Firing the first big round of announcements is Fujifilm. The X100S gets an upgrade with the X100T. So is Fujifilm doing the alphabet loop this time?
The X100T still has the same 16 megapixel X-Trans II sensor with phase detect pixels on it, along with the same 23mm f/2 lens, so the real big change comes in the hybrid viewfinder, courtesy of an upgraded EVF. The overlay from the EVF can now be used for peaking, the electronic split image manual focusing aid, and even preview film simulation effects. Could this also be a preview of what the X-Pro2 could be like? Remember that with all the new lenses Fujifilm have released a better hybrid viewfinder could be needed for a usable X-Pro2.
The rest of the changes are modest, including an aperture ring that has 1/3 stop click detents, an exposure compensation dial that goes to 3 stops either way, 1080p 36 Mbps bitrate video at 60 FPS with 50, 30, 25 and 24 FPS options, a built-in intervalometer, and a stereo mic input. Looks like Fujifilm are trying to get serious about video now.
The X100T will arrive in November for US$1300, in both black and silver colours, along with a new nifty MHG-X100 grip with a built-in Arca-Swiss dovetail. Not bad.
CK: Not bad at all. Looks like Fuji has tricked down the awesome EVF from the X-T1 which I love into their other models, starting with the X100T. There’s also a new film simulation mode called “Classic Chrome” which film lovers will like. The video improvements are very much welcome, considering how the video looks like on my X-T1 (which is kind of crappy.)
The first of the two lenses is one of the much-awaited f/2.8 zooms, the 50-140mm f/2.8 OIS WR lens. This is the 70-200 f/2.8 class lens you have been waiting for, and as the letters imply, there will be image stabilisation and weather sealing. Only note is that the initial specs seem to list the lens at 995g. The other APS-C lenses over the years (Tokina 50-135, Sigma 50-150) have all been lighter than this. Then again, Fujifilm just blow us all away with this lens. The lens will be available in December for US$1,600.
CK: Very nice lens here, probably only slightly bigger than the Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f/4G ED VR. Price is not too bad for a f/2.8 zoom with OIS.
The other lens is a bit of a surprise: It is a version of the already released 56mm f/1.2, but with an apodization filter. Basically this is Minolta’s Smooth Trans Focus (STF) trick, which uses an neutral density element that produces more pleasing out-of-focus effects. As this will result in light loss, this trick is not commonly used. The 135/2.8 STF had an effective light transmission of T/4.5, which is about one-and-a-third stop, whereas it seems from the lens markings here that the 56mm APD will lose about one stop.
If you want your bokehlicious effects, the lens will be available in December for US$1,500. Yikes that seems like quite a jump from the original 56mm f/1.2.
Finally there is a new edition of the X-T1, in a dark silver finish. It does look more fetching to me than the usual plain “silver” or “chrome” finishes. Other than the appearance, this new version also adds an option to the EVF that mimics an optical viewfinder, showing a scene without embellishments, as well as an electronic shutter option that allows 1/32,000 shutter speeds and completely silent operation. The camera will be available in November for US$1,500.
CK: This is definitely classier than the typical chrome finishes found in “retro” cameras. I still prefer the black finish though. The changes are rather incremental – not quite enough to make me want to switch to this from the “old” X-T1. As with Fuji’s tradition, a firmware upgrade in December will bring some of these benefits to the X-T1 as well. And that’s one of the things I like about Fuji, and would like to see more camera makers doing.by