X-T1: a new firmware update is coming !

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According to a trusted source, a new firmware update for the X-T1 is coming. I don’t know when exactly (working on it), but it should not take long for X-T1 shooters to be able to update their camera. And it shouldn’t be just a simple bug fix, according to the source… so is a new Kaizen-firmware on the way?

Now, keep in mind that release dates for firmware updates are tricky… and X100 owners know exactly what I’m talking about, when Fuji postponed their update several times. But, in this case, if there are no surprises, it should not take long.

stay tuned… if I can dig up something more about this new firmware (and find out if other X-series cameras will get a new firmware too) I’ll post an update.

And of course, any help is appreciated. Just contact me at fujirumor [at] gmail.com or 100% anonymously using the rumor box (and eventually use a nick-name, so that I can identify you in future).

X-T1 bundle $300 off / X-E2 deal

BHPHOTO: Fuji X-T1 + vertical grip + spare battery – ($1299) – click hereFuji X-T1 + XF 18-55 + vertical grip + spare battery  – ($1699)click here

ADORAMA: Fuji X-T1 + vertical grip + spare battery – ($1288) – click here / Fuji X-T1 + XF 18-55 + vertical grip + spare battery  – ($1699) – click here / Fuji X-T1 + XF 18-135 WR + vertical grip + spare battery  – ($2188) – click here

PICTURELINE: Fuji X-T1 + vertical grip + spare battery – (save $200) – click here / Fuji X-T1 + XF 18-55 + vertical grip + spare battery – (save $200) – click here

AMAZON-US: Fuji X-T1 + vertical grip + spare battery – (save $160) – click here / Fuji X-T1 + XF 18-55 + vertical grip + spare battery – (save $170) – click here

X-E2 for $799 (save $50): BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / Pictureline

XF 27mm (save $150 – price $299): BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / Pictureline /
XF 60mm (save $100 – price $549): BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / Pictureline /
XF 18-55mm (save $100 – price $599): BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / Pictureline /
XF 55-200mm (save $100 – price $599): BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / Pictureline /

Great price on the X-M1 and X-A1 with zoom lenses at AmazonUS and also at Adorama.

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INTO THE WIDE: IBELUX 40mm f/0.85 hands on review (and RAW-samples to download) at Fujirumors (PART 1)

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PART 2 of the review is online here.

Hi all

A few of days ago I’ve received world’s fastest lens for mirrorless cameras; the IBELUX 40mm f/0.85. The company, HandeVision, kindly sent me the X-mount version of this lens, and I was pretty happy to test it on the field.

Now, I’m neither a professional reviewer, nor a PRO photographer. As you might know, I’m “just” a teacher, with the passion for photography (and the X-series).

Therefore don’t expect a comprehensive in depth review a la dpreview or the amazing first looks of Rico Pfirstinger. With a full time day job and Fujirumors as a side project, I walk often enough on the thin line that separates passion from burn-out ;-). So I do not aspire to become a reviewer, too. Let me focus on the Fuji news, rumors and deals.

But for world’s fastest lens for mirrorless cameras, well, I had to make an exception!

And yes, I know Rico would have done a much better job, but I also  know he is super-busy with his book “X-E2, Beyond the Manual” (coming very soon) and with his fujixsecrets workshops (probably available also in California later this year), that he’d for sure not have time to test also the IBELUX.

In this first part I’ll just quickly tell you about the handling and build quality.

I have this weekend to make some more shots and will probably share them next week, so you can look at how this lens performs at f/0.85 ;-).

IBELUX 40mm f/0.85 at: BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS

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Handling, build quality and features

BUILD QUALITY: “This is heavy!” That’s the first thing I’ve thought when I unboxed the IBELUX and hold it in my hands. This lens, designed in Germany and manufactured in China, is very well build. It weights about 1.170g (2.58 lb), so the lens alone is heavier than the X-E2 + 55-200. There is a lot of metal (even the lens cap is of metal) and glass in the IBELUX. HandeVision says that: “With 10 elements in 8 groups higher weight had to be accepted to avoid aspherical surfaces for cost reasons.”

