Lenstip tests the 60mm macro: “it is the best X lens!”

We had no doubt the 60mm macro lens was the best of the first three X lenses launched back in January along the X PRO 1. Lenstip published the full review and said: “Out of three lenses, launched along the Fujifilm X-Pro1, the 2.4/60 model has the best pros to cons ratio“.Here is the pro and cosn list:

Pros:

  • solid and high quality casing,
  • very good resolution in the frame centre,
  • good resolution on the edge of the frame,
  • excellent correction of chromatic aberration,
  • slight spherical aberration,
  • good coma correction,
  • negligible astigmatism,
  • moderate vignetting,
  • good transmission.

Cons:

  • noticeable distortion,
  • unreliable autofocus,
  • work against bright light could have been better.

Links to the lens at Amazon and BHphoto.

Fuji roundup (SLRmagic, X PRO 1 vs E-M5)


Image courtesy: ThePhoBlographer.

As you know not only Fuji and Zeiss but also SLRmagic announced new X mount lenses. One of them is the 23mm f1.7 HyperPrime and you can see some picture of the lens attached on the X PRO 1 at ThePhotblographer. This is a manual focusing lens and it will be available for purchase in February 2013 for $399.

ThePhoBlographer also posted a double X PRO 1 field report:
1) Weekend of Extended Use With the Fujifilm X Pro 1 and Olympus OMD EM5 (Click here)
2) Shooting Candidly With the Fujifilm X Pro 1 (Firmware 2.0) (Click here)

US reminder: There is still that $300 saving deal on the X PRo 1 purchase at Amazon (Click here). But despite that huge deal the X-E1 is far more popular according to Amazon rankings. The X-E1 probably hit the right price-features spot.

Fujifilm X-E1 and XF 18-55mm Lens test by Brandon Remler.

Brandon Remler (Click here to watch) posted a nice X-E1 and 18-55mm test: “Needless to say I am overjoyed with its performance.  I hit the Quick menu button and flipped the X-E1 in Velvia mode and set off.  As expected the images are sharp and vivid and this is from a pre-production body and lens (it is not without faults because of this so it will only improve).” And he also says: “The new OLED 2.36MM EVF viewfinder is easy to work with and has a great viewing angle for use in all lighting situations (glasses on or off).

The new faster AF and the improved EVF are definitely the biggest highlights of the new X-E1. I am really wondering if Fuji will keep developing the hybrid EVF/OVF solution. I may soon start a poll about this to see what youthink about the EVF versus hybrdi VF debate.

New Fuji X-E1 test and image samples by Roel

Roel.me (Click here) posted a first impression Fuji X-E1 test and included some image samples. He writes: “Fujifilm has done a very good job with the X-E1  – and it is attractively priced.  I know I have referred to the X-E1 as the X-Pro1′s “little brother” – and in some ways, that is an inaccurate description.  The X-E1 is every bit as capable and I suspect the X-Pro1 may get a little jealous with all of the attention the X-E1 is about to receive.  One has to love sibling rivalry.”

 

Preorder links:

Black Fuji X-E1 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Silver Fuji X-E1 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Black Fuji X-E1 with 18-55mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Silver Fuji X-E1 with 18-55mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Fuji 14mm f/2.8 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Fuji 18-55mm f/2.8-4.0 OIS lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

New Fuji X-E1 camera images and lens tests.

Popco posted a set of X-E1 images. Some of them are so well made that it really makes you want to get the camera today :)

Quick fujifilm XF18-55mm F2.8-4.0 R LM OIS lens hands-on at Cnet Asia: “we found it comparable with most 18-55mm kits lenses in terms of speed. However, images were very sharp, and the F4 aperture at the long end does give a more pleasing background blur than most kit lenses.

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18 mm f/2 R test at Lenstip: “You can honestly say the Fujinon XF 18 mm f/2R is a well done lens, fully recommendable to those users who understand what they are buying and what the limits of such a purchase are.