Yesterday I attended Fujifilm X event and here is my report.
- It was very well organized. No BS dry presentations, instead - open face-to-face discussions about cameras, lenses and shooting techniques.
- It was clear that Fujifilm is listening to the voice of their customers and standing strong behind their products. For sure.
- Greg and Billy (and all other Fuji reps on the floor) are true photographers with years of hands-on experience (various cameras, lenses, films). They are passionate about photography. They understand our concerns and are working on to address them.
Fuji X-M1 (X-Trans camera for everyone)
The camera is light but built very solid. I didn't expect such quality finish, no "plastic" feeling at all. I also think that knobs/dials "resistance" is better than on my X-Pro1. Familiar interface, joy to use. Same applies to new zoom and 27/2.8 lenses. I took couple pictures with Fujinon XF27/2.8 and it worked well with X-Pro1 body.
It just felt a bit odd to use command dial to change the aperture value. Other than that I didn't have any major concerns, very nice, small and compact lens.
X-M1 obviously accepts all other XF lenses including with aperture ring. Overall I was very pleased with X-M1 build quality and performance
X-M1 technical details are ==> here
I also had a chance to talk about "what's cooking" and that's what I understood (not official!)
1. July 23rd FW update (X-Pro1/XE1/Lenses):
- It is not the first one nor the last one FW update. But major. Fujifilm will continue to support X-generation. Major FW updates are coming to other X cameras.
- Minimum shutter speed at Auto ISO is being addressed (next FW update?)
- I tested focus peaking and it works. More colour choices are coming.
- AF will be improved on all lenses (each will require FW update) including 55-200 (no need to update lens FW but will need new camera FW 3.0). Don't know by how much the speed will be improved.
All announced lenses are on schedule. 23/1.4 - October, 10-24 - December, 56/1.2 - January 2014. All with aperture rings and build to highest optical and mechanical standards. Prices were not disclosed, but should be competitive.
3. Tele photo prime lenses
- Fujifilm is listening :) You never know what may come up on the next official lens roadmap.
Fujifilm team is fully dedicated to continue their support to further improve Adobe ACR demosaicing algorithm. Adobe, common, add more resources!
Few more pictures from the event.
All guests were offered to have their portraits taken with...Fuji Instant System! Yes, Fuji still produces the camera and the film, similar to all-dead Polaroid (but well alive The Impossible Project) . Cool!
Greg (The Fuji Guys) & Michael Reichmann (The Luminous Landscape)
Billy's (The Fuji Guys) favourite camera :)))
There was more food than on that tray :))
Fuji folks, thank you, I really enjoyed my time at the event. It was fun and yet productive.
Good things are coming!