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Why I want a Leica Q (in which I mostly don’t talk about the Leica Q) |
Barnaby Britton

I’ve always been fascinated by Leica as a company, but increasingly also as a business entity. In this industry, no other manufacturer has quite the same brand recognition nor quite the same apparent ability to float beyond the normal commercial concerns of – you know, actually selling cameras to as many people as possible at a price that doesn’t put them into cardiac arrest. If they’re being honest, I suspect that most enthusiast photographers have at one time or another aspired to owning a Leica. And really when I say that, I mean a Leica rangefinder. Forget the overpriced Panasonic clones and the cynical and infuriating Leica T (more on that later), it’s the M-series rangefinders that really established Leica’s reputation in the heyday of photojournalism and which still capture the imagination of a many of us, even today. We still say ‘rangefinder-style’ when we speak about compact cameras with built-in off-center EVFs, regardless of the fact that as a technology, rangefinder focusing is pretty well obsolete.   …..

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Leica Q

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Fuji X-E1 on Iceland (18-55mm, Walimex 8mm, LR6) |
Digital Photography Review

After years of almost only reading and benefiting from your great posts here, here comes a post with pictures from my trip to Iceland. We spent two weeks on Iceland, which was our first time there. The four of us rented a 4×4 and went around the island. The weather was changing every other ten minutes and the conditions for taking photos were against us most of the time (e.g. back light, very hard contrasts, rain, storm, snow.. :)). Also it was not yet very „green“ on the island, due to the quite long winter. And we couldn’t take us as much time as we wanted to spot out the best photo places, as it wasn’t a „photoshoot Journey“ only :) ……

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Fuji X-E1

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Lensbaby expands offerings to Fujifilm X mount |
Digital Photography Review

Lensbaby has announced availability of several of its most popular lenses for Fujifilm’s X mount. The Composer Pro with Sweet 35 Optic, Composer Pro with Sweet 50 Optic, Circular Fisheye and Velvet 56 are all now available for Fujifilm’s mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. The Velvet 56 is also now available for other mirrorless mounts including Micro Four Thirds and Sony E mount. Lensbaby’s pricing ranges from $299.95 for the Circular Fisheye up to $499.95 for the Velvet 56……

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Fujinon XF Lenses

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Fujifilm X-T10 First Impressions Review | Digital Photography Review

The Fujifilm X-T1 was a landmark camera in many ways, with it’s extremely high resolution electronic viewfinder, great image quality, weather-sealed body, and engaging control system (we even gave it a Gold award). It’s fairly commonplace for camera companies to follow up successful launches of high-end products, such as the X-T1, with a slightly-stripped down, more reasonably-priced alternative that uses many of the same components; a younger sibling, if you will. The Fujifilm X-T10 is exactly that. At its core are the same 16MP X-Trans CMOS II sensor and EXR Processor II. It carries on the SLR-like tradition (as opposed to Fujifilm’s more rangefinder-like cameras), and offers ample control points, customizable buttons, a tilting LCD, and of course, Fujifilm’s much-loved film emulations. Fujifilm is aiming it at hobbyist and a younger generation of creatives: essentially those who might not be able to afford (or don’t want to spend more than $1000 on) the X-T1, but still want the same image quality it offers…….

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Fujifilm X-T10

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Softbox for the Fuji X100 series internal flash! | Thomas D

My X100s is always with me where ever i go. I love to use the flash for black & white street photography, but hate that the lenshood casts a big shadow on all my pictures. I searched the internet for a solution, but found nothing.. The hood and filter acts as a good protection from sun flare, water and dust, so i always leave them on! I came up with this.. A small softbox made out of thin cardboard, food wrapping paper, tape and tin foil. It is not pretty but works great! No more shadows from the lenshood! ….

