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CP+ 2014: Fujifilm stand report

By dpreview staff on Feb 16, 2014 at 01:51 GMT
CP+ 2014: Fujifilm stand report
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CP+ 2014: Fujifilm stand report

We're at the CP+ show in Yokohama Japan where Fujifilm is showing off its latest camera, the weathersealed X-T1. Yesterday the show was cancelled due to heavy snow and today the line of people waiting to get in is formidable. Editor Barnaby Britton finagled an exhibitor's pass to get in early and beat the crowds. Click through to read our report from the Fujifilm stand. 

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Comments

Total comments: 30
aleste37
By aleste37 (2 months ago)

Won't Fuji be giving the X20 and X-A1 time lapse? That'd give them more utility!

0 upvotes
Wolfgang Fieger
By Wolfgang Fieger (2 months ago)

I like Fuji more and more. Everything they do is photography dedication and holding up the traditional values of photography. And they do it in an unexcited way, quite natural. Perfect combinations of traditional quality layout and very modern, often unique capabilities.

4 upvotes
babalu
By babalu (2 months ago)

There seems to be a minor glitch in picture 8; pic shows XF 50-140mm F2.8, while text says it's XF 50-160mm F2.8 ...

0 upvotes
locke_fc
By locke_fc (2 months ago)

Sorry, not a fan of having to click 17 times to read an article.

14 upvotes
inevitable crafts studio
By inevitable crafts studio (2 months ago)

me too, also on a mobile its a joke, i will go to google picture search, searching for fuji now. at least i just can scroll down hehe

0 upvotes
Combatmedic870
By Combatmedic870 (2 months ago)

Wow...the 18-135 is 3.5-4.8! I thought it was 3.5-5.6. Cool stuff. I bet that is going to be one of the fastest focusing lenses out for fuji.

4 upvotes
Cal22
By Cal22 (2 months ago)

I like the line of lenses, especially the primes the high aperture and the handling of which are meant to be reminiscent of great moments in the history of photography. Most likely we'll see a 16mm to be added in the months to come.

Unfortunately, the rangefinder style camera is not to my liking, it's too inconvenient for a left-eye photographer. And since there's no EVF attachable to an M1 or A1 I'm still standing on the sidelines.

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JDThomas
By JDThomas (2 months ago)

Not trying to be a dick or anything, but have you given using the other eye a real chance? I typically use the left eye when shooting a 28mm on my M9-P, for some reason I can see the edges of the frame better.

Rangefinders aren't for everyone. It takes some real time to experiment with different techniques, but once you get your styled refined it's easy.

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Cal22
By Cal22 (2 months ago)

My right eye has a visual defect, so in this regard my left eye has to do the work - especially, of course, when it comes to photographing. Composing the picture may take me a lot of time sometimes; and with my left eye at the built-in viewfinder dials and buttons of the camera - sitting close to my right eye - are hardly to use.

These built-in viewfinders can prove to be fine tools indeed. But they come from the past. Nowadays photographers should be given the option for a viewfinder to their liking. A rear screen might be helpful especially when the camera is in low or high position or being mounted on a tripod. But I don't want it to be my only tool for composing. Generally there's no better tool than an attachable and tiltable EVF, in my view.

0 upvotes
Tom_A
By Tom_A (2 months ago)

I use the xe1 with my left eye. No problem, except your nose rubs the screen.
In fact it is slightly easier than a traditional dslr because now my hand at the shutter is farther away.

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Cal22
By Cal22 (2 months ago)

Thanks for sharing your experience!

Considering to buy me the XE-1 a while ago I got aware of the inconvenience: '..-your nose rubs the screen." Moreover, what do you do when you want to shoot from ground level?!

The XE-1 (even more the X Pro-1) represents a link to the old days when rangefinder cameras were in the hands of the masters of photography. And a great many photographers nowadays might be happy with such a retro style camera, especially when engaged in street photography. But for landscapes or traveling for instance I'd prefer two slim and capable camera bodies and an attachable EVF.

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tamras29
By tamras29 (2 months ago)

I didn't think I would ever say this, but after 40 years of traditional photography, but I find without thinking, I'm using the viewfinder less and less, and the rear LCD more and more. I love using my iphone to take pictures as it's with me all the time, and wouldn't dream of it needing a viewfinder. Just my opinion!

