Seems to me that if a person was looking to purchase a new camera in the x10's price range for the first time, that person would be discouraged that the camera was designed in 2011. Obviously Fuji has no choice but to release a new camera every 1-2 years in this price range if they are to stay competitive with Sony, Canon, Panasonic, etc.
Still no Fujifilm compatibility? Oh well I am getting reacquainted with manual, and non TTL auto again.
Did the monkey turn the camera on?
Debankur Mukherjee: Prime lens with a zoom range of 28-45 !!
I wonder if they meant fixed focal length.
All they need do is add a few Leaf Shutter lenses to the lineup and I would switch from Hasselblad in a New York minute!
iudex: It surely is a nice thing from Fuji to support older cameras. However I am wondering what is the point of compact camera then. If I want to have the possibility to change lenses, I will buy a CSC (one of five available Fuji X-mount cameras). Those people raptured by X100 used to say fixed focal length compact is about creativity, unlike being able to zoom or choose whichever focal length. With adapters the X100 becomes another "CSC", just a crippled one.
Seems to me that the draw for many photographers is the high syncing flash that this camera offers. Maybe they are the ones that would like more options?
I wonder how much video was wasted of the camera sitting camera down, or into someones armpit?
slncezgsi: If this lens delivers decent IQ than it will be a dream for many pro photographers. Makes me wonder how long it will take for Canon and Nikon to follow.
True is - it is much harder to make a zoom lens with f/1.8 than f/2.8 with the same optical quality. Let's see what this lens can do and for how much.
Since it is an APS-C I hope that adding the extra stop of light will be slightly easier. In theory it should produce out of focus blur similar to a "normal" zoom from Canon or Nikon but on a smaller sensor. This lens could be the magic that many users of these smaller sensors are hoping for.
This camera system is a niche system to begin with. Why not expand into a lens category and make it available to those who want to use such a lens. After all the system is interchangeable, it's not like you have to but this lens. If it is too big and bulk for your taste...don't buy it! Stick with the primes.
As for me, if it works well enough, then I am who they are marketing it too, and I can finally say good by to the Nikon.
Jorginho: And to me here is the dilemma which I think will come with all APS-c mirrorless camera's and zooms: this is getting really big. It is heavier than my 100-300 mm zoom for my m43 cam and it is about the same size. It is only slightly faster. The Fuji most likely is an excellent lens and the XE1 as a cam is a step up in IQ over any m43 cam out there.
Personally, I think like this: that lens is forever, that body is exchangable. And m43 sensors will get there soon enough. Also, the Sony sensor in it still has very good IQ, better than any Canon APS-c for example. So I go for the clear size and weight advantage.
Very good to sdee Fuji delivering constantly with their lenses for APS-c. As I said: I have little doubt this one will be very very good and for those who prefer APS-c mirrorless, Fuji seems to be the system you want to get.
First XF lens that can be called good??? Why don't you give us some examples of what you call good as a comparison. Seems to me you might not have actually ever used one of these.
It seems to me that this is a "niche" lens. There are times that I wish I had a long telephoto in the bag. But the idea of carrying my D700 around for just that occasion is a much worse option than just grabbing one of these. I just hope that the focus is fast enough to be used the way a lens like this will require.
I say if you want and need a lens like this then get it, if you don't well then stick to the awesome primes available.
As for the guy who stated that maybe this will be the first XF lens that can be called good...you must not have ever used one, and probably drool from far off!
cinemascope: Focus-by-wire is a big let down for me...Why go "cheap" on this when it's supposed to be a premium product?
What are your thoughts on this, usability wise?
I think I'd much rather spend the same dough on a Ricoh A12M (which is also AA filterless) and Cosina lenses...
I agree focus by wire is a joke. But as for me I have several Leica Lenses that I plan to use with this...so the focus by wire is almost a non issue. The question is how will focusing with an off brand lens work. Mine should be here in about 2 days...I guess I'll see.
pictures look at least as good as my 5D mark ii. Very nice color rendition.
The tokina 16-28 2.8 might be a great lens....but given the new sensor of the D800 I wouldn't write off the zeiss prime quite yet until we can see the numbers.
Vadimka: Sony got pretty unlucky acquiring Minolta just few years before whole SLR business was about to turn south in favor of Mirrorless. They did not get their money worth, before they were forced to get back to R&D for mirror removal and create totally new lenses. Old Minolta expertise is not super helpful for them now, and they need more.
Hopefully rumors about Sony's interest of investment/partnership with Olympus is true. They could use some help in lens department, while Olympus could gain in sensor and OLED EVF technology. (especially since Panasonic is no longer interested in Olympus)
I believe 5N is the best camera today for MF legacy lenses, and their Cine cameras are some of the best period. Sony and Oly would be a perfect couple capable, if not killing, at least hurting Canikon business by huge margin. (especially considering how slow they have been to react to changes)
The problem is sony has thrown all of it's mirrorless weight behind the E series cameras with a cropped sensor. FF will always be artistically superior to a cropped sensor...at least as far as depth of field is concerned. Therefor I believe that the DSLR is still a worthwhile investment for Sony in the future.
philo123: So Guys Nikon has put a 36MP FF sensor in the D800 and just a 16MP in the D4 and which model is aimed at the pros? Hmmm.....Smells of marketing hype to me for the prosumer/enthusiast market. Looking at the replies here it looks like a good picture has yet to be taken because we've never had a 36MP sensor. Keep your money in your pockets and buy good glass as that's what really counts.
@ Visualiza...you make a good argument. Each component is important. But for the time being for the average photog glass is probably the most important component...unless you are planning on making poster size prints 16 mega pixels is more than enough for most applications. It also appears that the noise handling of the 16 mega pixel sensor might be superior so I would agree with philo123 that my money would be better spent on the lenses. Also bear in mind that only the best of the best NIKON glass can even resolve enough resolution to take advantage of the sensor on the D800.
$2300...wow that feels like a lot of coin for two more elements of glass. This lens must perform amazingly.
CraigHarris: Why didn't they just put IS on the 24-70? it would render both those primes pointless and would justify the otherwise insane price tag on the new glass ... I'm utterly disappointed. Having to buy a 24-105 f/4 just to get a sensible zoom with IS is really annoying.
The real drawback here is computer handling. I am admittedly a Canon shooter with a 5D mark ii. I am conditioned to shoot as small a picture as I can, simply because the size of a full res shot takes up so much disk space. I think that Nikon might have overshot those of us who use the camera either semi professional or as travel tools. 22MP is already almost too much as far as I can tell. But if I shot Portrait or Wedding photography I might be persuaded otherwise I suppose. I have actually shot a couple of weddings with the mark ii and must say, even at 24x30 inches the photos were stunning...maybe in the future brides will be asking for life size....HMMM.
Carl Sanders: We are staying clear of Fuji after purchase of their 1st 1.3MP Professional camera D300, they gave us no support when they changed the card format and we could not transfer images. £1,800 down the drain within years so never again!
A 1.3MP camera...this suggests that your beef with Fuji takes place at least a dozen or maybe more years ago. Every company had problems with those earliest digital cameras. And please explain what you mean by couldn't transfer your images after they changed the card format. Sorry but your gripe seems very vague.