After AmazonUS, now also BHphoto offers a 4% reward on the Fuji X series. Save $1300 on the lenses (up to $300 for a single lens) and $200 on the bodies. And then add the 4% reward (up to $133 reward for X-PRO1 + all lenses except 55-200). The 4% reward offer expires on June 15 (the deals continue till June 29, but there won’t be the 4% reward). Good times to make the switch. Adorama doesn’t have the 4% reward, but instead you get a lot of accessories (spare battery, SD-card and more). So, check the X-deals at BHphoto, AmazonUS and Adorama, compare and make your choice.
The latest DxO v8.2 doesn’t support the X-Trans files yet. But according to an email I got from FR-reader echenique we should not worry. He spoke with a representative from DxO who told him that “they are actively working on the X-Trans support“! So let’s hope that this turns out to be true soon. (thanks echenique)
FR-reader Adam sent me this email: “I know it my have already been covered but my subscriber base over on Youtube have been requesting a videoon custom setting for new Fuji X-Pro1 owners. I thought since you have all these offers going up on your site, some might be interested in this too. Here is the link. Can’t wait to find out what the new cameras are like. Thanks, Adam J Piper” Check out Adams settings.
– “The Keeper“… or the X-E1! theonlinephotographer posted part 1 and part 2 of his findings about the X-E1. And at the end a short story:
“One final note. As I was leaving the bank in our little town recently, I crossed paths with a well-known architectural photographer who has talked publicly, and eloquently, about his difficult, costly, and ultimately successful transition from large and medium format film to high-end digital. He looked casually down at the camera slung over my shoulder and said, “Hey Jim, is that a new Leica?” I explained that although its quiet shutter had something of the old Leica M4 sound, it was perhaps closer to my previous constant companion, a steel-curtained Canon. “It’s a digital Fuji,” I noted. He grinned. “Nice!” he said.
– World and Humanitarian photographer David considerations about the X-E1 can be checked out here.
“[…] loved the size and handling. […] lenses were fantastic, especially the 14mm […] The sensor is amazing and I shot at crazy-high ISO without thinking twice about it, in part because I like the look. Very film-like to my eye. […] I love the ability to shoot in B&W, and because it’s an electronic viewfinder, I can see my scene that way. […] Quirks? Not many. […] not the fastest start-up and sometimes the focus hunted a little, but I expected worse, so wound up pleasantly surprised. […] I love this thing. Will it replace my DSLR? Sometimes, yes.
– X-E1 vs Nikon 1 at ISO 100 – RAW available (click here)
“So how good is the AF on the X100s? Much, much, much better than the X100’s AF. On par with most mirorless/Compact System Cameras out there, in fact. The only one that I’d confidently say is way better is the Olympus OM-D E-M5’s AF, which is just plain scary-fast. Even better is the fact that the X100s will achieve focus in some pretty dark conditions. […] The X-Trans sensor from the X-Pro1 is an awesome bit of technology, and in combination with the X100s’ gorgeous 23mm f/2 lens, produces some impressive shots with deep detail. […] I’m off to Hawaii in June for a vacation, and the X100s is the only camera I’m taking with me. With all the gear at my disposal, this is the only thing I feel like I need.
thebigpicturegallery posted some shots taken with the XF14mmhere. “So whats it like to use in the field, one wordFANTASTIC. It’s pin sharp, with a great depth of field, shooting either in af or manual mode is easy, set it up for zone focus, or hyperfocal and it gives you the depth of field to make quick street shooting a breeze. A minor nitpick is the lens hood, just a little bit too big and shows up a little too much in the viewfinder, when shooting with the OVF. However minor niggles aside, it is a great lens, delivers punchy sharp images with great IQ.”
1) FR-reader Simon sent me his impressions of the new Fuji XF 55-200. Read it all and see his shots here. Among the others he says that:
“[…] it has a faster maximum aperture than similar lenses and looks lightyears ahead than similar mirrorless lenses (OK, I jest, but it is much better than the equivalent lens for Sony’s NEX system) in image quality. […] focus and aperture rings are firm and move nicely. […] The OIS on this lens is excellent […] The autofocus speed is, well, average, just like the rest of Fuji’s lenses. It can be quick but it can occasionally fail to focus even in bright light. This larger issue is in low light when it struggles to focus at all. But, let’s be honest, it’s still a relatively slow lens and my Nikon 70-300 can struggle for lock or accuracy in similar light. […] I am very happy with the sharpness from this lens. […] You can probably see it in some of these shots but the bokeh is excellent for this kind of lens. […] What I am seeing is a good bit of light fall off at the edges. This does seem to be automatically corrected in jpeg, but at least in Aperture, it isn’t automatically corrected […] This isn’t one for sports, or birds in flight, but for every other long lens purpose it is very good to excellent. Given its bokeh and and faster aperture, it makes an excellent back up portrait lens.
“Nothing definitive to say yet other than the initial impression is quite good. Lens construction is very good and solid and up to the same standard as other XF lenses. It is the biggest XF lens so far, but still a reasonable size lens and small compared to typical DSLR telephoto zoom. […] I have not updated the camera firmware yet when I tried out the lens yesterday, but autofocus speed seemed to be quite satisfactory.”
3) And, as noted in the comments, Rico added a few SOOC JPEGs at Flickr here too.