Not too long ago I wrote an article on why I think the Fujifilm X-T20 is still the camera I recommend in 2021. It had great response, but some people thought the X-T30 was clearly the superior camera. In this article we’ll look at the positive and negatives of each camera.
Fujifilm has announced that its servers seem to have been under a ransomware attack. The company has decided to temporarily shut down its servers to protect the users, but also to conduct an investigation.
It’s now 2021, and the Fujifilm X-T20 was released in 2017, uses Fujifilm’s X-Trans III sensor technology, and has been superseded by cameras like the X-T30 and X-S10 (both X-Trans IV). So why would it be the camera I recommend to people in 2021? Let me explain…
Fujifilm has released some amazing lenses. In fact, there is not really a lens that is not capable, or not sharp enough to please even the toughest critics. However, because Fujifilm have an XF range and an XC range, targeting quality build and higher price over lower price and not so good build quality (compared to the XF premium lenses), some Fujifilm users dismiss the XC series of lenses outright. But among them all, there’s a hidden gem that every Fujifilm user should use.
Well, if you were holding out for a Fuji X-H2, you’re gonna have to hold out a little more. Fuji Rumors is reporting that Fujifilm has no plans to release any more X system cameras in 2021. All that you get for 2021 is the Fujifilm X-E4 released back at the beginning of the year.
Fuji Rumors say the information comes from “trusted sources” and as they note, this will be the first year since they started up the Fujifilm X system that only one body will have been released. It makes some sense, though, given the events of the past year and a bit.
Fujifilm has updated their warning on counterfeit Fuji camera batteries that are currently floating around on the market. The warning was first issued back in 2015, letting people know that they should be using legitimate Fuji batteries and that the forgers are illegally using their logo and don’t conform the safety standards of Fuji’s own batteries.
The update of the warning suggests that counterfeit batteries are on the rise again, and that these fake batteries can potentially kill your gear or even start a fire – which we know lithium-based batteries are certainly capable of. And while the alert doesn’t say this, I suspect that if a 3rd party fake battery blew up your camera, it wouldn’t be covered by your warranty.
For some strange reason, this video from Taylor Nowel popped up on my suggested feed yesterday, although it was actually posted to YouTube about 18 months ago. It documents the weirdness that is the Fujifilm Rensha Cardia BYU-N 16. What makes it weird is that it has sixteen lenses. Yes, sixteen. Count ’em. Each with their own individual shutters.
It shoots to 35mm film and contains two separate shutter buttons. When it was released in 1995, it seems to have been marketed to golfers, allowing them to shoot a rapid succession of images when they tee off in order to be able to analyze their swing after the fact. Today, it’s basically an animated gif-making machine (although you will need to scan the film).
Well, this is an odd one. Fujifilm has announced an unlikely collaboration with Nintendo. They’re releasing a Nintendo-themed Instax Mini Link app that works via your smartphone for the Nintendo Switch. It’s not designed for printing photographs, though… Well, it can, offering a bunch of frames from a range of Nintendo games, but it’s primarily intended to let users print out scenes and characters from their Nintendo Switch console.
While the printer itself is the bog-standard Fuji Instax Mini Link in a custom colour scheme, but there is also going to be a Pikachu-themed silicone case for it (available as part of a bundle with the printer, not available separately). But the most shocking thing about the collaboration, as Fuji Rumors points out, is that the smartphone app actually seems to work – unlike their camera app.
Fujifilm has announced its new XF 18mm f/1.4 R WR lens for their X system APS-C mirrorless cameras. Part of Fuji’s series of compact, portable primes, the XF 18mm f/1.4 R WR offers a field of view equivalent to 27mm focal length on a full-frame body with a wide f/1.4 aperture and weighs just 370g.
Ideally suited to genres like travel, landscape, architecture and street photography, this autofocus lens should also be well at home with subjects like astrophotography thanks to its wide aperture, weather-resistant design and coatings to help control ghosting and flare.