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Fuji is the new Leica… at least if we look at the price at top rated reseller K&K Digital (via AmazonUS). $9,999 (free shipping) for the entry level X-series camera X-M1! Click here to check this Anti-Deal! Or save $2000 and get the Leica M9-P (AmazonUSyour ebay) with sapphire glass display and vulcanite leatherette covering.

btw, can Fuji be considered as the new Leica? Can the X-series really compete with the red dot cameras? Fuji vs Leica… feel free to leave a comment.

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ephotozine XF55-200 review

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image courtesy: ephotozine

ephotozine assigned 4 out of 5 stars to the XF55-200. The PROS of this lens are, according to ephotozine: Excellent performance at 55mm Low distortion – Good build quality – Very effective optical stabilisation – Fast linear focusing motor. The CONS: Drop off in sharpness as lens is zoomed towards telephoto – May be a little pricey when compared to equivalent lenses for other systems. Check out the whole review, the graphs and samples here.

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Patrick

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“X-Transtastic! Believe the hype, it’s real”: X-E1 review by Craig Litten

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image courtesy: Craig Litten

Pro-photographer Craig Litten (over 10,000 published photos) posted his informal review. It’s well worth to stop by his blog and read it. But let’s start with the X-Trans debate:

“At the heart of the Fuji X-E 1 is the X-Trans sensor–believe the hype, it’s real! […] The color from the Fuji X-E1, and all the Fuji cameras housing the X-Trans image sensor make me want to stop shooting in B&W, even in flat, ugly mid-day sun […]. The sensor not only handles bright, bold colors incredibly, but also handles whites and subtle, pastels equally well as you can see from the other samples below. I love to shoot in the Velvia film simulation mode, as mentioned above under most lighting conditions, but you have to experiment with it. It seems to do best with natural, outdoor light rather than artificial light. But I could be proven wrong since I’m still experimenting with the camera. […]

I prefer the EVF in the X-Pro 1 to that of the X-E1, even though the latter has higher resolution. The EVF in the X-E1 suffers from the pretty noticeable lag. Lag happens when you move the camera, especially in low light, when you are viewing though the EVF.

The XF 18-55 […] focuses absolutely silently and super fast. Yep, I said, “super fast.” This being my first lens in the Fuji XF lineup, I was wondering what all of the talk of slow focusing was about. The first week I got the X-E1 and 18-55 zoom, I took it out and shot two different paid assignments with it, and it performed flawlessly! Did I mention that the assignments were paid, professional and published? This is a testament to this little camera system. Normally, I would have shot the same assignments with two big, heavy DSLRs at my sides. Afterward, my back and knees would have suffered. Plus, as an added bonus, shooting with the X-E1 was FUN!

The X-E1 is a fine camera with some talents of it’s own, but at the end of the day, for professional work, I much prefer the bigger sister, the Fuji X-Pro 1

There is much more to read and find out why he prefers the X-PRO1 over the X-E1 at his website here.

image courtesy: Craig LittenFujicolor: BAM! POW!!

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miXed zone: “the best camera is…?”, X-reviews and Iridient

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image courtesy: Dave Kai Piper (X-PRO gallery)

the best camera is? Dave Kai Piper has the answer. Read it here! (Dave also updated the X-PRO Gallery here)

X-M1

X-M1 (body only or with 16-50mm)USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / DigitalRev / Pictureline EUROPE: DigitalRev / WexUK / PCHstore

XF 27mm – USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / DigitalRev / Pictureline EUROPE: DigitalRev / WexUK / PCHstore XC 16-50: WexUK / PCHstore

– Techradar hands-on review can be read here: “Its build quality is still high, but it’s a considerably smaller and more portable camera. It also has a mode dial instead of traditional controls, which may be more attractive to relative newcomers to photography as well as those looking for an alternative to a DSLR. However, those who want to use the camera with a lens with an aperture ring can do so.”

X100S

Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

– Steve’s digicame X100S review here: “The Fujifilm X100S is a great update of the X100 they released in 2011. With increased performance and image quality, a fantastic camera has been greatly improved. This is one of the leading cameras when it comes to Fuji’s innovation and quality.  It’s still a rangefinder style camera with a fixed 35mm equivalent lens, designed specifically for enthusiasts who want a rangefinder-type model. With a MSRP of US $1,299.99, the limited versatility and huge price tag take this camera out the running for most people, but if a rangefinder model with excellent image quality is what you are after, this is a must see.”

– X100S video review at shuttertastic here… how good can it capture some crazy skaters? He states that DR and RAW can compete with high end DSLRs.

expertreviews posted his X100s test here: “It might seem like a predictable conclusion that this is the best compact camera we’ve ever reviewed. After all, it’s also the most expensive. For once, though, the law of diminishing returns doesn’t apply – it’s vastly better than anything else we’ve seen. While the beautiful design and retro exposure controls make it easy to love, its ingenious viewfinder and stunning low-light image quality mean it has the goods to back it up.”

