Fujifilm posts RAW File Converter update for Windows 8/7/Vista/XP (ver.

From Fujifilm:
The firmware update Ver. incorporates the following issues:

Applicable models for the raw file converter are added as follows

FUJIFILM X-E1 / XF1 / X-Pro1 / X-S1 / X10
FinePix X100 / F800EXR / F770EXR / F775EXR / F600EXR / F605EXR / F550EXR / F505EXR / HS30EXR / HS33EXR / HS20EXR / HS22EXR . . . read more

Metabones Speed booster on a Fuji X-Pro1 with some Leica Glass and a lot of shake, by Daniele Cametti Aspri at (of course) SteveHuff.com

​I believe there is something special about the crowd of photographers posting at SteveHuff.com. I will not delve into the kind of 'special' I'm reffering to, but, in any case, here's a review-or more properly, user experience, with the Metaboners Speed Booster mounted on the Fujifilm X-Pro1 and used with a bunch of (of course) Leica lenses: Leica R Elmarit 19 /2.8, Summicron 35/2, Summicron 50/2 and a Summicron 90/2. Daniele does not go into the very specifics of image quality issues, So I tried to pixel-peep the mostly blurred and noisy pictures she provides with the review, and came out empty handed. And then, there's the Colombus egg:

"But last night when I saw the Metabones Speed Booster ad everything was so clear. It is a Columbus egg! If you cannot have a full sensor size why don’t you reduce the image circle of a full frame lens to an aps c size sensor? The effects are . . . read more

Sony RX100 vs Fujifilm X10 vs Canon S110 vs Canon G15 mega shootout by Ron Martin: He prefers the Fuji X10 for most situations, and his wife agrees.

This is the follow-up to Ron's RX100 review from a week ago:

"I like the RX100 and feel like it makes great images. If you do a comparison of the RAW images you’ll quickly find that it has great RAW images that are hampered by fairly poor in-camera processing compared to the other cameras I’ve tested. At low ISO’s it’s not an issue and they are quite good, but as the ISO’s climb the poor in-camera noise reduction really hurts. As a result, my “always keep your raw images” applies more for this camera than any of the others I’ve tested.

. . . read more

Dan Valicek: Is the Fujifilm X-Pro1 the Leica for the poor man?

I'd say its the camera for the Smart man and woman, the poor Leica snobs suckers usually go with a dented semi-functional Leica M4 they snatched off Ebay or Craiglist for a few hundred bucks. 

"Initially my choice fell with a Leica M9. I’ve dreamt of this camera for years, but the price always made me quickly stop and think. I wanted to give the Leica a chance, so I borrowed an M9. I was excited by the Leica, in fact a lot for me. So of course there was a 9,000 Euro start up cost, with only a 35mm lens. After intense consultations with my conscience and lots of sorrow on my brow, I came next to the M9 and engaged with the mirrorless system cameras. There were a good . . . read more

Fujifilm X-E1 review at the Phoblographer: Do yourself a favor and go pick one of these up for yourself right now!

Christian Rudman reviewed the camera with the Fujinon 18-55mm kit lens. Unfortunately no full-sized image samples are provided with the review.

"This camera is yet another worthy installment in the X-Series of cameras that Fujifilm is producing. While my personal favorite remains the X-Pro1 for its innovative hybrid viewfinder combined with the interchangeable lens mount, this camera I hold in high regards and appreciate the cost savings of $700 (before they started discounting the X-Pro1). However, if you are pairing this camera with a legacy lens that would be focused manually and using the EVF, I would much prefer the X-E1 over the X-Pro1 for its much improved EVF. The pop-up flash is a nice touch, especially since the articulating arm allows you to bounce the flash vertically (I mentioned this in the First Impressions article on this camera). . . . read more

How to clean your Fujifilm's X-Trans sensor: Rico Pfirstinger goes through the process of performing blow jobs, using Rockets and digging the dust, while having a snack.

Everything in this article, besides the Fuji menu options of course, apply to every other camera body, be it a mirrrorless, or a Dslr, so its time to brush up (heh) on the cleaning skills:

"You can run a test to check whether dust has already settled on your sensor. Take an exposure of a blue or white sky, a bright wall, or a white piece of paper with a fully dimmed lens (= the highest f-stop possible). It’s best to use the camera’s automatic exposure bracketing feature (DRIVE button > AE BKT) and to manually set the lens to be out of focus—for the sky, set the focus for a short-range shot, and for a piece of paper, set the focus to infinity. If you then transfer your images to . . . read more

Fujifilm goes back to Film Era technology to battle moire in its new mini wundercam, the X20.

