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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Review: Rokinon 8mm f2.8 Fisheye II (Fujifilm X)

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Ever wondered what the world would look like through the eyes of a fish? If you have, and even if you haven’t, the Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 II fisheye lens is here to satisfy that curiosity. With 180-degree field of view and a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 12mm, Rokinon’s lens is here to satisfy special purposes and give Go-Pro users an alternative. Like all of Rokinon’s offerings, it has an aperture ring and large focusing ring, giving you considerable control of the glass. And like all of the company’s offerings, the lens is a fully manual focus offering. Continue reading…

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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Future Update to Capture One May Give Silkypix the Slow Painful Death it So Richly Deserves

CaptureOne users rejoice! According to Phase One Crew member Lionel12 on the PhaseOne/Mamiya Leaf forum, X-Trans support is on the way:

Let me be a bit on lim here, all you Fuji lowers – look for next Capture One release – real soon now.

Now if you translate that into decent English, this means that soon you will be able to process the X-Trans files quickly in one of the world’s most revered image editing and database software programs available. While Lightroom has been supporting the files for a while, CaptureOne has managed to beat Aperture to the growing Fuji party. The best part about all of this? Fuji’s amazingly terrible Silkypix software really has no excuse to keep existing. Now all we need is for Fuji to copy Leica a bit more and start including decent professional software with their cameras. It is a great time to be a Fuji lower.

We’re currently working on the Fujifilm X-E1 review, so stay tuned for that!


Fuji X-Pro1 Firmware 2.0 is Now Available

After a busy busy day this is the icing on the cake, Fujifilm has released the 2.0 firmware for their X-Pro1 Camera. In case you forgot the big highlights of the update they are: improved autofocus, better manual focus control and speed improvements when it comes to the camera processing the files.

The press release of the update cane be found here and the actual firmware can be acquired here. Also don’t forget to update the firmware in all of your lenses, that can be found here.

Version 2 Firmware for the Fuji X-Pro1 Coming September 18th

You cant claim how fast your new camera (X-E1) can focus as a feature and just ignore the slow performance on your premium flagship. FujiFilm has an amazing reputation for taking care of their customers and cameras after they have been announced starting with the X-100 and fixing many of its flaws months and months after its introduction.

Version 2 has been announced for the X-Pro1 and it was done at the perfect time, side by side with their new X camera model, the X-E1. The update does improve the autofocus speed but also has a few more fixes to earn it the 2.0 title.

Editor’s Note/Update: On Twitter, the Fuji Guys stated that with the firmware update, the camera is as fast as the XE-1.

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