Fuji Gear is Here!

Our readers have been asking us about reviewing Fuji cameras and lenses. Since Fuji has been on the roll lately, releasing the X-E1, X-M1, X100s and a bunch of new lenses, we decided that it would be a good idea to review all of Fuji gear that is out there. Although I reviewed the Fuji X-Pro1 a while ago, I decided to update my review, because the new firmware addressed a lot of the issues that I talked about in the review, including some of the autofocus issues. Here is everything I received yesterday:

Fuji Cameras and Lenses

Here is the full list of what you see in the above images:

  1. Fuji X-Pro1
  2. Fuji X-E1
  3. Fuji XF 14mm f/2.8
  4. Fuji XF 18mm f/2
  5. Fuji XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4
  6. Fuji XF 35mm f/1.4
  7. Fuji XF 60mm f/2.4 Macro
  8. Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8
  9. Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8

And here is what I will be receiving within the next few weeks:

  1. Fuji X-M1
  2. Fuji X100s
  3. Fuji XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS
  4. Fuji XF 27mm f/2.8
  5. Fuji XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 OIS

The above items were not in stock at the time when I got the first batch, but my goal is to review everything Fuji within the next few months.

Stay tuned and meanwhile, please post your specific requests below!


  1. 1) David B
    August 1, 2013 at 1:30 am

    Finally! Love the Fuji X and I am sure you will as well.

  2. 2) Ben Ooijevaar
    August 1, 2013 at 1:54 am

    I’m really curious about the X-M1 and the 27 2.8. The “budget” combo.

    • August 1, 2013 at 2:32 pm

      That combo should be arriving within a week :)

      • 2.1.1) Vince
        August 1, 2013 at 2:52 pm

        Nasim — I am so curious about which “compact system” is best. Are there any respectable comparison charts for the latest cameras and gear out there? I feel like there are just tons and tons of micro 4/3, etc, etc, etc cameras coming out — and I have no idea how to judge them against each other. We need a chart of differences/tests, including a subjective experience column!


        • Profile photo of Nasim Mansurov Nasim Mansurov
          August 1, 2013 at 3:06 pm

          Vince, I am working on a comparison table, which will hopefully make it easier for our readers to pick the best mirrorless system :) I will post this comparison within the next few days, so stay tuned!

          It will have to be subjective though and I will be updating it with more info as I test more cameras / lenses.

  3. 3) Jimmy K
    August 1, 2013 at 2:28 am

    Call me dumb dumb, but do they send you the gear just to test out and review? You have to send it back right??

    • August 1, 2013 at 2:33 pm

      Jimmy, if I got to keep the gear I receive, I would be super rich :) A couple of those Nikon 800mm lenses and I am set for a while, LOL!

      I only get to test stuff for 30 days and then I have to send everything back in pristine condition!

      • 3.1.1) Nikoj
        August 4, 2013 at 10:38 am

        Do you at least get a discount if you liked something and wanted keep or purchase?

        • Profile photo of Nasim Mansurov Nasim Mansurov
          August 5, 2013 at 3:15 pm

          Nope, I get to buy at the same price as everyone else :(

  4. 4) Monti
    August 1, 2013 at 4:14 am

    Fuji is great. But it doesnt ahve to be expensive models. Even entry level fuji are awesome.
    Fuji is not a camera. Fuji is a tool to accompany your camera)

  5. 5) Jorge
    August 1, 2013 at 6:38 am

    You lucky ba$stard. All that great gear!! Go man Go! I am touching my D700, D800 less and less since Igot my Fuji gear.
    Enjoy, and I look forward to hearing about your impressions

    • August 1, 2013 at 2:34 pm

      LOL, thanks :) Fuji is awesome, I really like the cameras and lenses!

  6. 6) Johny Wong
    August 1, 2013 at 8:31 am

    WOW !!!

    Do you buy all those fuji at the same time ?

    • August 1, 2013 at 2:34 pm

      Johny, no, these are review units. Once I am done with testing, I will have to part with them :(

  7. 7) Neil
    August 1, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Nice timing. I actually sold my D800 + most of my Nikon lenses (keeping the F100 and a couple) and bought X-E1 with the 18-55, 60 macro, and 14 prime. Should get it tomorrow. Researched it thoroughly and curious to see if my experiences line up with yours.

    • August 1, 2013 at 2:35 pm

      Neil, wow, that’s a big change! I don’t think I am quite ready for that kind of move, but I know it is the way of the future!

