[UPDATE] X-PRO1 firmware 3.10 postponed to the 19th of December!

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[UPDATE] Fuji’s global site updated its page and says that the update is postponed to the 19th December 2013 (Thu.). See here.

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I’ve received emails from French FR-readers saying that the X-PRO1 3.10 firmware, originally scheduled for tomorrow, is postponed to December 19.

Romain for example told me that: “In France, when you buy a X-Pro1 or X-E1/2, you get in the box a black letter which invites you to register to the French Fuji Pro club. It gives a lot of advantages : 1 year extra warranty (on top of the 2 legal ones), “priority after sales support” for repairs and regular email updates like this one.” This is why French readers know about the firmware delay. At the top you can see a screenshot of the email sent from Fujiflm to French X-shooters.

At Fuji’s global site there is no news about it. But some readers linked me to the UK site, where the Pro1 firmware update is announced for the 19th.

Maybe you will remember that last time some customers, after upgrading their X-PRO1 with firmware 3.00 (the focus peaking firmware), discovered that the video mode was faulty (while some others discovered that the X-Pro1 HAS a video mode ;))… seems that Fujifilm wants to be 100% sure that there won’t be bugs this time.

We will see in a couple of hours who is right. Fuji France and UK or the global site.

[UPDATE] Fuji’s global site updated its page and says that the update is postponed to the 19th December 2013 (Thu.). See here.

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All Black X100S at the CES (January)?

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the black X100 costs $1,199 at AmazonUS now… the X100S can be found for $1,168 at ebayUS at top rated plus reseller bigvalueinc (7 available)

The title of this post already reveals everything what the Japanese source wrote me:

At the CES in January, together with the weather sealed X, Fuji could also announce the black X100S.

That’s all for now, but I should have a late night chat with the Japanese source in the next days. I hope to get some fresh rumors from the land of the rising sun soon… and keep up sharing rumors with Fujirumors!

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

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X-E2 vs A7r (JPEG comparison), X-E2 vs X-E1 (write speed performance) + subliminal message :)!

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subliminal message: the X-E2 is “seX-y too” (shared by Jan at the FR-facebook wall: “Hello folks, a X-E2 mirrored is just pure S3X!!!!”)

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

1) FF vs APS-C, an unfair comparison… or Sony A7r and Fuji X-E2 JPEG comparison at soundimageplus here: “I’ve been writing in the last few posts about how good the OOC jpgs. are from the A7r and how they are better than the Fuji X-E2. Fuji is known for the quality of its jpgs. but they are no longer the best I’ve used. I’ve been writing (as well as Imaging Resource) that the Sony A7r files have the best jpg. rendition currently available. […] As you can see there is a significant difference and the reason that I’m so enthusiastic about what the A7r produces is that these files aren’t what I expect out of camera jpgs. to look like. Imaging Resource made the point in the above link, that Sony A7r jpgs. look much more like raw files very carefully sharpened with a small radius point.”

In another post soundimageplus says that, although the A7r is better, he still loves the X-system here: “the cameras look great and are incredibly good to handle.  […] The X-E1 in the picture above is a wonderfully light little high quality combination for unobstrusive shooting and of course there is a fine lens system that the Sony A7r can’t as yet match. […] Finally, I like the Fuji X system because it’s different. That doesn’t mean that it’s better (or worse for that matter) but it does offer something different. Plus it still has it’s ‘jewel in the crown’ that super special high ISO quality.

2) Jordan Steele did a test in write performance between the X-E1 and X-E2 on Admiring Light here: “So, it seems Fuji was a bit conservative when they said the X-E2 had write times 1.8 times faster than the X-E1.  In practice, when the card isn’t a limiting factor, it’s closer to three times faster.”

3) Shooting football with the X-E2 and the 55-200mm lens at mikecroshaw here: “Overall I was very impressed and enjoyed the experience.  If someone was paying me to get the shots I’d dig out the D800 of course, but the fuji was more than capable for the purpose I needed it for in this case and I’ll probably take it again just to get more practice with the camera.”

4) Fujifilm X-E2 Initial findings and settings for portraiture at prophotonut here: “’I’ve had the Fujifilm X-E2 for just a couple of weeks but I’ve already studied the camera and the manual in detail to work out how I’m going to shoot with it. Here are three main ways I have established for shooting portraits with the Fujifilm X-E2 camera.”

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XF 23mm available at AmazonUS & Adorama + photoreview’s 23mm, X-E2 and 27mm test

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Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

The XF23mm is in stock at Adorama & AmazonUS (one left, but more on the way).

