Nikon Z9 Sport Photographer Test Fujifilm X-H2S and Fujinon XF18-120mmF4 and XF150-600mmF5.6-8 Tests

Here is a little roundup to catch up with the latest first look reviewers about Fuji’s newest gear trinity.

It includes a Nikon Z9 shooter going hands on with the Fujifilm X-H2S and explaining us why 40fps do matter. It’s the first video in the “video section” down below, and it is also summarized for you in case you don’t have time to watch it right now.

And of course we got also the XF18-120mmF4 and XF150-600mF5.6-8 covered.

So, I guess you have now something to read and watch… I’ll jump in the Mediterranean water while you get through this all ;).

Fujinon XF18-120mmF4

  • alwinkok – XF18-120mm -A Good Zoom Lens for Photographers?

Overshadowed by the Fujifilm X-H2S

smashed by the Fujinon XF150-600mmF5.6-8

obscured by the latest Fujinon X mount roadmap

the Fujinon XF18-120mmF4 entered the Fuji world with little fanfare.

But here on FujiRumors we treat all lenses with the same dignity, so we will start the roundup with this lens. More precisely, the with the coverage of Taylor Jackson, who says:

  • there are four ways to zoom
    1) a zoom ring designed to feel like a manual zoom ring
    2) behind the zoom ring, there is a zoom lever
    3 )there is a zoom button to zoom at a constant speed
    4) ou can zoom via touch screen controls
  • exposure stepping still exists [on this pre-production copy]
  • minimal focus breathing
  • very versatile

Fujinon XF150-600mmF5.6-8

  • keithwee – Fujinon XF150-600mm ƒ5-6.8 R LM OIS WR Review – Reach Maximus

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LEAKED: First Image of Fujifilm X-H2 Shows No Markings on Front of the Camera

As we know since the Fujifilm X Summit, Fujifilm introduces the 5th generation cameras with two sensors:

  • 26MP X-Trans CMOS 5 HS
  • 40MP X-Trans CMOS 5 HR

The first model to come was the “HS” version, hence the Fujifilm X-H2S.

In order to mark this specific model, Fujifilm printed the letter “S” on the front of the camera.

All this considered, there was a wide-spread belief out there that the “HR” model would therefore have an “R” printed in front of the camera.

However, as we can see from the first leaked image of the Fujifilm X-H2, there is nothing at all on the front. Where the X-H2S has the “S”, the X-H2 will have nothing.

But hey, don’t blame me guys!

I already told you that leaked images of the Fujifilm X-H2 will be the most boring ever as it will use exactly the same body of the Fujifilm X-H2S.

On a positive note, having the same body means you’ll be able to use all your X-H2S accessories on the X-H2, including the world famous modular optional cooling fan ;).

Do NOT Use These AngelBird CFexpress Cards on Fujifilm X-H2S

We recently shared the official Fujifilm recommended CFexpress Type B card list here.

We saw that not all CFexpress TypeB card are made equal and that only these 4 card models can do it all and can do it best (among the ones tested by Fujifilm).

Other cards work well too, but maybe don’t give you as long bursts as others, or can’t record ProRes and so forth (full details here).

For your convenience, here are the cards recommended

In the comments to that article many were surprised that the AngelBird CFexpress Type B cards were not included in the list.

In order to try to get clarification, I fired off a few emails to sources asking if Fujifilm simply did not test those cards on the Fujifilm X-H2S or maybe if they did test them, and saw they performed so bad that they excluded it from the recommended CFexpress Card list.

Well, today a source wrote me back and told me that the Fujifilm did test them, and they did not perform well, so they did not include them in the list.

More precisely, the source mentioned the following card models as not working properly:

So these are the AngelBird card models you should definitely avoid to use on your Fujifilm X-H2S.

I am aware about the brand new AngelBird MKII CFexpress Type B cards. I don’t have info on those ones, but I think we can be cautiously optimistic that they will work fine. However, I still don’t recommend to buy any CFexpress Card except for the ones officially recommended by Fujifilm.

Once Fujifilm updates its recommended CFexpress card list, I will inform you.

For now, you are best off with these four cards:

Latest and Greatest Gear

Which 5th Generation Sensor do You Want in the Fujifilm X-T5, X-Pro4, X-E5, X-S20, X-T40, X80, X200?

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Maybe it’s just because I haven’t had a decent sleep for weeks. Maybe I am just overthinking it all (but don’t worry, I am recovering greatly now)

But when I re-watched the X Summit, I was confused by the statement the Japanese Fujifilm manager made in regards to the 5th generation 26MP stacked and 40MP non-stacked sensor.

