Earlier this year I decided to part with my X100 and just focus on building up my lens collection for the X-E1. It was sad to part with the X100, it was a lovely camera that’s taken some great photos, but after you’ve been using a faster more modern camera it’s always a bit jarring to go back to something a bit older and clunkier. As my budget wouldn’t stretch to a shiny new X100S, my choice of replacement X lenses were the 23mm f1.4, the 27mm f2.8 or 35mm f1.4. The 23mm while amazing, was really too expensive for me, and also a little bit large and heavy. I wish Fuji would offer a smaller and less expensive f2 variant. Between the 27 and 35 it was a harder choice, both were within budget and ticked the right boxes for sharpness, size and weight. Ultimately I decided the 35mm focal length (52.5mm equivalent) was a little long for my tastes and the truly tiny dimensions of the 27mm helped seal the deal…..
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When I was here in Dubai for Gulf Photo Plus, the guys from Fujifilm were generous enough to give me a new Fujifilm X-T1, the Fujifilm 23mm f/1.4 (35mm full-frame equivalent), as well as the Fujifilm 27mm f/2.8 Lens (~40mm full-frame equivalent). I shot with it everyday for around a week. Overall I like the camera a lot and would highly recommend it (superb image quality, great form factor, and responsive). Some downsides are that the AF isn’t as accurate and quick as other cameras (like the Olympus OMD)– although it is a huge improvement from the X-Pro 1 and x100s. Hope this improves with future firmware updates…..
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At the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, I worked the entire trip with the Fuji 10-24mm, which was made for that place. Even at 10mm, you can’t hold it all as a straight vertical. So I keystoned it (pointing the camera up and getting converging lines) and brought the verticals back in Photoshop. There were a lot of people in the same spot shooting at this gorgeous mix hour. Many were in front of me. But with the X-T1′s articulating finder I held the camera up high over my head to avoid them. With the OIS, this unwieldy grip did not matter. Everything was tack. This is a good example of the Fuji 10-24mm f/4′s rectiliniear look, even all the way zoomed out to 10mm. This lens if going to make a lot of architectural and real estate shooters very happy. The 15mm (FF) equivalent of the Fuji 10-24mm zoom makes views possible that are not doable with less wide lenses. Even here, I was at 10mm, and pushing it to get everything within the arch. But what I love is how straight the lens is — superwide zooms just aren’t supposed to be this straight. They generally go from barrel to pincushion, with a straight-line moment happening about halfway through the zoom. This thing is remarkably straight through the range…….
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Did you really expect anything else? Fujifilm’s 56mm f1.2 is the sharpest mirrorless camera lens that we’ve tested. Not only that but it exhibits beautiful bokeh, pretty good color rendition, almost no distortion, focuses quickly, and is built well. It’s a bit expensive though, and for that reason we really only want to recommend it to the creme de la creme of the X series users. Shooting images of your cat or breakfast with this lens is a total waste and will make the theoretical photography gods weep tears of fixer fluid. You’ll get the most out of this lens when using it in the studio–so that’s where we recommend that anyone aspiring to get this product uses it. Flash will give you the absolute sharpest images and that’s how you’ll really be able to take the most advantage of what this lens can give you……
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Fujifilm knows a thing or two about making high quality fast primes — just look at the results of some of the other Fuji primes we’ve tested (even the zooms are highly-regarded). So, we were very excited to test this newly-available Fujinon XF 56mm ƒ/1.2 R portrait prime, hoping that this super-bright, 85mm-equivalent focal length lens would be another stunning piece of glass from the folks at Fuji. This solidly-built, all-metal, professional-grade lens features an optical design that’s comprised of 11 elements in 8 groups, including two ED (extra low-dispersion) elements and one double-sided aspherical element, plus four elements with a convex surface facing the subject, which altogether to reduce spherical and chromatic aberrations for superior images, according to Fuji……
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The X-T1 changes all of this and pushes to a more all-around use of the camera, a use you would usually consider allowed only by reflex cameras. From this weather sealed camera, with its big central viewfinder, is ergonomics that will easily allow a massive use with big zoom lenses we all expected a good alternative to a medium range Reflex camera. In the field the continuous AF showed more than acceptable performances, it also exceeded our best expectations eve if it’s not as polite as other AF systems around. We’re talking about the possibility to tweak your AF settings in order to better face the various situations you may find around. Many high level reflex camers let you decide how responsive the C-AF has to be, based on what you think you’re going to shoot. Let’s say you need to quickly focus on many different subjects…you can decide to set your Af responsiveness to “fast”. If you need to stay on the same subject for a long time you can set your responsiveness to “medium” in order to better face those situations when you just lose the subject for a moment. You can also set the responsiveness to “slow” if you want to avoid your camera to lose the focus from your subject if something falls in between you and the subject, or behind the subject. I’m pretty sure many don’t even know anything about this, and there’s nothing wrong in that. The situations in which a setting like that can come in handy are not so frequent. Also, it’s not only the camera. The lens has its own part in the AF performances of a camera, and this is true for DSLR, CSC and any other camera in the market. Price, build quality, design are all elements that affect the AF preformances of a lens as well as sensor size, brightness and focal lenght.…….
