MHG-XT pre-orders at AmazonUS + X100/S firmware coming on April 22 + TCL-X100 in May for $350

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After BHphoto, you can now pre-order the Fujifilm X-T1 metal hand grip also at AmazonUS and Adorama.

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In the Japanese press-release (translation) of the TCL-X100 we can find some more information about the TCL-X100 teleconversion lens for the Fujifilm X100/S (thanks Antoine B.).

  • The latest firmware can be downloaded from the website of Fujifilm. (Will be released April 22, 2014)“. In the English version of the press-release Fuji wrote: “Achieving the very best results from the TCL-X100 is simple; just select the ‘Tele- Conversion Lens’ option in the FUJIFILM X100/X100S’s shooting menu. To enable this extra functionality, the camera must update the firmware(X100:ver2.10 or later /X100S:ver1.20 or later) which also allows the option to be selected via the function (Fn) button.”
  • it is possible to “Fujifilm tele conversion lens TCL-X100” (hereinafter referred to as “TCL-X100”) will be released on April 25, 2014

So outside Japan the lens will be available in May. Another confirmation of rumors posted previously here on Fujirumors comes from dpreview. They say that the price of the TCL-X100 will be of $350.

Another FR-reader spotted the Australien price of the TCL-X100 at discountcameras: 300 AUD!

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Announced: Tele-conversion lens for the Fujifilm X100/X100S + New Accessories for the FUJIFILM X-T1

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Long rumored and finally announced: the Tele-conversion lens for the Fujifilm X100/100S. Read the official announcement of the TCL-X100 at Fuji’s website here. It’s listed at BHphoto (Click here). They also announced the MHG-XT Metal Hand Grip for X-T1 which is also on preorder at BHphoto (Click here). TheGB-001 Grip strap, the X-T1 Extended eyecup EC-XT and the X-T1 Cover kit CVR-XT (all not on preorder yet). Read more about the new accessories here.

Accessories press release

Fujifilm is pleased to announce the launch of a series of new accessories for its premium mirrorless X-T1 camera; two handgrips, a grip strap, an extended eyecup, and a coverkit for its sync terminal, hot shoe and vertical battery grip terminal.

1) X-T1 Handgrips: MHG-XT Large and MHG-XT Small

Key product features:

  • Integral design and reliable components
    The handgrip consists of a base-plate milled from aluminum block and a grip which is designed to integrate perfectly with the camera body. Its precision design shows in its stylish silhouette which provides a firm hold, and additional robustness.

    • * The MHG-XT Large sports a larger grip than the existing MHG-XT, while the MHG-XT Small is a base-only model, to be coupled with one of four grips available, including the vertical battery grip VG-XT1, according to usage and preference.
  • Optimum balance with sufficient clearance from the base of the camera body when using a large-diameter lens
    The handgrip offers an additional 8mm clearance from the base of the camera body so as to prevent large-diameter lenses such as XF23mm or XF55-200mm from interfering with a tripod head.
  • Access to the battery / memory card slot when the handgrip is attatched.
    There is no need to remove the MHG-XT Large or MHG-XT Small handgrip to open the camera’s battery cover, providing speedy access to the battery or memory card even while the handgrip is mounted on a tripod.
[Image] Access to the battery / memory card slot when the handgrip is attatched.
  • Enhanced operability while using a tripod
    The handgrip has a tripod socket, carefully positioned so that the rotation axis of the tripod is aligned with the optical axis of the lens to ensure panning and framing free of rotation displacement. The base also features a 38mm-wide protrusion that acts as a quick-release dovetail plate for use with a dovetail tripod mount.
[Image] Enhanced operability while using a tripod
[Image] FUJIFILM MHG-XT Large, MHG-XT Large with X-T1
[Image] FUJIFILM MHG-XT Small, MHG-XT Small with X-T1
2) X series Grip strap: GB-001

The grip strap enhances the camera’s hold, allowing users to carry the camera firmly with just one hand. The camera can be also fitted with a shoulder strap at the same time.

