X-E2: “Worlds fastest AF? A bold claim, but it feels every bit as fast as its top rivals” (camera.reviewed)

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Now, how fast is the AF of the X-E2 really? Fujifilm claims an AF speed of 0.08 seconds. We’ll have to wait for comprehensive reviews where the camera will be thoroughly tested under all possible shooting conditions. In the meantime click here to read cameras.reviewed first impressions.

” – “World’s fastest autofocus speed” is a bold claim, but in our hands the X-E2 certainly felt every bit as fast as its top rivals.

[…] While the X-E2 isn’t exactly a revolutionary product, it’s further evidence that Fujifilm is listening to its fans. Without the juggernaut brand power of some of its Japanese brethren, Fuji is focusing on getting the little things right and hoping that consumers will respond.


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X-E2 – USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / AdoramaDigitalRev / Pictureline / EUROPE: wexphotographicUK / DigitalRev / Fotomundus24 GER / PCHstore /

XQ1 – USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / AdoramaDigitalRev / EUROPE: wexphotographicUK / DigitalRev / PCHstore /

It’s coming: XF23mm delivery estimate October 30 at AmazonUS!

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The first bunch of XF23mm lenses should be delivered as expected in the next days. FR-reader Roger just told me that “Amazon has just posted delivery date for the lens I ordered upon announcement. It is 2 day delivery so I assume they will ship on Monday. [UPDATE:] Looks like they actually have first shipment as status has now changed to PREPARING FOR SHIPMENT which indicates that it in packing. ”

BHphoto expects to have it available in 2 days, on October 28th!

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

enjoy your weekend
Patrick (google+, facebook and twitter)

tz Santos’ camera strap + Paul’s X-PRO1 musings

tz Santos (website)

Hi Patrick!

A months ago i bough a keychain that i improvised to be a camera strap, last week, i decided to buy the lanyard version of the strap, is the same but longer… today i saw through facebook that the company developed a real camera strap from the same concept.

here is my improvised one.

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and here is the one they created.

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It costs only 10€ and i can assure by my improvised one that is is great!

heres the link to the online store and facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Original-Lanyards/171714706197728 / www.originallanyards.com

Have a great week!!

tz Santos

[Patrick: and what camera strap do you use?]

tz Santos (website)

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Hi Patrick

Love the site, and all the great info you put up !

Here’s some X Pro 1 musings,  info, and pictures to illustrate – feel free to use any or all of it…

Fuji’s X Pro 1 – some thoughts from a Professional user.

Much has been written about this great camera, which has many foibles, but Fuji’s firmware upgrades seem to be sorting them out gradually.

I love it’s style, weight, low light capabilities, very quiet shutter, image quality etc. but from my personal perspective as a professional photographer I wouldn’t be able to stop using my Canon SLR’s, as there’s too many situations where the Fuji wouldn’t cope – but it’s a perfect compliment to the Canons, and goes everywhere with me.

Here’s a few specifics I’d love to see amended with future Firmware upgrades.

– Flash firing in continuous shooting mode –  that’d be a useful function, and there’s times you don’t mind if it doesn’t fire, as there’s then the option of available light too.

– File numbering and playback in continuous shooting mode – I’m baffled as to why the file number prefix changes from DSCF in single shot, to SOO for pictures shot in continuous mode – which  then appear at the end of the image set when downloaded and viewed on screen.

Also, in playback, on the camera, the sequence of continuous photo’s appears in a small sub window, and to view the burst, you have to use the down arrow to look at the pictures !

– Pictures can’t be deleted in playback mode when either the + or –  zoom buttons have been pressed – you have to return the image back to it’s original size first.

– Autofocus in low light still isn’t great, even after the latest Firmware upgrade. I was at a gig in a dimly lit pub and it often failed – that said, I was then at a festival shooting under stage lighting and it produced superb results !!

– In OVF mode with the 55-200 lens, the view finder only shows  framelines up to about half the lens’s focal length – not an issue in EVF though !

– Following on from previous posts regarding batteries – always carry a spare – they do die SUDDENLY !

There’s some hardware ‘issues’ that’d be great to see sorted

– No built in eyepiece correction – I had to buy screw in Diopter correction lens – my Canon G9 has it, as does a forty year old Russian FED 4 rangefinder !!

– The battery charger shows a green light whilst charging, which goes out when fully charged – why not have red or orange when charging, followed by green when fully charged ??

And here’s some practical notes about grips, cases, and lens adaptors, that I’ve bought to go with the camera.

Grip – via Ebay
Metal Quick Release Plate Camera Handle Fuji X-PRO1 Tripod Ballhead £48.00 via ebay UK

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To my mind it’s better designed, and more useful for larger hands like mine – I bought a Fuji grip, and took it back, as for me, it was too small !!

You can also access the battery and memory card without removing the grip from camera – unlike Fuji’s version, and there’s  also a tripod screw under lens axis too, as per Fuji’s own version.

It’s also designed for mounting to AS interface ball heads on tripods, and comes with a piece on the side for upright mounting – which is removable.

Canon FD lens to X Pro adaptor – £24.00 via ebay UK

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I bought this to use my 30yr old Canon FD 100mm f2.8 lens, that now fits perfectly on the X Pro 1 with this well made adaptor, and has manual aperture control too, with a stop down control, so now have a 100mm manual focus lens, that with my set of extension tubes, also offers a macro facility too !

Camera case – £20.00 via Amazon UK

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This is a copy of Fuji’s own [admin: the original Fujifilm X-PRO 1 Leather Case can be found here at Amazon or here at eBay], operates the same way, and comes complete with a strap and lenshood case.

As it’s a lot cheaper than Fuji’s own brand item, there’s not the worry about damage either.

I use the bottom half of the case for holidays – and the grip for day to day use.

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Iridient Developer 2.3.1 update with X-E2 and XQ1 support

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Brian just released Iridient Developer 2.3.1 with official support for the new Fujifilm X-E2 and XQ1 models! This release also includes a bug fix for the handling of a couple of the auto dynamic range modes for the X20.

The new version can be downloaded here:

The full release notes for this and all previous version are available here:

Patrick (google+, facebook and twitter)

Changed: Zeiss Touit 50mm available by the end of February! + save $150 on the X100S

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Zeiss Touit 50mm

No, the Zeiss Touit 50mm won’t be available already next month as expected by BHphoto here. The store updated it’s product page and expects to have it available on February 27. More or less like the 56mm f/1.2 of Fuji?

Riley Joseph said via twitter: “I imagine the Zeiss lenses are filling a gap on the Sony system and they just add an X-Mount.”


The X-A1 in black and indigo blue is in stock almost everywhere. But if you purchase it via BHphoto you’ll get an 16GB SD-card for free. Check the deal here.


Save $ 150 if you purchase the X100S through top rated eBay reseller cameraland here..

enjoy your day
Patrick (google+, facebook and twitter)

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