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FujiRumors 2017: Most Read Articles, Most Bought Gear, Top/Flop Blogger Moments, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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You Guys are Unbelievable

I have to tell you… you guys are driving me nuts… in a good way :)…

… because here is what you did on FujiRumors this year 2017

  • 45,261 comments to FR-articles (124 comments a day – average 47.5 comments on each article)
  • 145,915 votes in our polls

Also our social media skyrocketed beyond anything I could have ever hoped

These numbers explain very good, why, as proven multiple times (such as here and here), Fujifilm reads us with greatest care on a daily basis. You are their best online source for all things Fuji feedback… and if it’s correct what a source told me here, their absolute and by very far favorite one ;) .

I Tried to Honour Your Participation

I have tried to honour your participation as good as I can, delivering you in 2017:

  • 952 blog posts (in my not so impeccable English)
  • 129 rumors
  • 94% correct rumors (full overview will follow in a separate article)

I have also put heart and soul in my personal messages with you:

  • 5,000+ emails written via fujirumor@gmail.com
  • easily another 1,000+ private messages on Facebook and Twitter
  • at least about 17 to 20 emails/private messages every single day, weekend and holidays included

I’m Motivated Like Never Before

Being part of this amazing community is extremely motivating for me, and you can be sure that I’ll put all my passion/fun/excitement (and a lot of time) into this blog also in 2018, in order to make your time here on FujiRumors the most informative & exciting as possible.

Top Blogger Moment 2017

Having raised, thanks to the FujiRumors community, additional $1,500 for free education for Cambodian kids (total $5,000 in two years).

And behind the scenes, I have also donated for free education the money I made with various cooperation over the last 5 years.

Could I have afforded a Fujifilm GFX with that money?

Yes! But after having cleaned and repaired the dirtiest toilets in Nicaragua, played with the kids there and distributed food to kids living in the largest waste disposal site of Central America, I wanted to continue to find a way to support a little bit some projects around the world, also via FujiRumors.

With that said… the Fujifilm GFX is on my radar, and I’m working restelessy to fund it :)

Flop Blogger Moment 2017

Actually everything was fantastic this year…

But I know which one will be the flop moment of 2018., and I have given a hint here in the X-H1 announcement day rumor. But that’s how it is… I’m 100% concentrated and looking forward to make 2018 a great year for every Fuji X and GFX shooter out there.

Most Read on FujiRumors

Most Bought on FujiRumors

Happy New Year 2018!!!

2018 is here…

Now you guys promise me to keep up having fun with your photography, and I promise you to put my best into FR also in 2018… so that when you decide to tune in, you will always find fresh content and exciting rumors on fujirumors.com :)

A wonderful, healthy and fun 2018 to everybody out there… and may your SD-cards be full of great moments captured with your X or GFX camera in 2018 :)
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Fujifilm 2017 Rewound: Top Highlights Month by Month

Fujifilm 2017 Rewinded

2017 was another exciting Fuji X year, and in order to cover it properly, I have shared almost 1,000 blog posts.

A lot of things happened, and maybe some of you might have missed something. So I have checked back all articles and selected some highlights for you. No FujiRumors rumors are included in this list.

It was not easy to pick out a few highlights… but below you can find the list month by month. Let us know what you consider the highlight of 2017.

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BHphoto adds Up to $150 Gift Cards to Fujifilm X USA Deals :: FocusCamera $100 Gift Card on Fujifilm X-E3 & more

BHphoto X Deals

BHphoto added gift cards to some of the current Fujifilm X deals (as well as 4% reward).

They also give you gift cards for lenses not included in the official Fujifilm deals.

Here are the BHphoto extra savings:

FocusCamera Gift Cards

Also FocusCamera has a special promotion on Fujifilm gear. In addition to the regular Fujifilm deals, they add a $100 gift card to all cameras and lenses listed below. You will get a $200 gift card if you purchase the X-T2 with 18-55 and vertical grip.

Now they also added the Fujifilm X-E3 and X-A3 to the deals :)

All camera offers also include a SanDisk Extreme PRO 64GB 95MB/s UHS-1 SD Card.

X Camera Series

XF Lens Series

CameraPro Australia

CameraPro Australia is offering 10% off on all cameras until December. Also the brand new X-E3 is included in the deal. Check it out here.

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FocusCamera Adds up to $200 Gift Card to Fuji USA Deals :: Save $1,000 on X-T1 :: AmazonDE Samyang Deals

Special Fujifilm Holiday Savings

FocusCamera Gift Cards

FocusCamera has a special promotion on Fujifilm gear. In addition to the regular Fujifilm deals, they add a $100 gift card to all cameras and lenses listed below. You will get a $200 gift card if you purchase the X-T2 with 18-55 and vertical grip.

All camera offers also include a SanDisk Extreme PRO 64GB 95MB/s UHS-1 SD Card.

X Camera Series

XF Lens Series

AmazonDE Saymang Deals

Samyang/Walimex deals also on some of their Fuji X mount lenses at AmazonDE.

