Just Touit – Zeiss Touit 12mm | Simon Goldsworthy

An appalling pun and my final conclusion is probably a little more balanced with respect to the subject of this post, the Zeiss Touit 12mm. Its equivalent focal length is 18mm, which is very wide indeed. High level, this is a very good lens and if you like 18mm equivalent you should consider buying it for your Fuji X camera. I haven’t tried the NEX version (having sold all my NEX gear) but I would be willing to bet it looks good in a similar manner on the 16mp sensors and not so good on the NEX-7. Those who have seen my previous post will realise I was very happy with the results from the 32mm. I wasn’t sure about my initial results with the 12mm but it’s grown on me significantly. Readers hopefully realise that I’m a WA lens addict and I love to play with perspectives. None of the shots here are corrected for perspective/keystone issues and I’m happy with that (though I might not be for a different subject)! ….


The only reason this lens doesn’t deserve superlatives left and right is the existence of the Fuji 14mm. If the Fuji didn’t exist or was a little bit more average, the 12mm would be a must buy lens, as it is it’s a very good lens that’s not as good primarily because of variations in sharpness in the corners. However there is no question in my mind that a person wanting the widest lens available shouldn’t hesitate in buying the Zeiss instead of the Fuji 14.

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Lens Comparison: Zeiss 32mm f1.8 vs Fujifilm 35mm f1.4 (X Mount) |
Chris Gampat

We’ve been playing with the Zeiss 32mm f1.8 for a little while now on the Fujifilm X Pro 1 and it dawned on us from the comments that it could perhaps be a competitor to the Fujifilm 35mm f1.4. The lenses share many similarities but also have a couple of key differences.


While both lenses are quite good, Fujifilm has a major advantage with a more affordable offering while also retaining a better build quality. However, Zeiss has faster focusing and better image quality. This is kind of a tough test to consider but we should all take comfort in knowing that both lenses are excellent. But on a personal scale, I’ve always had a love for Zeiss products the same way that Steve Huff loves his Leicas. And in the end, I’ll have to give the win to the Zeiss despite owning Fujifilm’s lens.

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Fuji X-Pro 1 Raw Conversions | Jim Gamblin

The other day while going through my blog reading, I happen to come to Lloyd Chambers web site  Which I must say is a very good review site, albeit a paid subscription is required.  Mr. Chambers had a done a recent review of the new Fuji X100S. It appears Mr. Chambers is not a fan of the Fuji X-Trans sensor, which appears in the new X100S, X-Pro1 and XE-1.  There are plenty of examples in his review showing “artifacts” or smearing of fine detail.  The examples include a piece of worn fabric, a paper label form a bottle and a leafy scene all presented at “actual pixel size”, which I take to mean at 100%.  These appear on the “free”part of his site, dated 23 April. Later on I visited Ken Rockwell’s site  where I noticed he had also done a recent review of theFuji X100S.  In the review there were also examples, which looked entirely different then from diglloyd’s.  Even though there were some similar examples (e.g. a rope net and a brocade like fabric, both which can be viewed at 100%) there isn’t any of the smearing of fine detail that diglloyd’s has shown. Now let me make this clear, I am an owner of the Fuji X-Pro 1 and I do love my camera.  It may not have the professional build quality of a Leica.  Nor is it the end all camera.  But it is a joy to use and produces some pretty good files.  The X-Pro 1 has been in my possession for over a year now.  So it is safe to say I do know a little about the camera.  As of yet I have not experienced the same effects from “artifacts” or smearing of fine detail that Mr. Chambers has shown.  Really! To try and at least bring to rest in my mind I decided to do a little test.  In thinking about this test, I chose four pieces of material, that I thought would present some difficulty to the sensor’s ability to avoid smearing and or moire effect.  In addition I chose red material as I thought this would also test the sensor. Shot in RAW and Fine jpeg.  For the test I used four different RAW converters; Adobe Camera RAW 7.4, SilkyPix which came with the Camera, Raw Photo Processor 64 and Apple’s newest update to Aperture.  Along with a SOOC jpeg.

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Olympus OM-D E-M5 vs Fujifilm X100s: so similar yet so different! |

Well, for us, it is a way of pointing out not only the strengths and weaknesses of each model, but it is also an occasion to summarize our personal experiences with them. It is a place where we can give you advice about the style of photography that best suits these cameras, while helping you answer that tricky question: which model is best for me?

You won’t find scientific comparisons but rather our personal experience with each camera based on a real-world usage. For more information about the cameras, you can check out our reviews and galleries across the site (relevant links are mentioned throughout the article).

