travel-X: “One year, one lens, one camera – MANY countries!”

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It seems that more and more photographer appreciate the IQ and the lightness of travelling with the Fuji X-cameras… especially if you travel like Nate: non stop around the world! Here is his story:

[do you also have a travel-X story to tell and you’d like to share your very best travel shots with the FR-community? Then write me an email at fujirumor@gmail.com or contact FR via facebook or twitter. Tell me your story and send me your favorite shots]

Nate

Hello Patrick,

Just wanted to say I check your site *very* regularly. I have an interesting non-rumor for you.

My name is Nate Robert, and I have been travelling around the world for just on a year (so far) –  with a single camera, and a single lens – the Fuji X-PRO1 with the 18mm. I’m a photojournalist from Australia, and I think your readers would get a kick out of my blog – www.yomadic.com, where every single photo I take, is with the same Fuji combination – and has been with me through three continents – from the panoramic views of New Zealand, to the streets of Tehran in Iran, and many places in between. One year, one lens, one cameraMANY countries!

I do a lot of street shooting, and have put many articles up on the “mean streets” of cities around the world – including Belgrade, Budapest, Melbourne, Tehran, Hong Kong and more.

I gave up both a Nikon DSLR and a Leica kit before leaving one year ago, and could not be happier with the Fuji. To me, it is the best travel camera that mankind has ever created.

My one wish? A 23mm pancake! In the meantime, I will continue debating over whether to switch from the Xpro to the X100S ;)

Hope you can include me in your regular round up of news, and keep up the good work. I’m counting on you to break the 23mm pancake news first!

Cheers,

Nate Robert

Nate

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Pixel Peeping Time: GF6 vs X-M1 vs E-P5 and X-E1 vs-X-PRO1 vs X-M1

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image courtesy: cameralabs

1) In their GF6 review, cameralabs compared the IQ of the GF6X-M1 and E-P5. Check it out here.

2) The Chinese site pcpop posted its X-M1 review and on page 5 they compared the trinity, X-PRO1 vs X-E1 vs X-M1 here (tranlsation). “Fuji X-M1 picture quality than the previous two cameras better number. When using ISO800-6400, we can very clearly see the X-M1 richer detail, noise situation is a little less than the first two and the color more vivid. Therefore, we conclude that both the degree of detail or color reduction, Fuji X-M1 has improved to some extent. Although Fuji X-M1 is more biased in favor of the entry-level users, but this does not prevent this machine’s high performance and high quality.”

image courtesy: popco

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Tested: ephotozine XF 27mm and XC 16-50 review

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the XF 27mm is in stock at various stores as BHphoto, Adorama and Pictureline

ephotozine just posted its XF 27mm review here and the XC 16-50 review here. The XC 16-50 is recommended by ephotozine, confirming that the image quality of Fuji’s XC line remains top notch. Now ephotozine has tested all the Fuji lenses. Check the reviews here. They recommend 6 of the 8 Fuji lenses, the XF 55-200, XF 18-55mm, XF 14mm, XF 35mm, XF 60mm and now also the XC 16-50.

XF 27mm verdict: “Those looking for as compact a lens as possible for their X-series camera have no other option as lightweight and compact as this lens available to them at the moment. This lens delivers very high levels of sharpness in the centre of the frame, and although adequate, the performance towards the edges of the frame isn’t on quite the same level. The price at launch may seem slightly high when compared to established lenses available for other camera formats, but as this lens is freshly launched, that may change in time. However as the build quality of this lens is so high, that goes some way towards justifying a higher price tag.”

XC 16-50 verdict: “Although most people who end up owning this lens will do by picking it up as part of a kit with the X-M1 camera, it still may be a compelling choice for owners of other X-series cameras, due to it’s light weight, 16mm wide-angle and comparatively low price. Add to that the decent optical performance throughout the zoom range, as well as low levels of chromatic aberrations, low falloff and distortion, it makes this a very competent lens, for not a lot of money.”

IN STOCK STATUS CHECK

X-M1 (body only or with 16-50mm)USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / DigitalReveBay / Pictureline EUROPEeBay / DigitalRevAmazonITA / AmazonDE / WexUK / PCHstore

XF 27mm – USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / DigitalReveBay / Pictureline EUROPEeBay / DigitalRev / WexUKAmazonDEAmazonITA / PCHstore XC 16-50eBay / WexUK / PCHstore

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Review: Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

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Usually here at Fujirumors you are used to read reviews about the Fuji X-series. But I thought it’s worth to make an exception for the Fuji HS50EXR, according to some reviews I’ve read one of the best superzoom bridge camera currently available.

Here is a comprehensive review about this camera. You can read it here in the original language or go to the translated version. The reviewer says that it’s worth every cent. Of course there are some CONS, as the small ½” sensor… and while the X-series spoils us with an awesome high ISO performance, the HS50EXR noise is clearly visible at more than ISO 1600. But an excellent macro, fast focussing (hybrid autofocus) and good build quality make the HS50EXR interesting for all those looking for a bridge camera.

Fuji HS50EXR: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

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FR-readers zone: top 10 (part 2), photos fuji can’t take, bokeh-licious, wish list for Fuji’s next flagship

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It’s your time. Thanks for all the stories and images you share with Fujirumors. Keep it up and share them via facebook, twitter and email fujirumor@gmail.com.

