Another Fujifilm X100F Review

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Online review site Photography Blog UK has published its review of Fuji’s X100F and here’s what they concluded:

From Photography Blog UK:

“The Fujifilm X100F is a very enjoyable camera to use, and fans of the brand and this style of camera will not be disappointed by the improvements made to this latest iteration. 

Autofocusing has been improved, and you can rely on it to get the shot in focus consistently and quickly, especially if you already have the focus point in the correct place. 

Images are bright and vivid, while the different film simulation modes give you lots of scope for getting the colours you desire to match the scene you’re shooting. You’ll probably find you have your own favourite, but they’re great to experiment with. 

The Fujifilm X100F is the perfect size and weight for maximum portability, and with a 35mm f/2 lens, it’s the ideal camera for street photography – if that’s the kind of work you like to do, then you’ll find it very appealing. Some will find having a fixed focal length a drawback, but it’s quite a flexible length for a range of different subjects that forces you to work with your feet rather than relying on a zoom. 

That said, at the end of the day, the Fujifilm X100 range remains a niche camera. You have to have a specific need for a camera like this, and while it does what it does extremely well, many will be looking for something which is a bit more of an all-rounder – especially for the cost involved. 

Using the Fujifilm X100F is generally great – lots of dials and buttons make changing most settings quick and easy. Improvements have been made to ergonomics which make sense, but the screen is the biggest let down. Not being touch-sensitive means that sometimes, just sometimes, you can miss the definitive moment because changing the AF point isn’t the split second action it would be with a touch-sensitive screen. That aside, it would also be super helpful if the screen tilted so you could use it as a waist level finder for street photography. 

Ultimately, there’s a hell of a lot to like, if not love, about the Fujifilm X100F. It’s a beautiful camera, is great to use and produces lovely images – there’s just a couple of reasons which means it stops just short of perfection. If you’re looking to save money, take at the look at the still excellent X100T, or even the X100S or original X100″.

March 2017

Fujifilm X100F online review

Fujifilm X100F: Best X100 model yet by a country mile

Dpreview has published a comprehensive review of Fuji’s latest X100 model, the Fujifilm X100F and its worth a read.

The orginal X100 was a unique camera in its time, offering a fixed prime lens, an APS-C Trans X sensor and clever electric-Optical viewfinder but it was flawed in a number of areas so Fuji not only improved the orginal model via firmware updates but also introduced the X100S and X100T models.

Well the X100F takes all the very best aspects of the X100 concept and adds both a new 24mp sensor (same as in the X-Pro 2 and X-T2) and incoporates tweaks to ergonomics (via button layout), the result promises to be the best X100 model yet and an excellent camera in its own right, so what did Dpreview think?

From Dpreview:

Conclusion

“The X100 series started life as a great concept with wonderful styling that lots of people loved, despite of its manifold quirks. Each subsequent model has been a little bit better, but not always enough to make them essential upgrades for existing owners.

The X100F changes that. The image quality takes a huge leap forward, as do the ergonomics, thanks to the addition of the AF joystick. But most significantly, the speed of operation, including that of the lens, has been noticeably improved. We think it’s enough to change the way you feel about the camera.

So, while we didn’t feel the X100T was enough of a step forwards to justify a Gold award, we have no such qualms about the X100F. On balance, we think this is the ‘rush out and buy one’ product that we’ve always hoped the X100 series would be.

The X100F’s combination of image quality, usability and styling make it the best in the series yet. It’s still a niche camera, but this latest version’s limitations stem primarily from its design, rather than its implementation. A true photographers’ camera”.

My Take:

I have tested and reviewed the three previous X100 models, loved most aspects of them them but also been frustrated by others.

The X100F is the first X100 model I’d have absolutely no qualms buying with my own money, its easily the best X100 model yet and represents a  genuine value for money upgrade for X100 and X100S owners. It will be a bit harder for X100T owners to justify an upgrade but I have no doubt whatsoever that many will purchase the X00F, its a cracking camera.

The X100F is one of the very few modern cameras that is able to blend old school photography with state of the art digital technology.

