Fuji manager interview: We are not selling our sensors to other companies. And we have the tech to go Full Frame.

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Image courtesy: DSLRmagazine.

The Spanish website DSLRmagazine (translation here) interviewed the Fuji managers MR. Hiroshi Kawahara and Yuto Nakanishi. Here are some interesting info:

– The new Zeiss X mount lenses will definitely be on market within this year (Editor’s note: The 12mm f/2.8, 32mm f/1.8 and 50mm f/2.8 with a price of around 1.000 Euro.)
– For now we do not plan to make prime lenses with OIS. But it doens’t mean we are not never going to do such lenses.
– We have the technology and knowledge to make a Full Frame X system but this doens’t mean we will do it.
– We will not outsource or sell our sensors to third party companies.

That was more or less the most interesting part of the interview. I think it’s good Fuji is keeping all the X-Trans tech for them self. It is one of the main strengths of the X-system and it would make no sense to sell it to other companies!

First winner of the Fujifilm Student Awards 2013

Some of you strongly criticized the last winner (see my post here). Now the winner of the first Fujifilm Student Awards 2013 has been announced. “The theme for this year’s Award is ‘The Colour Of….’ with students being briefed to capture an image that illustrates how colour lights up their world.

The winner is Jade Danielle Smith.

“Jade’s image, a self-portrait laying amongst shadows, impressed judges with its beautiful tone and use of natural light. Together with her entry, Jade provided a commentary that caught the eye of the judges, forcing viewers to question what ‘colour’ ‘means to them… On how she took her image, she said: “Using Fujifilm’s Superia 800 film, I placed my Canon AE-1 with a 50mm lens and positioned it on a tripod with a ten second timer and naturally placed myself into the direction of where I wanted the light to fall.”

via ephotozine

winner of the Fujifilm Student Awards 2013
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Part 2: Fuji X-E1 vs Canon 5D Mark III comparison (with 14mm and 35mm lenses)

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Do you remember the very good X-E1 review (with 5D Mark III comparison) of Martin, posted on Fujirumors here?

Now Martin posted his second test. Again, the Fuji X-E1 has to compete with the Canon 5D Mark III! But in addition to the 5D he compared the X-E1 also with the Canon EOS 600D (APS-C sensor). This time the leses tested are the XF 14mm and XF 35mm.

And also this time the review of Martin is well worth a read. (click here to read the whole review). I’ll post just an extract of his detailed review.

XF 35mm

The manual focus of the 35mm is tedious (the behaviour of the focus ring is not intuitive). The 35mm offers, compared to the 18-55, just a slightly increased resolution. He suggests you to buy the XF 18-55mm rather than with the XF 35/1.4, “provided you can do without the larger apertures. In particular since the zoom lens also offers an effective image stabilizer.” And more:

“The resolution of the full-frame EOS 5D Mark III can not be matched by the Fuji with neither lens, which was to be expected. […]

I was surprised by the good performance of the EOS 600D with its rather simple kit zoom lens (Canon EF-S 18-55 IS II). In the aperture range from f/5.6 onward, this combination gives at least as good resolution as the Fuji X-E1 with XF 35 mm fixed focal length optics. You can even see the minimal pixel count advantage of the Canon (18 MPixel versus 16 MPixel) in the resolution charts.”

And what about chromatic abberation?

“It is striking to see the Fuji prime lens XF 35mm deliver somewhat worse results ​​than the XF zoom 18-55. One can assume that Fuji performs electronic corrections in camera, which also have an effect on RAW data.”

XF 14mm

This is an excellent lens.

“The autofocus has little to do at this focal length (21mm equivalent to full frame) and it works quickly and flawlessly… A most unique feature of this auto-focus lens is the ability to switch to a mechanically coupled manual focus. After pulling the focus ring towards the camera body the focus can be set directly, i.e. without a remote controlled servo motor. To achieve the coupling the focus motor firstly drives the optics to the mechanically preset focal length. After that, the coupling is automatically engaged. No operation of the small M-C-S rotary switch is required. […]

[…]Ultimately, the XF 14mm is the first and only XF series lens, which constitutes an excellent manual focus that is a real alternative to autofocus. I very much hope that Fuji will bring more optics with this design to the market in the future.”

