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X-T1: in stock at ebayUS, light leak, improved arrow buttons, Lightroom patch and reviews

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It’s pretty hard to find in stock at the moment, but top rated ebayUS reseller kenmorecamera has 2 in stock at the moment [UDPATE: just one more available!].

X-T1 body only ($1,299): USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / PicturelineeBay / EU: wexDE / wexUK / PCHstore / eBay X-T1 with 18-55 ($1,699): USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / PicturelineeBay / EU: wexDE / wexUK / PCHstore / eBay

Light Leak

Richard: “I know you have made references to the light leak issue in the UK, but here’s Fujifilm UK post of their news feed, dated 14th March. S/N seems larger than others mentioned (well last 4 digits anyway). I gotta get mine sorted out. Here is the link

Fuji is fixing or replacing all light leak affected X-T1’s out there. But, if what FR-reader Luca told us in the comments to a previous post is correct, they are also already improving another criticized aspect of the camera: the arrow buttons. He said: “I received a new X-T1 in Italy serial 41M09xxx (in exchange for my “old” 41M03xxx). There is NO LEAK and also the arrows buttons are significantly more responsive and little less recessed with a clear “click” feel. No more hard nail tip pressure. Not so responsive as X-E2 but an unexpected leap forward. Very good!! ” Can anyone out there confirm it?

In the meantime, here is the first list of things Fuji should change on the X-T1 according to FR-reader Jorge Moro (website). “1.  The freakin’ annoying video button!!  I hate it.  I can’t tell you how many times I hit it while shooting.  Fuji needs a firmware update to DISABLE it.  Or convert it to a “FN” button.  On my X-E1 I used that FN button to activate focus points. 2.  Those little TINY MINISCULE buttons on the pad on the back.  I’m sure it was done for weather resistance but they ARE TERRIBLE!!!”  If what Luca told us is correct, the second point in his list may be already be corrected by Fuji.

Lightroom patch

 Dominik Fusina found a patch to make Lightroom work with X-T1 RAW files here (tranlsation)

 Fuji X-T1
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– No More Excuses – Fuji X-T1 review at olafblog here: “I have met many photographers who would like to transition from SLRs to the X-series cameras but somehow they are afraid to do so. Part of the reason could be gossip going around the Internet about certain issues such as the AF speed or file processing. Yes, with early Fuji cameras those who wanted to shoot hummingbirds playing hide and seek may well be better off with an SLR. Fortunately, the X-T1 addressed those issues. Another reason could be the unfamiliar look of the Fuji X-Pro1 and X-E1/2 for photographers who are used to shooting with SLR-like cameras. For them, the X-T1 offers a familiar look, superb handling and the best EVF on the market.”

– field test of the X-T1 at the Spanish site dsrlmagazine here (translation).

– fuji x-t1 review #4: field test las vegas at f8blog here: “And that, I suppose, is the true strength of the X-T1:  the camera is so intuitive to use that you don’t even think about it. There are no technical limitations (poor viewfinder, poor focus, poor exposure) that force you to think about your camera instead of your subject.  You just shoot.”

– Homage to Malevich and the Suprematists with the Fuji X-T1 at aboutphotography here: “I set my X-T1 camera to square format and black & white and used two lenses, the 60mm macro and the 56mm f/1.2 with a Nikon 6T close-up lens on it. In both cases I set the camera to manual focus because I was shooting wide open and wanted to place the focus point in very specific locations. I usually shoot the Fuji  X cameras in RAW plus jpg. Most of these images were from the original jpg compositions with a bit of post-processing added contrast.

– video review at erickimphotography here: “Overall I like the camera a lot and would highly recommend it (superb image quality, great form factor, and responsive). Some downsides are that the AF isn’t as accurate and quick as other cameras (like the Olympus OMD)– although it is a huge improvement from the X-Pro 1 and x100s. Hope this improves with future firmware updates.”

– review at the.me here: “But the X-T1′s real bummer — for my unimportant self at least: the exposure compensation dial cannot be locked — which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But it happened again and again over the course of several days that the value was changed accidentally by simply carrying the camera with the neck strap.”

– Setting up your Fuji X-T1 at nikonglass here: “That about covers my personal settings for the X-T1. Please take note that my choice of settings is based on my style of photography, which is portraiture, storytelling photojournalism, wedding and family snapshots. I mainly use single shot AF, Face detection and JPEG’s straight out of the camera. I also love the RAW conversion feature found in the X-T1. So that’s it for now, if you have any questions do leave them below!”

– More Fuji X-T1 AF Predictive AF Tracking Tests at danbaileyphoto here.

– Review at the Japanese site trendy.nikkeibp here (translation).

– Review Part 1 at karlbratbyphotographer here: “To sum up this is a superb camera with a superb line up of some of the best quality glass available, all in a neat package that has now matured into a fully usable pro system camera. The Fuji X system has always had great image quality, but now it has a body that a pro can use day in and day out. Fuji are quick to listen to photographers and alter things if needed, this is a brand new camera and yes its not perfect buts it NOT far off...”

XF 56mm f/1.2
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– technical review of the 56mm (mounted on a X-T1) at the Spanish site dslrmagazine here (translation): “Not so many years ago, would have seemed unthinkable to create the equivalent of a 85 mm f / 1,2 nearly free of aberrations and physical parameters such as the contents of this Fujinon XF 56mm f / 1.2 R.” For the field test part of the review click here (translation).

– The 56mm won the “editor’s choice award” at thephoblographer here: “Fujifilm’s 56mm f1.2 is the sharpest mirrorless camera lens that we’ve tested. Not only that but it exhibits beautiful bokeh, pretty good color rendition, almost no distortion, focuses quickly, and is built well. It’s a bit expensive though, and for that reason we really only want to recommend it to the creme de la creme of the X series users.

– Michele Galante: “Dear Patrick, I’m just an enthusiast photographer. I started shooting Fuji X with a X100 and now I have two X-E1 and several lenses. Today I’ve tested the new 56mm, here some pictures. If you like it, you can share. Some other links: 500px, mgphoto, facebook.”

XF 10-24
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 Japanese review at mapcamera here (translation).

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