Its not quite perfect, the touch screen still isn’t articulated (doh) nor is it a touch screen and AF is till a bit unresponsive comapred to some of the opposition but if you seek a 35mm (equivilent) fixed lens compact (ish) camera with an EVF/Viewfinder that produces superb image quality and looks the business, the Fuji X100F is the camera for you. As a street, reportage camera its top class and even people who shoot urban city scapes and landscape will be delighted with the X100F.

Mark Baynham (March 2017)

 

Sigma announces some new “Art” lenses

Sigma has announced the release of three (3) high-end ‘Art’ lenses: two primes and one zoom. All three lenses are designed for full-frame DSLR’s from Canon, Nikon and Sigma.

Sigma 14mm f1.8 DG

The first lens is the ultra-wide 14mm F1.8 DG HSM, which Sigma claims is the ‘world’s first and only F1.8 ultra-wide-angle lens.’  The lens has 16 elements, three of which are FLD (low dispersion) and four are SLD (super-low-dispersion). It also has a large (80mm) aspherical front element to reduce distortion and ‘deliver outstanding image quality from the center to the edges.’ The 14mm F1.8 has 9 rounded aperture blades, a minimum focus distance of 27cm/11in and a ring-type ultrasonic (HSM) focus motor.

Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 DG Art

Next Sigma has announced a 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art. This lens features three SLD and four aspherical, nine rounded aperture blades and optical image stabilization. The lens is weather-sealed and made of a combination of metal and ‘thermally stable composite’ material. The minimum focus distance of the 24-70 is an impressive 37cm/14.5in and it uses 82mm filters.

Sigma 135mm f1.8 DG

And finally there is the Sigma 135mm F1.8 DG HSM telephoto prime. Sigma says that this lens  I quote ‘offers the […] resolution required for 50MP or higher ultra-high-megapixel DSLRs.’

It has a hypersonic (ring-type ultrasonic) focus motor that delivers fast (and ‘exceptionally stable’) focus speeds, while an acceleration sensor ‘detects the orientation of the lens’ so the AF system can respond to ‘varying loads on the focusing group due to gravity.’ The lens has 9 rounded aperture blades, dust and splashproof construction, and a weight of 1130g/40.2oz. This last lens in particular is likely to appeal to concert shooters where the “fast” f1.8 aperture will prove very useful.

February 2017

 

Replacement for Canon EOS 760D announced

Canon EOS 77D Announced: Move over Canon EOS 760D

Canon has announced the EOS 77D a new APS-C DSLR  which will sit between the company’s established entry-level DSLRs and the more enthusiast-oriented Canon EOS 80D.

In essence the 77D is a replacement to the current EOS 760D. But despite sitting below the 80D in the lineup, it shares that more advanced model’s 24.2MP sensor with Dual Pixel autofocus and adds an updated Digic 7 processor to the mix.

Thre AF system now consists of a 45 -point all-cross-type AF system and 7650-pixel RGB+IR metering system, which work together for better accuracy and subject recognition.

Rounding out the package is an ISO range of 100-25600, continuous 6 fps burst shooting with autofocus (4.5 fps when using Live View), 1080/60p video capture and wireless connectivity featuring NFC and Bluetooth LE.

The new camera gains a built-in interval and bulb timers, greater custom controls including an AF-On button, a top LCD panel and an eye sensor to shut off the rear LCD when the camera is raised for shooting.

February 2015

Canon EOS 800D Announced

Canon EOS 800D: New Entry level APS-C DSLR Announced

Canon has announced its latest entry-level DSLR, the EOS model the EOS 800D.

The new camera is the highest specified of the beginner-friendly line and maintains the same 24.4MP resolution CMOS sensor as its predecessor.

However What is new is a 45-point all cross-type autofocus system used for viewfinder shooting, and Dual Pixel AF in live view.

The camera uses Canon’s Digic 7 image processor, and provides a 6 fps burst rate. Wi-Fi and NFC are now complemented by Bluetooth, making it compatible with Canon’s first-ever Bluetooth wireless remote as well as smartphones. A 3″ 1.04 million-dot touchscreen is offered, as is a new interface designed to guide beginning photographers and help them get the shots they want.

February 2017