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Fuji announced a pair of lenses at the same time as the X-M1. One is a standard zoom that will be sold as a kit with the X-M1, while the other is a pancake prime. Let's take a closer look at each:

New kit zoom - XC 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS

The X-M1 launches with its own kit zoom - the XC 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS. It's Fujifilm's first to be designated XC rather than XF, with the C apparently suggesting 'casual' or 'compact'. It offers a usefully-wider focal length than most kit zooms, and includes optical image stabilization, in a small, lightweight plastic body. Despite this Fujifilm is keen to stress that it considers the lens's optics to be a cut above the average 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 kit zooms typically sold with SLRs and mirrorless cameras.

Here's the new XC 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS alongside Fujifilm's existing XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS. The XC lens is slightly smaller, has a plastic barrel and mount, and lacks either an aperture ring or physical OIS On/Off switch (instead this is controlled from the camera's Q menu).
The 16-50mm is about the same length as the 18-55mm when set to telephoto. The 16-50mm comes with a bayonet-mount, petal-type lens hood.

The 16-50mm isn't designated an 'LM' lens (denoting the inclusion of linear motors), but this has no negative impact on its autofocus performance at all. It's practically silent and impressively fast; indeed paired up with the X-M1, it feels really, genuinely quick (perhaps the first time we'd use that description for an X system camera).

XF 27mm F2.8 'pancake' prime

Fujifilm is announcing another lens at the same time as the X-M1 and XC 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS: the tiny XF 27mm F2.8 prime. This offers a 40mm-equivalent angle of view, making it a 'perfect' normal lens which will offer a very natural-looking perspective. It's far and away the smallest X-mount lens to date, such that there's no space for an aperture ring (which is why there's no 'R' in the lens name). Firmware updates for the X-Pro and X-E1 will allow these cameras to set the aperture using the rear control dial.

Here's the XF 27mm F2.8 alongside what was previously the smallest lens for the system, the XF 18mm F2 R. The 27mm is just 23mm thick - less than 1" - and weighs only 78g (2.8 oz).
Here's the 27mm mounted on the X-M1, on which it makes a tiny, lightweight package.

The 27mm F2.8 lens may be included with the X-M1 in some countries, and you can buy it separately for $449/£379.

Accessories

Fuji offers a number of optional extras for the X-M1, including the RR-90 remote shutter release, an adapter for using Leica M-mount lenses, and several external flashes.

The BLC-XM1 bottom leather case lets you take photos - and access the memory card slot - without removing the case. The HG-XM1 hand grip gives you a bit more to hold onto, which is handy when shooting with large lenses.

The optional grip is a nice addition to the X-M1, as the one built-into the camera is on the small side for folks with larger hands. It's also a lot less slippery than the plastic one on the X-M1.

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rsf3127
By rsf3127 (Sep 17, 2013)

I don't get all the hype about these fuji cameras. The image samples look dull, mushy, without contrast and unsharp when compared to NEX and the 100D either in RAW or JPEG. The ergonomy is ok and the build quality is nice, but this does not compensate for the IQ problem.

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AndreaV
By AndreaV (Sep 17, 2013)

Well, I own a Fuji x-Pro1 and a Sony NEX-5... the quality of the Fuji is definitely superior (most of all at high ISO) and I would say is on par with at least some FF cameras (I compared with a friend's Nikon D600) and with my Canon 1D mark III. Have you ever tried to use one of these Fujis yourself?

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D1N0
By D1N0 (Sep 17, 2013)

That is probably why dpreview have scored the iq higher than any of the examples you have given. They must be utterly incompetent. Either that or you are.

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TrojMacReady
By TrojMacReady (Sep 17, 2013)

I think a lot people put large emphasis on high ISO.

But I agree that at low ISO it does come a bit short compared to most of its peers, due the X-Trans design. A bit softer RAW files (for which you can partially compensate), a bit mushy greens in general due to the different color filters and moiré problems with diagonal lines (see test charts). And even at high ISO, you should substract about half a stop from indicated ISO's compared to most of its peers for the camera being a bit too optimistic in this regard.

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unknown member
By (unknown member) (Sep 17, 2013)

Quite a few stories are suggesting that the most widespread tools (Adobe, etc.) don't process the RAW files nearly as well as they could. From what I read, Iridient seems to do the best job by far. If dpr is using Adobe, that could be a problem.

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Northgrove
By Northgrove (Sep 17, 2013)

Agreed, I strongly recommend professionals to look at the RAW import. There's quite a difference especially with this new X-Trans technology. Here's a DPReview user who has compared Lightroom 4.4 with Iridient 2.1.1 output, clearly showing the better clarity with Iridient: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/51732276?image=3

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mas54
By mas54 (Sep 17, 2013)

The IQ from my x100s is as good as it gets. Where have you seen prints from these cameras? I can make a 40x60 that is sharp all the way to the corners.
Contrast? That comes during processing.

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AlpCns2
By AlpCns2 (Sep 17, 2013)

The "IQ problem" got the Gold Award. Odd, isn't it. Or maybe there is no real problem. Ah, choices, choices...

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Kali108
By Kali108 (Sep 18, 2013)

The Fuji "hype" for me is...having the IQ of a Nikon D600 (I've now sold mine) in a small, light weight package. Allowing me to get images from subjects I would not get otherwise, due to the intimidation factor, etc of a larger DLSR / lens combo.
Also, now I have this IQ potential with me every single day. No way I would carry a D600 kit with me at all times. Fuji makes this a joy.

I understand why dpreview needs to use standardized tests, yet unfortunately, this results in veiling the IQ potential of the x trans sensor. Iridient Developer, C1P7 or the free supplied SilkyPix do not suffer from "mushy" greens and certainly not any lack of detail resolution.

Is the Fuji perfect? Of course not, nor is my D800 or Mamiya RZ67 ProII with a Leaf Aptus 33MP digital back.

My Fuji XP1 (with the incredible 14mm, 23mm soon, 35mm, 60mm lenses) is my favorite photographic tool. Period.

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Asylum Photo
By Asylum Photo (Sep 18, 2013)

Like every other camera, there's pros and cons. One system might fit your needs, while another doesn't. Yet both systems could very well be high quality.

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thx1138
By thx1138 (Sep 18, 2013)

I'm not knocking the Fuji high ISO IQ, but it's clearly doing NR even on RAW. They have not overcome the laws of physics and have not discovered miracle low noise sensor and associated electronics.

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D1N0
By D1N0 (Sep 17, 2013)

It takes photo's as good as the x-pro1 so the gold award is deserved.

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