X-M1: quick auto-focus speed test + ephotozine review


1) I just stumbled upon this 18 seconds video. It shows a room bathed in subdued light and an X-M1 (I suppose with 16-50) that focusses on the little crowd of people several times… and it does it pretty fast I’d say!

In the comments Jordan said: “If this is what we can expect on the X-E1 and X-Pro 1 with the firmware update, I will be a very happy man.”

2) Again, half a star away from the full points. After photographyblog now also ephotozine assigned 4.5 stars auf of 5 to the X-M1. Even though the X-M1 is made mostly of plastic “the camera feels well built with good build quality“. About the 16-50: “Detail in the centre is very good, with good detail to the edges. The lens appears to be quite resistant to flare thanks to provided hood. […] purple fringing or chromatic aberration was low.” At the end they highly recommend it saying: “The Fujifilm X-M1 produces excellent images and is very good value for money with the 16-50mm lens.” From the conclusions:

“Image quality is very good with excellent colour, and fans of Fujifilm colour and film will find the X-M1 gives very pleasing results, with very good detail, and reliable exposure. Focus speeds are a little on the sluggish side, and indoors, in low-light focus occassionally missed, causing us to have a blurred photo. The 16-50mm OIS lens gives a useful wide-angle equivalent of 24mm zooming to 76mm at the telephoto end and produces very good results for a “kit lens”.”

Read the whole review and see the samples at ephotozine here (and thx Josh for telling me about).

X-M1 (body only or with 16-50mm)USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / DigitalRev / Pictureline EUROPE: DigitalRev / WexUK / PCHstore / AmazonITA

XF 27mm – USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / DigitalRev / Pictureline EUROPE: DigitalRev / WexUK / PCHstore / AmazonITA XC 16-50: WexUK / PCHstore


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Kaizen: more colours for Focus Peaking in future + Telephoto primes will come + 23mm in October


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Yesterday, at the Canadian Fuji event, the company gave more informations about the future firmware strategy and new lenses.

Fuji will carry on to improve its products via firmware update. This won’t be the last major firmware update, and all the X-cameras will be constantly improved.

Here is what the upcoming firmware will bring! But what can we expect in future?


  • Download the firmware on July 23rd and you’ll get focus peaking…  In future (not with this update) we can also expect different colours.
  • Fuji listened to us and is working on the long expected minimum shutter speed in Auto ISO, so there is hope it will come in future firmware updates!


  • New tele photo primes will come.
  • The 23mm f/1.4 will be released in October, the 10-24mm in December and the 56mm f/1.2 in January 2014… ALL with aperture ring!

btw, I’m wondering if there is any company before Fujifilm that has uploaded the Focus Peak Highlight on a camera through a firmware update. Do you know one? [FR-readers told me in the comments that Pentax and Sony enabled Focus Peaking via firmware too]

Anyway, Fuji is listening to us and will continue to follow the Kaizen path. That’s great! So all these wish lists on Fujirumors about firmware improvements were not for nothing. Thumbs up for Fuji’s Kaizen-spirit!

So just keep it up guys! What’s next? Face detection could be a useful feature, as a FR-reader suggested in the comments.

Thanks a lot to an anonymous FR reader who shared with me via rumor box this news (original article at vk.photo-blog can be read here or read his dpreview forum post here.)

Now spread the word on facebook and twitter.

Wanna switch to the X? Then check out the prices here:
Fuji X-PRO1: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay Fuji X-E1: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay Fuji X-M1: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay Fuji X100S: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay Fuji X20: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

have a great day!


IN STOCK: XF55-200 (AmazonUS) + AVAILABLE: Speed Booster Nikon G to Fuji-X


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Finally, the XF 55-200 is in stock at AmazonUS here (but only 2 left now, so act fast)… and now we we’d like the X100S in stock too.

Fuji XF 55-200mm: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

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A couple of days ago I told you that the speed booster for Fuji X is now for sale. Those who regulary check the FR-dealsrunner sidebar will already know it, but now you can purchase also the Nikon G to X-mount adapter at BHphoto and Adorama.

