X-shooter travels: “I’ve moved onto the X… and there’s no looking back!”

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image courtesy: Sabino Parente (500px) – Fuji X-E1

Today’s X-shooter zone is all about travels. X-shooters worldwide enjoy the lightness of the X-system and the IQ… and explore the world with it. The image on the top has been taken by Sabino Parente, who is right now in Istanbul. Check out his website and his 500px account. For Sabino’s gallery “Istanbul, people and lifestyle” click here.

In this X-shooter zone you can follow:

– Timo’s ongoing travel in Mongolia… and that will bring him to Beijing and Thailand. (X100S – X-E1)
– Mark’s Asian trip to Vietnam, Hong Kong & Japan. (X100S – X-PRO1)
– Jan’s journey to Eilat. (X-E1)
– Denton’s Canada trip. (X100S)
– Kristian’s travel in Myanmar. (X100S)
– Rey’s adventures from Paris to South Africa. (X100S)

And to all those, like me, who have to go back at work tomorrow… don’t worry, our time will come too. In the meantime get an X, master it (so read Rico’s new book and use code FUJISAVES30 to save 30%!) and prepare for your next travel. And do not forget: share your images and stories with Fujirumors via email at fujirumor@gmail.comfacebook and twitter.

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

 

Timo Soasepp

Hi Patrick!

I’m on my 2 month vacation which includes trans-mongolia, Beijing and Thailand. I have done corporation in this trip with Fujifilm Finland and I’ve shooted only with fuji x100s and x-e1. Take a look (it’s in english) and feel free to share! I would have honored! There you go! http://timosoasepp.fi/

Timo Soasepp

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Mark Zaki

Hi Patrick

Firstly I would just like to say what a great site you run, the perfect place to get my daily fix of the Fuji rumour mill while enjoying a morning coffee!

Browsing & reading the rumours and reviews of all the X-series cameras from Fuji as they were announced on your site convinced me enough to ditch the SLR gear and move to Fujifilm.

It started with the X100, then shortly complemented by the X-E1 – a great combination perfect for my style of shooting.

I have now moved onto the X100s & X-Pro1 and there’s no looking back!

Pre-Order is down for the X-E2 (for me will replace the X-Pro1) and will give me the perfect shooting combination.

So, I just wanted to share with you some shots from a recent trip to Asia. Shot exclusively with the X100s & X-Pro1, they were the perfect accompaniment on a trip which took in the amazing sights of Vietnam, Hong Kong & Japan.

Online Portfolio

(Asia, Africa & Europe) – www.markzaki.co.uk

500px

Vietnamhttp://500px.com/markzaki/sets/vietnam
Hong Konghttp://500px.com/markzaki/sets/hong_kong
Japanhttp://500px.com/markzaki/sets/japan

Hope you enjoy the shots – both your site and the Fuji X-Series cameras have really inspired me to shoot.

All the best & keep up the great work.

(PS. Can’t wait for more news of x200 FF & X-Pro2!!!)

Thanks Mark

Follow me on Twitter: @mark_zaki

Mark Zaki (Vietnam)

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Jan

Hi Patrick, I follow your blog almost on a daily basis, great stuff you share. Maybe interesting but I have several image galleries and a Journey to Eilat done with the Fuji X-E1 and the kit lens. It was a relief to let my Nikon gear at home, climbing walking is far less cumbersome. I love the high iso performance, also tried some panoramas in the camera.

My site is in dutch but for the images it doesn’t matter. [Read the blog post here (translation)]

Jan

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Denton Taylor

Hi Patrick:

For some time now I have been following FujiRumors, since I started to get excited about the X100s. I’ve been around a while and back in the film days I was always in love with their medium format cameras.

A few months ago I was finally able to obtain my X100s, and it’s been love ever since. I live in Manhattan, and it’s the perfect camera to use for street photography and my street style fashion blog. I carry it everywhere on my belt in a Spider Black Widow holster with a Gordy wrist strap.

Every few years we take a trip to Canada, we go to Montreal, Quebec City, and the Charlevoix region, where we do a little hiking. Last time we went I took my standard SLR kit, 5Dmkiii, 70-200 2.8L, 24-105 4.0L, 17-40 4.0L, and 15mm fisheye. Quite a handful. In the city, by the end of the day I would be dead tired, and on the hiking trails I would have to carry nothing but camera gear and my wife would have to carry everything else, so we’d both be tired.

