Samyang unveils four new X-mount lenses.


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Samyang announced four new X-mount wide angle lenses (including one new Cine Lens). These are the full details with links to the only store accepting preorder right now (BHphoto):

– 8mm f/2.8 UMC Fish-Eye II lens in Fujifilm X mount (Click here).
– 10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS lens in Fujifilm X mount (Click here).
– 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS lens in Fujifilm X mount (Click here).
– 8mm T3.1 Cine UMC Fish-Eye II lens in Fujfilm X mount (Click here).

Other Samyang lenses for Fuji X-mount:

Samyang 8mm (ver.1): Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay Samyang 300mm mirror lens: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay Samyang 16mm f/2.0: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay Samyang 24mm f/3.5 Tilt Shift: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay Samyang 85mm f/1.4: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay Samyang 14mm f/2.8: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay


XF 56/1.2 vs Leica 42.5/1.2 Redux at admiringlight


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XF 56mm in stock check: USA AmazonUS / BHphoto / AdoramaDigitalRev / eBay – EUROPE: wexUK / wexDE / PCHstore / DigitalRev / eBay

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Some days ago admiringlight posted a comparison between the XF56 and the Leica 42.5 f/1.2. The winner was pretty clear: it was the Leica. But the battle wasn’t fair. Jordan used a faulty 56mm for the comparison. Now he got a new one and repeated the test and re-evaluated the results here:

So who wins?  We do!  If you shoot Fuji, you’ve got an awesome fast telephoto in the 56mm f/1.2, and if you shoot Micro 4/3, the Panasonic Leica is phenomenal. When I first conducted this test with my slightly faulty Fuji 56mm, I ruled that the Panasonic was the slightly more corrected lens.  Now with a properly functioning Fuji 56mm, it’s far less clear cut.  Close up, where these lenses would be used for portraiture and the like, the Fuji has a slight edge.  At a distance, the Panasonic does slightly better.”

Not bad at all for a lens that costs 37% less than the Panasonic Leica 42.5mm f/1.2!.

Fuji XF 56mm: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay Panasonic Leica 42.5mm: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay


Update your Mac: Camera RAW 5.04 supports X-T1 and X-E2 RAW’s!


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If you own a Mac, use Aperture or iPhoto and have an X-E2 or X-T1, you should now update your system to ver. 5.04.  “OS X Mavericks provides system-level support for digital camera RAW formats from the following cameras. Supported by Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 5.04*” Read more at Apples support page.

Fujifilm X-E2 – Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay Fujifilm X-T1 – Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay Nikon D3300
Nikon 1 AW1
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GM1
Pentax K-3

I’ll start updating now ;-)

X-T1 RAF editing in LR

Editing Fuji X-T1 RAF files with Lightroom 5 at danielkcheung: “Since the X-T1 shares exactly the same X-trans sensor as the Fujifilm X-E2, AND Adobe has support for this particular camera model, the trick is to change the Exif data of your X-T1 files. It is a very drag and drop procedure. Simply select all your RAF files, drag them into the Exif Editor window, and change the camera model field option. Click on ‘process’ and wait for it to complete. Once that is done, you can import your X-T1 RAF files into Lightroom.”


Coming soon? X100/S Telephoto Conversion Lens listed on BH… but still no price.


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FR-Chris spotted Fuji’s upcoming TCL-X100 Telephoto Conversion Lens for the X100/S listed at BHphoto here. The price is still unknown.

I remind you that a new source told us that the release date should be April/May. Another source said more generally “before summer“.

With the WCL-X100 and TCL-X100, X100/s owner will have a three-lens mini system (28mm, 35mm and 50mm) with leaf shutter, fast aperture and terrific IQ.


X-T1: in stock at ebayUS, light leak, improved arrow buttons, Lightroom patch and reviews

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It’s pretty hard to find in stock at the moment, but top rated ebayUS reseller kenmorecamera has 2 in stock at the moment [UDPATE: just one more available!].

X-T1 body only ($1,299): USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / PicturelineeBay / EU: wexDE / wexUK / PCHstore / eBay X-T1 with 18-55 ($1,699): USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / PicturelineeBay / EU: wexDE / wexUK / PCHstore / eBay

Light Leak

Richard: “I know you have made references to the light leak issue in the UK, but here’s Fujifilm UK post of their news feed, dated 14th March. S/N seems larger than others mentioned (well last 4 digits anyway). I gotta get mine sorted out. Here is the link

Fuji is fixing or replacing all light leak affected X-T1’s out there. But, if what FR-reader Luca told us in the comments to a previous post is correct, they are also already improving another criticized aspect of the camera: the arrow buttons. He said: “I received a new X-T1 in Italy serial 41M09xxx (in exchange for my “old” 41M03xxx). There is NO LEAK and also the arrows buttons are significantly more responsive and little less recessed with a clear “click” feel. No more hard nail tip pressure. Not so responsive as X-E2 but an unexpected leap forward. Very good!! ” Can anyone out there confirm it?

