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LockCircle Cinematic X Cage for the Fujifilm GFX100S

I own the Fujifilm GFX100S and it astonishes me every time with its image quality.

But so far I haven’t shot a single video with it, and quite frankly, I think I never will.

However, that sensor, 70% fuller than full frame, is also astonishing video performer. Philip Bloom for example shot an entire documentary with the original Fujifilm GFX100. Gosh, some of you even mount a GFX camera on a drone for some epic areal footage!

And since the GFX system is flexible enough also for video work, there GFX cages out there, for example from Smallrig.

Now we have a new addition, coming from LockCircle, and it’s made for the Fujifilm GFX100S. You can see some images above and you find the press release, details and links below.

This cage is designed for high end professional medium format cinematography. So if this is your thing, definitely check it out. And since the GFX50SII uses the identical body, I guess it would work on that one too. But I the GFX50SII does not shoot 4K video, so I guess it is not as an attractive video option as the GFX100S.

Press Release

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Fujifilm Gear 2021 In Stock Check (and it Doesn’t Look All That Good)

Fujifilm has definitely not been lazy and has announced tons of gear in 2021.

However, most of it is hard to find.

I was extremely lucky, as I grabbed the last available XF27mmF2.8 R WR at my local store on the first day the lockdown ended and I could finally leave my micro-village and drive to the store in the city nearby. And for the Fujifilm GFX100S I had to wait “only” 5 months.

But how does the situation look like now? Down below the in stock check of all the gear announced in 2021.

GFX100S

Adorama has a few samples in stock. No other store listed below has the GFX100S available. The store Moment expect availability on October 15.

GF80mmF1.7

A limited number of Fuji’s latest speed monster is available at AmazonUS here. The lens is in stock also at Focuscamera. The Fujinon GF80mmF1.7 is expected to be in stock in 2-4 weeks at BHphoto. Adorama just says “coming soon”. Moment expects it for October 21.

GFX50SII

It was originally planed to ship by the end of September, but Fujifilm issued an official delivery delay notice for the GFX50SII with GF35-70 kit, so let’s see how this will change things.

So far all stores expect the body only version as well as the kit version to be available on October 21.

GF35-70mmF4.5-5.6

So far stores expect it to ship on November 30. Only Adorama is slightly more optimistic and gives us November 20 as shipping start.

X-E4

It’s on back-order everywhere. And the situation seems to be rather dramatic, as BHphoto and AmazonUS even stopped accepting pre-orders on it. You can still order it at Adorama.

XF70-300mmF4-5.6

It is back-ordered everywhere. The only time indications we get comes from AmazonUS here, who expects stock around October 20 and Moment here, who is more optimistic and hopes to be able to ship some samples on October 3.

XF27mmF2.8 R WR

This is the one lens every X shooter should own (and I own it), but you can’t buy it at the moment, as it is unavailable everywhere. AmazonUS even gave up and stopped taking pre-orders on it for now.

X-T30II

It is expected to ship on October 21.

XF 33mmF1.4 R LM WR

It was supposed to start shipping on September 29, but pre-orders are very high and forced Fujifilm to issue an official delivery delay notice. Now it is expected to ship on October 21.

XF 23mmF1.4 R LM WR

It is expected to ship on November 30.

XF18mmF1.4 R LM WR

Good News. This one is in stock everywhere!

BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / Focuscamera

Top 10 Attacks on Fujifilm (That Don’t Make Sense): Full Frame Desires, GFX Facts Distortion, Kaizen Death, X-Trans Flaws, DOF and more

Criticizing and attacking Fujifilm is quite popular on the internet, and down below I will talk about possible reasons why it is like this.

Sometimes these critiques are justified, but sometimes I feel these attacks are unjustified.

Let’s talk about it now.

10 Critiques To Fujifilm

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Fujifilm NP-W235 Discounted and my First Third Party Battery Fail

The original Fujifilm NP-W235 battery is now discounted at AmazonUS here (save 14%). It works with Fujifilm X-T4, GFX100S and GFX50SII.

Get yours here.

At the end of the day, the original batteries probably remain the best pick.

I have had great experience with third party batteries, but just until a few days ago.

In fact, I was using my lovely Fujifilm X-E3 with my so far favorite third party Patona battery, and when I tried to swap out batteries, the Patona did not slide out anymore. For some reason, it did swell, and I had to fiddle around to get it out. So far something like that never happened to me with any original Fujifilm battery. Maybe I will post a picture of that later on on my Instagram. But I think you got what I mean.

So, after years of great service, the Patona failed on me. And yet, I feel I can’t complain anyway, as the price is just so much more affordable, that I feel fine if it does not last as long as the original Fujifilm batteries.

