The Fuji X-E1 Is The One

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Sometimes it is good to read someone who confirms what you already were thinking.

I am talking about the [shoplink 678]Fuji X-E1 (price & specs)[/shoplink]. Got an email by Fuji Rumors reader Rey Spadoni. He pointed me to a review he wrote about the X-E1. And he writes:

The newest X-mount body from Fujiflm is a dream come true.  It solves just about every problem I encountered on the X-Pro 1 and then, for kicks, goes even further up the tickle-my-fancy meter.  This is the camera I had been waiting for.  This is The One.

And the auto-focus…?

Much, much improved.  That’s a function of some software updates along with a built in motor within the exceptional, and I mean exceptional, kit lens.  It’s faster and sharper than any other kit lens I’ve used […]

Yes, the lens is a so-called “kit lens”, but it is fast and sharp, and you can control aperture on the lens. Ok, let’s see what Rey thinks about the image quality:

The image quality is indistinguishable to me from the X-Pro 1 and that’s a very good thing.  It seems to be the latest fad for manufacturers to remove the anti-aliasing filter  and Fujifilm’s sensor array seems to prevent moire and other concerning artifacts completely.  I saw no such problems.

Jump over to Rey’s review (click here) to see sample pics and get all of his thoughts about the X-E1.

Fuji X-E1 price check: [shopcountry 678]

Image courtesy: Rey Spadoni

Fujinon XF14mm F2.8 R In Stock In Belgium (and unboxing video)


Above: Fujinon XF14mm F2.8R unboxing

If you live in Belgium, and happen to be in Brussels, then you may pay a visit to PCH Brussel. They have the very first samples of the Fujinon XF14mm F2.8R available in their shop. The lens can also be ordered online clicking here.

For the rest of us, check the pre-order links (click on shopname): B&H | Adorama

You may also check if the Fujinon XF14mm F2.8R is vailable for pre-order in your country: [shopcountry 6152]




More Fuji X100S And X20 First Impressions


Quick post to feature a X100S and X20 first impressions by Laura Hicks over at digitalcamerareview.

About the Fuji X100S:

At CES I had the opportunity to check out the X100S. It has a retro body design that is pleasing to the senses. Whether you are holding the texturized body or touching the cool metal, the X100S is the embodiment of a tactile experience. It is also solid and well-built. The camera responded quickly and had very good image quality. The f/2 lens was crisp and offered a great depth of field. But one of the most amazing parts of this camera was the electronic view finder (EVF). It was one of (if not the best) EVF I have ever held to my eye.

On the X20:

I was also able to spend some time with the X20 at CES 2013. My first impression of this camera is very good. The body of this camera looks strikingly similar to the X10 with only a few minor changes. The f/2.0-2.8 lens has a fantastic minimum aperture. The X20 has a lot of physical buttons and dials which feeds my need to have control over my camera. The mode and exposure dial are my favorites. The camera has a built-in flash as well as a hot shoe. And for those of us that can’t seem to break away from holding a camera to our eye, an electronic view finder is present.  Both the LCD screen and OVF are bright and crisp.

Fuji X100s pre-order options: Amazon | B&H | Adorama
Fuji X20 pre-order options: Amazon | B&H | Adorama

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Fuji X Speed Booster adapter works miracles?


You really gotta read the two Metabones Speed Booster reviews at EosHD (Click here) and Lensrentals (Click here). Both Andrew and Roger are extremely surprised by the terrific image quality they can get through this adapter! As you know this lens increases the speed of a Full frame lens by reducing the image circle projected on the APS-C sensor. At the same time the lens also gets wider. The first two adapters for the Fuji X mount will be sold in February. There will be a [shoplink 6387 ebay]Leica R (lenses here on eBay)[/shoplink] and an [shoplink 6386 ebay]Alpa (lenses here one Bay)[/shoplink] adapter.

Preorders on Metabones website. Save this search on Slidoo to get notified when it will be available on eBay too!


A Little Bit Of Everything (X100 Teardown, XF 14mm pre-order, and R. Cicala Humor)


Various tidbits for you to check.

Let's start with some humor: Roger Cicala's Law of New Product Introduction. See the graph below (title says it all):

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Next, don't forget that the Fujifilm XF 14mm f2.8 R will be released every day now, you can pre-order it at B&H | Adorama. We featured some reviews about this lens here and here. The lens is already available in Japan on eBay, so it won't take long!

And here comes the big piece of the post: A teardown of the Popular Fujifilm X100 at PetaPixel. The author writes:

[…] if you think the X100 is beautiful on the outside, it is breathtaking on the inside.

Ok, let's have a look…

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Going on…

[…] The camera is a giant puzzle of miniscule parts. There were hundreds of hidden, miniature screws, rods, tape and dabs of glue holding it together. It was difficult to take apart to the point where it turned into a game. I’d stare at the thing for 10 minutes until I found that one screw hidden behind something that held everything together. It would be absolutely impossible for me to put this thing back together.

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It's getting thougher…

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And that's all the X100 is made of. Funny, uh? :-)

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