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Fuji patents evolution of the “real-image zoom optical viewfinder”.

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This is one of the (many) Fujifilm patents you can check out at freepatentsonline here (PDF file here). It was published back in April (04/29/2014), Filing Date or the Patent: 01/02/2014

It seems to be an evolution of the “Real-image zoom viewfinder” already present in the X20 viewfinder. There is plenty of technical stuff to read at freepatentsonline, but petapixel sums it up saying that “the viewfinder would be able to optically zoom in synchronization with the varying focal length of a zoom lens.” And, at least looking at the image of the patent, this viewfinder should find its way into future compact Fuji Point&Shoot cameras.

But what’s the advantage of this specific “real-image viewfinder” compared to the one of the X20 (which delivers 85% coverage and a 20° horizontal apparent field of view)? Well, I do not know, and it must be hidden somewhere in the very complicated description of the patent.

So will maybe the X30 feature an upgraded “real-image zoom optical viewfinder”? That’s the question I’ll now send directly to our sources ;-)

But it’s good to see that Fuji continues to work on the OVF technology. It’s definitely a good news for OVF lovers. However, no OVF in the world will give you the possibility to see in real-time how your final shot will be (WYSIWYG), which is very useful, especially when you have to act fast and there is not the time to take a shot, check the result on the LCD, change the exposure, take another shot, check the image again, make adjustments and so on. With an EVF you look through the viewfinder, turn the dial, see immediately the result in the EVF… and “click“.

But what do you think? Do you prefer the EVF or the OVF? 2 alternatives, one answer. And feel free to list your PROS and CONS for a OVF or EVF in the comments.

Oh, and I know, a hybrid viewfinder would make us all happy. So, dear Fuji, don’t forget it in the X-PRO2 :-)

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And just for fun. Here is how Fuji explains the “real-image zoom viewfinder“. It’s all one sentence, so be concentrated:

“A real-image zoom viewfinder substantially consisting of, in order from an object side, a variable-magnification objective lens system having a positive refractive power, an erect optical system, and an eyepiece lens system having a positive refractive power, wherein the variable-magnification objective lens system substantially consisting of, in order from the object side, a first lens group that includes a first lens having a negative refractive power and a reflective member arranged in this order from the object side and is fixed during magnification change, a second lens group that has a positive refractive power and is moved during magnification change, and a third lens group that has a positive refractive power and is moved during magnification change, the erect optical system has at least one reflective surface for converting an inverted image formed by the variable-magnification objective lens system into an erect image and is fixed during magnification change, the eyepiece lens system has a positive refractive power and is fixed during magnification change, and conditional expressions (1), (2A) and (3) below are satisfied at the same time:
1.5<U2/U1<3.0 (1),
1.76≦|f2/f1|<2.0 (2A) and
1.0<f3/f2<5.0 (3), where U1 is a distance from an object-side lens surface of the first lens to a most object-side lens surface in the second lens group along an optical axis in a state where zoom setting is set at a telephoto end, U2 is a difference between the distance from the object-side lens surface of the first lens to the most object-side lens surface in the second lens group along the optical axis in a state where the zoom setting is set at the telephoto end and a distance from the object-side lens surface of the first lens to a most image-side lens surface in the third lens group along the optical axis in a state where the zoom setting is set at a wide-angle end, f1 is a focal length of the first lens group, f2 is a focal length of the second lens group, and f3 is a focal length of the third lens group.”

via freepatentsonline / photographybay / petapixel

Unpublished X-shooter stories and shots!

When I started FR, a pleasent surprise was to discover that I’m not alone with my passion. I’ve received many emails from X-shooters all around the world telling me their stories and sharing their shots.

For a long time, I tried to feature them in the so called “X-shooter zones”. But it was not enough, as the waiting list grew more and more and I had to find better ways to share all your shots and stories.

So I had the idea to move the X-shooter zone to the FR-facebook page.

The big advantage was that everyone could share immediatly its story and shots with all the other X-shooters. And almost once a week I pick out the most voted shots and share them also on the Fujirumors blog.

But there are still many X-shooters who waited and waited to be featured. So today I’ll publish them all, all the X-shooters I’ve never shared here.

From now on, feel free to post your images on the FR-facebook page. The most liked ones will make it into the next X-shooter facebook zone.

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Robin Goossens

I’m just back from Iceland , and over there , in cold weather , climbing and walking all day , the low weight but incredible performance of the fuji cameras

came again more clear to me …

Altough the X100 and XE1 has no weather sealing , the cameras performed well without problems , and this even under splashing water from snow of waterfalls   (First picture on the blog really show’s a simple XE1 does fine in cold weather and harsh conditions :) )

Hope to get my hands quickly on the new X-T1 which looks amazing …

Robin Goossens

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Neil Hennessy-Vass

My story is not unusual, I was a London based Leica film camera user (M6, M7) with a hand full of lenses.  I also had a couple of Leica point and shooters as well.  Then started hearing about the X100.  That was it really, I sold some Leica glass and took the plunge.

The X100 is a lovely little camera that demands you to consider what you are doing.  It slowed down my photography for the better.  I then expanded with the X-E1 which I still have with the original three release lenses (18mm, 35mm and 60mm).

Then last month I went for the X-T1.  What a camera, I shoot a lot of close up work, mainly food and the view finder is a great boon in this area it is so large and clear.  It is also a lot faster in just about every way than the X-E1 and having an ‘exoskeleton’ design approach is just a joy, coming from a film background I hate fumbling through menus.  Here are a few of my recent exploits with my new ’toy’.  You can see more of my pics on my blog

Neil Hennessy-Vass

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The Big Rumor Check-Up 2014: The right, the wrong and the still to come (with reliability rating)

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Hi there,

2014 is almost 6 months old, and I thought it’s time to check back the rumors I’ve published in order to see what turned out to be correct, what was wrong, and especially to tell you how reliable the remaining rumors are.

For me, this is a good opportunity to make a rumor overview of the past half year and to answer to all those readers who dropped me an email asking me how reliable rumors published in the past months are.

Rumors NOT included: rumors from other sites and blogs, as I simply reported about them and never confirmed them with my sources (like digicame-info saying the X30 would come in February/March, the 18-135 price [it was published by a store], Fujifilm Bangladesh announcing a new X-mount camera, the freepatentsonline stuff, Dominik Fusina publishing his fake X-W1 and a few more).

And here they are. I added very low, low, medium or high rating to the rumors. I hope this helps you to get an orientation in the rumor jungle.

enjoy your day,
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X100T successor of X100S

XF16mm 1.4


X-PRO2 with APS-C sensor

No more X-PRO1S, all R&D placed into the X-PRO2

X30 coming in summer (so there is time until September 20)


XF 35mm MKII (As Fuji has first to complete its lens lineup, it could take a while before the 35 MKII hits the market… and Fuji can change plans in any moment regarding this lens.) PLEASE NOTE: This rumor was not reported accurately by other sites (as petapixel and mirrorlessrumors). They quote FR, but say that the lens is “coming soon”. Which I never said. None of my sources ever told me a release date. In fact I said on May 5th: “I do not know when it will be launched nor which improvements we can expect, but, as you may guess, I’m restlessly working on it.”

Faster AF for the 35mm MKII (This rumor is separated from the first 35MKII rumor, as it comes from another source and was posted in another article)

X200 with 24MP, tilt screen, improved AF and wider detection area (Medium rating as I think that some, but not all the specs will be correct. The name has changed almost for sure to X100T).

Button Upgrade for the early produced X-T1’s with mushy buttons.

X-PRO2 available in 2015


X-T1P release with 4K viewfinder in July [An upgrade (or special/limited edition) is possible, but not anytime soon. And, as soon as also drphotorumor says that this rumor is not correct, I’ll downgrade it to “very low rating”. As soon as/if the top trusted Japanese source and/or the good old source tells me that this is wrong, I’ll move it into the wrong rumors 2014 list]

XF 90mm (same as the 35 MKII here, the release of this lens is everything else but imminent, so a lot can change. Plus: I do not have any confirmation until now about it from trusted sources or sources who were right in the past)


Sigma X-mount coming at photokina

Medium Format Fuji (there are several anonymous sources telling me that this rumor is wrong. But I will post an update only when a trusted source speaks. And if they say, as to expect, that it is not correct, I’ll move it into the “wrong rumors” list)

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And now let’s check the 2014 rumors

NOTE: You will see for example some X-T1 rumors (and others) listed sepratately. This is due the fact that there was, for example, a source telling me of a tilt screen, while another told me at a different time about the price and so on.

It’s fair towards my sources not to put everything together in the same pot and simply say “X-T1”, as every rumor listed here comes from a different source and was posted in different articles and could have been right or wrong.

Obviously the same goes for the wrong rumors. I don’t simply say “18-135 announcement”, but shared all 3 wrong release dates separately, so that they result as 3 errors and not as one.


– XF 18-135 coming June 16th

– X-E2 deal

– X-E2 firmware update with X-T1 EVF refresh rate coming soon (correct, it came a few days later)

– TCL-X100 will be out end of May (correct. It’s available since then in Japan, now also in Europe. Still out of stock in USA)

– TCL-X100 will cost €250 and be a bit cheaper than the WCL (correct. AmazonDE sells the silver version for €249, while the discounted WCL still costs €269)

– TCL-X100 will cost $350/400 (correct, it costs $350 at Bhphot & Co)

– TCL-X100 coming second half of April (correct, announced April 22)

– Lightroom 5.4 coming next week

– February/March lens deals with confidential Fuji document

– With the next update, Adobe will support X-Trans film simulation

– X30 won’t come in February/March as rumored by digicame-info

– Image and size comparison of the 10-24 with a protype 18-135 (real image)

– XF 16-55 and 50-140 will be weather sealed

– X-T1 announcement in January 28th at 4:30 AM London Time

– Improved WiFi for the X-T1

– UHS-II SD card slot, but no double SD-card slot + 8fps with AF tracking (Fuji originally planed a dual SD-card slot. When the first X-T1 image leaked here on FR, it even looked like a dual SD-card slot, but the Japanese source said it has just a single SD-card slot)

– X-T1 will cost $1300 / €1200

– First images of a prototype X-T1

– Firmware update for Zeiss will add PDAF support

– Tilt screen for the X-T1

– The name of the weather sealed X will be X-T1

– X-T1 will have the best EVF on the market

– black X100S will have a retail price of about £1000, about the same as silver version (the final retail price in UK is RRP £1099.99 for the black and £1049 for the silver version, according to wexUK. But now both are sold cheaper).

