Reviews

First Impressions: Fujifilm 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR (X Mount) |
The Phoblographer

The Fujifilm 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR was just announced, and photographer David Kai Piper has been playing with it for a little while now. Here are his thoughts in addition to extra images that David allowed us to use not originally featured in his blog post.

Quick overview:
‘This is the new ‘must have’ lens for any Fuji photographer who is a working photographer or someone who wants a ‘go anywhere, shoot anything’ lens.  One of the best X-System lenses made so far.’

Release Date: February 2015 – Full Link to the Press release.
Onsale for near $1.199

  • Weather-resistant design with 14 sealing points
  • 0.06 seconds autofocus speed and nearly silent operation
  • Uses 17 elements in 12 groups, including 3 aspherical lens elements to control spherical aberration and distortion, and 3 ED glass lens elements to reduce lateral and axial chromatic aberration
  • Nano-GI coating alters the refractive index between glass and air to reduce ghosting and flare
  • Nine rounded aperture blades create a smooth, circular bokeh.
  • 1/3 EV steps
  • Minimum working distance of less than 12 inches……

Source: www.thephoblographer.com
 


Fujifilm Fujinon XF 16-55mm F2.8

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Fuji Grips HG-XE1 vs MHG-XE | Derren Hodson

This is a comparison and review of the two grips you can buy for the Fuji XE-1 or XE-2. The original grip for the XE-1 (HG-XE1) and the newer grip for the XE-1 or 2 (MHG-XE) both fit both cameras. The original grip was introduced along with the XE-1 and is required for better handling of the camera with heavier lenses, i.e. 56mm and the 23mm. The original grip was made of plastic and screws onto the bottom of the camera, it has a very nice felt bottom and a self fastening screw. The second version is made of metal and has an allen bolt so you need to have an allen key tool to unscrew and screw it in, this makes it more of a permanent fixture. There is no felt on the bottom but is finished to a high quality, it also has a little lip unlike the original which is flush…..

Source: derrenhodsonphotography.com
 


Fuji Grip MHG-XE

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Fuji X100T : Initial Thoughts | Squonky

That’s quite a statement when you consider the number of cameras I’ve owned and used over all my years as a photographer, film and digital. I’ve owned an X100 for about three years at the time of writing. I was drawn to the original release mostly by the manual controls, the hybrid viewfinder, the relatively large sensor size and the excellent, versatile 35mm equivalent f2 prime lens. All of this packaged in a compact and lightweight (if not quite pocketable) format. The X100 proved itself to me over and over again. It was the perfect camera to obtain great image quality without having to lug around a heavy rucksack full of equipment. I think it really won its place in my affections during a family holiday to Rome in 2012. I decided to take only my X100 rather than all my DSLR kit and it performed superbly, making the holiday more enjoyable into the bargain as I only had a small, light camera with me…….

Source: squonky.wordpress.com
 


Fuji X100T

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Fuji X-T1 Vertical Grip Review | Dave Young

If you’re a Fuji X-T1 owner, you’ll know that one of the very few disadvantages of it is the relatively short battery life, something not uncommon in almost all Fuji models. A simple option to assist you in increasing the shot count is to match it to the X-T1 Vertical Grip. By adding a second battery it doubles the shooting capacity to approximately 700 whilst providing the option to shoot vertical in portrait mode. Attaching to the camera body is simple. Remove the rubber cover on the base of the body which is stowed in a useful recess in the grip for safe keeping and then simply screw the grip into the tripod socket using the sturdy locking wheel.  There are two metal posts on either end of the grip which insert into the base of the camera to help prevent twist or flex of the grip once attached.  The VG-XT1 offers a dust and water resistant body just as the X-T1 does and features twin command dials, AE-L and AF-L buttons, focus assist button and a shutter release button together with a tripod mounting thread…….

Source: daveyoungfotografia.co.uk
 


Fujifilm Vertical Battery Grip VG-XT1

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Mr. Big – The Fujinon XF 50-140mm review | Jonas Rask

Conclusion

The Fujinon XF 50-140mm WR OIS is an incredible lens. It’s as sharp as the sharpest primes in the X-system, and it renders gorgeous out of focus areas. It’s incredibly versatile, and it will most definitely serve as a daily workhorse for many photojournalists, event photographers, wedding photographers and the likes. While not a lens I would add to my setup, this is definitely one of the best lenses currently available from Fujifilm……..

Source: jonasraskphotography.com
 


Fujifilm Fujinon XF50-140mm F2.8

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Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless Camera Review | Shutterbug

Sharpness: The resolution results are excellent. The Fujifilm X-T1 reproduced the ISO 12.233 chart with 3183 lines per picture height, which is nearly its nominal sensor resolution of 3264 lines per picture height. Fine details like the metal structure of the sieve in our standard test box shot or the hair in our portrait shot are reproduced very clearly and without visible sharpness filtering effects. And these are results from use of the kit lens. The camera and lens combination creates images without any chromatic aberration in the image center and only minor aberration effects in the corners of the image. The exposure settings of the standard test box shot are well balanced. The colors have a very natural look and the gray background is reproduced very naturally and with neutral tones.

