Fujifilm Introduces X-T10: A Mini X-T1

14Fujifilm has announced the X-T10, which is a smaller version of the X-T1. The X-T1 was quite well-loved by many photographers, and CK and David here at Three Guys With Cameras added it to their camera bags. The X-T10 takes most of what is great about the X-T1, including the 16 megapixel X-Trans sensor and EVF module, and puts it into the a smaller, lighter package. It also incorporates features found in the new firmware of the X-T1, so hopefully we get faster autofocus right from the start this time.

08Being a smaller camera targeted at a broader market, a few changes have been made; the two-level ISO and drive mode dial has made way for a dedicated dial devoted to the latter. Also missing is the dedicated metering mode switch. ISO and metering mode will presumably be handled by the Q menu or by assigning the custom Fn button.

A new addition is the Auto switch. Previously on most Fujifilm cameras, only the standard PASM exposure modes were present, meaning beginners who liked the camera but with little or no knowledge of photography terms would be left a little lost. The new switch is to help them, I assume. The old-timers might cringe, but having more newcomers buying into a system is not a bad idea – even if Fujifilm treats the camera business as a sideline, it would be nice to see their decision to make such nice cameras be rewarded financially.

06The X-T10 will arrive in June for US$800, with a 16-50 XC kit for US$900.

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Fujifilm Announces X-A2, XF2, and Updated Kit Lenses

Fujifilm X-A2 Front with Tilted LCD
In the doldrums that is right in-between CES and CP+, Fujifilm has announced a series of minor updates to some of their products. I know, it is not the most exciting thing, but look at it this way: The possibility of other announcements is still there. Normally manufacturers announce the less exciting products away from peak announcement period to avoid getting drowned out by other, more interesting products.

First up is the X-A2. As the entry level camera to the Fujifilm X system, the X-A2 now has a flip-up LCD screen for selfies. The 16 megapixel standard CMOS sensor is still the same, as is the rest of the camera.

Next up is the XQ2, which adds Classic Chrome film simulation mode. Yes, that is the only change from the XQ1. I am guessing Fujifilm wants to have another go with the XQ camera as the first camera got a lukewarm reception, even though it was competitive with Canon’s Powershot S120. It has the same 2/3″ X-Trans sensor along with a 25-100mm equivalent f/1.8-4.9 lens.

Finally the two XC kit lenses, the 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 and the 50-230mm f/4.5-6.7 have also been given modest updates. The 16-50 focuses closer to 30cm, down from 40cm, and the 50-230mm has slightly improved OIS. Fujifilm also claims better build quality for both of them, though it looks like the lens mounts are still going to be plastic.

The X-A2 will be available in February for US$550 with the 16-50 II, while the XQ2 will be available in February for US$400.

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Fujifilm Launches the X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition, X100T, X30 In Singapore

Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Edition with XF 56mm f/1.2APD
Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Edition with Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2APD

Fujifilm Singapore launched the X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition, the X100T, X30, XF 54-140mm f/2.8 and XF 56mm f/1.2APD at One Rochester on 11 Oct 2014. The event was opened to anyone who registered, and I decided to check it out. Continue reading Fujifilm Launches the X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition, X100T, X30 In Singapore

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Fujifilm Announces X100T, X-T1 Graphite Silver, and Two XF Lenses

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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?

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Samyang Announces 10mm f/2.8 APS-C Ultrawide Prime Lens

Samyang 10mm f/2.8

Well, it took SOMEONE long enough. Even though it lacks autofocus and is much larger and heavier than the Nikon 20mm f/2.8 I used back in the film days, at least there is an option for those on APS-C cameras to use. Since this is a lens designed first for SLRs, it will not quite have the compact size needed for mirrorless cameras however, as the very short focal length compared to a typical SLR’s flange distance means more extensive retrofocus design is required. If it lives up to the usual Samyang reputation, expect a good lens at a decent price – the current press release is from the UK, so it carries the higher-than-average price of £470 for the Nikon version, and £430 for the other mounts, including less popular mounts like the Canon EF-M and Samsung NX.

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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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Fujifilm Announces X-M1 Mirrorless Camera, Fujinon XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS Lens and XF 27mm f/2.8 Lens

Fujifilm X-M1 in Brown, Black and Silver with 27mm f/2.8 and 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6mm lenses.

Fujfilm probably thought that they needed to compete with the small camera crowd like the Panasonic GF cameras or the Sony NEX cameras, so they have gone ahead and released the X-M1. At first glance, it seems to be more of an extreme version of the X-E1; where the X-E1 reduced the size by getting rid of the bulky optical hybrid viewfinder mechanism, the X-M1 in turn excises the EVF completely and makes the photographer rely solely on the 3″ VGA screen. It’s not all bad news, as the screen now tilts, and there’s also Wi-Fi for wireless sharing. There is also focus peaking (which is also coming to the X-Pro1 and X-E1 via a firmware update, in some good news for existing users). The camera retains the same 16 megapixel X-trans array sensor found in the X-Pro1 and X-E1.

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All the new things!

Here’s a quick update of what else arrived in Singapore in the last week. Firstly the Nikon 1 V2 is now available, and the basic kit price is at over S$1,000. I have yet to try the camera personally, unlike CK who managed to spend some quality time with it in Japan, but I don’t think that whatever the improvements are, it is going to be worth that kind of price premium. A camera like the D3200 is almost 20% cheaper, despite costing more to produce. Nikon really needs to re-evaluate their pricing on the 1 line if they are going to be competitive with the other mirrorless system cameras. Along with the V2 also comes the Nikon 1 18.5mm f/1.8 lens. So if you want a fast prime for your 1 system, this is a good start (and currently the only start, if you ask me).

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Fujifilm X-E1 Now on Sale in Singapore

Silver and Black versions of the Fujifilm X-E1

We Singaporeans seem to be getting quite a number of cameras early: The X-E1 is now available from your favourite camera store in Singapore. Fujifilm promised a cheaper body with faster AF, and I think they have delivered. With the same 16 megapixel sensor on the X-Pro1, I think it will sell well. As for myself? Well… that 14mm f/2.8 does look pretty enticing…

CK:  Ok, I saw that alt text. The black one does look better. If I am looking for a mirrorless camera, I’ll totally consider this. I really dig Fuji’s excellent high ISO performance seen in their X100 and X-Pro1 cameras. Having used a Nikon V1 for a short period of time, I don’t think the lack of a optical viewfinder like the X100/X-Pro 1 is a big deal for me for such a camera. And it’ll for sure beat the daylights out of any of that obscenely overpriced German camera (and even the one that’s going to be released.)

(Image Credit: Fujifilm Press Image)

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