Fujifilm's marketing department always comes up with a bit of a hyperbole when describing some of the their tech, but this time its genuine advancement-or should we say-regression in technological progress. Roy Furchgott at NY Times Gadgetwise blog writes:

"There are a lot of ways to avoid the moiré pattern, but they degrade picture quality, often by making it a little fuzzy. In digital cameras, that is often accomplished with an optical low pass filter, a translucent filter which restricts light. Old fashioned analog photographs didn’t get a moire pattern because the crystals in film and photo paper aren’t even in size and placement. That randomness breaks up the moire effect. . . . read more

Using Adapted Lenses On Your Mirrorless Cameras, by Chris Gampat at Digital Camera Stuff.

"Mirrorless Cameras are not only capable of shooting really amazing images, but they have the ability to do so with nearly any lens. Sure, many systems have their own lens lineups with autofocus and other bells and whistles, but maybe you've got a collection of lenses already. Even if you don't, browse around Flickr and you'll see that people hunt after lenses in order to adapt them to their cameras. If you see yourself becoming one of those lens collectors, then you'll want to keep in mind a couple of pointers before and when you put that lens onto your camera. . . . read more

Fujifilm X-E1 review and comparison to the 5D Mark III by Martin Dopperbauer:The X-E1 is a camera with impressive mechanical and optical quality and great usability. Its images come close in quality to the EOS 5D Mark III over a wide range of ISO settings

Martin provides many full frame image (with intact EXIF) samples along with his review. 

"What I don't like about Fujifilm are their outrageous advertising claims. Sometimes I almost feel ashamed in my honor as an engineer :-) Firstly, there are the exaggeration in the indicated ISO values, cheating of the auto-exposure at high ISO settings and an Auto-ISO function that is constantly using too low ISO levels. With all these measures, Fuji apparently tries to improve noise performance test results.

Then there are untenable statements on the effects of an anti-alias filter. "... Sensor with a unique, highly randomized, . . . read more

Fujifilm X-E1 review at Neo Camera: Image quality of the Fuji X-E1 is top-notch and exceeds all non-Fuji mirrorless cameras. Image noise is virtually inexistent until ISO 3200 and slowly progresses without the usual added softness of noise reduction.

"The Fuji X-E1 is a great successor to the X-Pro1. It keeps the highly tactile interface and unique 16 megapixels X-Trans CMOS sensor while improving in key areas. The more compact design is critical to success among a growing number of mirrorless cameras, plus the new ultra-high-resolution 2.4 megapixels EVF makes for an exceptional usability at eye-level. Image quality of the Fuji X-E1 is top-notch and exceeds all non-Fuji mirrorless cameras. Image noise is virtually inexistent until ISO 3200 and only slowly progresses without the usual added softness of noise-reduction. The output of this camera is completely usable for mid-size prints until ISO 25600. Sharpness is reasonably good with the Fuji Fujinon XF 18-55mm . . . read more

Kent Johnson shoots a fashion jewellery campaign for Oumura with the Fujifilm X-Pro1 and the Fujinon XF 35mmF1.4 R Lens.

Another day, another pro photographer that dares to make the move to mirrorless gear. Here, Kent supplies a lot of photographs with his essay, and some X-Pro1 out of camera Jpeg vs Adobe Lightroom vs Silkypix raw files rendering comparisons. Also, kudos for not stripping the EXIFs out the photos.

"For me the decision to use the Fuji X-Pro1 on this shoot was definitely the right call. The Camera and the XF35mmF1.4 R were a perfect combination for the contemporary fashion look and feel we were after from the shoot. The image quality is superb and the cameras ability to focus accurately and quickly (in that order) allowed me to focus more on what was happening in front of the camera; the shots, than worrying if the shots were really in focus or not. And as I wrote in my X-Pro1 review on Street Fashion Sydney; this is a camera that enhances your photography instead of hindering it.  Love it! . . . read more

Sony E 10-18mm f/4 OSS vs FUJINON XF14mm f/2.8 R vs Panasonic G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH vs Olympus M.Zuiko 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 lens sharpness comparison at DSLR Check.

