unreliable autofocus with the XF-18mm


In our “Fuji future improvements wish list poll” the option “faster autofocus” reached the second place. Although firmware updates improved the autofocus, and the 18-55mm lens with the new linear motor focuses definitely faster than previous lenses, many users are still not satisfied with the autofocus performance.

This video concerns the XF-18mm lens (click here): “The X-E1 has problems locking focus in low light. But when it does, it is simply unreliable. Look at the distance scale as the camera locks and confirms the focus to different distances while the actual distance hasn’t changed.

Our reader Sagi sent me this video. In his mail he wrote: “At first the X-E1 can’t lock the focus at all. At the same point, the Oly OMD (click here) locks times after time and fast… then I moved the focus point to a more contrasty area where the XE1 did managed to lock focus but not all the time… Notice that when it does lock, it locks each time to a different distance. This makes the auto-focus very unreliable… It doesn’t happen all the time, it seems to happen more often when using a wide open aperture and in high ISO… In most cases these little misses do not affect the outcome or at least it’s not that noticeable as the DOF covers it. But I do get inaccurate focus in real life situation.

So, problems to lock the focus, troubles in low light and backlit situations, speed… These are issues that emerge in some reviews I’ve read and are frustrating for X-photographers.

Thanks Sagi (website)… now the debate in the comments is open.


The 2013 Fuji forecast from Impress Japan!


The popular magazine Impress Japan shared his forecast on the Fuji 2013 key developments and news. They predict that Fuji will launch a new Full Frame X camera, new entry level X cameras and new improved X-Tran sensors. Of course that’s pure speculation but they also interviewed Mr.Nishimura (Fuji manager). They may spilled out some info from him?

Form what I heard there is no FF X camera on the horizon for the next 6-8 months…


Fujifilm purchasing Kodak patents




As petapixel reports, Kodak sold valuable imaging patents for $525 million to various companies. “The deal involves more than 1,100 patents related to the capturing, manipulating, and sharing of digital photographs.” Fujifilm is part of the consortium that purchased Kodak patents.

Although this sale leaves Kodak empty-handed in terms of digital imaging patents, the company is still loaded with patents related to other areas of its businessNow that the sale has been completed, Kodak is free to move forward with its plans of conquering the world of commercial printing.

via Petapixel

(thx Cynan for linking this news to me)


The Fuji Trinity + WOW review: part 2


X-E1 Trinity

The blog fujifilm-x-opinions.net just posted the second part of his “Trinity” review. X-PRO1 vs X-E1 vs X-100. How is the autofocus performance in low light? Click here ti read it.

And a few days ago I posted the X-PRO1 part 1… WOW! (click here) review. Now ianmacmicheal posted his second part, and it’s WOW again! Read it here! The camera isn’t great or good… it’s excellent! Look at his “real life” shots in a restaurant, read about the high ISO performance and his Lightroom workflow.