miXed zone: X-M1/27mm in stock check, demo X100S deal (save $50), ephotozine 18-55 review, XF vs XC, X-Trans and more

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You can’t wait anymore? Then you have to pay $200 extra to grab the last X100S at AmazonUS now! For $1,249 (save $50) you can purchase an X100S demo at kenmorecamera or for $1,397 at bigvalueinc. – found via dealsrunner.

X-M1/27mm in stock update

Adorama now has kits and siver body available, as well as the 27mm. The PCHstore (Europe) has the X-M1 (body and kit) available. Check this post here to have an overview about the in stock status.

ephotozine XF 18-55 review

At ephotozine here you can read the review of the XF 18-55. The PROS: Excellent sharpness in the centre throughout the zoom range – Good build quality – Low distortion – Quick to focus – Effective optical stabiliser. The CONS: Not as sharp towards the edges of the frame – CA levels a little high at 35mm.

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Barney is the guy that wrote the X100S review at DPR and assigned the gold award to this camera. It took him several months to write it and it seems this was enough time to make him change opinion about his DSLR. He shared the 5 reasons why he hasn’t used his DSLR for months at dpreview here.

X-Trans

– Capture One: Mike (via rumor box): “Not a rumor, sorry. I did enjoy this article and the resulting comments and thought you and your readers would enjoy it also.  It is about Capture One and RAF files etc. (here at the phase one blog). Aloha! Mike”

– The question that soundimageplus would like to have answered by you is: “have Fuji tweaked raw processing in latest firmware? […] Is this just me or is anyone else seeing a much better rendition for green foliage in Photoshop after installing the latest firmware? […] I’ve been noticing this improvement on all the files I’ve been editing recently.” Check out his blog post here.

– Miro: “Hi there. This may be something interesting. New issue with Xtrans senzor. I have post this on dpreview forum and looks like some folks have the same problem. There is also a RAW file to download.” The problem? Every time there is a direct sunglight in his image, he gets strange pattern as result. See the forum discussion at dpreview here and tell me about your experience in the comments.

Fuji XC vs Fuji XF

– Fuji vs Fuji, or XC vs XF lenses at the German site photoscala.de (tranlsation). Among the other they noticed no significant focus speed differences, XF is heavier (XC is made of plastic but well built), XF is faster… and the image quality? Well, there are some samples to see. In the same post (photoscala.detranlsation) they tested also the new 27mm pancake lens and the 35mm.

X-M1

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– In his article “X-M1: A Quick Look, and Market Contemplation” Michael Reichmann of luminous landscape looked at the history of the X-series, from the X100 to the X-M1. Short, clear and well worth a read here. The story ends with the X-M1, but FR-readers already know that it will continue with the X-A1 ;).

-There is a lot to like in the X-M1… at least according to the first impressions of the German site photoskala (translation).

– Cnet’s video first look of the X-M1 can be seen on youtube here. “If you’re looking for the best photo quality you can get for the money… the X-M1 is it.”

– techradar posted the full X-M1 review here. The verdict: “When it comes to shopping for a camera like this, although image quality is good, appearance is still very important. If you’re willing to part with a large chunk of change in return for something that looks beautiful but still delivers in the image quality department, then you’ll no doubt be pleased with the Fuji X-M1. If, however, you’re looking for your first camera in the interchangeable lens category, and you’re on a budget, this wouldn’t be our first recommendation. Although Fuji’s lens and accessory range is limited for the moment, it is growing, and we’re hopeful that it will continue to grow. It’s nice to see Fuji thinking about mass market consumers, and we can hope that the price of the Fuji X-M1 will drop to enable it to compete more closely with rivals from Sony, Panasonic and Olympus.”

– The German site Chip posted his X-M1 first impression at youtube here.

X100S

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– Comprehensive X100S review at Pentaxforum here. A long list of PROS but also a long list of CONS (for example “Image quality less than what is achievable from an APS-C sensor“). According to this review, the IQ is close to that of the Pentax K-5 IIs.

bigheadtaco posted an X100S (Stylish but Powerful) review here: “So the best in class for street photography that takes into consideration functionality, size, and affordability is the Fuji X-100S. Considering what the Fuji can do in comparison to a Leica set-up at 1/10th the price, it’s easy to pick it as the winner. Yes it has some things that needs improving, like a longer battery life, quicker revival from sleep mode, and faster low light autofocus. But with great handling, an effective OVF/EVF, sharp images, good high ISO performance, and great design and style, the Fuji is definitely best overall in class.”