This year, after working with the X100s for a while, I decided to try something different. I took a 5Dmkiii with 50mm lens, strictly as backup to the X100s. I took the X100s everywhere as my only camera. I felt much better and much less tired. Did I miss my big SLR kit? Well, there were a few times I would have liked a longer lens, but the fact is I came back with almost a thousand exposures. I did some long exposures on a tripod, some HDR, and never felt limited. The X100s packs a lot of features and great image quality in a small light package. I am happy.

I’m so happy in fact that I have an X-E2 on order at Adorama. While I’m not going to sell my Canon, I have sold a couple of my least used lenses so I can buy a few Fuji lenses for the X-E2.

Here are some images from my Canada trip:

Montreal  http://www.pbase.com/dentontay/montreal_2013
Quebec City  http://www.pbase.com/dentontay/qc_2013
Charlevoix  http://www.pbase.com/dentontay/charlevoix

Thanks for the site! (http://dentontaylor.com/)

Denton Taylor (Montreal)

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Kristian Helgesen

Hi, I’m a photojournalist from Norway, and I recently did a story in Myanmar, only using the X100S. Being a Nikon user for many years, I only use the X100s now for my own projects. I am very happy with the results, and the camera is great to work with.

Check out the story here: http://kristianhelgesenphoto.com/myanmar

www.kristianhelgesenphoto.com

Kristian Helgesen

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Rey

Hi – I’m sending along a link to an article I’ve written as you’ve posted from me in the past (my X-E1 review). I recently returned from a glorious trip to Paris and then South Africa.  This link recounts my experiences:

http://2guysphoto.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/what-i-learned-in-paris-and-south-africa/

The first 12 images were taken with a Fujifilm X100s.  The rest (on safari) were taken with a Nikon D7100.

Thanks and keep up the good work!

Rey

Rey

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Phase detection AF vs Contrast AF… or why you should upgrade your lens firmware (for X-E2 owners)

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In a recent tweet on twitter, Billy from the Fuji Guys shows a graph that demonstrates the AF-speed difference between the Contrast AF and the Phase detection AF. As you know, the recently released X-E2 adopts this hybrid AF-system. Remember that if you really want to take advantage of the massively improved AF you have to focus in the center of the image, as the Phase Detection Pixels are located in the central part of the sensor.

The fastest focussing lens now is the XF 14mm!

The graph also shows the improvement on the XF 18mm and XF 27mm… the PDAF & LMO update for these lenses will be released later this month… who knows, maybe together with the 10-24mm, which should come on NOV 20! Stay tuned on FR on that day and follow us also via facebook, google+ and twitter.

And there is a brand new hands on review of the X-E2 at Tom Grill’s website here: “One question that pops to mind is whether or not a switch from an X-E1 to X-E2 is worth the price. This says a lot about the X-E1, which is an exceptional camera in its own right. Nonetheless, the changes made to the X-E2 address issues that are important to anyone using these cameras in a work environment. Now that I have had time for a hands-on assessment of the X-E2, I can say unequivocally that it was well worth the switch.”

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all the best
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miXed zone: 初心に戻る , switch stories, X-E2 / XQ1 first impressions and more…

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X-E2
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Dan Bailey’s first impressions of the X-E2 here: “Autofocus on the XE-2 is considerably faster, which dispels any notion that it’s not a sports camera. It’s fast, responsive, accurate and with the new EVF, it’s a real pleasure to use. I usually hate using EVSs, but this one has a much faster refresh rate, which makes a big difference.”

– FR-reader Othman shared his Flickr set at the FR-facebook wall: “Some shots with the new Fuji X-E2 and XF 23mm lens – what a marvelous combo!” Go to his Flickr here.

– X-E1 vs X-E2 AF-speed and Continuous Shooting test on youtube here. I’d also like to see the tester compare the centre AF points, where the camera uses Phase Detection.

– It’s not a dealbreaker, but the View mode button is gone… and Mark isn’t happy at all with it. Read here: “[…] it is a major annoy­ance on an oth­er­wise stel­lar cam­era. The X-E2 is such a great refine­ment on the X-E1 in vir­tu­ally every mean­ing­ful way, except for this regression. […]  I love you, Fuji, and right now you have me 90% com­mit­ted. Give me back my view mode choices, and we can make some beau­ti­ful music together. I can just feel it.”