– XF56mm announcement at January 6th

– black X100S will be the only “new” X-camera presented at CES


– XF 18-135 announcement on Memorial Day (wrong, but, as Rico said in his first look, the announcement has been postponed at least two times, so actually the date could have been origianlly correct, but the source did not know about the updated release date. NOTE: I excluded the rumor of an 18-135 f/3.5-4.8, as this was a typo by Fujifilm at the CP+ (see this image), and I just reported about it.

– XF 18-135 will come in May (I’ve shared this in Janaury. But what was right in Janaury, is wrong now. As we know from Rico, the release has been pushed back at least two times. Announcements are a very tricky part of rumors).

– XF 18-135 in stores in February

– X-PRO2 with FF sensor (wrong, and corrected a few weeks later by the top trusted Japanese source)

Digital Medium Format Camera from Fujifilm coming by the end of summer? (new + anonymous source)

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Tell me, why go “just” Full Frame? According to a new and also an anonymous source, Fujifilm will launch a digital medium format mirrorless camera.

Of course, for now, be very careful with this information and take it with the usual grain of salt. That said, here is what the 2 sources told me:

New Source

Fuji will launch a digital Medium Format camera by the end of summer.

Anonymous Source

Fuji is working on a digital medium format mirrorless camera. The prototype is said to look like a [shoplink 12882 ebay]X-PRO1[/shoplink], with hybrid viewfinder, but more of a size of the Fuji GF670. The prototype is using the same Sony CMOS sensor present in the Pentax 645z.

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It’s a tough battle in the fiercly contested mirrorless market! Latest rumors suggest that also Sony will launch a Mamiya 7 style MF camera (source-SAR). But, as the saying goes, when the going gets tough, the tough get going! And Fuji seems to be ready to face the challenge.

Keep in mind that the Sony and the Fuji rumor are both still NOT confirmed by trusted sources.

However, if the rumors are true, then also Fujifilm has some trump cards to pull out of its sleeve. A Medium Format digital mirrorless camera, the rumored X200, X30 and the X-PRO2. (OMG, lots of rumors I have to work on! ;-) )

Ok, I’ll put my best also into this rumor and see if I can confirm the MF Fuji ASAP. Of course, feel free to help me and to make my work a bit easier. If you decide to share some information, you can do it completely anonymously via rumor box (if you don’t mind, use a nickname, so that I can eventually recognize you in future), or contact me via email at fujirumor [at]

stay tuned for more
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X20 discontinued at B&H… X30 (with sensor bigger than 1“) on the way?

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These days, all eyes are set (deservedly) on the umpteenth version of Sony’s RX100, the RX100MIII. It’s crazy how frenetically Sony updates its products (see also the Sony A7-R-K-S).

That’s not really the same policy of Fuji. The X-PRO1 is about 2 ½ years old, and still hasn’t been replaced. And of the 13 X-cameras currently available, only 4 were replaced by newer models in about 3 years (X10=X20, XF1=XQ1, X-E1=X-E2, X100=X100S). Fujifilm seems to focus more on firmware updates to improve the performance of older cameras. This Kaizen philosophy might be bad for electronic imaging field of the company (which is still losing money), but it’s definitely good for us customers.

Now, one of the next cameras that could be replaced in foreseeable future is the X20. The X30 is rumored to come in “summer”, and, as the usually well informed xjrumo said months ago, the sensor will be bigger than the 1” sensor of the RX100III.

Another hint that the X30 could be in the pipeline: the silver X20 is already discontinued at BHphoto… and US stores that have some left in stock, are selling it now with a $50 price drop. Check it out at AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / Pictureline.

And what do you think? Should Fuji follow Sony’s path and release udpated cameras with new (even minor) hardware changes more often (e.g. X-PRO1S)? Over at the Fujirumors facebook page Anurag said that Sony is “keeping up with the market“, while Olle said: “I myself value a brand that constantly keeps improving their current firmwares and meanwhile produces cameras with bigger improvements (x-t1) and great lenses. I work in a camera store and if its something the nex-users are asking for its the non existens nex lenses.

So the question is, if it’s better to launch an X-PRO1S/T/N or whatever, instead of waiting 3 years for the “major breakthrough” promised by Fuji with the X-PRO2.

stay tuned
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Patent: new color filter, also for organic sensor!

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The innovation continues. Fujifilm is working hard on the new organic sensor. Will this be the sensor of the X-PRO2? I still don’t know it. In the meantime check out the patent for new color filters giving better color reproducibility and less noise, applicable also to the organic sensor, at

Organic sensor or not, looking at the various polls shared here on FR, the majority of you prefer an APS-C sensor over a Full Frame sensor.

Annual Report: Imaging division profitable, strong sales for X-E2 and X-T1 but compact camera overall revenue declines

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Fuji’s annual report is online here.

As you can see from the diagram above, Fuji’s imaging division is partitioned in 3 fields: 1) the photo imaging business, 2) electronic imaging field (compact digital cameras), 3) optical device field.

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The Good News

The good news is that, overall, the imaging division is making profits… and it’s especially fiel 1 (photo imaging) and field 3 (optical device) that are leading Fuji’s imaging division out of the operational loss.

“In the Imaging Solutions segment, consolidated revenue amounted to ¥373.6 billion, up 8.0% from the previous fiscal year. Such factors as the expanded sales of camera modules for use in smartphones led to the consolidated revenue increase.

Operating profit amounted to ¥3.6 billion, due to strong sales in the photo imaging business, such as instant cameras, cost reductions and other factors.

Robust sales were seen in the optical devices field, owing to the large sales increase in camera modules for smartphones as well as strong sales of TV camera lenses.

Revenue increased and the segment turned into profitability, reflecting such factors as the strong sales in the photo imaging business (mainly instant cameras), the falling yen exchange rate, and fixed-cost reductions […] the sales of instant cameras and films increased substantially ([shoplink 17593]Instax mini 90[/shoplink] and [shoplink 23847]Instax Share SP-1 printer[/shoplink])”

The Bad News

And what about the compact digital cameras (field 2: electronic imaging field)? Well, it’s still the weak spot of the imaging segment.

In fact, the electronic imaging field is still suffering, because the “popularity of smartphones has been causing demand for compact digital cameras to decline“. So, although the sales of the premium X-series cameras are increasing, the overall revenue is declining. However, Fuji expects the sales to of X-series cameras to grow in future.

“Sales in the optical device and electronic imaging products business increased, because sales in the optical device field were strong while sales of compact digital cameras decreased.

In the electronic imaging field, the sales of premium interchangeable-lens-type cameras, such as the FUJIFILM X-E2, which was launched in November 2013, and the FUJIFILM X-T1, which was launched in February 2014 were strong, but a decrease in overall demand for compact digital cameras, reflecting the spread of smartphones, caused the overall revenue to decline. Fujifilm is working to expand sales centering on interchangeable-lens-type cameras, increasing the product lineup in the X Series of premium cameras that leverage Fujifilm’s exclusive technologies and, XF Lens Series, interchangeable lens systems.

Although the market for compact digital cameras is shrinking, demand for high-quality photographs is growing. Our X-Series of high-end digital cameras that concentrates on image quality, operational sense and texture is particularly beloved of photography aficionados. […] we expect the market for digital cameras with interchangeable lenses to grow”

The moral of the story? Drop the entry level segment and give us the X-PRO2 / X200 :-)

miXed zone: Fuji VS DSLR and Leica T, Zeiss 50mm and Samyang 8mm II first impressions and much more!

 X-T1 or DSLR? Leica T or Fuji X-E2?

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Leica T: Adorama / BHphoto

– Fuji X-T1 is better than DSLR, according to soundimageplus: “For me the main reason I use Fuji X cameras is they are just such a pleasure to use. […] I also have no wish to ever use an optical viewfinder ever again […] ultimately the DSLR will disappear. A lot slower than some think it will, but it will. […] The other thing I like about Fuji is that they go their own way. In the early days they did sometimes take a wrong turn, but at the moment they are certainly motoring along strongly. […] So is the Fuji X-T1 better than a DSLR? Well it is for me, not for others. And we all make those decisions based on our choices, our preferences and our wallets and purses.”

Soundimageplus (click here) also thinks about the question: the brand new Leica T or Fujifilm X-E2?: “Now it’s not always about price. But the Fuji lenses are faster, as far as I’m concerned the equal of the Leicas optically plus the EVF is internal. The Fuji also has focus peaking, faster lenses and newer sensor. It can also accept m-mount lenses via much cheaper adapters. For the price difference you could add a 56mm f/1.2 – £899, 10-24mm f/4 – £849 + 55-200mm – £549. And you still have £105 left over to buy a grip and some memory cards or an m>X adapter.”

Jeff Bridges told me via email: “With the introduction of the Leica T, is it safe to say that the company has abandoned the space once owned by the M to the Fuji X? The T seems to go against everything Leica stands for—thoughtful, image-focused, high quality photography. They made cameras for photographers. Now…???

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Fujifilm X-T1
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– [shoplink 17516]OM-D E-M1[/shoplink] vs XT1 for Wedding Photography at danielkcheung: “In the end, I chose to go with the Fujifilm X-T; not because it is a better camera – it is not. In terms of ergonomics and autofocus ability alone, the Olympus OMD EM1 wins hands down. However, I do require better low light performance for the purpose of post processing. A larger sensor therefore makes sense in my situation. I am not saying that the OMD EM1 handles high ISO poorly, for a small micro four thirds sensor, it does wonders. However, I am uncomfortable with the results for the amounts that I charge for my services. Secondly, being the very impatient person that I am, I could not bare with how the Olympus OMD EM1 locks the user out from doing anything while the camera writes to the memory card. To me, these two factors were enough for me to look for an alternative.”

