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Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 AF X Mount vs Samyang 85/1.8, Disassembly, 12 Hour Wedding and More


The Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 autofocus lens is the new favorite third party lens amongst Fujifilm X shooters.

It is the 4th third party autofocus lens for Fujifilm X mount (the other three are the Zeiss 12mm f/2.8, 32mm f/1.8 and 50mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro), but the Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 is the first reverse-engineered one, meaning they got no help from Fujifilm at all.

A brave move by Viltrox, that seens to pay off well for the company. At least amongst FujiRumors readers, the Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 is a best seller.

Well done Viltrox, and we look forward to the next three Fujifilm X mount AF lenses in the pipeline.

Viltrox Review Roundup

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Fuji Guy Billy: APS-C Crop Factor Cheating? :: f/2 X Mount Zoom Lenses? :: Fast G Mount Lenses Potentially Coming :: And More

The third episode of the Fujilove podcast with Fuji Guy Billy just went online (episode 1, episode 2, episode 3). You can listed to it all at sticher and Fujilove.

It’s a 1 hour podcast, and you can find it all summed up below, in case you have no time to listen to it all right now.


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APS-C Crop is Cr&p, Amazon Goes Crazy, Fujifilm 2019/2020 Release Timeline, X100V, XF16-80, GF50 and More Top Articles for July

I guess many of you were (and hopefully still are or are going soon) on holidays in these weeks.

So maybe, between a jump into the refreshing water, a mountain hike and a whole day city exploring, you might have missed some of the articles we have shared in July.

Hence, for your convenience, here are the top 15 FujiRumors articles for July.

Personally, my travel is done already, as I have been to stunningly beautiful Croatia with that fanboy SonyAlphaRumors guy.

We will see if I can sneak in another trip into what remains of my summer break. If so, make sure to follow my Instagram to see where I am hanging around.

But even if I can’t travel, I live in a wonderful spot of this planet. Beauty is all around me, and my Fuji is always ready to capture it.

Oh… and my wife is starting out with photography this summer, so I can’t be more happy than this anyway :) #proudhusband

Enjoy your summer!

TOP 15 July Articles

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The Photography Community is Toxic? The Fujifilm X Cure in this Fun Image Roundup!

A couple of influencers have recently published videos and blog posts, saying that the photography community is toxic.

Well, I don’t notice such a toxicty here on FujiRumors. Maybe, as also Hugh Brownstone said here, most Fujifilm shooters are just more on the cooler side of life. So I am lucky to have you guys on board ;).

I just allow myself to notice, that sometimes it’s the influencer, who provokes and clickbaits people. So don’t just blame people, who comment, for toxicity. Always first ask yourself, if the way you share your content is maybe good for clicks, but leads inevitabily to strong reactions.

With all that said, FujiRumors is on a mission: bring lightness and fun back into the photography community.

And how do we do that?

Well, in the good old Fuji X shooter style: using the power of the images!

So, if you have just been irritated by somebody, who does not get it how to convert focal lengths from FF and MF, or who claims that APS-C is dead and only full frame is for Pros, I hope that these images can put a little smile back on your face.

Turth is: sometimes we might hit hard on each other in the comments, but if we would sit together on a beer, we would discover that there is so much more that unites us than what divides us, no matter if you shoot APS-C, Fuji, Sony, CaNikon, Full Frame, Pentax, GFX or whatever: we are united by the passion for photography.

Take it easy,

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3, 2, 1 … FUN (Below)

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This $10 Accessory Improves and Protects the Vertical Grip of $10,000 Fujifilm GFX 100


The Fujifilm GFX100 has so far earned an incredible amount of great reviews.

But if there is one aspect, where most reviewers agree, is that the vertical grip isn’t optimally designed.

They particularly complain about the lack of texture, that makes the vertical grip more slippery than the regular grip.

Well, if after buying a $10,000 camera you don’t mind spending an additional $10, the solution proposed by a member of our great Fujifilm GFX group is to get a Dragon non slip textured rubber grip.

Not only it improves the overall grip, but, as R.G said in our GFX group:

It’s not the lack of grip that concerned me as much as wanting a barrier between the body and the Custom Bracket rotating head I use in the studio to minimize the risk of “wear signs” appearing over time.