  8. 8) steve
    August 1, 2013 at 10:18 am

    I have an X-E1 with the 18-55, 55-2200 and the touit 12mm. I’ve done all the latest firmware up grades. I
    Love the camera!
    The auto focus still seems hit and miss even for the same subject and same light shooting seconds apart. Its MUCH better since the firmware up grades. How far can they go with the upgrades towards solving these issues? Im going a bit crazy trying to decide if its the camera or me.
    I would like your test to focus on testing the consistency, speed and accuracy of the autofocus. Everything else about the camera is great.
    I would also like to compare the it to the new Xm1
    Also whats the most efficient way to test the image stabilization lens?

    • August 1, 2013 at 2:36 pm

      Steve, I will be shooting with the gear extensively for the next month, so I will let you know if I see any inconsistency issues. So far so good on the X-E1, but AF is obviously still not as fast as on the OM-D.

      • 8.1.1) steve
        August 1, 2013 at 3:07 pm

        Thanks Nasim, I will btw support your site in my future purchases.
        Whats your opinion on how far the firmware grades can go towards improving autofocus issues before they simply need to change hardware. I’ve been very impressed with there commitment to trying to improve their products with firmware upgrades. Just curious what the hardware limits are.

  9. 9) Monti
    August 1, 2013 at 10:30 am

    I wouldn’t go so far and selling full frame new DSLR from Nikon.
    Yet nothing is better than that for general photography.
    Fuji is good – buy it. Cheaper ones if not rich enough.
    But hey, you can’t replace a real full frame DSLR.

    Fuji is just a tool that helps you to open mind and saves you in travel.

    • 9.1) Neil
      August 1, 2013 at 11:29 am

      Just in case you were referring to me, I would agree with you in general but it doesn’t apply to me. I’m not out to make money with my pictures. I’ve been looking for the best set of compromises to fit me where I am today with the constraints I have on time and I think the Fuji X system looks to hit the things I need these days.

      • 9.1.1) Monti
        August 1, 2013 at 12:44 pm

        Yeah okay then thats fine =)

    • August 6, 2013 at 10:04 pm

      I shoot DSLRs for sports, portraits and events and 135 and 120 film for personal work and some portrait sessions, and if I didn’t need the reach and quick focusing the DSLRs and lenses offer I would very likely sell everything except my F mount film bodies and lenses to go with them and switch over to the OM-D or Fuji system. With the variety and quality of lenses now available for these systems there’s really nothing holding the photographer back.

      Nasim, will you be trying out the Fujifilm X20? I have enjoyed mine a lot as a daily shooter, but just don’t use it enough to justify keeping it.

      • 9.2.1) Da Vinci
        August 7, 2013 at 2:21 pm

        This is in my opinion what is called “photo hobo”
        hobo is homeless people who sleep on street

        can anyone explain me this strange tendency – everyone making their website and putting pictures like “street photography”, “portraits” and blabla.

        wedding dushbags)

        i understand a photographer as a person with a targeted subject and area he is shooting.
        also there is no such as selling your skills for being used as a whore.

        otherwise there is no art.

  10. 10) Ankur Puri
    August 1, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Can’t wait to read what you think about the gear :) More interested in the auto focus accuracy, speed and auto WB observations, if I were to hand it to family members to take casual snaps.

  11. 11) David B
    August 1, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    My OMD is for sale now that I have been using XE1 for a few months. OMD is better in AF and in body IS is amazing, but the Fuji is just SO ADDICTIVE, I realize I have been using it much more than my other gear.

  12. 12) Mikhail
    August 1, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Thanks for making me drool… appreciate it :)

  13. 13) Monti
    August 2, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Still I want to warn everyone – fuji is just a toy tool to play with.
    Never consider it to replace your Nikon or Canon DSLR.
    Unless you are just having fun with photos and not serious working =)

    • 13.1) Conguero
      August 5, 2013 at 2:21 pm

      It’s too late, but thanks for the warning ;-) I already sold my D600 and all my lenses and shoot only with the Fuji X-E1 :-) and I never enjoyed photography more since good old film cameras!

      • 13.1.1) Monti
        August 5, 2013 at 2:25 pm

        Yeah most of people who has fancy cameras really don’t need them.
        They are fine just with a fuji =)

        • Monti
          August 5, 2013 at 2:26 pm

          But me personally – i really really dont understand how someone can change magnesium alloy body DSLR for plastic toy =/

          • Neil
            August 5, 2013 at 2:44 pm

            Certainly most people don’t need all the features of a DSLR. In fact, most pros don’t need them either for what they do. The Fuji is far from a toy, though. But even if it was, who cares? If it gets the images you need then it’s good enough. Heck, almost any camera of the last 5 years is good enough for almost any project.

            • Monti
              August 5, 2013 at 3:50 pm

              Thats why i say people who photograph weddings for money is not professional photographers.

