I've been enjoying my gear so much that I haven't posted any updates on here in a long time. Of course there are a lot of rumors circling about a possible Xpro2 coming out later this year, some new lenses, another camera body. Lots of speculation out there.
I've been using my xt1 cameras for about a year now and am super happy with them.
One rumor that is actually a fact is the new firmware update arriving in a few weeks for the Fuji XT1. This one is supposed to improve the AF speed of the already exceptional XT1. For many this will be a game changer as it will make the camera that much more responsive. For me it has been working great, but there are a lot of action photographers and possibly even sports photographers who have been on the fence about moving over to Fuji for just this reason.
Here is a link to their official announcement: http://www.fujifilm.com/news/n150511.html
In any case a firmware update is always welcome in my book. In the past they have truly transformed these cameras to more capable, easier to use and more customizable. I really can't say enough about the firmware updates and how beneficial they are.
I was talking to a Nikon user earlier today about that and he was asking me why Nikon doesn't do that. I said they do, but its often to fix bugs. Fuji takes a whole different approach in that they will fix bugs and improve the camera.
Some stuff coming soon:
90mm f2 - will be an ideal portrait lens, pre-reviews say its stunning and only a little larger than the 56mm 1.2
new high end camera body - could be xpro2 or something else
(rumor) larger sensor coming soon
a super long telephoto zoom lens is coming out later this year as well
another macro should be out early 2016
what I'm curious about:
a new camera in the XE series
a new xpro2? and how will they improve on what is out there presently
another pancake lens f2 or faster
Let's see what happens!!
Prior to switching over to Fuji I hardly ever listened to many rumors as it was usually pretty obvious what would come next. If there was a D3 out it was obvious a D4 would come out. And if they were at 24mp then they would probably go up to 36mp in their next model. And, the form factor and button lay out would pretty much stay the same.
But, not with Fuji!
Every now and again there are rumors posted on forums and on a nice little website called Fuji Rumors. Yes, some of these don't pan out, or they change the name or are there to have you drooling over something. In any case its fun to see what Fuji will come up with as it is an unknown. For instance, the X-T1, sort of came out of no where as everyone was awaiting the X-Pro2, which still hasn't come out. The X-E2 came out so soon after the X-E1 that some were confused as to why.
But, let it be known that Fuji has a plan and a path they want to take
I've never been concerned or upset by any of their releases, more surprised at how quickly things get launched, but to me that shows progress. We have all seen the lens roadmap and know they have some really nice intriguing lenses coming out in the next 6 months or so.
Key lenses to look for:
18-135mm with optical image stabilizer + weather proof! (launches very soon!)
16-55mm f2.8 with OIS + WP
50-140mm f2.8 with OIS + WP
35mm f1.4 (updated version with faster AF and a distance meter like the 23mm)
16mm f2 (not positive on the aperture)
90mm f2 (long tele lens!) I can't wait to see this!
What about cameras, I like cameras!
Cameras to look out for:
Some serious rumors at this point, but they should solidify very soon.
X-T1p (updated viewfinder to 4k pixels) coming very soon according to the rumor mill
X-Pro2 (newer sensor, 24MP, faster AF, updated features, but not tons of details out there yet)
X100T (originally was said to be called the x200, faster AF, new lens, new sensor, also 24MP)
So as you can see Fuji has been working really hard to keep things moving. Earlier rumors of full frame cameras have been squashed in an effort to perfect their current line up and to launch some more lenses as well. Its so exciting to see the direction Fuji is going and with future firmware updates your existing kit will also benefit from technology placed in the newer models. I'm curious if there are rumors of a huge sale at the end of the year like they did last year. Here's hoping!!
I noticed recently that most of my blog posts are associated in one way or another to my new Fuji gear. It has been really exciting migrating from a DSLR system to a mirrorless system. I'm really enjoying the smaller footprint, fantastic image quality and renewed inspiration to want to head out and photograph everything.
Also, I acknowledge the fact that a lot of my readers are potential clients as well as a whole other viewer base which are photographers. So, I decided to start this separate blog to focus on all things Fuji related.
I'm excited to be along for the ride and hope to share information about some of the gear, some outings, examples and general topics surrounding the new Fuji gear.
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