X-shooter zone: the Fuji X-system? “Pure fun and no compromise!”

The selection is done, the images are chosen, the X-shooter zone is complete.

If you have some X-shots and stories for us too, feel free to contact me via email. You can also share them directly at the FR-facebook wall.

enjoy your weekend

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Lawrence Ripsher

Hey Patrick… It’s that time again! I’m back ! – this time with an X-E2 :)

A few first thoughts plus ten of my best at http://lawrenceripsher.com/post/69317862555/its-now-coming-up-to-1-month-since-my-fuji-x-e2

As always, feel free to share / embed images / etc. Keep up the awesome site !

“the camera [X-E2] feels faster [than the X-E1]. From turning on, to being ready for the next shot, to responding to controls. The X-E2 feels more, for lack of a better word, analog.

I shot micro four thirds for (E-P1 -> G3 -> OM-D E-M1) for several years with the best lenses the system had to offer and I always felt that that the micro four thirds system was the best compromise between image quality and size. But I also always felt it was a compromise. […]

However, I now believe the Fuji X system is the new best balance of image quality and size. More importantly perhaps, I feel it’s no longer a compromise. The images I shoot with this system are every bit as good as I could possibly hope to shoot with any other system, and that includes my old Canon FF gear with L glass. […]

[…] for me, in terms of image quality, portability, lens options, ergonomics / controls and pure fun, there’s a very clear leader now – Fuji. And at the top of the Fuji pile now sits the X-E2.

[admin: As a little X-mas gift to every FR-readers Lawrence decided to make the image of the footbridge available in wallpaper res (1920 x 1080) here. Download it at my dropbox here.]

Fuji X-E2: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

Lawrence Ripsher

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Ian Burrows

Hi,

I have been shooting the X-Pro1 now for a year. I shoot almost all my work with the Fuji now and love it. The 18-55mm is an ideal landscape lens with the 35mm F1.4 still my preference for people.

I’m going to be using an X-E2 and 14mm shortly so I hope to generate some work with that combination.

Fuji X-Pro1 B+W Album

Fuji X-PRO1: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

Ian Burrows

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Raf

Hello Patrick,

I am a solely Fuji X-E1 user since day one and also a big fan of your site. Just thought that my artistic photos may inspire even more X shooters:
http://500px.com/rafalstudio

All images were taken in-camera, with my over 40-years old legacy M42 lenses collection.

Usually folks try to get sharp images showing a subject and my objective is to paint with bokeh, to focus on painting look and feel rather. Just another approach and only Fuji X-E1 allows me to achieve it. And I say that after over a decade of shooting with 6×6 and a whole Nikon SLR/DSLR system.

Once again, checking your site is part of my daily routine so please feed us all with more Fuji details.
And Rico’s Xperts corner is brilliant

Hope you like it and keep on doing your great job!
Cheers,

Fuji X-E1: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

Raf

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Michael McQueen

Hey Patrick,

Long time follower of fujirumors.com and I love what you do. Keep up the good work! I am based in Australia and have just got my site back up and running as I have moved fully into the Fuji system.

I am currently 3 weeks out from embarking on a 4+ month journey to South America and taking my fuji’s along for the ride! Literally am taking them for a ride as I plan on riding a motorcycle around South America. Any way enough of the that, here is a link to my site that I have setup as a blog for my fuji experience and my journeys.

www.michaelmcqueen.com.au

I hope you find my photographs worthy of sharing with your fuji fans! I hope to keep you posted and my fellow fujirumor followers! enjoy!

p.s I may have received possibly the first 23mm F1.4 in Aus pre release here and I hope to share some images real soon!!

Regards,

Fuji XF 23mm: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

Michael McQueen [Chile]

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[UDPATE] World’s fastest lens for Fuji X-mount announced: the IBELUX 40mm f/0.85!

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Kipon just announced the IBELUX 40mm f0.85, available also for Fuji X-mount! This high speed lens will cost you $2000. It will be available in February 2014.

You can read more and see some samples, taken also with the Fuji X-PRO1 at their official press release here.

[UDPATE] Kipon also announces Baveyes 0.7x optic adapter series for Fujifilm X and Sony E mount here. They will sell it from Jan 10 2014,the price is around $300. “The 0.7x adapter is a high quality optical adapter. It converts fullframe lenses into APS-C lenses. The advantage is to get the fullframe field of view onto the APS-C sensor. It works best with wide angle lenses

via mirrorlessrumors

Fuji X-PRO1 with IBELUX 40mm f0.85 (image courtesy: Kipon)

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PRESS RELEASE

HANDEVISION  —  December 12, 2013

A mutual passion for photography and the art of image capture between two companies’ owner has led two special firms, Shanghai Transvision and German IB/E Optics, to collaborate on an industry-shaking new innovation. By merging Geman high-quality engineering standards with Chinese cost-effective production infrastructure, the new camera lens brand Handevision (“Han” means China in Mandarin and “De” is the word for Germany).

