The Phobolographer is reporting that the long rumored firmware updates for Fuji’s celebrated mirrorless compact system cameras, the X-Pro1 and X-E1, as well as their 35mm 1.4 Lens have been released. Here are the details: X Pro 1 (2.03) download link Allows compatibility with the new “XF14mmF2.8R” lens Improved performance of Auto Focus under various shooting conditions 35mm f1.4 (2.02) download link Improved autofocus accuracy and performance XE-1 (1.04) download link Allows compatibility with the new “XF14mmF2.8R” lens Shutter release button now works when an external remote release is connected Improved performance of Auto Focus under various shooting conditions Audio performance has [More]
Steve Huff of SteveHuffPhoto.com compares the Sony RX1 to the Fuji X-E1 in Aufotfocus Speed, Image Quality and High ISO (Low Light) Performance, etc. This really is an apples to oranges comparison since one camera is a fixed lens compact and the other is a compact system (interchangeable lens) camera that costs less than half the price.   Nonetheless, these are two of the best cameras to be released in 2012 and it’s a fun comparison to say the least (just look at the comments, because the trolls are out in full force). For anyone who has read Steve’s posts [More]
Wow, I’m finding all kinds of great stuff about the Fuji X-Series Cameras today, and this post is no exception. Here’s a great article and video by a Pro Photographer named Kevin Mullins who has been using the Fuji X-Pro1 for about a year and as a result, he has ditched his DSLRs and seems to be loving life.  The video above features images shot by Kevin using the X-Pro1 over the last year. Kevin Writes I’ve had “a lot” of conversations with many photographers about this camera.  I always say the same thing.  The camera is amazing, the results [More]
Matt Granger of PhotoNewsReviews compares the Fuji X-E1 to it’s bigger brother, the X-Pro 1. X-E1 is like the X Pro 1 at fighting weight – trimmed of a few features to reduce the price. But how does it compare?  These cameras represent the first generation of Fuji’s X-Series Cameras, and are a monumental achievement in the area of image quality, where they are at the top of the class.  Where the X-E1 and X-Pro1 are lacking however, is in autofocus performance and overall speed, especially in low light.  That being said though, the X-Series cams are favorites among the [More]
Looks like our favorite Aussie, Nate “Blunty” Burr, has landed a new gig with Australian Camera Retailer DigiDIRECT TV as host of their online TV series (Congrats, Blunty!!!). In this episode, Blunty puts the Fuji X-E1 through it’s paces.  The X-E1 is one of our favorite cameras of 2012, especially for still photo shooters who have a little more experience under their belt and want the very best in image quality.  But will the X-E1 earn the coveted Blunty Seal of Approval? Blunty writes:  The Fujifilm X-E1 is the second X series interchangeable lens camera from the fine folks at [More]
In a CES 2013 follow up article titled “What’s in a Look?”, Professional Photographer discusses the latest trend in camera design, that many of the new cameras look like old cameras.  From the Olympus OM-D E-M5 (featured in the video above), which is a virtual doppelganger to the Olympus OM cameras of the 1980s, to the Fuji X-Series Cameras, the Pentax Q and the Leica M9, it’s clear that many of today’s top cameras are borrowing their styling cues from cameras that are decades old. ProPhoto reports:  The vintage revival is something that has been floating around for quite a [More]
Here’s a couple of “First Looks” at the new Fuji X-20 Premium Compact Camera. First, in the video above, the Fuji Guys give you a nice overview of the new camera while highlighting it’s upgrades over the previous model, the Fuji X-10. Below are some first impressions, courtesy of the Phoblographer. The X20 is very much the same camera as the X10 was with some very minor upgrades to the inside. We loved the X10 and in my own mind, I really have to wonder how the X20 will be able to compete with the rest of the point and [More]
PetaPixel posted an article (and the video above) about the “blazing fast autofocus speed” of the new Fuji X-100s compact digital camera.  As we noted in an earlier post, Fuji’s focus in 2013 is on speed, and with their new X-Trans II sensor, Fuji appear to have succeeded in adding that speed to the top of class image quality of their sensors. PetaPixel Reports “When Fujifilm announced the X100s last week, it made the bold claim that the camera had the world’s fastest autofocus system among cameras of the same class. Sluggish autofocus was one of the big complaints owners [More]