But that is not all: it isn’t just about us. If you’ve had the chance to use both of these cameras and want to share your opinion about them, feel free to leave a comment or even write to us at We would love to hear your two cents! ….

So, if you went through the entirety of my comparison, you can probably already guess what my conclusion is: we simply can’t say that one camera is better than the other, because they are two different models that have been designed for two completely different purposes. The important point is that both produce excellent image quality. You really have to make hypercritical comparisons to highlight the differences between the two, even though their technical specifications may suggest otherwise.

The E-M5 is certainly more versatile: the Micro Four Thirds system offers a great variety of lenses from Olympus, Panasonic and third party manufacturers, and it has all the accessories you need to use it as a real alternative to DSLRs, with the advantage of it being lighter and smaller.

The X100s is very good at what it has been designed to do: street photography. It is small, light and discreet. Despite its few weakness, I really enjoy using it and I am starting to employ it as a second body not only for personal purposes but also professional. At the same time, I know it won’t ever become my main camera, as I would always miss the beauty of a good wide angle lens, for example.

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Aperture vs Lightroom Faceoff for Fujifilm X-Trans Raw Decode |
Derrick Story

Adobe made a little noise with the release of Lightroom 4.4 and its working closely with Fufifilm to provide top notch decoding of .RAF files from Fujifilm X-Pro1, X-E1, X100S, and X-20 cameras. This lead to some speculation that Apple would be left out in the cold with Raw decoding for X-Trans sensors.

Well, apparently not. Apple today released Raw Compatibility Update v4.05 with support for these very same cameras. So how do these two applications stack up for Fujifilm camera owners?

No image editing was enabled in either application. Files were saved out at the highest export settings. So what you see here is essentially how each application decoded the .RAF files from a Fujifilm X-20 camera. (Imagine how the Raw files from the X100S look!). In my opinion, both applications do an excellent job of handling .RAF files. And the fact that both Apple and Adobe had the RAW updates so quickly after the release of the new X-Trans cameras (X-20 & X100S), says that both are taking these cameras seriously. Well done….

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COMPARISON: Fujifilm X-E1, X100s, X20 & X10 | Ron Martinsen

I recently reviewed the Fujifilm X-E1 and really enjoyed it. As a X10 owner, I’ve been very interest in the X series cameras by Fujifilm so I had great hopes that they would continue to improve. They have, so I was thrilled last week when my review copy of the X20 arrived, but I was shocked when the X100s arrived this week. I thought – how perfect, I can finally get to compare some of the most exciting Fujifilm cameras all at the same time! I was in the final stages of my X20 review and quite happy with what I was seeing, so to have the new X100s in the mix is going to delay my original plans a bit. However, I think many readers will enjoy a first hand account of how they compare. I hope you stick with me for this and the subsequent articles where I do just that. Now before anyone blows a gasket, I realize that the X10/20 are very different from the XPro-1, X-E1, and X100s cameras. I’m including this comparison simply because I have all of the cameras together. I also often get asked about all of the X series cameras, so here’s a one stop shop to find out what I think.
I’ll dive into more details in my upcoming X20 and X100s reviews, but let me just say – Fujifilm fans rejoice – the engineers have listened and taken these charming cameras and made them usable. I’m definitely buying my X20 review unit and I’m going to have a hard time not getting the X-E1 replacement down the road (I still prefer interchangeable zoom lenses with stabilization)….

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Back to old habits…or looking foward…? Leica or Fuji? | Nicole Struppert


My opinion is, that the xPro1 is doing a very good job but the M is a bit better.

The question now is,  would I go back to Leica?

Well, a though question – I still love the Leica feeling, the way to take pictures and the Leica look of the M – but after shooting for one hour with the rangefinder, my eye problem were back. But, even if I wouldn’t have the issues with my eye, I am not sure if I would purchase the new M. With a 35 mm lens the M costs around 8000€ – 9000€.  That is a lot of money!

There was a customer at the Leica store who was asking me if the new M is worth it?

If you have the money and you love shooting with Leica YES! Instead purchasing the new M getting a used M9 or M-E – NO! The M9 is not as good as the xPro1! You get the much better package & deal with the Fujis! I will stick with Fuji! They make a brilliant job! Using the xpro1, x100 etc. is fun, it is light, fantastic lenses and the IQ is awesome and I don’t have any eye problems!

…so, what about the RAW workflow?