LensVid Fujifilm X-T1 Review is now online here (with video): “The X-T1 is the third X camera from Fujifilm that we have tested in the past 2 and a half yeas and there is no debut in our minds that the company progressed considerably over this time period. The most important point in this respect is that Fuji finally created an AF system which good enough that we can recommend (its not the fastest in the world – but its adequate for most day-to-day shooting situations). If we combine this new AF system with the great image quality you will be getting from the X-TRANS sensor (and the new image processor), huge EVF, different focus peeking options, fast shooting speed, cool WIFI (and app), a large number of options to customize the controls, good build quality and retro design (for those who love it – we actually don’t) – you get a very attractive offering.”

– quesabesde X-T1 test here in Spanish (translation): “The formula for success is sometimes simpler than it seems: experience, photographic common sense and an affordable price. Get the ingredients is not easy, but when things come together like this Fujifilm X-T1 certainly lead the best model to date of signature.”

– Fuji X-T1 on the streets at expat-photographer: “Fuji knows optics. Their lenses are amazing. They know color – the straight out of camera jpegs look amazing – with several film profiles to select from. With the new Fuji X-T1 body I’m a happy camper. Is it perfect? No. Is it better than the original Fuji X100? By a longshot. Fuji has learned its lessons and taken its lumps – and improved a great deal.”

– First review FujiFilm X-T1 at frankdoorhof: “Overall conclusion for the moment: AWESOME camera, gives me a lot of fun in shooting with it and that’s what’s very important. The dynamic range and image quality are stunning. […] A great camera for the street and travel photographer.”

– X-T1 at work at danbaileyphoto: “Even after putting it to extensive use during the past two months, this was the was the first really big job that I’ve shot with the X-T1. I feel as if I’ve gotten to know that camera even better now and am even more confident with how well it performs in all situations.”

– Traveling and editing like a boss with a Fuji X-T1 + iPad & Lightroom mobile at jaysonoertel: “I never have to worry about traveling with my clunky DSLR again to shoot a job this size again.  I’m fully confident that I’m able to do my shoot, capture/transfer the photos to my iPad in the field, do some light editing in Lightroom and export them to Dropbox to send off the the client. I’d love to hear your travel tips and workflow.”

– Munya: “Hey Patrick! First off, just want to say I love the work you to bring news to all of us Fuji users. It is really inspiring and keeps us up to date! I recently did a post of my experience with the Fujifilm cameras so though it would be a great read for those looking to consider the system. I use the X-T1 with the X-Pro1 with the 35 1.4R, 14mm 2.8R and just recently acquired the 23mm 1.4R. Here is the link below to my blogpost and website!!”

– Daniel Korzeniewski: “I am just back from Peru, (returned yesterday) took with me the X-T1 and X2, I made an entire assignment there shooting for HOOP Peru, an ONG with just Fuji, and I am very happy with the results, I will never ever travel with DSRL again!!! I’ll be posting photos to my blog soon….”. See the shots and read the story here at danielkorzeniewskiphoto.

– X-T1 with 23mm and 35mm at the Japanese site camera.itmedia (translation).

– Oslo with the X-T1 and 23mm lens at kjetilkvienmadsen.

– FUJIFILM X-T1 + Elmar 3.5cm F3.5 at (tranlsation).


– Rob Moroto: “Got the [shoplink 23904]MHG-XT[/shoplink] hand grip for the X-T1 on a recent trip to Japan.  Note to everyone who gets it – DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN THE SCREW!  I got mine and instantly snapped the screw connecting the grip to the body. Honestly – turn it lightly and when it stops – STOP.  I did the regular extra 1/8th of a turn for good measure and snap.. I just put a couple photos from my recent trip to Japan using the X-T1 on my Facebook page if you’d like to have a look.  Mostly taken with the 18-55 and the 55-200.”

Zeiss Touit 50mm
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Pre-order at Adorama and BHphoto

Extended First Impressions: Zeiss 50mm f2.8 Touit (Fujifilm X) at thephoblographer: “Image Quality: So far, we’re really, really liking what the Zeiss 50mm f2.8 Touit lens can do. Here’s what we’re talking about.”

Rokinon (Samyang) 8mm Fisheye Version II
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First Impressions: Rokinon (Samyang) 8mm Fisheye Version II review at admiringlight: “I’ve only had a chance to put a handful of images through the new lens so far, but at first blush, it appears to be slightly sharper than the first version, producing very crisp images into the corners stopped down a bit.  Chromatic aberration is quite low.”

 XF 56mm f/1.2
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– Fujinon 56mm Review at flixelpix: “The 56mm is definitely a people lens, it is perfect for separating the subject of an image from the background but at the same time keeping the proportions accurate and complimentary. I think the reason photographers fall for the 56mm so quickly is the fact it is so easy to control. Shooting at large apertures isn’t easy especially when the subject is always moving yet the 56mm is extremely accurate and picks the focus point accurately with each shot. […] The 56mm is a bokeh machine that is perfect for people photography. It is a joy to use and will be a firm favourite on my X-T1 for sometime to come.”

– The Fujifilm 56mm f1.2 & X Pro1. Quadrophenia Night at may-photography: “This lens is a keeper, I really really like it and will stay fitted to one of my cameras most of the time. The 56mm and 18mm lenses fitted to each body will cover most situations given the type of photography that I do.”

– Open aperture shooting with the Fuji X-T1 and 56mm lens at f/1.2 at aboutphotography: “For this series I only used the 56mm lens at f/1.2. Using it like that forced me to take a point of view that exploited the out-of-focus areas as much as the narrowly focused subject. The character of what the equipment will do at this setting becomes as much a part of the subject as the scene itself. When all the disparate elements are working well they integrate into one flowing visual experience.”

XF 10-24
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– Dan Hogman: “Patrick, I’d like to share with you my impressions on the Fujifilm XF 10-24mm 4.0 – It’s really sharp, including corners. Wide angle distortions are really minimum. I am surprised they were able to control it so well at 10mm, when other lenses, including the 18-55mm, have visible barrel distortions. This is especially important for what I do, since I shot mostly architecture, where distortions are really an major factor. I’ve used Sigma 10-20mm, Sigma 12-24mm, Nikon 10-24mm, which I consider inferior on all aspects. I find it very well built, with most parts made out of metal. It’s really compact for what it does, and the fact that it does not extend at zoom is a big plus. I ocassionally post samples at or instagram @danhogman

– Belfast and Donegal at flixelpix: “I’ve been using the Fujinon 10-24mm as the only lens locked to the Fujifilm X-T1. You can see just how wide you can go with this photograph of Poison Glen in Donegal. You can just spot the church in the left hand side of the frame and this was shot at 19mm!!”


– Fuji Raw -V- Fuji Jpeg at thebigpicturegallery: “My point about raw-v- jpeg debate is that photographers should concentrate on taking a correctly exposed picture first and foremost, and should not rely on raw to save your bacon. Now that I have looked at the raw processing using Lightroom, I am now confident to shoot in either.

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– Arlindo Namour Filho: “Hello PatrickI would like to share with you and the Fuji lovers the impressive results I had with my X-E2 with the XF14mm lens on a street photography tour I had in São Paulo downtown. This lens is a must have for every street photographer. it gives definition, almost zero of distortion and chromatic aberration. I shot all the images in JPEG. The X-Trans sensor combined with the great glass of this lens hang all the quality I need when I make the post production. I hope you like it.”  For an engagement session he shot with his little babies Fuji X100S and X-T1 (with the XF56mm f/1.2) click here.

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– Street Photography with the Fuji x100s at derrenhodsonphotography: “After a disastrous time with my Canon 5D3, i knew wanted to concentrate on Street Photography, through i call myself an Urban Photographer as i still like to get Architectural and urban objects into my photographs. I decided i wanted to try a light camera, as i was still new to Street Photography a silent leaf shutter would be a great bonus, so i first purchased an X100 then about two weeks later the X100s.”

– Shooting Black & White with the Fuji x100s at nicolestruppert: “The x100s is a beautiful camera – especially for Black & White photography. Most of the time I shoot RAW & jpeg. The jpegs are great out of the x100s but the RAWs have more information and if I am having a “gold keeper” I want to get the best quality out of my picture.”

– Beating Edinburgh’s Streets with the Fujifilm X100s at roblowephoto: “On a recent trip to our nation’s capital, I took both the GXR and the X100s out to have some fun on the streets and, on our return, I had some 200 shots over two and a half days, from the X to go through against just 80 or so from the GXR/50. That tells me something (and I pay attention to things like that).”

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– Henri Buffetaut: “Hello Patrick. Here some volcanic pics taken with my fuji X-E1 with the 35mm f/1.4 and my Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 on the Stromboli. The activity was quite strong with nice explosions every 20 minutes. Hope to return soon in Sicilia. ;) website / My fb page

– Harrison Lam: “Hey Patrick! First of all, great job on the website!  I’ve been reading it ever since my fiance had purchased an X100 and I toyed around with it.  Ever since then, I’ve been hooked on Fuji’s and determined I would get my own. When I finally saved up enough, I purchased an XE-1 and the 35mm lens to go with it.  Since then, I’ve taken 2 vacations to Japan and have used my camera with only the 35mm to take all of my shots.  During my last trip there, I managed to have enough money left over for a 14mm, but since I only had a few days left, I barely used it. I just wanted to showcase some of my work with you.  I’m still a beginner, so I feel like I have a long way to go.  Check out the shots I have at my flickr: All pics (sans one or two, currently) were taken with my XE-1 and the 35mm.  Enjoy and keep up the great work!”

