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Coming soon? X100/S Telephoto Conversion Lens listed on BH… but still no price.

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FR-Chris spotted Fuji’s upcoming TCL-X100 Telephoto Conversion Lens for the X100/S listed at BHphoto here. The price is still unknown.

I remind you that a new source told us that the release date should be April/May. Another source said more generally “before summer“.

With the WCL-X100 and TCL-X100, X100/s owner will have a three-lens mini system (28mm, 35mm and 50mm) with leaf shutter, fast aperture and terrific IQ.

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X-T1: in stock at ebayUS, light leak, improved arrow buttons, Lightroom patch and reviews

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It’s pretty hard to find in stock at the moment, but top rated ebayUS reseller kenmorecamera has 2 in stock at the moment [UDPATE: just one more available!].

X-T1 body only ($1,299): USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / PicturelineeBay / EU: wexDE / wexUK / PCHstore / eBay X-T1 with 18-55 ($1,699): USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / PicturelineeBay / EU: wexDE / wexUK / PCHstore / eBay

Light Leak

Richard: “I know you have made references to the light leak issue in the UK, but here’s Fujifilm UK post of their news feed, dated 14th March. S/N seems larger than others mentioned (well last 4 digits anyway). I gotta get mine sorted out. Here is the link

Fuji is fixing or replacing all light leak affected X-T1’s out there. But, if what FR-reader Luca told us in the comments to a previous post is correct, they are also already improving another criticized aspect of the camera: the arrow buttons. He said: “I received a new X-T1 in Italy serial 41M09xxx (in exchange for my “old” 41M03xxx). There is NO LEAK and also the arrows buttons are significantly more responsive and little less recessed with a clear “click” feel. No more hard nail tip pressure. Not so responsive as X-E2 but an unexpected leap forward. Very good!! ” Can anyone out there confirm it?

In the meantime, here is the first list of things Fuji should change on the X-T1 according to FR-reader Jorge Moro (website). “1.  The freakin’ annoying video button!!  I hate it.  I can’t tell you how many times I hit it while shooting.  Fuji needs a firmware update to DISABLE it.  Or convert it to a “FN” button.  On my X-E1 I used that FN button to activate focus points. 2.  Those little TINY MINISCULE buttons on the pad on the back.  I’m sure it was done for weather resistance but they ARE TERRIBLE!!!”  If what Luca told us is correct, the second point in his list may be already be corrected by Fuji.

Lightroom patch

 Dominik Fusina found a patch to make Lightroom work with X-T1 RAW files here (tranlsation)

 Fuji X-T1
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– No More Excuses – Fuji X-T1 review at olafblog here: “I have met many photographers who would like to transition from SLRs to the X-series cameras but somehow they are afraid to do so. Part of the reason could be gossip going around the Internet about certain issues such as the AF speed or file processing. Yes, with early Fuji cameras those who wanted to shoot hummingbirds playing hide and seek may well be better off with an SLR. Fortunately, the X-T1 addressed those issues. Another reason could be the unfamiliar look of the Fuji X-Pro1 and X-E1/2 for photographers who are used to shooting with SLR-like cameras. For them, the X-T1 offers a familiar look, superb handling and the best EVF on the market.”

– field test of the X-T1 at the Spanish site dsrlmagazine here (translation).

– fuji x-t1 review #4: field test las vegas at f8blog here: “And that, I suppose, is the true strength of the X-T1:  the camera is so intuitive to use that you don’t even think about it. There are no technical limitations (poor viewfinder, poor focus, poor exposure) that force you to think about your camera instead of your subject.  You just shoot.”

– Homage to Malevich and the Suprematists with the Fuji X-T1 at aboutphotography here: “I set my X-T1 camera to square format and black & white and used two lenses, the 60mm macro and the 56mm f/1.2 with a Nikon 6T close-up lens on it. In both cases I set the camera to manual focus because I was shooting wide open and wanted to place the focus point in very specific locations. I usually shoot the Fuji  X cameras in RAW plus jpg. Most of these images were from the original jpg compositions with a bit of post-processing added contrast.

– video review at erickimphotography here: “Overall I like the camera a lot and would highly recommend it (superb image quality, great form factor, and responsive). Some downsides are that the AF isn’t as accurate and quick as other cameras (like the Olympus OMD)– although it is a huge improvement from the X-Pro 1 and x100s. Hope this improves with future firmware updates.”

– review at the.me here: “But the X-T1′s real bummer — for my unimportant self at least: the exposure compensation dial cannot be locked — which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But it happened again and again over the course of several days that the value was changed accidentally by simply carrying the camera with the neck strap.”

– Setting up your Fuji X-T1 at nikonglass here: “That about covers my personal settings for the X-T1. Please take note that my choice of settings is based on my style of photography, which is portraiture, storytelling photojournalism, wedding and family snapshots. I mainly use single shot AF, Face detection and JPEG’s straight out of the camera. I also love the RAW conversion feature found in the X-T1. So that’s it for now, if you have any questions do leave them below!”

