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Fujifilm X mirrorless system

introduction

  • Fujifilm announced their APS-C sized mirrorless camera systems camera system in Jan 2012
  • new X mount lens system uses XF type Fujinon lenses
  • short flange back distance of just 17.7mm
  • new “X-Trans” sensor with new highly randomized color filter array instead of a Bayer pattern:
    • “In the array, RGB pixels are arranged in 6×6 pixel sets with high aperiodicity (randomness). Increasing the degree of randomness eliminates the fundamental cause of moiré and false colors – a problem that occurs in conventional arrays when shooting stripes and other repeating patterns. The presence of an R, G and B pixel in every vertical and horizontal pixel series minimizes the generation of false colors and delivers higher color reproduction.”
    • “the X-Trans design struggles a little bit with fine green detail, so it's not perfect for landscape work”
    • the Fuji has slightly better image quality potential and more shallow depth of field (DOF) options thanks to the larger sensor
    • BUT, the Fuji X system will require larger lenses, and NO Fuji X camera:

cameras

X-E3

  • announced Sept 2017
  • 24MP X-Trans III sensor as found in the X-Pro2
  • 4K UHD video, or 1080p at up to 60 fps
  • 3“ fixed touchscreen
  • $US899

X-T2

  • announced July 2016
  • 24.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS III Sensor
  • 0.77x 2.36m-Dot OLED Viewfinder
  • 3.0” 1.04m-Dot 3-Way Tilting LCD Screen
  • Internal UHD 4K Video & F-Log Gamma (via HDMI only) with 4K limited to 10 minutes length, but no Cinema 4K and no 120fps 1080HD
  • 325-Point Intelligent Hybrid AF System
  • 8 fps burst and up to ISO 51200
  • Weather-Sealed Body; WiFi; Two UHS-II SD Slots
  • $US1599
  • reviews:
    • “shoots the best 4K quality I have yet seen for $US1500, with a great lens range, pleasing colour science, less rolling shutter and a different approach to ergonomics to Sony A6300 or A6500, but no Speed Booster for Canon lenses - only for Nikon” … “not as nicely designed as the X Pro2”… “trick for maxing out dynamic range on the X-T2 is to slightly under-expose and set both highlight tone and shadow tone to -2 in-camera along with sharpness to -4” 1)

X-Pro2

  • announced Jan 2016
  • new 24.3 megapixel X-Trans CMOS III sensor
  • extended ISO up to 51200 and also supports compressed Raw
  • 8fps focal plane shutter tops out at 1/8000 sec (with an x-sync speed of 1/250 sec)
  • electronic shutter up to 1/32000 sec
  • faster AF system with 273 total points, of which 77 are phase-detect and cover 40% of the frame
  • sturdier magnesium alloy body which has 61 points which are sealed against dust and moisture
  • dual SD card slots
  • X100T hybrid viewfinder
  • new monochrome Acros film simulation mode 'for smooth tones'
  • interval shooting, 36Mbps 1080/60p video, WiFi
  • fixed LCD screen (no touch capability)
  • 495g, 141 x 83 x 56 mm (5.55 x 3.27 x 2.2″)
  • optional Hand Grip MHG-Xpro2
  • $US1699

X-E2s

  • announced Jan 2016
  • updates X-E2 by adding an electronic shutter and an improved Hybrid AF system (similar to that of the X-T10), which adds 77-point zone and wide/tracking modes to go along with the 49 points that were already available on the X-E2
  • $US699

