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

 

Sigma 85mm f1.4 “Art” : Optical Perfection?

We know that DxO lab testing revealed the new Sigma 85mm f1.4 Prime Lens was as good as it gets but what about real world testing?

Well Dpreview have published a full user review of Sigma’s new “Art” lens for full frame DSLR’s and here’s what they concluded:

From Dpreview

Conclusion

“The Sigma 85mm F1.4 Art offers some incredible image quality for the price, with outstanding class leading sharpness, excellent subject isolation and bokeh performance. The F1.4 aperture makes it a fantastic choice for low-light events and portrait shooting. The lens does experience some purple and green fringing when it’s shot wide open at F1.4 in harsh backlit conditions, but stopping it down to F2.5 eliminates it entirely. All in all this lens is one of the best portrait lenses we’ve seen to date and at a bargain price for the performance”.
No doubts there then?
February 2017