His statement:

there is no other camera platform more suitable to have them both than the ‘X-H” Series

I wondered what he meant by that, and I concluded it could be either one of the 2 options mentioned below:

  1. only the X-H line will offer both sensor options
  2. since the X-H line is the most suitable, it will be the first to feature both sensor options. Other less suitable lines might get both options too, but only later on as the priority is the X-H line
  3. NEW ENTRY: some FR-reader said this is just marketing blah blah blah aimed to sell as many X-H cameras as possible and then both sensors will find its way in most camera lines anyway

I’ve asked you guys in a survey what you think the manager meant, and here is the result of the survey.

SPECULATION (NOT RUMOR): In my eyes, it would make sense to put both sensor options in at least all of Fuji’s higher end models, as ordering the same Sony sensor in larger numbers, helps to push down the cost for each sensor.

But what Fujifilm will decide to do is unknown at this point. And maybe it is even unknown to Fujifilm itself.

And yet…

let’s assume for a moment that the interpretation the majority of you guys gave is correct. So let’s assume that only the X-H line will get both sensor options.

This would mean that in regards to all other lines, Fujifilm would have to make a decision on which sensor to pick for each camera.

And if that would be the case, I can already see lots of head scratching at the Fujifilm HQ trying to figure out which sensor is best for which line.

If that’s really the case, then I thought that the generous FujiRumors community will gladly invest a bit of its time to give Fujifilm its opinion on this matter by commenting on this article and by voting the surveys down below.

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Fujifilm Explains Camera Line Distinction (CLASSIC Beats PSAM) and Likely Told us Which Lines Will Survive (and Which Ones Not)

Fujifilm Camera Lines Explained

The Fujifilm X-T line was never supposed to be a flagship camera.

Let me explain why.

When Fujifilm launched the Fujifilm X-H1, they called it their flagship camera, giving it top of the line features that no other camera had at that time (like IBIS) and in part still no other camera, except for X-Pro3, has (like the ultra-tough body). The Fujifilm X-T2 was positioned under the X-H1.

However, since it took Fujifilm so long to release the Fujifilm X-H1 successor, the Fujifilm X-T line had to take over the “flagship-role” for a couple of years.

But now, with the the release of the Fujifilm X-H2S and the pre-announced Fujifilm X-H2, everything is going back to normal so to say.

X-H is the flagship, and X-T is the mid-range.

And that’s not me saying it, but Fuji Guy Billy, who went through the “what is what” in the Fujifilm camera lineup with Bigheaedtaco, who then shared Billy’s list with us in the video below (starts 9:59).

For your convenience, here is the list.

  • X-H series:
    Refinement: Flagship Utility
    Interface: Hybrid
  • X-Pro series:
    Refinement: Luxury
    Interface: classic rangefinder
  • X-T* series:
    Refinement: mid-level
    Interface: classic SLR
  • X-S series:
    Refinement: Base Level
    Interface: DSLR design with PSAM interface
  • X-T** series:
    Refinement: Base Level
    Interface: classic SLR design with classic interface
  • X-E series
    Refinement: Base Level
    Interface: Rangefinder design with classic interface

Who REMAINS and who is OUT

  • I agree with Bigheadtaco when he speculates that all those camera lines mentioned in the list will see a successor at some point. Otherwise I believe Fuji Guy Billy would not have mentioned them
  • if correct, this means that also the X-E line will continue, hence there is hope for a Fujifilm X-E5
  • the true entry level line seems to be dead as it is not mentioned on the list. We already speculated about this back in 2020 when the X-T*** had been discontinued after only 9 months
  • this means little hope for Fujifilm X-A8, Fujifilm X-T300, X-A30
  • the “new” entry level (or base line) is considered the X-T** and X-S line

PSAM PANIC

  • there will be 3 lines with a more classic interface, and 2 lines with PSAM dials
  • Non-PSAM dial camera lines will remain the majority in the Fuji lineup (4 non PSAM lines vs 2 PSAM lines)
  • Fujifilm has not lost its soul! Classic control lovers like me will have plenty of cameras to pick from also in the future

By getting rid of a few lines and separating more clearly the remaining ones, Fujifilm has addressed one of the major concerns that was confusing Fujifilm X shooters: too many camera lines positioned too close to each other without sufficient differentiation.

In short we could say that every line will have a higher end and a lower end version

  • HIGH: X-H line – LOW: X-S line
  • HIGH: X-T* line – LOW: X-T** line
  • HIGH: X-Pro line – LOW: X-E* line

P.S.: It was just so much more fun when Fujifilm used other terms to identify their camera lines, like when they said the X-T** line for hipsters :).