Fuji Announces a Bevy of New Gear, Including X100T

Fuji X100T Fujifilm has earned a reputation as a company that listens to its customers and offers improvements on their products and firmware to cater to their customer base. In the case of firmware, Fuji has updated firmware for cameras that were already succeeded by newer models. Kudos for that.

But it turns out there’s also a flipside to that continuous improvement. That became obvious today, when Fuji announced a few products that are just slightly improved or slightly different from stuff that hasn’t been on the market that long. [Read more…]

Fujifilm X-T1 Review; Bit of Sony A7R & Olympus E-M1 Thrown In

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On my desk, between the keyboard and my monitors are three goodies: the Fujifilm X-T1, the Sony A7R and the Olympus OM-D E-M1. Take the best of each, combine that and you’ll get the near-perfect camera. Fat chance of that happening, so I’ll forget that thought and focus mostly on the newest of the bunch, the Fuji.

I’ve been shooting with it only for a little over a week and only with one lens, the 35mm f/1.4. They’re both rentals. I picked the 35mm lens because it has a good reputation and because I have equivalent lenses for my Sony and my Olympus, so I could make some fair comparisons. More about that later.

I was really looking forward to the Fuji. It just looks right for a guy like me, who grew up with cameras that had dials for stuff that was important. Dials that meant something. More importantly, dials that did only ONE thing. In modern cameras, one dial can have multiple functions and you have to remember all of them.

So the Fuji looked right. The right size, the right color (I’m a big fan of black), the right dials, even some lenses with real aperture rings. Awesome. This looked like a camera I had been waiting for. [Read more…]

The Perfect Camera: Fuji Olympus Sony X-T1 E-M1 A7R

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With Fujifilm’s announcement of the X-T1 today, I think I’ve found the perfect camera. It has the size and top plate of the X-T1, the functionality of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the sensor of the Sony A7R. Simple.

I’m only half joking, actually. I do love the design of the Fuji and hope that they got the actual feel and workings of the dials and buttons right. But I can’t imagine giving up the speed and especially the excellent in-body stabilization of the Olympus for the more retro looks of the Fuji.

And that Sony does beat both the Fuji and the Olympus in terms of resolution. It would be even better if my imaginary camera had a setting that allowed it to shoot in full-frame 24 megapixel-resolution RAW format for when you don’t need the 36mp.

I read a funny and spot-on comment on one of the forums last night. The person said how it’s interesting that at first the mirrorless cameras moved away from the look of DSLRs and now they’re all trying to make their mirrorless cameras look again like DSLRs. The hump is back.

Retro Right?

Yesterday, I wondered if Fuji would get retro right. It seems that they largely did, at least from the looks of the camera. Yet, DPReview* complains about some of the friction and locks of the dials and the placement of the buttons on the camera back. I won’t draw any conclusions until I have handled the X-T1 myself, at some point in the future.

 

*See how I link to DPReview because it makes sense for you, the reader, but that DPReview would come after me if I linked to my own site when posting in their forums, because this is a commercial site and thus a competitor. Talk about paranoia.

Here’s the commercial part. You can pre-order the Fuji X-T1 at B&H:

Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless Digital Camera
Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens

Unfortunately, my perfect camera is not yet available for pre-orders. Maybe some day.

 

Will Fuji Get Retro Right after Mixed Nikon Df Reception?

20140115-DSC_2957Tomorrow, Fujifilm will announce its new DSLR-like mirrorless camera in the X-series. From the teaser and the leaked pictures, the camera (rumored to be called X-T1) will have a retro design with dedicated dials for key functions. Just like the Nikon Df.

Coming on the heels of a highly controversial camera like that Df, the question will be whether Fuji got retro right. It largely did, at least design-wise, with the X100 and the X-Pro 1, but both these cameras had/have drawbacks in their first iteration. The X100 apparently had a very slow autofocus, at least until Fuji released a firmware update that addressed it to a certain extent. The X-Pro1 apparently lagged a bit as well compared to its mirrorless peers.

On the other hand, the Nikon Df, which I have used for the past two weeks, is overall a very capable camera with a versatile sensor, but didn’t get retro 100% right. If anything, the Df has too many dials and tiny little locks to deal with. What should have been simple is instead a jumble of analog and digital controls. [Read more…]

Now That’s Interesting: New Fuji SLR-Type Camera Coming Up

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Fujifilm is teasing us with a new X-camera, this time a SLR-style camera with a retro look being launched in a week, on January 28.

There are tons of rumors flying around about its specs and its name, but I’m not going there. I’m already excited enough by just looking at the top plate.

Just look at that:

– all the right buttons and dials, including an aperture ring on the lens, without the clutter of the Nikon Df (drool…);

– small, tight, basic, just what you need and no more (drool…)’

– a large viewfinder from a company that did the X100S optical/electronic viewfinder so well (drool…).

Remember this is the company that got retro almost perfect in a rangefinder-looking system. Maybe it can manage the same thing with a SLR-like system. Maybe, because we don’t know how the camera actually functions and what the back looks like.

The cynic in me says this is just an updated X-Pro 1 with the rangefinder-like viewfinder replaced by a SLR-like viewfinder hump, but I’ll try to shut up that voice and wait with excitement for more.

If this camera is going to be as competent as the Olympus OM-D E-M1, we’re going to be in for interesting times. Especially if it’s priced right.

That’s it for navel gazing at this point. More when the actual announcement is made.