X-PERT CORNER: the new Fujirumors column by Rico Pfirstinger

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Dear Fujirumors readers,

I’m very happy to introduce you to a new weekly column at Fujirumors that will start tomorrow.

As you may know, a few days ago I posted a comprehensive reading sample of the book “Mastering the Fujifilm X-PRO1” (das Fujifilm X-PRO1 Handbuch). The author, Rico Pfirstinger, sent me the links to the German and English version. I enjoyed the look inside the book and appreciated the tips in his reading sample.

I decided to contact him and discovered a very passionate, creative and competent photographer. After a few emails I asked him if he’d like to share his knowledge and some useful tips about the Fuji X-cameras with my readers. I’m glad to tell you that he accepted my proposal and contributed with many ideas to the development of this new column: the “X-PERT CORNER“.

So, from now on, you’ll find a column written by Rico Pfirstinger here on Fujirumors. But it’s you, the readers, who can decide what he should write about. At the end of every post you’ll find a new poll with 3 options. You have a few days to vote for the option you’d like to have covered in the following episode of Rico’s “X-pert Corner”. The most voted topic will be the subject of his next article.

I’m really grateful to Rico Pfirstinger for his kindness and availability. Now, it’s time for me to shut up and leave the word to Rico and to you. Hope you’ll have a nice and profitable time at the “X-pert corner”.

Rico Pfirstinger studied communications and has been working as journalist, publicist, and photographer since the mid-80s. He has written a number of books on topics as diverse as Adobe PageMaker and sled dogs, and produced a beautiful book of photographs titled Huskies in Action (german version). He has spent time working as the head of a department with the German Burda-Publishing Company and served as chief editor for a winter sports website. After eight years as a freelance film critic and entertainment writer in Los Angeles, Rico now lives in Germany and devotes his time to digital photography and compact camera systems.

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X-S1 $100 price drop (and £200 at AmazonUK)

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X-S1

Photographyblog says in his conclusions: “With the X-S1, Fujifilm have produced the ultimate super-zoom bridge compact camera, with a long list of desirable features, intuitive user interface and excellent image quality. The only real drawback is the price-tag, which puts the X-S1 up against mid-range DSLRs and high-end compact system cameras as well as its main superzoom rivals.

Now you can purchase the X-S1 and save $100 at AmazonUS or Adorama

AmazonDE (save €151) / AmazonITA (save €103)  / AmazonUK (save £200) / ebayUS (via slidoo) / ebay worldwide (via slidoo) / ebayDE (via slidoo) / ebay Europe (via slidoo) /

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Rumor Update: X100 replacement + X20

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X-10 Amazon

Here again!

A FR reader linked me to the comments in the Japanese website digicame-info. There is a source that calls himself “Fan Fuji” giving some more news about about the X10 and X100 replacements. Some of them correspond to rumors I have from trusted sources. Now let’s make the point of the situation:

X-20

The name of the X10 replacement will probably be X-20. The principal improvements will concern the sensor and the viewfinder. So that’s for sure (trusted sources).

And now let’s see what COULD be according to “Fan Fuji”

Fan Fuji says: The X20 has a newly developed EXR CMOS lowpass-less sensor and its viewfinder can display information. [This could correspond with the information I have, that the major improvements will concern the sensor and the viewfinder.] According to Fan Fuji the X-20 will be costlier than the X-10.

X-100 replacement (according to Fan Fuji)

1. the name of X100 replacement will be X100s (we know that the name won’t be X200, so here everything is possible)

2. sensor: 2nd generation X-Trans CMOS (we know that it will have an X-Trans sensor. I’m doubtful if it really will be a second generation X-Trans)

3. new hybrid viewfinder (yes, the HVF will be improved)

4. rangefinder-like focusing gimmick (I would have expected such a feature on future interchangeable lenses cameras…)

5. on sale in February or March (other trusted sources told me it will be March)

6. the price of X100s is as much as X100. (I don’t have infos from trusted sources about the price yet)

Now be careful with these information. I have already posted what I know from trusted sources about the X100 replacement here. And regarding the X20 the only sure thing is that there will be a new sensor and viewfinder. So let’s wait and see if Fan Fuju is reliable.

I tried to contact Fan Fuji through the comments in the digicame post. I didn’t get any answer yet. So, Fan Fuji, in case you’re reading this, please contact me … you can create a fake email account if you want… we could have something more to share…

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beautiful and comprehensive: riflessifotografici X-mount review

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And then, when all hope had faded ;-), it happens!

It happens that after all the reviews I’ve read I can still be surprised. And it’s again riflessifotografici! I think they’ll never be the first to post a review, but hey, just take a look at their shots, and you’ll understand why. They don’t just test cameras, they work with them. The result is a really beautiful collection of images and a comprehensive review. This doesn’t mean necessarily pages over pages of mere specs, shots and technical data. No way. You don’t need a lot of words but just the right words to reveal the secrets of a camera and its lenses. And what you also need are great pictures. And there are plenty of them here. You wanna know the truth? It took me more time to choose the images to post here than to write this text! A real photographers review made for photographers!

The result is a perfect mix between art, professional observations and personal considerations. These guys really know how to figure out the secret of a camera.

Landscape, portrait, street, people, beauty… you can have it all in one, if you read the latest riflessifotografici review. It’s a passionate work of two photographers (Massimiliano Angeloni and Donato Chirulli). Take your time, and discover your X-E1 and lenses by reading the original Italian review here (translated version).

ISO performance: zoom at 35mm and 35mm prime lens

35 comparison

beauty

dog

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