How Good Is the New Fujifilm 23mm F1.4 R WR LM?

I’ve been eyeing the new Fujifilm 23mm f1.4 R WR LM for a while now. My heart was broken when it was delayed, but it’s finally in my hands. The new lens addresses a bunch of concerns after nearly a decade since the original was introduced. At the top of the list is the significantly faster autofocus performance. This lens has a new linear motor that makes it speedy even on the old X Pro 1. Meanwhile, the character comes through on the new X Pro 3 while showing off how sharp this lens really is. And finally, it boasts weather sealing. At the time of writing this piece, I’ve spent 24 hours with the new lens. Believe it or not, I’m still going to keep the original.

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Dear Fujifilm, Please Make a Beautiful Brass Camera

Dear Fujifilm, I think we can all collectively agree that when it comes to retro ergonomics and modern tech, you’re the undisputed leader. The Fujifilm X Pro 3 gives us all those great rangefinder aesthetics, a titanium body, and a coating that’s difficult to scratch. But why not lean more into it? Why not go back to brass and give us the cameras that we’ll be proud to display for years to come? Just imagine how great a brass camera could be!

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Next January, the Fujifilm X Pro 1 Will Be 10 Years Old

The Fujifilm X Pro 1 camera and the Fujifilm X mount will be 10 years old in January 2022.

It’s taken a decade, but Fujifilm will have been dedicated to the X mount for this long. That’s longer than Samsung was dedicated to the NX mount. It’s also longer than Sony has had full-frame mirrorless cameras on the market. Ten years of the X Trans sensor and a specific look. I remember the days before this that Fujifilm was sort of a joke. They weren’t looked at as a serious camera company. But after the Fujifilm X100, everything changed. When the X Pro 1 hit the market, everyone stopped and stared. It was the first time that a rangefinder-style camera has captivated us since the M9. 

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Guy Carpenter Documents the Beautiful Life of Sheep With No Photoshop

All images by Guy Carpenter. Used with permission.

“Of course, the vast majority of my professional life came to a crashing halt in 2020,” relates professional photographer Guy Carpenter to us in an interview. “I spent a few weeks in March and April 2020 at home, reading a lot of books. I barely touched a camera.” Guy’s words resonate with us as it speaks volumes to the general mental state of photographers. Like many other passionate photographers though, Guy also shoots for fun. So when his godmother asked him to come help with their upland sheep farm in Yorkshire Dales, he brought the camera along.

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On Using the Fujifilm X Series of Cameras as a Journalist

The Fujifilm X series is given a lot of credit, but nowhere as much as Sony’s also great full frame mirrorless cameras.

The Fujifilm X series of cameras make solid companions for photojournalists, but only if certain cameras are used along with certain lenses. If a photographer chooses to work with the options available, they’ll find that the Fujifilm X system can be a fantastic option for a journalist working to earn a living. Sony arguably has the best option with all of its sensors being stabilized, and a variety of cameras that can do different things and offer a variety of features for different needs. But in the case of Fujifilm, that option isn’t available. All of their cameras more or less have some iteration of the same sensor. To that end, different form factors and features are what separate one camera from the next.

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Review: Fujifilm 50mm f2 R WR (Fujifilm X Mount)

The Fujifilm 50mm f2 R WR is the third lens addition to the f2 weather sealed compact prime offerings from Fujifilm–and in many ways it’s an excellent portrait lens. But it’s also great for much more than that. You see, Fujifilm developed the Fujifilm 50mm f2 R WR lens to be pretty versatile. It can focus fairly close and it has weather sealing built into the design. Combine this with naturally sharp optics, fast autofocus performance, and the not too large size and you’ve got yourself a pretty powerful, compact longer focal length.

Most photographers picking this lens up may opt for shooting portraits. In all honesty, there are better options for portraiture in the Fujifilm X series system, and also a few fantastic third party options. But if you’re the type of photographer who shoots candids on the streets and like to do street portraits, you may want to give this lens a try. Yes, the street photographer and the street portrait photographer are the ones who will want to go for this lens.