Last week I decided to give another try – to work just with the jpegs and change a bit my settings. But it seems that the RAW file issue is now solved!  Today Adobe released the new version of Lightroom. It includes now a correction to the demosaic algorithms for Fujifilm cameras with the X-Trans sensor. YEAH – problem solved! I just downloaded the new version and I am thrilled!  The files look awesome… I can get now the look I want and cant wait to start my editing process. My pictures are getting back their soul and that feels damn good!

So, back to old habits?

No – I am looking forward to I stick with Fuji – for two reasons: First of all they make fantastic cameras and lenses and secondly they hear what customers say! They improved the X100 after getting feedback from Pro photographers and customers and worked together with Adobe to solve the RAW Processing problem. I just purchased the new x100S and I’m very curious to find out about the faster AF and improvements!

Is Fuji the new Leica?

In my opinion, NO – Leica will always be Leica. These are 2 different camera systems and brands… Owning a Leica is much more than owning a camera or a tool to take pictures with. You’ll get a hand crafted camera with soul. It is a lifestyle and everyone who ever owned a Leica knows what I try to say.

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Fuji X100s vs Fuji X-E1 vs Canon 5DMK2 vs Nikon D800 |
Jens Peter Randt

Kein Labor! Kein Vakuum! Es war das echte Leben, das uns an diesem Tag in Erinnerung rief, dass eine Kamera sich ganz anders anfühlt, wenn sie aus Metall ist! Und da dieses echte Leben mit Schwung aus Nord-Nordost kam, brachte es verdammt wenig frühlingshaftes mit. Wir ersparten uns das Notieren von Messwerten. Unsere verfrorenen Nasen und die Bilder sollten beredt Auskunft über gefühlte  – 10° Celsius geben. Doch breiten wir den Mantel des Schweigens über unser Wehklagen, schließlich nehmen wir etwaige Vorzüge des Sommer ja auch in Kauf. Hoffentlich bald. Die nagelneue FUJI x100s war angekommen und bettelte förmlich darum getestet und verglichen zu werden. Natürlich draußen! In freier Wildbahn! Erwähnten wir die Temperaturen? Nun, es wundert Euch also nicht, dass sich niemand aufdrängte, um uns stundenlang für Vergleichsfotos Modell zu stehen. Niemand, außer dieser einen sexy Backsteinmauer. Für diese eine sexy Backsteinmauer ließen wir sämtliche digitale Kamerasysteme, mit denen wir aktuell fotografieren, antreten. Den ganzen Technik-Schnickschnack ersparen wir Euch und uns an dieser Stelle, da sämtliche Features der neuen x100s zur Genüge im Netz abgefeiert werden.

Es treten also an:

  • Canon 5DMK2  & EF 35mm 2.0  // 21 Megapixel
  • Nikon D800 & AF-G 24 @ DX-Mode  (36mm Brennweite am Kleinbild ) // 16 Megapixel
  • Fuji X100s & 23mm 2.0 (34,5mm Brennweite am Kleinbild)  //  16 Megapixel
  • Fuji X-E1 & 35mm 1,4 (52,5mm Brennweite am Kleinbild)  // 16 Megapixel

Leider lässt das für diesen Test passende Fuji XF 23mm f1.4 noch auf sich warten. Ein Blick auf die Fuji Lens-Roadmap verrät aber einen Erscheinungstermin 2013. Im nächsten Post gibt es dann Bilder aus der Werkstatt von Lutz Graichen von Windflüchter Boards. Lutz baut in Rostock „Custom Made Surfboards“, also ganz nach den Wünschen seiner Kunden und Timo war mit der Fuji x100s beim Shapen eines dieser „Bretter nach Maß“ dabei…..

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Fuji X100s vs Nikon D800 ISO 6400 | Jens Peter Randt

Da ich meine Fuji X-Pro1 verkauft habe und sie nun doch etwas vermisse, habe ich mir eine Fuji X100s bestellt. Zum einen da sie für Hochzeiten einfach perfekt ist – klein, unauffällig, stylisch, flüsterleise…unglaublich leise !! – zum anderen um zu sehen ob all die kleinen Probleme nun der Vergangenheit angehören. Nur soviel Vorweg, alles arbeitet perfekt. Der Autofokus ist schnell, sicher, sozusagen “spielende Kinder tauglich” und man hat nicht mehr das Gefühl das die CPU in der Kamera hoffnungslos überfordert ist. Zusätzlich ist da noch die unglaubliche Blitzsynchronisation von 1/4000sec (Zentralverschluss macht’s möglich). In den nächsten Tagen lassen wir die Kleine mal gegen verschiede Kameras antreten, darunter eine Canon 5DMK2, Nikon D800 & Fuji X-E1…..

