[UPDATE] Black X-E2 kit in stock + is it worth to upgrade from the X-E1?

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The black X-E2 kit is in stock at Pictureline. AmazonUSBHphoto and Adorama have only the silver kit in stock.

[UPDATE:] Things change quickly. The black X-E2 kit sold like hot cakes at BHphoto  and is now out of stock… but the good news is that it is back in stock at Adorama and Pictureline, and at [shoplink 19165 ebay]top rated ebayUS reseller kenmorecamera[/shoplink] now!

The body is still unavailable at the major online retailers… if you find it somewhere, share it on in the comments or at dealsrunner.com.

To upgrade or not to upgrate? That is the question at the moment. Mike Kobal will upgrate. The X-E2 will replace his X-E1. Not only, but will he sell also his X100S? Decisions, decision… read more here: “This might finally be the camera I have been waiting for, fast, small, lightweight, unobtrusive. Personally, I think the X-E2 is one of the best examples of the form follows function principle. I am seriously considering giving up high speed sync and the inaudible shutter in favor of interchangeable lenses. And it is black. Hmmmm. Only time will tell, for now I am planning to keep mine :) Check back by the end of the week for an update with images!”

An update to what belongs the X-E2 French double kit offer (18-55 + 55-200): It should be available at the end of December/start of January.

And here is B&H deal on the X-E1 with kit lens: For $1,099 you get the X-E1, 18-55, 16GB SD-card and Ruggard Streak 25 Shoulder Bag (save $55)

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X-E2 – USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / AdoramaDigitalRev / Pictureline / EUROPE: wexphotographicUK / DigitalRev / Fotomundus24 GER / PCHstore / AmazonDE (via DR)

New, free, digital Fuji X-magazine!

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Fuji just annouced a free digital magazin for X users. The first number is out and available in many language (English,  German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Russian, Italian). You can find the English edition here. There is also a nice looking iOS version of it on the App Store and there is an Android version as well.

The magazine is “fully interactive“and “helps you to get more from you own camera“… or get all the tips you need to tame your X-series camera now by purchasing Rico’s new book and use code FUJISAVES30 to save 30%!

Thanks to all those reader who like Jean and Lawrence who shared this information also at the FR-facebook wall.

XQ1 in stock + X-S1 price drop to $399!

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AmazonUS has the silver and black XQ1 in stock for $449 (limited number available). Also BHphoto and Adorama have it available for the same price (while the black version costs $499 at BHphoto).

Top rated ebayUS reseller kenmorecamera has both, the silver and black XQ1 ready to be shipped… also with $50 instant savings (black version too).

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And did you miss the AmazonUS gold box deal last week? Don’t worry, the X-S1 is still to have for just $399 (it was $379 last week). Still an awesome deal that you can grab here at AmazonUS.

And what about the XF 10-24 lens? You may have noticed that I never was able to give confirmation from trusted sources about the release date. Let’s hope the new source was right. I’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, check out this video, where Kayce Baker from Fujifilm said 3 weeks ago that the 10-24 would come “very very soon“, and the 56mm in the new year (at 0:51).
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The New York Times says: “700,000 X-series cameras sold”

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Now we have a first real number about the X-series sales. The New York Times says in an article here (Fujifilm Finds Niche With Old-Style Cameras That Mask a High-Tech Core) that Fujifilm “has sold more than 700,000 X-series cameras since the first model, the X100, was introduced in 2011“. We also know from Fujifilm itself that the X100 has been sold 130,000 times.

Thom Hogan commented these numbers and said here “It’s a low number, lower than I expected (I recently wrote that I thought they had hit at least 1m units). It shows just how tough the camera market really is.”

Did you expect stronger sales? Feel free to drop a comment.