Fujifilm Manager at CP+: “Fuji X-T2 will have 4K. No plan to add it to X-Pro2 via FW :: Monochrome X-Pro? X30 successor?”

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X-Pro2 is shipping

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USA
: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / CANADA: AmazonCA / EUROPE: AmazonDE / AmazonUK / WexUK / PCHstore / AmazonITA / AmazonFR / AmazonESP / AUSTRALIA: CameraPro

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The CP+ opened its doors, and the French site focus-numerique (translation) had the opportunity to talk to Fujifilm Managers Shugo Kiryu and Shusuke Kozaki.

They confirm that the X-Pro2 is actually 4K capable, but they do not plan to add this feature via Firmware. But the X-T2 will definitely have 4K!

Here some excerpts (google translated):

4K

We asked users of the X-Pro 1 if they used it for video and 80% of them said no. By cons, of course, you can make high quality videos FHD with the X-Pro 2. But according to our studies users do not expect 4K feature on the X-Pro 2. Technically, we could add this feature with a firmware update but we do not plan to do so in the future.

We will integrate the 4K video in the next models of the T series

Monochrome X-Pro

At the beginning we wanted to develop a device of this type, but in the end we opted for the simulation mode ​​(silver black and white films) obtained from color files. For us to judge image quality for a draw. Our tests have shown that visually, the image quality between a photo after an X-Trans sensor color then treated black and white film simulation and a photo of a monochrome sensor was identical. In addition, we asked our ambassadors photographers who responded that he had an urgent need for color images and they were not to use multiple field devices.

Plans for X30 Successor?

Currently not. This segment is very competitive with the presence of Sony, Canon and Nikon now (new range of compact Nikon experts DL). At present, we do not 1 inch version of our X-Trans technology. It takes time to develop.

What will come at Photokina 2016?

This is top secret! I can not reveal anything, but maybe new products will be launched at Photokina. You can perhaps guess!

Top secret… hehe… just stay tuned on FujiRumors via Fuji X Forum, Facebook, RSS-feed and Twitter  ;)

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The Fuji Lens Teardown at LensRentals: “Excellent Construction. Designed by people who know how to make reliable lenses!”

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And finally LensRentals did it: they did a disassembly post on a Fujinon lens, in this case the (now discounted) Fujinon XF55-200! Here are their conclusions:

“If you want the system with the most screws, you want Fuji, no question. […]

As for our impressions, first and foremost, the Fuji lenses are a bit more complicated than most we’ve tackled, but not hugely so. The construction, especially when considering this is a consumer-price zoom lens, is impressive.

[…] The overall construction is excellent. There was no place during this disassembly that either of us thought we saw a weak point that would be likely to cause problems. It’s not massively over engineered, but it’s very solidly constructed. It’s definitely better constructed than what we would expect from a $600 zoom. This looks like a lens that was designed by people who know how to make reliable lenses.

[…] we learned some things today and came away impressed — at this price point it’s an extremely well-built lens with a lot of interesting technology inside.”

The XF55-200 is now $100 off at BHphoto and AmazonUS. Plenty of Fujinon lenses are right now in offer:

XF Lens Deals

XF 18mm (save $50): BHphoto, AmazonUS, FocusCamera, Adorama
XF 27mm (save $50): BHphoto, AmazonUS, FocusCamera, Adorama
XF 60mm (save $50): BHphoto, AmazonUS, FocusCamera, Adorama
XF 35mmF1.4 (save $50): BHphoto, AmazonUS, FocusCamera, Adorama

XF 14mm (save $100): BHphoto, AmazonUS, FocusCamera, Adorama
XF 16mm (save $100): BHphoto, AmazonUS, Adorama
XF 23mmF1.4 (save $100): BHphoto, AmazonUS, FocusCamera, Adorama
XF 56mm (save $100): BHphoto, AmazonUS, FocusCamera, Adorama
XF 90mm (save $100): BHphoto, AmazonUS, FocusCamera, Adorama
XF 10-24mm (save $100): BHphoto, AmazonUS, FocusCamera, Adorama
XF 55-200mm (save $100): BHphoto, AmazonUS, FocusCamera, Adorama
XF 18-135mm (save $100): BHphoto, AmazonUS, FocusCamera, Adorama