After many months of collaboration between engineering and production teams, final quality control assessments have concluded and the IBELUX 40mm f0.85 high-speed lens, the fastest lens in the world, is nearly ready for release. Available for sale by February, 2014, this lens will be available for Sony NEX, Fuji X, Canon EOS M and Micro 4/3 digital mirrorless camera mounts (MSRP is $2,080 USD).

While risky to start our launch with this ground-breaking high-speed lens, we hope to gain the attention and confidence of photographers around the world with our expanding new lenses. Our mission is to manufacture high-grade lenses of metallic construction with a clean, aesthetic finish. As a new player in the lens market, we believe we can expand our new brand internationally as our engineers, uninhibited by production costs nor by material restrictions, will be free to work creatively in seeking optimal image quality and artistic design.

We are currently working on our next project, the wide-angle IBEGON lens. With Sony releasing the new full-frame mirrorless A7/A7R camera, we have designed a high-speed telephoto APO mirror lens called the IBECAT, named for its sharp image capture, its lightweight construction and fast glass. Additional lenses are in development for full frame mirrorless cameras, including a tilt-shift lens and a compact fixed focal length lens.

We are focusing our efforts at expanding our line of full-frame mirrorless and DSLR detachable lenses in 2014 and are constantly developing ways to satisfy demand of professional photographers for faster, sharper lenses.

Lightroom 5.3 final version available now (X-E2 / XQ1 support) + FR-reader feedback

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Adobe just released the final version of Lightroom 5.3 and Camera Raw 8.3. Download Lightroom 5.3 for Windows | Mac

This version adds support for the X-E2 and XQ1.

Lightroom 5 costs $111 here at AmazonUS, BHphoto sells it for $114 here and Adorama for $114 too here. Pictureline’s price is $119 here.

Rob Dose shared on the FR-facebook wall his first feedback:

“[…] Lightroom 5.3, it has corrected the magenta issue with the raw files from the Fujifilm X-E2. Skin tones are extremely pleasant now […].”

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POLL: Vote your Fuji Top Gear 2013!

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Mission accomplished! With the XQ1/X-E2 Fuji’s gear release roadmap for 2013 is complete.

Yes I know, many of us hoped for the XF 10-24 to come this year, too. In fact I’m pretty sure that the announcement was planed for late November, but Fujifilm decided to postpone it. I don’t know if it will be still announced this year, but we will hardly be able to take shots with it earlier than February 2014. It seems that Fuji could release the 56mm f/1.2 earlier than the 10-24 (the 56 should be announced January 6th).

With no new gear released this year, it’s time for us to take our conclusions. Which Fuji product made you say “WOW”? What was the gear that excited you most? The list includes the 14mm, announced late 2012, but shipped only on January 19th 2013.

It’s a pretty long list… Fuji wasn’t lazy at all this year!

You can choose just one product, so think about it carefully.

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Fuji X-E2: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay Fuji XQ1: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay Fuji X-A1: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay Fuji X-M1: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay Fuji X100S: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay Fuji X20: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

Fuji XF 23mm: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay Fuji XF 27mm: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay Fuji XF 55-200mm: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay Fuji XF14mm: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay Fuji XC 16-50: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay Fuji XC 50-230: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

Fujifilm 2013: Top 100 Global Innovator (Reuters) + X100S Best Innovation (ephotozine)

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Fujifilm gained two more recognitions: Thomson Reuters and ephotozine awarded the innovatory force of the company.

1) Thomson Reuters named Fujifilm Top 100 Global Innovator 2013 (press release):

The Thomson Reuters 2013 Top 100 Global Innovator methodology is based on four principle criteria: “overall patent volume”, “patent grant success rate”, “global reach of the portfolio” and “patent influence as evidenced by citations”, using Thomson Reuters’ intellectual property and intelligence collaboration platform. Fujifilm was selected as one of the top 100 companies for its particularly high recognition of the “overall patent volume” as well as high ratings for “patent grant success rate”, and “global reach of the portfolio” and “patent influence as evidenced by citations.

2ephotozine declared the X100Sthe best innovation of 2013” (read here).

Split Focus Screen – if you’ve ever used an old film SLR camera with manual focus lenses, then the way to ensure your photo was in focus was to use the split focus viewfinder and line up the image. The Fujifilm X100s (and later the Fujifilm X-E2) re-introduced this feature to digital cameras, and is an excellent way of manually focusing an image.

have a great start in this new week,
Patrick