My Lovely Fujinon XF27mmF2.8 R WR, the Fujinon XF70-300mmF4-5.6 and Fujifilm X-E4 Reviews Roundup


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On April 26 I was finally allowed to leave my little village, so I could finally hit my local photography store in the province nearby.

I entered the store, and in a total frenzy grabbed the first free seller and nervously asked him to give me that bloody XF27mmF2.8 R WR right now!

I guess this was some sort of withdrawal symptom, as I sold my XF27mmF2.8 MKI a few days ago, which I was totally addicted to. So the replacement could not come fast enough!

Now I finally have it, and here it is! Obviously glued on my Fujifilm X-E3. The dream combo is back, and it already served me well on my daily walks around my little village with my son.

But the lovely Fujinon XF27mmF2.8 R WR is just one of the photo gear Fujifilm recently released just the day before my son was born.

Sure, there was the massive Fujifilm GFX100S and the bokeh monster GF80mmF1.7.

But the releases on the X series front were not less interesting.

There was the Fujifilm X-E4. Then there is the incredibly poratable Fujinon XF70-300mmF4-5.6, which, with about the size of the XF55-200mm, is the perfect lens to get a long reach in a compact package and absolutely fair price for the X system. And yes, last but not least the XF27mmF2.8 R WR.

So today we would like to focus on the roundup on the latest and greatest X series gear. Lots to watch and read down below.

The Roundup

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Laowa Argus 33mm f/0.95 First Review and Sample Images

The Venus Optics Laowa Argus 33mm f/0.95 has already been announced in China.

This is why a FR-reader found a review of the lens already in Chinese on youtube (used on a Sony A6600).

As usual, I am going to save your time by going through the automatic google youtube translation and make a summary for you as well as share a few screenshots.

You’ll find it all down below.


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Fujinon XF18mm f/1.4 R LM WR Announced: Reviews, Samples, Pre-orders and More

Fujinon XF18mm f/1.4 R LM WR: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / Focuscamera

XF18mmF1.4 LIVE BLOG – Refresh This Page

Pre-order Options

Fujinon XF18mm f/1.4: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / Focuscamera
LH-XF18 Lens Hood: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / Focuscamera

Press Release, First Looks, Samples etc.

Official Fujifilm pages

Reviews, First Looks and Samples

  • B&H Explora – Fast and Wide: Announcing the FUJIFILM XF 18mm f/1.4 R LM WR Lens
  • jonasraskphotography – When waiting is worth it! – The Fujinon XF 18mm f1.4 R WR FIRST LOOK
  • ivanjoshualoh – Sweet Eighteen. (XF18mm WR)
  • keithwee – Review of the Fujinon XF18mm f1.4 – A Love Renewed
  • fujilove – The Perfect Everyday Lens? The New Fujifilm XF18mm F1.4 R LM WR
  • dpreview – Hands-on with the Fujifilm XF 18mm F1.4 R LM WR
  • dpreview – Fujifilm XF 18mm F1.4 R WR pre-production sample gallery
  • fujixpassion – XF18mm F1.4 – Welcome to the F1.4 Family
  • thepixelconnection – A First Glance At The Fuji XF 18mm F1.4 R LM WR
  • fujifilm-x – LENS STORIES: Stefan Finger x XF18mmF1.4 R LM WR
  • williamchua – THE NEW FUJINON xf 18 mm f1.4 lens
  • photographyblog – Fujifilm XF 18mm F2 R Review
  • – Fujifilm 18mm F1.4 Review
Links to Follow

Mixed News

Videos by DPReview & Co

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DPReview Fujinon XF70-300mmF4-5.6 Field Review and Silver Award

DPReview published its field review of the Fujifilm XF 70-300 F4-5.6 R LM OIS WR. The lens gets the silver award.

I am a bit confused, like when they complain about autofocus speed and chromatic aberration, but only if used with the XF 2x TC WR teleconverter. So they put it in the negative list, even though it’s not about the performance of the lens itself.

It’s also a bit confusing how they complain about the lens feeling plasticky, but at the same time they say it is well build and also light. So a Pro (well build and lightweight) turns into a Con (but it’s plastic!!!)

Maybe they just needed to make the Cons list longer and to find a way to complaint about Fuji AF again. I mean, it’s a 2x TC, what did they except?

Anyway, here are their Pros and Cons are:

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DPReview TV Fujifilm GFX100S Review

DPRTV published its Fujifilm GFX100S review.

  • compact nature for street and travel photography to use without tripod thanks to IBIS
  • handling is excellent, great grip
  • lightweight and compact camera
  • lenses can get bulky
  • he prefers it over the GFX100 body
  • he likes that GFX100S has no integrated grip. Should be as compact and small as possible
  • he likes the customizability
  • he loves the AF-ON position, but does not feel like a solid press
  • EVF is not bad, but not on GFX100 level
  • 85fps EVF refresh rate in boost mode is good for stills. For sports and action better reduce the EVF refresh rate
  • 3 way tilt screen is nice on a tripod
  • top LCD is very customizable too
  • nostalgic negative has nice subtle warm tones
  • the 100 mepapixel justifies the higher cost over full frame, crazy resolution and tons of dynamic range
  • 14bit RAW and 16bit RAW difference is negligable. Better shoot 14bit and have a snappier camera
  • pixel shift multishot gives 400MP images. But it’s fairly slow to take all 16 images. It’s hard to take advantage fully of it. You can’t look at the final result in camera (it’s like this also on Sony)
  • IBIS: with GF110mmF2 he can get full resolution images at 1/125th shutter speed. Even at 1/80th IBIS can work great. With a 30mm lens he can get great results at 1/30th
  • best AF on any medium format camera. Tracking works pretty well, but you can compare it to APS-C or FF. Autofocus is also lens dependent. Some zooms work faster than the GF110mm.
  • face/eye detecion is quite effective
  • with lenses like the GF80mmF1.7 you get very shallow DOF, so a good eye AF matters
  • Video: works better than GFX100. Longer time before overheating and better IBIS
  • ProRes RAW: you have control over ISO and exposure adjustment, but not on white balance adjustment
  • GFX100 had bad lag when using an external recoder in RAW video. GFX100S is much better. And you can use EVF and LCD while outputting RAW on the GFX100S
  • very capable medium format camera for video
  • favorite medium format camera he ever used
  • GFX100S does what the GFX100 can do for a lower price and smaller body
  • GFX100 is hard to justify now that the GFX100S exists

In short: the GFX100S is amazing :)

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