– One year with the Fuji X-E1 at nils.mipi: “The worst thing about the cam­era: I am really temp­ted to buy more lenses and maybe a X-E2 or an X-PRO2 when it comes out). This cam­era makes me want to throw more money at Fuji, even if I already have all I need…”

– A Glimpse of India at mikeangphoto: “I brought my Fuji X-E1 along with the Fuji 35/1.4 and Zeiss 50/1.7. I could remember a few years back during my trip in Singapore, I was a DSLR user back then, and after bringing it the first day, it was just left in the hotel for the next days as my back and shoulders were already hurting. I never had this experience with the Fuji X. It’s really something you can bring wherever, and you’d be able to focus on taking photos instead of thinking about where the next stop is so you can get some rest on your sore back.”

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– More London with the X-Pro1 at martincastein: “The Zeiss Touit 12mm 2.8 came out to play again was excellent. The X Pro 1 is so light with it on.”

– Matt & Clare’s Wedding photographed with an X-PRO1 and 35mm lens at mattwilkinsonphotography.

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– Fujifilm X-M1: Lab Test Results & Comments: Still & Video at shutterbug: “The sharpness results are excellent. The camera reproduced the test chart with 3059 lines in picture height, which isn’t far from the nominal sensor resolution (3264 lines per picture height). The standard test box shot and the portrait shot show images that are rich with details and fine structure. […] The video quality is acceptable, but the camera also showed some very disappointing results.”


– On the road with the X10 at alhanoi.

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– Event Photography with the Fuji 55-200mm lens at notofthisearth: “I would highly recommend the lens to anyone taking their photography seriously with the Fuji X system.  It is compact enough to fit in a small kit bag (I use a Crumpler Long Schlong which has extra room in it waiting for an X-T1 to go in!) and provides all the versatility you could ask for in a telephoto lens.”

– Fujinon XF 23mm f/1.4 R (Fujifilm) – Review / Test Report  at photozone: “The Fujinon XF 23mm f/1.4 R is a highly attractive addition to the Fujifilm lens lineup. It combines an ultra-large aperture with high quality results. At large aperture settings the center quality is already pretty high whereas the borders/corners are at least on a good level. The resolution is much more snappy at f/2.8 and images are tack sharp between f/4 and f/5.6. The low amount of lateral CAs also contributes to the high sharpness perception. Image distortions are nothing to worry about whereas vignetting can be an issue in RAW images at f/1.4 and f/2. However, Fujifilm is relying on image auto-correction so this is usually a lesser issue from a user perspective. Wide-angle lenses tend to produce a quite harsh bokeh (out-of-focus rendition) but the quality of the Fujinon is really good especially around f/2.”

– Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 (Fujifilm) – Review / Test Report at photozone: “Ultra-wide angle lenses are never really perfect. However, within its scope the Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 delivers pretty impressive results. The center quality is great and the border and corner quality are good to very good at mainstream settings. The very low lateral CAs contribute to the high sharpness perception. Distortions and vignetting are usually auto-corrected either by the camera or your favorite RAW converter so you don’t have to worry about these aspects from a normal user perspective. However, when looking at the naked raw files, you can spot a few issues. The raw distortions are actually still quite fine at 2% – this is a normal value for such a prime lens and lower than on most conventional zoom lenses for sure. However, the raw vignetting is very high especially at max. aperture.”

– Marcin W. Dąbrowski: “Hi Patrick. I’m writing to you to share my little album — my love shouted at me I should show the photos to you, and you might be interested in sharing them with the Fujirumors community. Anyway, the story goes: About a month ago I was getting home from a business trip, flying from Zürich to Warsaw — having my trusty X–E1 with XF27/2.8 with me in the cabin. The portability and quality of this setup paired with fantastic weather conditions allowed me take some shots of Alps from 8–12 km above sea level. This is just another story how ordinary trip can change to something extraordinary when you have some fantastic quality gear with you — and I must say that XF27 might look like a toy lens, but it delivers outstanding results. PS: The shots were processed through Capture One Express 7.2. The photos are here at 500px

miXed zone: X-T1… and much more!

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X-T1- how do I love thee? Let me count five ways… at thistonybridge here: “The viewfinder is bright and involving, the best I have used yet. It has a high eyepoint and there are options to have it with information around the sides, with no information, or withdual screens ( I haven’t figured out why you want that yet!) but it is big and beautiful. That said, it is still an EVF, and not an optical viewfinder killer!”

– Hands-on: First impressions on the upcoming Fuji X-T1 at grittymonkey here: “For me the jury is still out. The EVF makes a big impression, the camera is fast and responsive, but clearly I have been spooked by the lack of relief of the back buttons of the camera. So far it seems to me that If you already own an X-E2 (or were planning to buy it), don’t shoot action and don’t mind the big EVF, you don’t need to upgrade (or spend the extra money). Anyway, I will leave definitive conclusions for after a real test in real life. I should get my own production sample in 10 days (“I love it when a plan comes together”, fingers crossed), so if you want to hear more about the X-T1 and how it performs in real-life, stay tuned”

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X Factor – With ‘Altitude’! at lovetheimage here: ” [X-E2] It’s ideal for outdoor sports (as well as weddings, portraits, landscapes etc!) as you don’t even notice you are carrying it! Pushing both myself and the camera to the limits I had the horsey treat of shooting the BMW Polo Masters at Corcheval – one of the highest polo grounds in the world – played on snow. I was hooked from the first Chukka… Well, my little Fuji friend did me proud, achieving lovely sharp images in the most challenging conditions and capturing one of the fastest sports on earth.

Full Review: Fujifilm X-E2 the Greatest ILC? at bigheadtaco here: “In the end, comparing the X-E2 to the previous X-E1, it’s definitely worth the upgrade. Before the release of the X-T1, the X-E2 was the unoffical top-of-the-line X-series ILC camera. It has all of the most recent hardware and software upgrades, and still keeps all the ergonomic and functional features of the X-series cameras. The JPEGs are amazing, even at high ISO, and all the camera functions have been refined (EVF, LCD, AF, MF). Would I buy the X-E2?”

– Super-comparison at the Spanish site quesabesde here (translation) Fujifilm X-E2, Olympus OM-D E-M5, Panasonic GX7 and Sony NEX-7: “In any case, as what it is precisely to find these differences, it is demonstrated that the X-E2 is imposed on the rest in terms of image quality, noise control and dynamic range.”

– Matt Brandon (thedigitaltrekker): “I thought you might be interested in seeing the images from my new post. I used the multi exposure function on the X-E2 with some success. I was pleased with both the use of the multiple exposure as well as the long exposure technique. I was very pleased with how the camera performed in lowlight as well.” For his article Pushing the X-E2 to it’s limits and finding them click here: “[taking photos of] constant movement of people […] with very little light and it failed..badly. Almost every frame was out of focus. I didn’t just shoot in AF-C I also shot in AS-S (single) and tried to capture scenes on the move. No luck.”

Still life photography with a new Petzval lens on the Fuji X-E2 at aboutphotography here: “The lens is noted for its flattering use in portraiture, and a soft, swirling bokeh effect in out of focus areas. To harmonize the characteristics of the lens with my still life project, I kept to muted colors and soft, bright lighting.” He also wrote the article “Tilt-shift adapter on the Fuji X-E2, X-Pro1, and X-T1 cameras“. Check it out here. A third blog post, “A beauty portrait with the Fuji X-E2“, can be read and seen here.

Beyond the static at thistonybridge here: ““Veil after veil of thin dusky gauze is lifted, and by degrees the forms and colours of things are restored to them, and we watch the dawn remaking the world in its antique pattern.” ― Oscar Wilde.”

– (shared via FR-twitter): The X-E2 is simply delicious (with XF23mm) at neillsoden here: “In my opinion, the X-E2 is currently the best camera that Fuji has, bar the X100S, but that is in a different class. […] The 23mm is a really good lens, the build and image quality is outstanding. I would say that if you have the X100 or X100S in addition to another Fuji, you don’t really need this lens, and the price difference is small. That said, that beautiful f/1.4 can be really handy at times.”

The Streetshooters – Fuji X-E2 + 27mm and Ricoh GR at mingart here: “The best camera for the Streets ? Of course, there is no such thing. Any camera is as good as the person behind it. But if you ask, what I prefer…no pixelpeeping, in real life…I like it invisible, undercover, no recognition at all, light to make you agile…a ninja camera… the [shoplink 13349]Ricoh GR[/shoplink].”

– Fujifilm X-E2 w m-mount & Leica 50mm at alexlambrechts here: “For me, this camera is the perfect little street partner to my Fujifilm X100S, the Fujifilm X-E2 with m-mount & 50mm Leica Lens, gives me that perfect manual focus 75mm I love! […] I believe this one blows it [the X-PRO1] away in so many ways! and way smaller too!” For some shots he took with the X100S click here.

pocket-lint X-E2 review here: “If you’re after a CSC that’s all about image quality then look little further. We also love the hands-on layout of the build, and both retro style and retro approach to taking pictures thanks to physical aperture dials on the XF lenses. That £799 body-only price point might seem like a lot of money, because it is, but there’s a physical quality here that can be seen from a mile away.”

– The trio, X-E2 + X-PRO1 + X100S at draigphotography here:With my happy trio above I have so many options. Yet all contain that gorgeous beating heart of the 16 megapixel X-Trans sensor. I have choices for carry, aperture, ND filter, leaf shutter, fill-flash, optical and EVF, all choices that I can make for shooting and which I would most need, yet I am assured the file output is consistent, that’s my kind of choices.”

– Low light photography with the X-E2 at flixelpix here: “I ventured out with the Fujifilm X-E2, 23mm and 14mm lenses. Read my review of the Fuji X-E2. Shooting at night is a different type of long exposure photography where you need to have the shutter open long enough for the landscape that is in total darkness to impact on the sensor.” For his article Ideal Landscape Photography Kit click here: “You will probably already know that even since I purchased my first X100 in 2011 I am completely smitten by the Fujifilm X range of cameras.  The X-Trans sensor is amazing and to be honest all of the Fujifilm X Series cameras are ideal for landscape photography.”