The solution is used by Fuji X Photographer Matt Brandon for his laptop, who, when asked by the community if it wouldn’t be cheaper just to use gaffer tape, answered:

I find gaffer tape doesn’t work well in the tropic regions. I have it all over my cameras to protect them (to save them for possible resale). But within a year it starts sliding and gets sticky.

You can read more details, see customer reviews and if you want buy the Dragon non slop textured rubber grip here.

  • Grip tape for phones laptops remotes and more
  • Easy to apply peel and stick grip stickers
  • Great for your iPhone grip Samsung grip tape and more
  • Grips to most phones and cases and is easy to clean
  • Grippy enough to get a good hold but is not sticky

Down below the images of the Fujifilm GFX100 with the rubber grip.

Fujifilm GFX 100: B&H Photo, AmazonUS, Adorama, Focuscamera

The GFX Community

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Fujifilm Experience Centre Opening Soon in London – 3 Floors of Pure Fujifilm Joy

Photography has a new home in London: Fujifilm announce development of experiential concept centre in Covent Garden

Photography experience centre will open to the public in Winter 2019

Press Release

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STC Optics Clip Filters for Fujifilm X Available with Special FujiRumors Deal and GFX Clip Filters Coming September

How to Instal the Clip-in Filter? Tutorial Video at the Bottom if this Article
How to Instal the Clip-in Filter? Tutorial Video at the Bottom if this Article

STC Optics Fuji X Clip Filters

The STC Optics Clip Filters for Fujifilm are finally available for purchase at the STC Optics shop here, and they come with an exclusive deal the FujiRumors community.

If you buy a STC Optics clip filter, just use coupon code “FUJIRUMORS.COM” and you will get a free stackable aerospace-grade metal clip filter case.

The deal ends July 28. Usage limit per user: 1

Read all instructions to get the deal in this STC article.

The Fujifilm X system clip filter currently provides 11 filter functions. Actually, it should have 12 but the UV-IR CUT of infrared 650nm is not ready yet, so if you guys need it, you can send an inquiry to STC Optics.

Coming for Fujifilm GFX

STC Optics told me, that the Clip filters for Fujifilm GFX will ready in September and be compatible with GFX50S, GFX50R and GFX100.

Advantages over Conventional Filters

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Sony launches A7rIV and Says it Rivals Medium Format Image Quality – Signs of Confidence or Nervousness?

Sony launched the Sony A7rIV. You can read the facts and see the live stream again here.

It has a 61 MP full frame sensor, that offers 26 MP in APS-C crop mode. Anyone knows an APS-C Fuji camera with 26 MP out there? It’s all the same sensor wafer, just cut in differnt sizes for X-T3 (26 MP), A7rIV (61 MP) and GFX100 (102 MP).

The Sony A7rIV is a very fine camera, and I know at least one guy, who won’t be able to resist the temptation of buying it.

But one thing really grabbed my attention during the official presentation: the regular reference to medium format image quality.

The first reference comes from a Japanese Sony manager, who says:

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Fujifilm Patents Touch Sensitive Top LCD Panel

Fujifilm has patented a touch sensitive top LCD panel, that should avoid erroneous operation when turning the command dial.

As I have understood it works basically like this:

If your finger touches the top LCD panel, the command dial is activated and you can adjust your settings. If no finger is on the touch panel, then turning the dial won’t change anything.

This is supposed to help operation with smaller cameras featuring a top LCD panel.

Set your camera, and once your finger is on the shutter button, your settings won’t change if you accidentally hit the command dial.

Moreoever, the top LCD panel adjust the display depending if a finger is detected or not. There is also an option to display fake dials, more or less like we see today already on the Fujifilm GFX100.

  • read here – Fujifilm Patent Shows Compact Camera with Dual Rear Command Dials for Digital Dials Control
  • read here – Fujifilm Patent Shows Tilting Top LCD Screen

These are patents, that may or may not see the light of the day.

But it’s concept Fujifilm is studying, and here on FujiRumors we are always happy to give Fujifilm some feedback :).

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