FR-readers roundup: discover Calcutta, Vietnam, Seoul, Istanbul and Albania with the X-series

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REMINDER: This is the LAST DAY to stack the Fuji X-superdeal with the 4% reward at AmazonUS and BHphoto. The deals will be valid through June 29 without the 4% reward. Check the superdeals at AmazonUS here (price drop + 4%reward), BHphoto here (price drops + 4% reward), Adorama here (price drops + lots of accessories), DigitalRev and pictureline here.

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And now I hope you enjoy this travel around the world with the X-series.

Matt: “This was my second visit to Calcutta and I shot exclusively with the X-Pro1. I processed the Fujifilm RAW .RAF files in Lightroom and then put the “HDRish,” grunge effect using onOne Perfect Effects 4.” thedigitaltrekker

Matt

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Adam: “Some street photography with the Xpro1 :-) Incase you’d like to check it out” Checked, liked, shared :). Stop by this blog and see Adams beautiful shots taken in Vietnam here.

Adam

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Afton: “Dear Patrick, I recently arrived back from Seoul, South Korea, where I photographed throughout the country exclusively with the Fujifilm X-Pro1. I welcome you to please view my new work from my trip to Seoul that I posted on my blog. Please feel free to post as an example of what Fujifilm X-Trans can accomplish. I’d also be more than happy to share my experience shooting with the system. The colors, the details captured by the X-Trans, the shooting experience and handling of the X-Pro1 has confirmed with me that the Fuji X system will remain my professional photographic tool going forth. The latest of my work with the X-Pro1 can be found on my blog at www.aftonalmaraz.tumblr.com. All the best, Afton”

Afton

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Umit: “Hi Patrick, I live in Istanbul and I love this city. And now I take photos of its with my Fuji X100S. My blog address:
http://discoveristanbulwithx100s.com/ Do you share my tumblr on your website? Of course if you like my photos…
Thanks for fujirumors.com”

Umit

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Stefan: “Hi Patrick, in case you’re interested, I took my new X100S to my first trip to Albania and took a few shots, some of which can be seen here: I really fell in love with that little camera in the meantime, it’s a great tool that puts the fun back to photography – something I missed shooting my Nikon DSLR. cheers”

Stefan!

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the “unfair” comparison: X-E1 with 55-200 vs Canon 5D Mark III with 70-300 (and in stock at AmazonUK and US)

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IN STOCK: A limited number of XF 55-200 is now in stock at AmazonUK here (shipped and sold by AmazonUK) and also three at AmazonUS, but via third party reseller here (you have to pay $100 more to purchase it).

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Martin made a quite unfair comparison between the X-E1 with XF 55-200 and the Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon 70-300 IS L. “But yet, Fuji claims itself to achieve the image quality of a full-frame camera. So let’s see“. You can read the whole comparison here (available in English and German). Some extracts:

“In direct comparison, I could not detect any significant drawback in the focus speed compared to the Canon 70-300 IS L at least in static, high contrast scenes. To run the focus from infinity to close range takes similar time on both optics. I already have noted the limitations of the X-E1 when recording fast-moving objects (birds in the air, or motor cycling, but also: Crawling babies head from the front) elsewhere. Because both the focus point and the viewfinder image freeze after the first shot in continuous shooting mode, there are little to no chances to get a good picture in such situations. Here, the DSLR is still unbeatable (and the EOS 5D Mark III shines in particular with its uber-autofocus anyway).

Somewhat disappointing is the vignetting of the XF 55-200 at maximum aperture. At least you can correct this well by software.

For a comparison of system resolution, I have run the X-E1 and the XF 55-200 against the EOS 5D Mark III with the excellent 70-300 f/4-5.6 L IS USM. Not quite a fair comparison, as I admit frankly, because the Canon lens costs easily twice as much as the Fuji zoom. And we don’t even talk of the camera body […] Compared with the EOS 5D Mark III, however, Fuji’s zoom has a significantly lower resolution. The Canon 70-300 L resolves about a third more lines across the board, occasionally even 50% more. An equivalence to the Canon full-frame system is beyond question.

The XF 55-200 […] convinces with a very solid overall performance. Across all focal lengths and apertures it has a good sharpness with minimal chromatic aberrations without significant weaknesses. Sure, it can not keep up with a very good full-frame camera and lens. But this is outweighed by price, weight and size.

Fuji XF 55-200mm Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

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Save up to $1630! 4% reward at AmazonUS and B&H expires June 15.

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Reminder: Last days to stack the Fuji X-superdeal with the 4% reward at AmazonUS and BHphoto. The deals will be valid through June 29, but if you want to save as much as possible you have just three more days.

Adorama doesn’t have the 4% reward, but instead you get a lot of accessories (spare battery, SD-card and more).

Check the superdeals at AmazonUS here (price drop + 4%reward), BHphoto here (price drops + 4% reward), Adorama here (price drops + lots of accessories) and pictureline here.

X-PRO1 ($1199) + 14mm ($699) + 18mm ($299) + 35mm ($399) + 60mm ($349) + 18-55mm ($399) AND 4% reward (save $133,76) = $3210 (save about $1630)

X-E1 ($799) + 14mm ($699) + 18mm ($299) + 35mm ($399) + 60mm ($349) + 18-55mm ($399) AND 4% reward (save $117,76) = $2826 (save about $1620)

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Zack Arias: “Life without DSLRs”… X100S follow up review

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Zack Arias announced it a couple of weeks ago, when he tested the X100S: “DSLR is dead”. And now, how is his life without the DSLR? What changed in Zack’s photography after he switched to Fuji? See his shots and read the whole blog post here. And if you plan to switch too, check out the X-superkit deals.

“I was recently asked on my Q&A blog whether I was switching to Fuji just to be different and not because they are better. I replied saying it is part of the equation. Not a large part. Not even half of the part, but yeah, that’s part of it. Who has a DSLR these days? Everyone. Moms, grandpas, clients, kids, that guy in accounting, everyone. Nikon this. Canon that. […]

It’s mostly a mental departure from how I’ve done things for a long time and how much of the rest of the photography world works. It makes a difference with my clients and subjects as well. DSLRs are so generic these days that when you show up with something different like a Fuji or a medium format people take notice. They ask questions. These cameras start conversations. When I shot DSLRs I always heard about what camera my client or subject had. “Oh. You shoot Canon. I have a Nikon.” Etc. Etc. And then those conversations would take place. Not any more. “Wow. What is that? I’ve never seen one of those.” is now the opening line. […]

When you change those tools there’s a mental change as well. The retro styling of the Fuji cameras isn’t just for show. There’s a reason cameras have been set up like those for decades. There’s a very practical reasoning behind dedicated aperture dials on the lens and shutter speed dials. I can “feel” where my settings are.

I say all of this to say I’m emotionally connected to my Fujis. I’ve never been emotionally connected to a DSLR. Ever. That connection matters. It’s not on a spec sheet. It can’t be tested in the lab. I look at my Fuji cameras and I want to go shoot. I want to make photos. They don’t belong in a bag. They belong on in my hand.”

Fuji X100S: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

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