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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

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm X Pro 1 35mm f1.4 X Series lens review (7 of 7)ISO 1600

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

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 35mm f2 WR product images first impressions (1 of 9)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 2.8

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)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 35mm f2 WR vs Fujifilm 35mm f1.4 Comparison post images (2 of 5)ISO 4001-200 sec at f - 2.8

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

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 56mm f1.2 first impressions product photos (6 of 7)ISO 8001-60 sec at f - 2.8

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)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 90mm f2 first impressions product images (1 of 9)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 3.2

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

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm Xt10 review final product images (4 of 4)ISO 2001-180 sec at f - 2.0

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

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm X Pro 1 35mm f1.4 X Series lens review (6 of 7)ISO 1600

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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Review: Fujifilm 16mm f1.4 R WR (X Mount)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 16mm f1.4 review lead image (1 of 1)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 6.3

The Fujifilm 16mm f1.4 is a lens that makes a lot of sense in the company’s lineup. Fujifilm’s strengths are with their primes, though their zoom lenses have started to become spectacular in the higher end category. However, very little else will appeal to the retro-smitten photographer like Fujifilm’s prime lenses–and the 16mm f1.4 is no exception. With nine aperture blades, a weather sealed body, metal exterior, a clicky aperture ring, and a depth of field scale that you can use for zone focusing, what’s not to like?

While you can surely start off by saying that it costs a heck of a lot, you can also point out to a single major flaw that we found with the image quality. But overall, that’s just about all that you can hate about this lens. Even then, it’s very easy to stay in love with it.

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First Impressions: Fujifilm 16mm f1.4 (X Mount)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 16mm f1.4 first impressions product photos (7 of 7)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 2.8

Two years ago in a meeting with Fujifilm, I asked the Marketing Director for Fujifilm USA if anything like  24mm focal length at f1.4 would be coming our way. She very clearly stated “No.” Lo and behold though, Fujifilm announced the 16mm f1.4 lens earlier on and we foundnd it at our doorsteps. This is the company’s first weather sealed prime lens and with the 1.5x crop factor comes out to 24mm f2.1 when translating it into full frame depth of field and equivalency.

Like their other wide angle primes, Fujifilm gave this lens a snap back manual focus ring to make it more appealing to street photographers and candid shooters. We’ve had the chance to play with the new lens for a few days now, and so far it’s shaping up to be one of our favorites.

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Review: Fujifilm 16-55mm F2.8 LM WR (Fujifilm X Mount)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 16-55mm f2.8 WR first impressions photos (2 of 25)ISO 4001-100 sec at f - 4.0

Fujifilm’s 16-55mm f2.8 LM WR is a lens that was missing from the company’s lineup for a little while, but has since surfaced. The equivalent of the more professional grade f2.8 general zoom lens, the Fujifilm 16-55mm f2.8 LM WR incorporates weather sealing, a real aperture ring, and a bunch of awesome features.

The lens features 14 weather seals, nine aperture blades, and three ED and Aspherical elements. For a standard zoom lens with a constant aperture it has a lot going for it–not to mention being in front of Fujifilm’s excellent X Trans Sensors.

For most photographers that use Fujifilm’s system professionally, this is a must-have. But for the rest of us, you’ll probably want to look elsewhere.

Editor’s Note: Fujifilm sponsors our Xpert Advice series that appears monthly on this site; but out reviews are still our own opinions.

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Review: Artisan Obscura Soft Shutter Releases and Hot Shoe Covers

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Artisan Obscura is another one of the companies jumping into the pool of elegant and beautifully designed accessories for cameras. The company was started in 2013 after being an idea in 2012;, but they had more than just manufacturing pieces of art for cameras in mind. They’ve partnered with a non-profit company in their local Denver area to find a way to give back to the community.

“We utilize responsibly sourced wood and keep our footprint small, which isn’t that difficult as our products are small enough that we can get about 30+ soft shutter buttons out of a 1″x8″ block of wood!” is what the company states on their website. Yes, all of their soft shutter releases and hot shoe covers have a bit of swag, but they also carry with them a fine sense of elegance and craftsmanship.

Think about it: how many of you could easily take a piece of wood and turn it into a beautiful button with smooth texture, a nice feel overall, and how many of them could you make by hand each day?