In the meantime, here is the first list of things Fuji should change on the X-T1 according to FR-reader Jorge Moro (website). “1.  The freakin’ annoying video button!!  I hate it.  I can’t tell you how many times I hit it while shooting.  Fuji needs a firmware update to DISABLE it.  Or convert it to a “FN” button.  On my X-E1 I used that FN button to activate focus points. 2.  Those little TINY MINISCULE buttons on the pad on the back.  I’m sure it was done for weather resistance but they ARE TERRIBLE!!!”  If what Luca told us is correct, the second point in his list may be already be corrected by Fuji.

Lightroom patch

 Dominik Fusina found a patch to make Lightroom work with X-T1 RAW files here (tranlsation)

 Fuji X-T1
Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

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– No More Excuses – Fuji X-T1 review at olafblog here: “I have met many photographers who would like to transition from SLRs to the X-series cameras but somehow they are afraid to do so. Part of the reason could be gossip going around the Internet about certain issues such as the AF speed or file processing. Yes, with early Fuji cameras those who wanted to shoot hummingbirds playing hide and seek may well be better off with an SLR. Fortunately, the X-T1 addressed those issues. Another reason could be the unfamiliar look of the Fuji X-Pro1 and X-E1/2 for photographers who are used to shooting with SLR-like cameras. For them, the X-T1 offers a familiar look, superb handling and the best EVF on the market.”

– field test of the X-T1 at the Spanish site dsrlmagazine here (translation).

– fuji x-t1 review #4: field test las vegas at f8blog here: “And that, I suppose, is the true strength of the X-T1:  the camera is so intuitive to use that you don’t even think about it. There are no technical limitations (poor viewfinder, poor focus, poor exposure) that force you to think about your camera instead of your subject.  You just shoot.”

– Homage to Malevich and the Suprematists with the Fuji X-T1 at aboutphotography here: “I set my X-T1 camera to square format and black & white and used two lenses, the 60mm macro and the 56mm f/1.2 with a Nikon 6T close-up lens on it. In both cases I set the camera to manual focus because I was shooting wide open and wanted to place the focus point in very specific locations. I usually shoot the Fuji  X cameras in RAW plus jpg. Most of these images were from the original jpg compositions with a bit of post-processing added contrast.

– video review at erickimphotography here: “Overall I like the camera a lot and would highly recommend it (superb image quality, great form factor, and responsive). Some downsides are that the AF isn’t as accurate and quick as other cameras (like the Olympus OMD)– although it is a huge improvement from the X-Pro 1 and x100s. Hope this improves with future firmware updates.”

– review at here: “But the X-T1′s real bummer — for my unimportant self at least: the exposure compensation dial cannot be locked — which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But it happened again and again over the course of several days that the value was changed accidentally by simply carrying the camera with the neck strap.”

– Setting up your Fuji X-T1 at nikonglass here: “That about covers my personal settings for the X-T1. Please take note that my choice of settings is based on my style of photography, which is portraiture, storytelling photojournalism, wedding and family snapshots. I mainly use single shot AF, Face detection and JPEG’s straight out of the camera. I also love the RAW conversion feature found in the X-T1. So that’s it for now, if you have any questions do leave them below!”

– More Fuji X-T1 AF Predictive AF Tracking Tests at danbaileyphoto here.

– Review at the Japanese site trendy.nikkeibp here (translation).

– Review Part 1 at karlbratbyphotographer here: “To sum up this is a superb camera with a superb line up of some of the best quality glass available, all in a neat package that has now matured into a fully usable pro system camera. The Fuji X system has always had great image quality, but now it has a body that a pro can use day in and day out. Fuji are quick to listen to photographers and alter things if needed, this is a brand new camera and yes its not perfect buts it NOT far off...”

XF 56mm f/1.2
Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

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– technical review of the 56mm (mounted on a X-T1) at the Spanish site dslrmagazine here (translation): “Not so many years ago, would have seemed unthinkable to create the equivalent of a 85 mm f / 1,2 nearly free of aberrations and physical parameters such as the contents of this Fujinon XF 56mm f / 1.2 R.” For the field test part of the review click here (translation).

– The 56mm won the “editor’s choice award” at thephoblographer here: “Fujifilm’s 56mm f1.2 is the sharpest mirrorless camera lens that we’ve tested. Not only that but it exhibits beautiful bokeh, pretty good color rendition, almost no distortion, focuses quickly, and is built well. It’s a bit expensive though, and for that reason we really only want to recommend it to the creme de la creme of the X series users.

– Michele Galante: “Dear Patrick, I’m just an enthusiast photographer. I started shooting Fuji X with a X100 and now I have two X-E1 and several lenses. Today I’ve tested the new 56mm, here some pictures. If you like it, you can share. Some other links: 500px, mgphoto, facebook.”

XF 10-24
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 Japanese review at mapcamera here (translation).