Reviews

photoreview’s test of the XF 23mm can be read here: “Our Imatest tests showed the review lens to be capable of very high resolution, which exceeded expectations for 16-megapixel sensor on the X-E2 camera we tested it on. Both centre of field and near-edge resolution were well above the 8-megapixel equivalent measurement we would normally expect, which seldom happens with JPEG files. If this lens has a slight weakness it’s slight edge softening at wider apertures. However, centre sharpness is excellent right up to f/8 where diffraction begins to take effect. Peak performance was between f/4.5 and f/6.3.”

photoreview tested also the X-E2 here: “The X-E2 will appeal to anyone who liked the appearance and functionality of the X-E1. Essentially, Fujifilm has taken a very good Compact System Camera (CSC) and improved it in response to requests from owners of its predecessor. Buyers of this camera will be primarily raw shooters who want sophisticated controls in a compact camera body that doesn’t compromise on performance and build quality. Its user interface will appeal to traditionalists and serious photographers.  Documentary photographers and photojournalists will appreciate a camera that is responsive and easy to configure.”

– The photoreview trinity is complete with the XF 27mm review here: “One of the drawbacks of pancake lenses is that they tend to be slower than conventional designs. However, with a maximum aperture of f/2.8, this lens is fast enough to suit most photographers and its the compact size and light weight make it ideal for situations like travelling and hiking. It is also relatively inconspicuous, which is excellent for street photography. This lens is better suited to still photography than video because its DC coreless AF motor isn’t totally silent. However AF speed was fast on the X-E2 camera the lens was tested on.”

X-E2 : USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / AdoramaDigitalRev / Pictureline / EUROPE: wexphotographicUK / DigitalRev / Fotomundus24 GER / PCHstore / AmazonDE (via DR)

XF 27mm: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

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The X-Trans sensor and the false details

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The Yin & Yang, the good and the bad, of the X-Trans sensor, goes into the next round.

Now, we all know about the benefits of this technology… but occasionally also critics circulate on the web. Sometimes these critics turn out to be unfair (for example the “Ghosting Issue” where X-Trans was accused to create, rarely, red dots / artifacts when shooting against the sun… it turned out to be an issue with all mirrorless cameras) but what about the “false details” issue raised by Zachery on his google+ account? Is this another “unfair criticism” or not?

Now here is what I’ve found until now on the web:

The problem

1) In his post here Zachery says: “The fact is, the X-trans sensor design utterly fails at its implied capability: It does not produce better details than a 16mp sensor with an anti-aliasing filter. It just produces wrong details. And this is best case. If you were to take this same image except use green lines, it would just be a blurry smudgefest due to the blocks of 2×2 green pixels on the X-Trans “semi-random” color filter array. And to add insult to injury, this sensor design does not entirely prevent moiré, which was the entire impetus behind a 3×3 semi-random color filter array.”

The reactions

1) Donovan sent me his post about this issue via FR-twitter: “The false detail does seem to be a real thing, but from what I can tell, it isn’t going to appear in much real-world photography. This building image has to be on the bad end of the spectrum, and I haven’t noticed anything like this at all in other images, and I’m just shy of having created 5,000 images on X-Trans sensors. For me, it’s an acceptable trade-off for the kind of shooting I do, and all the benefits the sensor brings. If you’re a heavy-duty architectural shooter, you might want to give this some consideration, but this is truly the only time I’ve noticed this behaviour.” Read more on his website.

2) And here is soundimageplus answer to this issue: “Now it’s easy to just say that this is all the result of some pixel-peeping nerd taking things to far. But then from time to time, I’m a pixel-peeping nerd too. It IS important to be critical of what we see, and if there are faults and / or things that could / should be improved then we need to say so […] But it’s important to put these things in context. […] For me and what I shoot, the Fuji X-Trans sensor gives me a lot of what I want, fulfills my ‘vision’ and gives me something close to what I wanted to capture when I pressed the shutter. And it does this a way that I find more appealing than many other camera / sensor combinations.”

3) And, when there is something wrong with Fuji cameras, you can also check out photosfujiscanttake here and his sarcastic answer to Zachery’s post.

4) Frank did a bit of pixel peeping and wrote me this email: “look at the DPreview new test scene at the floor of the black and white painting (left middle) where the small dog is. You see the diagonal stripes going just in the wrong direction (compare with Phase One IQ180). Canon, Nikon and Sony, even the new A7 seem to have the same problem. So if this is the same problem, it might not be caused by the X-Trans sensor? Have fun with pixel-peeping. Here is the link for the DPreview site.  The zoom window is already located on the right painting. Tear down this zoom window a bit to the floor (below the tripod) of this painting and you see the diagonal lines directing in the wrong direction. That’s not only true for the X-M1 but also the NEX-6 and the EOS 100D. Select Phase One IQ180 in one window and you see how it should look like. A lot of cameras have problems with these diagonal lines even the new 24 megapixel Sony A7 has big problems. So there seems to be no specific reason to worry about the X-Trans sensor.”

Now what is your experience? Did you ever noticed this issue? Feel free to drop a comment.

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