You’re in the market for a new camera, and you go for the one with the kit lens bundled in. As you scroll through the options, you rub your temples as the f3.5-5.6 aperture becomes a tragic theme. You take a peak at the a99, and that 28-75 f/2.8 looks nice, but you have maybe half that amount to spend on a camera and lens. Then you come across the Fujifilm X-E2. It’s not yet on the market, but that kit lens looks mighty nice. The 18-55mm isn’t that impressive, but the aperture range is f/2.8-4 just like the X-E1 before it. Above all else, you get an aperture ring.
The X-series is an exciting line of cameras, and with each new entry, Fujifilm is strengthening its place in the photography world. My previous X-perience was with the X20, a high-end point-and-shoot, so an interchangeable mirrorless X camera is a breath of fresh air. The Fujifilm X-A1 arrived at my door, and a day later, Chris Gampat lent me his X-Pro 1, Fujifilm 35mm f1.4 and SLR Magic 23mm f1.7. Armed with the X-A1 and glass far better than the kit lens, I set out to make the most of my few weeks with this entry-level offering from Fujifilm.
As time edged closer to 10:00 a.m. last Wednesday in the basement of the Church of St. Paul the Apostle, the photographers from various media organizations readied their kits for showtime. Beyond the large metal door in front of us were the Rockettes out of costume and in rehearsal. I was there on assignment for school, and the Fujifilm X-A1 served as my only method of recording the hour aside from a reporter’s pad. Most of the photographers there had bigger rigs from the likes of Canon and Nikon, and they were probably more seasoned than I was. As the Rockettes dipped into arabesques and kicked high in the air, I raised the X-A1, consulted the LCD, and started shooting.
Street photographers rejoice! The Fujifilm X20 is here. With a sleek black exterior, the X20 makes for an excellent companion for anyone who wants to find their shots on the streets. The camera sports a 12MP 2/3″ X-Trans CMOS II sensor and a Fujinon 7.1-28.4mm f/2-2.8 lens, as well as several film modes should you want to give some photos a vintage touch. Admittedly, I am not a compact guy. I like a big rig, but the X20′s retro aesthetic combined with new age tech specs charmed me. I enjoyed my time with the X20, and I’m sad to see it go. Herein lies my review.
Editor’s Note: In our phone call meeting with Fujifilm, the company stated that the focusing will not be as fast as the XE-1′s.
New winds are pushing Fujifilm’s sails forward. The company has just announced the X-M1, the third installment in the very popular X-series of cameras. The X-M1 shares the same 16.3 MP APS-C X-Trans censor with the X-Pro 1 and X-E1, but unlike the other two, it comes with a newly designed Fujinon XC16-50mm f3.5-5.6 OIS zoom lens. The X-M1 is a compact interchangeable lens camera that packs a lot of punch, and given Fujifilm’s penchant for design, it is an attractive compact companion. The X-M1 will be available in black and silver for $699.95 (body only) in July and in brown for the same price in August. With the Fujinon XC16-50mm f3.5-5.6 OIS lens, it will be $799.95.
On the glass spectrum, Fujifilm has also announced the new Fujinon XF 27mm f2.8 lens. It is compatible with all X-series cameras, including the brand new X-M1. At 2.75 oz, it is an extremely lightweight lens that will be a go-to option for many who want a light kit. With 7 aperture blades and a shallow depth of field, the lens will surely deliver some great results, and it will definitely be a hit with the street photography crowd. It will be available in July for $449.95.
The Fujifilm X-F1 Compact Camera is the latest model to come out of the X-Series, and it breaks into a new class of camera for the series. While the X10 grazed the compact camera field, the X-F1 bravely enters and takes the center stage as their flagship pocketable compact camera. Bowing up to larger competitors like the Canon S100 and Sony RX100, this camera takes a stand as a new way of addressing a common consumer market. With its exclusive lens extension system and the trend-setting retro return to leatherette and metal bodies, this camera boldly stakes its claim in the top shelf as a premium compact camera.
Not one to breeze by on looks alone, the Fuji X-F1 boasts some impressive performance capabilities and the image quality that has become a trademark feature of the X-Series next to their undeniably sexy exteriors. The functionality and interface that Fuji has crafted for this particular model in their lineup also makes for an enjoyable and rewarding shooting experience that makes one wonder how necessary some of the larger and more unwieldy cameras on the market really are for the average daily carry.
So, obviously the Fujifilm X-F1 can boast considerably in various qualities and accolades, but how does this camera really measure up in daily use? I held this question fully in mind as I touted this little wonder around for a couple weeks and hope to impart a little of the experiences I had with this camera as faithfully as I possibly can. Let’s dive in to see just what makes this small image maker really shine and where it flounders.