Deals: ALL Rocky Nook Books 35% off + XF27mm for $345 + Lightroom 5 for $99!

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– Get the XF27mm now for $345 (regular price $449) at ebayUS reseller 23port (99,3 positive feedback). It’s a new lens but the seller notes that “This is a brand new lens that we separated out of a camera kit in our store. Includes the lens caps. Only thing missing is the exterior box.”

– You can find the X100S for $1,168 at top rated plus reseller bigvalueinc (7 available).

– New black X-E1 with kit lens for $899 at ebayUS here.

– Good news for everybody! Rocky Nook Books decided to extend the discount to ALL their books (including Rico’s X-PRO1/X-E1 book!)! So start to rummage in for a good book and gift for X-mas. You will save 35%!!! Use code FUJIRUMORS to get the discount! Click here and start your search. The offer expires December 31!

– Lightroom 5 price dropped again. You can get it now for $99 at AmazonUS here.

– The mother of all Fuji X-deals: the crazy X-deals here at AmazonUS, at BHphoto here and at Adorama here (you can save up to $1,400 on ALL XF-lenses bundled also with the brand new X-E2 body!).

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X-E2 roundup + XF23mm available at ebayUS!

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A limited number of XF23mm is now available at top rated plus ebayUS reseller kenmorecamera. BHphoto (click here) expects to have it available tomorrow.

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USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / AdoramaDigitalRev / Pictureline / EUROPE: wexphotographicUK / DigitalRev / Fotomundus24 GER / PCHstore / AmazonDE (via DR)

– A good X-E2 review of Tony Bridge at the magazine f11 here. The best to summarize his review is contained in his last sentence: “I have my order in!” He also recommends Photo Ninja! Check out the review here (and the whole magazine is well worth a read!).

– AF speed video comparison X-E1 vs X-E2 here on youtube.

– Great for stills, bad for video (with lot of artifacts and moiree). Faster AF, but it still can’t break the OM-D records. Read the good and the bad of the Fuji X-E2 according to CNET here: “For its image quality and shooting experience, the Fujifilm X-E2 remains a winner in its price bracket. But it falls short for action shooting and video, for which you can get a better experience by paying a few hundred more for a camera like the Olympus OM-D E-M1 or a dSLR like the Nikon D7100.” There is also a first impression video on youtube here.

Pierre-Simon Bouix (blog) wrote me an email with his feedback to the X-E2 which I’m glad to share with all of you:

“Hi Patrick, Quick news and feedback on the X-E2 ;) ! I recently bought the new Fuji X-E2 for my work ( + 23mm and 14mm ), luckily i guess it’s one of the few we received here in France actualy.

Overall impressions i’m very pleased with it. Focusing is pretty snappy compared to my X-Pro 1. Almost instantaneous in certain lighting situation. Even in a dark room, it gets in focus most of the time without hunting, and also very accurately !

EVF feels really nice, no more lag and very responsive with Eye Sensor. Focus peaking is better thant my updated X-Pro 1, more precise and clear.

Although i was a bit disappointed with the new ‘split screen’ like focusing method inherited from the X100s, could be interesting in some specific situations when manual focusing or with non AF lens; fuji engineers did a great job on that features but in real-use situation it feel more like a gadget compared to focus peaking.

And i have to agree with all my fellow photographers who already commented on the lack of  ‘view mode’ button…it’s a real pain, no joke…c’mon Fuji, fix that in the next firmware ! I’m real used to it on my X-Pro 1 and in my opinion it’s maybe the only major disappointment i can tell so far from the X-E2.

So is it worth upgrading ?

Well yes, for pros and street photographers who are looking for a light and very responsive camera with outstanding iQ…go for it ! If you don’t, keep your old gear and enjoy it, X-Pro 1 and XE-1 are still great cameras.

And by the way, the XF 23mm is so delicious ! A real joy to use, well built, smooth MF, AF motor is quiet compared to XF 35mm and it got that unique ‘look’ that only great lens delivers…”

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X-shooter zone: from Greenland to Brazil, from Singapore to London… the X-virus is spreading!

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I know, the New York Times said that Fuji sold 700,000 cameras since the first X-series camera was launched… that’s not really an impressive “all time” sales number. X-shooters are still a small (but cool ;)) niche in the photography-world!

I don’t know if the imaging division of Fujifilm will make profits soon and how much the X-series can grow in the fiercely contested mirrorless market.

However… whoever enters the X-world seems to be happy with this decision. Wow, quality, passion, freedom, fun, inspiration, lightness… this, and much more, is what I read in your emails to me. If I should judge from your words, your emails, all your switch stories, well, I’d say that the X-virus can’t be stopped. But Fujirumors may not be the best place to judge the success or not of the X-series.

It’s just, I feel it in all your emails… it’s the excitement of (re)discovering photography, the fun to be creative with your camera… it’s the technology that meets our passion by combining vintage design and manual controls with top-notch digital image quality, it’s the dedication of Fujifilm to its customers.

Yes, we are (still) a small niche, but a pretty happy one!

So, I’m glad to dedicate this small, almost weekly space to your stories and your images. Sale numbers, black friday, reviews, rumors, deals… at the end of the whole story there are persons with an X-series camera in their hands and who enjoy to take photographs with it. So here is a very small selection of them.