The video above is a quick look at the new Fuji X20 Fixed Lens Compact Camera (courtesy of DigitalCameraWorld), which features 50 improvements over it’s predecessor, the Fuji X10, and incoporates Fuji’s new X-Trans II CMOS Sensor and upgraded processing technology. DPReview has also posted a hands on preview based on a pre-production model they got their hands on for evaluation. Highlights of DPR’s hands on preview: At first glance, the X20 looks just like its predecessor the X10, although it’s now available in a very pretty silver-and-black finish, alongside the conventional all-black. But inside it offers a couple of [More]
Fuji have unveiled the the successors to the X-10 and X-100, namely the new X-100s and X-20, at this year’s CES Show in Las Vegas, NV – and this year, Fuji plans to focus on speed. This is good news for fans of Fuji’s breakout X-Trans CMOS Sensor and EXR processing technology, which in my opinion produces some of the best still images that you’ll get from ANY camera.  But the knock on Fuji cameras, like the X-100, X-Pro1 and X-E1, was that their speed of operation and autofocus functionality were sluggish, especially when compared to the competition. Enter Fuji’s [More]
PetaPixel got some Hands On time with the new Fuji X-100S immediately after the company’s press conference, and they were impressed with the new camera’s autofocus speed, which they called “blazin’ fast”. PetaPixel also played around with 2 of the new manual focus features, including Fuji’s new “Split Image Manual Focus”, which is highlighted in the videos above and below (courtesy of PetaPixel). PetaPixel Reports:  One [new manual focusing feature] is something many photographers are already familiar with (and have been clamoring for): focus peaking. The second hasn’t been received with as much fanfare, but is actually quite fantastic. It’s [More]
Billy from the FujiGuys gives a hands on preview of the new Fuji X-100S and highlights the changes from the previous model, the X-100. The X-100S features an all new X-Trans CMOS Sensor with a Phase Detection Pixel built in.  Does this mean that Fuji have now closed the gap in Autofocus speed with other top line mirrorless and DSLR systems?  The demonstrations that Billy gives in the video look promising, but we’ll reserve final judgement until a final production version is released (and we can get our hands on one).  If Fuji have succeeded in producing the lightning fast [More]
Complexmagazine posted a fun video of pro photog Zack Arias hitting the streets of Atlanta to shoot some of the cool and eclectic people he met, and Zack was armed with one of our favororite cameras of the year, the Fuji X-Pro 1. ComplexMag Reports:  If you ask 10 different photographers what makes a great photograph, you’lll surely wind up with 10 different answers. However, there are three constants: a subject, a photographer, and a camera. For our new series, Shots Fired, we wanted to put the hottest cameras in the hands of the best photographers and let them loose [More]
Pro Photographer Frank Doorhof of StudioFD posted a great in depth review of the Fuji X-E1, Fuji’s smaller and lighter followup to the highly acclaimed X-Pro1. Here are Frank’s conclusions:  What’s not to like about the FujiFilm cameras… well maybe if you like the brick look of some of the competition, or if you really want something big and heavy in your hands. But when I look at the camera, the results, the focus speed, etc. etc. I just think that the X-E1 is the perfect companion for the travel/street photographer and will really make you think twice about taking [More]
Here’s a look at the Fujifilm X-E1 from a couple of different reviewers. First up is WhatDigitalCamera (video above), whose verdict on the X-E1 is as follows:  While it may appear to be simply a stripped down, more affordable X-Pro1 to tempt more people into Fujifilm’s CSC family, that would be doing the X-E1 a great disservice. Similar in size to the X100, and combined with a similar premium finish that won over so many fans to Fujifilm’s retro-inspired compact, the X-E1 manages to feel more refined and balanced as soon as you pick it up compared to the rather [More]
DPReview have a production Fuji X-E1 in hand and have posted an extended preview (leading up to their full review in January). Here’s the summary of their first impressions:   The X-E1 is to all intents and purposes a smaller version of the X-Pro1 with the optical viewfinder removed, and a fully-electronic one used in its place. The sensor and image processor are the same, and control layout and user interface near-identical. So you can get a pretty good idea of what it’ll be like from reading our in-depth review of that camera. However there are key differences in the firmware, [More]
