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Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R review | Amateur Photographer

Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R review | Amateur Photographer | Fuji X-E1 and X100(S) | Scoop.it
Damien Demolder tests Fujifilm’s new wide-aperture portrait lens for the X series – a lens with a focal length that emulates the legendary 85mm


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The Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R is an interesting lens and Fuji is sure to do well with it. It is an important focal length for establishing oneself as a serious camera brand, because it is one that ‘serious' photographers will want to use - and it has the kind of gaping wide aperture that gets attention and people talking......

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Fujifilm X-E2:: The Back-up? | Riley Joseph

Fujifilm X-E2:: The Back-up? | Riley Joseph | Fuji X-E1 and X100(S) | Scoop.it


I bet people were thinking that. I know I was.. just not on October 18th. I was privy to the brand new X-E2 a few weeks ago. To be honest it did not get me excited. I have been looking for a back-up body since selling all of my dSLR gear a few months ago. I borrowed a X-E1 from Fujifilm Canada for a month and I just didn't like it. It wasn't as solid as the X-Pro1, the LCD was shabby, no optical viewfinder and it did not fit in my hand as well as the X-Pro1. Which was strange because I have girly hands and the X-E1 is pretty compact. I was given the opportunity to try out a pre-production Fujifilm X-E2 along with 3 of my X-Photographer pals Kale JF, Patrick Laroque & Don Craig. I was last in the chute to try it and it arrived about 7 hours prior to Fujifilm's big announcement (In my time zone the announcement was actually on October 17th at 10:30pm). I wanted to have something done at launch time but my schedule and crappy light made it not to be. I planned to wake up early the next day and really put the camera to the test for my style of photography. What I was expecting was a slightly upgraded X-E1. But what I found was very different.......


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Fujifilm X-E1 review - very classy mirrorless camera! Ken McMahon

Fujifilm X-E1 review - very classy mirrorless camera! Ken McMahon | Fuji X-E1 and X100(S) | Scoop.it

The Fujifilm X-E1 is the second mirrorless model from the company to use the X-mount. It was launched in September 2012 and has the same rangefinder aesthetic and analogue controls as its forerunner the X-Pro 1. In many ways the X-E1 can be seen as a slimmed down, more affordable version of the X-Pro 1, lacking the former's hybrid optical viewfinder, but sharing most other features including the same 16 Megapixel APS-C X-trans CMOS sensor. Though it's lost a hybrid optical viewfinder, the X-E1 gains a very impressive electronic one in its place. An OLED design with 2.3 million dots, it ranks alongside the Sony NEX-6 as one of the best EVFs currently in use. One of the biggest criticisms of the X-Pro 1 was its slow AF performance and Fujifilm has moved quickly to address this issue with improvements that claim focus times of 0.1s. X-Pro 1 owners will have been delighted to see similar improvement rolled out in a firmware update for that model. The X-Pro1 launched with three X-mount lenses and Fujifilm has announced announced two more including the Fujinon XF18-55mm f2.8-4 R LM OIS, the first zoom for the system, and the standard bundle for the X-E1. These bring the total number of X-mount lenses at the time of writing to five, with a further five planned for release in 2013. With its retro looks, analogue controls and unconventional sensor you might think the X-E1 was a niche product, but it's a strong competitor for a range of mirrorless compact system cameras including the Olympus OM-D E-M5, the Sony NEX-6 and NEX-7, and Canon's EOS M. In my review I've compared it with the Canon EOS M. Like Fujifilm, Canon is a recent entrant to this market. Its EF-M Mount has only a couple of lenses (though with an adaptor you can use your EF lenses) and, like the X-E1 it has an APS-C sensor. But there the similarities pretty much end. The EOS M lacks a viewfinder, has a touch-screen and is a thoroughly contemporary design more in tune with a modern compact than a 20th century rangefinder. This should prove to be an interesting head-to-head. Do these two radically different approaches to mirrorless compact system camera design appeal only to personal subjective notions of how a camera should look and perform, or is there more to it than that? Read my full review to find out.....


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From the Fujifilm X-E1 to the X-E2 | Randall Cipriano

From the Fujifilm X-E1 to the X-E2 | Randall Cipriano | Fuji X-E1 and X100(S) | Scoop.it


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I will reserve any comments about image quality till after I run it through a proper shoot but all-in-all, I’m happy and welcome all the improvements implemented on the X-E2. Physically, it looks like the same camera, but only after using it will you realize the differences and improvements are significant. It addresses a lot of the concerns actual users have pointed out with the X-E1 and to top it off, Fujifilm has managed to merge some of the great features of the last few X series cameras into it as well.

I’ve only had the unit for about a week now and I can’t wait to finally test it out in the field. Also, the great guys at Vanguard and Phottix Philippines sent over some awesome stuff that I will be showing you in the next few days and I will be working them along with X-E2 as I head to the land of BB cream and Kimchi in a hours from postings this......


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Have an X-E1 ? Here's an article on the transition to X-E2.

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Fuji X-E1: A (very) late mini review | Paul Pride

Fuji X-E1: A (very) late mini review | Paul Pride | Fuji X-E1 and X100(S) | Scoop.it


Back in January I cheekily asked Fuji if I could borrow an X-E1 from them. I never thought they would agree but they did! I was very intrigued by it and thought that its extra flexibility over my X100 would be a great benefit to me. I was, and still am, most interested in the fantastic 35mm f1.4 lens as the results I'd seen from it are nothing short of spectacular. Fuji sent me an X-E1 to test but they sent it with the 18-55mm, a lens I had no interest in. 

One of my main reasons for getting the X100 was to strip down my equipment and concentrate on just one lens. I had sold my old DSLR and 24-70mm f2.8 to get it so to get to use another zoom wasn't what I'd hoped for but I was still super thrilled to have been given the opportunity to use one. It was before my X Photographer status too. So I eagerly put the lens on the body, raised it to my eye and nearly dropped it! It was so front heavy. The X-E1 has the same lack of grip that my X100 has so to mount a fairly heavy lens (by Fuji standards)  on the front seemed very out of place but this wasn't to be what I disliked about this setup.....


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Like the cheeky. Hey if you dont ask you don't get. 

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