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 X20

Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

X20 vs Sony RX100 at pixelogist here: “When testing it [X20], I wanted to like it, I wanted to keep this camera, this camera that handles that much better than the Sony RX100, that looked better, and all that – and wanting it so much, I didn’t completely realize its faults: the slow AF at night, the poor high ISO performance when compared to the Sony, and so on. Now that I have, I’ve ‘re-decided’ on the Sony RX100, and that’s what I’m keeping.”

ZEISS
Zeiss Touit 12mm Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay Zeiss Touit 32mm Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

– The Phoblographer used the Zeiss lenses at a wedding (on a beach) with the Fuji X-PRO1. (click here): “Overall, these lenses performed great and even though the 32mm f1.8 suffered from a jamming issue, it wasn’t a big loss to my shooting capabilities. But it’s surely something to consider as the last thing you need to be worrying about at a wedding is your gear.”

FUJINON
Fuji XF 55-200mm Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay Fuji XF14mm Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

8.8 out of 10. That’s the rating of the XF 55-200 over at photoreview here: “On the X-E1 body the review lens provided fast, quiet and smooth autofocusing. Manual focusing was also smooth and it was relatively easy to focus accurately in manual mode with either the viewfinder or monitor. Autofocusing speed was similar to the 18-55mm lens’s and reasonably fast in bright conditions and with contrasty subjects. Some hunting occurred in very low light levels and, occasionally, with subjects where the contrast range was relatively small. […] Lateral chromatic aberration was negligible throughout the aperture and focal length range […] Distortion was low enough to be negligible throughout the zoom range. Vignetting was also negligible. No in-camera corrections for either aberration are provided by the camera but, it seems, none are necessary.

– What a nice place to think about the 14mm lensTrinidad & Tobago! See Karim’s shots and read his thoughts here. From the conclusions: “This is a great lens, although I’m still not sure that I wouldn’t have been better off with the 18mm. I’m all about the image quality, and it seems the 14mm might lag slightly behind in that regard. But the extra width and other features make up for the slight difference in sharpness between the two lenses. The images shot with the 14mm look great and they’re virtually free of distortion. Manual focusing is very smooth, and the sliding ring that reveals a distance and depth-of-field indicator is a very useful feature.

X-PRO1

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– Yes, he did it! roughly365 shot a whole wedding with the X-PRO1. Read his experience here: “So in conclusion…. The Fuji X-Pro1 is an amazing camera… When I next do a wedding it will be in my hand for a very large portion of the day, such a great tool for this kind of job. Its size really helps you be less intrusive and capture some subtle moments. I would always have my DSLR over my shoulder too as there are times you really need one. But this is a real James Bond Walther PPK  of a camera, I love it.”

Iridient

There is more (positiv) feedback about Iridient at this German website here  and at the Spanish site fotoactualidad (translation).

image courtesy: fotoactualidad (1-Iridient / 2-silkypix / 3-ACR)

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XF1

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– The XF1 is more than just beautiful. At least according to the imaging-resource review: “While the XF1 is not meant for everybody — there are better, more straightforward “vanilla” compacts that are easier to use and take more consistently good shots — it’s an undoubtedly nifty and advanced tool for photo enthusiasts (and not just the Fuji fanboys!) who demand something special from their cameras. The XF1 should also score big with casual shooters who not only want to attract oohs and ahhs when they carry it around town, but also want a camera that, on auto pilot, will take well-exposed shots with high dynamic range. Add up the Fuji XF1’s sexy appearance, fast and fun operation, immense customizablity, dynamic image quality and special shooting modes, and you have a solid, if unorthodox, enthusiast-level compact camera. It’s one that definitively earns a Dave’s Pick.

– “The Fujifilm XF1 is one of the nicest-looking point-and-shoots available and it performs well, too. But its photos and features might not please some enthusiasts.” This is the bottom line of CNet. Read the whole review (with video) here.

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FR-readers roundup: X-E1 top ten photos, night photography, niggles and wedding

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The Fuji Guys posted part 1/3 of their X-M1 first look at youtube here. For a deeper look at the top features and the new lenses (16-50 / 27) we have to wait for part 2/3 and 3/3.

pre-orders

X-M1 (body only or with 16-50mm)USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / DigitalRev / Pictureline EUROPE: DigitalRev / WexUK / PCHstore

XF 27mm – USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / DigitalRev / Pictureline EUROPE: DigitalRev / WexUK / PCHstore XC 16-50: WexUK / PCHstore

FR-readers roundup

Lawrence: “hi Fujirumors. It’s been a month since I got my Fuji X-E1. Here’s my top 10 photos so far! Feel free to link to it”

Lawrence

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– Brandon: “Hey there, Been reading your site every since I found out about the various new cameras that Fuji has been working-on– keep up the good work! I know the X-E1 is not exactly the newest camera at this point, but I’ve not seen very many examples of night photography taken with it.  I put it to the test this past weekend and thought maybe your readers would be interested in seeing some night photography shots (click here).”

“Overall, I came away VERY impressed with how the Fuji lenses and sensor performed when used for night photography.  The accuracy of the auto white balance in the X-E1 is simply in a category of its own.  The combination of Fuji lenses and its sensor produce amazingly colorful and sharp photos that to me are quite impressive.  Most night photos in color don’t do much for me but these blew me away in color. I would not hesitate to recommend the Fujifilm X-E1 and 14mm & 35mm lenses for night photography.”

