Get ready for the X-T1… buy the ultra-fast UHS-II SD-card at Adorama!

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As the anonymous FR-reader told me, “it was only a matter of time…”.

And so here they are, the super-fast UHS-II cards of San Disk. Announced a couple of days ago, and now available at Adorama here (64GB UHS-II Class 3). 280 MB/s readspeed and 250 MB/s write speed… get the best out of your X-T1.

It’s listed, but not available for pre-order until now, also at BHphoto here.

There are just two cameras until now that support these ultra-fast SD-cards, the X-T1 and the GH4.

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

X-T1 ratings at some popular review sites

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5 stars (again) for the X-T1: “it’s hard to imagine a better CSC than the X-T1.” (expertreviews)

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Pre-orders

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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First off: there are many ways to support Fujirumors: share images and stories, send me links to latest reviews and news, share rumors… and, as you know, purchase the gear that suits your needs using one of the shoplinks on this blog (no extra costs for you). In 2014 I’ve already shared with you 98 posts (in 49 days)… and with your support I can keep it up! So feel free to purchase the X-T1 (or anything else) using one of the links in this post. Thanks, Patrick.

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1) Is the X-T1 worth all the hype? Well, it seems so. Here is the next review site (after pocket-lint, photographyblog and ephotozine) that assigns 5 out of 5 stars to the X-T1: it’s expertreviews here:

Phase detection also helps with autofocus performance. We measured times of between 0.3 and 0.7 seconds to focus and capture a shot, with 0.4 seconds being typical. Shot-to-shot performance in normal use came in at 0.7 seconds. These are solid results, but not outstanding. Continuous mode was far more impressive, delivering speeds up to 6.3fps with tracking autofocus. This lasted for 40 JPEGs or 20 RAW frames before slowing to the speed of the card. Continuous shooting with fixed focus was even faster, at 8.3fps. This level of performance compares well with the fastest SLRs at this price. […]

[as other APS-C X-Trans cameras] This is the best image quality we’ve seen from an APS-C sensor by quite some distance, with noise levels that are closer to full-frame cameras than other APS-C models.

[…] it’s hard to imagine a better CSC than the X-T1. We certainly haven’t seen one.

image courtesy: expertreviews (Viewfinder size)

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 2) Snow days | a second look at the X-T1 at laroquephoto here: “In barely three years Fujifilm has built an entirely new camera ecosystem from the ground up, and when you stand back and look at this big picture the X-T1 not only makes perfect sense, it’s a spectacular addition. […] Having used the X-T1 for over a week now I can say with absolute certainty that this is no small release: if you earn a living with these cameras, you owe it to yourself to try it out —  Everything is faster, more direct, more accessible. […] The X-T1 is obviously the latest and greatest Fuji has to offer and it shows. After this weekend I’m over the moon about this camera. But the truth is we are absolutely spoiled for choice these days.”

3) Fuji’s X-T1 – The “X” System Comes of Age at luminous-landscape here: “More surprisingly, the X-T1 absolutely kicked-ass in my (admittedly unscientific) focus-tracking test.  With the 18-55mm kit lens mounted, I focused on oncoming cars and fired continuously at full speed while tracking the approaching car.  Working at close to its rated 8fps for most of the run, the Fuji nailed almost every frame in four repetitions of this test. A very impressive performance. […] It has been fun to watch the “X” series mature into a full-fledged camera system.  The X-T1 is definitely Fuji’s best “X” body yet, and their new lenses range from the superb to the truly remarkable.   The package is tight, usable, and compelling.  The results are excellent. Fuji has managed to grow its niche into a mainstream system that every photographer should consider, but has done so without losing too much of the magic which made the “X” special from the outset.  This camera should be a real hit for Fuji, and deservedly so.”

4) Joshua Khoo: “Hi Patrick, I attended the X-T1 launch event in Kuala Lumpur here recently and did a write up on it. Feel free to share it with your readers.” Read it here.