XF 56mmAPD (save $150): BHphoto, AmazonUS, FocusCamera, Adorama
XF 16-55mm (save $150): BHphoto, AmazonUS, FocusCamera, Adorama
XF 50-140mm (save $150): BHphoto, AmazonUS, FocusCamera, Adorama
XF 100-400mm (save $150): BHphoto, AmazonUS, Adorama

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Download the Fujifilm X-Pro2 Owners Manual… only here on FujiRumors (still not available via Fujifilm)

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Fujifilm X-Pro2
USA
: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / CANADA: AmazonCA / EUROPE: AmazonDE / AmazonUK / WexUK / PCHstore / AmazonITA / AmazonFR / AmazonESP / AUSTRALIA: CameraPro

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Embargo or not, some store started shipping the Fujifilm X-Pro2 already (see post here).

So high time to go through the Fujifilm X-Pro2 Manual… and since it’s still not available officially, you can download it now here on FujiRumors dropbox (you do not have to sign in to dropbox to download the file).

The manual is the final and official one… it’s just not online at the moment… except here on FujiRumors ;)

Thanks for the file to George Norman (Instagram @georgenormanphoto) and Craig Whitehead (Instagram @fujixphoto)

have a good read
Fuji X Forum, Facebook, RSS-feed
and Twitter

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Fujifilm X-Pro2 in Stock in Europe! :: “In the Lab, the X-Pro2 was a Monster, one of the Best Cameras we have Ever Tested!” (Reviewed.com)

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FR-reader Carsten Got his X-Pro2 from a Local Store in Germany :)

Fujifilm X-Pro2
USA
: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / CANADA: AmazonCA / EUROPE: AmazonDE / AmazonUK / WexUK / PCHstore / AmazonITA / AmazonFR / AmazonESP / AUSTRALIA: CameraPro

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It’s here (finally!!!)… at least in Europe!

The Fujifilm X-Pro2 is right now marked as available at Amazon France here (via third party seller with 27mm lens). FXF member Mike K saw a limited number in Stock also at Amazon Germany (now sold).

The X-Pro2 shipping embargo in USA is March 3.

In the Lab, this camera was a monster! It’s one of the highest scoring cameras that we have ever tested. It absolutely blew away sharpness tests, great color, great white balance!” More on youtube

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Behind the X-Gear: Meet Don Pino, the FXF member, who shared the Most Liked Images on the Forum!

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Hi X-folks

Let’s take a short break from the usual rumors/news stream and focus on the real heart of the X-system, which is you.

In today’s “Behind the X-gear” episode, we are going to meet Fuji X Forum member Don Pino, the FXF member, who shared the most liked images by the FXF community (Top #1 image / Top #2 image).

If you also want to have the opportunity to be interviewed & featured on FujiRumors, all you have to do is to join our Fuji X Forum Community, share your pics & thoughts there, and you might be the next one :) .

Previous “Behind the X-gear” Episodes:
Episode 1 – Milandro: A talk with X-shooters around the World… and about the X-series SOUL
Episode 2 – Trenton: A talk with “photoholic” X-shooter Trenton… and why the X-T1 is perfect for Lord Voldemort
Episode 3 – Mehrdad: A talk with Fuji X Forum member & official Fujifilm X-photographer Mehrdad
Episode 4 – Tom H: Meet Tom H, the X-shooter with the Coolest Office in the World
Episode 5 – quincy: Meet Quincy, the X-shooter, who made me drop my coffee with his amazing #1 Forum post!

X-Shooter Don Pino

Tell us something about you

Professional Photographer or Amateur or something in between?

As an amateur you have the priveledge to be free of economical influences. This way you can concentrate on your passion. 

What is your kind of photography? (Motives, Approach …)

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Landscape and architecture are like “unequal sisters”. On the surface they seem to be different, but secretly they are connected through an invisible bond. Landscape and architecture are the “Ying and Yang” of photography.