PetaPixel have posted their full review of the Fuji X-E1, Fuji’s latest addition to the X-Series and little (and less expensive) brother to the X-Pro 1.  Like us, PetaPixel love the retro styling of this camera as well as the incredible quality of the images it produces. Here’s PetaPixel’s Verdict:   In our opinion, the Fujifilm X-E1 is one of the most — if not the most — beautiful digital cameras on the market today, on par with the X-Pro1 and the X100. Someone clearly forgot to tell Fujifilm that digital cameras aren’t supposed to look this good. The X-E1 is [More]
The Camera Store‘s Chris Niccolls and Dave Paul put the Fuji X-E1 and the Sony NEX 6 to the test in a head to head shootout! The Camera Store writes:  If you’re looking for a small mirrorless camera with a viewfinder, the Fuji X-E1 and Sony NEX-6 are two of the best options out there. But which is the better choice for your style of shooting? Editor’s note:  Looks like the Camera Store guys came to the same conclusion that we did.  The X-E1 is a better stills camera while the NEX 6 is better for video and all around [More]
Dave from Geekanoids takes a look at three Digital Cameras, including the Sony NEX-6, the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 and the Fujifilm XF1. All very different, with different uses planned for them all. Editor’s Note:  Looks like Dave is planning on using the Fuji XF1 as his “take everywhere” camera (for which it is ideal!), the Olympus PEN E-PL5 as his “event” camera and the Sony NEX-6 as his “pimped out video camera”.  Each of these is well suited for the stated purpose, but if you don’t have a ton of money burning a hole in your pocket (which apparently, [More]
Billy of the Fuji Guys is back to outline the top features of the X-E1 X Series premium camera. We at MC are eagerly waiting to get our hands on this little beastie, as it’s bigger brother, the X-Pro1 is one of our favorite cameras – and since the X-Pro1 and the X-E1 share the same sensor and image processor, the X-E1 is sure to produce the same spectacular image quality as it’s bigger sibling. If you’re undecided as to whether you should go the X-Pro1 or X-E1 route, here’s a great article from FujiRumors that addresses that issue. If [More]
PhotographyBlog just published their full review of the new Fuji X-E1, the smaller brother to the highly popular (among MC contributors) Fuji X-Pro1. Here’s PhographyBlog’s Conclusion: Smaller, lighter and significantly cheaper than the X-Pro1, whilst offering the same outstanding and image quality and impeccable handling, there’s certainly an awful lot to like about the new Fujifilm X-E1. The main sacrifice is the removal of the innovative Hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder, replaced instead by one of the highest resolution and best electronic viewfinders currently available – indeed the X-E1’s viewfinder is so good that we hardly missed using the X-Pro1’s optical finder. [More]
When pro photogs got their hands on a pre-production model of the Fujifilm X-E1 at Photokina back in September, there were some questions about the quality of the EVF (Electronic Viewfinder), which seemed to be lacking at the time.  But was this due to the fact that the pre-production model sported an EVF that was somehow incomplete…  and has Fuji fixed the issue in their final production model? PetaPixel asks the same question in a recent post on their website… Here’s their take >> When we handled a pre-production model of the Fujifilm X-E1 at Photokina back in September, we [More]
From the Carl Zeiss Blog… Looks like Über Lens Maker Carl Zeiss is ready to enter the mirrorless market, citing the increasing quality of mirrorless camera systems, like the Sony NEX 7 and Fuji X-Pro1. This is good news for the growing numbers of fans of the Sony and Fuji systems, who’s main Achilles Heel at this point has been the relative lack of quality lenses vs. Micro 4/3 offerings from Panasonic and Olympus. Here’s what Zeiss have to say: With a bang, Carl Zeiss is introducing a new family of autofocus lenses for mirrorless system cameras at photokina 2012. [More]
Last year, Fuji released the X-Pro 1 at the top end of their mirrorless camera lineup. The camera received high praise from pro photographers (and several MC Contributors) for the outstanding quality of the images it produced, which rivaled those of any DSLR system while creating a beautiful, organic feel with a film-like quality. This year, Fuji have launched the X-E1 Digital Camera – a mirrorless compact system camera just a notch below the X-Pro in the remarkable Fuji X-Series. The Fuji X-E1 features a built-in pop-up flash and includes the same, powerful 16MP X-Trans CMOS sensor and EXR Pro [More]