XF 55-200 samples and first impressions at yodobash

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image courtesy: yodobash (translated version)

[UPDATE] Gabriel: “Just to let you know, Lozeau in Montreal received their first XF55-200 yesterday, I got my copy and wanted to share this full-res pic for the pixel peeper amongst us. http://www.flickr.com/photos/etrangeca/8904497267/”

Stop by yodobash to read his first impressions and see some beautiful images. Just click here (translated version)

“Sure, you might think this lens is large when compared to other XF lens. However, when I tried to carry it attached to the X-E1 This time, I felt it was the size of the balance is very good, do not disturb in any way the benefits of a light system. And above all, it is as you can see the Sample images for their image quality. Strongly against the sun, there is also resolution, depiction with the three-dimensional impression.”

XF 55-200 in stock status check: USAAdoramaBHphoto / AmazonUS / DigitalRev / Uniquephoto / Pictureline / Europe: AmazonUK / AmazonDE / PCHstore Brussel / Worldwide ebay: slidoo

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time to switch ;) X-E1 and X-PRO1 prices will fall tomorrow (save $200)! body + lens offers too!

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UPDATE: Look for the deals here! Save up to $1300

The prices will fall tomorrow. You’ll save $200 on the X-PRO1 and X-E1, and if you purchase these bodies with a XF lens ( 18-55, 14, 35, 60, 18) there will be instant rebates too.

I don’t know when these deals will expire, but for sure, if you switch to the Fuji-X tomorrow, you’ll make a good deal ;)

stay tuned on FR tomorrow
Patrick

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[UPDATE: XF 55-200 in stock at ebayUK] Zeiss 12mm and 32mm available at ebayUS

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[UPDATE] Grab the last XF55-200 in stock at ebayUK sold by top rated reseller cameracentreuk.

Top rated ebayUS reseller popflash.photo888 has only one Zeiss 12mm in stock right now, so act fast and click here. There are also two 32mm Touit lenses at the same store here.

dealsrunner notified me that you can save $70 on a DEMO X20 at ebayUS here (7 available)

Zeiss Touit 32mm in stock status check: USA: Adorama / BHphoto / Uniquephoto / Pictureline / Europe: AmazonDE / ebayUK / PCHstore Brussel
Zeiss Touit 12mm in stock status check: USA: Adorama / BHphoto / Uniquephoto / Pictureline / Europe: AmazonDE / ebayUK / PCHstore Brussel

And thanks MJr for sharing the video “manufacturing the new Touit lenses”. See it here.

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to switch or not to switch: that is the question!

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Switching or not to the Fuji X series? That is maybe the question of many photographers out there. I continue to receive feedback about switching stories. Just keep it up guys! Now, sometimes I receives messages from people who are still not convinced to make the big jump to the small X-camera. So here is some more feedback… and I’m waiting for more interesting switch stories ;)

You can read part 1 (here) and part 2 (here) of the “switching to the Fuji-X” posts.

have a great day
Patrick

P.S.: there is one Zeiss 12mm in stock here at ebayUS and four 32mm at ebayUK.

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Gab:

“Hello Fujirumors…

This is quick message to tell you that I recently did the switch from the Nikon D600 to the Fujifilm X-PRO1 and I can tell you that I wouldn’t go back!

I was really intrigued by the X-PRO1 when it came out but really considered it when the firmware updates solved the major issues it had. I was still kind of scared because I mostly shoot boudoir and portraits and I was mostly seeing street, landscape or candid photography on the web. But I finally bought the X-PRO1 and dammmmnnn I love that baby!

Here’s one the latest shots I did with it using the XF 35mm lens. It was my first editorial wedding… Yup… I’m in love with this camera system!

Thank you Fuji! Regards.