Lawrence

A couple of weeks ago I posted the top 10 selection of Lawrence after a month with the X-E1. If you missed it, then I recommend you to check this FR-readers zone here. Now another month passed and Lawrence wrote:

“Hi Patrick, last month you posted a link to my “first month with the Fuji x-e1” series of photos. Here’s my followup with month #2. Feel free to link / include / post on FR. Here is the link. BTW love your site – believe it or not, it’s the first website I check in the morning as I’m catching up on news. As a quick thank you, I just used your affiliate links to get a 14mm f2.8. Cheers!”

Lawrence

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photos fuji can’t take

I don’t know if you’ve seen this website, but back when I first got my X-Pro 1 last year, I kept reading about how unusable it was due to the focusing issues and lack of a minimum shutter speed in auto ISO. I was surprised because I was able to get results that I was quite happy with. So I started a Tumblr blog with examples of the types of photos that people said you couldn’t take with the Fuji X-Pro 1.

http://photosfujiscanttake.tumblr.com

Most of the commentary is entirely sarcastic. I mention this only because a lot of people think I was being serious.

I thought I’d let you know about it since with the new firmware updates, the whole issue of Fuji X series cameras being too slow seems to be falling by the wayside, but I like to think my blog served its purpose.

photos fuji can’t take
The firmware 2.00 update clearly did nothing to help getting sports photos with the 60mm lens, which is still slow as a dog.”

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Oli

“Good morning Patrick :-)

Just wanted to send you a brief note telling you that while I’m feverishly checking online every day for an estimated availability date for the 55-200, I also had quite a bit of fun with the XF14mm lens.

At first I wasn’t sure whether I should invest, the price being quite steep after all, considering that I’m 110% satisfied with the 18-55 (once again: this is NOT your average “let’s throw it into the bundle”-kit lens!!!) , but the numerous rave reviews about its optical qualities made my G.A.S. (Gear Addiction Syndrome) kick into overdrive and I finally decided to treat myself to a three months early birthday present ;-)

If you have a spare moment, please feel free to check out this short set here:

http://500px.com/OliGlod/stories/91244/going-wide

I continue to be wowed by the Fuji quality and can’t wait to get my hands on those 55-200, 10-24 and 56mm lenses :-)

Best regards and keep up the great work,”

Check out also Oli’s thoughts about the XF 60mm here (Love at second sight). ” I turn to the Fujis for fun, quality and “soul”… Oh, and can you spell BOKEH-LICIOUS? :-)”

Oli

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Byron

“Thanks for the fujirumors website. It’s always fresh, and it’s the only camera-lusting site I have time to indulge in. Here’s what I’d like to see adapted to Fujifilm’s newest flagship camera.

A square sensor. It’s my understanding that 35mm SLR cameras produce 2×3 ratio images because the mirror needs to flip up without contacting the rear element of the lens. Because the x-series is mirrorless, the option of shooting square (and in doing so bringing the mega-pixel count to a cool 24) would be a godsend for fashion photographers and art-documentation/product photographers. This IS a professional camera after all, right Fuji? Those who used to shoot 120s with a roliflex understand square obsession. Ideally all classic ratios would be Q menu options.

More focus options on analog switch. My S5pro (Nikon D200 body) and 85mm f1.8lens was the best combination going for candid portraiture. Fuji renders skin tones like no other, and the grain at 3200 was somehow pleasant in its film-likeness. But best of all, there was a switch at the back of the camera to choose AF modes. A closest subject or face-grabbing focus option switch at the back of the X-Pro 2 would appeal hugely to photo journalists and wedding photogs. The X-pro looks like a quick camera, it might as well start acting like one.

I understand that a dual processor is being introduced to greatly decrease EVF lag [admin: no trusted source told me ever about it]. This is essential. For a sensor that excels in low light, the x-trans deserves a viewfinder that can keep up with it. Good tweak Fuji! Let’s hope it delivers.

Manual controls in video. We know that it’s not primarily a video camera, but please just let us choose a frame-rate or lock down the shutter speed and ISO. The video has an RCA handycam-like auto exposure. And also, what’s with the dynamic range loss in video mode? I feel like I’m recording at SLP on my Maxwell VHF tape. I mean, I know it’s a retro styled camera, but really… ;)

The shutter dial is lovely, but I find that real-estate could be better used. I’d love little half clicks between 30, 60, and 125. Quite often the required shutter speed is 1/45sec or 1/90sec. Would those be delightful options to click to.

Also, when processing in-camera RAW, if the jpeg would appear with the same name + R it would slot itself after it’s parent file for easy reference and organization.

The panorama-swipe mode is a gadget. Get rid of it I say. Panoramas are better made with the camera held still and stitched in post. And please bring double-exposure to a Drive menu. That shit’s dope.

On a curiosity note. Ive always loved Sensia slide film, but I’d never heard of Astia. But they seam to render similarly. Is this a weird Canadian thing? but then “S” represents Astia as a quick-menu icon. What gives?

Thanks again for the wonderful website. I check it everyday. Have a look at mine for a Fujifilm fix. All photographs are from X-E1’s and S5pros. www.byrondauncey.ca

All the best

Byron

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