That's a whole train of wide angle mirrorless system lenses, and it seems the caboose* has derailed somehow, pretty soft and fringy compared to the other 3, BUT it was used with a GH3, not the best of combinations. Kudos to Sony to make such a sharp wideangle (used with a NEX-5R) zoom lens, they had a slow start but seem to have begun catching up by now. As for the Fujinon xf 14mm (mounted on the X-E1), it performs as expected, very sharp with no visible Chromatic Aberrations. The PanaLeica 7-14mm falls a bit behind, but it is the oldest lens of the bunch, by a wide (heh) margin. Click on the image for the full thing. For those daring enough to delve through the Google translated text, here's a snip: . . . read more

Fujifilm Fujinon XF14mm f/2.8 R lens review by Roel Dixon-Mahatoo: I was surprised at how sharp it was wide open – now I have to go and clean the house after noticing the particles of dust in this image :)

Roël​ tested this lens on a X-Pro1 body, and Kudos to him for leaving the EXIF information intact. Too many reviewers remove the EXIF nowadays, why?

"One thing that I have come to appreciate over the past year is that Fujifilm knows how to design/build high quality lenses and their XF 14mm f/2.8 R is no exception. They also have listened to photographer’s feedback and incorporated better manual focus (plus other items such as focus/DOF lens markings) which made this lens really nice to use.  Combine that with its excellent optical quality and you have a winner – especially if you are in the market for a wide angle lens for your X-Pro1/X-E1. $US 899.99 might seem a bit steep to some buyers, but I believe it is fairly . . . read more

A new Sony 3-layer sensor patent revealed, the noose around Foveon's neck slowly tightens a bit more.

As a reminder, we'll repeat that both Canon, Panasonic and Fujifilm have applied for several similar patents each., and as usual, where there's smoke, there's fire. There are two major problems with the current, Foveon implementation of such a sensor. First, the high iso noise is atrocious comparable to that of CMOS sensors almost a decade old, and second, the readout speed is not high enough to obtain HD video at a satisfactory bitrate. For all you techies, here is the pdf documents of Sony's latest 3 layer sensor patent application.  . . . read more

Sony RX1 vs Fujifilm X-E1 comparison by Steve Huff proves that the basic laws of thermodynamics still holds up well (And in this house, we obey them)

Just remember that you can buy ALL currently available Fujinon primes + the X-E1 body and come up with less money than needed  for the RX1 + viewfinder. While this is a quick review, it covers the essentials and is straight to the point.  Initially there's was some readers' uproar about the usage of Lightroom converted RAW files by Steve (X-E1 raws+Lightroom=meh), but then he posted a couple of OOC Jpegs and everybody went "oooh!"

"The RX1 JPEGS are much sharper than the Fuji’s and have that more “robust” look to them as well. As for AF speed, the Sony and Fuji are about the same with AF speed after the new Fuji firmware update of the body and lens and both seem to lock on well in my low light tests (see video above). After shooting them both and handling them both and processing files from both, for me the winner is the Sony. I much prefer the feel, build and lens on the Sony RX1. I also enjoy almost limitless DR and amazing sharpness in my files. I love the shallow DOF and the “Zeiss Pop” from the RX1 and with the Gariz case on my personal camera it feels like a work of art. . . . read more

Fujifilm to release firmware updates for the X-E1, X-Pro1 cameras and the Fujinon XF 35mm lens tomorrow.

Download links provided at bottom of page, but they will become alive tomorrow, because right now we're in the future :) (Via Fuji Rumors) From Fujifilm:

Fujifilm X-Pro1, X-E1 and XF35mm firmware updates available. New firmware versions for the X-Pro1 and X-E1 cameras and the XF35mm lens are now available to download.

Fujifilm X-Pro1 - firmware version: 2.03


* Allows compatibility with the new “XF14mmF2.8R” lens.
* Improved performance of Auto Focus under various shooting conditions. . . . read more

David Cleland tries out the Fujifilm X100s and X20 for a week: Genuinely I think both the X20 and X100s are cameras to get excited about. I suspect they will appear on the “Camera of Year” lists of 2013.