Compatible products:
X-T1
X-T1 with MHG-XT / MHG-XT Large / MHG-XT Small / VG-XT1
X-E2
X-E2 with MHG-XE / HG-XE1
X-Pro1
X-Pro1 with HG-XPro1 / MHG-XPro1
X-E1
X-E1 with MHG-XE / HG-XE1
X-M1
X-M1 with HG-XM1
X-A1
X-A1 with HG-XM1
X-S1
HS50
X100
X100S
[Image] FUJIFILM GB-001, GB-001 with X-T1
3) X-T1 Extended eyecup: EC-XT L

The dome-shaped eyecup effectively shields light, making it easier to see the viewfinder.
The soft material also improves the fit for users shooting with the naked eye or with glasses.

[Image] FUJIFILM EC-XT L, EC-XT L with X-T1
4) X-T1 Cover kit: CVR-XT

The replacement cover kit contains three covers – one for the sync terminal, another for the hot shoe and another for the vertical battery grip terminal ensuring users can easily replace any of these covers if lost.

[Image] FUJIFILM CVR-XT

TCL-X100 Press Release

Fujifilm is proud to announce the launch of the TCL-X100, a tele-conversion lens designed specifically for the FUJIFILM X100 and X100S cameras. The lens attaches directly onto the camera and increases picture taking versatility by multiplying the fixed focal length by approx. 1.4×, converting it from 23mm (35mm in 35mm equivalent) to a 33mm fixed focal length (50mm in 35mm equivalent).

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Superb optical quality and maximum versatility

This is Fujifilm’s second conversion lens for the X100 and X100S cameras and follows on from the WCL-X100 wide-conversion lens. Both conversion lenses offer Fujifilm’s supreme optical quality and are created by the same experts who designed the X100/X100S’s lens. The TCL-X100 delivers high image quality even at the F2.0 wide aperture setting, retaining the original optical characteristics.

This optical excellence is underlined by the fact that the TCL-X100 is manufactured in Japan, allowing Fujifilm engineers to guarantee precision and quality in every component. The optical construction uses four premium glass elements in four groups to keep aberrations to a minimum and also employs Fujinon’s unique Super EBC coating for outstanding results.

Image processing optimizes picture quality

Achieving the very best results from the TCL-X100 is simple; just select the ‘Tele- Conversion Lens’ option in the FUJIFILM X100/X100S’s shooting menu. To enable this extra functionality, the camera must update the firmware(X100:ver2.10 or later /X100S:ver1.20 or later) which also allows the option to be selected via the function (Fn) button.

If you select ‘Tele’ in the “Conversion Lens” option, the FUJIFILM X100 and X100S cameras automatically apply image processing to shots taken using the TCL-X100, reducing image distortion, ensuring balanced illumination across the frame and reducing chromatic aberration commonly found in tele-conversion lenses. In practice, the TCL-X100 enhances the functionality of the FUJIFILM X100/X100S. Its 14cm of minimum focusing distance enables you powerful macro photography and it is also compatible with the FUJIFILM X100/X100S’s hybrid viewfinder. With the optical viewfinder (OVF) selected, icons showing the edge of the frame are displayed, while selecting the electronic viewfinder (EVF) gives users a 100% field of view.

The perfect match for the FUJIFILM X100/X100S

The design of the TCL-X100 has been carefully considered to ensure it blends seamlessly with the look and feel of the cameras. It is manufactured using the same materials, textures, colors and finishes as the X100 and X100S.

Available in two colors: silver and black

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Fujifilm wide conversion lens TCL-X100: key features
  • Approx. 1.4× magnification factor to convert X100/X100S lens to 50mm normal angle (35mm equivalent)
  • All glass optical construction using four elements in 4 groups
  • Fujinon Super EBC coating
  • “Made in Japan” for optimum quality
  • Available in silver and black
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X-T1: Travel, Action, Mud… and the Fujifilm X-T1 (+ Yashica 50mm 1.7)

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Fujifilm X-T1
Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

The Fujifilm X-T1 body is in stock at Adorama here and at Pictureline here.

