Fuji Announcements

Fuji Announcements
'The Fuji faithful are suitably impressed and Fuji will probably hold on to their 3% market share. But this is a very competitive area and most of the X-Pro 2's competitors now have 4K video, which the X-Pro 2 doesn't. I'm sure that when a proper grip is added it will handle well but this, together with the somewhat pointless X-70 and the even more pointless X-E2 'upgrade' are hardly going to set the photographic internet alight.'
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Fuji X Trans Sensor and Adobe Camera Raw - The real deal at last?

Fuji X Trans Sensor and Adobe Camera Raw - The real deal at last?
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The latest version of Adobe Camera Raw, 9.1 has this from Adobe:-

'Reduced “color blur” artifacts when processing Fujifilm X-Trans raw images. In collaboration with Fujifilm, we are still investigating methods to improve fine detail rendering and overall edge definition.'

Now as Fuji X users we might be entitled to ask 'WHY HAS THIS TAKEN SO LONG!!!!!!!'

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OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 II 12-40mm f/2.8 compared to FUJI X-T1 16-55mm f/2.8 - Part 2 and Conclusion

OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 II 12-40mm f/2.8 compared to FUJI X-T1 16-55mm f/2.8 - Part 2 and Conclusion
'If you've already chosen Fuji or Olympus then you're probably happy with what you've got and neither camera or lens has compelling reasons to make people change systems, as far as I'm concerned. However, some thought as to what might be the common photographic situations that you find yourself in, would be useful if you are considering one or other of these choices, if you are looking for a new system.'
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OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 II 12-40mm f/2.8 compared to FUJI X-T1 16-55mm f/2.8 - Part 1

OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 II 12-40mm f/2.8 compared to FUJI X-T1 16-55mm f/2.8 - Part 1
'Two cameras based on traditional film SLR designs from each companies past. Two 'standard' zoom lenses, both with fixed f/2.8 apertures throughout. The Fujinon 16-55mm is approximately 'equivalent' to a 24-83mm in 35mm terms, the Olympus 12-40mm is approximately 'equivalent' to a 24-80mm in 35mm terms. I've used both combinations over the last few months and what follows is an analysis of what each camera offers, how it handles in real world situations and how then two cameras compare in terms of usability and still and video results.'
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Hybrid Choices - The Fuji X-T1

Hybrid Choices - The Fuji X-T1
'Fuji make nice cameras, even nicer lenses, but as a hybrid camera they are pretty much non-starters. Because of the video. As you can see in the example at the top of the page, the footage created from the X-T1 can't really cope with a lot of complex movement. Nice 'dreamy' feel, but when this level of quality is easily bettered by my smartphones, there's something seriously wrong.....'
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Olympus 12-40mm, Fuji 16-55mm, Nikon 24-85mm - Standard Zooms - the ideal lens?

Olympus 12-40mm, Fuji 16-55mm, Nikon 24-85mm - Standard Zooms - the ideal lens?
''Standard zooms' are the most common lenses around, due to many version being bundled with cameras and becoming 'kit' lenses. In my early film days it used to be a 50mm f/1.8 or f/1.7 that came with that new camera, but for some time those have been replaced by zooms. And in many cases, people never buy another lens. They don't get much attention, unless they have a fast aperture, but I suspect that the majority of images taken on interchangeable lens cameras are with a lens of this type. So this type of lens with this type of coverage must have something going for it. '
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The Cream of the Mirrorless crop - Leica T, Fuji X-T1, Sony A7 II, Olympus OM-D E-M5 II.

The Cream of the Mirrorless crop - Leica T, Fuji X-T1, Sony A7 II, Olympus OM-D E-M5 II.
'Currently sitting on my shelf are four cameras which are the latest mirrorless interchangeable lens models from four leading camera manufacturers. For me they demonstrate just how far these alternatives to DSLR's have come from that original Panasonic G1. When I first bought and used that camera, I could hardly have imagined that cameras such as these would be my go-to picture taking taking devices for the majority of my work.'
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Head to Head - Fuji X-T1 and SONY A7 II

Head to Head - Fuji X-T1 and SONY A7 II
'When Fuji brought out the X-Trans sensor, they were eager to claim image quality on a par with 'full-frame.' They have also on many occasions reiterated their commitment to 16MP. So time to put their money where their mouth is and let their current top of the range X-T1 go head to head with Sony's new A7 Mk II. '
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Fuji 16-55mm f2.8 R LM WR Fujinon Lens - Is this the best Fuji X lens ever?

