X-E1: the perfect travel companion? on tour in Copenhagen


image courtesy: www.25daysoff.com

Beautiful, compact, great lenses  and outstanding image quality. The X-E1 could have everything what it takes to become the perfect travel companion. 25daysoff sent me an email, and I’m glad to publish his review.

25daysoff.com made a week end trip to Copenhagen with his X-E1. He likes it to travel light, put the X-E1, the 35mm and 18-55mm lens, 2 spare batteries and a circular polarizer in his leather bag. He wanted to know if this camera is a good travel companion! All in all less than 1 kg. So he starts his trip.

You know, great handling, great images, good built quality. The usability is much, much better than the E-M5.

If you are used to the DSLR, you will notice the differences with the autofocus of a DSLR, and you have to get used to it. “If you try and treat this camera’s focus system like you would a DSLR, you will be disappointed.” And “the contrast detection AF system of this camera is very different to the system that DSLRs use. You really need to understand how CDAF systems work in order to get the most of it. I suggest reading the manual if you don’t already know. Once you know the limitations of the AF system, you can work around them with ease.

He also made a list of bugs and suggestions. Many of them are also in our X-mas wish list to Fuji (keep on voting the poll at the end of this post… choose three options)

There is more to read. But there are also many images. So look at the sort of background blur you can get with the 35mm and 18-55 lens. He “used the zoom’s optical image stabilisation to shoot this at 2 sec, f/11, ISO 200. Surprised it came out so sharp given the long exposure. I was braced against a wall.” He also “shot in aperture priority mode, and auto ISO chose this stupid minimum shutter speed. The photo could have done with 1/125 – Fuji please let us choose the minimum speed!” And the 35mm is almost perfect (apart from the focus speed). Look at how the zoom renders the out-of-focus areas, how is the bokeh with the zoom lens, at the great job of the OIS and more here!

From the conclusions: “As a street shooting camera, the X-E1 excels mostly thanks to its stealthy appearance. Not a single person noticed or cared what I was doing… For quick landscapes and indoor/static scenes, the zoom is an excellent choice which is sharp across the frame even from the widest aperture… As a portrait camera, the X-E1 coupled with the 35mm f/1.4 lens (53mm equiv) is absolutely outstanding… The reduced size and bulk made a massive difference… The loss of the OVF is not such a big deal because the EVF is very good. I actually prefer the 100% accuracy of the EVF over the loose framelines on the X-Pro 1.”

Overall though, the camera passed the main test during this trip: I didn’t miss the D800.

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Save up to $600 on the X PRO 1 and lens purchase!


And here it is our great Fuji Cyber Monday double deal!
1) $300 rebate on the purchase of the X PRO 1 body at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and on many eBay US stores (via Slidoo).
2) And you save other $300 if you purchase a lens. That makes a total of $600 savings! See that offer at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

PS.: take advantage of the new VIP benefits of Adorama, like the extended warranty for one year on all your purchases. Now for a limited time the registration is free!

PPS.: For everyone waiting for the XF 14mm f/2.8 lens to come: B&H expected availability is for January 31! (click here to see and preorder).

Reminder: Keep an eye on all daily changing deals here: Amazon (cameras), Amazon (all stuff), Adorama, Bhphoto, J&R, TigerDirect, Bestbuy and eBay.


Fuji X-F1 Roundup and price drop at Amazon UK and ITA


The X-E1 is absorbing almost the whole interest right now. But don’t forget there is another new beautiful little camera of Fuji to have, the X-F1. So I made a collection of reviews and impressions about this camera… and something more.

In stock status: AmazonUS / Adorama / B&H / Jessops / WexPhotographic / AmazonDE / AmazonIT with €46 price drop / AmazonFR / AmazonUK with £45 price drop /ebayEUROPE  / ebayUS


The Japanese site dc-watch posted his review about the X-F1 (translated version). The review is detailed and there are many sample pics.

