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Fujinon XF8-16mmF2.8 vs XF16mmF1.4 and XF200mmmF2 on Fujifilm X-T3

Fujinon XF8-16mm F2.8 & XF200mm F2

During my stay at photokina 2018, I had the priviledge to test out the Fujinon XF 8-16mmF2.8 as well as the XF 200mmF2.

I could not really put those lenses through its paces, since I could only test them out at Fuji’s touch & try corner, but even during my short flirt with them, they didn’t fail to impress me (I used them both on the Fujifilm X-T3).

Yes, the XF 8-16mmF2.8 and XF 200mmF2 are not a bargain, but as they say, “you get what you pay for“. Enough said ;) .

Reviews about the XF 8-16 and XF 200 are not easy to find on the web and we will have to wait for them to be available in October/November, to see more of them.

We did share a major roundup a few weeks ago here, and here are some tidbits, including a quick comparison between the Fujinon XF8-16mmF2.8 and XF16mmF1.4, which is arguably one of the top three primes in Fujifim’s entire lens lineup.

You will find blog posts and videos down below:

XF 8-16mm F2.8: BHphoto, Adorama, AmazonUS, Focuscamera
XF 200mm F2: BHphoto, Adorama, AmazonUS, Focuscamera
XF 16mm F1.4 (save $150): BHphoto, AmazonUS, Adorama

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DPReview: Fujifilm X-T3 Image Quality Very Competitive at Low ISO and Changes in Adobe’s Processing

Fujifilm X-T3 Image Quality

DPReview is completing their full Fujifilm X-T3 review, and right now they anticipated their Fujifilm X-T3 image quality conclusions. They write:

  • The X-T3 slightly lower base ISO (160) provides a small but measurable improvement over its predecessor
  • The highest ISO settings fall behind the best of its peers
  • Raw detail: X-T3 does well, relative to its peers, but with no sign of moiré
  • Overall, the X-T3 is very competitive in terms of noise until its very highest ISOs
  • JPEG color lives up to Fujifilm’s usual high standard
  • The default sharpening seems to strike a good balance between emphasizing detail without going over-the-top

Regarding Adobe, and the difference they notice between X-T2 and X-T3 at ISO 25,600 and 51,200, they write:

  • significant differences between the X-T2 and X-T3 at high ISOs. Read noise measurements suggest difference around 1/3 of a stop but visually the Adobe Camera Raw conversions look more like a whole stop
  • A discussion with Adobe revealed that they’ve made some changes to “increase accuracy of shadow (near-zero) values in raw files,” which can give deeper blacks and more contrast in dark regions of the image. Even re-processing the X-T2 files using this revised processing still doesn’t fully account for the differences we’re seeing at very high ISOs

So they tried Capture One, and they write:

  • With noise reduction minimized, the X-T3 still exhibits more noise than the X-T2. Not quite as dramatically as in ACR, but the difference is still there

Their explanation and conclusions are

  • The most likely explanation we can think of for this discrepancy is a very slight increase in read noise as a result of running all the electronic components faster, to allow the faster sensor readout. At the highest ISOs even a tiny increase in read noise would be amplified many, many times.If this is the case then the slightly reduced high ISO performance is the price you pay for the camera’s increased speed. Whether this trade-off makes sense for you is likely to depend on how often you use ISO 25,600 and 51,200

Check out the full DPReview image quality comparison and conclusion in this post.

Fujifilm X-T3: BHphoto, AmazonUS, Adorama, Focuscamera

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DEALS
Fujifilm X-T3 + v. grip (save $130): BHphoto, AmazonUS, Adorama, Focuscamera
Fujifilm X-T3 + 18-55 + v. grip (save $130): BHphoto, AmazonUS, Adorama, Focuscamera

YES! Capture One 11 for FUJIFILM Perpetual License Standalone Version Now Available – FREE Upgrade to CaptureOne 12

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Phase One just released Capture One Pro 11 for Fujifilm as a standalone version (previously available only as subscription model).

You save 5% on subscriptions and 10% on standalone versions by using coupon code “AMBFR

I am downloading it right now! :)

Don’t worry, you can download CaptureOne 11 now, and you will get a free upgrade to Capture One 12 when it gets released. And Capture One says Fujifilm Film Simulations will be provided in an upcoming release at no extra charge for subscribers.

