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Fuji X-T1 & CP+ | Kevin Mullins

Fuji X-T1 & CP+ | Kevin Mullins | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

I’m currently in Tokyo after spending a few days talking at the CP+ Show in Yokohama on the Fujifilm stand.  I have also spent a very productive time with the Fuji X-Series team giving feedback that I’ve gathered from other photographers (and myself of course) regarding the X-Series.  You may recall I visited Japan last year for a similar exercise.  More on that in a blog post when I return to the UK but needless to say it stil remains so impressive that Fujifilm are taking time to listen, and impliment in many cases to requirements that we, as a photography community, are asking for. In the meantime I just wanted to pop a couple of images up really quickly as I’m so impressed with the Fujifilm X-T1. I’m going to do a fuller “initial review” tomorrow evening (JST) so check back then.  Part of my trip has also allowed me to use pre-production models of the XF56mm F1.2 and XF10-24mm F4 lenses.  Whilst they are pre-productions I’m extremely excited by the lens combinations.  The 56mm especially I have been waiting for for a while and I know already it’s going to be a key lens for me when shooting weddings......

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Fujifilm X-Series at CP+ Camera & Photo Imaging Show Japan 2013 | Dean Johnston

Fujifilm X-Series at CP+ Camera & Photo Imaging Show Japan 2013 | Dean Johnston | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Last weekend I travelled to Yokohama to take in Japan’s annual premier camera event, the CP+ Camera & Photo Imaging Show (see photos at bottom of this post). According to their website, they managed 62,597 visitors over 4 days. Really, I went with eyes only for Fujifilm X-Series cameras and inkjet paper offerings from various manufactures. Apart from the Cosina / Voigtlander booth, I didn’t really pay much attention to anything else.

While standing in line awaiting my chance to try out the new Fujifilm X 100s, I espied an elegantly and stylishly turned out fellow foreigner just ahead of me in the queue. As well as presenting to the world a well cut suit, nice floral shirt and complementary floral belt, he was also sporting a ‘press’ badge. As he rounded a bend and we became parallel, I promptly and vigorously accosted him and demanded to know his business (i.e. I said something like, “Hello. So, who do you report for then?”). Turns out he was Richard Butler, of  Digital Photography Review fame. Digital Photography Review being of course, most commonly known as DP Review. Richard also turned out to be a warm, friendly and enthusiastic person, willing to chat to a total stranger about things photographic. And this turned out to be great for me. If you’re going to talk to someone about cameras and such, then who better to talk to than someone genuinely knowledgeable and with real world experience of a large number of cameras? The way things turned out, by the time we reached the demo counter, I ended up being his impromptu interpreter. Good thing that the Fujifilm guy we got had English skills superior to my Japanese.*

Right, that’s enough of the expression ‘turn out.’ On to the X 100s. What a little beaut (as we Antipodeans say). Choice as, as we also say.

The manual focus split screen thingy seemed to work remarkably well. At first I complained that the lens throw was quite long, but Richard discovered that the throw lessened if you sped up the turning action. Focus peaking is indicated with white only. It can’t be changed. This is a conscious choice, as Fujifilm feels any other colours would interfere with the experience of viewing the colour image on the LCD, colour after all being at the heart of the Fujifilm ethos.

There were some quite large prints on display from the various X-Series cameras. As with all large prints, while taking a squizz up close, of course things were a bit less than super finely detailed. However, at normal, close-ish viewing distances, they were impressively snappy.


The William Eggleston / fine art theme also reared its head again (see photo below). After parting ways with Richard, I headed off to look at inkjet paper. As well as the usual international offerings and local offerings, there was a paper company new to me – Awagami Factory (see photo below). They had a range of truly lovely Japanese ‘washi’ style papers, called Awagami Inkjet Paper, aka A.I.J.P (both links to English sites). A little web hunting also shows that these papers are reasonably available outside of Japan. So, all in all, it was a fun day out....

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Fujfilm interview: 'The only way is to keep innovating' | Digital Photography Review

Fujfilm interview: 'The only way is to keep innovating' | Digital Photography Review | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

We're at the CP+ show in Yokohama, Japan where Japanese camera and lens manufacturers show off their latest products to a domestic and international audience of journalists and enthusiast photographers. Day three of the show was cancelled due to heavy snow but Toshihisa Iida, senior sales and marketing manager at Fujifilm still found time to sit down with editor Barnaby Britton to discuss a range of topics including the reception of the new X-T1, firmware updates to older and existing models and the possibility of larger-format X-Trans cameras in the future......


Times are tough in the camera industry - what is your strategy for the future?


The only way is to keep innovating. We need to give customers reasons to upgrade or replace their camera, and mirrorless is a big opportunity. The weight is less, it’s smaller, the shutters are quieter and we now have a good enough lens lineup. Our challenge as I said is consumer awareness, but if a customer understands the benefits, there’s no reason not to change from their DSLR.


Will X-Trans sensors get bigger, in the future?


At the moment we’re focusing on the APS-C format but in the longer term, after we’ve completed our lens lineup… I can’t deny the possibility.

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