Fujifilm Releases X100F, X-T20 and XF 50mm F2 WR

Fujifilm X100F

Seven years ago, Fujifilm released the X100, a retro-looking rangefinder-style digital camera that won the hearts of many photographers with its excellent out-of-camera image quality. It especially appealed to street photographers wanting a digital rangefinder but doesn’t want to pay the ridiculous premium for a Leica M system. The X100 featured a revolutionary hybrid viewfinder, giving the advantages of an optical as well as an electronic viewfinder. The X100 has since gone through a series of upgrades, with the S and T models, but while each offered noticeable improvements over the previous, particularly in the AF speed, the 16MP sensor is getting a bit long in the tooth compared to the likes of the X-T2 and X-Pro 2, as well as the competitors.

Fujifilm X100F Top Controls

Today, Fujifilm announced the forth generation of the X100, named the X100F. Following the X-Pro 2 and X-T2, the X100F uses the same 24.3MP X-Trans III CMOS image sensor and the X-Processor Pro, so image quality should be on-par. Fujifilm has increased the number of AF points on the X100F from 49 to 91, and improved the AF acquisition time to just 0.08s.

Fujifilm X100F Rear Controls

Like the X-Pro 2 and X-T2, the X100F has a joystick at the rear of the camera for controlling the AF point’s position, It has also taken on the style of the X-Pro 2’s combination shutter speed + ISO dial. Other minor tweaks include moving controls over to the right side of the camera for easier one-handed operation, and the addition of a front control dial. The hybrid viewfinder now offers image magnification when using the EVF mode. Also new to the X100F is the addition of the new ACROS film simulation mode for B&W lovers.

The X100F will be available from February 16th in black or silver for US$1299. Maybe there will be a graphite edition in future too, who knows?

X-T20

Fujifilm X-T20 with XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS

Fujifilm has also released the X-T20, an update to the X-T10 released in 2015. Just as the X-T10 was the “little brother” of the X-T1, the X-T20 is a baby X-T2. There is no weather-sealing unlike the X-T2, but it still retains several of the X-T2’s features. This includes the same 24.3MP sensor and X-Processor Pro image processor, advanced AF and 4K video shooting. One feature that the X-T20 has that the X-T2 doesn’t is a touchscreen which works in stills, video and playback modes. It also has a joystick control and a pop-up flash. The EVF however, only has a magnification of 0.62x (0.77x on the X-T2.) Just like their other newly released cameras, Fujifilm has added the ACROS film simulation mode to the X-T20 as well.

The X-T20 will be available from late February 2017 at a cost of US$900 for the body alone, bundled together with the XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS lens for US$1000 and with the XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS for US$1200.

XF 50mm f/2 WR

Fujinon XF 50mm f/2 WR

Alongside the two new cameras, Fujifilm has added a new member to their weather-resistant (WR) line of lenses with the XF 50mm f/2 WR. Like the XF 35mm f/2 and XF 24mm f/2, the XF 50mm f/2 is a compact, lightweight and reasonably fast prime lens weighing just 200g. It offers dust and water resistance and is freezeproof to -10ºC.

On the Fujifilm APS-C cameras, it offers a 35mm equivalent of 76mm at f/2, making it an excellent lens for portraiture. It consists of 9 elements in 7 groups, and has one aspherical ED element. Autofocus is via a stepping motor.

The lens is available in February for around US$450 and is available in either black or silver.

 

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Fujifilm Announces X-E2 ILC and XQ1 Compact Camera, X100 Receives Update

Fujifilm X-E2 with 18-55mm f/2.8-4 lens

Is it something about Halloween, or is it just the camera season this time for this year? Anyway, Fujifilm have launched a couple of cameras, and the first is the update to the X-E1, which gives it the X100S’s 16 megapixel X-Trans sensor with the phase-detect autofocus sensors, as well as tweaking it in small but numerous ways from feedback. A company actively listening to photographers. How nice is that? Not that others do not, but Fujifilm seems to be more quick on the uptake. Continue reading Fujifilm Announces X-E2 ILC and XQ1 Compact Camera, X100 Receives Update

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Fuji Announces XF 23mm f1.4 R lens

XF 23mm f1.4 lens
Fujifilm’s new XF 23mm f1.4 R lens

Finally, the lens long anticipated and awaited for the Fuji X mount system, the XF 23mm f1.4 R lens is finally here – the hallowed focal length of 35mm, a common and highly popular moderate wide angle focal length is now available with this lens on any X-Mount camera (currently the X-Pro1, X-E1 and X-M1).