– X-E2 RAW processing with the LR 5.3 RC at soundimageplus here: “I was thinking that this latest update might have finally ‘unlocked’ the potential of the Fuji raw files, but no, its still pretty much the same. For me it’s not that much of a problem, but for non-Mac users, who can’t use Iridient Developer or Aperture both of which produce ‘better’ raw file conversions, i.e. ones that let this detail through, it is. […] Will this ever get ‘solved?’ Well, we are up to eighteen months and counting since the X-Trans sensor appeared and still no satisfactory Fuji / Adobe solution. It’s unwise to say it will never happen, but as I’ve written before, I’m not holding my breath!” For part 8 of his review, X-E2 with Speed Booster, click here.

– This is a love story about a Premature Infatuation with the Fuji X-E2. You can read it here at fujishooter.com: ” Maybe I’m crazy but I think the noise handlingIs even better on the X-E2, that or I simply can’t get used to how good ISO 6400 looks on the Fuji X cameras. I’m sorry but this is simply insane to me.”

– An Australian Fuji rep visited the Fujifilm HQ and presents us not only the X-E2, but also the people who forged it. So, if you wanna see the faces of those we always bother with our hardware and software wishes ;), take a look at the following X-E2 series: AF-speedDigital Split imageLens Modulation OptimizerConceptDesigner’s Talk.

– Ben’s initial impressions of the X-E2 on youtube here.

– The question is if the AF-speed is really improved over the X-E1 and how much faster it is. Read the answer at gadgetguy here:WHOA! – there’s your improvement right there. In broad daylight the Fuji X-E2 is just as good as any of the Micro Four Thirds cameras I know, including the OM-D […] in not-so-perfect light, the X-E2 is letting me down and does not benefit from the PDAF on the sensor. And yes, I only tested on the center focus point.”

XQ1
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– XQ1 field test at the Spanish site dslrmagazine (translation): “Checking pictures taken with the Fujifilm XQ1, we note that the results, even in the most demanding conditions of low light, fully satisfy the expectations and even exceed in some cases. […] In conclusion, as anticipated at the beginning, a camera agile, versatile, practical and with many possibilities to not disappoint even the most advanced fans.”

– Fuji Guys part 2/3 (getting started) and 3/3 (top features).

– Fujistas XQ1 Spanish first impressions here (translation): “I’m sure this Fuji XQ1 can be a great photographic companion, in many situations, even the most advanced users will forget the need for larger equipment.”

– dc.watch review here (tranlsation).

XF23mm
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– Martin has tested the XF23mm and presented the results on his website here: “The question arises whether this price is justified for the XF23. As a basis for my comparison I have used Fuji’s standard zoom XF18-55mm and the XF35mm. The latter also comes with a maximum aperture of f/1.4. […] It may be difficult to accept the high price point of the new XF23. But those who buy the lens will enjoy a truly excellent performance both mechanically and optically. Mechanically, this may very well be considered the best X-series lens so far. Optically it is also excellent, but narrowly beaten by the XF35.”

– Comparison shots XF35 vs XF23mm at the Chinese site Xitek here (tranlsation)

X100S
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– “What I originally wanted from my X100s, and what I got from it are two very different things. What I wanted was the camera that would be the extension of my will, a camera that would make great images as long as I had it with me.  What I got instead was the message that my will was weak, that I was spoilt from having too many great photographic subjects handed to me on a platter without having to go after them myself. There’s a Japanese phrase that goes 「初心に戻る」Shoshin ni modoru, which means to go back and remember the feeling of being a beginner. It means that no matter how far you’ve come you shouldn’t forget the humility of starting out on something new. The Fuji X100s is a camera that will make you live that phrase. It’ll remind you that you still have a ways to go with your photography. The fixed 35mm equivalent lens forces you to get close and shoot, or not even bother. It won’t listen to your excuses. It’s a great camera if you’re hard on yourself and willing to do something about it.” Read more at irwinwong here.

– Mike Kobal’s long term user report “the streets of NYC with the Fuji X100s and the Ricoh GR” can be read and seen here: “Fuji, please integrate a snap mode like in the GR and you will be the undisputed champion on the streets of this world!”