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FujiCast with Fujifilm Manager: X-H2 Talk, Monochrome GFX, Amazing 2022 for Fuji, Kaizen Talk, “Tonygate” and More

Fujicast is back with new episode #197 and #198. Also again on the podcast, Fujifilm UK manager Andreas Georghiades.

Not so surprising, as Japanese Fujifilm managers confirmed it already a few times: there will be a Fujifilm X-H2 one day. It’s probably Fuji’s way to facepalm publicy when they read the fake rumor the X-H line had been canceled ;).

They also talk about the Tony Northrup video, where Tony does not look overly optimistic to Fujifilm’s future.

Down below you can find the podcast as well as a summary.

Tonygate:

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Fujifilm Announces Delivery Delay for GFX50S II with GF35-70mm Kit Due to Pre-Orders Exceeding Expectations

Fujifilm just announced that the pre-orders for the Fujifilm GFX50SII and GF35-70mmF4.5-5.6 kit are higher than expected, and that this could lead to delivery delays.

Now, some might say this is a standard marketing phrase, and I don’t know, maybe it is for other brands.

But in the Fujifilm world, when Fujifilm announced delivery delays due to high demand, then you can be sure we will go though a delivery delay that might take months.

I will spare you with Fujifilm’s delivery nightmares, like the the 1+ year it took them to regularly deliver the Fujifilm X100S or, to talk about the more recent times, the shipping struggles of the Fujifilm GFX100S, which got twice the pre-orders Fuji expected and 7/8 months after announcement is still a rare good to find in stock.

So here is my gentle advice to Fujifilm.

Dear Fujifilm, maybe you didn’t notice, but people do buy your stuff. Don’t be so pessimistic in your predictions anymore, and just start to announce stuff that you can actually produce in good numbers and deliver. Letting us wait for half a year or more is not fun.

Notice regarding supply of digital camera lens kit “FUJIFILM GFX50S II / GF35-70mmF4.5-5.6 WR”

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ANNOUNCED: Fujifilm GFX50S with GF35-70, XF23mmF1.4 and XF33mmF1.4, X-T30II, New X/GFX Lens Roadmap – LIVE BLOG

Fujifilm Launch Blog
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X/GFX Gear Pre-order Options

GFX50S II
USA: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / Focuscamera / Moment
EU: AmazonDE / CalumetDE / Parkc.UK / WexUK / AmazonUK / PCHstore
GF 35-70mmF4.5-5.6
USA: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / Focuscamera / Moment
EU: AmazonDE / CalumetDE / Parkc.UK / WexUK / AmazonUK / PCHstore
X-T30 II
USA: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / Focuscamera / Moment
XF 23mm f/1.4 R LM WR
USA
: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / Focuscamera / Moment
EU: AmazonDE / CalumetDE / Parkc.UK / WexUK / AmazonUK / PCHstore
XF 33mm f/1.4 R LM WR
USA
: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / Focuscamera / Moment
EU: AmazonDE / CalumetDE / Parkc.UK / WexUK / AmazonUK / PCHstore

Official Fujifilm Info

Fujifilm GFX50SII and GF35-70mmF4.5-5.6 – First Looks, Samples, etc

XF33mmF1.4, XF23mmF1.4II and X-T30II – First Looks, Samples etc

  • jonasraskphotography – Fujifilm XF 33mm f/1.4 R LM WR first look – Lifting the Heritage
  • jonasraskphotography – Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4 R LM WR First Look – Street style Perfection
  • dpreview – XF33mmF1.4 samples
  • dpreview – X-T30II high res display and firmware goodness
  • BH Explora – 33, 23 and X-T30II covered
  • keithwee – Fujifilm XF33mm F1.4 First look review – the next chapter of evolution
  • ivanjoshualoh – XF33mm F1.4 WR, First Impression.
  • williamchua – Fujifilm XF33mm F1.4 R LM WR.
  • f16.click – 23mm f1.4 R LM WR Mark II Is Here

New X and GF Lens Roadmaps

Launch Videos
Fuji Guys After X Summit Party
DPReview and More

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Fujifilm X Summit Starts NOW – WATCH LIVE on FujiRumors – HUGE ANNOUNCEMENTS!

Fujifilm X Summit – LIVE COVERAGE

Fujifilm X Summit Live Stream starts now. You can follow it here on FujiRumors (video above, click the play button).

