Lightroom 5.3 final version available now (X-E2 / XQ1 support) + FR-reader feedback

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Adobe just released the final version of Lightroom 5.3 and Camera Raw 8.3. Download Lightroom 5.3 for Windows | Mac

This version adds support for the X-E2 and XQ1.

Lightroom 5 costs $111 here at AmazonUS, BHphoto sells it for $114 here and Adorama for $114 too here. Pictureline’s price is $119 here.

Rob Dose shared on the FR-facebook wall his first feedback:

“[…] Lightroom 5.3, it has corrected the magenta issue with the raw files from the Fujifilm X-E2. Skin tones are extremely pleasant now […].”

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POLL: Vote your Fuji Top Gear 2013!

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Mission accomplished! With the XQ1/X-E2 Fuji’s gear release roadmap for 2013 is complete.

Yes I know, many of us hoped for the XF 10-24 to come this year, too. In fact I’m pretty sure that the announcement was planed for late November, but Fujifilm decided to postpone it. I don’t know if it will be still announced this year, but we will hardly be able to take shots with it earlier than February 2014. It seems that Fuji could release the 56mm f/1.2 earlier than the 10-24 (the 56 should be announced January 6th).

With no new gear released this year, it’s time for us to take our conclusions. Which Fuji product made you say “WOW”? What was the gear that excited you most? The list includes the 14mm, announced late 2012, but shipped only on January 19th 2013.

It’s a pretty long list… Fuji wasn’t lazy at all this year!

You can choose just one product, so think about it carefully.

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Fuji X-E2: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay Fuji XQ1: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay Fuji X-A1: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay Fuji X-M1: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay Fuji X100S: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay Fuji X20: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

Fuji XF 23mm: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay Fuji XF 27mm: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay Fuji XF 55-200mm: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay Fuji XF14mm: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay Fuji XC 16-50: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay Fuji XC 50-230: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

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Save Big now also on the X20 ($100 price drop) + X-camera deals overview

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X20 / XQ1 / XF1

Is there an X-camera that is not in offer at the moment? Now also the price for the X20 dropped to $499 at AmazonUS, BHphoto (4% reward on the silver version), Adorama (+4% reward on the black and silver version) and Pictureline!

You can get the XQ1 for $399 at AmazonUS, BHphoto and Adorama.

The black XF1 costs just $199 at AmazonUS (56% off)

X100S

If you are located in the USA or in Europe… it doesn’t matter. You will hardly find the X100S cheaper than  here at DigitalRev. (save $200 / € 180)

X-superkit deals

The mother of all Fuji X-deals: the crazy X-deals here at AmazonUS, at BHphoto here and at Adorama here (you can save up to $1,400 on ALL XF-lenses bundled also with the brand new X-E2 body!). This deal expires DEC 24.

more X-deals

AmazonUS

X-M1: save $100 the kit version (all colors included in the offer) – Save $50 on the body (all colors included). Check it here.
X-A1: save $100 with kit lens (on all the colors available). Check it here.
X-E1: save $300 on the kit or $200 on the body. Check it here.
X-S1: save $350 here.

BHphoto

X-E1: save $300 on the kit and $200 on the body + 6% reward (silver kit) or 4% reward (body only). Check it here.
X-M1: save $100 on the kit and $50 on the body (all colors) + 4%reward. Check it here.
X-A1: save $100. Check it here.

Adorama

X-E1: save $300 on the kit (+6%reward) and $200 on the body (+4% reward). Check it here.
X-M1: save $100 on the kit and $50 on the body + 4%reward. Check it here.
X-A1: save $100 on the kit. Check it here.

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“It’s impressively sharp wide open”: dpreview XF23mm real world samples… and more.

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

– Real world samples online at dpreview here: “Image quality is superb. It’s impressively sharp wide open across most of the frame, and the corners sharpen up quickly on stopping down. Lateral chromatic aberration is essentially non-existent, and the lens is near-perfectly optically corrected for distortion.”

– the XF 23mm at derekclarkphotography here: “the quality of this lens is just stunning and Fuji has done a fantastic job in producing a lens that is more than the sum of it’s parts. The 35mm f1.4 has always had the edge over the other X Series lenses, but the 23mm has a look that is just as special and I can’t wait to use it on a real shoot. I’m a documentary photographer and this is a lens to tell stories. You get a great perspective with an old school 35mm, just the right amount of foreground to background without a load of distortion. It’s also a lens that you can move in close and still get a great look without peoples faces getting all bent out of shape.”

henrysmithscottage XF 23mm review can be read here: “When Fujifilm released the new 23 mm f 1.4 lens; I was faced with a dilemma. I currently have a Fujifilm camera (the X100s) with exactly the same imager and focal length lens combination I that would be possible were I to purchase the newer $900 lens. […] I’m keeping this lens. […] this optic reminds me, just, how wonderful it is to shoot with a very high quality prime lens.”

– Japanese review at camera.itmedia here (translation).

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The price drops again: get the XQ1 for $399 (save $100)! Black XF1 for $199

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It was launched in October for $499, it dopped to $449 a few weeks later, and now you can have it for $399 at AmazonUS, BHphoto and Adorama.

This further price drop makes the XQ1 cheaper than the brown XF1, at least if you buy it on AmazonUS via third party resller ($449 here), while the red one costs the same, $399 here (AmazonUS via third party). But you can grab the black XF1 for $199 sold directly by AmazonUS (56% off)

On ebay you can find the brown XF1 for less than 449. Just use slidoo and find your deal.

XQ1 – USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / AdoramaDigitalRevebay EUROPE: wexphotographicUK / DigitalRev / PCHstore / AmazonDE (via DR) / ebay

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