Fuji Guy Billy: Fujinon XF 33mm f/1.0 Development Challenge, XF 16-80mm f/4 very silent AF, X-H1 Market Misunderstanding and More

Fuji Guy Billy Interview

Fuji Guy Billy joined the Fujilove podcast. For those of you, who are right now on the road or at work and you can’t listen to it all at iTunes, Stitcher or on fujilove, here are the key points:

Fujinon X Mount Lenses

Fujifilm X100, X-E3, X-T20 and X-T3

  • Fujifilm X100 was the game changer and started the X series success
  • When developing the X100, Fujifilm wondered who is going to buy a fixed lens camera at this price point, but it turned out to be a success
  • Fujifilm X-T3 is balance of size, weight and quality in a good price point, but for Billy even the X-T3 is big
  • Billy’s go-to camera is the Fujifilm X-E3, paired with XF35mmF2, XF23mmF2 and occasionally the XF50mmF2 because of portability
  • Fujifilm X-T20 with no joystick is a dealbreaker for him

Fujifilm X-H1

  • Fujifilm X-H1 latest firmware introduced lots of improvements and the new lower price makes it very tempting
  • The Fujifilm X-H1 maybe has been misunderstood by the market. It had a lot of new video features, so people considered it more a video camera. But it is also a better and more robust camera, and facilitates handling of bigger lenses. For Professionals weight is sometimes not a problem, but more durability. That’s why Fujifilm launched the Fujifilm X-H1. It should also appeal to DSLR customers, who were on the fence of switching to mirrorless. IBIS is quite nice also for photography, especially in low light
  • Shutter has an S1 (half press) and S2 (full contact to release shutter) position. Regarding the Fujifilm X-H1, you can contact your Fujifilm service and see if they have an option to adjust the S1 and S2 position to your taste (low, medium or high). There might be a charge for that service, depending on your country

IBIS

  • Fujifilm wanted to make an excellent IBIS system, and it is one of the best on the market. But the size of the system was too big to put it into other X-series cameras. At this moment, it can’t fit in other cameras, but hopefully one day IBIS can be designed smaller and make it fit on other cameras

Fujinon G Mount Lenses

  • Fujinon GF 50mm f/3.5 coming in 2019 and Fujinon GF 45-100mm f/4 in 2020
  • Fujinon GF 100-200mm f/5.6 R LM OIS WR: If you look to move into medium format, you don’t have many lenses initially to choose from, so zoom lenses can cover various focal lengths. The GF100-200 is compatible with teleconverter. It’s a little bit heavier, but very sharp. At that focal length with medium format sensor, you can isolate your subject very well

External Battery Packs

Navigate Menu

  • Tips and Tricks: Best way to navigate the menu is using the front and rear command dial. Front dial jumps from page to page, and rear dial jumps from item to item

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Fujifilm X-H1 and X-E3 Firmware Updates Released

Fujifilm has just released new firmware updates for Fujifilm X-H1 and X-E3.

Fujifilm X-H1 Firmware Ver.1.12 – download here

  1. Stability improvement for connection with some wireless routers

Fujifilm X-E3 Firmware Ver.1.22 – download here

  1. Stability improvement for connection with some wireless routers

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LEAKED: Fujifilm X-E3 First Real Life Images !!!

Many watermarks, right? They have become necessary, since, if I post just one small (or even big) watermark, the usual few other sites will either edit it out or copy those parts of the leaked image that have no watermark and share them like puzzle pieces on their blogs. So I’m forced to put watermarks everywhere now. :(

All these watermarks might be annoying for some of you guys, sorry for that, but I hope you can understand my position.

At the end, the important thing is that you can see the images, and you can see them 100% here… watermarked or not ;)

*** Fujifilm X-E3 Leaked Images ***

Here we go… these are real life pics of the Fujifilm X-E3 (thanks for sharing :) ). Here is what we can notice:

  • it looks definitely smaller
  • some design changes
  • Combined Shutter/ISO dial
  • front command dial

And some specs previously rumored

Of course, it will have the 24MP X-TransIII sensor and the fast X-processor Pro.

Ok guys… I’m now leaving to participate to the 60 years birthday party of my mother with all the relatives. And guess what? As to expect, I’ve been asked to be the official “X-photographer” of the day… I somehow have the feeling this happens often also to you, am I right? ;)

My X-T1 is ready… just need one lens, still undecided if 35/1.4 or 23/1.4, but I think the 35/1.4 might be better for this occasion (I feel more comfortable shooting portraits with it).

But I’ll have my computer with me… so if there will be anything new, I’ll find the time to update you.

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Fujifilm X-E3 Poll Results

 

Guest Post by FXF member Jano

Dear fellow Fuji shooters,

thanks a lot for your participation in the poll that I created! Thank you also for all the encouraging comments I got. Thank you Patrick for publishing it on FujiRumors and thereby allowing the poll to reach 2,000 people who took the time to participate. I’m sorry that it took so long to publish the results. The idiotic way that Google Forms formats the data cost me a lot of time and my sons were sick a lot lately so I got way less time to work on it than I had hoped. And when I was almost done my computer broke and it took me even more time to get it back up and running. Great…

To begin let me address some criticism I received.

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