– “Hi Patrick. First of all thanks for this website which is a real source of informations for us, Fuji shooters ! Unfortunately I don’t have any rumors for you to work on but let me share the link to a user review of the Fuji X100s that I wrote for the website called “The inspired eye”. It’s a street photography website so the review of the X100s is orientated that way too… I tried to explain briefly why I’ve chosen the Fuji X100s for street photography instead of other models or brands. I tried also to point out some pros and cons, what I like the most about this camera and what I dislike. I think it may help out some folks and also there are some street photos I shot with it along the article. So if you think it could help some people (who maybe are kind of hesitating between the Fuji X100s and another camera), feel free to post it on Fuji Rumors. The link. Cheers, Stéphane.

– “Hi, I wanted to share this story about Fuji repair with your readers as a cautionary tale.  Love your website (been reading it daily since the X100S came out) and the camera, but after this experience, I can’t recommend Fuji anymore. Read it here! Thanks, Josh

– “Fujifilm X100s: The Best Damn Camera I’ve Ever Owned“. Read why at Mark’s blog here.

– This is the dilemma of many of us: X100S or interchangeable lens X with 23mm? f2northfultonphotoblog’s “Thoughts on the Fuji 23mm f1.4 VS the X100s 23mm” can be read here.

– The X100S beautiful real-life review in Istanbul here at mitchellkphotos: “One thing I found somewhat annoying with the Fuji X100S is the fact that the maximum 4000s shutter speed requires you to turn on the built in ND filter when shooting in bright situations outdoors (if you want to shoot at f/2.0). It is easy to forget that you have the ND on and, if the camera is set on Auto ISO, which it was for me. You end up shooting at much higher ISOs than needed. While the camera does well with this, it is still not ideal. […] The old saying is that “The best camera is the camera you have with you“. For me, this shot is a great example. This wedding party was going up a fairly regular street in Tarlabasi. I saw the whole thing on my walk back to my room. Had I had the DSLR with me, it’d probably be packed away by now and I wouldn’t have taken it out in time. I was able to get the Fuji X100S ready for a shot within seconds and got this image. It’s not an amazing photograph, but, something that tells a bit of a story and, something that made me realize yet again the importance of having a smaller, accessible camera always at your disposal. Having a camera that’s always by your side and ready for action is great! ”

X-E1
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– X-E1 vs Sony A7r at frankdoorhof.com here: “The pricing is much higher than the FujiFilm X-E1, the fact that it does great video, works with small flash, replaces a full blown DSLR and has amazing image quality would warrant the price difference for many people (including me) however it really depends on what you’re shooting. If you’re a 100% street shooter and need that fast response and a small camera the FujiFilm X-E1 still shines. If you’re an allrounder and travelling a lot I think the A7r is an amazing travelling companion and if you’re willing to spend the money I think the A7r will be the choice.”

– Shared on the FR-twitter page, and now shared with all of you; Bryan’s “Back to the Basics”: “I have re-discovered a passion for the artistic side of photography that I haven’t had in years. It is refreshing and exciting. I have fallen in love with my Fuji and everything that it represents.”

– Travelling with the Fuji X-E1 at photographymonthly here but … “But it’s not just for holidays. I’ve used the Fuji for portraits and fashion shoots, in the studio firing strobes and on location and never once felt short changed. What I will say is that for 90 per cent of the things you want to shoot, the X-E1 does the business. Okay, you’re not going to shoot sport, wildlife or such like, but for everything else, especially street photography, I can’t think of a better camera – well, maybe its bigger brother, the X-Pro 1, but then again, maybe not. I did find the X-E 1’s pop-up flash surprisingly useful. Then again, you never know what’s just around Fuji’s corner.”

X-PRO1
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– “When I switched to digital the foliage season here in Ontario has become a very challenging photography exercise for me. I just couldn’t capture the palette of colours when nature explodes and leaves beginning to change from green to fiery hues. I’ve tried various  cameras from every leading brand but never got it done right. Until the Fuji X-Trans is arrived. After using X-Pro1 for more than a year, I have to say that this camera+sensor+lens(s)  is truly a perfect “colour capturing” combination.” Read and see more here at vk.photo.

– focus-numerique posted it’s OM-D E-M1 review. For an ISO comparison between the E-M1 / E-M5 / GX7 / X-Pro1 / NEX-7 click here.