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  • Capture One Express for Fujifilm with basic functionalities – FREE
  • Capture One Pro with full Fujifilm support
    SUBSCRIPTION: $159 yearly
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  • Capture One Pro Universal with full Fujifilm and other brands support
    SUBSCRIPTION: $180 yearly
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Kai’s Fujifilm X-T3 Review: “The X-T3 is One Reason Not to go Full Frame. One of the Best Cameras of the Year”

Kai’s Fujifilm X-T3 Review

Kai just published his Fujifilm X-T3 hands on review here. Here the key points:

  • It’s quite mind blowing how much stuff they put into the X-T3
  • Looks same as X-T2, but ergonomically Fuji made a several little improvements
  • he runs over the specs we already know
  • X-H1 more robust body with top LCD screen
  • Battery life improved, but still not the best
  • face and eye AF is really good, quick, so snappy
  • focus is fantastic
  • AF tracking is good
  • 30 fps is crazy
  • low light AF is pretty acceptable
  • noise performance is good up to 12,800
  • not too expensive camera, it’s a bargain in comparison to X-H1
  • X-T3 shutter is not as super quiet as X-H1
  • there is still life in crop
  • for video, the Fujifilm X-T3 has slightly more dynamic range than Panasonic GH5
  • for video, the continous AF is quick and very accurate. Could have smoother focus transition
  • no IBIS, but with stabilized lenses works good for handheld video
  • rolling shutter quite low and very good
  • X-T3 is possibly one of the best cameras of the year
  • if you are thinking of going full frame, the X-T3 is one reason not to go FF
  • tasty Fujifilm colors
  • a hot performer for stills and video
  • if it had IBIS, it would make the X-H1 pointless

Fujifilm X-T3: BHphoto, AmazonUS, Adorama, Focuscamera

FujiRumors is everywhere: Facebook, RSS-feed, Instagram, Youtube and Twitter

News, Rumors and Community
Fujifilm X-T facebook group
Fujifilm X-T facebook page

DEALS
Fujifilm X-T3 + v. grip (save $130): BHphoto, AmazonUS, Adorama, Focuscamera
Fujifilm X-T3 + 18-55 + v. grip (save $130): BHphoto, AmazonUS, Adorama, Focuscamera
Fujifilm X-H1 (save $250): BHphoto, AmazonUS, Adorama, Focuscamera
Fujifilm X-H1 + v. grip (save $250): BHphoto, AmazonUS, Adorama, Focuscamera

Capture One 11 Photographer’s Guide eBook now With Special Discount for FujiRumors Readers

Photographer’s Guide to Capture One 11 – $4 discount with code ffr4

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Now that Capture One finally fully supports the Fujifilm X and GFX system, I can see quite some Fujifilm X shooters leaving Lightroom to get Capture One. Check out the dedicated Capture One Fujifilm page.

Remember that you save from 5% to 10% on Capture One (depending on which version you choose), by using code “AMBFR” (Full list of product/pricing options  below).

And for those, who make the switch, you might be interested to get Nils Wille Christoffersen ebook “Photographer’s Guide to Capture One 11“, with $4 discount if you use code “ffr4“.

Photographer’s Guide to Capture One 11 is meant for anybody that is new to Capture One Pro as well as immediate users that want to expand their knowledge of certain tools or features. Some basic knowledge of image editing from other programs is highly recommended, making this the perfect book if you are coming from Adobe Lightroom or other raw converters.”

The eBook is technically based on Capture One 11.1 as there has been no new features since added besides the Fujifilm versions (11.3) and some Cultural Heritage version specific features (11.2). The Pro versions (Pro and Pro Fujifilm) is thus fully covered.

Use discount code “ffr4” and it will take $4 off the normal $19 price (+VAT if applicable)

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  • Capture One Express for Fujifilm with basic functionalities – FREE and available for download now
  • Capture One Pro for Fujifilm cameras with tethering for current top 6 cameras – SUBSCRIPTION ONLY and available for download now for $159 per year
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You can save from 5% on Capture One Pro for Fujifilm Subscription by using coupon code “AMBFR
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