Why Prioritize the Fujifilm 56mm F1.2 MK II Lens Now?

Why update the XF56mm f1.2 so soon after the XF50mm f1.0 was launched?

It’s no secret that some of Fujifilm’s XF-Series lenses are getting rather long in the tooth. There is certainly no shortage of people who’d like to see some updates. As the Fuji cameras get better and better, some of the older focus motors struggle to keep up. These older lenses particularly struggle with video autofocus. The XF18mm f1.4 was a great place for Fuji to start: it’s a versatile focal length many photographers and videographers will love. But now, we’re possibly getting the Fujifilm 56mm f1.2 MK II. Should Fuji have prioritized other lenses instead? Read on after the break.

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Just Got Your First Fujifilm Camera? Check Out These X Mount Lenses

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Congrats on getting your first Fujifilm camera, you’re going to love it. But, if you want to get more out of it, check out these affordable X mount lenses.

There are a ton of great Fujifilm cameras on the market, and if you just got your hands on any one of them over the holidays, you will no doubt love using it. As with any camera system, the lenses you use will play a more significant role in how good your images will be, and thankfully there are dozens of excellent X mount lenses available. The X mount lenses we listed in this roundup are perfect for photographers looking to expand their lens library without breaking the bank. Don’t let the low prices fool you, though. These X mount lenses punch well above their price point. After the break, check out the first X mount lenses you should try.

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We’ve Updated Our Comprehensive Guide to Fujifilm X Mount Lenses

If you’re in the market for new Fujifilm X Mount lenses, this guide will help you choose your new piece of glass.

When it comes to creating lenses, there are few better at it than Fujifilm. Thanks to their hard work, they created a fantastic line of APS-C Mirrorless cameras, and they’ve also made some incredible lenses. The line up of Fujifilm X Mount lenses is one of the best in the business, and there are even a few third-party gems for the system too. If you’re a Fujifilm shooter or might be soon, you should check out our newly updated Fujifilm lenses buyers guide. Jump past the break for more details. Continue reading…

What Do You Think Fujifilm Has Up Their Sleeve? The Fujifilm X Pro 3?

The newly registered FF190001 Fujifilm camera is causing quite the stir.

Another day, another camera being registered by a major camera company. This time it’s Fujifilm stepping up to the plate with a yet-to-be-announced new camera. What could it possibly be? The filing, which was discovered this week, has caused quite a tizzy in the camerasphere. With Fujifilm recently heavily discounting the excellent Fujifilm X-H1 down to $999 with the grip, one would assume this new Fujifilm camera could be the X-H2. Not so fast there buddy! Hold your horses! We don’t think it’s that. Join us after the break to see what we believe this new Fujifilm camera might be. Continue reading…

6 Spectacular Third Party Lenses to Use on Fujifilm X Mount Cameras

There might not be many third party lenses for Fujifilm X Mount cameras, but the ones you can get your hands on are top drawer.

The Fujifilm platform is unique: there are very few third-party lenses available for the system. Fujifilm’s reluctance to share the secrets of their AF systems with the like of Sigma, Tamron, and others means that, for the most part, users can only choose from native Fujifilm glass. This is not a bad thing as Fujifilm lenses are fantastic, but many Fujifilm users believe that there are no third-party lenses available at all to use with Fujifilm X Mount cameras. This is a bad thing: there are some genuinely spectacular manual focus lenses for the platform, including some from Zeiss. If you own a Fujifilm X Mount camera, you owe it to yourself to check out these six stunning third-party lenses. Continue reading…

Under $700: Outstanding But Not Costly Lenses for Fujifilm X Mount

You can build a solid lens collection for your Fujifilm camera with these affordable, yet high performing Fujifilm X Mount lenses.

Fujifilm make some truly wonderful cameras, and to go along with them there are some Fujifilm X Mount lenses that are just as stunning. The best part is that many of these lenses are incredibly affordable. Fujifilm’s weather sealed f2 prime lenses are some of the best deals on the market. Photographers buying into the Fujifilm system who need to stick to a budget should fear not; you will be able to build a solid collection of primes and zooms on the cheap without sacrificing quality. The Fujifilm X Mount lenses we will be looking at in this round-up are all incredibly sharp, produce great colors, solidly built, most are weather sealed, and they’re all under $700 (with many of them being significantly under that price). These super affordable Fujifilm X Mount lenses make owning a Fujifilm camera a little easier on the wallet, and the lenses won’t leave you wanting for more.