BHphoto X-T1 Deals  (save up $1,000) – VERY LAST HOURS

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Fringer Canon EF – Fujifilm X Smart Adapter Prototype AF-C Video Demo

Fringer just uploaded a video demo of the Canon EF to Fuji X smart adapter.

You can see how the Sigma 30/1.4 performs on the Fujiflm X-T2 in this youtube video.

Here is a list of smart adapters available or to come soon.

Fringer writes at fringerdev.strikingly.com

After almost a month’s research and development, Fringer EF-FX smart adapter prototype’s PDAF performance has been further improved.

Unlike Sony E mount cameras, Fujifilm X mount is quite complex in PDAF support. More than two years ago, when A7r2 introduced phase detection AF (PDAF) for adapted lenses for the first time, I spent a night to find out the key mechanism and in very short time let my Contax N-E adapter become world’s first third party smart adapter supporting PDAF on mirrorless. Now I finally find the way to make X cameras do the same when adapting EF lenses. All the PDAF points on CMOS, not only the central one, but also the others around it, are all working properly, whatever the lens is wide or tele, zoom or prime and whatever the aperture is set wide open or stopping down.

Although the firmware of smart adapter for GFX50s can be easily modified to support X mount as what some other smart adapter manufacturer probably is doing , it doesn’t support PDAF. Compared with CDAF (contrast detection AF), PDAF is a performance leap. Thus, I developed the new version specifically for X mount. I made a short video to demo the AF-C zone focusing performance when PDAF is enabled. The lens is Sigma 30/1.4 art (for EF mount) and the camera is X-T2. Remember that S30/1.4A has a bad reputation for its slow AF speed.

In addition to that, I also did some real field tests. Using a EFs 55-250/4.0-5.6 IS STM lens and X-T2 camera, I tried continuous shooting on a moving vehicle towards the camera. I set the AF mode to zone and AF-C, continuous shooting mode to CH, and shutter mode to electronic only. The lens was at 250mm/F5.6.

I shot 34 photos in less than 4 seconds with a rough speed of 10 frames per second.

See all images at fringerdev.strikingly.com

As you can see, it’s not perfect. several of them were out of focus. But most, i.e. about 80%, of them were OK. I guess that’s a not bad performance for zone AF/AF-C with speed of 10 frames per second.

The Fringer EF-FX smart adapter (production version) is expected to be released on early 2018.

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Ibelux 40mm F0.85 + Mitakon F0.95 Reviews + 7Artisans 35mm f/2 :: Best Fujinon Lenses in Late 2017 :: XF60 No Poor-Mans 56 (X-Mount Lens Zone)

Fujifilm X-shooters have a few ultra fast X-mount third party lens options, such as the Mitakon 35/0.95 and the Ibelux 40/0.85. But how do they perform?

Well, there are many reports already shared on FujiRumors, such as Jonas Rasks’ Mitakon 35/0.95 review. And today I want to add a few more reports, also about the second generation Ibelux 40mm/0.85, the currently fastest lens you can buy in Fuji X mount, and which is no longer a “HandeVision” but a “Kipon” product, as reported by dc.watch here

Third Party X-mount Lenses

  • Kipon Ibelux 40mm f0.85 MkII Review in German at qimago (translation)
  • Mitakon 35mm F0.95 MK II Review at thephoblographer
  • LensBaby Trio Test & Review (Fujifilm X-Pro 2) at capitalfaces
  • 7Artisans 35mm f/2 News & Pre-Production Sample Photos at 35mmc

Mitakon 35mmF0.95 for Fujifilm X: BHphoto, Adorama, AmazonUS, your eBay

Fujinon Lenses

  • The best Fujifilm lenses to start with in late 2017 – Part II at olafphotoblog
  • The 60mm f2.4: Not a Poor-Man’s 56mmf1.2 at kurtz-photography
  • Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R – Lens Test at mfoto
  • Fuji’s Telephoto Workhorse: Fujinon XF 50-140mm f/2.8 Review at roycruz
  • XF23mm : One Lens Wonder at ivanjoshualoh
  • Fujinon MK18-55mm T2.9 Quick Review at Hireacamera.com Youtube
  • Macro Photography – Fujifilm XF60mmF2.4 & MCEX-11 at gregcromie
  • Fujifilm XF 50mm f/2 R WR – Lens Test at mfoto

Black Friday Deals

Sigma 18-35mmF1.8 on Fujifilm X-T2 PDAF Demo (Fringer EF-FX smart adapter prototype)

Fringer just uploaded a video, demonstrating the autofocus speed of the Sigma 18-35mmF1.8 on the Fujifilm X-T2, using the Fringer EF-FX smart adapter prototype, which will be available in several months.

To see how the Canon EF 50mm performs on the Fujifilm X-T2 with the same adapter, check out this article.

Also Steelsring is offering a smart adapter for Canon EF to Fuji X… and they plan to make also Nikon F to Fuji X and GFX smart adapters.

Here is a list of smart adapters available or to come soon.