– First Night of Training for the X-E2 at draigphotography here: “The X-E2, on it’s first project outing in hideous lighting conditions, performed like a champ. The size is not a concern (as pondered after X Pro1 use for so long) but the grip is a welcome addition, at least for me. The controls fall to finger naturally and everything feels that little bit tighter in operation. The X Pro1 is still an amazing camera (as is the X100s) so there really is no wrong choice. But Fuji have definitely honed/polished and improved upon many things to produce the X-E2.”

The Times, They are a Changin’ at draigphotography here: “The Fuji X system is superb in it’s ergonomics and imaging quality, it’s small, light and quiet and now the XE2 has WiFi built inside the possibilities are there to be taken advantage of by the professional on location.”

Fuji X-E2 W/ XC 50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS Lens | PART 2 at leighmiller here: “The X-E2 was also nice to use…just like the X-E1. The AF was faster and there was less hunting. The button layout refinements are a nice touch as well. I never paid too much attention to the ISO setting except to ensure it was high enough for a fast shutter speed as required.”

Fujifilm X-E2 Review and Real-World Write-Up at photomadd here:I think it would be hard for anyone to really complain about the auto-focus system in the X-E2.  It is a big improvement on the previous generation of X-Mount cameras when shooting real-world photographs.  In that regard Fujifilm should be congratulated for getting their act together.  If the past couple of years are anything to go by I can only see things getting better on this front too as Fujifilm seem keen to improve existing models rather than just releasing a replacement every few months.”

– review at amateurphotographer here: “Once familiar with the ins and outs of the X-E2’s operation, the solid build quality, superb handling and excellent button placement add up to offer one of the best user experiences there is. Most importantly, there’s no compromise in image quality, with the standard of results and detail rendered making it an excellent substitute for a more unwieldy APS-C-format DSLR. The X-E2 is, to put it simply, a stunning camera that’s up there as one of the most attractive on the market and is an absolute pleasure to use.”

Fujifilm X-E2 Review: Further Refining The X-E Design at findingrange here: “The Fuji X-E2 brings its user back to the basics of photography, which is why I love the X Series so much. It thoroughly involves the person in the photographic process, which is also what makes this camera so plain out fun to use.  It makes you want to go out and shoot.  It makes you want to learn more.” For some BW shots with the 12mm Touit here.

Fuji X-E2, RRS and Kirk compatible grip and L plate ~ mini review at prophotonut here: “I have just been trialling the new grip, base plate and L bracket for the Fuji X-E2 supplied in the UK by Photo Madd. The grip is a great improvement on the X-E1 model widely available on Ebay. Here are my findings.”

– Long Exposure with the Fuji X-E2 at mingart here: “Using a +10 stop B+W filter and a tripod for capturing some long exposure images with the Fuji X-E2. The zoom lens 18-55mm been perfect because of the terrain. Straight out of the camera (black&white yellow filter), increasing the shadows and highlights. LR 4.4 adding more contrast and sharpness.”

Introduction to the Fujifilm X-E2 by X-Photographer Kale Friesen on youtube here.

– Fuji X-E2 Manual Focus at stanleyleary here: “This is the setup I am using to demonstrate the manual focus of the Fuji X-E2.”

– first impressions in French at k-pture here (translation).

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– Boban James “Hi Patrick. Been a long time follower of your blog and that was one of the reasons why I picked up a Fuji X100S. I’m a portait and lifestyle photographer based out of Hyderabad, India and took the Fuji across three Indian cities. I’ve put up a blog documenting my experiences at: I believe this is the first review from India and I thought it would be of interest to your readers.  Cheers and look forward to interesting announcements on your blog.” Check it out here.

– Justin Balog: “Howdy Patrick! I thought you might enjoy this project we did with the Fuji x100s and a season of Bronco Fans. We’d love it if you shared it with your readers.” Check it here.

– Rainy Date (with the Fuji X-Pro1 and X100S) at olafphotoblog here: “If you live in Vancouver, you have to embrace rain as part of daily life. In fact, the winter months are usually associated with non-stop rain, sometimes for weeks. Such generosity in terms of wet weather could be viewed as a nightmare for a photographer … or it could be a great opportunity to challenge your photographic vision.” For his beautiful images in the post Westminster Abbey with the Fuji X100S & X-Pro1 click here.

– Duncan Martin: “Hi. I’ve been using the Olympus E-M5 for a while and quite recently bought a X100S to use alongside it. I’ve written a series of blog posts comparing the two cameras, which your readers might find interesting.” Check it out here at duncanmartin.

MY 2013 | REVIEW at vopoku here: “The Fujifilm X-Pro 1 and X100s became my tools of choice and I discovered the work of some brilliant photographers. Here is a selection of some of my favourite images from last year.”

– “My new camera! It is here. After not many days at all of waiting (but after a great deal of deliberation about wants vs. needs, eating vs. starving and so on) I ordered a Fujifilm X100s . Ken Rockwell, that master of hyperbole and audience-directed sabre-rattling (seriously, the guy can’t write three lines without flashing his cutlass), called it the world’s best digital camera. While that’s almost certainly not true, it’s a hell of a machine.” Read more at thepalinode here.

– Behind the Photograph – One evening on the rocks with the Fujifilm X100s at mirrorlessons here: “I had the Fuji X100s with me so I knew that I would have to get in close to capture what I wanted. I headed to the rocks, while sometimes stopping to see if there was already a good composition or if I needed to go further.”

Fujifilm x100s Review – Testing Never Really Ends at jekuarce here: “As many other photographers who have reviewed the x100s have said, this camera isn’t for everyone. There isn’t a zoom feature, it doesn’t go wider than 23mm (I feel that a 14mm would be a better street focal length for me), but it does just about everything I need it to do with my style of shooting.”

–  The Experiment – The Fujifilm X100S at canadianloon here: “I had this thing hanging around my neck for over 7 hours and tucked into my coat and I never felt it at all.   And this was with the stock strap!    I can hold this thing all day and not hating it.  When I needed the camera is was right there.   This means I might actually have a camera with me when an opportunity presents itself!”

– X100S review at thephotofrontier here: “This is my GO-TO camera for storytelling and documentary work. Because of its size and stature, my subjects rarely notice it. And because of its cool look, if they do notice it, they are excited to have their photo taken with it. I can turn on the flash, engage the ND filter and put it real close to their face. People just love this camera!”

Act a Fuji: Four Months With The X100S at petapixel here: “The X100S is the go to camera you want to take when you travel. Leave the DSLR’s at home. Enjoy your actual vacation by not having to dig around in your camera bag deciding which body and lens to use. As some would say, “keep it simple, stupid!”

Istanbul City Stories : most bizarre real life Fuji X100S video review at pavels here: “The Fuji X100S which is an absolute beast and I’ve finally put it where it shines the most: in the streets.I have never seen such a mix of a streetphoto and video and for me, this is the review I want to see. The real life one. This camera is awesome tool, but I’m pretty sure we all know that by this time.”

My new toy at gaborimages here: “I surprised myself with a Fuji X100s before christmas. Like probably many of you I was thinking long enough whether to get the camera or a 23mm f1.4 lens for my X-Pro, it wasn’t an easy decision, but I’m happy with the outcome.

– “A week and a half ago, my wife’s grandmother passed away. They were very close, as she was and is to all of her grandparents. As her grandfather had already passed, the house now stands empty. Well, that’s not entirely true. Though the physical presence of her grandparents are gone, the memories and the reminders of love still fill the home.” See mwaltonstudio ‘s photographs here.

Rainy Day Photography – Why shooting on a bad day can be good training at mirrorlessons here: “I think that rain or very cloudy days (if we want to talk about light) is always the ideal time for a training session. The reason is simple: you have to force your eye to look for less obvious things. You train yourself to look for details. You avoid classic wide-angle scenes that might have looked interesting bathed in an interesting light, but are clearly banal without.”

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– The Big Fuji JPG Experiment in Mexico at thephotofrontier here: “In short, I loved how light weight and discrete the Fuji system is and at the same time delivering great IQ and image quality.” For another article Fuji Xing The Landscape click here:We landscape photographers have a bad habit of carrying around all this really cool gear to remote locations, only to return with stunning images of the landscape we visited. I’m always reminding myself, that the adventure is more than just the destination. We have some great tools along with us, so let’s us them to help tell the story of our adventure. Stop and smell the roses…errrr…take the snapshot. Here are a few snapshots from our landscape photography adventure. Again, all via the Fuji X system. ”

– wedding photography with the X-E1 at martincastein here: “Let me state that my second shooter Katie uses the Fuji X-E1 for wedding photography and these pictures are therefore shot by her and not me. All pictures were shot on the Fuji X-E1 with the 18-55 zoom only, all files were edited from RAW. All editing is lightroom only.”

– January 11th, 201, Fuji XE1 40mm, The Ricoh Shooters Dream Part 1 at streetshooter here: “I handed Joe my Fuji XE1 with the 27mm on it. It’s dark man, I mean real dark. Joe made the above photo with my camera. He fell in love very quickly when he saw this shot on the screen. Of course I am in the process of putting together a deal for him on the XE2 and 4 or so lenses. Mary, his wife called me this morning and was very happy. She said that Joe seemed to have found a new love.” For his article Fuji XP1 Works the Streets of Philadelphia click here.

Testing Fuji X-E1 | Part One at bloglovin here: “I was so impressed by this camera that I have decided to test it for portrait work tomorrow – a little battle between Canon and Fuji…sounds like fun right.”

At last …Fuji X-E1 and motor roaming the first trip of the year at simonpeckham here: “Yeah… It seems and age since being out for the weekend in the camper so it was lovely to get away this last weekend, the forecast was sunny but cold, perfect for a trip to the sea side of Southend on Sea and a town not yet visited or had the pleasure of photographing. Sticking with my year or “on camera one lens” I was spending time with the X-e1 and 35mm f/1.4.”