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The Fuji X-T1 is the latest compact system camera release from Fujifilm, and while the specifications are similar to the recent Fuji X-E2, the design of the camera’s body, increased speed and weather resistance down to -10C make this latest Fuji X-Series release an interesting option for both high-end enthusiasts and professionals. Internally, the Fuji X-T1 shares the same 16.3-million-pixel X-Trans CMOS II sensor and EXR Processor II as its sibling the X-E2; however, the external shape of the camera’s body is different, offering more control dials on the top-plate and a new 0.5-inch 2.36-million-dot OLED electronic viewfinder, which Fuji claims offers the world’s highest magnification (0.77x) for a digital camera. There’s also a tillable 3in, 1,040,000-dot LCD screen on the back of the X-T1, and when you rotate the camera to shoot portrait format images, the interface automatically rotates along with it…….
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We’ve come to a point with cameras where the image quality of the top of the line cameras is so good, that the sensor sizes are mattering less and less. The E-M1, X-T1, A7 cameras all offer superb image quality. You’d have to really look to find issues in any of them for most any shooting circumstance. This is excellent news for anyone who loves cameras, because that tech will not only trickle down, but it means you can just buy the camera that you like the best and rest assured it will serve you well even if you want to try and be a “pro” photographer some day. I like the X-E2 better, but that is only because the sensor is the same as the X-T1…..
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When Fujifilm first announced their 56mm f1.2 lens, everyone got excited. The company announced an f1.2 lens for an APS-C sensor system–truly making it the fastest aperture lens for a mirrorless camera system with autofocus capabilities (Panasonic’s 42.5mm f1.2 has more in focus at a given aperture due to the smaller Micro Four Thirds sensor.) and despite the fact that it’s real full frame depth of field equivalent is around f2, that’s still not so bad. With seven aperture blades and a field of view of 84mm, this is perhaps one of Fujifilm’s most specialized lenses ever due to the fact that it begs to shoot portraits……
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I walked into a coffee shop in the hip part of town where the poorest neighbourhood in Canada meets industrial meets trendy hipster meets lawyers and architects zone. I prepared to sit down by unloading all my stuff from around my neck when I heard someone from behind me say, “Hey, is that the new Fuji X-T1?”. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. This camera is creating a lot of buzz in the technology industry. Even people who aren’t following the mirrorless trend has heard about this camera. Why all the interest? Is this camera really such a big deal? From a technology stand-point, there really isn’t anything ground breaking about the new Fujifilm X-T1. It has most of the inner guts of the recently released X-E2 (see my full review here), but the ergonomics and functionality of a modern DSLR, with a bit of retro styling and functionality of an old school film camera. Nothing new here folks. Olympus pulled off this combination recently with the release of the OM-D EM1 (successor to the EM5). It has great ergonomics, functionality, retro-styling, DLSR performance in a reasonably sized mirrorless body… but it has a micro 4/3 sized sensor. That in itself isn’t a bad thing, but many serious photographers wanted everything that the OM-D provided but with a larger sensor. Sony came out recently with their A7 series of full-frame mirrorless, but it’s awkward looking (ok, I know this is subjective and irrelevant to shooting ability, but its important to many), ergonomics is a bit odd, not many lenses available yet (except with adapters) and the performance (mostly AF) was below what people were expecting. Why couldn’t someone make a camera that functions like the Olympus OM-D, but with a larger sensor size like the Sony A7? ……
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