GFX50SII

  • GFX100S shipped double Fuji’s expectations
  • many are still waiting for GFX100S deliver, Fujifilm increases production and asks people to be a bit more patient
  • photographers say cropping helps also in sport photography. More cinematic image. Great colors
  • GFX50S came in 2017
  • GFX50R, GFX100 and GFX100S followed
  • large format system is gaining more and more attention and interest
  • there is even more potential to make large format, a standard option, for customers
  • GFX50SII announcement
  • GFX50SII has 50MP. Still outstanding resolution and dynamic range
  • pixel size is 5.3, one of largest you can purchase today, for better dynamic range and higher signal to noise ratio
  • massive dynamic range performance
  • more pixel do not mean always more resolution. You have to deliver the light to the pixel
  • Fuji optimized the micro shape to allow that light hits nicely every single pixel
  • 50MP GFX resolution is higher than 50MP full frame resolution
  • large format cameras have good image quality but slow AF. But not with GFX
  • has IBIS. A stable sensor thanks to IBIS also helps to focus faster. Also X Processor 4 helps to focus faster. New AF algorithm
  • shutter shock can have significant impact on image quality, IBIS helps for sharper images
  • 19 film simulations
  • GFX50SII comes with over 100 new features compare to older GFX50 models
  • shipping end of September at $3,999
  • highest performance of large format camera while downsizing drastically
  • large format becomes more affordable
  • more than full frame open for broader audience

GF35-70mmF4.5-5.6

  • portable and respond quickly
  • such lens enhances portability of GFX system
  • 390g
  • image quality has no compromise
  • superb image quality in small size
  • if light needs too much, you get aberration. But GF35-70 delivers light with minimal bending
  • symmetrical lens design to bend light as little as possible.
  • two ED lenses and 1 aspherical
  • size, image quality and 35cm minimum focus distance
  • talk with a photographer about the new GFX. Fast and silent autofocus. Crisp detail with this camera, but at the same time gentle, which is great for portraits
  • $999 lens only and $499 sold in kit (first sold only in kit, lens only follow laters

GF Roadmap

  • GF55mmF1.7: 3D look in combination with large format system
  • GF20-35mm (2022): more information than full frame. Widest angle zoom lens in GF lens family
  • GF Tilt Shift Lens (2023): satisfy more professional

GF Firmware Updates

  • GFX100/S already support 4K and ProRes RAW. To support video makers, more features will come. Blackmagic codec to be support next. And development of adapter for XLR input support (no more need to synch sound when editing). Firmware coming in October 2021

X Series Future

  • Third party lens manufacturers are joining the expansion of the X mount
  • X series gains more and more attention of the years
  • 2022 is 10th anniversary year of X mount system. Fujifilm will look at how to benefit customers for 10 more years
  • pursuit for more sharpness. Higher resolution cameras coming
  • X mount designed for higher APS-C image quality

New X lenses

  • XF33mmF1.4 is sharper and more beautiful bokeh than XF35mmF1.4
  • removing aberrations was priority (purity of light)
  • 15 lens elements to elminate aberration. Symmetrical structure. High speed AF
  • close focus distance with sharp results
  • XF23mmF1.4 R LM WR with lots of lens elements. Huge image quality improvement
  • designed like the 18mmF1.4
  • XF23mmF1.4 shipping late November for $899
  • XF33mmF1.4 shipping late Septmber for $799

X Mount Roadmap

Concept is not only resolution. Future lenses should be designed for stills and movie

  • XF150-600mm (coming 2022)
  • XF18-120mm (works great for stills and movie) – coming 2022

One More Thing

  • in 2022 coming stacked back illiminate sensor with X-Trans filter array

Last Second Leaks Below

  • will be updated in case of leaks

Available now:

LEAKED Images of Fujinon XF33mmF1.4 and XF23mmF1.4 II

The images of the upcoming Fujinon XF23mmF1.4 R LM WR and XF33mmF1.4 R LM WR have now been leaked by Nokishita. You can see them all in this article.

All will be announced in a few minutes at the Fujifilm X Summit… plus stuff that has never been rumored ;).

Fujifilm “XF23mmF1.4 R LM WR”
15 elements in 10 groups (2 aspherical lenses, 3 ED lenses)
minimum 19cm,
maximum 0.2x,
filter 58mm
size φ67×77.8mm
380g

“XF33mmF1.4 R LM WR”
15 elements in 10 groups (2 aspherical lenses, 3 ED lenses)
minimum 30cm
maximum 0.15x
filter 58mm
size φ67×73.5mm
360g

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SURPRISE: Fujifilm X Summit Starting at 9AM EST with Never Rumored Surprises

Do you like surprises? If so, then stay glued on FujiRumors today.

A few hours after I’ve published this article, where I ask the FR-reader community if there is something they’d liked to be surprised with at the X summit at 9AM New York time, trusted sources contacted me and wanted me (and you) to know that at the Fujifilm X summit there will be “so far not rumored surprises“.

I did ask if it’s maybe a development announcement of the Fujifilm X-H2 (or of both Fujifilm X-H2’s I better say), or epic Kaizen firmware announcements and so forth, but no further hints have been given to me, so it will be a surprise for all of us, me included.

One more excellent reason to stay tuned on FujiRumors, where at 9AM New York time we will live stream the Fujifilm X summit and at 10AM New York time we will start the announcement live blog.

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