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5 Weather Sealed Lenses That Compliment Your Fujifilm X Mount Camera

Weather sealed lenses can open up a whole new world of photographic possibilities.

Weather sealed lenses are a thing of beauty. When these weather loving lenses are paired with a solid weather sealed camera, there’s really nothing stopping a photographer from going out to be creative. Snow? No problem! Rain? No problem! Wind blowing dust and debris at your face? No problem. These lenses are built to withstand most of what Mother Nature can throw at us. After the break we’re going to look at five weather sealed lenses for Fujifilm’s X Mount cameras. Continue reading…

This Kipon Ibelux 40mm f0.85 Lens is an Absolute Bokeh Machine — in Pink

On Wednesdays, we wear pink — and shoot with the pink Kipon 40mm f0.85 lens for some bokehlicious snaps.

With gorgeously bubbly and creamy bokeh still pretty much in vogue in the photography world today, lenses promising to provide it have been popping up here and there. Among the latest of these is the Ibelux 40mm with a whopping f0.85 aperture, made by Shanghai-based lens adapter innovator Kipon. The best part? It comes in screaming pink! If you didn’t catch this lens, Kai Wong spotted this bokeh machine at the Kipon booth during this year’s Photokina and recently made a video review about it.

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The Essential Lenses for Every Fujifilm Photographer

What are the basics: the essential lenses every Fujifilm Photographer could use in their art? 

Photography is a wonderful thing; pick up any camera and any lens and with that you can capture the world, for just a moment, to be preserved as long as the medium which holds it survives. It is a timeless, though under appreciated, a gift to the future. But if you are new to photography, or maybe just new to having a dedicated camera (upgraded from your smartphone, for example) you may be wondering what lenses you need for your new Fujifilm camera.

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Tamron Ditching Sony A-Mount For Sony E and Fuji X Lenses?

This could a fantastic move for Tamron!

Now here is some interesting chatter that cropped up over the weekend! In what shouldn’t really be all that surprising of a move, it is being reported that Tamron will be ceasing their own lens development in regards to the Sony A Mount. Instead, the word is they will be shifting their focus to a couple of other lens mounts. Continue reading…

Fujifilm X-Mount & XF Lenses May Support Full Frame Sensors

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Editor’s Note: This is a syndicated blog post from John Caz. It is being republished here with permission and we found it to be quite interesting.

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Yes, you read that right but before fast scrolling through to the end, please read this blog post from start to finish. I am not affiliated with Fujifilm in any way, and I’m no optical engineer either, just a photographer with time on his hands to experiment and ponder on some questions that have been bothering me ever since comparing my Fujifilm X-T1 with my D800. Please journey with me on my quest to figure out if the X mount and X series lenses can support a larger sensor.

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The Phoblographer’s Guide to Fujifilm X Mount Lenses

If you use any of Fujifilm’s excellent X series cameras, this guide to Fujifilm X Mount lenses is for you.

Over the last few years, Fujifilm has been working incredibly hard to build up their X series line up of cameras. As great as their cameras are, we all know that they are nothing without quality lenses. Fortunately, Fujifilm has amassed a collection of superb primes and zoom lenses that really help make the platform shine. With the partnership of companies like Zeiss and Rokinon, the Fujifilm X series lens lineup has also grown to include a few solid third party lens options. If you currently use a Fujifilm camera or are thinking about making the switch and just aren’t sure which Fujifilm X Mount lenses you want to spring for, this guide is for you.

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Handevision Says “Eat My Dust Voigtlander,” Prepares to Ship its 40mm f0.85 Lens Worldwide

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The world’s fastest mirrorless camera lens is getting ready to ship worldwide. Handevision’s insanely wide 40mm f0.85 prime lens is now officially in stock according to a press release first spotted by Mirrorless Rumors. With a maximum aperture of f0.85, the lens owns even the fastest Voigtlander glass like the 17.5mm f0.95 and 25mm f0.95 hands down.

As we all may well know, mirrorless cameras with a sensor smaller than full-frame have a larger depth of field even if they are used with lenses set to the same aperture as their full-frame equivalents. It’s for this reason that lenses made for smaller sensors need to have even larger apertures such as the Fujifilm 56mm f1.2 to resolve that sweet, creamy bokeh photographers crave.

The Handevision 40mm f0.85 is available through some German eBay shops already, and it can be had for € 1,799 or roughly US-$ 2,443. The lens is available in a variety of mounts for Fujifilm X cameras, Sony E mount, Canon’s EOS-M system, as well as Micro Four Third cameras from Olympus and Panasonic.