– Morten: “Hi Patrick… some of us are still lucky to take delivery of the X100s. Here is a quick “Day One with the X100s” blog post if you are interested.” Click here.

X20

Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

– Check out this review about some accessories for the X20, the (LC-X10 Leather Case and the LH-X10 Lens Hood at nextimelah here. You can find also an X20 review on this page here.

– How good is RAW on the X20? Read Dan Bailey shared on the FR-twitter account his findings. Read them here.

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27mm at Adorama, AmazonUS, Pictureline, eBay, BH + J&R removed the X100S + a message of hope

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[UPDATE: Adorama has kits and siver body available, as well as the 27mm. The PCHstore (Europe) has the X-M1 available.]

The good news

Third party reseller Unique Photo has a limited number of XF27mm available (sold via AmazonUS here). You can purchase it also at Pictureline and BHphoto here. And also kenmorecamera at eBay us has a few of them available here. The X-M1 (silver body) is now back in stock also at Adorama here.

– PICTURELINE (click here): Picturline has all the X-M1 combinations available, except the black body. For the 27mm click here.
– BHPHOTO (click here): Same for BHphoto. They also have them all but the black body. / XF27mm (click here): It’s in stock.
– AMAZON US (click here): The black body is missing also at AmazonUS. The rest is available for normal price sold via third party reseller.
– ADORAMA (click here): Silver body and kits are in stock. Also the 27mm (click here)
– EBAY (click here): You’ll find the X-M1 at some stores there like kenmorecamera and popflash.photo888 (both top rated reseller). For the XF 27mm click here, just a few available.
– DIGITALREV (click here): The silver body and silver kit are available. But for now they cost more than in the other shops.

In Europe you can find the X-M1 at the PCHstore (they ship in whole Europe), at various Amazon stores and more. The number of bodies and kits available is limited, so act fast if you are interested. Check the links below.

X-M1 (body only or with 16-50mm)USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / DigitalReveBay / Pictureline EUROPEeBay / DigitalRevAmazonITA / AmazonUK / AmazonDE / WexUK / PCHstore

XF 27mm – USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / DigitalReveBay / Pictureline EUROPEeBay / DigitalRev / WexUKAmazonDEAmazonITA / PCHstore XC 16-50eBay / WexUK / PCHstore

The bad news… and a message of hope

AmazonUS changed again the delivery of the X100S. In the meantime J&R completely removed the X100S from their store now. Here is what a FR-reader wrote me:

“Note that J&R, one of the FujiRumors links has dropped the X100s altogether due to Fuji’s continuing non-poerformance with delivery.  It is off of their site and I got this email from J&R about the X100s:

You submitted a stock alert requesting to be notified when we have the item(s) below back in stock.  We are sorry to inform you that due to circumstances beyond our control, we are unable provide you with this information.  At the current time, we are unable to obtain sufficient information from the manufacturer as to when or if we will be receiving another shipment.”

Amazon changed the status again: instead of 3 to 6 weeks, customers will have to wait 4 to 6 weeks
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But hey, I don’t wanna leave you without a message of hope. I’ve just received also an email from John:

“Really, all I can say is, fu….., finally. Actually, I can say this too. It’s as good as the hype has been. That OVF is just magical.”

cheers
Patrick

Fuji X100S: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

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Testing Fuji’s Focus Peaking (+ some tips)

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image courtesy: vk.photo.blog

vk.photo.blog posted on his blog here his findings (and some tips) about the focus peaking on the X-PRO1. He tested the FP with the Minolta Rokkor 85/1.7 and the XF 14mm. From his conclusions:

After taking 400+ pictures today I can only say that focus peaking works. Standard MF Assist mode is now absolutely redundant for me. Before focus peaking (Standard mode in today terms) I used to have about 10% hits at no magnification, about 40% at 3x and 70% at 10x. With focus peaking I managed to get 75% hits at no magnification and 100% (could be just luck) at 3x magnification. I didn’t use 10x at all because I didn’t feel need for it. But you need to practice your skills to really understand what you are looking for (edges usually exhibit more pronounced highlight effect but may not be your focus point). And yes, Sony’s implementation still has an edge.

He also worte his wishlist for the next update… the third point is: “Pressing the shutter release button halfway should not cancel FP. It is really annoying.” Read more on his blog here.