X-T1

  • announced Jan 2014 and designed to compete with the 2013 camera of the year, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 but no 1/8000thsec shutter, flash sync only 1/180th, no eye detect AF, no touch screen, but perhaps most importantly, lacks sensor-based image stabiliser and the lens range is bigger, heavier and with less options but you do get 1 stop more background blurring, 60p video and perhaps better high ISO performance
  • 16.3 Megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor with on sensor phase detect AF
  • EXR Processor II
  • weatherproofed
  • fastest AF of any APS-C camera
  • unique wide-angle 2.36m dot resolution OLED EVF:
    • shortest display lag-time of just 0.005sec
    • world’s highest magnification (0.77x) for a digital camera
    • four OLED EVF Display Modes:
      • full mode
      • normal mode
      • dual mode - second screen for either Digital Split ImageTM or Focus Peak Highlight to assist MF
      • “PORTRAIT” view in “NORMAL“ and “FULL” modes automatically rotates the displayed information when the camera is held vertically
  • 0.05 second shutter time lag
  • 8fps burst with C-AF with motion predictive AF tracking
  • ISO200 - 6400 (extended modes: 100, 12,800, 25,600 and 51200)
  • shutter to 1/4000th sec
  • flash sync 1/180th sec
  • no built-in flash
  • compatible with SDXC UHS-II format memory cards
  • 3” 1.04mdot LCD - tilting but not touch
  • one-touch WiFi connectivity and remote shooting via smartphone or tablet using the Fujifilm Camera Remote app
  • Lens Modulation Optimizer technology
  • intervalometer 1sec-24hrs up to 999 frames
  • 1080 30p/60p video, stereo mic
  • optional vertical battery grip (VG-XT1)
  • 440g, 129 x 90 x 47 mm (5.08 x 3.54 x 1.84″)
  • body only: $US1,299

X-E2

  • announced Oct 2013
  • 16MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor
  • slowish AF compared to other mirrorless camera systems and poorly implemented face detection AF but improved in 2016 with firmware update
  • no sensor-shift image stabiliser
  • focus-peaking and 'split-image' manual focusing aids
  • CDAF and phase detect AF
  • LCD not touch screen
  • 2.36mDot EVF
  • shutter to 1/4000th sec, flash x-sync 1/180th sec
  • no scene modes, no timelapse, not weatherproof
  • 1080 60p/30p video but poor quality
  • built-in flash but no wireless flash
  • WiFi smartphone connectivity
  • 350g; 129 x 75 x 37 mm (5.08 x 2.95 x 1.46″)
  • firmware 4.00 in Feb 2016 adds many improvements to AF, autoISO, video, new user interface

X-M1

  • June 2013
  • different design to its previous models. Instead of 'traditional' shutter speed and exposure compensation dials, the X-M1 uses twin electronic control dials to change exposure parameters.
  • tilting 920k dot 3“ LCD screen but no eye-level viewfinder
  • same 16MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor as the X-Pro1 and X-E1
    • slowish AF compared to other mirrorless camera systems
    • moiré, rolling shutter can be an issue in videos
    • no HDR, panorama modes

X-E1

  • Sept 2012
  • mid-level camera but same sensor as the X-Pro1
  • 2.4m dot OLED EVF instead of the hybrid EVF
  • pop-up flash
  • faster AF than the Pro-1 when using the new 18-55mm F2.8-4 stabilized kit zoom lens
  • 1080 HD video at 24fps
  • $999 body only

X-Pro1

  • Feb 2012
  • 16mp “X-Trans” sensor
  • no anti-alias filter
  • hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder system
  • 3” LCD
  • ISO to 25,600
  • Multiple Exposure mode
  • Film Simulation modes with the new Professional Color Negative Film Modes
    • colors and tonal qualities of popular FUJIFILM emulsions through the vibrant colors of Velvia, the softer skin tones of ASTIA and the natural look of PROVIA
    • B&W modes with color filter processing, or sepia
  • Film Simulation bracketing, along with AE, Dynamic and ISO bracketing
  • unfortunately, very slow AF which fails to lock in low light, and poor manual focus control
  • in Sept 2012, Fuji released a firmware upgrade which helps to address the major problems with the X-Pro1 - AF and MF - see dpreview.com
  • RRP ~$US1700
  • optional accessories:
    • Hand Grip, HG-XPro1
    • Shoe Mount Flash EF-X20 - but no bounce/tilt?