Landscape is a very romantic kind of photography in which lyric and poetry take a great part. For this reason, many landscape photographers unconsciously are oriented towards the pictures of William Turner and other famous romanticists.

Architecture on the contrary, often prefers coolness as well as strict shapes and lines. It often seems to be technological, monochrome and cold.

In the daily routine of photography, architecture and landscape both subsist on wide angle shots or abstract tele shots. And certainly they are increasingly influenced by postproduction.

dop

Where can we find more about you on the web (website, Flickr, Facebook, portfolio)

I have a portfolio on 500px (https://500px.com/don-pino) and on some German websites.

What’s your favorite image taken with a Fuji?

I only started taking pictures two years ago with Fuji. Therefore I haven’t got a very big choice. In my opinion, the pictures of the mushroom pickers are two of my highlights. Especially, because I intentionally visited the Italian Monti Sibillini in June to take pictures of the poppy blossom. Unfortunately, the poppies started flowering lately because of the low temperatures. The pictures were taken in the morning at three degree

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Your Move to Fuji

What’s the main reason for you to own a Fuji?

Like many others I was looking for an alternative second system with a compact design which meet the high expectations especially regarding the low-light photography. Not until I bought the X-E2, I got to know the fantastic fixed lenses. After two years of experience, I’d say that Fuji achieved the perfect balance between quality and compactness, simultaneously creating a “brand with a soul”.

Is there something you miss from your previous system?

Since I’m frequently using the DRI technique for night scenes and indoor shootings, I miss the extensive AE – Bracketing possibilities my 5DMKIII had. The X-Pro2 now provides AE bracketing function of +/- 2 which at least is a small step in the right direction.

What’s your favorite lens?

That’s a difficult question regarding the fantastic range of Fuji lenses. I love the 16 mm 1.4 lens as a universal fixed focal length with an extremely close focus distance. Apart from the 10-24mm, the 55-200mm became one if my favourite lenses.

What’s your favorite camera bag?

I like Think Tank. Since I started using Fuji I changed to a more compact model of airport essentials.

What’s in your bag?

X-T1, X-E2 and (hopefully soon) the X-Pro2
16mm, 23mm, 56mm, 10-24mm, 55-200mm and at least the XC16-50
Several 77mm B&W and Haida ND Filters
Three Lee ND-Graduate Filters
Several Step up rings
Nissin i40
A Rocket Blower
Two SanDisk 32 GB SD cards
Undefined lens-cleaning cloth

Your Advice to Fuji

Which lens, that is not yet in the roadmap, would you like Fuji to make?

A new 60mm weather sealed and stabilized “Allround Macro” which can be also used for Portrait Photography, like the popular Canon 100/2,8 L .

Tell Fujifilm what’s the main thing they should still improve in the X-series system via Firmware and/or Hardware

Although I keep told that 80% of the X-users take their “tripod pictures” using a mechanical cable release, I desperately wish for a newer version of camera remote which will make bulb shots and exposures of more than 30 Seconds possible and the remote release dispensable at the same time. Concerning long exposure, I’d like to add that I really could use a “live bulb” function.

Decisive Questions

OVF, EVF or Display?

The EVF of the X-T1 is already great. I don’t even dare to imagine how good the EVF of the X-T2 will be.

Rangefinder style or DSLR shape?

For me this isn’t an “either/or” question. I use them both. It depends on the moment and on the lens.

RAW or JPEG?

At the Moment 100% raw. With Acros this may change.

Curiosity & Customize you X

You most & you least used feature in Fujifilm cameras (like film simulations, build-in RAW converter, Extended DR(100-200-400), advanced filters, panorama, digital split image etc…)

According to me, there should rather be too many options for technical features than too less. At the end it’s up to me anyway whether I use them or not.

Which functions did you place on the FN-buttons of your camera?

I very often use a tripod, therefore I placed the Self-timer at the Top FN Button.

What’s Your favorite film simulation

I am still waiting for Acros.

Your favorite photography quote.

Truly all photographs are self-portraits. (Elizabeth Opalenik)

kopp

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