X100s and X20 Full Size Sample update at Fuji’s website

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“I think that if company invest so much in producing and marketing a new camera, the should invest a bit more and get a better photographer.” This is Sagi’s comment when he saw the X20 full size sample shots.

Now Fuji added some more full size images here (X100s – up to ISO 1600) and here (x20). Take a look by yourself and see if Fuji learned from our critics ;-). And thanks again MJr for the links!

Fuji X100s

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Lightroom 4.4 RC purple fringing effect

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Massimiliano Angeloni from riflessifotografici (website) is one of those who’s testing the latest release of Lightroom. He says that overall the new release is definitely an improvement! But, well, just look at the image where he compares the SOOC Jpeg’s, LR4.4 and C1.

Have a look at the water drops! The Lightroom 4.4 release candidate shows a purple fringing effect when processing images with strong sunlight falling on wet surfaces. And look at the bridge, where the whole surface that reflects the light is tinged violet!

Thanks for the image, Massimiliano!

Oh, and if you want to read an interesting “riflessifotografici-quality” review about three cameras that were taken out of production, the Fuji X100, Leica X1 and Sigma DP2X, you should read the latest article of riflessifotografici here (translated version).

Fuji X100 Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay Leica X1 Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay Sigma DP2X Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

image courtesy: riflessifotografici

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climb up there with a DSLR… no way, you need an easy Fuji X100 ;)

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X100s: David’s feedback to Fujifilm

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Lucky FR-reader Douglas with his brand new X100s!

David Hobby tested a pre-production X100s in Dubai and, after two weeks testing, he send his feedback to Fujifilm. You can read the whole feedback here at petapixel. Here an extract:

“The chip is fantastic. I was worried that higher pixel density (16mp vs 12 mp) would bring noise problems. Nope, it’s truly awesome. […] Autofocus: Super quick, confidently grabbing focus in low light. […] Fantastic manual focus. The focus peaking works wonderfully. The changed pitch of the manual focus ring was much-welcomed and is, in my opinion, perfect. Bravo. […]”

The story has a happy end… he fell in love and purchased the X100s!

X100s: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUK / AmazonDE /
X20: AmazonUS (blacksilver) / BHphoto (blacksilver) / Adorama (blacksilver) / AmazonUK (blacksilver) / ebayITA /  / AmazonDE / AmazonITA /

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X100s: UK delivery postponed + rolling review + more sample shots

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X100s: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUK / AmazonDE /
X20: AmazonUS (blacksilver) / BHphoto (blacksilver) / Adorama (blacksilver) / AmazonUK (blacksilver) / ebayITA /  / AmazonDE / AmazonITA /

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1) What’s this? I told you that the X100s should be available in UK in time for the focus on imaging show. But now I’ve received the following email:

“Hi,fuji have had technical difficulties with the x100s so date has been pushed back a further two weeks,as long as difficulty gets ironed out..no idea what the technical difficulty is but dealers have this two week new timescale. R Bachman”

Can’t tell you what these technical difficulties are. Fact is, the camera should have been available now, but AmazonUK pushed back the delivery date to a vague “usually dispatched within 1 to 2 months”. Let’s hope that shipping times won’t slip also in other countries.

2) Alan sent me the following email: “I’m sure you’ve already heard about this, but just in case… Sean Reid at Reid Reviews (www.reidreviews.com) has started a “rolling review” of the X100S.  A rolling review is one that he updates multiple times as he adds more observations and tests.  His site is subscriptiononly, and I’m not able to provide a direct link to the review.  But your readers might want to be aware of it.  Reid is well known and highly valued for lengthy reviews written from the standpoint of the working photographer, not the pixel-peeper or testbed-jock.  He calls the X100S “one of the most impressive cameras (all aspects considered) that I’ve used in a long time – especially in this price category” and suggests that Andre Kertesz might have taken an interest in it. Hope this is helpful”. Alan also told me that ” he goes into extreme depth -, not with DP Review-style technical reviews but with a real, felt exploration of how a camera is going to perform in the hands of a working photographer.” A subscription is currently $32.95 per year.

Other readers told me that two X100s were available, for a short time, at Calumet in the UK yesterday morning, and the lucky FR-reader Douglas grabbed one.

3) Thanks to Vernon, who posted this link (fujixseries) in the comments, with X100s indoor and high ISO shots of phdezra.

image courtesy: phdezra (Flickr)

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Fujirumors Readers Roundup: XF14mm and more

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– Tom tested the XF14mm lens (read here, posted on February 24). Here are his conclusions: “I suppose the best thing I have to say about this lens is that I have nothing bad to say about it.  It focuses quickly, is fully corrected for the usual distortions, is convenient to use, focuses super close, has convenient manual focus over-ride, and has excellent resolution — all features I would want in a focal length I use primarily for travel and landscape photography. The $900 price tag is well worth the delivered image quality from this lens. I would expect a similar quality level from a full frame lens of this focal range to cost at least twice as much.

Tom

– I’ve already posted the first impressions of Olaf (read them part here). Now he posted some more samples shot with the XF 14mm here.

Olaf

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– “Hi Patrick. […] I own a X100, sell it to buy a X-Pro1. I’d like to share with you some of my pictures made with these cameras. Many thanks for your great work on your website. Cheers.” Visit Laurents website here

Laurents
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– “Hello, […]  the thing is that I have an X-E1 and find it very annoying to have that grey bar under the image in the viewfinder. (The grey bar where the aperture iso.. informations are.) It obstructs the view too much from my point of view. What I’d like to see is the ability to change the color (black in my case), so that we only see the informations. I like to have a clean minimalist viewfinder. What do you think of it? Best Regards” If you want, answer to Christopher in the comments.

– “[…] I’m a Fujifilm fan myself and use the Fuji FinePix X100 and the FUJIFILM X-Pro1 with various lenses. I post my (almost) daily photos on my site and sometimes write small articles there, see: http://vannuil.com Feel free to link to it. Kind regards and keep up the good work, Edwin” He also tested LR 4.4 RC and says: “FujiFilm supplied Adobe with all the specs of the ​X-Trans CMOS sensor and it looks like it paid off, because from the little testing I’ve done so far I do see an improvement. Will do some more testing / developing in the coming days.”

Edwin (website or 500px)

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– “Hi Patrick, my name is Einar. I live in Norway and have been doing photography since I was in my teens. Sadly I am not in my teens anymore :D, more like 47, but I can handle it :-) […] Here is my “story”: I bought the X-PRO1 in September 2012 and I currently have the following lenses xf18, xf35 and the xf60. I have taken many pictures with this camera and I really like the results I get from the lenses and sensor Fuji makes. Of course the autofocus and speed could be better... Here are some pictures I have taken with the X-Pro1. Feel free to publish the links. Thanks.” (flickr photostream)

Einar

XF60mmF2.4 R Macro (this image was picked up by Gettyimages, so this is licensed through them)
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– Alessandro: “Hello Patrick! […] I’m in love with the X-series and posses x10 and X-E1. I put aside a D700. I love street photography […] I share with you this video of my pictures taken with X-E1 Fujinon 18mm manual focus. Hope you like them. Good luck for the site that I follow with passion, greetings!”

Alessandro

(… and if you liked the song in this video, click here for the youtube video)

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