– “Family at play – they could be the most important photographs you have ever taken” at olafblog.com here: “We put a lot of effort and time in shooting for our clients or for our portfolios but when we photograph those close to us we act as if it was not as important as other assignments. I believe this is a mistake. In fact, the images of those we love may one day become the most important work we have ever done.

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X-A1
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– The X-A1 review of TJ Donegan: “Good afternoon, Just wanted to pass on a link to our Fujifilm X-A1 review. We put it through the paces in our lab and it came through very well, scoring 8.3 out of 10—right in line with the X-M1. The X-A1 takes great images and has plenty of nice features, though for $599.99 you sacrifice the build quality that has been the calling card for cameras like the X-E1.  The link to the review is here if you’d like to share it with your readers.” From the review: “But there’s no cheaper way into the X-mount system. If you like prime lenses with premium build quality and sharp optics, few can rival what Fujifilm has done with its portfolio. With the X-A1, you finally have a true entry-level way of getting these gems into your arsenal. Lenses like the XF 35mm f/1.4 and new XF 23mm f/1.4 really show off how special the Fujinon lens system is. Curious owners of other systems who wish to dabble in X-mount glass can rest assured—the X-A1’s imaging quality is good enough to properly express the greatness of Fujifilm’s lens lineup.”

– Great results again at high ISO’s for the X-A1. See this ISO comparison at dpreview here.

X100
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– “I thought I would share this with the Fuji community. I’ve loved the Fuji camera series, using both the X100 and the XPro1 (35mm lens) pretty religiously. When my friends and I took a trip to the White Mountains in NH I used the X100 for documentation as well as landscapes. Here are my photos. Cheers, Marc Sadowski.”

–  X100 wedding here: “Will I continue to use the X100 despite it’s short-coming? Yes, I will! To me, the benefits of a light weight, discreet camera outweighs the disadvantages. From hindsight, Fujifilm’s continual commitment to improve their product range with firmware updates had me convinced to be a future “X” system customer.”

 Switch to the X

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– To switch or not to switch? This is the eternal dilemma. Here is Brandon’s answer: “So, have I switched? This may sound odd, but I think so.  If I sound hesitant it is partly because my relationship with Canon cameras is decades old.  […] Leaving Canon is like moving away from old friends, there might be good a reason to leave, but it doesn’t make it easy.”

– “Why, after twenty years of staying put, am I selling a Canon 5D, buying three Fujis and then a Nikon? It’s been something gradual and from my point of view, something necessary“. Read the 10 things harryfish likes about the X-series here.

From Nikon to Fuji or DSLR at the light traveler here: “To be honest it could have been Canon to Fuji, it’s a change that needed to be made and the main reason was size and weight. […] So what do I think so far! I am in love with Fuji; I have seen every one trying to jump on their bandwagon Olympus etc and good luck to them. But for me Fuji is where it is and I hope Fuji stick to their amazing customer focused business! When you buy a Fuji and you open the box you know you have just made the right decision, even the box is stunning! (Take note Nikon and Canon).”

– You’re thinking about the switch to the X? Light Diprose will help you to find out which X-Series samera you should buy? Read more the the Fujifilm Australia website here.

– Many people already switched to the X. It’s a good thing the new X-photographers can find places where to exchange their experience about the X-series. So, if you are located in Italy, consider to do it as Matt&Heather, who joined the Fuji X Series Club Italia on facebook. They say here that “this is not your run-of-the-mill article about cameras. This is a story made up of friendship, photo walks, delicious Italian meals, selfies in the elevator and, above all, an unconditional love for Fujifilm cameras. Meet the Fuji X Series Club Italia Facebook.”

Best Gear of the Year

The X100S has already been selected top gear of the year by dpreview. But the year is slowly going to end, and other sites declare their favorites. So also popphoto here. “We inspected it, we tested it, and we fell in love with it. This is the best new equipment money can buy; photography’s oustanding products of 2013.” Now, what Fuji X-gear is in the ranking? The XF 35mm: “This lens for Fujifilm’s X-series cameras proved hugely sharp in our tests, with league-leading control of light falloff and distortion.” and the X-E1!

lens turbo
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– Full Frame X-Pro1? – The Mitakon Lens Turbo Review with Minolta Rokkor lenses at jonasraskphotography here: “There you have it! This adapter is VERY fun. It gives a full frame experience on some great old minolta rokkor glass. Real shallow DOF, wider FOV… All of it, its there. Just like real full frame. Combined with the EXCELLENT IQ of the X-Pro1, and at a price of only a measly $130, this thing is a no-brainer. Try it out. You will not regret doing so.

