipped. I found the listing within an hour of its posting on Ebay. Dealer is one I have purchased items from before. He posted two – now sold. Most Ebay sellers in Japan were asking $ 1200 or more. Expected delivery is Tuesday.”]

X-T1

X-T1 body only ($1,299): USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / Pictureline / EU: wexDE / wexUK / PCHstore /
X-T1 with 18-55 ($1,699): USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / Pictureline / EU: wexDE / wexUK / PCHstore /
X-T1 Vertical Battery Grip ($ 249,99): USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / EU: wexDE / wexUK /
X-T1 Hand Grip ($129.95): USA: AmazonUS / Bhphoto / EU: wexUk / wexDE

XF 56mm f/1.2 ($999): USA AmazonUS / BHphoto / AdoramaDigitalRev / – EUROPE: wexUK / wexDE / PCHstore / DigitalRev

Also the Dutch store fotohanskeuzekamp is shipping the X-T1… here some images:

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So it begins: X-T1 is shipping very soon!

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The worldwide shipping of the X-T1 will start very soon. I’ve received feedback from readers that stores are ready to ship it also in Europe and North America now. Those who pre-ordered quickly may already be able to shoot with it this weekend!Have fun with it ;-).. and lemme know if you agree with all the review sites who assigned to the camera the best ratings, as you can see at the bottom of this post (and also read in riflessifotografici’s latest review here)

X-T1

X-T1 body only ($1,299): USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / Pictureline / EU: wexDE / wexUK / PCHstore /
X-T1 with 18-55 ($1,699): USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / Pictureline / EU: wexDE / wexUK / PCHstore /
X-T1 Vertical Battery Grip ($ 249,99): USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / EU: wexDE / wexUK /
X-T1 Hand Grip ($129.95): USA: AmazonUS / Bhphoto / EU: wexUk / wexDE

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New firmware updates for camera and lenses: 56mm compatibility + improved OIS and AF speed

New firmware updates for bodies and lenses are available at Fuji’s website.

For all bodies:
Addition of compatibility with “XF56mmF1.2 R”.
Improvement of AE accuracy with “XF56mmF1.2 R”.

For all XF and XC zoom lenses:
Improvement of OIS function for movie shooting when panning and tilting a camera.
Improvement of OIS function for still image shooting.
Improvement of AF response during continuous shooting with X-E2 and X-T1.
You can check them all out at Fuji’s global site here.

Download, test and share your findings in the comments.