5) Fujifilm X-T1 – Review + Tips & Tricks of Ralfs Foto-Bude on youtube video here (English Version)

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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XF deals

XF 14mm: $200 off (price $700) at BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / Pictureline
XF 18mm: $200 off (price $400) at BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / Pictureline
XF 23mm: $150 off (price $750) at BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / Pictureline
XF 27mm: $250 off (price $200) at BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / Pictureline
XF 35mm: $150 off (price $450) at BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / Pictureline
XF 60mm: $250 off (price $400) at BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / Pictureline
XF 55-200: $200 off (price $500) at BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / Pictureline

IBELUX 40mm f/0.85: Worlds fastest lens for mirrorless cameras mounted on a X-E1

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Officially announced back in December here, now the first images of the IBELUX f/0.85 mounted on a Fuji X-camera (X-E1) surfaced the web. They were sent to mirrorlessrumors by their reader Zetton (click here).

The lens should come next month and cost $2000.

Much cheaper at the moment, the XF lenses in the USA (and I hear of Europeans purchasing them in the States, too.)

XF deals

XF 14mm: $200 off (price $700) at BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / Pictureline
XF 18mm: $200 off (price $400) at BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / Pictureline
XF 23mm: $150 off (price $750) at BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / Pictureline
XF 27mm: $250 off (price $200) at BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / Pictureline
XF 35mm: $150 off (price $450) at BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / Pictureline
XF 60mm: $250 off (price $400) at BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / Pictureline
XF 55-200: $200 off (price $500) at BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / Pictureline

via mirrorlessrumors via canonwatch.

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Multiple wins for Fuji at the iF product design awards: X-M1, XQ1, X100S, X20 + instax mini 90

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Five Fuji cameras won one of the worlds most important design awards, the “iF product design awards”. (Fuji Press release).

“Since its launch in March 2011, Fujifilm has rapidly grown its X series which successfully combines traditional styling with the highest image quality and mobility. Almost all FUJIFILM X series cameras have won an iF product design award, confirming that the design philosophy of X Series is highly regarded.”

And the winners are:

Fuji X100S: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBayFuji X-M1: Save $200 (price $599) on the kit and $200 on the body (price $499) at AmazonUS, BHphoto (+4%reward) and Adorama.
Fuji X20: get it for $499 (save $100) at AmazonUS, BHphoto and Adorama (+4% reward)
Fuji XQ1: get tit for $399 (save $100) at AmazonUS, BHphoto and Adorama.
Fuji Instax Mini 90: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

VOTE: the ultimate Kaizen firmware poll!

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Kaizen, continuous improvement philosophy. Japanese for “improvement” or “change for the best”, refers to philosophy or practices that focus upon continuous improvement of processes in manufacturing, engineering, and business management.” src-wikipedia

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Do you remember Marco Ricci’s (website) firmware wish list the article “because we love Kaizenhere? Well, there where 163 comments with further suggestions for firmware improvements. I promised myself to look into it and sum them up in March, when I have a week of holidays and finally a bit more time to launch a new, updated firmware poll.

But I don’t have to, because, sometimes, it happens that FR-readers decides to surprise me and to help me.

So it happens that FR-reader DIS took a look at all firmware suggestions and summed them up into one big super-firmware-poll (divided in 3 blocks).

Everything is in there, even those firmware suggestions FR-reader DIS strongly disagrees with. So he said that, “the block “Other updates” has some strange or impossible to be realized things. It should be distinguished a lot from the main list. Otherwise it won’t be taken seriously by Fuji.

Now all you have to do, is to vote the top 3 firmware updates you’d like to see in each poll (and add in the comments the one you miss).

Thanks a lot for your time DIS!

And also thanks a lot to Fuji for keeping this Kaizen spirit and improving even discounted Fuji cameras (even though it means sacrificing sales earnings for customer loyalty as a Fuji manager told us here). This is how you treat your customers base.

And here are the polls: 3 blocks, each one with a maximum of 3 selections.

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Bug reports

1. RAW/JPEG switch in Fn works only for the first shot. After the shot it’s back again.
2. Hot shoe instability: “So many times it is not working: getting frozen, not seeing the flash unit,… Both the X100 & X-Pro1 have very similar behavior. With third party stuff – transceivers – it gets even more wrong, sometimes working, sometimes not. I even had to perform a complete reset of the camera a few times, because the flash-shoe refused any operation. And Fuji, while you’re busy with this, make also the IR pilot light of the EF-42 work with the X-series to assist the AF in low light.”
3. Transfer of GPS coordinate from phones to X-E2 doesn’t work.
4. When your frame count reach the limit the only way to continue of making photo is to format card! Even if card is not full