The optical performance is “outstanding“, and the chromatic abberation test results are even lower than the Canon 5D Mark III (with 16-35 zoom lens).

from the conclusions

“One can ask the question why the X-E1 delivers a rock-solid performance in my tests, but is not the celebrated stellar performer as in some other reviews. The reason might be that I was analyzing RAW files and not the JPEGs out of the camera. Fuji’s software department has obviously done a great job and the X-E1 produces excellent JPEGs. But a comparison of raw sensor data is more revealing, since resolution measurements can be manipulated by JPEG sharpening almost arbitrarily. Only RAW files show the real performance of the optical system under similar conditions.

It turns out the X-E1 provides a very good image quality, but ultimately, it is on a par with other top APS-C cameras of similar resolution. Even with the two excellent prime lenses the X-E1 does not reach the resolving power of a full frame camera.”

Read it all, see the resolution and chromatic abberation charts and sample shots here at Martin’s webiste.

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Fuji X-E1 info and price at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

Canon 5D Mark III info and price at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

Bags for your X

FR-reader Martin searched in the internet especially for vintage bags for his retro syled X-series camera. It must have taken him a lot of time to look for all these bags and I’m glad to share his findings here. Thanks Martin. Here is his list. [as some of you noticed in the comments, the Billingham Hadley Small (click here) is missing in this list. Last week we posted David’s review about this little-great bag. Read it here]

Think Tank Retrospective 20
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Kalahari L-21 at your ebay.
Kalahari

Rollei DSLR Vintage bag

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National Geografic NG A2540 / your ebay

national geografic bag

Montgomery Street Courier / your ebay montgomery

 

 

 

 

 

Ona Bag The Brooklyn
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miXed Zone: XF14mm review by Mike Kobal… and more

XF 14mm

Mike Kobal just received his XF14mm. After a couple of days shooting with it he says that:

“… I found AF speed to be right in between the 18mm and the 35mm. It sometimes struggles in extreme low light, just like the 35mm (latest firmware installed for all lenses and body)…. Capable of achieving insane depth of field when zone focusing: This is where this lens really shines, incredible depth of field already at f4 and it is possible to get everything “in focus” from 5 feet to infinity, the hyperfocal distance extends with smaller apertures. At f8, everything will appear “in focus” from infinity to about 2.5 feet.”

You can read it all (and I’m sure you’ll like some of his beautiful shots too) at his website here.

XF14mm in stock status check: AmazonUS/ B&H / Adorama / Amazon GERMANY / Amazon ITALY / or on ebay worldwide via slidoo

X-E1

Read the review of tech.blogsvoice.com: They liked  “the improved autofocus speeds that Fuji’s new firmware brings, coupled with the 18-55mm kit lens, make this a fantastic camera to easily take on its DSLR rivals” and  “there’s not many things to dislike about the camera, with just a few small niggles keeping it from perfection. It would be nice to have seen a touchscreen, while the autofocus speed when using other lenses could do with being improved.

For the detailed digitalcamerainfo review click here.

X-PRO1

After six weeks with the X-PRO1, Rodney makes his considerations about it: “I know I had a few gripes, and most of them were things I knew going into this, but none of them are show-stoppers. None of them make me regret my purchase. At all. In fact, I absolutely love this camera and I want to use it as much as possible. It just makes me long for the day when these short comings don’t exist any longer and I can seriously consider delegating the DSLR for niche stuff (like shooting my kid’s soccer game, something I don’t think a mirrorless is going to handle for a long time).Read it all and see his shots here.

The styling is great, the handling is great, the autofocus is decent for a contrast detection based system, the sensor is relatively huge for such a small body and in my opinion packs just the right number of megapixels (16).  Crucially, the lenses are excellent (aherm, Sony) which makes the XF system such a great one.  To me, great lenses are the foundation of any system because they’re the pieces of equipment you carry over from one body to the next.  The JPG processing in-camera is good, but I’m still going to continue shooting raw because that leaves me the option of processing in-camera afterwards and because I believe raw support will improve.” Read it all and see the sunrise shots in Liverpool here at digitalrelish.

Read Tobias’ way to the X-PRO1 and his PROS and CONS in German here (translated version)

The winter in Montreal captured with the X-PRO1 at laroquephoto

XF1

Read the review of thephoblographer here.

online storage with bitcasa

Sylvain wrote me an email. He told me about bitcasa, a new online storage service. Bitcasa has no limit in space or number of files and no limits with file size. And if you subscribe in February you pay $69/year instead of $99/year. They have a free 10Gb limited account if one want to try. Take a look at the introduction video here or go to the bitcasa website here.