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DPReview Gear of the Year - Fujifilm X100S | Digital Photography Review

DPReview Gear of the Year - Fujifilm X100S | Digital Photography Review | Fujifilm X Series APS C sensor camera | Scoop.it


Picking our favorite gear from among the great many new products announced every year is usually pretty tough, but this year, for me the choice was easy. The Fujifilm X100S is without doubt my favorite product of 2013.

Fujfilm X100S - What I love:

16MP X-TRANS sensor gives excellent image quality - virtually noiseless JPEGs up to ISO 3200.35mm (equivalent) F2 lens is sharp at all apertures and excellent for day-to-day photography.Built-in Hybrid electronic / optical finder is luxurious and addictively useful.Manual aperture, shutter and exposure compensation dials look classy, and are great to use.On-sensor phase-detection AF means fast, accurate focus in most conditions.Focus peaking and 'Digital Split Image' MF guides make manual focus easy.

Reviewing the Fujifilm X100S was a great lesson for me in what I should and shouldn't try to take on. At first it seemed entirely feasible - it's not like I haven't reviewed a camera before, and I know its predecessor the X100 very well, so yeah - sure. I'll review it. I'll have it done in a month. No big deal.....


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Fujifilm XF 14mm F2.8 R review | Digital Photography Review

Fujifilm XF 14mm F2.8 R review | Digital Photography Review | Fujifilm X Series APS C sensor camera | Scoop.it

Overall conclusion

The XF 14mm F2.8 R is a relatively rare example of a genuinely wideangle, high quality prime lens for any camera type other than full frame SLRs. The closest comparisons lie with the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm 1:2 for Micro Four Thirds and Pentax's smc DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited for its APS-C SLRs, both of which also offer premium metal-barrelled construction and 'proper' manual focus rings with distance and depth of field scales. Indeed the 14mm's push/pull manual focus switchover mechanism bears more than a passing resemblance to Olympus's version. They're not strictly alternatives, of course; they all work on different camera systems. But of the three, the 14mm offers the widest view.

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Fujifilm XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS Preview | Digital Photography Review

Fujifilm XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS Preview |  Digital Photography Review | Fujifilm X Series APS C sensor camera | Scoop.it


Over the past few years, the digital camera market has been transformed by the arrival of mirrorless system cameras. Freed from film-era design constraints, these can provide image quality to match SLRs in a much more portable form factor. Entry-level models provide compact-camera like handling and simplicity, while high-end cameras such as the Sony NEX-7, Olympus OM-D E-M5 and Fujifilm X-E1 are able to offer a full set of enthusiast-friendly manual controls in smaller, more discreet systems, and with relatively few compromises. However to persuade buyers to forsake their SLRs, the camera companies also need to offer lens lines that will cover their needs. While most manufacturers have attacked the mirrorless market from the bottom up, Fujifilm's approach has been the opposite, starting with unashamedly top-end X-Pro1 followed up by the more enthusiast-oriented X-E1. The company's lens line reflects this - instead of starting out with entry-level kit zooms, it took the decidedly unusual step of launching with three fixed-focal length primes. The first zoom appeared with the X-E1, but the XF 18-55mm F2.8-4.5 R LM OIS is no ordinary 'kit' lens, offering premium optics and a faster maximum aperture.

The XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS telephoto zoom follows in the same vein - according to Fujifilm the aim is to provide premium optical quality and construction alongside class-leading image stabilization. Like the 18-55mm it features a relatively fast maximum aperture, gathering half a stop more light than most similar zooms for SLRs, and it uses a pair of linear stepper motors for near-silent autofocus. As with the other XF lenses, it also offers all-metal barrel construction and an on-lens aperture control ring. The overall picture is of a decidedly premium lens, that's quite unlike the inexpensive 55-200mm F4-5.6 telezooms for APS-C SLRs.

Headline features55-200mm focal length (83-300mm equivalent)Relatively fast F3.5-4.8 maximum apertureOptical image stabilization; 4.5 stops claimed benefitAperture ring on lensX mount for Fujifilm X system mirrorless cameras

 


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