Fuji 16-55mm f2.8 R LM WR Fujinon Lens - Is this the best Fuji X lens ever?
'I bought the Fuji 16-55mm f2.8 R LM WR Fujinon Lens to try out, use for a while, write some review articles about and sell on. Well, that went well then, since in fact I've ended up keeping it and selling all my other Fuji lenses! Why? Well, it may or not be the best Fuji X lens you can buy, but it's certainly my favourite.'
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The Photography Show 2015 - Part 1

The Photography Show 2015 - Part 1
'A bigger hall, lots more exhibitors and stands and crowds of people. The figures show a steady decline in camera sales, but walking round the show and seeing the number of photographers eager to see the new stuff and talk to the reps, I got no sense of that. I was surprised by the size and scale of the show and the overall enthusiasm for photography.'
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Fuji X-T1 16-55mm zoom compared to Sony A7 Mk II 35mm prime

Fuji X-T1 16-55mm zoom compared to Sony A7 Mk II 35mm prime
'I carried out a very interesting test today, that surprised me and I suspect will surprise you too. I've been very impressed by the 16-55mm f/2.8 Fuji zoom and I thought I'd give it a tough comparison test, up against the Sony Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 lens on the full-frame A7 Mk II.'
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Mirrorless Cameras - Past, Present, Future?? The evolution of serious Mirrorless Photography.

Mirrorless Cameras - Past, Present, Future?? The evolution of serious Mirrorless Photography.
'The future we can contemplate with mirrorless cameras is as uncertain and exciting as it's always been. I'm fascinated that my small enclave of mirrorless enthusiasts has expanded to occupy a huge section of the photographic internet and in some cases dominate it. Mirrorless is clearly a section of the marketplace that engages and interests people. Sometimes this goes a little further than it should and seems to be at the expense of creating photographs, but there is no doubt that we all chatter about mirrorless interchangeable camera systems much more than we do about anything else. And the fact that the majority of the manufacturers have now heavily invested in them is testament to the fact that they aren't going away and are going to continue to be the most discussed cameras and lenses out there'
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Fuji X Roundup - Iridient Developer 3 official release - Classic Chrome - 16-55mm 'starburst' sun.

Fuji X Roundup - Iridient Developer 3 official release - Classic Chrome - 16-55mm 'starburst' sun.
'OK I give in, I like Classic Chrome. I've had it set for all the images I've shot with the Fuji XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR Fujinon zoom lens and it's snuck up on me. As I've written several times before, it's not Classic and it's not Chrome, but I have warmed to it's cool colours. (See what I did there!!) '
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Fuji X-Pro 1 + 17-60mm f/2.5-3.2 (sort of!) with Metabones Nikon>Fuji Speed Booster ULTRA

Fuji X-Pro 1 + 17-60mm f/2.5-3.2 (sort of!) with Metabones Nikon>Fuji Speed Booster ULTRA
'You'll not have heard of a 17-60mm f/2.5-3.2 lens for the Fuji X system, interesting as that might be, but that's what fitting my Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 to my X-Pro 1 via a Metabones speed booster gives me. '
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Metabones Speed Booster ULTRA for Fuji X cameras -X-T1 + NIKON 20mm f/1.8G and 100mm Series E f/2.8 lenses

Metabones Speed Booster ULTRA for Fuji X cameras -X-T1 + NIKON 20mm f/1.8G and 100mm Series E f/2.8 lenses
'Now I don't know what caused it, the adapter, the lenses or my increasing the saturation on the classic chrome jpgs. I shot, but I really like this set of images. Grey dull light, but keeping the aperture wide has produced a very other worldly set of images. So an interesting and creative start to my work with the Metabones Speed Booster ULTRA. Camera was the X-T1 and because of the 'fast' lenses and adapter, everything was at ISO 200. '
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