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Fujifilm NP-W126S Battery Counterfeits – A Visual Guide to Spotting the Fakes

Fujifilm NP-W126S Battery Counterfeits

Let’s talk about counterfeits, an age-old problem, as also the recent fake SanDisk SD-cards scandal at AmazonUS shows.

Now, there will always be those, who make a cheap imitations trying to suck a few dollars from your pockets. So we better learn to recognize fakes.

In case of the above mentioned SD-cards, this AmazonUS customer explains here what’s the difference between the original and the fake SanDisk SD-card.

In the Fujifilm world, one of the counterfeit products you might encounter are fake Fujifilm NP-W126S batteries.

The Guide

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The Magic of the Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4 Explained and Why Fujifilm Should NOT Make an XF 35mm f/1.4 MK II

The Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4 Magic

Why an article about Fujifilm’s oldest X-series lens, the Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4, in 2019?

Because our recent poll has shown, that the XF35mmF1.4 is the most loved Fujinon lens overall, and I thought that, based on official Fujifilm statements, we try to investigate what makes this lens so incredible popular and loved.

Fujifilm said that, when designing the XF 35mmF1.4, they had 2 choices:

  • follow the MTF test criteria and create a lens that scores high at MTF charts
  • don’t care about specs & charts and design the lens thinking at the real life use

Fujifilm went for the real life use, and the result is a lens, the Fujinon XF35mm f/1.4, that is “decent” according to MTF charts, but amazing in real life. To know more about it, check out the XF 35mm f/1.4 development story at fujifilm-x.

Also Fuji Guy Billy recently said here, that Fujifilm did not want to create a clinically perfect lens, but a lens with character. We could call it a “perfectly imperfect” lens, a unique lens, or, in other words, a lens with a “magic touch“.

I also remember Fujifilm saying a few years ago, that while designing the Fujinon XF35mm f/1.4, they decided to go for a slower focussing lens, because they saw that, with a faster focus mechanism requiring a different internal design, the XF35/1.4 would have lost its “magic“. If I find the article, I’ll share the link here later on.

  • fuji-x-forum: That 35mm f1.4 magic in other Fujinon lenses?

XF 35mm f/1.4 MK II ?

And now comes the part that will make me extremely unpopular and you will probably ban me from FujiRumors. :)

While working on this article, I thought that maybe Fujifilm should NOT make an XF 35mm F1.4 MK II (which is your first choice for a MK II version according to this poll).

But before you destroy your keyboard while typing angry comments, give me a chance to explain why.

In the light of what Fujifilm officially stated, I agree with what FR-reader (and X-Pro line lover ;) ), PC1512 said here:

People need to understand that the existing 35 1.4 will never be “updated” with a magic new motor and suddenly be quicker focussing; the optical formula people like so much is the reason that it’s a slower focussing lens, because of the weight of all the elements which are designed to be moved as one unit to achieve focus.

To speed that up significantly you need to change the optical formula, which means it becomes an entirely different lens. Effectively that’s what they did when they produced the 35 f2 – and wisely kept the 1.4 still available as an alternative.”

We love our Fujinon XF35mm f/1.4 for its “magic”… a magic that would probably go lost in a Mark II version.

Do you want weather sealing?

Well, when I destroyed my Fujifilm X-E2 (I had to jump into a river with all my gear), despite my desperate attempts to rescue my X-E2, the camera died forever, but my beloved Fujifilm XF35mm f/1.4 survived, and still today it works like a charm. So I am confident it will survive also if I am catched by some rain.

Do you want faster autofocus?

Try to get a Fujifilm X-T3, which breaths new life into older lenses in terms of AF speed.

I’d love to hear what you guys think about it… and yep, I have my shitstorm helmet on ;).

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Five Reasons to Switch to Fujifilm for Weddings, From Full Frame DSLR to Fuji X, Worth it? and More Switch Stories

Fuji X Switch Stories

FujiRumors is a 100% independent space.

I don’t get free or discounted gear from Fujifilm, I don’t get special customer service, I don’t get invitations and free flights/hotels to launch parties, I don’t get free t-shirts or hats… and that’s good so.

I wake up, I go to work, I come back home, I blog and I write whatever I want.

This independency allows me to write for example articles like the ones below, that Fujifilm surely did not appreciate:

So actually I don’t think there is one brand out there, that we attacked more than Fujifilm ;).

But my job is not to make Fujifilm happy, but to be loyal to those of you, who decide to read this blog. And hence, I will report everything. Fujifilm does not pay me a penny, and if this blog runs at all, it’s only because you decide to support it.

On the other hand, I can’t hide that I simply fell in love with Fujifilm many years ago, and it’s a love that gets stronger as the years pass by.

So, while I will keep up delivering you everything, every now and then, I also feel like sharing some good switch stories of people, who talk so passionate about Fujifilm.

It’s the same enthusiasm that caught me many years ago, hence, I will share a few of these stories today.

Check them out or not, it’s up to you.

Enjoy your weekend, love you all (even if don’t shoot Fuji ;) )
Patrick

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FUJIFILM Mega Lens Deals Now also in EUROPE

I was just about to make the papers to get a green card for USA and go living there, because USA has always the best deals, but there is no need for that anymore.

Fujifilm has launched the big lens cashback deals also in Europe*.

These are cashback deals, meaning you pay regular retail price, then head over to fujifilm-connect, select your country and claim back your money.