Heavy and big? Reminiscences of my times with a DSLR arise. To add a bit of lightness, I ordered a pint of beer ;-)

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MANUAL FOCUS RING: Forget the autofocus: it’s a manual focus lens only. The MF-ring rotates 250°… and it is very smooth and easy to turn! You can easily and precisely adjust the focus. I really liked it. Combined with the accurate focus peaking or digital split image, it makes manual focussing easy and fun.

APERTURE RING: The aperture ring feels good too and gives you a nice “clicking” with each f/stop…. unless you’re stopping down from 0.85 to 1. In fact, when I wanted to turn the ring from 0.85 to 1, I often accidentally stopped at 1.4. For all the other stops, no problem.

THE LENS HOOD: The lens hood is integrated! So you simply have to pull it out. That looks cool but I don’t think it’s the best solution, as a lens hood not only has to reduce lens flair and ghosting, but also to protect your front element. And, well, it’s pretty easy to push the lens hood back accidentally on the IBELUX. This means that your lens is exposed and not protected anymore. I’d rather like to have a mechanism that allows me to block the lens hood once it’s pulled out. The moral of the story? I prefer the classic, reversible, XF lens hoods. They protect my lenses better. Just a short video to show you how easy it is to push back the lens hood on the IBELUX.

It was my “less internet, more Cabernet” day ;-)

DISTANCE SCALE: On the lens itself there is the Focusing and Depth of Field Scale. Marked in green the 5.6 aperture and the 8 feet (2.5 meters)… that’s where this lens is supposed to give the best results.

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CONCLUSIONS

Overall, this glass feels really well made, very solid, nice aperture and focus rings. You’ll hardly find something to complain about.

Consider that the IBELUX and your X-camera can’t “communicate”. This means you have to set your X-series camera to “shoot without a lens” and select the focal lenght to “40mm” manually. Also the aperture and the distance & depth of field indicators in the EVF/LCD won’t work. This isn’t really an issue most of the time (you have them on the lens). But, for example, I was on a concert 2 days ago, it was very dark in the hall, and I couldn’t see which f/stop I was using. In this case, an electronic aperture and distance scale would have been very useful.

IBELUX 40mm f/0.85 at: BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS

shot at f/whatever (not wide open)… not written in the EXIF data

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samples to download

IBELUX 40mm at  f/0.85 – 1/80 – ISO 3200

download RAF here

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the “Holy Grail” of super-shallow DOF

download RAF

(the images displayed here is a SOOC. Click on it and get the RAF)

IBELUX 40mm  f/0.85 – 1/1700 – ISO 400

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X30 lens: 28-112mm f/2-2.8 (same as X20)… but with dual ring (SRP)!

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A source, who was right in the past (SRP), claims to have the following information: the lens on the X30 will remain the same (28-112mm f/2-2.8)! Also a new source shared with me the same information, thanks!

But, always according to the source, who was right in the past, the X30 will feature a new dual ring on the lens (Zoom ring + Control Ring).

Although the source was right in the past, I invite you to take it still with a grain of salt.

EDIT: Someone asked in the comments what a control ring is. Well, check out Fuji’s XQ1 page and you’ll learn more about it.

The rumored X30 specs list so far is: (TS= trusted source / NeS =New Source / AS = Anonymous Source / SRP = source who was right in the past, but not yet trusted / ORS = other rumor sites)

– 2/3 sensor (TS + NeS)
– EVF only (TS + NeS)
– EVF specs: 2,36mp, x0.62 magnification and 100% coverage (TS)
– Announcement: at photokina (ORS) – FR-sources just said “this summer” (AS)
– Battery: more than 400 shots with one battery and USB-charging (AS)
– Lens 28-112mm f/2-2.8 with dual ring (Zoom Ring + Control Ring) (SRP)

THE DEALS

Great price on the X-M1 and X-A1 with zoom lenses at AmazonUS and also at Adorama.

