First Look: Fujinon XF23mmF1.4 R


by Rico Pfirstinger

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Flickr bravely chose Friday the 13th for a major maintenance downtime, but they were back online with a delay of just one hour. Hoping for the best, I got things  started with this column, but then Flickr  was forced shut down again (well, what did they expect?), causing more delays. And yet, here we finally are, discussing Fuji’s latest XF prime, the fast and quite substantial XF23mmF1.4 R, a much sought-after “35mm equivalent” lens.


If you are interested in this lens, you might also want to have a look at my previous article about using the XF14mmF2.8 R wide-angle lens. Conceptually, both lenses are quite similar:

  • they offer premium optics and build quality at a premium price
  • they feature a dedicated manual focus mode with analog (engraved) scales indicating distance and depth-of-field
  • distortion is fully optically corrected (no additional digital distortion correction necessary)

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Size and Specifications

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X-A1 announcement on September 17 + Fujifilm France says that they are developing the X100 firmware


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X-A1 announcement

The Fujifilm X-A1 and XC 50-230 will be announced on Tuesday, September 17! It should happen at 5AM GMT. So stay tuned on Fujirumors and you’ll be the first to know everything about the first non X-Trans mirrorless interchangeable – lens camera of Fuji! Follow us via facebook, twitter and RSS feed!

X100 firmware

If you don’t trust me, then trust at least Fujifilm France ;). They just said at their facebook site here that Fuji is currently developing the X100 firmware. Here is their answer to those asking if the firmware will ever come (google translated):… and thanks for the link Alexandre!

“Hello, yes, but in order to best meet the requirements of the owners of X100 is still in development phase. We will inform you as soon as its availability.”

P.S.: You may have noticed on the FR-dealsrunner sidebar that top rated plus reseller cameraland has some great offers on X-series cameras. So you can save $200 on the X-E1 with XF 18-55 ([shoplink 16432 ebay]black[/shoplink] – [shoplink 16442 ebay]silver[/shoplink]) and  save $100 on the X-M1 with XC 16-50 ([shoplink 16444 ebay]black[/shoplink] – [shoplink 16433 ebay]silver[/shoplink]).

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RAW Converter Shootout Results


by Rico Pfirstinger

Talk to Rico (open forum for questions & feedback)Rico’s Flickr sets – RAW converter comparison Flickr set – Mastering the Fujifilm X-Pro1 reading samples (65 free pages) – Pre-order the new book: Mastering the Fujifilm X-E1 and X-Pro1

Hi there!
The jury is in, and the verdict isn’t clear at all.

Thank you everybody for reading and voting in last week’s little RAW Converter Shootout. About 7,000 readers looked at the comparison set on Flickr, and almost 1,000 made up their minds and cast their vote. In this X-Pert Corner special edition, I am going to present the results of our polling.

Let’s start with the first sample: And the winner is…

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The waiting is almost over: the X-A1 could come in the next days!


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The Fujfilm X-A1: a long rumor story that could end in the next days!

Back on May 20 I told you here that Fuji was planing to launch 2 different mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras, one with X-Trans sensor, and one without X-Trans sensor (it was the first rumor I got from the Japanese source who has been quickly upgraded to trusted source).

After 10 days, on May 30, another source revealed the name here: X-A1. A couple of weeks later the Japanese source confirmed the name here and told us that it would feature an APS-C sensor, come by the end of this summer and be very cheap.

On July 26 the Korean national radio research agency registered the name “X-A1” here and almost a month later (August 20) Fujirumors posted the first image of the X-A1 here. Many of you were talking of a fake image, but on September 5 everybody could see it: the blue X-A1 wasn’t a joke!

On September 5, at the Czech site fotoskoda, we had the opportunity to read the whole leaked press release of the X-A1 and XF 23mm here, which means that it was originally planed to be announced together with the XF 23mm but Fuji postponed the launch. Thanks to a Czech reader who linked me to the site, I was able to copy the release before fotoskoda removed it.

And now the official announcement seems to be very close. As you can see from the image of the leaked press-release, we will soon know more also about the second “XC” zoom lens produced by Fuji, the XC 50-230mm.

I’m very curious to see how the X-A1 will perform compared to the X-M1. It will be an interesting 16MP Bayer vs 16MP X-Trans sensor battle. But also the price should be very interesting, as it is supposed to be very cheap!


stay tuned on Fujirumors via facebook and twitter if you don’t want to miss the official announcement of the X-A1.

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X100 special black edition deal (save $350) + Fuji Instax Mini 90 Neoclassic pre-order

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X100 special edition super-deal

There is a great deal on the special black edition X100 at official Fuji ebay reseller heightsmobile. And soon you’ll be able to load the new firmware 2.0 on it and enjoy also the improved performance ;). There is only a limited quantity available, so act fast and [shoplink 16374 ebay]click here to save $350[/shoplink]!

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Fuji Instax Mini 90 pre-order

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