*Only purchases directly from Amazon (with an Amazon invoice) are eligible for this promotion. Purchases from Amazon Marketplace are not eligible and will be rejected, unless the Marketplace Seller is also a Fujifilm Qualifying (Authorised) Retailer.

Fujifilm USA Deals

Prime Lenses

Zoom Lenses

Camera Deals

DEAL ALERT: Save Up to $1,000 on Fujifilm XF Lenses – Rebates Include XF 200mm f/2, XF 8-16mm f/2.8 and More

The best Fuji deals of the year are usually the ones between January and March, since the Japanese fiscal year ends in March, hence Fujifilm tries to sell as much as possible to show up with better numbers in front of investors.

So we get new Fujifilm deals, that will expire March 30.

Included in the deals is a $1,000 price drop on the XF200mm f/2 and the $500 savings on XF 8-16mm f/2.8. But there is much more, so check out the full list below.

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Price of Fujifilm X-H1 Falling Worldwide, but No Fujifilm X-H2 Coming in 2019

Fujifilm X-H2 Coming?

Lately I get many emails asking me if the Fujifilm X-H2 is around the corner, since the price on the Fujifilm X-H1 is dropping drastically all over the world (latest countries to join is the United Kingdom today here).

My answer is no, there will NOT be a Fujifilm X-H2 in 2019.

The reason for the price drop on the Fujifilm X-H1 is not because the X-H2 is coming, but because… well, I have a smart community, and I’m sure you can figure it out by your own ;).

  • read here: VOTE: Fujifilm X-H2 with 3 way Tilt Screen, Swivel Screen or X-T100 Flippy Screen?
  • read here: If the Fujifilm X-T3 had IBIS, would You Prefer it over the Fujifilm X-H2?

The only camera to get a successor very soon, is the Fujifilm X-T20, since the Fujifilm X-T30 is coming on February 14.

Check out the new prices on Fujifilm gear in your country*:

Fujifilm X-H1 body – $1,299 (includes battery grip!) / £1,199 / €1,299

Fujifilm X-H1 w/grip – $1,299 / £1,299 / €1,399

Fujifilm X-T2 – $1,099 / £999 / €1,099

Fujifilm X-T20 – $699 / £629 / €699

Fujifilm X-T100 – $499 / £449 / €499

Fujifilm X-E3 – $699 / £629 / €699

* in € price might change according to country. There might also be variations in €, £ and $ according to different shops

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Last Week of Fujifilm X and GFX Savings

Fujifilm Deals and New MSRP

This is the last week, where you cna save big on the following Fujifilm cameras.

Fujifilm X and GFX Cameras

New Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)

Camera/Lens Deals

Fujifilm Camera Deals

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Third Party Lens Deals for Fuji X

Used Fujifilm Gear

Official Fujifilm Recommended Accessories

SD-Cards

Power Banks

Accessories and Apple Deals

FUJIFILM at IMAGING USA 2019

Valhalla, New York, January 16, 2019 – FUJIFILM North America Corporation will showcase its latest products at Imaging USA 2019, Booth 929, from January 20 -22 at the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta. Fujifilm continues to be a market leader for professional photographers, providing the total imaging solution.

Fujifilm will showcase a range of high-quality mirrorless cameras including the FUJIFILM X-T3 and rangefinder-style FUJIFILM GFX 50R medium format mirrorless digital camera, and the newest XF lenses. In addition, the FRONTIER-S DX100 printer, GetPix Kiosk and newly launched Fujicolor Crystal Archive Professional Paper Maxima will be featured at the booth as well as the INSTAX SQUARE SQ20 and INSTAX SQUARE SQ6.

Newest X Series and GFX gear for hands-on experience

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FUJIFILM sets New Price on Fujifilm X-H1, X-E3, X-T20, X-T100, X-A5 and Fujifilm Savings Continue

Fujifilm Deals and New MSRP

It looks like Fujifilm set a new MSRP for he Fujifilm X-H1, Fujifilm X-Pro2, Fujifilm X-E3, Fujifilm X-T20, Fujifilm X-T100 and Fujifilm X-A5. The price is lower than in 2018, and stores do not mark it as a deal.

Hence, the Fujifilm X-H1 with grip is still $900 cheaper than just a few days ago, but given the brand new retail price of the X-H1, the savings add up to $467.

Strangly the official retail price of the Fujifilm X-T2 is still $1,599, but you can buy it for $1,099 with a $500 price drop.

Fujifilm X and GFX Cameras

New Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)

Camera/Lens Deals

Fujifilm Camera Deals

Fujinon Lens Deals

Third Party Lens Deals for Fuji X

Used Fujifilm Gear

Official Fujifilm Recommended Accessories

SD-Cards

Power Banks

Accessories and Apple Deals

Fujifilm GFX50R Waterhousing and L-Bracket, Fuji GFX50S vs Fuji GFX50R Comparisons, Fuji Guys GFX50R Top Features and More

Fujifilm GFX 50R

Fujifilm did a lot of things right with the Fujifilm GFX50R, and it definitely helped to breath new life into Fujifilm GFX medium format sales. So high time to dedicate this roundup to the Fujifilm GFX50R.

Fujifilm GFX 50R (save up to $1,000 with lens combo): BHphoto, Adorama, AmazonUS
Fujifilm GFX 50S: BHphoto, Adorama, AmazonUS

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