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mini-miXed zone: first impressions of the XQ1, XF 23mm… and “you don’t need Full Frame”

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X-E2 – USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / AdoramaDigitalRev / Pictureline / EUROPE: wexphotographicUK / DigitalRev / Fotomundus24 GER / PCHstore /

XQ1 – USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / AdoramaDigitalRev / EUROPE: wexphotographicUK / DigitalRev / PCHstore /

XQ1

Max (riflessifotografici) posted his first impressions of the XQ1 here (English verison). He’ll share the full review once he completed the “stress-test” of this little camera. For now we can read his initial conclusions after 2 days of testing.

“It’s well built but is far from being as sturdy as the Sony RX100. It is also true, to be honest, that the Fuji costs around half the price of the competitors and given how fast camera bodies tends to be upgraded, thus compromising the used market price, a net saving of around 380 Euros will be highly appreciated. Dials and buttons are well built and assembled with high precision as usual for this Japanese manufacturer. […] I also have to point out that the battery life looks really good, even if unfortunately this is a different battery from the one of the X10/X20 cameras.”

– Some initial impressions of the XQ1 at mirrorlessons here: “It is fun to use and can easily slip into your trouser pocket if you don’t have your bag on you. Not to mention that the simple retro design is, in my opinion, even more aesthetically pleasing than the vintage design of the XF1.”

XF23mm

Fuji XF 23mm: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

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– The 23mm is stunning according to michaelmcqueen.: “Pros: Everything; Focussing both Auto and Manual – The Clutch feels firm and focuses smooth. – Sharp from 1.4-16 / Cons: A little big for the X-E1 (14mm and 35mm feel more at home on the X-E1) – That ridiculous lens hood.. but not to worry I pre ordered a month prior from ebay a metal vented lens hood. It arrived the day after I got the lens.”

– “The Fujinon XF 23mm f/1.4 is a lens many Fuji photographers have eagerly been waiting for. After spending 15 minutes with it and the X-Pro1 in Cossato, I can already tell you that it is one of the best pieces of glass ever produced for the system. But it also begs the question…if you already own an X100s, is it worth buying the 23mm? And if you don’t own either and 23mm is your favourite focal length, which should you go for?” The answer at mirrorlessons here.

– A 3 year old, a 6 year old, and a Fuji 23mm lens @ f/1.4 – sounds like a challenge. Click here!

Full frame or not?

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image courtesy: Olaf (part II)

– “Of course, we haven’t seen this camera yet but from early rumours and teasers this could be the first Nikon product for a long time that photographers should be excited about. “It’s in MY HANDS again.” Nikon teases with “Pure Photography.” I say: FINALLY!  […] Fuji – you started this revolution. The Fuji X100s is still my favourite camera but the competition is catching up. The ball is in your court.” Read more at olafblog here. In part two of his article here he Olaf says: “Some of you interpreted my article as a restart of a “full frame vs. APS-C” argument. Let me clarify. I don’t think it is necessary for Fuji to go full frame at all. The current Fuji X-series line-up is excellent. The whole hysteria around full frame is way overblown if you take a look at how people use their cameras or even look at prints (how many people actually print their photos?). For our work, Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji X-E1 and X100s are more than adequate. Most importantly, the “feel” of those cameras and how they engage a photographer and let him/her focus on key elements is much more important to me than discussion about full frame or not. After all, the Fuji X100s is the camera that I breathe in my daily photographic life.”

– What are the 10 things we can learn from famous photographers of the past according to digitalcameraworld.com? Number 1)You don’t need full frame: Galen Rowell, David Bailey, John Blakemore and Henri Cartier-Bresson are just a handful of photographers who shunned the big medium format cameras in favour of nifty little 35mm ones, and proved that it’s the eye behind the viewfinder that counts.”

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Shipped: first bunch of XF 23mm lenses on the way! (AmazonUS)

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AmazonUS is shipping the first XF 23mm lenses. Those who acted fast (as FR-reader Roger) and pre-ordered it right after its announcement back in Semptember should not miss the postman tomorrow. Roger sent me a screenshot with the good news from AmazonUS. He’ll receive the brand new Fujinon lens tomorrow.

Fuji XF 23mm: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

have a great start in this new week
Patrick (google+, facebook and twitter)

oh, and it’s in store also in Sweden at gofoto here.

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New X-series camera at the CES (positioned between X-E and X-PRO line)?

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According to several sources (new and anonymous sources) Fuji will launch a new X-series camera with interchangeable lenses at the CES (January 2014). The camera will be positioned between the X-E line and the X-Pro line.

An anonymous source told me also that this camera will not feature the hybrid VF of the X-PRO1 / X100S.

I hope I’ll be able to post an update about this camera in near future… I have a week holidays from my day job, so I’ll concentrate on the rumors here on Fujirumors ;). But for now, take everything with a grain of salt.

stay tuned for more via google+, facebook and twitter.

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X-E2 – USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / AdoramaDigitalRev / Pictureline / EUROPE: wexphotographicUK / DigitalRev / Fotomundus24 GER / PCHstore /

XQ1 – USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / AdoramaDigitalRev / EUROPE: wexphotographicUK / DigitalRev / PCHstore /

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X-E2: “Worlds fastest AF? A bold claim, but it feels every bit as fast as its top rivals” (camera.reviewed)

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Now, how fast is the AF of the X-E2 really? Fujifilm claims an AF speed of 0.08 seconds. We’ll have to wait for comprehensive reviews where the camera will be thoroughly tested under all possible shooting conditions. In the meantime click here to read cameras.reviewed first impressions.

” – “World’s fastest autofocus speed” is a bold claim, but in our hands the X-E2 certainly felt every bit as fast as its top rivals.

[…] While the X-E2 isn’t exactly a revolutionary product, it’s further evidence that Fujifilm is listening to its fans. Without the juggernaut brand power of some of its Japanese brethren, Fuji is focusing on getting the little things right and hoping that consumers will respond.

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XQ1 – USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / AdoramaDigitalRev / EUROPE: wexphotographicUK / DigitalRev / PCHstore /

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X-E2 first test (with XC50-230mm) at riflessifotografici

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Fujifilm X-E2 & XF35mm  – Jpeg OOC, ISO 4000, f/1,4 – 1/125 sec – EV -0,33 –  Settings: Standard – Film simulation: PRO Neg Std

Riflessifotografici will take all the time they need to publish their full X-E2 review. They will push the camera to its limits in many different conditions before they speak their final word. But in the meantime Donato already shared with us his first field test here (English version). The review includes also images (and 100% crops) taken with the XC 50-230.

A few words, some 100% crops and a lot of images that speak for themselves.

“For now we can safely say that the X-E 2, even if not in the final version … seems to respond to the expectations, with regard to the overall responsiveness and the speed / accuracy of focusing in critical situations. It seems remarkable the quality of the EVF and quite useful the bigger rear display. […] So, we’ll let the pictures speak for now… and wait before posting a more comprehensive and thorough review that, just hours and hours of work in various conditions can make significant ….”

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X-E2 – USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / AdoramaDigitalRev / Pictureline / EUROPE: wexphotographicUK / DigitalRev / Fotomundus24 GER / PCHstore /

XQ1 – USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / AdoramaDigitalRev / EUROPE: wexphotographicUK / DigitalRev / PCHstore /

XC 50-230USA: AmazonUS  / BHphoto / AdoramaEUROPE: AmazonUK (via DR)

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