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FR-readers roundup: a year with the X-PRO1, 60mm review, NYC and wedding photography

– Khoral: “Hello! Thanks for the blog, that’s my main source for Fuji news. Just did a post you might be interested into, my personal feelings after a year of use [click here to read the article].  Cheers! Khoral” From the conclusions: “I have a great time with the X-Pro1 and never miss my DSLR. The X-Pro1 is more compact, discreet, delivers top quality shots all the time. The only thing that would make me regret buying it is… the X-Pro2, granted it provides more accurate AF.

Khoral

– Lorenzo” […]I suggest my profile ( http://500px.com/LorenzoTazzioli ): All last pictures are taken with X-Pro1 (with different lens) and x100. And soon I will upload new 18-55 photos. Thanks ”

Lorenzo

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– Gergely: “Dear Patrick, I wrote a little review about the 60mm macro, for nature photographers, with many pictures. If you are interested, please feel free to post it! 60mm macro review. And I have a late X-E1 review for nature photographers too. X-E1 review (click here).” Here is another one who sold his Nikon.

Fujinon XF60mm [shopcountry 10276]
Gergely

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– Nick: “I am a professional wedding photographer. I was based out of Richmond Virginia until a few weeks ago and now I am based out of Manhattan. About one month ago I bought my first fuji. A used x100 limited edition black from B&H. Everything was in great condition except I recently discovered the little front thread ring missing. (hear thats a common piece for people to lose. Anyway the point in writing was that last night I did a blog post of some of what I have shot here in NYC my first few weeks. Since all the photos are from my x100 I thought I’d let you know incase you wanted to check it out and share with your readers. Most are from Raw some jpeg some without the wide angle attachment some with.” Nickkessler.com  – x100 in NYC

Nick

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Evert: “hi Patrick, First, my compliments with Fujirumors.com! I’ve been following the site for a few months now and I’m really enjoying it :) It might’ve been the trigger to get a Fuji X100s (and who knows what’s next in the future…) Anyway, I though it’d be nice to share a link of a recent wedding I shot as second shooter (I’m a professional photog shooting weddings and commercial events and portraits), but not with my Canon kit: I’ve shot it completely using the Fuji X100s. It was a remarkable enjoyable experience with great results I think. My opinion? Fuji mirrorless could be a really great alternative for a complete DSLR kit for wedding- and event photographers. Here’s the link (translated version). all the best and good luck with the site!
Best regards,
Evert Doorn

Evert

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Now or never: last “crazy X-deals” days. Save up to $1000

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Good deals can’t last forever. So the “crazy X-deals” will soon be over. Everyone who’d like to join the Fuji X-series, should seriously consider to grab this occasion.

I know, many of you are waiting for an interchangeable lens camera of Fuji, with all that great innovations introduced with the X100S and X20 (X-Trans sensor II, EXR II, phase detection + contrast AF and more). But consider this: If you purchase, for example, the X-E1 bundle with a $1000 rebate, you’ll actually just pay the lenses and the X-E1 is in fact for free (as it costs $999 which corresponds to the rebate).  Then, the day a X-PRO2/X-E2 will be released, you’ll already own a lot of lenses and you just have to buy the X-E2/X-PRO2 body. You can then sell your X-E1 or use it as a backup camera.

Here are the deals:

ADORAMA

Click on “buy together and save“, and you can save up to $1000.

Adorama deals: X-E1 (black versionsilver version) / X-PRO1

BHphoto

There are 9 options for bundle savings at BHphoto. Until March 31 you can purchase the X-E1 with different lenses (X-PRO1 with XF 18-55) and save really a lot of money. There are many lenses in offer, but if you’re looking for the new XF 14mm, this is not included in any of the bundles.

Just click on “Buy Together and Save” to check the different bundles (you can save up to $914).

BHphoto deals: X-E1 (in blackin silver) / X-PRO1

AmazonUS

Until March 31 you can enjoy that super Fuji deal at Amazon too (Click here). Depending on the combination you want to buy you save up to $525 (Click here to see all possible combos).

