RISESPRAY 35mmF0.95 MKIII now $299 Deal and REVIEW by a Guy, Who Stupidly left Fujifilm for Sony and then Switched back to Fuji :)

The RISESPRAY 35mm f/0.95 Mark III Standard Lens for Mirrorless Camera (Fuji X-Mount) is now $100 off with coupon code. All details here at AmazonUS.

  • PREMIUM OPTICAL DESIGN: 12 circular aperture blades, 8 groups 11 elements lens structure with high quality multi-coated optical glass, ensures low image distortion, excellent image sharpness and contrast. 35mm focal length is equivalent to 52.5mm on APS-C camera. Perfect for portraits shooting with fascinating background blur effect.
  • COMPATIBILITY:Compatible with SONY E/ Fujifilm FX/Micro 4/3/Canon EF-M/Nikon N1 series interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras
  • AMAZING LARGE APERTURE: Designed with high quality multi-coated optical glass. Exquisite body features amazing maximum aperture of F0.95, which creates fascinating background blur effect and sharper image quality. No worries about the low-light & night scene, just shoot and enjoy the safe and fast shutter speed.
  • EASY TO USE: with the focal length scale and smooth focal ring. After a short term learning, it’s very easy to focus what you want and feel the unique charm of the manual lens, and lets you more concentrate on the image itself.
  • WHAT YOU GET – lens, lens front & rear caps,MCUV filter ,star 4/6/8 point filter,metal filter case and microfiber cleaning cloth. NOTE: Camera NOT INCLUDED.

If you are interested in a review, there is one made by Jonathan, who contacted me and let me know about it.

But before we go to the lens, here is

A little over a year ago, I (stupidly) sold all of my Fuji X gear to move to Sony (and then back to Fuji again).

Well, that sounds familiar, for example:

So, what does Jonathan think about the Risespray 35mm f/0.95 MKIII (which has 12 aperture bladed vs 9 on the Mitakon)?

  • build quality surprisingly good
  • It is all metal and glass
  • focus ring is quite smooth with just a very slight hint of play in it
  • aperture ring also turns very smoothly and is unfortunately clickless
  • Risespray is a bit smaller and lighter than the Mitakon 35mm f/0.95 MK II
  • Flare will cause issues, but no more so than the Mitakon
  • Image Quality: I’m very satisfied with the results
  • I’m not seeing anything bad enough to make me want to send this back

You can read it all and see more samples at jonathanhrovath.

If you want to check out the lens, you can do so at AmazonUS here.

BCN Sales Ranking: Fujifilm Grows 115% and Sony, Canon & Co Fall 30% to 50%

The latest BCN ranking has just been published. It collects data of about 40% of the Japanese electronics and online stores. Here is what they see:

  • in March, camera sales were down 49.5% compared to March last year
  • Sony dropped to 44.5%, Olympus to 54.9%, and Canon to 32.3%
  • Only Fujifilm grew 115.6%. It has the fourth largest market share

They write:

In the rankings by series, Canon’s “EOS Kiss M” beat the Olympus “OLYMPUS PEN E-PL9” by a small margin to gain the top position. Sony ranks No. 1 by manufacturer and ranks No. 3 at “α6400”. As for Fujifilm’s soaring rise, “FUJIFILM X-A5” ranked 6th, and “FUJIFILM X-E3” ranked 9th. (Daisuke Okura, BCN)

Nice to see the Fujifilm X-E3 doing well. And hence even more disappointing that Fujifilm decided to axe it!

Also, keep in mind that in the last 6 months Fujifilm was extremely busy and launched lots of cameras, from the X-Pro3 to the X-T200, X100V and ultimately the X-T4 (the latter one not included in the raking, though). All this, while other manufacturer were not nearly as active.

And yet, nice to see this sales performance boost. It’s well deserved for a camera company, that makes some of the most inspiring photographic tools out there.

via dc.watch via bcn

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These Guys Left Full Frame Sony, Canon and Nikon for Fujifilm APS-C

Switch to X

Here is a roundup about photographers, who are switching from full frame Sony, Canon and Nikon to Fujifilm X.

Mostly they say that the difference in image quality compared to full frame is negligible. But the difference in ergonomics, functionality, menu system, look, size, beautiful lenses, color science etc is much more significant. These aspects make the real difference and worth it to go with Fujifilm APS-C.

At the end, the most important thing is getting into a system that makes you want to shoot more, and Fujifilm is, for some, the best choice for that. As one of the them said:

There is something about Fujifilm, where they want you to get the most for what you pay for.

And to be clear: if you shoot any other brand, and are happy with it, then you did everything right, and you should not care about what the people below say. You have your needs, and you are right to ignore Fujifilm.

But here we are on a Fujifilm blog, so we talk about people, who shoot Fujifilm.

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Cure Your Bokeh Addiction… or When Too Much Background Blur Removes the Story and Creates Distraction

The Bokeh

We recently posted this story, about a Canon shooter, who tried Fujifilm for the first time, and there was so much she loved about it (starting from the fun using Fuji and the inspiration that comes with it), but one thing she missed: the bokeh she had with her Canon f/1.2 lenses.

So I thought to dedicate an own article to the “bokeh-discussion”, starting from two youtube videos below, that I have summed up for you.

And to give it all are more light and fun touch, I’ll share also the recent Camera Conspiracies video :).

I just remind you, that for the ultimate bokeh Fujifilm is going to release the Fujinon XF 50mm f/1.0.

  • fujirumors.com  – Fujinon XF 50mm f/1.0 Accurate Size Comparison with XF 56mm f/1.2 and XF 50mm f/2

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