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Photokina 2019 Cancelled: Coming Back in May 2020 and Looking Back at Photokina 2018 with Fujifilm X Photographers Live Stages

Photokina 2019 2020

Kölnmesse has just issued an official press release (PDF here), that Photokina 2019 in May has been cancelled and will come back in May 2020.

It’s pretty sad, but it’ true: Photokina 2018 in September was the last of its kind.

Even US Fujifilm manager Steve said that from now on, Photokina will become more of a smaller regional show. And while in the past Fujifilm (and other companies) organized big launches in proximity to Photokina, it won’t be like this anymore in future.

I personally attended two photokina shows (2016 report here2018 report here). It was fantastic, because of the sheer magnitude of the event. Everybody with rank and name was there, and all the latest and greatest gear was launched at photokina. This magnitude will inevitably go lost now.

I don’t think it will be worth for me anymore to travel through half of Europe for a smaller regional show, so that was it. No more Photokina for me.

And to remind us of the good old days, I share the Fujifilm X Photographers Photokina 2018 live stages, which I was lucky to enjoy personally.

Photokina 2018 Live Stages

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Fujifilm X-T1 Survives Crude Oil Swim, Sony A7III vs Fuji X-T2 and X-H1 and NOT Switching to SONY for WEDDINGS – miXed Zone

Mixed Zone

Time for a major miXed zone, this time focused on all kind of Fujifilm cameras, except for the brand new Fujifilm X-T3, Fujifilm GFX50S and Fuji GFX50R and Fuji X100F.

But before we move on, remember to feed your Fuji addiction on our social media:

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Fujifilm X-T1 Oil Diving

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Fujinon XF 33mm F1.0 vs XF 35mm F1.4 vs XF 35mm F2 – SIZE COMPARISON

Fujinon XF33mmF1.0 vs XF35mmF1.4 vs XF35mmF2

As you know, I have been to photokina 2018, and I also have delivered you the worldwide first real life images of the XF33mmF1.0, XF16mmF2.8 and XF16-80mmF4 lenses, as well as a side by side comparison of the 3 new lenses on Fuji’s roadmap.

However, I keep up getting questions about how big the XF 33mm F1.0 is, compared to its little brothers, the XF 35mm F1.4 and XF 35mm F2 WR.

So based on the images I took and what I have seen with my own eyes at the Photokina Fujifilm booth, I try to give you a visual representation of how Fuji’s 50mm equivalent trinity compares side by side mounted on a Fujifilm X-T3.

Of course this can’t be super-accurate, and I’d say it’s 85+% close to perfection. However, the Fujinon XF 33mm F1.0 will hit the market in 2020, and until there, the final size can change.

In an earlier post on FujiRumors, we launched a huge poll, asking you guys if you consider the Fujinon XF33mmF1.0 is too big for you. 7,500 people voted already, and you can check the results here.

We also launched XF33mmF1.0 feature polls in the past, that you can check out here.

And speaking of 35mm lenses…

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FUJIFILM Firmware Updates for Fujifilm X-T2, X-H1, X-T1 and Fujinon XF 50-140, XF 80mm, XF100-400, XC 15-45

Fujifilm Firmware Updates

Fujifilm just released firmware updates for the cameras and lenses listed below.

And don’t worry. Fujifilm plans a bigger update for the Fujifilm X-H1, another one with exFAT for the Fujifilm X-T3 and also the Fujifilm GFX 50S will get some more firmware love.

Fujifilm X-T2 firmware ver 4.30. – download here

  1. Compatibility with the functions below of XF200mmF2 R LM OIS WR is added.
    · Focus Preset Function
    · Focus Control button
  2. Compatibility with the functions below of XF1.4X TC F2 WR (bundled with XF200mmF2 R LM OIS WR) is added.
    Applicable lenses : XF80mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro, XF200mmF2 R LM OIS WR,
    XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR, XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR
    *Upgrade the firmware of a camera before upgrading the firmware of a lens.