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[P.S.: Rico added plenty of new samples, both JPEG and RAW (Lightroom & Silkypix) to the Flickr set. He also updated Pro/Con comparison with X-E1 in his X-M1 first look here.]
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X-M1 in stock at Pictureline, AmazonUS, BHphoto… but still no black body only available + 27mm at BH

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Did Fuji learn from the past? Until now the delivery of the X-M1 seems to proceed smoothly. Just the black body only version is still missing everywhere. Do you find it somewhere? Then share it on dealsrunner and it will appear on the Fujirumors-dealsrunner sidebar!

USA

PICTURELINE (click here): Picturline has all the X-M1 combinations available, except the black body (and of course the brown one, which Fuji will release later on).

BHPHOTO (click here): Same for BHphoto. They also have them all but the black body. / XF27mm (click here): It’s in stock. The only store to have it available until now.

AMAZON US (click here): The black body is missing also at AmazonUS. The rest is available for normal price sold via third party reseller.

ADORAMA (click here): They were the first to have the silver body in stock yesterday, but now there is no body or kit available there.

EBAY (click here): You’ll find the X-M1 at some stores there like kenmorecamera and popflash.photo888 (both top rated reseller)

DIGITALREV (click here): The silver body and silver kit are available. But for now they cost more than in the other shops.

X-M1 (body only or with 16-50mm): AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / DigitalReveBay / Pictureline  XF 27mm: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / DigitalReveBay / Pictureline

EUROPE

You’ll find some cameras at Digitalrev, Amazon UK, DE, ITA and on ebay. Check the links below. The XF27mm can be found at ebayUK.

X-M1your eBay / DigitalRevAmazonITA / AmazonUK / AmazonDE / AmazonUK / WexUK / PCHstore

27mmeBay / DigitalRev / WexUKAmazonDEAmazonITA / PCHstore XC 16-50your eBay / WexUK / PCHstore

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KO/OK: Fuji’s Annual Report 2013 says X-series OK, compact cameras KO

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The Fuji-report says: Strong sales for the X-series! But smartphones killed the compact cameras. Overall loss for the Imaging Solutions.

The AmazonUS ranking confirms: the X-E1 sales well… and better than the X-M1. btw, after the kits, now BHphoto has also the silver X-M1 body in stock here. And AmazonUS has kit and body available for normal price via third party reseller. Things change quickly, so check out the in stock status of the X-M1:

X-M1 (body only or with 16-50mm)USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / DigitalReveBay / Pictureline EUROPEeBay / DigitalRevAmazonITA / AmazonUK / AmazonDE / WexUK / PCHstore

XF 27mm – USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / DigitalReveBay / Pictureline EUROPEeBay / DigitalRev / WexUKAmazonDEAmazonITA / PCHstore XC 16-50eBay / WexUK / PCHstore

 FUJI REPORT

Fujifilm has uploaded here at Fujifilm Holdings their annual report 2013. As I already told you here, Fujifilm will cut down 50% of the compact camera lineup (good news, let’s focus on the X-series!). You can read the review of operations report here:

Now, how are the X-series sales? The “performance during the Year [is still] Under Review“. But while the whole camera segment is suffering because of the low demand for compact cameras, the high end cameras of the X-series are in good health. (In their earning presentations report they said “such high-end models as the X-series proceeded smoothly. Measures are being undertaken to swiftly shift to high-end models.”)

“[from the review of operations report] While sales were favorable for products such as the FUJIFILM X-E1, […] and the FUJIFILM X100S,[…] a surge in popularity of smartphones has been causing demand for compact digital cameras to decline. Accordingly, sales in the whole segment were down, at ¥92.0 billion”

Future Initiatives: 1) Expand sales of high-end models and interchangeable lens systems [or as said in the earning presentations reportRapidly expand lineup of interchangeable lenses for premium interchangeable lens cameras by speeding up their development“] . 2) Reduce the number of compact models and substantially revise the model mix, concentrating on differentiated products. 3) Merge with the optical device business, enhancing synergies from development and production through to sales.”

Last thing, also the sales of the X20 are strong, as written here: “In the electronic imaging field, the sales of such premium compact cameras as the FUJIFILM X100S and the FUJIFILM X20 were strong, […]. Fujifilm is working to expand and strengthen the product lineup in the X Series of premium cameras that leverage Fujifilm’s exclusive technologies and, XF Lens Series, interchangeable lens systems, whose market is expected to be growing.”

That’s it, as FR-readers always said, focus on the X-system, everything else is just distraction (and loss of money)… oh, and I just had a brilliant idea to boost sales of the imaging solution departement… it’s called X-PRO2 and X-E2 :)!

enjoy your day
Patrick

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