XF 27mm (save $150 – price $299): BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / Pictureline /
XF 60mm (save $100 – price $549): BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / Pictureline /
XF 18-55mm (save $100 – price $599): BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / Pictureline /
XF 55-200mm (save $100 – price $599): BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / Pictureline /

X-T1 bundle $300 off / X-E2 deal

BHPHOTO: Fuji X-T1 + vertical grip + spare battery – ($1299) – click hereFuji X-T1 + XF 18-55 + vertical grip + spare battery  – ($1699)click here

ADORAMA: Fuji X-T1 + vertical grip + spare battery – ($1288) – click here / Fuji X-T1 + XF 18-55 + vertical grip + spare battery  – ($1699) – click here / Fuji X-T1 + XF 18-135 WR + vertical grip + spare battery  – ($2188) – click here

PICTURELINE: Fuji X-T1 + vertical grip + spare battery – (save $200) – click here / Fuji X-T1 + XF 18-55 + vertical grip + spare battery – (save $200) – click here

AMAZON-US: Fuji X-T1 + vertical grip + spare battery – (save $160) – click here / Fuji X-T1 + XF 18-55 + vertical grip + spare battery – (save $170) – click here

X-E2 for $799 (save $50): BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / Pictureline

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Three non-interchangeable lens X-cameras coming within this winter? X30, X100T and ? (anonymous source)

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First off: please take this rumor with a grain of salt. It comes from an anonymous source (with nick-name), so for now you should take it as a low rated rumor and not as a fact.

That said, here is what the anonymous source told us: Fuji will launch 3 non-interchangeable X-series cameras within this Winter. The source didn’t say anything else.

X30, X100T and ?

In the past we’ve heard rumors about an X70 (a cheaper version of the X100S). I know it was in Fuji’s plans last year, but, as far as I know, Fuji rejected projects for such a camera. So I don’t think it will be the X70 (but with Fuji you never know as they change plans often and quickly… which really drives me mad !!)

So, until now I’ve heard of an X30 and X100T. At the moment, I’ve honestly no idea what the third camera could be, but I promise you to follow the hint and try to dig up something for you…

… and in the meantime, the comments are open for your thoughts and wishes. An X100Z with zoom lens? A hybrid pixel or organic sensor camera? Whatever you dream of, feel free to drop it in the comments down below.

And of course, any help is highly appreciated (and in case you use the rumor box, feel free to use a nick-name).

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THE DEALS

XF 27mm (save $150 – price $299): BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / Pictureline /
XF 60mm (save $100 – price $549): BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / Pictureline /
XF 18-55mm (save $100 – price $599): BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / Pictureline /
XF 55-200mm (save $100 – price $599): BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / Pictureline /

X-T1 bundle $300 off

BHPHOTO: Fuji X-T1 + vertical grip + spare battery – ($1299) – click hereFuji X-T1 + XF 18-55 + vertical grip + spare battery  – ($1699)click here

ADORAMA: Fuji X-T1 + vertical grip + spare battery – ($1288) – click here / Fuji X-T1 + XF 18-55 + vertical grip + spare battery  – ($1699) – click here / Fuji X-T1 + XF 18-135 WR + vertical grip + spare battery  – ($2188) – click here

PICTURELINE: Fuji X-T1 + vertical grip + spare battery – (save $200) – click here / Fuji X-T1 + XF 18-55 + vertical grip + spare battery – (save $200) – click here

AMAZON-US: Fuji X-T1 + vertical grip + spare battery – (save $160) – click here / Fuji X-T1 + XF 18-55 + vertical grip + spare battery – (save $170) – click here

But there is more Fuji gear in offer. Save $300 if you buy: X-PRO1 with 18mm – X-E1 with 18mm – X-M1 with 18mm: – X-M1 with 55-230 – X-A1 with 55-230. You can find them at AmazonUS & Adorama.

X-E2 for $799 (save $50): BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / Pictureline

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Hollywood knows it: the X100S is the perfect travel camera and uses it in “Hector’s Search for Happiness” : : a masterpiece (I mean the camera) :-)

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There is a movie coming up called “Hector and the Search for Happiness”. It’s about a psychiatrist that changes his life and searches the globe to find the secret of happiness. Now guess what his travel camera is? Yes, the X100S will go with him all the way, and you can also see it in the trailer at 1:28 or in this image here.

This is definitely a masterpiece… I mean the X100S ;-). I don’t know if the movie is good too, but I have a good reason to watch it ones it’s out here in Europe.

Now, X100/S owners, what is your experience when you travel with it?

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

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