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Fujifilm’s XF 35mm f1.4 Could See an Upgrade with Improved AF Speed This Month

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When the X-Pro 1 and X-E1 cameras were first introduced, the Fujfilm XF 35mm f1.4 instantly became a favorite with users of the X-mount system, and remains to this day. The only gripe that many have with the lens is its autofocusing speed which, compared to other contemporary lenses, is mediocre at best. In this regard, the XF 35mm f1.4 reminds us a bit about the Panasonic 20mm f1.7, which is equally famous with Micro Four Thirds users despite its comparatively slow AF.

However, good times could lie ahead for users of Fujifilm’s X-mount cameras, because unlike Panasonic who merely gave its 20mm f1.7 lens a new body when they updated it, Fujifilm will reportedly introduce a new version of the XF 35mm f1.4 with a quicker focusing motor this month. Depending on what you’re going to use this lens for, faster AF might indeed make a huge difference. As an added bonus, for those of us who don’t need the super quick AF, get ready for used prices to go down when the new lens arrives.

According to Fuji Rumors, the updated XF 35mm f1.4 could be introduced this month. Let’s keep our thumbs pressed on this one.

Fujifilm Reportedly Working on a Super-Fast 16mm f1.4 Wide-Angle X-Mount Lens

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Besides the great X-Trans CMOS sensor, there’s another good reason to go for Fujifilm’s X-system: the lenses. Not only has Fujifilm created a respectable amount of lenses covering all focal lengths from wide-angle to telephoto in a rather short amount of time, they also created some of the best optics currently available for any mirrorless system, including the 14mm f2.8, the 23mm f1.4, the 35mm f1.4 and the recent 56mm f1.2.

Soon, users of the system could be in for some more treats. According to Fuji Rumors, the company could soon introduce a super-fast 16mm f1.4 wide-angle lens for its X-system, translating to a 24mm-equivalent. Fujifilm’s lens roadmap indicates that in 2014 a “high speed wide angle lens” would be introduced, and this could just be it.

In addition to the 16mm f1.4, Fuju Rumors’ sources also claim that the X-system might see the addition of a 140-400mm super telephoto lens, for those who need that extra bit of reach. On the system’s APS-C sized sensors, this lens would translate to a 210-600mm, which should be sufficient for both sports and wildlife photography. Thanks to built-in optical image stabilization, it should be possible to achieve shake-free images with the lens even at its longest setting.

Finally, there will be an 18-135mm superzoom lens, an aperture range of f3.5-4.8. According to Fuji Rumors, this lens will also be weather sealed, which should go nicely with the new X-T1 camera. As for release dates, those of the 16mm and 140-400mm lenses are unknown so far, but the 18-135mm should be introduced some time in June. We’ll keep you posted when these lenses become official.

Buyers Guide: Finding the Right Mirrorless Camera for You

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Since the introduction of the Panasonic Lumix G1 as the first mirrorless interchangeable-lens digital camera that is not a rangefinder, most major manufacturers have hopped onto the bandwagon and created their own mirrorless systems. Even Canon and Nikon, who are still propagating the DSLR as the only viable tool for professionals, had to get their respective pieces of the cake. But in today’s jungle of mirrorless camera offerings, it’s easy to get lost. Here’s a guide to help you find the right mirrorless camera for you.

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Samyang/Rokinon Has a New 12mm f2 Ultra Wide-Angle for Mirrorless, Plus Updates on Its Older Lenses

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Rumor had it that Samyang, also known as Rokinon in the US, would have something to announce today. Many speculated that the lens manufacturer would finally introduce autofocus lenses, but the truth couldn’t be further from that. Today’s main announcement is a new 12mm f2 ultra wide-angle lens for mirrorless cameras, plus some updates on older lenses. For details, head past the break.

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Patent Description Hints at New Fast Super-Telephoto Lens for Fujifilm’s X-System

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Fujifilm’s X-system of mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras already has a sizeable setup of lenses available, and most recently we saw the addition of the breathtaking 56mm f1.2 lens that we’re currently in the process of reviewing. Apart from that, there are both primes and zoom lenses in all categories: wide-angle, standard and telephoto. But in order to fill all possible focal length niches, Fujifilm has promised more lenses on its X-mount lens roadmap that extends well into 2015.