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Fujifilm X100S First Look & Comparison with the X100 |
Matthew Maddock

I spend the evening, night and next morning with the camera (I was up at 6 to keep trying it!) and tried it in all the sort of situations that I’d normally use my X100.  I had already decided I wasn’t going to upgrade (at least not yet) as my X100 is now pretty much just a personal camera and I have other commitments to buying some more professional work kit before I can go and drop £1099 on a new camera just for fun!  I was none-the-less excited about the latest Fujifilm camera as I’m a huge fan of their X-Series cameras.  I know I might not have had it to test for a long time, but I know how I use my cameras and I know what sort of shots I take and put it through the same sort of routine I would on a daily basis with my X100 and can spot any issues pretty quickly.

I first ran around the house chasing my little girl and trying to get photos of her (any camera that can get in-focus shots of her has got to be good!)  The X100S was certainly getting a lot more hits than my X100 would normally do.  I started to believe the hype surrounding this camera, and some of the things I’ve read online.  I was already thinking of how I could explain to my wife that I wanted yet another camera after telling her previously that I didn’t need it!  +1 for the X100S! My wife and I were due to go out to a restaurant that evening.  The X100S came along (as my X100 would normally). To start with it was performing well, then it got dark.  I couldn’t get it to focus on my wife’s face.  I gave up and switched to MF, and using the brilliant split-screen focusing I could continue shooting without any more frustration.  Wow, that split-screen focus-assist mode is fantastic – whoever thought of putting that on the X100S should get a large pay rise!  Twist the focus ring, it zooms in automatically, line up the split rectangles and boom! You’ve got your shot.  I do remember saying something about not using MF on my X100 and wondering why anyone would bother, well with the split-screen assist mode I can absolutely see why someone would use it!  +1 for the X100S!  Sadly though the love affair with this new camera was starting to fade – it was still missing in auto-focus and frustrating me.  Again, it was faces that it had a problem with – I don’t know what it is with Fujifilm and faces, all their X-Series cameras seem to suffer from this issue! After we got back, I took a wander around the streets in the dark on my own (I do love night time scenes in a deserted town).  This time I took both the X100S and the X100. I carefully set both cameras to identical settings beforehand.  I started testing out the high ISO to compare the two cameras.  The X100S really does out-perform the X100 here, anything over ISO 1600 and you can really notice the difference, get to ISO 6400 and it’s seriously ahead, another +1 for the X100S. Then things started to go wrong again.  I found a bench lit by a streetlight from above.  The X100S resolutely refused to focus no matter what I did.  I switched to split-screen, but because the bench had only horizontal slats I couldn’t see the splits in the focus panel! Now I understand why they put focus-peeking in as well!  I got it focused and took a few shots, then switched to my X100 – bang, AF locked first time!!  I repeated this over and over, checked the settings on both cameras – the X100S totally refused to focus where the X100 got it every time.  I couldn’t really believe it – after everything I had read about how wonderful the new AF system on the X100S was and that it was slaughtering the poor old X100, but here I was with the X100 locking AF where the X100S just wouldn’t!  Several other incidents that night proved to show the same thing. I got up early the next morning and sat the X100S and X100 up side-by-side to do a video comparing the two, running through the differences and the new X100S menu system, followed by some AF tests.  Initially the X100S was outperforming the X100, as I fully expected that it would do, then I turned the lights out – the X100 started focus quicker than the X100S. I closed the blinds and they both ended up pretty much identical!  There is one case where the X100S is very clearly way ahead of the X100 and that’s close range shooting – you no longer have to switch to macro mode for things that are at close-ish range (30-50cm) to get it to autofocus reliably – and that’s where the X100S was beating my X100 the previous evening shooting my little girl.  The X100S is so much faster than the X100 at that, you can hardly tell that they are related. The problem comes when you get into low light, where phase-detection doesn’t work all that well.  For some reason it looks like Fujifilm have installed an older AF firmware routine in the X100S than the X100!  As I say in the video (below) I think a lot of people, particularly ones that only ever used the X100 at launch don’t realise just how much better the X100 became after Fujifilm started releasing firmware updates for it.   If you don’t believe me then have a look in the video below.  I’m not trying to put the X100S down, I’m a massive Fujifilm X-Series fan and I’d much rather tell you that it’s better and harp on about how wonderful it is and you should buy it, but I’m not going to lie just because I love Fujifilm! ….

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