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Sample Images from the Fujifilm 16-55mm f2.8 R LM WR Lens

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 16-55mm f2.8 WR first impressions photos (1 of 25)ISO 4001-15 sec at f - 2.8

We’ve got the Fujifilm 16-55mm f2.8 R LM WR lens in for review right now. When the lens was first announced, we syndicated photographer David Kai Piper’s blog post about it. Now that we’ve got it in we’re putting it through its paces.

So far: I personally am not a major fan of the way it feels. To be fair though, I say this about every single zoom lens. I’m very much a prime lens shooter and this feels like a big, chunky, Campbell’s Soup beefy type of lens that most other folks may digg if they’re into the cow. It’s a bit heavy to use with the X Pro 1, though it still feels balanced. What’s great about this lens though is that it’s got a full aperture ring like the company’s other higher end zoom optics.

As far as the image quality goes, we haven’t seen anything like this. This lens makes photos from the older sensor sing with details and quality. The bokeh could be smoother, but we’ve also only spent a number of hours with the lens as of the writing of this piece.

More product feature images and sample images are after the jump.

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Fujifilm X Pro 2 Said to be Coming in Late 2015

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 23mm f1.4 product images for review (4 of 8)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 2.2

Owners of the Fujifilm X Pro 1 should know that according to Fuji Rumors, a top Japanese source is saying that the company will release the successor camera towards the end of the year. However, there are a bunch of other cameras that are bound to come out in the space in-between–but these will primarily target the lower end of the X series spectrum with the exception of a toned down version of the X-T1 also on the roadmap.

According to their post, the purported specs of the Fujifilm X Pro 2 will be:

– APS-C sensor (TS + ASwN + AS)
– 24MP sensor (ASwN) – More than 16MP (ASwN)
– dual SD card slot
– coming late 2015 (TS + ASwN)
– tilt screen (AS)
– WiFi (AS)
– Non organic ASP-C X-Trans sensor (ORS)
– Price about 20% to 30% more expensive than the X-T1 (AS)

By nature of how Fujifilm operates, this means that the X Pro 1 may still see a couple more firmware updates as the company is steadfast on delivering the latest innovations that they can to their older cameras. I’m a Fujifilm X Pro 1 owner, and I still love it to death.

Fujifilm is also relatively slow to change their sensors, and to be honest they don’t really have to. The company makes arguably the best APS-C sensors in the market that in some ways even outdo certain full frame offerings when it comes to performance. Sony and Nikon have already started to venture into the 24MP APS-C sensor area and both tend to get a bit too noisy at high ISOs for our liking. But we’re really hoping that that isn’t the issue with this newly talked about Fujifilm sensor.

Fujifilm May Introduce a Zooming Optical Viewfinder

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Fujifilm has been knocking out great viewfinders on its cameras, from the hybrid optical sight on the X100s and the incredibly large EVF in the X-T1. Now it seems Fujifilm is looking into patenting an optical viewfinder that zooms in to match the focal length of the attached lens. Fuji is calling this technology a “real-image zoom viewfinder” and supposedly it will come with optical elements in at least three groups that allows the viewfinder to change its focal length.

In the patent drawing, the Fujifilm camera has two optical elements labeled Sb and Sc that move back and forth to magnify the optical image. Supposedly this real-image zoom viewfinder will be able to match what the image sensor sees through the lens. Despite the extra bits of glass Fuji claims this new viewfinder will remain compact without sacrificing the optical performance of the viewfinder.

The zooming optical viewfinder is a very interesting piece of technology we imagine to would be a shoe in for the rumored X-Pro 2. Currently the X-Pro 1’s OVF can only magnify its viewfinder magnification from 0.37x to 0.60x when using a 35mm or 60mm lens. With a hybrid system that zooms, the viewfinder could be a much more effective framing device as the current technology only overlays a smaller highlighted box denoting the focal length.

Of course there’s still a lot of complexity behind this system that ultimately could make it amazing if it all works. We’ve got our hopes up Fujifilm will find some way to create something awesome out of this patent, but we’ll hold off believing in it too much until we’re actually holding it in our hands.

Via Photography Bay