Noise: The Fujifilm X-T1 showed very good performance in our noise test. The luminance noise level is extremely low. Even at the highest ISO speed settings there are nearly no noticeable color noise artifacts. The camera uses an intelligent and very unobtrusive filtering system that doesn’t reduce image detail like many other digital cameras do in the highest ISO speed settings. Only at the highest ISO speed setting of 6400 did we notice some artifacts that make the anti-noise filtering visible. The dynamic range results are very good. The camera gained a maximum of 11.4 f/stops and keeps a high level of more than 10 f/stops up to ISO 3200…….

Source: www.shutterbug.com
 


Fuji X-T1

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Fujifilm X100S Travel Photography Review | Vincent Opoku

Travelling will always be part of who I am as a person and also part of my photography brand. The people I meet, the stories we exchange, the food and drinks. The cultural experience, seeing things in a different perspective, all this and more helps me grow and develop as a person and as a photographer. But I don’t travel for the sake of photography, I travel for the experience. The images I create along the way is a natural by-product of me being a photographer. Out of a 14-day trip, I probably spend 2 days where I will go out to actively shoot, the other days I will have a camera in a messenger bag along with other items (books etc), and only reach for the camera if I see something that I think is worth capturing. I spent 6 days in Barcelona last summer and I didn’t even bother to take my camera out the during my time there, I just wanted to enjoy where I was. When I travel I tend to just go with the flow, I even book one-way ticket sometimes. I end up moving around  a lot between various cities and countries on a single trip. So it is vital that my luggage is as light as possible. My Fujifilm X100S Travel Photography Review : I have visited 9 countries in the last 20 months or so and explored towns and cities like Chefchaouen (pronounced, Shafshawan – The Blue Pearl), Paris, NYC, Seville, San Luca De Barrameda, Tuscany and Lusaka, to name a few. My X100S has been with me to everyone single one of them, as a result I think I have gotten to know it well enough to share my thoughts and findings on this little gem………

Source: vopoku.com
 


Fuji X100S

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Zeiss Distagon 35 1.4 ZM Review (on Leica M9) | Markus Gerhards

I have to admit that i love the rendering of Leica lenses on my M9 camera and i never owned or even shot a Zeiss lens before. I even decided against an upgrade to the M type 240 because of its cmos sensor and the more modern look this camera produces. But the hype for this new lens model is tremendous and so i was very excited to see how i would like it. Leica lenses are famous for their optical quality. They are almost flawless in actual use and very well build. They render images with great detail, nice color and contrast. Especially some older Leica glass adds some kind of glow that many people love. Pictures also appear to be very vibrant with great transition from focus to out of focus parts. But Leica lenses are also famous for being pricey, especially when it is fast glass. The latest Leica 35mm Summilux with its floating elements costs 4200 Euro. This Zeiss alternative is expected to cost around 2000 Euro. That is not even half the money. So how good is it ? …….

Source: gerhardsphoto.com
 


Leica M Type 240

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Gear Review: The Leica M | American Photo Mag

Camera reviews are rarely occasions for existential reflection. We expect to read about what the camera can do. But the Leica M (also known as the Typ 240) elicits deeper questions: How versatile should a camera try to be? How far from the mainstream dare it stray? What sort of pictures do we want to take with it? How much should it cost? Soon we are in really deep water: What sort of people are we? Why would we (or anyone) buy an M? The M raises such questions for at least three reasons. First, it’s nearly $7,000. That’s before you add the EVF-2 electronic viewfinder ($500+) or put a lens on the front. Second, it’s the latest in a lineage of (non-reflex) cameras that goes back to April 1925, when the Leica was introduced. The M still closely resembles the M3, of 1954. It also accepts almost all Leica lenses ever made, right back to 1931, when the Leica flange/film register was standardized. Third, although rangefinder cameras ruled the small-camera roost until the 1960s, the introduction of the Nikon F in 1959 marked the beginning of the ascendancy of the SLR and later, of course, the DSLR. So, is the M just an expensive piece of history? No. It is about as far from outmoded as it is possible to get. It is arguably as big a leap from the M9 (Leica’s previous flagship model) as the M3 was from the IIIf 60 years ago. It is unique, really: It has no real competitors. If you can get over the price, you may well find the M to be one of the most versatile cameras ever made…….

Source: www.americanphotomag.com
 


Leica M Type 240

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Review: Leica M-P (Typ 240) | WIRED

There’s this routine you go through when you review a camera. The first thing you do is take it out of the box and shoot whatever mundane object is directly in front of you. It’s a throwaway shot, a test to make sure the camera is operational and meets the minimum requirements for calling itself a camera. For this reason, many camera reviewers’ SD cards are half-full of pictures of laptop keyboards, pens, coins, coffee cups, and desk flair. The first thing I shot with the Leica M-P (Typ 240) was a sandwich. The camera’s battery finished charging around lunchtime, and I was eager to see what the Leica hype is all about. Also, there was a sandwich right in front of me. It was supposed to be a throwaway shot. It was something else entirely. It was, quite simply, the greatest sandwich photograph I will ever take. After devouring my delicious subject I dove into the M-P’s menus, flipped the film mode to black-and-white, set focus to infinity, and half-assedly aimed a shot out the office window. The result made me giddy. I couldn’t wait to use this camera to take deliberate, composed photographs……..

Source: www.wired.com
 


Leica M-P 240

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