If you want to see, among the others, how the images shot in miniature, pop color, high key, dynamic tone, partial color, panorama, multiple exposure mode and so on look like, just go to brandonremler here.

A German video hands-on review can be seen at youtube here. The reviewer is very enthusiastic about the image quality of this camera and spends a lot of nice words for this camera. The manual zoom, the bokeh, the video quality, a big sensor for compact cameras. Maybe it’s bit expensive for a compact camera, but the image quality justifies this price. Everyone that wants to take great shots should buy the X-F1. The reviewer shows some images on photoshop and a video taken with the X-F1 (go to minute 9:40 of the video). Your money is well spend if you buy this camera. His last words are for the design, simply gorgeous. For everyone who just started to study German… don’t worry if you do not understand anything. He speaks with a Bavarian accent.

Fujifilm’s XF1: old-school style with advanced control: read the allthingsd.com review here.

Small, sleek and stylish – Fujifilm has sexed up the X range“. So we have another “sexy one” in the X-series! Read the review of Techradar (click here).

This is a nice review (with a lot of shots taken with the X-F1). The verdict of ephotozine (click here) is: “If you’re in the market for a serious compact camera, the Fujifilm XF1 is an appealing option, particularly as it is available for less than £400. It has a wide range of features, highlights being the f/1.8 maximum aperture lens, panorama modes, advanced filters which all lead to the camera taking impressive, unique pictures. For a serious compact camera, we’d like to see a higher resolution screen and some users may like a hotshoe socket so they can add a flash unit.”

To read the neocamera review click here.

Read the trustedreview review here.

Mark received the Fuji X-F1. He still didn’t have the battery in place (charging) that he already wrote about his very first thoughts at the dpreveiw forum (read here the ongoing discussion.) As you can read in our previous post here, he confirms that “The lens mechanism will probably take some getting used to, as it is a 3-step process to go from camera off to being able to shoot.” And, as I have already written here, the strap is not that beautiful as the rest of the package. “For some reason, I thought this camera came with a premium wrist strap that matched the leatherette you chose. But nope. It comes with a cheap black nylon wrist strap.” If you are about to buy this camera, I suggest to buy new straps. Here is a list of wrist straps (click here). And once the battery was charged, he took some images, posted them in dpreview. Click here to read the ongoing discussion about his images. At least some consideration about the bokeh (click here to see) of this camera: “What does throw me off a bit with the Fuji XF1 is the very-bright halo effect around many of the bokeh circles. But overall, considering the camera, and considering the amount of super craptastic barely-there bokeh I’ve seen from some P&S cameras, this seems pretty good to me.

Read a review of this camera at photoreview.com (click here).

Also coffeegeek writes “An Early Look at the Fuji XF1” (read here). It’s a well made early look.

21 full size images including ISO-range can be seen on optyczne.pl (click here).

enjoy your Sunday!

… one more thing: kerrymcclain (see his homepage) sent me a link to his flickr album with images taken with his X-PRO1 converted to full-time infrared in Mexico here.

PS.: Fujifilm launches X-Series Club for UAE’s passionate photographers. Click here to discover more about it.


New M.Angeloni (riflessifotografici) review! X-E1 vs X-PRO1


Fujifilm X-E1 – Fujinon XR 35mm f/1.4 R – 4 sec, f/16, Iso 200

image courtesy: www.riflessifotografici.com

A few days ago I posted the review of the X-PRO1, X-100 and X-10 of riflessifotografici. I have to say that I liked them a lot. So this time I waited for the X-E1 review. And now it’s here, it’s online. (translated version)

Angeloni begins so: You want to know how the image quality of the X-E1 is? You wanna know about the RAW-conversion with adobe? The autofocus? Writing speed? Well, same as X-PRO1, so stop reading, and good bye!