Fujifilm X-H1 firmware ver. 1.20 – download here

  1. Compatibility with the functions below of XF200mmF2 R LM OIS WR is added.
    · Focus Preset Function
    · Focus Control button
  2. Compatibility with the functions below of XF1.4X TC F2 WR (bundled with XF200mmF2 R LM OIS WR) is added.
    Applicable lenses : XF80mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro, XF200mmF2 R LM OIS WR,
    XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR, XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR
    *Upgrade the firmware of a camera before upgrading the firmware of a lens.

Fujifilm X-T1 firmware ver. 5.50 – download here

  1. Compatibility with the functions below of XF200mmF2 R LM OIS WR is added.
    · Focus Preset Function
    · Focus Control button
  2. Compatibility with the functions below of XF1.4X TC F2 WR (bundled with XF200mmF2 R LM OIS WR) is added.
    Applicable lenses : XF80mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro, XF200mmF2 R LM OIS WR,
    XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR, XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR
    *Upgrade the firmware of a camera before upgrading the firmware of a lens.

Fujinon XF80mmF2.8 Macro firmware ver. 1.10 – download here

  1. Compatibility with FUJINON TELECONVERTER XF1.4X TC F2 WR (bundled with XF200mmF2 R LM OIS WR) is added

Fujinon XF50-140mmF2.8 firmware ver. 1.30 – download here

  1. Compatibility with FUJINON TELECONVERTER XF1.4X TC F2 WR (bundled with XF200mmF2 R LM OIS WR) is added.

Fujinon XF100-400mm firmware ver. 1.20 – download here

  1. Compatibility with FUJINON TELECONVERTER XF1.4X TC F2 WR (bundled with XF200mmF2 R LM OIS WR) is added.

Fujinon XC 15-45mm firmware ver. 1.02 – download here

  1. The phenomenon is fixed that In rare cases, AE hunting can occur.

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And for the Ultimate Fuji Addicts:

XF 200mm F2: BHphoto, Adorama, AmazonUS, Focuscamera

Fujinon XF8-16mmF2.8 vs XF16mmF1.4 and XF200mmmF2 on Fujifilm X-T3

Fujinon XF8-16mm F2.8 & XF200mm F2

During my stay at photokina 2018, I had the priviledge to test out the Fujinon XF 8-16mmF2.8 as well as the XF 200mmF2.

I could not really put those lenses through its paces, since I could only test them out at Fuji’s touch & try corner, but even during my short flirt with them, they didn’t fail to impress me (I used them both on the Fujifilm X-T3).

Yes, the XF 8-16mmF2.8 and XF 200mmF2 are not a bargain, but as they say, “you get what you pay for“. Enough said ;) .

Reviews about the XF 8-16 and XF 200 are not easy to find on the web and we will have to wait for them to be available in October/November, to see more of them.

We did share a major roundup a few weeks ago here, and here are some tidbits, including a quick comparison between the Fujinon XF8-16mmF2.8 and XF16mmF1.4, which is arguably one of the top three primes in Fujifim’s entire lens lineup.

You will find blog posts and videos down below:

XF 8-16mm F2.8: BHphoto, Adorama, AmazonUS, Focuscamera
XF 200mm F2: BHphoto, Adorama, AmazonUS, Focuscamera
XF 16mm F1.4 (save $150): BHphoto, AmazonUS, Adorama

Hands On and Samples

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Fujifilm X-H1 Review Roundup in Times of Fujifilm X-T3

Fujifilm X-H1

With all the eyes pointed towards Fuji’s brand new speed monster, the Fujifilm X-T3, I thought it might be a good idea to dedicate a roundup to the one camera, that definitely has been mostly overshadowed by the X-T3 release, the Fujifilm X-H1.

I have tested the Fujifilm X-T3 during my Photokina stay, and it’s undeniable that Fujifilm achieved significant speed improvements.

But as we reported in latest rumors, the Fujifilm X-H1 is definitely also a fast focusing camera, and will get some improvements via firmware update in future. Surely IBIS will become better, but who knows if also some AF improvements can be expected.

Moreover, if you need IBIS, a bigger grip, an EVF that protrudes even further out, bigger buttons, an even tougher body (8H hardness) and other aspects that the X-H1 offers over the X-T3, then the Fujifilm X-H1 might be the best choice for you in the Fuji X camera system.