Although he had very early prototype cameras in his hands, he's very pleased by the experience. This from his X100s hands-on preview:

"Fujifilm are certainly leading the way in the mirrorless camera market and we all knew it was only a matter of time before we saw an upgrade to the X100. Despite expecting to see the Fuji X200 the announcement of the X100s came with a very large wave of excitement. I was lucky enough to have the X100s for a week in December and I used it to capture some images around Northern Ireland. Like the X20 I decided to visit Belfast, County Down and my favourite location ‘The Dark Hedges’. . . . read more

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS Lens review by Roel Dixon-Mahatoo: Wide open, it is sharp and bitingly so when stopped down.

Roel takes the XF 18-55mm to the Bahamas and slaps it on his X-Pro1:

The Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS zoom lens is a fine addition to the X camera system.   Fujifilm has a long history of building lenses with high optical quality and it shows.  Having used the initial (and excellent) three prime lenses for the X cameras during the past year, I was curious to see how this (first) zoom would perform.

It did not disappoint. . . . read more

Fujifilm posts full sized image samples from the Fujinon 14mm f/2.8 lens.

Fujifilm is not a manufacturer ashamed of its cameras high ISO capabilities, and it shows in this gallery, with pictures shot from ISO 200 up to ISO 3200. More statistics: Aperture range used is f/2.8 to f/5.6, all shots made in some film simulation mode, with both X-E1 and X-Pro1 being used. . . . read more

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS Lens review by Patrick Leong at Finding Range: Image quality has the same wonderful characteristics as the other XF lenses.

The Lens was tested on the X-Pro1 and X-E1 bodes.

"Like I said in the beginning of this review: I’m stubborn, and stuck in my old ways.  I only like OVF’s.  I only like prime lenses.  But something about this zoom just made me go for it, and I’m really glad I did.  It retains all of the main attributes we all love about the the XF Series lenses, such as, beautiful contrast, color rendition, sharpness, and three-dimensional appeal but in a way that greatly expands the capability, and versatility of the X-Series mirrorless cameras.  Yeah, I can take a stand by saying that it’s a zoom, and I’m only a fixed focal length kind of guy but bottom line is that . . . read more

Best of Show: Top 5 Digital Cameras from CES 2013 by Laura Hicks at Digital Camera Review

"#1 Fuji X100S One word - Luxury. This camera is a beautiful. With a retro camera body that looks almost identical to the X100, the X100S is the epitome of a luxury camera. An advanced 16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II Sensor and improved EXR Processor II make this camera the fastest autofocus in its class. The X100S has a fixed 23mm f2 lens. But this beauty comes at a price. The camera is expected to be released in the spring of 2013 and available for around $1300. I bet your first reaction was, "Wow, that's a lot of money for a fixed lens compact camera." And I will admit . . . read more

Fujifilm X20 preview by Andy Westlake at DP Review.

"The X20 uses an all-new sensor, which like the X10's is of the 2/3" type (~8.8 x 6.6mm), and therefore larger than those used in most of its competitors (see diagram below). But instead of its predecessor's EXR design, it gets Fujifilm's latest 'X-Trans' colour filter array, as used in the company's X-Pro1 and X-E1 mirrorless models and the X100S fixed-lens APS-C compact. This doesn't use an optical low-pass filter, and according to Fujifilm should give higher resolution than conventional Bayer-type 12MP sensors. The sensor is also of the 'backside illuminated' . . . read more

Fujifilm X100S Preview by Andy Westlake at DP Review.

"The X100S sees Fujifilm revisiting the concept and, while the external design is essentially unchanged, it's a very different camera inside. It uses a 16.3MP X-Trans CMOS sensor similar to that seen in the interchangeable lens X-Pro1 and X-E1 models, but now with on-chip phase detection promising much-improved autofocus speed. This is supported by a new processor, the 'EXR Processor II', which includes a 'Lens Modulation Optimizer' function that according to Fujifilm 'overcomes' lens aberrations such as diffraction and peripheral aberrations. The electronic . . . read more

Various Fujifilm X100S and FinePix x20 tidbits, and the conclusion of the Fuji press Event.

