Archive | November, 2012

PhotoRaw App for iOS now supports X-Pro1 and X-E1

21 Nov

PhotoRaw for iOS is a iPad and iPhone viewer and developer for image files in raw format. Raw file formats from most camera manufacturers are supported, for example Nikon NEF files, Canon CR2 files, Leica DNG files, etc. and now the RAF format used by the X-Pro1 and X-E1 

A list of supported cameras are available here  However the Apple Connection Kit is not showing support for the Fujifilm X-Pro1 or X-E1 You will still be able to import images into PhotoRaw via any of the alternate means – email, iTunes file sharing, via file sharing programs such as DropBox, etc. and my favourite method is the Eye-Fi card which works in the X-E1

You can also try the PhotoRaw Lite version before buying the full app at $9.99

Video explaining the X-E1 and the Fujinon XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM

15 Nov

The Fuji Guys have done a video showing the main features of the X-E1 and the Fujinon XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM and explain briefly what the letters LM stand for (Linear Motor) and that it is a quieter and faster focusing system than the previous lenses.

There is also an explanation as why there are no aperture markings which is to keep it simple as its a variable aperture zoom, which kind of makes sense and I can see how that might confuse some people.

The pop up flash also gets a mention too with a neat trick for the Strobists and how to bounce the flash!

Fujilm X-E1 and 18-55mm Lens – First Impressions

14 Nov

I got a call yesterday saying my Fujifilm X-E1 & XF 18-55mm f2.8-4 R LM OIS lens  had arrived and was waiting for me in my local camera shop, London Camera Exchange in Derby. 2 days early and for £1099.00 lens and body in black!

Unfortunately after battling through the traffic and again returning in rush hour there was no light left at the end of the day to give it a good test to see what it could really do.

18-55mm f2.8-4 R LM OIS Lens Quality

A Very Quick Review

It is too soon for me to give overall impressions on this lens, but what I will say is the quality of manufacture is awesome, focusing in manual; is smooth as silk, as is the zoom function which should make it a  good lens for doing video too. The buttons for turning on the OIS, and changing the lens to Auto Aperture is really smooth and has that quality feel to it, gliding through to change aperture values is also a joy in quality.

The lens comes with front and rear lens caps as well as the hood, and I have found that when using the pop up flash it does create a shadow at the bottom edge all the way through the zoom range

As for the quality of the glass, I am astounded at the quality!  Yet I feel like I have been ripped off over the last 30 years on poor quality of the lenses from the top DSLR manufactures that I have been using which have varied in price from £200, up to £3,500. It also makes me wonder why the Leica lenses are so expensive as this lens must be close to Leica quality especially when combined with the sensors of the Fujifilm’s X-E1 and the X-Pro1

The Fujinion 18-55mm lens doesn’t seem to have any distortion of pin-cushioning,  barreling, no Chromatic Abrasions (CA) vignette and no purple fringing. I do need to do some more testing with this lens to confirm this though in different lighting conditions.

The OIS also seemed to be very impressive at holding the image steady and I nearly got a perfectly sharp image with 1.5 second exposure (I just need a little more practise to get over the shock of how good this OIS is) as for speed, it seems as fast as my pro spec DSLR, although it is over two years old.

I will update this later after some more testing with some images.

As for the FujifilmX-E1, all ill say for now is I am loving it, the quality of the images is superb

Fujifilm X-E1 v X-Pro1 AF Speed Comparison

12 Nov

Matthew Maddock has posted a handy video showing the AF speeds of both Fujifilm’s X-E1 Pro and X-pro!

Giving both cameras a work out at the same time in different lighting conditions as well as low light make this a very informative video

For the result you will have to watch the video, I am not going to spoil the results

You can follow Matthew on Google+

Firmware update for Fujifilm X-E1 (Ver 1.01) and X-Pro1(Ver2.01)

8 Nov

Fujifilm have announced Firmware updates for the X-E1 (Ver.1.01) and the X-Pro1(Ver.2.01)

The X-E1 update adds:

  • .Adding the compatibility with “XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R”.
    • *You will get the full performance with the new zoom lens “XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R”.
  • 2.The phenomena below will be fixed.
    • (1)The auto focus accuracy with XF60mm Lens could not be enough.
    • (2)When using the M- Mount Adapter, under exposure could occur.

Download and info for X-E1

The X-Pro1 adds:

  • 1.Adding the compatibility with “XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R”.
    • *You will get the full performance with the new zoom lens “XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R”.
    • *Size of the bright frame displayed on OVF can be magnified in relation to zooming motion of XF18-55mm lens.
  • 2.The phenomena below will be fixed.
    • (1)When using the focus checking function with “3-time” magnification in manual focus mode, you could find a few dots (black or color) only in live view image on EVF/LCD.
      (Please be sure even with the firmware version 2.00, these unwanted dots are not recorded in the image data.)
    • (2)The auto focus accuracy with XF60mm Lens could not be enough.
    • (3)When using the M- Mount Adapter, under exposure could occur.

Download and info for X-Pro1

Fuji X100 – $200 Price Drop Ends Tomorrow

2 Nov

The Fuji X-100 has a $200 price drop so you can now buy it  for $1.000 instead of $1.200 at B&H (click here to buy). The offer ends tomorrow, Nov, 3rd 2012

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