First Impressions: Fujifilm XF 23mm F2 R WR

Fujifilm photographers, there is a new lens on the block, just released this past week, it’s Fujifilm’s new Fujinon 23mm F/2 R WR–the second release in their new compact weather-sealed prime lens series following the 35mm F/2 R WR. Designed to provide the ultimate image quality, while remaining small, compact, weather resistant, and most importantly for X-Pro2 shooters, out of the way of the optical viewfinder on the X-Pro2.

We just got our hands on this beautiful new lens, and while more time will be needed to draw full conclusions in our final review, today we have some initial impressions for those of you who have been thinking about picking this bad boy up.  Continue reading…

The New Fujifilm 23mm F2 R WR Lens Will Cost $449

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We have known it was coming for a while now, and after a series of leaks, and rumors today Fujifilm made the 23mm F2 R WR official. Joining the 35mm F2 WR in Fujifilm’s line of small weather resistant fast prime lenses, the 23mm will focus quickly and pair perfectly with Fujifilm’s latest camera offerings like the X-Pro 2 and X-T2.

The XF 23mm F2 WR will have that same quality build and finish we have come to love about the 35mm F2 WR, with its all metal construction and quality aperture & focusing rings. This will be a great alternative to the 23mm F/1.4 for those who need a smaller, more compact, faster focusing option with that traditional 35mm (full frame equivalent) field of view. More specs are after the jump.

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Review: Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f2.8 (Fujifilm X Mount)

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Fujifilm’s X-system has been lacking a serious mid-to-long range telephoto zoom. The last and only zoom like this that we reviewed was the XF 55-200mm f3.5-4.8, which, given its construction, zoomed externally. It also had a variable aperture, and while it was slightly faster than most comparable zooms, it was still a variable aperture. Now, we have the XF50-140mm f2.8, a dense metal barrel with internal zooming, a big lens hood, and a tripod collar that makes the whole thing look like a spaceship.

With that said, it’s very nice.

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Fujifilm Announces the X100T and a Silver-Graphite X-T1

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The X100T

The rumors are true. Today, Fujifilm is introducing the X100T, its new flagship compact camera. But we’re also getting a silver-graphite edition of the X-T1. The X100T supersedes the X100S as the top-of-the-line compact camera with a host of new features at the same price point of $1299.95 in mid-November 2014.

At its heart though, the X100T is mostly the same camera as the X100s with the exception of a new film mode and built in WiFi being the two new standout features. The camera retains the same 16.3MP APS-C sensor that the X100s has along with the same 23mm f2 pancake lens. Photographers will also be happy to know that there is an interval timer on the camera. Otherwise, know that the camera otherwise sports seven Fn buttons, additional stops on the exposure compensation dial, and the ability to adjust the aperture in 1/3 stops.

The flagship X-T1 interchangeable lens camera comes with a new silver-graphite body, an updated EVF and a higher shutter speed of 1/32000 sec at $1,499.95 in late November 2014. There’s also a black weather-sealed 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 lens that will come bundled with the X-T1 for $1,899.95.

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Fujifilm Announces 56mm f1.2 R APD and the New 50-140mm f2.8

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That right there is the update to Fujiilm’s venerable 56mm f1.2 lens. This new version has APD affixed to the end of it which stands for apodization. Essentially there is an APD filter in front of the lens element, which helps to sharpen what’s in focus and make bokeh richer. This’ll be a boon for portrait photographers providing that they want to pay the extra money for it and not just do all that work in post-production. It will drop in December for $1499.95.

There’s also the new weather-resistant 50-140mm f2.8 R LM OIS WR. The X-Trans APS-C crop factor gives the lens a 35mm-equivalent field-of-view of 76-213mm. Zooming is internal (which helps with the weather sealing), and the lens can work in temperatures as low as 14 F. It also comes with optical image stabilization, which’ll help in shaky conditions, and the 23 elements in 16 groups help to substantially reduce chromatic aberration. The lens will arrive in December 2014 for $1599.95.

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The Fujifilm X-T1 Might Get a Silver Variant

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That low-res image is a mockup of a silver-graphite variant of the venerable Fujifilm X-T1. According to the folks at Fuji Rumors, a Japanese site leaked the image of the yet-to-be-released option. If anyone finds the all-black X-T1 to be too understated, you can pick one of these up when it transcends the rumor-scape into reality.

There are also some $100-off deals right now on Fuji glass. The 35mm f1.4 is going for $499. The 23mm f1.4 is going for $799. The 14mm is going for $799, too.

We really, really liked the Fujifilm XT1 when we first reviewed it, and since then one of staffers went on to purchase one. Plus we’ve seen that it’s great for things like shooting weddings and lots more. Personally, we think that the camera looks better in black and most folks will go purchase that one anyway. However, silver cameras surely do tend to look nice–as per Fujifilm’s X100s. We hope that it doesn’t come in the shade of silver that we see above and instead maybe something a bit more chrome looking. Additionally, it may mean that some silver lenses may be on the way too.

Why I Chose Fujifilm Over Full-Frame

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With a few weeks to go before the end of May, when I was due to fly out to Istanbul for a summer internship, I found that I was in the market for a new camera. I’ve been a Sony shooter for the past four years, and since I would be photographing quite a lot for the internship, I wanted to have another camera. If my a580 bit the dust, it would be far too expensive to replace it here in Istanbul, and I couldn’t take that chance. I was caught between an a99 and any of Fujifilm’s offerings. I ultimately went with the X-Pro1.

Here’s why.

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Review: Fujifilm XF 55-200mm f3.5-4.8 R LM OIS (X Mount)

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In my nascent tenure as a Fujifilm shooter, I’ve worked primarily in the medium to wide focal spectrum, from 55mm at the longest to 10mm at the widest. I’m primarily a street photographer, so I’ll have to find a balcony for anything longer than 50mm. The 55-200mm f3.5-4.8 was a welcome change that proved to be a valuable piece of glass for the time that I had it.With a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 83mm-300mm, this lens was great with portraits and performance. The zooming is, however, external, so it’ll add considerable heft to any X-series camera in your bag.

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