– Admiring Light posted a review of the new FD to Fuji X Speed Booster from Metabones here: “[…] if you are using the Speed Booster with faster aperture lenses, it is absolutely worth the extra cost over the Zhongyi Lens Turbo, though the absolute cost of the Speed Booster is still a little higher than I’d like.  All things considered, however, the Speed Booster is an amazing little accessory that can be wonderful for getting that full-frame look on your mirrorless camera.  Highly recommended!”

Which X-mount lens should you own?

– Over at thephoblographer Chris posted the ranking of the three lenses every beginnin X-shooter should definitely own for his X-series here. The XF 55-200 (we’ve been impressed by the photos that we’ve seen from the lens despite not calling it in for a full evaluation), the XF 27mm (this lens is the company’s first prime lens without an aperture ring around it. If you’re a total beginner to photography, that’s cool) and the XF 35mm (Then there is the bokeh that you’ll get from the lens–by far it some of the creamiest that we’ve seen in a mirrorless system lens).

What about your favorite X-mount lenses? Vote the poll!

Which images was taken with the Fujinon XF35mmF1.4?

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X-Trans Raw converter: Iridient update, alternative workflow, Photo Ninja, and online petition

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Iridient


Brian just released Iridient Developer 2.3.2. No Fujifilm specific changes in this one. This version does fix a critical issue with the exposure slider for users running 10.6.8 and some non-English localizations introduced in the last update. Also fixes a preview display bug that could produce edge artifacts when viewing at high magnification in the preview window and also fixes potential issues with the UltraRez resizing methods when exporting very, very high resolution images (such as 24MP images scaled to 400% or more).

The new version can be downloaded from my web site here:
http://www.iridientdigital.com/products/rawdeveloper_download.html

The full release notes for this and all previous version are available here:
http://www.iridientdigital.com/products/rawdeveloper_history.html

Photo Ninja

– “Photo Ninja – Some comments from Jim Christian, the developer” can be read at soundimageplus here. Seems that now also PC user have a good alternative to Lightroom (MAC users already have Iridient). Soundimageplus says: “I and many others have been seriously impressed by what Photo Ninja has achieved with the Fuji X-Trans sensor raw files, finally ‘liberating’ them from the over processed ‘mush’ that has been the result of some more well-known software companies efforts and indeed the unimpressive Fuji / Silkypix software.

Alternative Workflow

– The Alternative Workflow: from Lightroom to Photo Mechanic and Iridient Developer at thevisualexperience here: “Adobe Lightroom is great. Gives you a lot of possibilities, manages your library, develops your RAWs. It’s a great piece of software. Now, up to December 31st, you can have it with Photoshop for 10 USD a month if you, like me, have a licensed version of a Photoshop >CS3. So it’s a no brainer kind of buy. BUT. But if you’re looking for the best image quality out of your RAW then, well, there is something more. Previous tests on Iridient Developer  actually confirm that, especially with X-Trans sensors, you can get much better results out of your RAWs. So the question is: If there is a good alternative for the RAW processing part, is there  also a good alternative for the Library Management part?”

Fuji X-Trans Sharpening Presets for Lightroom

– Fuji X-Trans Sharpening Presets for Lightroom at thomasfitzgeraldphotography.com: “Incidentally, a lot of people have recommended Iridient Developer to me as it does a really good job with X-Trans files and I’ve been trying it out this weekend. It does indeed do a great job and certainly does a better job of de-moosiacing than Lightroom, however it does lack many of Lightroom’s creative tools. Still, I’m working on a workflow for using the two in tandem, and I’ll have a post about it soon.”

X-Trans

– Continuing Yin and Yang, the good and the bad with the Fuji X sensor at soundimageplus here: “Sometimes I think the images from my X-E1 are amongst the best I’ve ever seen, sometimes, if they happen to contain a lot of smeared similar looking green foliage, I wonder why on earth I bought it. However, spending the last few days in a heavy editing cycle, I’ve found a way to both deal with that and come to terms with it. You may have noticed that despite all my many reservations about the X-E1, poor battery life, smeary foliage, poor video etc. I still have it and still use it. I expressed some reservations in a previous post about the performance at low ISO’s, but I’ve made an interesting discovery. The more you upsize the files the better the camera / sensor does in relationship to others.”

