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Fujifilm updates X-mount lens roadmap through end of 2015

Fujifilm updates X-mount lens roadmap through end of 2015 | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Fujifilm has updated the roadmap for its X-mount lenses up to the end of 2015. One extra lens has been added, while a second lens previously included has been formally named. The release order of three others has changed.
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Fujifilm delays XF14mm F2.8 in light of XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS success

Fujifilm delays XF14mm F2.8 in light of XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS success | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Fujifilm has announced it is delaying the introduction of its XF 14mm F2.8 prime lens by a month so it can concentrate production on the XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 OIS. The 14mm (21mm equivalent) prime lens is the first in the X-mount lineup to feature a pull-back focus ring that engages manual focus and reveals distance markings to allow use of its depth-of-field scale. It will now start to become available from late January 2013. Meanwhile we've been shooting with the 18-55mm zoom and will include a gallery of images along was an expanded XE-1 preview later this week.
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Fujifilm promises performance boost with X-Pro1 firmware v2.00

Fujifilm promises performance boost with X-Pro1 firmware v2.00 | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

Fujifilm has also announced firmware v2.00 for the X-Pro1 high-end mirrorless camera, promising performance improvements. Firmware 2.00 addresses many of the criticisms that have been levelled at the camera by many reviews. This includes improved autofocus speed, better manual focus behaviour and less waiting for processing and card-writing. We've been using a beta version of the firmware and have prepared some notes on its effects. The final version of the firmware will be available for download from September 18th 2012.

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Fujifilm announces X-E1 16MP 'X-Trans' mid-level mirrorless camera: Digital Photography Review

Fujifilm announces X-E1 16MP 'X-Trans' mid-level mirrorless camera: Digital Photography Review | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

Photokina 2012: Fujifilm has announced the X-E1 - its second mirrorless interchangeable lens camera - along with two additional XF-mount lenses. The X-E1 uses the same 16MP 'X-Trans' APS-C sensor as the more expensive X-Pro 1 model. It offers a high-resolution 2.4m dot OLED electronic viewfinder in the place of the Pro1's opto-electronic hybrid finder and gains a pop-up flash in a smaller body. Alongside the X-E1 come a 18-55mm F2.8-4 stabilized kit zoom that promises AF times as fast as 0.1 seconds when the two are used together. Finally, the company has added the 21mm-equivalent XF14mm F2.8 promised in its XF lens roadmap.


We've had access to a pre-production Fujifilm X-E1 and have prepared a detailed preview of the camera. Click here to read our preview.


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More Fun Comparisons – Fuji X-Pro 1 vs Olympus OM-D vs Sony NEX-7 – JPEG | STEVE HUFF PHOTOS

More Fun Comparisons – Fuji X-Pro 1 vs Olympus OM-D vs Sony NEX-7 – JPEG | STEVE HUFF PHOTOS | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

I know you guys LOVE these crazy comparisons..and some of you get all up in a roar over them but that doesn’t mean I am not going to post more! Today I was out and about with the OM-D, X-Pro 1 and NEX-7. Now, I could not use the same lenses on all of these so I used what I had on hand.

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Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4 R SLRgear Lens Review

Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4 R SLRgear Lens Review | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

Early in 2012 Fuji released the X-Pro 1 system, with three prime lenses: the 18mm ƒ/2, the 60mm ƒ/2.4 Macro, and the subject of this review, the 35mm ƒ/1.4.

As the X-Pro 1 uses an APS-C sensor with a 1.5x ''crop factor'', the 35mm lens offers an equivalent field of view of 52mm, making it an excellent walk-around lens. The lens ships with a metal hood, takes 52mm filters and is available now for around $600.

 

Conclusion:
There's not much more to say that the test results don't already show: very good performance, even when used wide open, and excellent performance when stopped down just a little. If you're an X-Pro 1 user, this lens definitely deserves a place in your bag.


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Fujifilm creates wide-angle adapter and firmware v1.3 for X100

Fujifilm creates wide-angle adapter and firmware v1.3 for X100 | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"Fujifilm has announced the WCL-X100 wide-angle adapter lens for its X100 large sensor, fixed-lens compact. The 0.8x adapter extends the camera's 35mm equivalent field of view out to 28mm equivalent. It is designed to match the X100 in terms of both appearance and quality, sharing the camera's Fujifilm's Super EBC coating and made-in-Japan construction. The WCl-X100 will be available from June at a price of around $350. To enable use of the converter, the company has also issued firmware v1.30 which adds a function for its use as well as fixing two minor operational bugs."

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Fuji to release a new firmware for the aperture chatter/clacking issue in the X-Pro1

Fuji to release a new firmware for the aperture chatter/clacking issue in the X-Pro1 | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
The Fuji Guys hinted on Twitter that a new firmware update for the X-Pro1 that will address the aperture chatter/clacking will be released soon. Now if only Adobe can add RAW support for the camera...
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Fujifilm X-Pro1 Lens Reviews - 18mm f/2, 35mm f/1.4 & 60mm f/2.4 Macro

In this video we take a look at all 3 of the new Fujifilm XF mount lenses for the X-Pro1 camera. We shoot a lady with a box on her head and call it "Danbo".