– More Fuji X-T1 AF Predictive AF Tracking Tests at danbaileyphoto here.

– Review at the Japanese site trendy.nikkeibp here (translation).

– Review Part 1 at karlbratbyphotographer here: “To sum up this is a superb camera with a superb line up of some of the best quality glass available, all in a neat package that has now matured into a fully usable pro system camera. The Fuji X system has always had great image quality, but now it has a body that a pro can use day in and day out. Fuji are quick to listen to photographers and alter things if needed, this is a brand new camera and yes its not perfect buts it NOT far off...”

XF 56mm f/1.2
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– technical review of the 56mm (mounted on a X-T1) at the Spanish site dslrmagazine here (translation): “Not so many years ago, would have seemed unthinkable to create the equivalent of a 85 mm f / 1,2 nearly free of aberrations and physical parameters such as the contents of this Fujinon XF 56mm f / 1.2 R.” For the field test part of the review click here (translation).

– The 56mm won the “editor’s choice award” at thephoblographer here: “Fujifilm’s 56mm f1.2 is the sharpest mirrorless camera lens that we’ve tested. Not only that but it exhibits beautiful bokeh, pretty good color rendition, almost no distortion, focuses quickly, and is built well. It’s a bit expensive though, and for that reason we really only want to recommend it to the creme de la creme of the X series users.

– Michele Galante: “Dear Patrick, I’m just an enthusiast photographer. I started shooting Fuji X with a X100 and now I have two X-E1 and several lenses. Today I’ve tested the new 56mm, here some pictures. If you like it, you can share. Some other links: 500px, mgphoto, facebook.”

XF 10-24
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 Japanese review at mapcamera here (translation).

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Class 10 SD card 50% off at BHphoto + the good and the bad of the Fuji X-deals

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Fujifilm 32GB SDHC Memory Card Class 10 for $15 at BHphoto here… limited supply at this price.

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XF-lens deals

I’ve received the udpated rebate document of Fujifilm. It confirms that the rebates will go till April 5th. It’s a confidential file, so it’s just between you and me, don’t tell around ;-).

And EU-readers shouldn’t be angry about the fact that the rebates apply only to the US. In fact you can order the lenses in the US, pay taxes and shipping, and still save hundreds of Euro. You can get the 27mm for about €230 in Germany, Italy, France… and all the the other EU-countries that very rarely (or never) see a rebate on X-gear.

EU-ORDERS: FR-reader Oscar (ordered at BHphoto): “Just to confirm you that this EU-order thing works even if one order from Italy. I ordered the XF27mm. Paid 199$ + 43$ (for delivery) to B&H, which is the equivalent of 175€. Waited one week because of the back-order but as soon as the lens was available it took 2 days to arrive at my doorstep. And because I’ve chosen to pay all duties and taxes on delivery, I paid 54€ to the mailman (UPS), for a grand total of 229€. Not bad for a lens that’s available at 400/450€. Thanks a lot to FR ;)!

However, I wonder if all these rebates we have seen over the last year are really good for Fujifilm and its customers. There are PROS and CONS such as:

PROS: new customers can switch cheap to the X and Fujifilm gains market shares CONS: resale price of used gear (used X-E1 almost 60% cheaper on ebay now compared to a new one 1½ years ago, when it hit the market) / people won’t buy X-gear at normal price and wait for the next price drop… and Fuji doesn’t make profit selling discounted X-gear.

And now feel free to extend the PROS and CONS list in the comments.

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X-T1: limited number (body only) available at ebayUS here and the kit at ebayUS here and AmazonUS (via third party).

XF lens deals

BHphoto: New Benefits for International Customers: PayPal now open to all countries!

XF 14mm: $200 off (price $700) at BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / Pictureline
XF 18mm: $200 off (price $400) at BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / Pictureline
XF 23mm: $150 off (price $750) at BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / Pictureline
XF 27mm: $250 off (price $200) at BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / Pictureline
XF 35mm: $150 off (price $450) at BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / Pictureline
XF 60mm: $250 off (price $400) at BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / Pictureline
XF 55-200: $200 off (price $500) at BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / Pictureline

this is the confidential and udpated rebate document of Fujifilm

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And the winner of the X-T1 giveaway is…?

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After an amazing response to our giveaway with Fujirumors.com, Ting is excited to announce the grand prize winner of the Fuji X-T1 and the secondary winners. Congrats to the following:

Grand Prize winner of a Fuji X-T1: Danny

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Secondary Winners of a Ting Swag Pack: Gilbert M, Sami R, Justin L, and Peng W.

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Thanks to all who entered! We’ll be contacting all winners personally and we hope you enjoy your prize.

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