Fujifilm expands X-range at Photokina with new X100T and two new lenses

A Graphite Silver Edition for its popular Fujifilm X-T1 was also unveiled at Photokina

Traveling to Germany twice in a month. Sounds fun, but the real excitement comes from seeing Fujifilm’s latest releases in their popular X-range of compact system cameras at Photokina 2014.

Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition

Fujifilm expands X-range at Photokina with new X100T and two new lenses

We didn’t have many complaints regarding Fujifilm’s X-T1 in our review back in March, but the Japanese cameramaker has seen fit to make it better anyway.

The main feature on the X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition is its new gun metal-like finish on its metallic bits, which requires a special 6-step process to achieve. Also found on the camera are a completely silent electronic shutter, the beautiful Classic Chrome film simulation mode first seen on the X30 - which will soon also make its way to the original X-T1 via a firmware upgrade - and a reworking of its buttons for a much-improved feel.

We can expect to see the camera in November for S$2199, and the firmware update in December.

READ MORE: Fujifilm X-T1 review

Fujifilm X100T

Fujifilm expands X-range at Photokina with new X100T and two new lenses

The second upgrade to the fantastic X100 premium compact first launched in 2012, the X100T (S$1899, due November) is largely similar to last year’s X100S. The main differences are the addition of the silent electronic shutter for noiseless shooting, Classic Chrome film simulation mode, real-time parallax correction, an updated graphic design for the advanced hybrid viewfinder, and an electronic rangefinder for easier focusing. There's also Full HD video recording with more manual control and frame rates. Oh, and you can now use the camera as it's being charged via USB with your portable battery pack too. 

Two new lenses

A compact system camera is nothing without the lenses to support it. That’s why Fujifilm’s working on more lenses for their X-range of cameras, including the new XF 50-140mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR and XF 56mm F1.2 R APD.

The former is a versatile telephoto lens with great image quality thanks to a series of technological advancements. This includes the world’s first triple linear motor for fast and silent autofocus, best-in-class optical image stabilisation, and high weather and dust resistance with temperature tolerance down to -10 degrees celsius. It should be arriving in stores for S$2399 in November.

The XF 56mm F1.2 R APD (S$2199, due December), on the other hand, is billed as an excellent lens for portraits due to the addition of an apodization filter for ideal bokeh. What this filter does is provide a softer bokeh effect for higher contrast between the sharply focussed subject and blurred background, leading to a more three-dimensional image.