reviews

lenses

  • NB. WR = weather resistant; LM = linear AF motor;
  • Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8
    • eq. to 21mm lens
    • 10 elements in 7 groups, including 2 aspheric and 3 extra low dispersion elements and a seven-blade rounded diaphragm
  • Fujinon XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS
    • announced Dec 2013
  • Fujinon XC 16-50mm F3.6-5.6 OIS
    • 24-75mm kit lens
    • June 2013
  • Fujinon XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R OIS WR
    • Dec 2014
  • Fujinon XF18mm-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS
    • coming late 2012?
    • at last fast AF for this system as this is the 1st Fujinon lens with a highly responsive linear motor
    • high quality all-glass lens structure consists of 14 elements in 10 groups, including 3 aspherical lenses and 1 extra low dispersion element, as well as a seven-blade rounded diaphragm
  • Fujinon XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R OIS WR
    • June 2014
  • Fujinon XF18mm F/2.0 R
    • field of view equivalent to 27mm in 35mm format terms
  • Fujinon XF 27mm F2.8 pancake
    • June 2013
    • eq. to 41mm in 35mm full frame fov
    • fastest AF lens of the APS-sensor mirrorless cameras
    • close focus 0.34m
    • 39mm filter
    • 23mm thick, 78g, metal, $449
  • Fujinon XF35mm F/1.4 R
    • field of view equivalent to 53mm
  • Fujinon XF35mm F/2
    • weathersealed
  • Fujinon XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR
    • Dec 2014
    • eq. to 76-213mm or 70-200mm f/4 on a full frame
    • 23 elements in 16 groups, internal zoom
    • two OIS elements in conjunction with a high-performance gyro sensor and unique stabilization algorithm
    • 'world's first' triple linear motor for faster autofocus and quieter operation
    • Nano-GI (Gradient Index) coating technology
    • $1599
    • optional XF 1.4X TC WR 1.4x teleconverter
  • Fujinon XF56mm f/1.2 R
    • eq. to 85mm f/1.8 lens on full frame
    • aperture ring
    • fly-by-wire focus ring, no DOF, distance scale
    • close focus 0.7m
    • 405g, 73mm diam x 70mm long, 62mm filter
    • announced Jan 2014
    • $US999
  • Fujinon XF56mm f/1.2 R APD
    • same as Fujinon XF56mm f/1.2 R but with Apodization filter which is a radial gradient filter designed to exactly compensate for any bright regions in the circles of confusion the lens projects for more pleasant bokeh but at cost of less light transmission for a given f stop, hence lens also has T markings, and is not compatible with phase detection AF
    • close focus 0.7m; 405g; 63mm diam x 70mm long; 62mm filter;
    • Dec 2014
    • $1499
  • Fujinon XF60mm F/2.4 R Macro
    • field of view equivalent to 90mm
  • Fujinon XF 80mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR 1:1 Macro
    • announced Sept 2017
    • 5EV OIS; LM = linear AF motor; fluorine coating on the front element aims to make it less prone to smudging.
    • 16 elements in 12 groups, including one aspherical lens, one Super ED lens and three ED lenses.
    • Floating Focus System that suppresses aberration
    • $US1200
  • Fujinon XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 OIS WR

lens roadmap

2014

  • Zeiss Touit 2.8/50 Macro $999
  • XF 16-55mm F2.8 R OIS standard zoom lens
  • XF 50-140mm F2.8 R OIS tele-photo zoom (2014/2015)
  • XF 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 R OIS zoom lens
  • high speed wide angle prime lens

2018

  • Fujinon XF8-16mmF2.8 R LM WR
  • Fujinon XF200mmF2 R LM OIS WR

accessories

flash units

  • EF-X500 flash
    • 2016 model
    • high-end, weather-sealed model with a guide number of 50m at ISO 100
    • the ability to control up to three sets of TTL off-camera strobes
    • high-speed sync mode that supports the X-Pro2's maximum 1/8000 sec shutter speed
    • zoom head range is 24-105mm equiv.
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