Thanks Mark and ekko for sharing this information with FR.

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IT’S DEAL TIME: X100 Blitzangebot um 18 Uhr + WIN a X-E1/18-55 + FREE 18mm (UK/ROI) and more


1) BLITZANGEBOT! 22% price drop on the X100 thanks to the AmazonDE Blitzangebot from 18:00 until 22:00 CET… get it here for €679,00!

X100 AmazonDE Blitzangebot

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2) WIN: Check out the Street Photography Contest at thephoblographer here. You could win a X-E1 with 18-55mm zoom lens! The contest started July 15th 12 AM PST and ends July 26th 12 AM PST.

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3) FREE: FR-reader Jason told me that lucky UK and Ireland residents can get a free XF18mm lens if if you buy a X-PRO1 plus an XF35mm. You can find this deal at http://free-xpro1-lens.co.uk/. The offer is valid until 31 August. Who regluarly checks the FR-dealsrunner sidebar will already have noticed this (and more) deal.

Thanks a lot Jason!

Fuji X-PRO1: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay Fuji XF35mm: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay Fuji XF 18mm: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

free 18mm lens in UK and Ireland

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4) EUROPE: fotomundus (Germany) has the X-E1 with 18-55 lens for € 1.099 here (the same kit comes for €1.299 at AmazonDE) and X-PRO1 with 35mm lens for € 1.399 here . They have also the first XF 27mm available for pre-order in Germany here. PCHstore Brussels offers the X-E1 with 18-55 lens for € 1.090 here (at the PCHstore the X-PRO1 costs €1.069). They ship everywhere in Europe.

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5) USA: A limited number of demo X-E1 with 18-55 lens (6 available at the moment) can be purchased for just $1,000 at top rated plus ebayUS reseller cameraland (at AmazonUS you the same kit comes for $1,200).

If some of you finds more deals, share them directly on dealsrunner, and they will automagically appear on the FR-sidebar!


[UPDATE: 16-50 review] X-M1 roundup: photographyblog review, first impressions and samples


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X-M1 (body only or with 16-50mm)USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / DigitalRev / Pictureline EUROPE: DigitalRev / WexUK / PCHstore / AmazonITA

XF 27mm – USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / DigitalRev / Pictureline EUROPE: DigitalRev / WexUK / PCHstore / AmazonITA XC 16-50: WexUK / PCHstore

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1) photographyblog posted the X-M1 review review here. 4.5 out of 5 starts… and guess where the X-M1 lost half a star? Exactly, the viewfinder. Some extracts:

“Despite its significantly lower price on launch, the Fujifilm X-M1 is another well-built X-series camera, with very little no flex or movement in its chassis, despite having more plastic in its construction. […] The Fujifilm X-M1’s auto-focusing speed is quick, with a quoted fastest auto-focus time of 0.1 seconds, although it was slightly slower when using the 16-50mm kit zoom. […] The Fujifilm X-M1 produces images of outstanding quality. […] The new 16-50mm lens is also worthy of mention, as although it has a cheaper build quality, it still offers sharp results throughout the focal range. The X-M1 is certainly right up there with the best APS-C sensor cameras on the market, and some full-frame models too, so if image quality at an affordable price is paramount, the X-M1 certainly fits the bill.” (review here)

[UPDATE] photographyblog just posted the 16-50 review here. Fast and quiet focus, “Vignetting is practically a non-issue, and chromatic aberrations are present but well-controlled […] pleasingly sharp in the image centre at 16mm and 23mm, with performance dropping off at 35mm and 50mm where optimum sharpness isn’t achieved until f/8.

2) The Spanish site dslrmagazine.com had his hands on the X-M1. Their impression can be read here (translation)

3) dc.watch introduces the X-M1 and posted some samples (whole ISO range, film simulations and filters…) Read it here (translation)

X-M1 pre-order check: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay