Review: Fujifilm X Pro 2

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I saw the Fujifilm X Pro 2 for the first time last December, and when I did, the camera took my breath away. There’s just something about Fujifilm’s attention to details, ergonomics, and the feel of them in your hands. Their cameras are incredible, and I’m shocked that they don’t have a larger market share. All of that came to an even greater forefront when the Fujifilm X Pro 2 was announced.

The camera, which is now holding joint flagship positions with the company’s X-T1, will appeal to those of who were trained on rangefinders. It’s also come a far way from the X Pro 1: with the addition of weather sealing, boosts in ISO performance, a 24MP APS-C sensor up from 16MP, an ISO dial, etc.

The answer to the question of whether or not you should upgrade is a sure enough yes, but it may not be a camera for everyone.

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Reports Point to a Jan 15 Release of the Fujifilm X Pro 2

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For those of us who have forever been smitten with our X Pro 1 cameras, it seems that Fujifilm is going to announce its successor on January 15th. A new report on Mirrorless rumors states that the Fujifilm X Pro 2 will have 1/8000 mechanical shutter speed abilities; and the way that the post is worded implies that there may not be any sort of electronic shutter.

Beyond this, there are also claims of a faster EXR processor. But what’s really going to change may be the ergonomics.

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Magnum Photos Possibly Confirms Release of Fujifilm X Pro 2

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Very few pieces of news make me almost drop my coffee cup while inbibing some precious morning java, but a report from Fuji Rumors did just that. They picked up on a tip that Magnum Photos photographer Hiroji Kubuto was using the Fujifilm X Pro 2 (or whatever the successor to the X Pro 1 is) during the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. The evidence of this was in the EXIF data of the images. Since then, Magnum photos took down the images–but there is an even more interesting nugget behind all of this.

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Review: Fujifilm 35mm f2 R WR (Fujifilm X Mount)

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Fujifilm announced their 35mm f2 R WR earlier this year; and for many photographers and Fujifilm X series camera users, you’ll be glad to know that right off the bat, it is the fastest autofocusing lens from Fujifilm made thus far. Plus it’s weather sealed. Mix all that into the pot and then consider that this is a Fujifilm lens, so it’s bound to be incredible. Indeed, it is.

With nine aperture blades, a weather sealed design, a small body overall that remains low profile in real life uses and great image quality, there is very little to complain about here…for most of us at least.

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Fujifilm X Pro 2 Reported to Launch at CES 2016

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2016 will mark the fourth year that the Fujifilm X Pro 1 will be current in the company’s X series lineup of cameras; and according to Photo Rumors, Photography Bay is saying that at CES 2016, we’re going to see the brand new X Pro 1 successor: which is said to be called the Fujifilm X Pro 2. It’s bound to have upgrades to the sensor, autofocus algorithms, weather sealing, more Fujifilm film renderings (the Instant film renderings of 3000B and 100C would be nice) and we may totally see Fujifilm do away with the optical viewfinder unless they take the route that they did with the Fujifilm X100T.

But in some ways, none of this really makes any sense.

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First Impressions: Fujifilm 90mm f2 R LM WR (Fujifilm X Mount)

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While Fujifilm has had the 56mm f1.2 X lens available, they’ve lacked a longer and more flattering portrait lens. But earlier this year, the company announced their 90mm f2, which has a 135mm equivalent field of view. To date, it’s the company’s biggest prime lens and in some ways is almost as large as the DSLR equivalent that we’ve seen on the market. With a large focusing ring, it’s also quite nice to hold while remaining ergonomically balanced with many of the company’s higher end cameras.

The Fujifilm 90mm f2 R LM WR lens has a $949 price point and incorporates weather sealing, seven aperture blades, three extra low dispersion elements, Super EBC lens coatings, and 11 elements in 8 groups. Weighing 1.19lbs, it’s also fairly hefty for a lens designed for a mirrorless camera.

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Review: Fujifilm X-T10

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Fujifilm’s strategy of taking their pro line and stripping down a bit for the consumer has been most recently reflected with the Fujifilm X-T10. Borrowing lots from the X-T1, this srategy is used often in the industry but with Fujifilm being the newest ILC manufactuer on the market, it’s quite amazing that it happened so soon to its flagship DLSR-style mirrorless interchangeable lens camera.

The Fujifilm X-T10 strips out the weather sealing, removes lots of the dials, and gives the camera a more simplistic interface. But that doesn’t mean that since it’s been stripped down that it can’t take incredible photos.

In fact, quite the opposite is the case here.

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Cheap Photo: Fujifilm Camera and Lens Bundle Discount

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Right now, if you purchase a Fujifilm X Pro 1, 35mm f1.4 and 18mm f2, you can get the entire package for $948 with free shipping. Indeed, we still use the Fujifilm X Pro 1 for our testing and the camera’s quality is still very top notch.

Not interested? There is still a dead where we found number of lenses from pretty much every manufacturer and mount for under $200. Go take a look.

We’ve also found discounts of at least 10% on over 4,000 camera lenses over at Amazon, some at over 25% off, 50% off, and 70% off.

Still in effect, here are some that are 25% off, but there are also lots of wide angle lens options available.Plus, there are discounts on 50mm f1.8 (nifty 50) lenses.

More discounts are after the jump.

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