UK/Ireland

And finally also UK/ROI citizens can save a lot until 30th April 2013! And the 14mm is included in the bundles! Here they are:

X-Pro1* + 3 lenses = £350/€400 cashback
X-Pro1* + 2 lenses = £300/€350 cashback
X-E1* + 3 lenses = £250/€300 cashback
X-E1* + 2 lenses = £200/€250 cashback
X-E1 Kit + 1 lens** = £30/€35 cashback
* Body only. **18mm/35mm lens only.

Check the approved stores here.

Fuji X-E1: Amazon.it, DigitalRev, eBay
Fuji X-PRO1: Amazon.it, DigitalRev, eBay

Fuji announces the F900EXR and FinePix S4800 cameras.

Fuji just announced two new compact cameras. The FinePix S4800 superzoom with 30x zoom lens (Press text at Dpreview) and the WiFi-enabled F900EXR with EXR-CMOS II (Press text at DPreview).

Not really a big news and honestly also other companies didn’t announce exciting cameras for the coming CP+ show in Japan (starting tomorrow). Rumors say that major company announcements will come in April only but I don’t think Fuji will announce a new X camera by than (Sony-Panasonic-Olympus-Samsung will). Although, I would be happy to see a new X-PRO2 with new EVF, faster AF and why not, a new generation X Trans sensor….I know I have to stop dreaming :)

UPDATE: Here are the links to the camera preorders at Adorama:
FUJI FNPX F900EXR DIG CAM 16M/3.0″/BLK
FUJI FNPX F900EXR DIG CAM 16M/3.0″/BLUE
FUJI FNPX F850EXR DIG CAM 16M/3.0″/BLK
FUJI FINEPX S6800 DIGITAL CAMERA, BLACK
FUJI FINEPX S6800 DIGITAL CAMERA, RED
FUJI FINEPX S6800 DIGITAL CAMERA, WHITE
FUJI FINEPX S4800 DIGITAL CAMERA, BLACK
FUJI FINEPX JX680 DIG CAM 16MP 5X BLK
FUJI FINEPX JX680 DIG CAM 16MP 5X RED

miXed Zone: look through the X20 OVF with digital Trans Panel… and more

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image courtesy: riflessifotografici

X-PRO1, X-E1 and X100

Massimiliano and Donato from riflessifotografici.it posted some nice shots. The first one, Massimiliano, took his X-PRO1 and walked through the streets of Naples (translated version), while Donato, with the X-E1, shot some portrait images using ambient light (translated version)… and if you want become a better photographer, riflessifotografici offers some courses (in Italian). Choose the course you’d like (basic, advanced or workshops). Start to learn more about photography and to shoot even more beautiful images.

Visit Sean Lee’s website to see his shots with the X-E1 and the X-100.

X100s (AmazonUS)

It’s a wish list come true!” Focus peaking, Split image focusing, the AF button on the right side… and one desire: let a magic firmware swap all this improvements to the X-E1 / X-PRO1. It’s like Fuji’s next generation cameras. “An X-Pro2 with this new hybrid phase/contrast AF system has the potential for serious disruption. I’d most probably sell the X-Pro1 in a heartbeat for this upgrade.” This are just some thoughts extracted from laroquephoto.com (read here)

XF14mm

Now that he sold the looser of his trinity comparison (the X-PRO1), Alexander put the brand new 14mm on his X-E1. Here are his first impressions.

Here is the link to Roel’s 14mm test. Lot of PROS and very very few CONS… and he confirms what Rico already said in here: almost distortion free!

Will it be wide enough? Mike Kobal’s answer can be read here. Distortion free, fast but the image stabilisation could be better. This are just some of the PROS and CONS he noticed.

Speed Booster

Metabones Speed Booster adapter gives lenses an extra f/stop and nearly full frame focal lengths on APS-C sensors. Mat Gallagher explains how it works and posted some sample images here at dslrnewsshooter.com.

MJR linked this site in the comments. Metabones Speed Booster + FujiFilm X-E1 + Zeiss CP.2 35mm T2.1.

Best at CES / X20

Which was the best digital camera presented at the CES this year? techradar has no doubt. It’s the X20! See it here. And for the first impressions click here.

X20: OVF and Digital Trans Panel

Jump over to minute 35:30. CameraDiner introduces the X20 and X100s. And if you want to look through the OVF with the Digital Trans Panel (an ultra-thin LCD that provides some shooting information), go to minute 38:50. (Thanks Rob for the link)