[UPDATE:] Look inside the X-E1 EVF

[UPDATE:] I received an email from the person that made the first video. This time he also takes shots through the EVF. Look here the new video

There is much interest around how good (or bad) the EVF of the new X-E1 (click here) really is. Is there a lag or even a freeze that blocks the camera from doing anything for a second or… there is a lively discussion in the comments to this post of fujirumors (click here).

You can see how the EVF performs in bright sunshine in this youtube video (click here). I think he should have taken some shots to understand better how the EVF performs.

There is another video of someone taking shots through the X-E1 viewfinder that you can see here on youtube (click here)!

Now, does these to videos clear up this issue? Leave a comment.

First FULL Leather Case for X-E1

I got notified by slidoo.com (see the cases). I received an email informing me that there is the first full leather case for the X-E1 available worldwide on ebay (click here to see the leather case). There is also the half case version here. They are stocked in China. Personally, for what concerns the half case,  I still prefer the Kenji Leather Half Case (click here), but, as you know from my previous post, “de gustibus non est disputandum”. So take a look by yourself, and make your choice. I saved now a new search on slidoo (i love it!) and they will send me an email as soon as the full leather case is available in USA… or save the search by yourself on slidoo.

Have a good start in this new week!

Roundup Fuji… some reviews and pics

X-F1

thenewcamera.com compared the specifications of the Canon G15 and the Fuji XF1. It’s not really a review, just a cold comparison of specifications. Bigger sensor for the Fuji, better ISO range for the Canon. Better shutter range for the Fuji, and OVF for the Canon. Look here for more. Tell me, who would gain a point for better appearance?

There is a review of photographybay.com. His conclusions are: “All in all, the Fuji XF1 has the makings of a nice point and shoot camera.  I will be curious to see how others receive the lens-twisting quagmire once the camera hits store shelves in the next few days.Click here to read the review.

There is a XF1 hands-on review at DC.watch and a review on photographytalk.com.

Also danbaileyphoto.com could hold the camera in his hands for about one hour. Click here to read his impressions.

X-E1

There are some sample pictures taken with a X-E1 + Fujinon XF 18-55 mm f/2.8-4 OIS on optyczne (click here) and a detailed (Chinese) review with a lot of pictures on mobileo.com (click here)

And here a professional photograph, bertstephani.com, tested for the first time the X-E1 in his studio and writes about his first impressions (click here).

X-PRO1

Martin Hülle crossed alone a region between Norway and Sweden. He took images with the X-PRO1. Look at them here. And you can also read about his workflow, among other things how he works with RAW-files (click here). It’s in German. The Out-of-Cam JPGs are very good. So he focuses more on the “old school-photography” than editing images later. We know that’s not that simple to work with X-Trans RAW-files… until now.

Not a review, but I decided to link you to stephangeyer.com (click here) so you can see a X-PRO1 (click here) on safari in South Africa.

If you want a short review of the X-PRO1 take at look at theonlinephotographer (click here).

For a  declaration of love to the X-PRO1 click here.

Look at images taken with the X-PRO1 at the Shooting Street Fashion. “Shooting Street Fashion Sydney (SFS) is all about getting the image as quickly and efficiently as possible.Click here to go to streetfashionsydney.blogspot.com

X-TRANS WORKFLOW

Kinematic Digit writes about the X-Trans sensor and the RAW-problem. After playing around for a few weeks he believes that “this is probably the maximum that we can get out of the Fuji RAF files until the other developers come up with better understanding of the unique X-Trans CMOS sensor.Now this is still not the most ideal workflow for most people. Pixel Peeping aside, the Fuji X files are fantastic, even in Adobe Lightroom. My goal in this was to get a better understanding of what is going on.Read about his workflow here.