When Fujifilm launched the X-system with the X-Pro1, I was disappointed they did not include any lenses with an equivalent focal length of 35mm in its initial launch, opting instead to go with a 28mm, 50mm and 90mm equivalent set of lenses (the 18, 35 and 60mm XF lenses), though admittedly the 28, 50 and 90 combination is also a very widely popular set of focal lengths.  I can only assume Fuji wants to sell the X100 still, so to protect sales, the 35mm focal length was left to the X100, and later, the X100S.

All is now forgiven with this lens. Reading the press release, here are a number of stand out features:

– Lens distortion has been reduced to the absolute minimum using only optical rather than digital correction, thereby delivering the highest possible picture quality. This means the lens itself has an optical design that is purer and follows traditional optical design principles of getting it right in the lens – instead of some sloppy modern lens designs (I’m looking at you, Olympus and Panasonic lenses) which depend on software-based in-camera lens correction or worse, in-house raw converter lens correction. Score one for this new Fuji!

(YS: Hey hey, it’s a legitimate design for the digital age if you ask me, provided there is enough resolution to deal with the corrections in the first place.)

– The rounded seven-blade diaphragm ensures smooth bokeh even when shooting portraits or product shots at a medium aperture to maintain reasonable depth-of-field. This means bokeh is probably going to be good!

– All lens elements are treated with Fujifilm’s multilayer HT-EBC (High Transmittance Electron Beam Coating) which delivers enhanced durability and ensures an even spread of light across the sensor. Similar to Nikon’s branding of their nano-crystal coat and Canon’s sub-wavelength structure coating, Fujifilm has caught on and brand its new coating with some fancy marketing name designed to induce a level of awe.

– The FUJINON XF23mmF1.4 R features a camera-to-subject distance indicator and a depth-of-field scale on the barrel. Both are useful when manually pre-focusing to capture a fast moving subject, or minimize the shutter lag to capture a fleeting moment. Score another one for this new Fuji XF lens – a real depth of field scale and an actual subject to distance scale allows quick zone / hyper focusing without looking through the viewfinder or at the LCD, and is a great asset to working on the streets.  One quick glance down at the camera and one twist of the lens barrel is enough to achieve the desired zone of focus without even bringing the camera to the eye.

This lens is announced at a time when I’m contemplating an X-Pro1 to complement my Leica M9 as a medium telephoto solution using M mount lenses. If Fujifilm keeps getting things right such as this lens, I’m going to have to build a secondary system based on the X-mount!

X-Pro1 with XF 23mm f1.4R lens
X-Pro1 with XF 23mm f1.4R lens

 

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On Fujifilm’s new X100S…

X100S
Image Courtesy of Fujifilm

David: News of Fujifilm’s new X100S, a seminal update to the venerable game changer (IMHO) hit the web a few hours earlier than the NDA scheduled due to a uhmmm… accidental leak on Fuji’s UK website (riiiigghhht), but rumors of it have been floating around the net a few days before, so it wasn’t a complete shocker to me.

But what a camera…. what an update. Rather than go through all the specs laboriously one by one (other sites do it better, e.g. Fuji’s own X-series website), as a X100 fan and active user, I want to highlight the key features of this update which may have eluded those of you unfamiliar with the X100. This is NOT a news update, but think of it as my ode to one of the most enjoyable cameras I’ve ever used. So, here goes…..

Continue reading On Fujifilm’s new X100S…

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Three Guys’ Camera Picks of 2012

As Christmas, the New Year and possibly the end of the world nears us, we bring to you our picks of various kinds of digital cameras.

Compact
Small and light, compact cameras lets you bring them around with you everywhere you go, never missing a shot. They are also a great complement to your DSLR gear. We bring you our picks for the more advanced compact cameras.

Sony RX100

Sony Cyber-shot RX100

Sony’s latest addition to the high-end compact market. Featuring a 20-megapixel 1” sensor (same size as the one on the Nikon 1 series), a large aperture of f/1.8-4.9 and a 3.6x zoom (28-100mm equivalent), it’s quickly becoming the favourite of photographers looking for a high-end compact camera to complement their SLR setup.

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