Thanks to all for sharing your images and stories with Fujirumors… keep it up and feel free to contact me via fujirumor@gmail.com, facebook and twitter.

enjoy your day
Patrick

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Mads

Hi Patrick

Love the work you are doing on this site – it is amazing how fast you have developed a strong community, and it’s just a joy to watch how you’ve quickly become the place to go to for first images, breaking news, etc. Great stuff. I come here every day.

I love shooting night stuff with my X-E1 and the Rokinon 8mm fisheye (See attached photo for an example), and the news of the Samyang 12mm f/2 sounds like there’s something coming which will be close to a perfect nightscape match with the Fuji X in terms of tradeoff between size/weight, aperture speed, and angle of view. – But has there been any more news about this lens recently? Most of what I can find dates back to around September 1 where the lens was “confirmed” as a strong rumor. [admin: the rumor was launched and then confirmed by photorumors. Click here for the latest update]

Hope you can help – or point me in the right direction. Thanks!

Mads (websiteFlickr500px)

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Edu Gómez

I have some content in my blog about the fuji x100 (365-dias-con-la-fuji-x-100translation) and xpro1 (cuatro-meses-con-la-x-pro1-de-fujifilmtranslation) but it’s in spanish. I’ll maybe write an other article in a near future about the xpro1 and this one will be translated I’ll try to join now and let you know if it’s working!

Edu Gómez (X-PRO1)

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Ryan

Hi Patrick,

I check your website every morning. Not only because of the rumours. Another reason are the stories all your readers share: How they got infected by Fuji’s X series and how it changed their photography. Your FR readers zone is a good place to accumulate all the interesting stories and it is also a great place to discover new blogs of people who share the same passion of taking photos with the Fuji cameras which have a great impact on all of us.

Hence I think it’s time for me to contribute a story too. ;)

I was on holiday recently. To be more precise: London. I took my X-E1 on my travel and it was her first one. :) A few months ago I upgraded from the X100 (without the S) to the X-E1 because of the possibility to change lenses of different lenses. Lucky me the photo of the Tower Bridge I shot got published on Fujifilm’s Facebook pages. (Yay! :D )

Here is the link to my story how I end up using my X100/X-E1 instead of the my old companion Canon 5D, a selection of the London photos and more links are listed in the same blog post for more photos from London (in a few days I will add some more in new blog posts.). :)

http://www.ryanlam-photography.com

Cheers and keep up the good work with your website!

Ryan

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Leo Kah Leong

Dear fujirumor Team,

My name is Leo Kah Leong and I am an enthusiast photographer in Singapore. I bought into the Fuji system in early 2013 with Fuji Cameras after selling off my Canon system. Currently, I own a X-E1 and a X20. This is my pixoto sets: http://teyes.pixoto.com

Hope you enjoy it

Leo Kah Leong

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 Arlindo Namour Filho

Hi Patrick

I just launched a website and fan page about my work in the world of Fuji X. I moved from Canon to Fuji 100%, I am a wedding and portrait photographer and my Family runs this business for 51 years, now I am giving workshops all over the country with the support of Fuji film Brazil to presents the X series to the brazilian photographers.
Take a look at my site and fan page, it is in portuguese but is full of good articles.
www.ehnamour.com
www.facebook.com/EhNamour
Thank you.

Arlindo Namour Filho (facebook – X-E2)

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X-E1 kit $300 off + Body only for $599!!!

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CARPE DEAL again! Save now $300 on the X-E1 with XF 18-55 lens and pay only $899 for the whole package (body only $200 off (price $599 )!!! Grab it here at AmazonUS. BHphoto or Adorama.

The mother of all Fuji X-deals: the crazy X-deals here at AmazonUS, at BHphoto here and at Adorama here (you can save up to $1,400 on ALL XF-lenses bundled also with the brand new X-E2 body!).

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X-M1: save $100 the kit version (all colors included in the offer) – Save $50 on the body (all colors included). Check it here.
X-A1: save $100 with kit lens (on all the colors available). Check it here.
X-E1: save $300 on the kit or $200 on the body. Check it here.
XQ1: save $50. Check it here.
X-S1: still $300 off here.
XF1: all colors for just $199 here.

BHphoto:

X-E1: save $300 on the kit and $200 on the body + 4% reward. Check it here.
X-M1: save $100 on the kit and $50 on the body (all colors) + 4%reward (except black kit). Check it here.
X-A1: save $100 on the kit. Check it here.
XQ1: save $50. Check it here

Adorama:

X-E1: save $300 on the kit (+6%reward) and $200 on the body (+4% reward). Check it here.
X-M1: save $100 on the kit and $50 on the body (all colors) + 4%reward. Check it here.
X-A1: save $100 on the kit. Check it here.
XQ1: save $50. Check it here.

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XF23mm highly recommended at ephotozine + “We regret the item remains unavailable” (BHphoto)

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BHphoto says that the “item remains unavailable” (thx Roger). The lens, announced back on September 5, is still unavailable at the major US stores. There are some at top rated ebayUS reseller popflash here and pictureline. David just told me: “BTW, the current situation with the 23mm shows the wisdom of ordering the very first day you can.  I did that (at 5 AM, as I recall!) from Adorama and have had the lens for quite a while, at least here in the U.S.”

[UPDATE: BHphoto expects to have the 23mm available on December 2]

Fuji XF 23mm: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

The ephotozine review is online, check it out here. The PROS: Extremely sharp stopped down – Very good sharpness in the centre at maximum aperture – Lightweight –  Useful hyperfocal scale –  Excellent build / CONS: Not as sharp towards the edges of the frame at maximum aperture as you may expect.

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