Feb 052016

So you have seen the new press clippings and the new FUJIFILM X-Pro2 seems to be quite a monster of a camera. Should you still need the official news get hold of the link right here. If you are into Fuji stuff at all, this cam might just be the ticket. But wait…isn`t there a follow-up or refresh on the horizon for the great FUJIFILM X-T1? Sure there is!

Being a great fan of the X-T1 myself, I simply cannot get all too excited about the announcement of the X-Pro2. It has a few new features that would be nice to have. But some of these new features will probably make it to the X-T2 as well. The new 24.3MP X-TRans CMOS III sensor (or even a more recent update – see below), the joystick to quickly select AF-points and the dual card slot for SD-cards are most likely all set.


It boils down to whether or not you like to rather have the OVF or rather an additional hybrid viewfinder and look through the eye cup without smudging your nose against the screen (X-Pro2) or if you prefer the centered position of the EVF which will probably get updated with even faster refresh rates limiting blackout times after shutter release to a negligible limit (X-T2). It is mostly ergonomics we are talking about. The look and feel – the individual preferences each photographer obviously has.






But there is one more aspect to consider. The FUJIFILM X-T2 will probably not be released before the fall of 2016. By that time it is not unlikely that Sony will have given other companies access to their brand new 24MP sensor technology (e.g. that can be found in the new Sony Alpha A6300 – see my article here). Should Fuji use and adept this new sensor for the XT-2, this would further boost resolution and high ISO capabilities of the new cam. And of course the FUJIFILM X-T2 should also have a decent 4K video option on board. No doubt in my mind, the X-T2 will become the new FUJIFILM flagship. The X-Pro2 will then still be a good buy for all photographers who prefer the rangefinder experience. In any case, it is nice to have the choice.



Images: FUJIFILM Corporation

Jan 202014

Way to go Fuji! The Fujifilm X-T1 will be something like a Fujifilm APS-C version of the popular OIympus OM-D E-M1. Fujifilm fans have been lurking in the corners for this beast to finally show up. As seen in the teaser on the Fuj hompage (see image below) the new mirrorless camera will be announced on January 28th. And from the looks of it this will in all probability be a huge success. Just look at the manual controls and the size of the body. It is Fuji´s birthday and what a nice present they are giving themselves! This camera will not be rangefinder style like the Fujifilm X-Pro1 or Fujifilm X-E1/X-E2 but will feature a pentaprism-like hub housing the new and improved EVF and giving it all a more DSLR-like feeling, great handling with full manual control and smug looks.


Image: Fujifilm Corporation

Image: Fujifilm Corporation


These are the specs that are very likely 😉

  • high performance EVF (far better resolution than previous versions)
  • further improved AF
  • 16 MP APS-C X-Trans sensor II  (same as in XE-2)
  • integrated grip
  • seperate scroll wheels for ISO, shutter speed, exposure compensation
  • Fn-button on top plate as well as a seperate movie-button
  • Wi-Fi
  • availability in silver/black or plain black (first deliveries probably in springtime)

This is what Fuji fans have been waiting for. Congrats to Fujifilm Corporation! We will be eagerly awaiting the full specifications and the price of course. If it comes in between the Fujifilm X-Pro1 and the Fujifilm X-E2 pricewise, Fuji will have to ship boatloads of this gear across the atlantic. It will be a no-brainer for all who have already invested in XF-lenses and accessories. And for those who previously were undecided between the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the new Sony Alpha a7/A7r…well, soon there will be a new kid on the block. A mini DSLR-like body featuring APS-C size sensor will probably hit the sweet spot offering compact enough lenses. This is something the Sony cannot easily compete with. Olympus may still be one up in this regard but the Micro Four Thirds sensor can by no means match the latest Fuji X-Trans output.

No doubt this thing will be a winner. Will you rush to pre-order this beauty? I know a lot of people already have…





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