– “I’ve never done a photo shoot with a newborn baby before, so this was an entirely new experience for me!” Read and see more at adrielhenderson here.

The Mirrorless Post at davidduchemin here: “I’m convinced. After a week in Lalibela, Ethiopia, and a safari in Kenya, I’m ready to leave my heavy pro DSLR gear at home more often. I went to Ethiopia with a Fuji XE-1 and a Leica M (240), both with a small kit of lenses (18-55 and 55-200 for the Fuji, and 21mm, 50mm, and 75mm for the Leica), and went mirror-less all week.”

Bloody Bridge with the Fuji X-E1 and the 14mm at martinspencephotography here.

Fashion shoot with the Fujifilm X-E1 at rommenphotography here.

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– An Interview with Portrait & Fashion Photographer (and X-PRO1 aficionado) Dave Kai Piper at slrlounge here… read it and enjoy Dave’s stunning images!

– Jack Tiong: “Hi Patrick, congratulation on your amazing website. I have benefited a lot from fujirumours. I have made a review on the latest fuji hand grip for X-pro 1 (product images and price). It’s be good if you could share it for people who is interested. Thanks and have a nice day.” Check it here.

– Marcial Rodriguez Izaguirre  “Dear Patrick, First, I’d like to congratulate you for the web and encourage you to keep up this amazing job. I’m an owner of X-pro 1 and the prime 18mm. and 35mm. lenses. In my last trip to Japan I bought a X-E1 for a workmate of mine. It was a great deal since the X-E2 was the new camera for the X series at that time and because of the devaluation of Yen in the currency markets. I bought it together with the 18-55mm. so I had the chance to try for the first time both the X-E1 and a X series’ zoom lens. You can take a look to the pictures I took with the first light of the day after a sleepless night in Fukuoka due to ‘jet lag’ here. Although I was quite tired and sleepy, I enjoyed the morning with the X-E1 because of its ease of use and the versatility of the zoom. I didn’t expect such a great performance from a zoom lens. The only weak point, of course, was the limited luminosity of the zoom if I compare it with my prime lenses. I wouldn’t change my X-Pro for a X-E1 neither my primes for a zoom. I know now is time for the X-T1 and more to come but my point is that today I would strongly recommend the X-E1 to anyone with a limited budget wanting to enter the X series. With the firmware updates its performance is great and, after the release of X-E2, it can be possible to find very interesting deals out there. Thanks a lot!”

Winter, cold, snow – who needs the weather sealed X-T1? Fujifilm X-Pro1 in cold weather at lakeviewman here: “Anyway – who says I have to wait? Today it was minus 18 degrees celcius, snow and wind – and my Fujifilm X-pro1 with the XF14mm f/2.8 and XF 35mm f/1.4 performed flawlessly!”

– Up in the sky with the x-trans!… beautiful shots by Mehrdad at qimago here. To read about his journey from Canon to Fuji click here (translated version).

Fuji x Pro, Amsterdam loves you! at suberashi here: “I love Amsterdam thats a fairly well know fact. Great walkable, creative diverse and beautiful place and the perfect spot to test out the Fuji X Pro that I have invested money research and trust into.”

Shooting Infrared – X-Pro1 at f-sunny here: “IR exposures can be long – there’s not much illumination getting through even, on a sunny day! Here are some initial test shots.”

Highs and Lows of Using Fuji X-Pro Camera at jeffsinclairphotography here: “I love the X-Pro but use it less and less and use the Canon 6/5DM3 more and more for a variety of reasons but focus issues are paramount. To be fair, I have sold off all the heavy Canon zooms and only use smaller and lighter prime lenses but even so they are still heavier than the Fuji lenses but superior auto focus, controls and general ergonomics of the Canon cameras make the trade off worth while, at least to me.”

– X-PRO1 at fiftyfootshadows here: “This brings me to Fujifilm, their X series of cameras, and the body I have chosen to be my new day to day digital shooter, the X-Pro1. They have clearly been designed with film shooters in mind. Fuji’s engineers have a firm commitment to helping bring the joys of their old emulsions to life with the technology they have created to eventually replace it.”

–  Winter in the derbyshire dales at thebigpicturegallery here: “All images taken on a Fuji X pro 1 using 14mm 55-200mm and a few nd grads and a 10 stop filter.”

Fujifilm X-Pro1 : Thaipusam Festival At Kota Kinabalu at shukurjahar here: “Since this was my first time covering Thaipusam Festival, I have no idea how and what to expect. These are some images I took this morning with Fujifilm X-Pro1 + Fujinon XF 35mm F1.4.”

Fujifilm X-Pro1 Shoots Landscape: Kota Belud – A Hidden Treasure For Landscape Photographer at shukurjahar here.

Fujifilm Xpro-1 : Thaipusam 2014 at lucpher here: “I decide to bring my Fujifilm Xpro-1 with a 35mm 1.4, lightweight, fast lens and extremely capable at high ISO settings. The Xpro-1 being small and light, allows me to hand hold the camera over head and under the devotees for a different angle for many of the shots shown below. A heavier camera would have tire me out faster.”

Scranton Lace in B&W at karenjohnsonphotography here: “They were all taken with my wonderful Fuji X-Pro 1 and what I love about the Fuji camera is the ability to see through the viewfinder in black & white.  It is really easy for me to compose when I am looking at a black & white image.  I can really see the light and shadows which I am always working with when I photograph an abandoned building.”

–  Fuji X-Pro 1 with the Voigtlander 90mm f/3.5 APO Lanthar vs. the Zeiss / Contax 90mm f/2.8 Sonnar at gambofoto here: “With these two Voigtlander lenses I now have equivalent FOV’s of 75mm and 112mm respectfully.** Actually both lenses were the LTM mount (screw), so a simple adapter ring is required to convert them to M mount.”

– Sunshine At The Lake at fiftyfootshadows here: “I decided to push the x-pro1 and see what it could take as I shot into the sunlight. Even when a highlight is totally blown out it handles the light surprisingly well.”

– Modelflesh at suberashi here: “Was invited to spend some time in a studio last week too see how the Fuji X-Pro handled the workload. It was a chance to show the Fuji up against a Nikon D800 which the owner is thinking of changing to a Fuji. And a chance to see if this bad boy can step up to the haters.”

New images, location lighting and stuff at timokoponen here: “There’s a mix of flash, fading sunlight outdoors and tungsten lights inside the house, creating a bit of “dirty” light. Shot with x-pro1 and Voigtländer 35mm nokton (wide open).”

– Interview with Luca Bracali at the fujifilmblog here: “Luca travels with such frequency that he’s away from home at least once a month, and the Fujifilm X-Pro1 has found a place in his camera bag. In fact, it was his nomadic lifestyle which first attracted the photographer to the Fujifilm X-Pro series of cameras. “With the new airline regulations you cannot travel carrying so many kilos,” he said, “but I still needed quality.”

Chasing Fog at byjansen here: “I love the look of mist, it’s so peaceful and freezes frames even more. It silences sounds, narrows visibility. Best of days are the ones where I wander through the mist on my own, just me and the silence. Chasing fog..”

– Portraits from Trinidad Cuba at handcarryonly here.

– xPro-1 vs Yellow Stone Cave at thehumancamera here: “If you’ve been reading my recent posts, you’ll noticed that I have started using the Fujifilm xPro-1 a lot more frequently than before. Even though I’ve owned the camera for over 7 months now… it wasn’t until the past 3 months that it has become my camera of choice. A worthy replacement for my Canon 5D MkII.”

Leica M9 vs Fuji X Pro1 | New York’s Chinatown at thetravelphotographer here: “Juggling a Leica M9 and a Fuji X Pro1 during my few hours yesterday in New York City’s Chinatown during the celebrations and parades for the Year of the Horse,  resulted in having two virtually identical versions of the same scene, as the one above.”

Camera Review: Fuji X-Pro1 X Mount Compact System Camera at ssvphotography here: “The Fujifilm X Pro-1 is pleasure to use. It gives a lightweight, yet high quality photo alternative to a heavy DSLR yet gives little to one in terms of picture quality. Menu and operation quirks aside, the camera has a great sensor and together with the excellent lenses, produces great out of the camera JPG’s with little editing required. I love using it. DEFINITELY RECOMMENDED!

London Street Photography & The Fuji X-Pro1 at robgrimesphotography here: “Overall I’m still learning the camera and looking forward to using the X-Pro 1 when i fly to Vegas at the beginning of March and for some more street photography throughout the year, but so far, I’m very happy with the Fuji X-Pro1.”

Old Meets New – X-Pro1 + Nikkor 105mm at nathanelson here: “As for shooting this combo, I gotta say that although the image quality is great, the process was actually kind of painful, mostly due to the slow write speeds to the card. The X-Pro1 would not allow me to use the zoom in the EVF to make sure I was properly focused until it was finished writing the previously taken image to the card, which meant the model had to hold poses for much longer than normal while I waited for the camera to cooperate. Kind of kills the flow of things.

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– The Polish site optyczne tested the X-A1 here (translation)

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– X-M1 first impressions at soundimageplus here: “It’s a sweet little thing and I have no idea whether I’ll keep it, but I don’t seem to be having much success is finding new homes for my Fuji gear.” For his article Fuji X-M1 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS lens – Owner assessment – Part 1 click here: “In some ways this camera + lens could be seen as the best point and shoot compact camera without a viewfinder ever released. For the simple reason that you can shoot with it virtually anywhere. The combination of the incredible high ISO performance and remarkable effectiveness of the Fuji OIS system makes it pretty much unique in this class of camera. Nothing m4/3 and NEX (sorry Alpha) have comes close to this.” Part2 and the following are online too.

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 – Review at steves-digicams here: “The pocketable XQ1 packs a lot of speed, customizable controls, and power into a small package. Fast phase detection AF, high-speed burst modes, and solid low light performance help you get great shots under most conditions. If the clumsy zooming of the control ring and modest 4X zoom don’t deter you, the XQ1 will likely fulfill your high expectations.”