Gab Labelle / gablabelle.com

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TaSK:

“Sir, Unfortunately I am not in a position to attach stunning images to lend credibility to my views on my X100s.  You’ll have to take them on face value instead :-) I’ve never turned off my Nikon DSLR. No need to. I pick it up, tap the shutter button, and we’re flying.  If it hasn’t gone to “sleep” yet, it doesn’t matter.  In particular: After picking up the camera and tapping the shutter, it is in a well-known state. With my X100s, alas, things are not that simple. Unless I pay great attention to what I do, I am unable to pick it up without pressing several buttons.  To avoid that wrecking havoc on my setup, I must turn it off whenever I put it down.Handing the camera to someone is a drag; as they grab it, I hear the dreaded sound of buttons being pressed.  “Please, can I have it back…checking setup, turning macro off again….you must hold it like this….” Argh!

The six-second-press-thing to lock some of the buttons is a mere joke. Six second is far to long, and not pressing anything else while waiting is almost impossible. At least with my large North-European sized thumb.  It does’n lock all buttons and, worse, you can’t see if it is engaged without pressing a button. The buttons on the back, both sides!, are not firm enough. That is, the firmness needed to hold the camera in the air is much firmer than what is needed to press buttons and turn the wheel. There is only a single place, rigth hand corner (seen from the back) with space for the thumb.  But it is dangerously close to the flash-button. Fortunately there is no movie-button to press which would have drained the battery.

So, then, what I want for my X101 is a slider somewhere convenient, one that would lock all buttons on the back in one go. It must be accessible either with the thumb (right hand side, naturally) or, possibly, within reach of the index finger. The Nikon D80 has one to protect its multi-way selcetor. Or, as a firmware alternative to the X100s, moving the locking-feature to the Q-button where it can be pressed without interfering with lots of other buttons.  And three seconds is more than enough, thank you. Thank you for keeping us abreast on Fuji-news!”

Robert:

“Hi Patrick,

my name is Robert, I’m from Linz – Upper Austria – and I am a regular reader of FR.
Being a passionate photographer myself, I wanted to replace my old DSLR with a newer model in winter last year. Due to several reaseons I think, that DSLRs have had their best time and looked for a lightweight alternative, as the train of system cameras really gained momentum last year. In December I ended up buying myself a Fuji X-Pro 1, but unlike other people this hasn’t been “love at first sight”. My relationship to this cam had to mature, and even today I sometimes experience the “rough edges” of my beauty. But isn’t that true with all individual characters? Anyhow, today we two act as an efficient team and I enjoy using it nearly every day.
I recently started my own photo-blog and thanks to the extraordinary low light capabilities of Fujis X-Trans-sensor the opening spectacle of the new musictheatre in Linz really produced some stunning images. Enjoy!

look at the opening spectacle of the new opera in Linz here.

Robert

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Craig:

“[…] Here’s an article I posted about the Fuji X-Pro 1 and how I sold all of my DSLRs and totally switched over to Fuji if you’re interested. Thanks again, I love you site. I hope whenever the new X-Pro 1s/2 comes out that they do NOT change a thing on the physical body–it’s perfect in form and function. […]”

“Very recently, less than one month ago, I sold all of my DSLRs, fast glass and long lenses and purchased two Fuji X-Pro 1 bodies, the XF 18mm f/2 (approx. 28mm equivalent) lens, the XF 35mm f/1.4 (approx. 50mm equivalent) lens, and the XF 18-55 zoom lens, and I couldn’t be happier.

Check out Craig’s article “My name is not Rockefeller” here.

Craig

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ISO comparison: Ricoh GR vs Nikon A vs Fuji X100S (and save $300 on a demo X-E1+18-55)

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Ricoh GR vs Nikon Coolpix A vs X100S (with WA converter): Check the whole comparison here at mikekobal.com: “my personal preference: 1) Fuji, 2) Nikon and 3) Ricoh.” But judge by yourself. I’ll just post the ISO 3200 comparison shots.

And if you want to see Mike’s shot make the flickr explore page click here.

PS. Only three DEMO X-E1 with 18-55 zoom lens are now available at ebayUS for $1.100! Act fast, click here and save $300 (find this and more deals at dealsrunner).

image courtesy: Mike Kobal

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