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Daniel Lauring
By Daniel Lauring (2 months ago)

I'm right handed but left eye dominant. I find the typical left located viewfinder to be no more awkward than the center located one on a DSLR.

0 upvotes
Beat Traveller
By Beat Traveller (2 months ago)

Wow, those new lenses are beasts. Can't wait to see what they'll be like mounted on the cameras!

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PixelMover
By PixelMover (2 months ago)

Am I the only one here who thinks the X-T1 body looks a lot like to old Contax RTS III (but a lot smaller, obviously...)

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shigzeo ?
By shigzeo ? (2 months ago)

It shouldn't be that much smaller than the RTS III. It is about the same size as a Nikon FM, but a bit shorter on the X axis.

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Tom_A
By Tom_A (2 months ago)

Yes with its wide pseudo pentaprism it has that lovely Contax vibe to it. I liked those cameras, even bought a cheap 139 model with 50mm planar one day, as an extra
Camera.

1 upvote
ConanFuji
By ConanFuji (2 months ago)

I've been asking this for a long time.
1/How does it differ from the a 3 yr Nex 5????
2/Does it have better IQ?
3/How long is Fuji going to be stuck in 16MP. It's been more than 5 years.

4 upvotes
Northgrove
By Northgrove (2 months ago)

What do you need more than 16 MP for? That's pretty sizable photos. You can at least make canvas sized prints for galleries and exhibitions with that, no problem at all. Higher resolutions tend to negatively affect noise levels, not to mention RAW photo sizes, so it's a tradeoff.

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Ranford Stealth
By Ranford Stealth (2 months ago)

How long are people going to be stuck in the specs sheet? Neither the pros nor serious enthusiasts I've shot with bother with it, enjoy (if that's possible) what you have. Fuji/Sony/Whatever, it's the photographer who makes the picture, gear envy makes you doubtful and poor.

17 upvotes
Revenant
By Revenant (2 months ago)

More than five years? The system was launched with the X-Pro1 at the beginning of 2012, i.e. two years ago. The fixed-lens X100 is older, but it had a 12 MP sensor.

6 upvotes
miniTO
By miniTO (2 months ago)

5 years, lol... what are you talking about???

The X-Pro 1 came out in March of 2012.... oh man my clock is way off is it 2017???

9 upvotes
shigzeo ?
By shigzeo ? (2 months ago)

@miniTO: he may be referring to 2009 or 2010 when the 16 megapixel APS-C sensor really changed the market. But I agree: I was at CP+ and saw prints from the X-Pro 1 which were about 1,5 metres on a side. As long as it isn't advertising still life (and even with that sort of photography, it can work) that's meant to be viewed for absolute detail, it should be fine at 16 megapixels.

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cantanima
By cantanima (2 months ago)

1) X-Trans sensor. Handling, controls, and user interface. Digital split image manual focus. Weather sealing. Fuji JPG processing so good that many people find Raw superfluous. Company commitment to one lens mount and high quality.

2) and 3) answered by others.

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Jon Holstein
By Jon Holstein (2 months ago)

Well Fuji's 16MP sensors captures as much details as many cameras with resolutions even above 20MP.
A clean detailed 16MP image is better than a 22MP nosier one, with no more, or almost no more details.

Fujis sensors are good even with higer ISO, competing even with some full frame sensors.

So still today, with only so many super high resolution cameras, 16MP that is almost equivalent to 24megapixels (sometimes beting them in higher ISO performance), is not a dissadvantage.

But I do get that it's nice to zoom in on details in pictures, so pixels are always nice, as long as they contain detail. But few beat Fuji when it comes to details.

What you prefer is up to you. But generally I think Fuji has more dedicated controls, and thus feels more like analog cameras in handling.
But neither Sony nor Fuji has good third party lens support, unfortunately.

5 upvotes
Beat Traveller
By Beat Traveller (2 months ago)

1) Access to some really sweet lenses.

3 upvotes
Bervilat
By Bervilat (2 months ago)

What a cool flash unit on the X-T1. How Canikon have nothing like this?

1 upvote
tkbslc
By tkbslc (2 months ago)

Cool? It looks like an accessory for a 1990's gameboy.

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Hachu21
By Hachu21 (2 months ago)

canon ex-90 flash unit maybe?

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rrccad
By rrccad (2 months ago)

probably because there's limited use for a GN 11 flash unit?

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