Fuji X100, HS20EXR and TTL Flashes

One of the coolest cameras so far this year has to be the Fuji X100.  The X100 is a serious camera with a solid retro design that has been generating a whole lot of buzz.

Check out the photos of the X100 up close, along with some new TTL flashes made for the X100 and HS20EXR below.

The X100 features a 12.3MP CMOS sensor in the APS-C format, a 23mm fixed focal length lens, and a leaf shutter.  Unfortunately, the X100 on display at CES wasn’t a working model; however, most of the components on the exterior of the camera were in tact and several were mechanically functional.

It’s a nice camera to hold.  It has a solid feel to it.  This is the rangefinder that many of you have been asking for.  The sensor and lens were made for each other – literally.

Fuji had several accessories for the X100 on hand.

The EF-42 TTL flash – which should be around $200 when launched.

The EF-20 TTL flash – which should be around $120 when launched.

Notably, the EF-42 and EF-20 TTL flashes will be fully compatible with the new Fuji HS20EXR for TTL functionality.  This was a feature that I missed big time on the Fuji HS10, so I’m happy to see it on the new model.

Note the additional contact points in the HS20EXR’s hot shoe for TTL communication.  Thank you Fuji.

The Fuji X100 should be available for around $1200 retail in March.  See the rest of the photos below.

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Comments

  1. H AMLIWALA says

    GREAT NEW FOR THE FLASH FOR THE HS20. IT IS A PITY IT WAS NOT THOUGHT ABOUT FOR THE HS10 AS I MISS IT A LOT. GUESS I WILL HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE PRICE TO COME DOWN BEFORE I INVEST IN HS20 AND FLASH.
    OTHER MAKES OF FLASH WORK ON THE HS10 BUT ALL IN MANUAL MODE ONLY.

  2. Gareth says

    I think this is a very ugly camera. It looks cheap and horrid. I don’t understand what the fuss is about. This camera will not have any impact on the market, just like the Leica X1 didn’t. Although the Leica is a much nicer looking camera than this awful retro throwback. Bleugh.

    • Darrell W says

      There are many photographers that are looking for a camera that looks and functions like the classic designs loved by the masters of photography. Most of today’s non-DSLRs look more like electric shavers and more than a few are little better than those same shavers. The x100 is a compact design that many of us are looking forward to. I think it is beautiful.

      • Bananocrate says

        Gareth, tastes are personal. So… I don’t discuss your taste but, yeah, let’s say that I consider it very personal.
        However x100 is beautiful. It’s the most beautiful camera after Leica M serie (I don’t like so much x1). The problem it’s not the camera. The problem is the price.

  3. vr says

    It’s difficult enough to hold a camera still when you are left-handed, now they are adding more handicaps for left-eyed people – where do you put your nose?

  4. NickHD says

    Beauty is – and always will be – in the eye of the beholder. In the case of Fuji’s masterpiece, the X100 will provide tactile titillation, outstanding optics and fill a niche in this particular snapper’s camera bag.
    So all those Fuji chaps in Japan have to do now is reassure us that power for this device will be from tried & tested, globally available and rechargeable AA cells – which will give users the option of using alkaline or Lithium disposables if necessary. We also need to be assured that the high cost of this little jewel will include the leather carrying case, as displayed on the exhibition display model, plus a high-quality LCD screen protecting film, suitable SDHC card, a sensibly-designed lens cap with retainer and – above all – a fully comprehensive user guide in compact Book form – ON PAPER.
    By now, most of us who have invested in recent photographic developments will have been utterly appalled at the tendency towards included User Guides on CD. This, contrary to various manufacturer’s stated aims, does nothing to reduce global timber consumption – as new buyers run off larger (usually A4), copies of their own user guide on their domestic or office printers.
    No, this whole “Manual on CD” thing is simply a cheap, cost-cutting ploy – and should be avoided in the case of the X100.
    After all, if a company is going to ask a top dollar price, their customers are entitled to a complete package – ready to capture perfect images, right out of the box.
    So, Mr. Fuji, would you care – or dare – to comment on all or any of the above?
    Nick H,
    Hong Kong.

  5. ARNE DANSK says

    WE HAVE BEEN READING THAT F2 LENS IS ONLY “AVERAGE” WHICH GOES ALONG WITH GALLERY COMPARASIONS TO THE LEICA LENS ON THE PANASONIC LX5,AND THAT IS SAD. THE NEW VIEWFINDER SOUNDS GREAT TO A VERY EXPERIENCED PHOTO PERSON. FUJI PLEASE FIX THAT” LENS SOFTNESS” !
    A VERY LIGHT WEIGHT SMALL FLASH FOR “FILL-INS” IS ENOUGH FOR MANY .
    arnmax1@gmx.com

  6. PRITHVI says

    LEICA USED TO THE BEST AT THAT PERIOD

    MAY BE NOSTALGIA, OTHER WISE I DOUBT WHETHER THIS CAMERA WILL BE PREFERRED

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