              If you want to find professionals – go seek those who have galleries on their name and publish photos on news and magazines for thousands and millions of people and they have unique content.

              Me personally i do such job. I know what is hunting not just to shoot birds.

              And im telling you – never ever I will exchange my DSLR rugged cameras for something like fuji.

              But i agree that for most of people fuji is just fine =)

            • Monti
              August 5, 2013 at 4:00 pm

              And this is not just MY opinion.

              For example my friend the doctor of phylosophy Gumbatov Elchin
              who was one of 10 best top manager of russia in 2005
              he was a head of biggest market in russia – Crocus City in Moscow

              he came to us in Cyprus, Lefke village recently to visit Sheikh Nazim
              here were also Pope Benedict and president of Pakistan last year

              so he told me he was working for ITAR TASS newspaper in 1990 in soviet times as a photographer

              and he took my camera and shoot some photos through viewfinder
              and he said it is not serious to shoot through the LCD screen (or electronic viewfinder as on mirrorless cameras)

              just another person who says the same thing. he is my friend and both of us do learning from Sheikh Nazim for sufism and doing some job about bringing in to the world his message as he is the main muslim leader of the world today.

            • Neil
              August 5, 2013 at 4:55 pm

              OK, whatever. The marketplace will decide.

            • Monti
              August 5, 2013 at 5:16 pm

              …marketplace…- consumer’s thoughts – consumer market… hey! that’s not a pro way)

            • Monti
              August 5, 2013 at 5:27 pm

              i might talk too much for a commenter
              i might insolt somebody accidently

              but i just want to talk about photography life over here
              and hope to find some useful conversations with those who understand

              when humanity made such a brilliant thing as DSLR
              or even film SLR
              that was a step in history

              now they try to go back by making mirrorless cameras with electronic viewfinder (if even has any)

              its like making us blind

              oh damn it
              i better go and shoot with iPad camera hehe than drop a real glass and mirror experience with mechanical shutter.

              really – its all about focusing and composition

              who cares about low light and image quality?

              and yes, who cares about marketplace?
              we have a civilization opened thing called lens and mirror
              we dont care what is marketplace today-tomorrow.

              give me a glass and mirror – i go and shoot on film
              i dont care of pixel x-trans and blabla)

              i need something reliable as a sniper rifle
              not something like a laser gun.

    • 13.2) David B
      August 5, 2013 at 3:54 pm

      Many people have both their DSLR gear and something like Fuji. I am sure many people here do. I have my full frame DSLR and Fuji (and OMD) so it does not have to be a complete replacement, but one can own Fuji in addition to full frame DSLR, why not?

      • 13.2.1) Monti
        August 5, 2013 at 4:35 pm

        yes thats my point too =)
        everyone should buy a fuji to add their DSLR park
        i have bought a fuji too
        so no problem with that

        i just fun when hear someone replaced DSLR with fuji =)
        i mean i know it has reason – things came on true places
        coz today so many people buy something like DSLR and it is not meant for their level.
        so im glad that many switch to fuji – now we know who is who at least)

  14. 14) Aries
    August 2, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Hi Nasim, can’t wait to hear your reviews on fuji X cameras and lenses… I am planning to buy a fuji x-m1 as my other camera beside my Nikon D90… :)

    • 14.1) Michael
      November 19, 2013 at 9:03 pm

      Aries did you buy the x-m1? I’ve been researching that and the E1 to replace my d90 too. Like to know how it feels since I’ve only shoot with my d90 for 4 plus years.

  15. 15) steve
    August 2, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Yesterday I took 14 pictures.
    7 with my nikon D600 and a 70-200 f 2.8 and and 7 with my fuji X E1 with the 55-200 lens, both at the equivalent of 200mm. Same objects for both cameras, same light. Flowers in different locations in my garden. Objects were approximately 7-100 feet away.

    I can’t decide if I’m sick about the results or happy….
    Every shot with the Fuji system was better, marginally better. The color was even better, Std film mode.
    Im anxious to see if other are seeing the same thing.

    • 15.1) Monti
      August 2, 2013 at 2:24 pm

      Damn it, you have the best camera gear =)
      But fuji doesnt have pentaprism viewfinder and heavy weight and many other things that DSLR provides. If you getting into a sniper rifle, then you know what is its point ;) mirrorless can’t give you same feelings and hunting experience as true DSLR.

      Also they tend to have a JPG special compression so compare RAW files and you will see the quality point as well for DSLR over fuji i suggest…

      It is because there is a room for editing in DSLR and there is so everything tight in fuji that u cant place anything extra in the shot.