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Fuji X100S

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Fujifilm X100T Review | Digital Photography Review


Overall conclusion

The ‚T‘ in X100T is generally taken to mean ‚third,‘ reflecting the camera’s iterative nature. This presents two ways of looking at the camera: as the highest point in the X100 series‘ evolution to date, or a warmed-over X100S to let camera stores stick a ‚New‘ badge next to it on the shelf. Having used the camera for several months, we’re able to take sides on that question. The X100 was a breakthrough camera, when it first appeared: making good on the large sensor, small camera idea first pursued by Sigma. It was attractive, engaging and capable of taking beautiful images. Did I say engaging? Perhaps ‚infuriating‘ is a better word. It was a potentially great camera, riddled with quirks and inconsistencies. However, Fujifilm continued to develop the camera’s firmware (even after it was discontinued), and the X100 today much closer to being the classic that its looks imply. The X100T is a continuation of that process of polish and refinement. Whether it’s the addition of Wi-Fi, the provision of 1/3rd stop increments on the aperture dial or the move to dedicated directional buttons, rather than the cheap-compact style wheel on the back of the camera, there are plenty of changes that make the camera better. Equally, the addition of an electronic shutter option and a greater degree of camera customization make a big difference to how you can use the camera. Oddly the biggest change (the in-viewfinder tab) is the one that makes the smallest difference to the shooting experience. Regardless of how I used it, I didn’t find it added much to the shooting experience…….

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Fujifilm X100T & Accessories

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Loving My Fuji Gear | Skutters

I decided that i needed to do something to get myself out of the rut i had gotten into that is not going out looking for images my Club Photography was suffering as i had no images for the Competitions. The main issue was weight with suffering from lower back prob’s it would not take that long before i would have a aching back when trying to walk around somewhere for the day with the camera bag and Full Frame Nikon Gear, so took the plunge and sold the Nikon Gear to get a X System. I am so happy with this system the last couple of weekends i have been out looking for Landscape shots for an upcoming Landscape Competition, i went out with my XE2 & 18-55 + 14mm a few accesories in a small bag all i needed for the day and it weighed next to nothing.  The only weight being my tripod but i have a strap for that which makes it easier. Plus i have been really happy with the quality of the Fuji lenses i particualy like the 14mm it is a super lens……

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Fujifilm Fujinon XF 14mm F2.8

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Fujifilm unveils Fujinon XC16-50mm II and XC50-230mm II
kit lenses for X-A2 | DPReview

Fujifilm has announced two zoom lenses which will be bundled with the new X-A2 in one or dual lens kits. The Fujinon XC16-50mm II F3.5-5.6 offers a 24-76mm equivalent range and has a closer minimum focusing distance than its predecessor (30/40cm down to 15/35cm). The XC50-230mm II F4.5-6.7 OIS provides a 76-350mm equivalent range on APS-C and appears to be otherwise identical to the Mark I model. No word on whether these lens will be available separately…….

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Metz launches Mecablitz 26 AF-1, a pocket-sized flash for hotshoe
compacts and CSCs | Damien Demolder

Lighting manufacturer Metz is to introduce a new miniature flash unit that is designed to marry with small cameras, such as premium hotshoe-equipped compacts and compact system bodies. With a maximum guide number of 26m/85ft at ISO 100 the Mecablitz 26 AF-1 is many times more powerful than the flash units that come bundled with, or built-in to, this sort of camera – and indeed many don’t come equipped with a flash at all. Weighing 115g/4oz and measuring 63x85x85mm/2.5×3.34×3.34 in, Metz intends this model to be suitably small and light to match the portability of its target cameras – the Mecablitz 26 AF-1 will be compatible with TTL systems from Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Samsung, Olympus, Panasonic, Leica, Sony and Fujifilm. Hinged to bounce at up to 90°, the Mecablitz 26 AF-1 doesn’t allow swivel motion but it will work as a slave unit for the wireless control systems of all the models mentioned, with the exception of Fuji cameras……….

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Hands-on with Fujifilm’s new XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR lens | Digital Photography Review

It’s been on Fujifilm’s X-series roadmap for a while, but now it’s real – the XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR is a 24-83mm equivalent, weather-sealed standard zoom for Fujifilm’s high-end X-series interchangeable lens cameras, which offers a fast maximum aperture of F2.8 throughout its zoom range. As CES gets started in Las Vegas, we grabbed a few minutes with the new zoom….
 
Although by no means a ‚big‘ lens, as this image shows, the 16-55mm is pretty substantial and definitely looks large on Fujifilm’s flagship X-T1. The combination is nicely weighted though and we suspect that the triple threat of a fast-aperture, excellent build-quality and quick AF (we only had a few minutes with a pre-production model but Fujifilm’s claims seem justified) will win over a lot of enthusiast X-series users. Obviously the proof is in the pudding, and we’ll get a sample gallery online just as soon as we get our hands on a shipping-quality sample……

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Fujifilm Fujinon XF 16-55mm F2.8

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