Brandon

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– Andrew: “Hi, […] some thoughts on the X Pro 1 from an old pro.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the camera, but there are too many BUTS at the moment and not enough people are mentioning them.
I know 3 other pro’s using this camera and I am not alone in my frustration. So I hope you will print this to elicit some decent conversation. And by that, I don’t mean a whole lot of net trolls whinging about my Leica comments.
cheers Andrew.

With a little time on my hands the other day, I decided to drop into see the friendly Leica dealer on Ave Beaumarche in Paris and with SD card in hand, try a few shots with the new Leica M (240).
I’m no pixel peeper, so I won’t bore you with my results, but what struck me right away was how well it worked as a camera and how much quicker it felt than my X Pro 1. I do own an M6, but all the same, this camera felt intuitive in my hands.
Heresy I hear you Fuji owners say, but let me explain. I’ve been pounding the pavements of Paris this last few weeks and daily taking many hundreds of photographs in what I would call a street style. I’ve had some good success, but I’m bothered by the amount of shots I’ve missed whilst the camera is getting up and going or deciding on it’s point of focus. Street photography is by it’s very nature reactive and quick and I admit, that after 40 years in the business and a number of eye operations, I am slowing down a bit.

What struck me when using the Leica, was the speed, manually focussing and all, between seeing and shooting. So I thought I would make a few observations to Mr Fuji about his sometimes wonderful machine.

The positives of the X Pro1 we all know well, a great feeling camera, well made and with some great glass, as good as a Leica, I’m told. Compact, lightweight, a good optical/digital viewfinder and a great future lens roadmap. It’s a seductive list and it seduced me to lay out for the body and 4 prime lenses.

So, why aren’t I completely happy? Well here is a list of things that bother me that I feel should not be happening.
Battery life is woeful. I rarely use the EVF or leave the rear screen on and am constantly getting caught out with a flat battery. Ever owned a Canon 5D mk 2 or 3, then you will know what great batteries can be like. You can just about shoot all day with 1 Canon battery and I cannot see why the X Pro 1 with only a single processor and no mirror cannot match this performance. I’ve been caught out so many times by sudden battery death and I never leave home without them fully charged.

Whilst on the subject of batteries, why are all the Fuji models using different sized ones. There must be a heap of pros and advanced amateurs shooting both X Pro 1’s and X100’s and I bet it frustrates the hell out of them, having to run two sets of batteries and chargers. And who was responsible for designing a battery that could be put in backwards rendering the camera inoperable? DESIGN 101, a bit of forethought would have gone a long way.

Now we come to my real bugbear, the menu layouts. Is it just me or does everyone find themselves all of a sudden shooting away, only to find that the camera setup has changed, the auto level has gone, or the EVF won’t shut off. What the hell is going on and why does it have to be so hard???????
I’m an Apple Mac user and despite what my jealous PC mates tell me, I use Macs not because they look so much nicer than a PC, but because of their functionality.
Macs work, simply, efficiently and generally with little fuss, once you get the swing, there is an obvious logical workflow to using them and it’s that obvious logical workflow that seems to have gone astray with the X Pro 1….. It shouldn’t have to be so hard. Software engineers seem to think, that because they understand the logic of a process, their customers will too. Well using the X Pro 1 can be a bit like recording your favourite program with the TV remote and I’m sure you all know what I mean here.
Hey Fuji guys, why not second a few of those Apple software designers for a few months and rebuild the interface from the ground up. I’m feeling decidedly unsure of explaining myself properly here, but I know in my heart things can be a lot better.

And finally, is there any point to having a whinge about autofocus speed? You betcha there is. If we are going to have a serious contender as a street camera, then things have got to change. I know there is a rumoured X Pro 2 in the wings with a rumoured twin processor inside it, but there must still be a fair bit of latitude via software upgrades to improving things on the current model (the same goes for battery performance I suspect). Well, we shall wait and see what next July brings with it’s rumoured upgrade. Those of us who have put their faith in the X Pro 1, should not have to put our hands back into our pockets when the X Pro 2 arrives, just to get what we thought we were getting in the first place! [admin: read the updated rumor here. The X-PRO2 won’t come before late 2013, early 2014] When you look at the heritage of Leica cameras, even the 1939 model 3A I have still works so well, albeit a bit bruised and battered.

Fujifilm is hardly a small company with little resources available to sort out these teething issues. So, finally, what’s in all of this for Fuji? Well, they are sitting on the edge of greatness here with their cameras and they need to start asking themselves the hard questions. Do they want to play in the big sandpit with Mr Canon, Mr Leica and Mr Nikon, or do they want to be consigned to the trashcan of camera design history, just another camera manufacturer that nearly made it, a could have been…..  The ball’s in your court guys. Greatness awaits.

Andrew

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– Craig: “In case you can use this on the Fuji Rumors”… Fujifilm Xpro-1 – Wedding Photographs – The Beauty of Black and White here.

Craig

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