      But thats just my opinion)

      • 15.1.1) steve
        August 2, 2013 at 4:18 pm

        Well I wouldn’t sell my Nikon for many reasons, because I like having and using a DLSR and Ive have a lot of good glass.
        However the Xe1 is so well designed. It’s easy and fun to use. Its so easy/and convenient to do so many controls. I’m just surprised at the quality of the photos and particularly its low light performance.

        • Monti
          August 2, 2013 at 4:26 pm

          Yeah thats why i say everyone should buy one fuji.
          There are cheaper ones, besides X-Trans sensor.
          They are also very good for this purpose =)

          DSLR is a sniper rifle and fuji is a pistol to accompany sniper for close combat =)

    • 15.2) Conguero
      August 8, 2013 at 12:49 pm

      Steve, I came to the same conclusion as I compared the X-E1 to the D600. I’ve done the comparison in RAW+JPEG with the 18-55 on the Fuji and the 24-120/4 on the Nikon. I found the IQ of the X-E1 to be almost always better and its raw files need much less post processing than the ones from the D600, if at all. Really nice camera and fun to work with!

      • 15.2.1) David B
        August 8, 2013 at 12:53 pm

        When I had D600 I just felt that I had to shoot it RAW all the time (just did not like Jpegs coming out of it) but I shoot XE1 as JPEG only.

    • 15.3) Da Vinci
      August 8, 2013 at 1:48 pm

      all of you just didn’t learn how to handle Nikon D600

      and fuji systems is a toy

      because it makes everything FOR YOU)

      P.S. learn picture style control on Nikon DSLR and u can make any level of sharpness, saturation and contrast to your JPGs. Im using JPGs straight from my Nikon DSLR. Im not doing any post productions on them. and also im downsizing it for internet. and what u do with fuji files? pixel peeping? if u downsize them they will look like a cartoon.

      • August 8, 2013 at 2:07 pm

        Da Vinci, Monti, Silkypix or whatever else you refer yourself by. Stop putting your spammy comments. I don’t know what your problem is, but it is certainly irritating many of our readers. If I see more stuff like this, I will simply keep on deleting all of it and you will end up wasting your own time and energy.

        • Da Vinci
          August 8, 2013 at 2:16 pm

          oh sorry, what kind of comments you apply?
          i thought im putting good info
          i never meant to abuse anyone
          what is it exactly annoying you Nasim?
          if u dont like anything then say so
          if u like just certain type of comments say so…

          • Profile photo of Nasim Mansurov Nasim Mansurov
            August 8, 2013 at 2:22 pm

            First, you need to learn how to write. Your comments are extremely hard to read, because of your childish shortening practices like “if u dont” rather than “If you don’t”. Second, most of your comments are spammy, with content like “all of you just didn’t learn how to handle Nikon D600 and fuji systems is a toy”. From the side, it appears as if a 10 year old child is writing this. Heck, even my 6 year old would not write such comments.

            I think I would rather have you NOT post any comments. Just read the site, enjoy what people ask and what we respond with and that’s it. It is because of people like you that most sites end up removing the comments section. I would never want to do that, since we encourage communication here, but if you push me and other writers enough, we will start removing ALL of your comments.

            So, please stop posting comments on this site, period. I am asking you nicely :)

            • Da Vinci
              August 8, 2013 at 2:30 pm

              oh well fair enough
              i must not comment at all
              coz my comments are too annoying
              coz they are a little confusing
              anyway its your site and your rules
              i enjoy posting here and using your site
              but its your territory and you right
              i would do same on your place
              unless i find this comments useful

              but let me tell you my opinion
              most of people here are amateurs
              and if you make site for amateurs then you hit the target
              and my comments just doesnt fit in your plan

              i enjoy communicating here coz it makes all of us grow

              but if you say NO then oh well… i can do nothing.
              also im not interested in posts or coments of others
              i like to get news thats right
              and i like to comment on them and see what people think

              i like to find above high masters of photography here
              not anything less

              thats my point

              so if u dont give me permission for that
              then i have to just really leave you all alone

            • Profile photo of Nasim Mansurov Nasim Mansurov
              August 8, 2013 at 2:33 pm

              There – you did it again. Your comment above is simply UNREADABLE. You need to learn English and you need to learn how to organize your thought structurally. In all honesty, I gave up after reading the second line.

              Just don’t post here – that’s all I am asking for.

            • Da Vinci
              August 8, 2013 at 2:37 pm

              Oh, you are completely right sir. I got your point. The grammar is very important on high class website as I find yours. With respect and appologizes I still hopeful that you permit me to post suffisticated comments, with grammar set on. If this is still not going to help me, then I have to spend my photography life on Cyprus Island all alone. Oh… that’s boring expirience, as I have not enough friends of foe. Kindly waiting your permission, if no, then I accept my destiny as you wish, sir Nasim.

