Today, I’m really happy to say that we’ve got Fujifilm X100F samples in our first impressions post. I’ve been super busy as of late, but I’m pretty glad to finally have the Fujifilm X100F in for review. On paper at least, the camera has a whole lot going for it. And it’s also fair to say that after a really long time, many users are going to be very happy with the camera and the progression that it’s taken. Indeed, photographers like Rinzi Ruiz are doing some fantastic work with it. Overall, it’s pretty difficult to take a really awful photo with the camera; except in a few situations.
The new Fujifilm X100F is here and brings with it a number of big upgrades from its predecessor. The Fujifilm X100 series of cameras have always been targeted at street and documentary photographers. They’re fantastic cameras that are both pretty and low profile in design. If you were to equate it to anything in the film world, it would be the Hexar AF. Since it’s inception, the camera has received a number of upgrades in image quality, autofocus, to the viewfinder, and in minor ways to the design.
Let’s take a look at some of the new things that make this camera so exciting.
Fujifilm has made a metric ton of announcements today, and along with the others, we have ourselves the long awaited X100 update, the newly minted Fujifilm X100F. Beyond the X-T line of cameras, probably the most popular line of Fujifilm’s digital cameras is the X100 series, and since Fujifilm unveiled their latest X-Trans sensor technology last year photographers have been clamoring for an updated X100 with the new tech. Continue reading…
Recently, Fujifilm announced their 23mm f2 R WR lens for a very affordable $449 price point. This is the second lens in their lineup to offer an alternative traditional focal length for photographers that want an affordable lens and can’t afford the f1.4 versions. In many ways it follows the same formula that the 35mm f2 R WR does in comparison to the 35mm f1.4 R.
Considering this, there are loads of reasons why the 23mm f2 R WR lens should be very exciting for lots of Fujifilm camera users.
Everyone’s joining the 1-inch sensor camera club. First early reports suggested Panasonic was planning to update the LX7 with a bigger sensor, and now Mirrorless Rumors reports that Nikon will do the same. Leaked specs suggest the camera will have a comfortable grip, narrowing the possibility of bodies down to one of Nikon’s bigger, premium compact cameras such as the P7000.
Supposedly, the new camera will be announced within a week or two and the camera will feature a 1-inch Aptina sensor backed by Nikon’s Expeed 3 imaging processor. In front of the new sensor there will be a f1.8-3.0 zoom lens and the body itself will purportedly be made of magnesium.
It seems like the premium compact camera market is getting hot since Sony’s successful run with its RX100 cameras and Pentax’s notable MX-1. Nikon’s direct competitor, Canon, meanwhile introduced the G1 X Mark II with an even bigger 1.5-inch sensor. Now with a rumored LX8 and Nikon camera joining the fray there could be an interesting crop of cameras beyond the high-end APS-C sensor backed Fujifilm X100s.
Owners of the original Fujifilm X100 are getting a big treat today. The camera, though replaced by the X100s, is being subjected to a firmware update that is said to improve the focus and a couple of operability issues. For starters, the company claims that it will have approximately 20% faster AF speed and enhanced focus distance compared to the previous firmware version. Plus, Close-up focus distance shortened by 30% before needing to switch to macro mode. On top of this, the camera is also receiving manual focus peaking–which helps to negate the original claims that the manual focusing with the camera was useless.
The new firmware update will also apparently shorten the camera startup time by 0.2 seconds. Another change is that pressing the AF button now toggles the focus area selection screen, and the area of your choice can then be selected–just like the X Pro 1.
The X100 firmware v2.0 update is available now at this link.
The fixed-lens compact camera with a larger-than-average sensor is the prothusiast’s most valued companion. Why? Because it promises excellent image quality in a small and light package. Often equipped with lenses between 28 and 35mm, these cameras lend themselves to street photography and journalistic styles. Due to the success and popularity of this camera type, there is now a significant number of models on the market, which can make it difficult to decide which one to get. In order to make things easier for you, here are five fixed-lens compacts that The Phoblographer recommends.
We’ve just received some really exciting news. First off, the Fujifilm X100 was said to be discontinued according to Photo Rumors via Crutchfield camera. At the moment of writing this post, it still is marked as such. However, upon seeing our WCL conversion lens review, our Fujifilm USA rep just told us that this report is false and that the X100 is still current.
So does this mean that there could be a delay on the announcement of the highly rumored X200?