Don’t forget the Fuji details at simonpeckham here.

Online petition 1

– And if you are still not happy with how LR handles X-Trans files, then here is an online petition: “Please [Fuji and Adobe] cooperate to provide your common customers with better X-Trans raw files support.”

Online petition 2

Stop the discontinuation of Fuji 3000b Instant Film by Fujifilm: “Fuji FP-3000B is the most versatile instant film on the market today. Not only does it have the highest ISO rating of any instant film currently produced, it is the only one that produces a very easy to work with negative. There IS a market for this film. We ARE out here using it and supporting it every day. There are groups on Flickr and Facebook designated specifically to instant film. We highly encourage you to STOP the discontinuation of your wonderful and beloved 3000b film!” Do you agree? Then sign the petition here.

“All I can feel is freedom!” (X-shooter George after his switch to the X) – Wildlife photography

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George

Hi Patrick,

I’m a new convert to Fuji and thought I’d share the journey with you. I did a blog on the change, and then a review on the X-E1, and you can find them here:

The DSLRosaurus (“All I can feel is freedom!”)/ Fuji X-E1 review (“All my concerns about changing from a DSLR system were totally unfounded. I doubt I will ever own a DSLRosaurus ever again.”)

The biggest anxiety I had during the changeover was if the Fuji’s could handle wildlife. To give you an idea of whether or not the X-E1 can handle wildlife, I’ll just say that where I used to be happy if I managed a dozen keepers, I’m now finding I’m managing 30 keepers or more. Not only that, but the RAW files are a real joy to work with. Check out these recent photos from a wildlife shoot, all taken with the X-E1 with 55-200mm.

shot 1shot 2shot 3 / Many thanks to Fuji for transforming my photography life, and I can’t wait for the X-Pro 2!

One of my biggest challenges in the past has been capturing the moments. Well, not really capturing the moments, but having RAW files at the end of the day that were usable. It’s been a problem. In the past, if files weren’t too noisy, they would be too soft, or not have enough dynamic range, or something else that mostly prevented me from using them professionally even though I’d caught the moment. Since changing to the Fuji X series, my keeper rate has rocketed up. We were on a seals shoot this past weekend, and I jokingly said to my gf that I thought I might have as many as 40 keepers. I laughed when I said it as it was a joke, as I expected *hopefully* perhaps up to 20 *in my dreams*. I’ve just finished working through the RAWs today and I have 36 keepers! For example, here is a grey seal mother and her pup having a kiss out in the ocean. I knew I’d caught a once in a lifetime moment, but in my heart I doubted my gear. Had my gear caught focus? Would there be enough dynamic range as I was shooting almost into the sun. Would the pup’s white fur be too burned out? What would the noise be like? Again, the RAW files astounded me. Here’s the photo. Not only was it sharp, there was hardly any noise, and I was able to pull the detail out of the pup’s white fur with no problems at all.

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Here is a heavily backlit sun shot of a male grey seal mating with a female. I couldn’t believe how much dynamic range there was to play with in the RAW file. I know for a fact that if I’d taken this with my old gear, this shot would have ended up in the recycle bin as the highlights would have been totally burned out.

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Here is another example of a heavily backlit subject, a bull grey seal who decided to come out of the water to check me out. You can’t mess around with wildlife when shots like this present themselves, you just have to take the shots. Again, I was convinced that the RAWs would be unusable, but as you can see there is plenty of detail and colour in the highlights and in the shadows. This is another keeper I most definitely would not have had with my old gear.

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The details and textures in the RAW files are also astonishing. You can’t really see it in these small jpgs, but this seal you could almost reach out and touch in the full sized image it’s fur and whiskers look so real.

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As to favourites? Well, here are three very recent ones [Patrick: one is shared at the beginning of this post] from the last couple of weeks which I love, and which I’ll be entering into a top Scottish photography competition – a family portrait, a pup, and a seal in the surf. Next week I’ll be trying out the 18-55mm with wildlife, and I’m excited about it. I’ve not been this excited about photography for a long, long time.

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