FujiRumors is everywhere: Facebook, RSS-feed, Instagram, Youtube and Twitter

Fujifilm X-H1 News, Rumors and Discussions
Fujifilm X-H User Group
Fujifilm X-H Page

Fuji X-H1 Roundup

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Fujinon GF Rumored Lens Roadmap Update: Tilt Shift Lens, GF20-35mm, GF 80mmF1.4 (not in 2018) & More

internal Fujinon GF Lens Roadmap Leaked on FujiRumors

internal Fujinon GF Lens Roadmap Leaked on FujiRumors

Fujinon GF Lens Roadmap

You might remember how here on FujiRumors we leaked Fujifilm’s interal GF lens roadmap already back in April 2017 (see screenshot above)!

But time passed, and there is more to share and to update… so let’s do it today.

GF 80mm F1.4

We broke the rumor of a crazy fast GF 80mm F1.4 (!!!) medium format lens back in June 2017.

However, keep in mind that a Fujifilm manager said here that they need 2 years to discuss, develop and finally make a camera and even more than 2 years in case of lenses.

So if in June 2017, when we shared the GF 80mmF1.4 rumor, the discussions about the GF80mmF1.4 just started, then now, 1 year later, IF Fujifilm really decided to go ahead with it, it will take them well over 1 year to come out with it.

Again… if Fujifilm decided to make it all.

But even if Fujifilm decided to make it, you should not expect any GF 80mmF1.4 lens at Photokina 2018, and I’d personally would not expect it before 2020 anyway.

Don’t worry, there will be lots of other great gear to enjoy at Photokina 2018, such as the Fujifilm X-T3 and Fujifilm GF 50R.

Tilt Shift, UWA & The New Roadmap

According to our sources, we must add also a tilt shift lens for the GF system to the list of rumored lenses shared back in April 2017, so the updated and complete rumored GF lens list is the following:

  • GF 35mm F2.8 (coming 2018)
  • GF 20-36mm F3.5-4.5 (in 2018 this or the GF 100-200)
  • GF 100-200mm F4.5-5.6 (in 2018 this or the GF 20-36)
  • GF 80mm F1.4 (not in 2018 – personally I’d not expect it before 2020)
  • Tilt Shift lens (coming 2018/2019)

Fujifilm plans to release 2/3 GF lenses a year, and since we already got the GF250mmF4 last month, we can expect a maximum of two more lenses in 2018.

Now, for 2018, the Fujinon GF 35mmF2.8 should be sure.

So now it’s your turn guys. Let us know which one you would prefer between the GF20-36, GF-100-200 and the tilt shift lens for 2018.

And make sure to join our Fujifilm GFX facebook group.

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Iridient Developer 2.4 update released

Brian just released the Iridient Developer 2.4 update today and it can be downloaded here.

This release includes some major new features to ease use as an external editor with photo management tools such as Lightroom and Aperture. A few Fujifilm specific improvements too including automatic lens corrections for some of the older compact models like the F500EXR, plus improved camera white balance presets for the X-Trans cameras (daylight, tungsten, fluorescent, etc) using embedded RAF file metadata and automatic support for alternate aspect ratio (16:9 and 1:1) options for the X cameras and some other models as well.

thomasfitzgeraldphotography Iridient 2.4 tutorial at one of the new features

Iridient Developer 2.4: A look at the New Lightroom Integration from Thomas Fitzgerald on Vimeo.

Size Comparison: X-T1 with XF 18-135mm and XF 10-24mm!

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Yesterday, a facebook follower shared the image you can see at the top in this facebook post. He asked me some information about the lens. I told him that the XF 18-135 (the first weather sealed lens in the Fuji lens line-up) could come in June and asked him what’s the source of the image.

I obviously made immediately a screenshot of the leaked image. So, although the follower deleted the image just a minute after he posted it, I was fast enough to copy it for you.

The image shows the size of the XF18-135 f/3.6-5.6 compared to the XF 10-24.

And here is the still unofficial roadmap of Fujifilm