So I continued to read! ;)

Massimiliano Angeloni tested the new X-E1 with the 35mm lens and the 18-55mm zoom lens. And regarding the 18-55 lens, don’t expect over-hasty conclusions, that’s not his style, as you know. He wants to go deep inside the qualities of this lens. Therefore we still have to wait for a study in greater depth of this lens. So be patient, read this (translated) review and wait for more.

Also here the main question is: X-E1 or X-PRO1? Is the smaller size really a PRO of this camera? The smaller size of the body required to rearrange for example the picture review button and the focus-assist light. No problem with the picture review button, but the new position of the focus-assist light isn’t the best. Of course it depends on how you hold your camera, but it’s quite easy to cover this important light with the middle finger of your right hand.

It’s not just a matter of size, of weight, EVF or OVF. It’s a different philosophy. The question is, what kind of photographer you are! So, there is no better or worse choice between X-PRO1 or X-E1. It depends on you. Do you need a compact package [with the future 27mm f2.8 pancake-type lens on Fuji’s road-map] that takes advantage of the potential of the 16 MP X-Trans sensor? Do you need a flash, or the OVF? A small or a (maybe?) more solid camera? It’s up to you.

So, read the review and let’s wait for the 18-55mm review! I’ll keep you up to date.

X-E1 in stock status check: ebay US / ebay Noth America / ebay Europe / Amazon US / Amazon GER / Amazon UK / Adorama /B&H / WexPhotgraphic

Fujifilm X-E1, Fujinon XF 35 f/1.4 R a f/1.4




Feedback: Lightroom 4.3 and interactive comparison



chromasoft wrote about his work with X-Trans files. He makes a deep analyze of the RAW conversion for the Fuji X-trans sensor.

But let’s begin with his first impression about the newest version of Lightroom (4.3). chromasoft.blogspot.it is very disappointed and the whole review consists in one laconic sentence: “In short, same chroma smearing problem as the previous versions. Oh dear. Again(!)

So his hope when he tested the 4.2 version was not fulfilled: “And no, really, you shouldn’t be blaming Adobe for this. They have limited resources, and you can’t expect Adobe to throw huge amounts of R&D time at solving a problem that Fuji created and have taken no action to resolve.  The situation may yet improve in LR 4.3; the issue may still get to the top of Adobe’s priority list. But don’t count on it.

But his analyze is very detailed. Here there are the part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4 of his “demosaicing the X-PRO1” tetralogy.


frontallobbings posted a nice overview of some current options of RAF RAW-conversion. He created an interesting mousover table. Mouse over the links to swap among the others between DCRAW 9.16, Lightroom 4.3, SilkPix Developer Pro 5, In Camera JPG, Raw Photo Processor (RPP 4.7)… He noticed that Lightroom 4.3 has “low amounts of chroma noise, but very heavy detail smearing. Loss of details but no aliasing artifacts. Even at 100% it’s hard to see the ‘Watercolour’ effect if you don’t know what to look for. I suspect a very heavy pre-demosaic median filter and bicubic interpolation algorithm is the cause of the issues. However it’s still one of the easiest to use, and if you can handle some of the image quality loss, most likely won’t notice the detail loss.DCRAW 9.16: “Gives the highest details, however has aliasing artifacts. Some chroma noise (even after filtering). Command line prompt only. Requires some technical know how. I use VNG interpolation and 15 pass median filtering.SilkPix Developer Pro 5: “The current version is very clean however does show some chroma smearing. Shows very little chroma noise and no real aliasing errors.Raw Photo Processor (RPP 4.7): “Utilizes DCRAW and acts as front end. Works very well for details, but aliasing and chroma noise is high. Read more in his post here.


Silkypix VS lightroom. Also qimago confirms… silkypix is often better than lightroom. But with silkypix you have to be patient, it’s slow. Lightroom is faster! He dreams of a mix between silkypix and lightroom. Look at the comparison images and read the review here (translated version). You can download the 30 days trial version of silkypix here.