The Travel

– British Pro-Photographer Gary Tyson traveled for three weeks through three different countries (Cambodia, Korea and Hong Kong) with his X-T1. And here is non technical and nice real life review of the X-T1, the Fujinon XF lenses (14, 18, 23, 35, 56) and also some thoughts on Lightroom 5.4. You can read his review here and you’ll understand why he highly recommends the X-system and the X-T1, “easily the best mirrorless camera of 2014 (so far for me)“. Here some excerpts (full review here):

Body: “The finish of the camera is great […] they’ve worked so hard to get most things very very right, then put on a flimsy SD card door that you open and close every time you shoot to get to the card, not a dealbreaker, just a little annoying

Lenses: “Its already well documented that the lenses from the Fuji X-Series are all pretty damn good, I would go as far as to say most of them that I have used are SPECTACULAR. […] the 56mm is sublime, probably the best lens I have ever used for portraiture, especially on a ‘non full frame rig’, amazing quality in every sense.”

Image Quality: “For example, I made 15 A3+ prints the other day, 8 from the Fuji X-T1, the other 5 from my Leica M240, I showed 4 different professional photographers the images, they all guessed wrong as to which cameras produced which files, testament to the Fuji, once a file is shot on a good lens and processed, its not so easy to tell them apart from higher end cameras, in fact, I would say extremely difficult…apart from the fact that the Fuji colour is better than any other camera on the market

Colour: “Spectacular, I have shot this camera in Hong Kong in artificial light, same in Korea, then in Cambodia in harsh light and amazing sunsets, and I can honestly say, I can’t remember having even once touched the custom white balance tool in Lightroom to fix white balance […] That paired with the ability to use the Fuji colour profiles for Velvia, Astia, Pro Neg, etc is really a very, very cool thing in my view, post processing has never been so easy for the colour files.”

AF: “I tried and failed badly shooting a basketball match and a soccer match, useless continuous AF for that….for someone walking or cycling down the street that you want to shoot however, its more than adequate. […] fast AF in good light allows capture of natural reactions quickly and easily.”

Battery life: “The weakest link of the camera.  I carry 4 batteries around with me, if you use the camera a lot, you will need a minimum of 2 batteries for a days shooting”

Lighroom 5.4: ” Rumour has it that LR 5.4 also has a different way of dealing with the Fuji RAW files in the sense that they are better quality than previously available in Lightroom.  I think this is true, before I found Fuji files to look ‘smudgy’, I don’t see that with these files, they are very very very good”

Laurent Bourlier: “Hi Patrick, I own a splendid X-T1 since a week and i really enjoy the great improvements  Fuji has done. Still got my X-Pro1, and i will keep it, i am now waiting for the 56mm 1.2 ; my local retailer (in France) tells me “100% sure before the end of April”… You can find here some shots made with the X-T1 + 35 mm 1.4 : http://laurentbourlier.wordpress.com/ Many thanks for the great job you do everyday on Fujirumors !! Cheers

The Yashica 50mm 1.7 (specs&price)

Josiah Patterson: “Just wanted to share some images from a family hike this past weekend taken with the Fuji X-T1” See the shots at siahphoto: “All I can say is im super stoked on the Fujifilm X-T1. It’s an amazing camera to work with. For me it’s the closest camera to bridge the gap between digital and film cameras, bringing the best of both worlds into a modern package, which is why I bought it. The images above were shot with a Yacshica 50mm 1.7 in raw mode, edited in LightRoom using Replichrome.

X-T1 with Yashica 50mm 1.7 at siahphoto

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The Action

Dmitry Gudkov:I brought an X-T1 and 56mm 1.2 to a gig shooting a Tough Mudder obstacle course event. I didn’t think I’d use it during the assignment – I mostly brought it along for travel shots, etc. But I ended up shooting quite a few frames with it, and even delivered a few to the client. If I didn’t know where the photos come from, I couldn’t tell the difference between my Fuji shots and my Canon 5D Mark III shots. Really really solid performance.” To see the action shots check out his flickr here.

image courtesy: Dmitry Gudkov

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