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miXed zone: “DSLR is dead”, reviews, Wood Grip Bases for your X100S

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Daniel sent me this mail: “I wrote up a small blog post on my personal jpeg settings including some sample shots. Maybe something for one of the miXed Zone. Thanks for your great work on the Fujirumors site. Kind regards or as we Germans say mfg und Dankeschön“. Bitte sehr, Daniel! Check his settings out at stockografie here.

Wood Grip Bases for your X100S

Wood Grips Bases, 100% handcrafted and made in the USA can be purchased here at AmazonUS. ( J.B. Camera Designs click here.)

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X100S

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– Zack Arias video about the X100S (in Istanbul) can be seen here. “DSLR is dead […] it’s the greatest camera ever made. I’ll fight you in the streets, if you think differently!” So, anyone out there who’d like to challange Zack?

 

– Is it worth the price? That’s the question of digitalcamerareview. It earned an 8.2 overall and the Editor’s Choice award. They found it improves immensely on many of the trouble areas that plagued the X100, with superb manual focus support. They did notice some extremely aggressive clipping of JPEGs, even at ISO 200, which they go into in the review “The main problem is that with JPEGs, even at ISO 200, the camera clips all the shadows to zero very quickly. The result is shadow areas that have no visible noise, but also lack any recoverable detail“. There’s a great deal of information in the RAW files to tap into that the JPEG just eliminates. Just read more here.

– rileyjoseph X100S review (part II) here: “I am not a street photographer by any means but I can see why the X00s is so popular. It is very quiet and discreet. You are walking, see something, raise it up, click (which you can barely hear), review the shot in the EVF and keep walking.” Part I of the review can be read here.

– “The the Fuji X100s looks sexy, and it feels sexy .. and better yet, makes *you* look sexy. And that’s worth the price of the camera already.” This is the last sentence of the review over at neilvn.com (click here). Read if the X100S is the camera for you.

– digitalcameraworld X100S video review can be seen here. “While the X100S might intimidate novice photographers, enthusiasts will find there plenty to get excited about and the exposure controls are a joy to use. Perhaps even more importantly, its also capable of capturing superb, well-exposed images with lots of sharp detail and pleasant colours.”

– A wall, the bricks, and different cameras. See the comparison shots of the Fuji X100s vs Fuji X-E1 vs Canon 5DMK2 vs Nikon D800 over here.

– “Spring in the Langhe: Landscape Gallery with the Fuji X100s” at bestmirrorlesscamerasreviews here.

X20

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– minghthein X20 review can be read here. Just an extract:

“Ultimately, I was left with very mixed feelings on this camera. I really wanted to like it; it simply felt right in the hand in a way that few other modern designs have managed to; color rendition and native tonal response render both very natural color images and subtly toned black and white ones after conversion. Above all, it was very, very enjoyable to use. The trouble is, I can’t help but feel the size to image quality tradeoff isn’t a good one; if I’m going to carry something that large and not particularly pocketable, to be honest, I’d rather have the OM-D – which moves me up a couple of sensor classes entirely. Furthermore, despite being physically large for its sensor size, the battery is rather small – I averaged about 250-300 frames before running dry. You’ll definitely need a spare to get through a day…”

– Check out danbailey’s review here: “Overall, the X20 is an incredibly capable and versatile little camera that has a wide array of very usable features. It’s built well, it shoots great looking photos, and of course, it’s got a great classic design that MAKES you want to hold it in your hands and shoot photos with it. In my mind, that goes a long way, because when it all comes down, a camera is just a tool for capturing moments in life. If you don’t have it in your hands, you’ll miss the shot.

– Joshua: “Hi there Patrick, I have been following your blog on Fujifilm X stuff and I really love it. I wrote a little personal review of the X20 here: My Fujifilm X20 Review. Thought you might like to share it with some folks out there interested in this wonderful camera!  Cheers!” Click here to read his review. It’s quite a long list of PROS, and 2 CONS (battery life and video… so it’s just one CON for me, as I don’t care about video ;) )

– bestmat.ch X20 review can be read over here. A part from a weak battery life and zero controls in video mode, the X20 is a little great camera. Superb design, great image quality and well built.

– X20 photoreview can be read here. The camera gains 8.8 out of 10 points.

X-E1

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– Comprehensive admiringlight review of the X-E1 here. “[…] the Fuji X-E1 produces tremendous images.  The outstanding dynamic range, great noise control and beautiful tonal depth create images that look like they came from a full frame sensor.  And, despite the letdown in the AF department, the camera is an absolute joy to shoot with. Controls are simple and quick to change and everything you need as a photographer is just right there.  I love shooting with the X-E1, and the output seriously impresses.  It’s not a fully mature camera, but Fuji’s on the right track.  If you are shooting events or moving children or are in situations where you need a quick, responsive camera….don’t use the X-E1 (I grab my OM-D for those situations).  However, for deliberate shooting and an old-school feel to photography, it’s really hard to beat.”

X-PRO1

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– “tulip festival+ Fuji = colour!“. See some beautiful (macro) shots here!

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