Fuji FinePix F800EXR

New reviews of the compact Fuji FinePix F800EXR can be read on DSLRPhoto (click here) and on ePhotoZine (click here) with a few picture samples. The conclusions ePhotoZine makes are: “Like the versions before it, the Fujifilm FinePix F800EXR is one of the smallest cameras available with a 20x optical zoom lens, and its design with large front grip helps keep the camera steady when shooting. The camera takes pleasing photos with good colour reproduction and has a variety of useful options including the ability to get better dynamic range in bright or difficult shooting conditions, although this is at a lower resolution when using the EXR modes. The camera does a lot of things well, including Wi-Fi transfer, and has a wide variety of controls including RAW, however if you’re keen on recording video then you may be a little disappointed.

At least a Fujifilm XS1– Preview at Photographic Central.

Have a nice weekend!

[Update] Fuji X-100: $200 price drop… offer extended until DEC 31 ’12

B&H exteded the offer on the X-100 until DEC 31′ 12 (click here). You can have this camera also with a $200 price drop at Amazon US (click here)

You can have the Fuji X-100 for $1.000 instead of $1.200 at B&H (click here to see). This special offer ends tomorrow, Nov, 3.

Take a look of the PROS and CONS and read the full, detailed review of the Fuji X-100, at dpreview (click here).

 

X-PRO1 + Minolta lenses. ikphotography experience

image courtesy: ikphotography

A few days ago i received a mail from ikphotography (click here to visit his blog). He tried out some Minolta lenses on the X-PRO1 (click here). The photographer says: “This is not a scientific test or lens review and should not be taken in anyway shape or form as such, i simply write my experience with these lenses and an attempt to give those interested an idea of what to expect using this combination.

To me, he made a really accurate and passionate job (click here, choose a lens to read and look at the picutres). The Minolta lenses tested were:

1) 24mm F2.8 Minolta MC: One of the sharpest, if not the sharpest Minolta lens ever produced. ikphotography says: “This lens is a gem. It is a bit hard to find on the used market.” Well, at this point I would like to share a little secret with you all. I found this lens in a few seconds because there is a really easy way to look for used (or new) products worldwide on ebay. I use slidoo.com (click here to see the results for the 24mm F2.8 Minolta MC). Slide, search, and if you don’t find what you want, simply click “save this search and get notified”, and once the product you looked for is on ebay, you will be informed immediately. For more details read the short and clear “About Us” of slidoo (click here).

But let’s go back to the ikphotography pictures…

2) 28mm F2 Minolta MD W Rokkor-x: “Between f2.8 and 5.6 the optical quality is absolutely fantastic.

3) Minolta MC 28mm F2.5 W Rokkor SI – 1st Generation: “I’ll let the photos below speak for themselves, notice there’s a tiny bit of distortion though by not much, easily fixed in PP, pleasantly contrasty, has a film like rendering, nice bokeh wide open, sharpens when stopped down. At F4-5.6 which many lenses excel, this lens is no different. It is exquisite! For around $50-$100 on he used market, this is a serious lens to consider.

4) 28mm Minolta MD/MC/Auto Rokkor f/2.8 and 3.5: “Sharp wide open at 2.8, very well built as with other Minolta lenses of this era, light weight with nice heft really balances well on the X-Pro 1. Half click stops from f/2.8 to f/22 on the aperture ring which is nice for fine tuning exposure. Razor sharp when stopped down, fantastic between f/4-5.6. It is the sharpest of the 28mm 2.8/3.5 MD/MC variations i have used to date. Easily found on the used market for almost next to nothing.”

5) 35mm Minolta MD/MC/Auto Rokkor f/2.8: ” As with all Minolta lenses, they are extremely well made especially the early Auto Rokkor’s, compact and balances very well on the X-Pro 1. Performance of these lenses are also very good, wide open at 2.8 you get a nice soft sharp rendering though the later 35mm’s such as the MD’s in my opinion are sharper wide open, stopped down to f/4-5.6 they are at their best without any noticeable difference amongst the early and later ones.”

Thanks to ikphotography. And if you enjoyed the images so stay tuned, because he will update his blog with more Minolta lenses.