miXed zone: X20 and street photography, ghost town, admiringlight 55-200 review and more

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X-M1

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 – Some shots taken with the X-M1 in Bilbao. See them here at Reality Scanner’s Flickr.

– Hands on preview of the X-M1 at lensvid here. The bootom line: “Although we should emphasize again that we did test a sample camera and not a production one, we can say that if you are looking for a small and not extremely expensive mirrorless camera with the highest image quality currently on the market at this budget – the X-M1 is a very appealing choice. However if AF is a dominant factor (if you are shooting a lot of moving objects for example), if you have large hands or just can’t live without a viewfinder – there are better options on the market for you.”

X100S

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-FR-readers Olaf and Kasia were in Montana’s Ghost Towns with the Fuji X-series (X100S and X-PRO1). “Composition, light and creativity must always come before technical considerations.” So enjoy his pictures here.

threeguyswithcameras did a review that covers the X100S, the Nikon Coolpix A, and the Ricoh GR. The first part is here, and part two will be coming shortly. Check it out here.

X20

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Street photography (with the X10/X20): Another gratification for riflessifotografici and strepher Donato Chirulli (theartofphotography1). Italian readers can now read at the well known Italian magazine fotocult.it an interview in which Donato explains his way to deal with Street Photography and, in particular, on the use of compact cameras such as the Fujifilm X10 and X20. For a review of his latest book “discovering street photographyread this interview here (translation).

 X-E1

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– Old lenses, new tricks: using m42 lenses on the X-E1 at lightpriority.net.

– Ronmartblog’s X-E1 first part of his review (and many samples) can be read here. “This is a special camera that is extremely well built, and I really enjoy it!” And here is part two of his review. From his conclusions: “Overall, I give this camera a guarded recommendation to those who can afford to pay for the wonderful quality body and very good sensor that it offers. It’s sure to please as long as you keep yourself in good light and stay out of situations that require ISO > 800.

lenses

admiringlight XF 55-200 review here. “Overall, Fuji has created a truly outstanding zoom lens with the Fujinon XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS. It’s a lens that is not only sharp throughout the range, but has excellent color rendering, beautiful bokeh and good control of lens aberrations.”

– findingrange published his Zeiss Touit 12mm review… a lot of PROS but also some CONS can be read here: “[…] optically, this lens is simply fantastic.  It renders very nicely, and it’s so incredibly sharp.  Optically, I don’t really think you could ask for more from a lens.  A super wide angle lens like this takes some time to get use to, so if you’re not sure if this is a lens for you, go to a good local dealer […], and ask them if you could try it out.

– FR-reader Tjeerd shared via FR-facebook his Zeiss 12mm fotoshoot and review. You can check it out here. His conclusions: “The Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 is a very high quality lens. It’s fun to use and gives you a lot of creative options. It’s ultra wide and should fill in the gap where the 18mm or 35mm can’t reach. It’s quite light, compact and feels very durable.  Even though 2 mm doesn’t sound like much, on a wide end it makes quite a bit of difference I presume. Should you get this one over the Fuji 14mm? Well with a price difference of 220 euros, it’s up to you if the extra 2mm and the Zeiss logo is worth it.”

X-PRO1 (and firmware 3.01)

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– Xavier: “Hello Patrick, Thank your for your great blog, It’s my first read each day :) I contact you because of a problem I have with my X-Pro1 since firmware update 3.0 (and still with the 3.01). It’s seems that there’s a little community who have the same issue, and I’m surprised that nobody talks about it on your website. It’s a problem of freezing when taking a picture, and the only way to shut the camera off, or to continue to use it,  is the removal of the battery. Then, when the battery is back in, and the camera switched on, it works normally. Until the next freeze. This happens very often. I say you that because of the impact your blog can have on Fuji, perhaps if you mention it, Fuji will give a look at the problem and work on a new update that fix it. Who knows… Thank you for your time, and thank you for your so useful blog ! Xavier (flickr)”

– “The Fujifilm X-Pro1 – A Year in Review” at binaryframe here: “The Fujifilm X-Pro1 has been an important camera in my life. It has fundamentally altered my lifestyle to the extent that I am now immersed in the art of photography. It is my constant companion for documenting life and carries the responsibility of capturing memories with the same vivid expression that I recall in my mind. In this task it succeeds spectacularly.”

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organic sensor patent + 4% reward at AmazonUS

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The 4% reward at AmazonUS is back again. The promotion is valid for a limited time only. Click here to check this offer out (found via dealsrunner).

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A couple of time ago Fuji and Panasonic announced a new partnership and said that they are developing the first organic sensor together. The new technology promises among the others “Industry’s highest dynamic range of 88dB”, “higher sensitivity than conventional sensors” and “ faithful color reproduction“. Now at freepatentsonline.com you can read 19 pages of technical explanation how this works.

To read again the press-release click here.

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travel-X: “One year, one lens, one camera – MANY countries!”

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It seems that more and more photographer appreciate the IQ and the lightness of travelling with the Fuji X-cameras… especially if you travel like Nate: non stop around the world! Here is his story:

[do you also have a travel-X story to tell and you’d like to share your very best travel shots with the FR-community? Then write me an email at fujirumor@gmail.com or contact FR via facebook or twitter. Tell me your story and send me your favorite shots]

Nate

Hello Patrick,

Just wanted to say I check your site *very* regularly. I have an interesting non-rumor for you.

My name is Nate Robert, and I have been travelling around the world for just on a year (so far) –  with a single camera, and a single lens – the Fuji X-PRO1 with the 18mm. I’m a photojournalist from Australia, and I think your readers would get a kick out of my blog – www.yomadic.com, where every single photo I take, is with the same Fuji combination – and has been with me through three continents – from the panoramic views of New Zealand, to the streets of Tehran in Iran, and many places in between. One year, one lens, one cameraMANY countries!

I do a lot of street shooting, and have put many articles up on the “mean streets” of cities around the world – including Belgrade, Budapest, Melbourne, Tehran, Hong Kong and more.

I gave up both a Nikon DSLR and a Leica kit before leaving one year ago, and could not be happier with the Fuji. To me, it is the best travel camera that mankind has ever created.

My one wish? A 23mm pancake! In the meantime, I will continue debating over whether to switch from the Xpro to the X100S ;)

Hope you can include me in your regular round up of news, and keep up the good work. I’m counting on you to break the 23mm pancake news first!

Cheers,

Nate Robert

Nate

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Pixel Peeping Time: GF6 vs X-M1 vs E-P5 and X-E1 vs-X-PRO1 vs X-M1

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1) In their GF6 review, cameralabs compared the IQ of the GF6X-M1 and E-P5. Check it out here.

2) The Chinese site pcpop posted its X-M1 review and on page 5 they compared the trinity, X-PRO1 vs X-E1 vs X-M1 here (tranlsation). “Fuji X-M1 picture quality than the previous two cameras better number. When using ISO800-6400, we can very clearly see the X-M1 richer detail, noise situation is a little less than the first two and the color more vivid. Therefore, we conclude that both the degree of detail or color reduction, Fuji X-M1 has improved to some extent. Although Fuji X-M1 is more biased in favor of the entry-level users, but this does not prevent this machine’s high performance and high quality.”

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