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 – Flashing people with Fujifilm X100 at here: “I haven’t found an article about it’s usage with strobes and flashes for a commercial portraiture. That sort of slap on the back with “hey man, you can do a real assignments with this cheap compact camera and you will be just fine” article, which we photographers do like so much..You know what I’m talking about, right?:)”

– Phil Brown send me via FR-twitter some of his shot taken with the X100. He said: that “the X100 might be dated, but still a great camera, I took it to Africa this month“. See his flickr set here and here.

-Traveling with Fuji x100 in Big Sur at Michaels 500px here: “I can’t stress this enough, x100 is so small and light compared to D700 + 24-40 (16-35) it made everything easier. Taking it to café’s, bars, restaurants is unassuming. Carrying it all day with a strap, or even holding it or stuffing it in a fleece pocket is easy.”

Reasons for GR –> X100 move at jonnenaarala here: “My beloved Fujifilm X100 arrived to today. It was a nice moment to open the package. Great reunion. I got a fantastic Leicatime half-case for it too and they say that this case is the Bentley of the half-cases. It surely feels great and is top-quality. But more of the Leicatime case later. Now I want to share my reasons to switch from [shoplink 13349]Ricoh GR[/shoplink] to Fuji X100.”

colinnichollsphotography X100 review here: “This camera is capable of incredible images, but like all good tools you need to master it, it won’t help you take better pictures but due to it’s size, form and specs it may just make you.”

– Retrospective: My X100 at srphotoblog here: “It might not be the fastest camera to focus but in terms of usability and having an amazing camera that fits in my pocket, I could not ask for more.

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 – Will: “Hello, I use the Fuji 23mm f1.4 to photograph all our products because it renders beautifully and it just looks great and I do very little post since Fuji’s JPEG engine gets so much right in camera. We have access to every camera from m43 to full frame yet I choose the Fuji X series because of the amazing quality in a small package and most importantly, I actually enjoy using Fuji’s cameras. Here’s one I took a few days ago (shot 1 / shot 2). You can see the rest here on facebook.”

Red Rock Canyon and the Fujinon XF 23mm at stephenip here: “Well, after spending the weekend with the XF 23mm, I must say that everything I’ve read about it is true. Optically, it really is a great lens. From my completely unscientific testing, sharpness, resolution, etc all appear to be excellent.”

– X-E1 with 23mm “new gallery – one day in powridise” at francoismarclay here.

– – first impressions in French at k-pture here (translation).


Using Fuji X Lenses vs Canon Full Frame Lenses at andrewvanbeek here: “Without even touching the merits of different sized sensors or even the size, weight and cost of the respective lenses, this mini-comparison is designed to simply compare how using different equivalent focal lengths on different systems affects the images themselves (because that’s what really matters!). Since I don’t have many camera systems available to me, this comparison will compare my Canon lenses on full frame with my Fuji X-E2 with its APS-C (1.5x) cropped sensor.”

– Dirk: “Hello Patrick, thanx a lot for your work. The last days with X-T1 were great. Your work motivated me to finish my Fujifilm X lens overview.” Check it out here.

– Fuji Lens Tests | 14mm, 23mm & 55-200mm lens samples + review at colinnichollsphotography here:They let me shoot with my own card so I’ve got the images here which is great for a little review and a few lens samples, all photos here are shot on the Fuji XE2 which I haven’t tried before but have been temped by so I’ll start the review with a bit about that, enjoy!”

fujivsfuji next episode is the X100S vs the XF 27mm here: “As mentioned, the building doesn’t look too bad from the X100S at ƒ/2, but have a look at the antennae to the left of it. The sharpness gained by stopping down to ƒ/2.8 across the frame astounding. Equally astounding is that the 27mm ƒ/2.8 is holding nearly as much detail wide open at ƒ/2.8. I’m really quite impressed with how sharp this FUJINON XF 27mm ƒ/2.8 is.”

Review of the Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8 at danbaileyphoto here: “By every measure, the Fuji XF 14mm f/2.8 is a first rate, wide angle prime that will give you excellent, professional quality imagery. Buying this lens is making a serious investment in your photography, not just because of how the images look, but because it’s a lens that you can easily fall in love with for shooting just about everything. It’s been one of my favorite pieces of gear for months now and I have absolutely nothing negative to say about it.”

– 18-55 review at pixelogist here: “When I started out this review, I was excited and impressed. Now, after all the tests and examinations – build, focusing, handling, image quality, and all that – I’m even more impressed and a lot more excited. I bet you are too“. For his 35mm review click here: “Like I said before, one of the reasons the X-series is such a good choice if you’re going mirrorless is the awesome selection of lenses. The great (and growing) set of zooms, the already-fantastic selection of primes, and the planned future for the line in terms of lenses, makes this THE most exciting brand of compact system camera you can find on today’s market. That’s what I think, at least. And it’s not just about Fuji releasing all these lenses – it’s about how good they are. They’re just amazingly high-quality pieces of glass that are mechanically and optically brilliant. And the XF 35mm is no exception.”

Touit 32 vs Fuji 35 at admiringlight here: “I personally would give the edge to the Fuji 35mm, as I find the better larger aperture bokeh and superior stopped down edge and corner resolution to fit my style of shooting much better.  However, if you’re someone who shoots in limited light situations and needs sharpness across the frame at wide apertures, then the Zeiss may be the clear-cut winner.” For the 32mm review click here: “Zeiss have created a lens that is very sharp right from f/1.8 and produces images with saturated color and high contrast.  On the down side, the Touit 32mm surprisingly doesn’t ever reach outstanding territory on the image edges with regards to sharpness, and suffers from somewhat nervous bokeh at f/1.8.”

– “Beauty and the beast. The Fujinon 14mm f/2.8 encapsulates everything that is good and bad about the Fuji X-Pro1 system. The lens is a solidly constructed, masterful piece of optics, so well corrected that it doesn’t rely on computing power to eliminate distortion.” Read more at themachineplanet here.

Heavy Cream: In search of Bokeh with the 18-55 at markschuelerphoto here: “Ulti­mately, I found that the 18–55 gen­er­ally serves more of my needs more of the time than can the 60mm macro, and there­fore it found a place in my every­day kit.”

– Fuji XP1 & 18mm on Philly Streets at streetshooter here: “Anyway, the XP1 is a great camera but it really works with the 18mm. True nuff, the 18mm is the weakest link in the Fuji lineup but then the other lenses don’t offer that great FOV. It’s a catch 22 but luckily I’m not a real pixel-peeper. I am just a serious shooter but, that being said…when I have the cash, if ever, I’ll get the 23mm which converted to 35mm would be my natural FOV.” For his article –  My Fuji XP1, Named Andre’ Loves The 18mm click here: ”

– Fujifilm X-series Telephoto Tests at sublimephoto here:This gallery has images shot with my Fujifilm X-E2 body and mainly the Fujifilm XC 50-230mm f/4.5-6.7 OIS zoom. Only frames 1, 2, 5, and 11 were shot with the Fujifilm XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8R OIS zoom. ”

photozone Zeiss Touit 32mm review here: “The images are sharp straight from the max. aperture and the center quality is even stunning when stopping down. The peak quality of the borders/corners is certainly good but it stays somewhat short of the high expectations here. Lateral CAs may be just visible without being disturbing. Distortions and vignetting are usually auto-corrected either by the camera or your favorite RAW converter. However, when looking behind the scenes, you can spot higher than expected issues here – which is a bit disappointing for a pricey Zeiss lens.”

Winter in Belgium… or some of it – Fuji 18-55 mm, 35 mm and ND filter at regislessent here.

– Dave Dillon: “Hi there, My name is Dave Dillon you featured one of my reviews of the Rokinon 14mm for Fuji X-Mount in one of your recent blog entries. I just wanted you to know I just posted a new review of the SLR Magic Hyperprime 23mm F1.7 lens for Fuji X Mount. you can see this review here.”


Processing Fujifilm x-trans raw files in Aperture at thomasfitzgeraldphotography here: “Overall, Aperture does a good job with X-Trans files in my opinion. I don’t think it’s quite as good as Iridient Developer, which of all the raw converters that I’ve tried, still gives the most natural and clean looking files. (I’m still testing Photo Ninja by the way). Aperture is a close second, or third mind you. I’ve spent the last few weeks playing around with settings to see just how close I can get it, and while I still can’t match the clean and sharp output of Iridient Developer, I can get it pretty near.” For his artlce Photo Ninja for X-Trans Processing click here:If it sounds like I’m being overly negative towards Photo Ninja, I don’t mean to be. Technically, apart form the highlights Issue, there’s nothing wrong with it as such. It has some really nice and powerful features, and the way you can use it as a plug-in is great. Personally, I just prefer the rendering from Iridient Developer, and that is a personal choice rather than anything fundamentally wrong with the software.

– The best Raw Converter for X-Trans files? gaetanobelverde has the answer here (translation): “In my opinion Photoninja returns details more real and seems to control better the watercolor effect.” He also compared Capture One 7 with Photo Ninja. Which is better? Read it here (translation).

Fuji X-Trans RAW File Post Processing – ACR/Photoshop at f-sunny here: “This video walks you through the import of the RAW file, and processing using the controls in ACR to get a clean, sharp, well exposed image file in Photoshop/LightRoom.”

My Workflow for X-Trans RAW Processing at vkphotoblog here: “There are much better raw converters on the market, but Lightroom is still, arguably, the best digital asset management system. I was asking myself, how can I combine the power of LR asset management with the best demosaicing algorithms? After spending hours of testing of various configurations I finally came up with the workflow that works well for me and my x-trans raw files. I am using it for 4 months now and feel comfortable to share with you.”

a little bit of everything

The Fuji X Series With Flash :: Part 2 at derekclarkphotography here: “Obviously if you are doing off camera flash without the use of a stand or tripod, you have to be careful of camera shake as you’ll be holding the camera with one hand. Thankfully X cameras are great for hand holding due to their size, weight and the lack of a mirror popping up and down.”