  • Fujifilm produced 130.000 X100 cameras during 2012. The demand was far higher than what they anticipated, and at times they struggled to produce enough cameras. The natural disasters that occurred in japan and Thailand also played their role in this.
  • Fujifim senses there is an  increased level of interest this year, after the announcement of the X100S (and X20) and will be better prepared to increase production if needed.
  • The new 55-200mm lens is slated for an April release. Fujifilm will of course honor its published lens road map, but also expand on it. 
  • Price for the X100S will be $1300 and for the X20 $600. European, and especially photographers from the UK will of course pay a whole lot more that that, A.K.A "the Royal Euro Screwjob". Availability is said to be end of March 2013.

Zach Honig at Engadget goes hands-on with the Fujifilm X20 and X100s, check out the 'Digital Split Image" demo!

"At Fujifilm's press conference today, the company announced that both the X100s and X20 will hit stores at the end of March, with the X100s running you $1,300 and the X20 shipping for less than half, at roughly 600 bucks. A new 55-200mm lens will ship in April, with more options planned for later this year. We had a chance to check out both models, and while the X20 appears to be a perfectly capable shooter, the X100s is definitely the premium variant here. The camera has a very solid feel and quite an elegant retro design, as you might expect based on its . . . read more

Romanas Naryskin at Photography Life analyzes and comments on Fujifilm's new X100S camera: Fujifilm is big on customer opinions – they seem to have heard the more known complaints and reacted accordingly.

I'd say Fuji overreacted, no fan of Fuji would ever dream of such a leap in (claimed) improvements. Only major bummer for the people on the street (or so i hear) appears to be the retained rear LCD screen of the X100.

"Lets start with an improved, sharper OLED EVF (still hybrid, thank goodness, and can be switched to optical viewfinder) with 2,360,000 dots. It is likely the very same unit found in Fuji’s latest mirrorless camera, the X-E1. It is also used in other cameras with some tweaks and is, as of today, more or less state-of-art. I’m not a fan of electronic viewfinders as I believe they are not quite there yet in replacing OVFs, but this one comes close enough for me to consider buying the X-E1 or X100S. Expect great sharpness, good dynamic range and deep blacks. EVF allows one to see very well in dark . . . read more

Fujifilm X20 released, gifted with a X-Trans CMOS II sensor, Hybrid AF and a zooming Advanced Optical Viewfinder.

The X20 is aimed straight at the top of the compact prosumer market, having essentially received every upgrade of its bigger sibling, the X100S: From the X-Trans CMOS II sensor with built-in Phase Detection pixels to the new EXR II processor and the focus peaking feature, almost everything is there. What's missing is the "Digital Split Image" feature (Leica rangefinder style focusing), that Fuji reserved for its more upmarket X100S: . . . read more

Fujifilm X100 vs X100S features compared: what are the main differences?

Not only were the rumors about an upcoming X-Trans sensor true, but Fujifilm managed to squeeze a lot more than that under the hood of the X100S. This newbie will give every high end prosumer camera a run for their money, not least, Sony's RX1. The areas that have received most of the attention are speed, sensor and video: . . . read more

Fujifilm unveils the X100s, a camera that takes manual focusing to a whole new level. Also, Hybrid EVF and AF and a new X-Trans Sensor.

Here it is Ladies and Gentlemen, the new, much rumored and talked about Fujifilm X100S: It comes with a high-res hybrid viewfinder, a new X-Trans CMOS II sensor, Hybrid AF, and the what Fuji calls, the world's first 'Digital Split Image' feature which together with the focus peaking should make this camera one of the best there is for manual focusing purposes. Fuji must introduce this combo quickly to where it is needed, their interchangale lens cameras.     Price: $1,299. Availability: March 2013 . . . read more

Fujifilm unveils its latest superzoom flasgship, the FinePix HS50EXR, now with Hybrid technology and focus peaking.

Avoiding the '40' because of the bad luck it brings, Fuji makes the jump from HS30EXR directly to HS50EXR, and the specs are dazzling: A super fast Hybrid AF,a new 24mm to 1000mm equivalent f/2.8 to f/5.6 lens, 11 fps continuous shooting, focus peaking, and a lot more:

Fujifilm Press release

FUJIFILM is proud to announce a new addition to its popular top-end series of FinePix Long zoom bridge cameras. The new flagship FinePix HS50EXR features a manual zoom mechanism for high precision zooming over the huge 42x focal . . . read more

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