            • Da Vinci
              August 8, 2013 at 3:02 pm

              Also If you will make possible for commenters to edit their comments, I would edit the grammar of every single comment I posted. So, they will be more pleasant and readable.

  16. 16) Nikoj
    August 4, 2013 at 10:43 am

    I’d like to know about the system’s low light capability, and how it measure up to FF system/camera. If do be very interested in low light auto focus capability while running the latest firmware.

  17. 17) Arch
    August 5, 2013 at 3:13 am

    Nasim – I bought an X-E1 plus 14mm, 35mm and 18-55mm lenses for a recent overseas trip and I was VERY pleased with the photos as well as the convenience, ease of use, size and light weight of the gear (compared with my D700 gear which stayed at home). I’m looking forward to reading your reviews on the Fuji gear.

    I realise that you have a lot of Fuji gear to work your way through, but if the opportunity were to arise somewhere down the track for you to try out the new Voigtlander 50mm f/1.5 Nokton on the X-E1 or the X-Pro1, I’d also be very interested to read about that.

    Thanks to you and the Photography Life team for such a great blog and website.

    • August 5, 2013 at 3:18 pm

      Arch, let me finish the regular lenses first, then I will check out the Voigtlander. Are there any other lenses for the Fuji mount?

      • 17.1.1) Arch
        August 6, 2013 at 2:33 am

        Thanks Nasim. The new Voigtlander 50mm f/1.5 Nokton is an M mount lens so you’d need an M mount adapter to be able to use it on the X-Pro1 or the X-E1 (manual mode only I expect). Fuji sells such an adapter. With the adapter, there would be a range of M mount lenses that could be used (eg Leica and Zeiss) but the new Voigtlander 50mm is the only one I’m interested in finding out more about at the moment. Have fun with the Fujis.

  18. 18) David B
    August 5, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Nasim as people awaiting your Fuji reviews (seems that at this point it is safe to say based on what is being sold/bought on various photo forums that many people are dropping what they have for the Fuji X system) you need to keep posting some photos you’ve taken with your Fuji gear along the way!

    • August 5, 2013 at 3:17 pm

      David, will do my best! Just came back from 2 photo shoots using the X-Pro1 and X-E1. One was in a very very dark concert and the AF seemed to manage just fine. Not super fast like OM-D, but good enough for me. Looks like the review of the X-Pro1 will have to be completely changed now :)

  19. August 10, 2013 at 3:48 am

    I’m looking forward to reading these reviews Nasim! I’m a D90 shooter and I love Nikon, but increasingly I feel the camera is getting in the way of what I want to do in street photography. Not through its ergonomics – my fingers trip the light fantastic over its blessed little buttons and wheels – but through its bulk and intimidating looks. People spook when they see a DSLR pointed in their direction.

    Compare the old DSLR to the X100 et al. These cameras look quite adorable. Which is all the more amusing since to my mind their design philosophy is actually a lot more serious-minded than most DSLRs. The old aperture ring and shutter speed dial are a godsend. They’re quick to adjust and are accurate enough for professional consistency but offer more scope for quick and inspired experimentation than the less prominent dials of DSLRs. They make you WANT to experienment. Plus they’re light and handy, how did we get to a place where we thought that carrying around a huge black brick was pleasing for everyday photography?

    If I was shooting nature or was a dedicated National Geographic landscape type, I would stick to the Nikon or the Canon fullframe. But for urban stuff? Fuji.

    Man, really want the X100 too. I even actually prefer the ‘look’ of its images to the X100s!

    • 19.1) Nostalgy
      August 10, 2013 at 5:41 am

      Yeah man, we keep saying the same thing again and again.

    • 19.2) Nostalgy
      August 10, 2013 at 5:44 am

      But what do you do for shooting alive presidents meetings and VIP?
      What is your choice for paparazzi work?
      Once in a life shots that valued by the world?
      Crop sensor DSLR. Isn’t it?
      And weight is for stability and confidence.

  20. 20) Merlin
    August 11, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Da Vinci may be annoying, but let him speak (post).

  21. August 12, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    I use my X100 on my trip through the USA and I like it! We use it if we’d like to have a handy camera with a great picture quality :-)
    One thing I don’t like is this plastic release button. I think the other cams got it too.

    Looking forward to your reviews. Thanks a lot for this hard work :-)

  22. 22) PAUL
    April 14, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    To me the IQ is quite impressive. Does Fuji offer any telephoto lenses for sports?

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