– Thorough analysis of FUJIFILM’s Film Simulation Modes at fujivsfuji here: “In this article I’ll post images of each of Fuji’s Film Simulation Modes along with histograms so we can see what’s happening with our eyes and on a slightly more technical level. I fully acknowledge this comparison has been done to death, but I find most cram a bunch of little thumbnails together and don’t really give you a sense of what’s being done in camera.

Help me decide .. X-Pro1 or X-E2 .. X-E2 or X100S? at photomadd here: “I’m in the process of writing up my X-E2 review right now, but thought I’d share this part of it with you now as it’s a question I’m seeing pop up quite often.”

Fuji X Series – What’s Not To Like at rwboyer here: “I am not at all trying to tell anyone not to by into the Fuji X system. I love it. I am glad it exists. I may jump back in sooner rather than later. What I am advocating is that you take a good hard look on a level playing field and make the right choices for you and what you actually do. Not someday. Right now. If something is bothering you about a system you are already in figure out what it is really. If you have a bunch of really giant zooms you don’t have to switch systems to fix that issue for sure.”

Recommended kits, shameless affiliate links, and a chance to try the 56 ƒ/1.2 and 10-24 ƒ/4! at fujivsfuji here: “If you’re thinking of building a Fuji system with prime lenses today, here is what I recommend you get. My recommendations are intended to “future-proof” your system where possible, so some kits include forthcoming lenses that I presume to be of a certain level quality, until I have a chance to test them.”

Going Long With Fuji at fujishooter here: “I tossed the Fuji X-E2 and 14mm f2.8 in my bag with a Canon intervalometer, a couple step up rings and the B&W filters I had leftover from my old Canon L lenses. Even in the diminutive Mirrorless Mover 30i I had a lot more room available. I always get impatient waiting on long exposure shots so I figured between the X-Pro1 with XF 55-200 and X100s I’d be able to keep myself entertained while the X-E2 was chewing away making its long drawn out looks at what I hoped would be a magical sunset.”

soundimageplus blog post about the latest firmware update here: “And while the Sony FE system files are larger, sharper and have better dynamic range, the irresistible (to me anyway) combination of old-school design, light small bodies and lenses with beautiful balance, looks and handling is something that, if I was was sensible, would have mostly found it’s way to ebay by now. However, I don’t seem to have got round to that yet. I’ll do it next week (or the next, or the next…..) seems to be the way this is going. And of course there are always those firmware updates. I’ll just try this one and then sell the camera, seems to be the way that’s going. I just love these things and despite all my trials and tribulations my attempts to become an ex-Fuji fanboy seem to be failing miserably.” In another post here (Fuji X – Style AND content? The enduring appeal of my favourite camera system) he says: “much as I admire the Sony A7 and A7r cameras, I love my Fuji X bodies.”

Shooting tethered… …with a Fujifilm X-cameras. Sort of… at doncraigphoto here: “It is a bit complicated, but it is a WiFi tethered workflow that works. You get large preview on the iPad sent wirelessly from the camera, where you can rate your selections and modify metadata. And, then, you can apply those metadata changes to the RAW files in Lightroom.”

– Jason: “Hi, First of all, thank you for the fujirumours site… even though you are going to cost me a fortune! I thought you may be interested in my latest blog post regarding my first few months with the x system. Please feel free to share! Thanks again.” Check it out here.

– Fuji X-Pro2 Wish List, X-E2 and Thoughts on the X-T1 at andrewnewson here: “Having now written a fair bit on how Fuji could improve these cameras, let’s not forget just how good they already are. I for one have loved using them over the past couple of years and hope they can go from strength to strength. I have taken some of my favourite images with the X-Pro1 and X-E2. This article has been quite wordy, so here are a few images taken with these cameras…”

EDITION 3: What X-Series Camera Should I Buy? Guest Post by Leigh Diprose at here: “With Fujifilm releasing its flagship camera model, the X-T1 camera I thought it would be a good time to look at the break down of the X-Series range again. The common questions I have been hearing this month is, Leigh what’s the difference between the Fujifilm X-T1 and the X-E2 and which camera should I buy?”

Fuji X-Pro2 Wish List, X-E2 and Thoughts on the X-T1 at andrewnewson here: “I thought it was time to put down some more thoughts on the system now that Fuji have pushed forward again with some new cameras. These articles that I write from time to time are meant to be useful to people who are contemplating buying in to the X system or maybe looking for some tips.”

Back in the Fuji X fold OR Why the Olympus OMD didn’t end up winning my heart at clearingthevision here.

– Carlo Milani: “Hi Patrick, only to share with you my new website that I’ve just released.  Here you can find some photographic stories. In particular, for these I’ve used my Fuji X gear. – This week I’ve published a post about my switch after one year using X-Pro. It’s not a comparison between Canon full frame vs X-Trans, but the story of how, over time, I found that the Fuji was enough for me and I tried to bring out the best of my gear. – Thank you!

– Jorge Torralba: “Following on the success of, Jorge Torralba has just launched a new online gallery at dedicated to photos captured with Fuji Film cameras or lenses. With the innovative track record of Fuji and the overgrowing popularity of their new digital cameras, it was just a matter of time before the photo hosting gallery came on line. Custom written software with advanced search capabilities is the foundation for the new site. Photographers can query by exif data, follow their favorite photographers, befriend others in the community, create albums, customize their camera and lens inventory and even change the appearance of the site to suit their personal preferences. Please stop by and begin posting your photos online for free on what is sure to become a hot community for Fuji photographers!”

Fuji Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic
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 – Fujifilm’s Instax Mini 90 is Vintage Inspiration for Modern Times at Petapixel here: “should I buy it? Well, yesnoyesyerrrr… maybe. Personally, the answer is yes. I will use this for wedding receptions. The late night, 1:00 AM stuff when people are lose and having fun. Heck, it’s the kind of thing that I could put in a guest’s hands — a non-photographer even, one of the bridesmaids — and let them burn through a box while I’m off doing something else.”

– “Howdy Patrick!  Justin here. We just put together a review of the Instax 90 that I think your readers would enjoy for a fun Mixed Zone. I also posted it on your FB page. Enjoy!” Read it here.

X-shooter zone: black and white, Fuji at night and travel light!

It’s time to have a break from rumors, deals and comparisons and to focus on what’s all about when you hold an X-series camera in your hands: taking pictures!

So here is another small selection of persons who waited under the rain for the perfect shot, who took the X-PRO1 and hiked through the Bolivian mountains, who translated feelings into images and who looked for the right light source at night before pressing the shutter-release button!

That’s what we have an X for, isn’t it? So let yourself be inspired by the shots of X-shooters in this post and then go out and take some pictures with your X (and if you don’t have it, then buy it! The X-superkit deals run until DEC 24 at AmazonUS, BHphoto and Adorama. You can save up to $1,400 on all XF lenses.)

And if you also have images and stories to share, feel free to contact me via, facebook and twitter.


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Carlos Bueno

Hi Patrick,

I have been following FR from the begining. I bought a [shoplink 15293]X100[/shoplink] (wow!!) and after taste the capabilities I decided to buy [shoplink 12882]X-Pro 1[/shoplink] (wow!!^2), while a long pre-order waiting due delays to supply the first units, finally I had it !!. Now after more than one year, I‘m still in love. So, I glad to present trough this time a porfolio Almost all photos with the X-pro 1 and a few with the X100.

All the best, and keep on pushing FR!
Carlos Bueno

Carlos Bueno

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Mauro Tandoi

Hi Patrick,

I want to share with you one of my pics taken with x-pro1

Now it’s at the top of 500px hitlist – 99.4 point (x-pro1 + [shoplink 12889]xf 35 1.4[/shoplink])

Mauro Tandoi

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My husband and I went to Bolivia this September and took our Fuji X-Pro1 for a real challenge.  After many years using slr + iphone on the trips Fuji X-Pro1 was very different. Although it is not the lightest and most compact camera, it is a great option for travel photography.

Stealthy look and ability to review photos in viewfinder are really handy (as well as obvious advantages of having all settings visible with camera turned off) in the country where a digital camera worth a yearly salary.

In every aspect the camera was performing top notch with the only exception of battery life. We were getting around 900 shots per charge and had to carry 3 extra batteries (which was barely enough during 4 day backpacking trip). Hope you enjoy this immense beauty as well as we did:



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Marvin Kleinemeier

Dear Patrick,

I have been an X-Shooter for close to one year now. In December 2012 i got an X-E1 ([shoplink 12887]Kit Zoom[/shoplink] + XF 35) and added a X100 in February. I came from a Nikon system but hadn’t been passionate about my photography for a few years prior to switching to Fuji.

A lot has happened in the last year. I documented everything on my Blog. There were some highlights like a Street/Portrait Workshop with Photographer Alberto Garcia Alix where I only used the X100, which is still my favorite for street stuff. A few weeks ago I also attended one of the Fuji X-M1 Workshops that you promoted on your site and was so energized by the great photographer who gave the workshop, that I set out on a spontaneous road trip to the see.

To make a long story short, of 106 photos in my new portfolio on close to 100 were shot with a Fuji camera throughout the last ten months. Right now I am eagerly awaiting the new weather-sealed body and the X-Pro2. Keep up the great work here, I am a huge fan.

For some semi-macro (macro with the 35mm F1.4 is not that easy/effective) click here.

Greetings from Germany,

Marvin (Bob Sala Fotografie)

[UDPATE: Marvin took his X-E2 and 35mm out for a night shots session here: ” All taken with the 35mm almost always wide open, iso between 800 and 3200 and shutter speed between 60 and a 100th, handheld – it was much darker than it seems. […] AF is super fast now, too.”]

X-E2USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / AdoramaDigitalRev / Pictureline / EUROPE: wexphotographicUK / DigitalRev / Fotomundus24 GER / PCHstore / AmazonDE (via DR)

Marvin Kleinemeier (X-E2 night shots)

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