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Fujifilm issues X100 firmware v1.21, fixing minor bugs from v1.20

Fujifilm issues X100 firmware v1.21, fixing minor bugs from v1.20 | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"Fujifilm has issued another firmware update for the X100, fixing a couple of bugs introduced in the previous update. Firmware version 1.21 fixes some problems with using the AEL/AFL button to perform a focus acquisition in manual focus mode, that occurred with v1.20. It is available for immediate download."

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X-Pro1 field test by Zack Arias - India :: I’m Like Whoa

X-Pro1 field test by Zack Arias - India :: I’m Like Whoa | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

X-Pro1 field test by Zack Arias

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Fujifilm explains X10 and X-S1 white orb causes and planned responses

Fujifilm explains X10 and X-S1 white orb causes and planned responses | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"Fujifilm has released a statement explaining the causes of the 'white disc' blooming issue that affects certain images shot with the X10 high-end compact. The statement says the company is developing a modified sensor in response to the problem, that can also affect the X-S1 premium superzoom. It encourages X10 and X-S1 owners experiencing 'the white disc phenomenon' to contact their local Fujifilm service center."


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Two weeks with the Fujifilm X-Pro1 (with images)

Two weeks with the Fujifilm X-Pro1 (with images) | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"Please keep in mind as I type, I was using a pre-production copy of the X-Pro1 and "X" mount lenses..."

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Fujifilm X-E1 Review: Digital Photography Review

Fujifilm X-E1 Review: Digital Photography Review | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

Fujifilm X-E1 review. With a sensor and imaging pipeline that is identical to the X-Pro1's the X-E1 promises much of the X-Pro1's fun in a more compact and affordable package. We've spent the past few weeks using the X-E1 intensely with the full range of lenses now available for the X-system, and have prepared a full in-depth review. Following the release of raw support from Capture 1 and much improved raw support from Adobe, the X-E1 (and X-Pro 1) just got a whole lot more appealing, too.

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Fujifilm Fujinon XF 60 mm f/2.4 R Macro review

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 60 mm f/2.4 R Macro review | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

Among three lenses, presented on the day of the launch of the Fujifilm mirrorless system, there was the Fujinon XF 60 mm f/2.4 R Macro. We have already published our reviews of two other lenses, and it's about time to present test results of the third one. Enjoy!

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Fujifilm launches XF18-55mm F2.8-4.0 OIS and XF14mm F2.8

Fujifilm launches XF18-55mm F2.8-4.0 OIS and XF14mm F2.8 | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

Alongside the X-E1, Fujifilm has announced two additional lenses for its XF-mount - the promised 18-55mm F2.8-4 standard zoom and a 21mm-equivalent 14mm F2.8 prime lens. The 18-55mm will be offered on its own or as a kit lens with the X-E1 and adds a semi-fast image-stabilized standard zoom with a linear motor for fast focusing. Meanwhile, the 14mm offers an optically-corrected 21mm equivalent field-of-view and a push-pull focus ring to engage manual focus, revealing a distance scale.

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Fujifilm X-Pro 1 Product Review | Mason Resnick

Fujifilm X-Pro 1 Product Review | Mason Resnick | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

 

So, to answer the question posed at the top of this article: The Fujifilm X-Pro 1 certainly gives the Leica M9 a run for its money. I compared images I shot a couple of years ago with the Leica M9 with those shot at similar ISOs with the X-Pro 1 and the X-Pro 1 was, to my eye, the clear winner depsite its smaller sensor. On the other hand, while the Leica M9 lacks the X-Pro 1's AF capabilities, it has no discernable lag time while the X-Pro 1 has some lag time under bright sunlight (otherwise it's fine). The M9's brightview viewfinder's focusing system, once mastered, is outstanding, but doesn't provide as much information as the X-Pro 1. The M9's optical viewfinder is brighter than the X-Pro 1 and its coverage is better, but the X-Pro 1 has one of the highest-resolution EVFs available so if you're in the pro-EVF camp, that's a big advantage. Exposure controls are comparable on both cameras and size and weight are similar. Want video? The Fujifilm offers 1080p HD video. The Leica M9 has none. Overall, finally, Leica has serious, if imperfect, competition.


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Fujifilm X10 Review

Fujifilm X10 Review | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

Our in-depth review of the Fujifilm X10. It's been a long time coming, but we recently got our hands on a modified X10, which incorporates the sensor fix for the much-publicised 'white orbs' blooming issue. Since then, we've been working hard to incorporate our experiences with, and samples from the modified camera into this unavoidably-delayed review. Click here to read our full report on Fujifilm's flagship compact.

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Fuji X-Pro1 Review

Fuji X-Pro1 Review | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

This is an in-depth review of the Fujifilm X-Pro1.