One lens planned for a late 2014 / early 2015 release is labelled ‘SUPER TELEPHOTO ZOOM,’ and now a patent has popped up that describes just such a lens. The full patent description, which was unearthed by Mirrorless Rumors and is hosted at FreePatentsOnline.com, is rather long–57 pages total–and goes in-depth as to the technical details of the lens. What is most interesting for us, the end users, is the focal length and aperture range that the patent states for the lens.

The lens desribed by the patent is an 85-300mm super-telephoto zoom lens with an f2.7-3.7 initial aperture. That is mighty fast for a lens of this focal length range, which is equivalent to 128-450mm on 35mm full-frame. And according to Fuji Rumors, that is–more or less–exactly the range that has previously been reported for Fuji’s new super-telephoto X-mount lens.

As it always is with patents, though, we have to take the information available with a grain of salt. Specifics can always change until the release date, and there’s no way to be certain that the lens mentioned in the patent description will actually ever be made. But if it will, then boy oh boy will X-mount camera users be in for a treat.

Via Fuji Rumors

In the UK, Fujifilm Will Now Put Lizard Skin on Your X-Series Camera

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If you’re a reputable camera manufacturer, especially one serving a more demanding selection of customers, then you have to have an in-house customization program. Leica has had one for years, called ‘Leica à la carte,’ which would let you customize your camera’s button design, color, and leatherette, among other things. Hasselblad lets you choose how overpimped you’d like your new Lunar or Stellar camera to be. And now it seems that Fujifilm has decided it was about time to offer custom design options for its X-series cameras.

On a new microsite, Fujifilm offers current owners as well as prospective buyers of select X-series models to have their camera equipped with a customized leatherette. There’s a vast selection of different colors and materials, including some with the names of animals in their designation–we assume that ‘Beige Lizard’ and ‘Black Croc’ merely describe the look of the leatherette, and not its actual provenance. However, judging from the price tag at which the customizations are offered, we’re not entirely sure.

Currently, it seems the program is only available in the UK, and if you’d like to get your X-series camera officially pimped by Fujifilm, then you can order a skin of your choice for as little as GBP 129.99–that’s US-$ 217 at current exchange rates. Quite honestly, we don’t think any of the (presumably) synthetic leatherettes look good enough to warrant such a high price tag.

In our humble opinion, you’d be much better off ordering a third party leatherette from eBay and applying it to your camera yourself. Not only does that give you many more (and nicer) options, it’ll also cost you less. And if you absolutely must spend that much money on a new skin for your camera, you can at least get one made from actual crocodile leather. Or better yet, leather from a python that recently devoured a crocodile. Yeah, that sounds very manly, doesn’t it.

Via Photo Rumors

Firmware Updates for All of Fujifilm’s X-Mount Bodies and Some X-Mount Lenses

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Fujifilm Europe today announced firmware updates for all its X-mount bodies, providing the cameras with compatibility to the upcoming 56mm f1.2 portrait lens. The new firmware also makes sure that autofocus and metering work correctly on each camera when the 56mm f1.2 is attached.

In addition to the firmware updates for the X-mount bodies, Fujifilm Europe also announced firmware updates for some X-mount lenses. The XC 16-50mm, the XF 18-55mm and the XF 50-200mm all receive updates that improve image stabilization during both movie and still shooting. The XC 16-50mm’s new firmware also fixes a bug where the aperture would always be displayed as ‘5.6,’ and the 18-55mm and 50-200mm’s new firmware versions fix an autofocus issue in continuous shooting mode with the X-E2 and the X-T1.

The firmware updates can be downloaded from Fujifilm Europe’s support site.

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Fujifilm Wins Multiple iF Product Design Awards for Its X-Series Cameras

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We’ve known it for a long time, but now it’s official: Fujifilm’s X-series cameras are gorgeous! Not only do consumers unanimously agree that the X-series’ mix of retro styling and modern tech has a certain appeal, now also the committe responsible for the iF product design awards has agreed that Fujifilm has done a great job with the series. Consequently, they awarded five Fujifilm cameras this year, four of which are X-series cameras. And the iF product design award 2014 goes to …

It’s not the first time that Fujifilm is being officialy praised for its excellent product design. In 2012, the company scored an iF product design award for the original X100, and in 2013 they received both iF and red dot awards for the X10, XF1, X-Pro 1 and X-E1. So out of all the X-series cameras that Fujifilm has launched so far, only the X-E2, X-A1 and the recently launched X-T1 haven’t receive an award yet. Since however the X-E1 and X-E2 as well as the X-A1 and X-M1 are basically identical in design, it’s really only the X-T1 that hasn’t been lauded so far. But who knows what 2015 will bring …

Via Fuji Rumors