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Fujifilm issues firmware for X-Pro1 and XF lenses to silence chatter

Fujifilm issues firmware for X-Pro1 and XF lenses to silence chatter | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

Fujifilm has updated the firmware of its X-Pro1 high-end mirrorless camera and the three X-mount lenses that go with it. The updates make a series of changes, including a promise to reduce the aperture 'chattering' that has been common when using the camera. It also adds parallax-correction of frame lines to the optical viewfinder in manual focus mode, along with a series of bug fixes.


First impressions:


Out initial tests of the latest firmware show that, while the aperture continues to constantly adjust when the camera is switched on, the lenses no longer make an obvious chattering noise when doing so.

The addition of parallax correction to manual focus mode is less impressive though. The corrected framelines are only displayed when you half-press the shutter button, which is not terribly helpful for composing your image. Also, the selected focus area isn't corrected at all, meaning you effectively have to guess where the camera will try to focus if you press AEL/AFL to perform an AF acquisition.

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NEX-7 vs X PRO vs E-M5 28mm lens battle! Guess who wins?

NEX-7 vs X PRO vs E-M5 28mm lens battle! Guess who wins? | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

The picture on top (Click here it to see the full size version!) shows an intriguing test made by DSRLcheck. It compares the JPEG quality of the very likely three new most famous mirrorless cameras at 28mm focal length...

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Ummm. Maybe. Ummm. Yes. :: Fuji X-Pro 1 Review

Ummm. Maybe. Ummm. Yes. :: Fuji X-Pro 1 Review | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"I’ve had my hands on the new FujiFilm X-Pro1 for a little over a month now and I have put it through the paces in three countries and on various jobs. If you are a frequent reader of this blog you know the deal. If you are a new reader of my blog let me explain the deal. I don’t pixel peep, shoot side by side comparisons, show images of color checkers and resolution charts, or talk about the new technology packed into whatever camera. Heck, I really don’t do “reviews” that often.

This review is more of a “how-does-this-thing-work-in-the-real-world-and-is-it-something-that-excites-me-or-does-it-just-become-a-photographic-appliance?” kind of review. Also, let me state for the record that I was hired by FujiFilm Middle East, and was paid in camera gear and cash to take this machine for a joy ride. The first thing I said before taking this gig, though, was if I was going to blog about it they needed to understand that I would say whatever I wanted to about it. The good folks at Fuji said they expected nothing less. Especially after my x-100 review. It was that review that put me on their radar in the first place and it was the good folks at Gulf Photo Plus that convinced them they should send me to India. I’ll be doing some stuff with Fuji North America as well. So, full disclosure now aside, let’s get into it after the jump…"

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First Impressions: Using the Fujifilm X-Pro1

First Impressions: Using the Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"First impressions of the Fujifilm X-Pro1. We've been using a production standard X-Pro1 for a little while now, as we work on our review. We took this opportunity to write about our impressions of the camera, including a look at the lenses Fujifilm has developed and whether the Pro1 features the quirkiness of the elegant but initially troubled X100. What's it like to shoot with the X-Pro1 and are the images as attractive as the camera's design? Read on to find out."

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Fuji X-Pro1 Review - Part 2

Fuji X-Pro1 Review - Part 2 | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"The story doesn't end there, however. The X-Pro1 is not simply an autofocus, EVF-equipped, Leica-wanna-be. As is now well known, the X-Pro1 has a hybrid viewfinder, which allows one to go from looking at the world through a glass window, to watching television live off the sensor on a small screen which appears in the viewfinder. This feature has its virtues for rangefinder-emulation, but it hints at a much more profound duality. The realization of this came to me as I was contemplated Fuji's lens roadmap for the X-Pro System. Being launched with a classic 28-50-90 lens line-up obviously evoked the rangefinder gestalt Fuji was aiming at.

The roadmap, however, features both 12-24 and 70-200 zoom lenses, slated for release in 2012-2013. These are lenses which will really only work with the EVF (electronic viewfinder) because (a) the fields of view offered are both wider and narrower than what the optical window can show and (b) it seems unlikely Fuji would be able to create real-time zooming framelines.

These lenses will be an awesome addition to the system, vastly expanding its utility. With them mounted, however, the X-Pro1 will lose most of its RF ethos. In reality, it will become a much better looking version of the Sony NEX-5. In other words, Fuji intends the X-Pro1 to be two completely different cameras in one: first, a modern take on the classic interchangeable lens rangefinder, and second, its entrant in the interchangeable lens EVIL class. This is clever, and expanded functionality can never be detrimental to the photographer. It does make me think, however, that the X-Pro1 is a slightly schizophrenic camera at times, both in the mind of its users and the reality of its performance. After only a week with it, I will pass no judgement on its character, other than to say it is a fascinating attempt at converging diametrically opposite modes of photography into a single machine. Fuji is nothing if not innovative.

So have they succeeded in creating a great camera?"

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Fujifilm X-Pro1 Hands-on Review

"DigitalRev TV reviews the new Fujifilm X-Pro1 mirrorless camera with its hybrid viewfinder and interchangeable X-mount lenses. What does Kai think of this neat looking camera?"

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