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March 03, 2012 at 10:02PM


Silver Fujifilm X-Pro1 camera spotted

A silver Fujifilm X-Pro1 camera was spotted at an event in Taiwan.

This will probably come as a limited edition, similar to the black Fuji X100.

The “regular” black Fuji X-Pro1 camera is currently scheduled for a March 28th release.

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February 24, 2012 at 12:12AM


New Gear: Nissin MG8000 Flash Can Fire 1,000 Shots Without Overheating

Nissin is claiming their upcoming MG8000 flash can shoot 1,000 shots without overheating or dropping guide number

While not yet official outside of Japan, Nissin’s newest flash promises to be a marathon shooter, claiming it can fire off up to 1,000 continuous shots without overheating. Shown off at this year’s CP+ exhibition in Japan, the Nissin MG8000 will be able to fire 200 pops with a 3-second recycle, and then slow down to 5-7 seconds after that — but crucially will maintain its guide number throughout. Nissin says that unlike other strobes, which can drop output to prevent overheating, the MG8000 is instead designed to handle the heat better. It has ceramic insulation, a quartz-based flash tube, and a glass screen to protect the Fresnal lens from heat — it even uses air vents.

The M8000 has a guide number of 40-60m at ISO 100, has a full color display, a tilting head, wireless controls, TTL for Nikon and Canon, and external ports. It can be stepped down to 1/128 power if necessary, and it can be zoomed from 24-105mm. If the three second recharge isn’t fast enough, you can hook it up to an external power source for even more grunt.

Unfortunately, we don’t know how much this flash is going to cost. Estimates put it at 50,000 Yen, around 25, which is a bit higher than the Nikon SB-910 and Canon Speedlite 580EX II it’s designed to compete with.

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February 18, 2012 at 11:31PM


Fujifilm X-Pro1 now shipping in Japan

The Fuji X-Pro1 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera is now shipping in Japan, just as Fujifilm promised last month. The North America market has to wait for another month, but I have the feeling that the camera will start shipping before March 20th in the US.

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February 15, 2012 at 02:17AM


Fujifilm X-Pro1 updates

B&H updated their expected availability for the Fuji X-pro 1 to March 20, 2012.

In addition to the many new Fuji X-Pro1 samples, Brandon Remler has uplaoded also several new videos – the first one shows some significant X-Pro1 speed improvements compared to the X100:

Fuji X-Pro1 unboxing video:

Check also my Fuji X-Pro1 report from CES 2012.

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February 12, 2012 at 10:32PM


Exclusive: Interview with Sigma’s New CEO Kazuto Yamaki at 2012 CP+

Interview with Sigma’s New CEO Kazuto Yamaki at 2012 CP+

Interview conducted by Jeff Chen, co-founder of xitek.com.

Jeff Chen: Yamaki San, I am sorry to hear the passing of your father, he has been instrumental not only to Sigma but also to the Japan photographic equipment industry. We wish you well in your new position to lead the company.

Mr. Yamaki: I will never be as good as him.

JC: I am sure you will. Let’s turn our attention to the CP+ event. Just yesterday I read that Sigma will cut the price of the SD1 dramatically with the new model SD1 Merrill. Could you tell us how you are able to achieve that?

KY: Well, the new price is actually what we were aiming at when we launched the SD1 but due to low yield of the sensor we knew we wouldn’t be able to meet our price target. In the past year engineers from Sigma and Foveon have been trying very hard to improve the yield of the sensor. Now we are confident that we will be able to meet our original price target, hence the price reduction.

JC: What about the customers who have bought the SD1 already?

KY: We consider these loyal customers very important to us. They are truly behind us and bought the camera regardless the price. We will have a program to compensate the price difference and the details of the compensation will be announced later this month.

JC: I also learn that there will be two DP series cameras using the same sensor from SD1. Could you tell us more that the two new cameras?

KY: Now that we are able to reduce the cost the sensor, we want to put that into the hands of more customers. The two new DP cameras not only will have the new 46mp sensor but also a dual CPU processor to handle the huge amount of data generated by the sensor. They will also have the 92k dot 3″ TFT LCD screen and new lenses will be also resigned.

JC: With the dual CPU processor will users be able to experience faster interface?

KY: The amount of data created by the 46mp sensor is huge and will tax the the processor heavily.

JC: Let’s change subject a little bit and talk about lenses, specifically Sigma lenses recently introduced for the Micro 4/3 and Sony NEX mirrorless cameras. Could you share your thought on what new lenses will be for mirrorless cameras?

KY: Obviously I can’t get into the specific details as we are still in the process of putting together a final plan for the mirrorless market. What I can say is that our philosophy of lens development has been always to fill the gap of the camera manufacturers like Canon, Nikon and Sony, so we will keep continue doing the same in the mirrorless market. What we are committed to right now are the Micro 4/3 which we are a member of and the Sony NEX. We probably won’t offer products for the Pentax Q and we are not sure about the Nikon 1 yet.

JC: It’s interesting to note that Sigma is a company that has a long line of lens products and also camera products like the SD and DP series. One would wonder when Sigma is going to enter the mirrorless camera market by offering its own camera as well as lenses, either in the Micro 4/3 mount or other mount?

KY: I am personally very much interested in this market and obviously we have the know-how. It’s all about the timing. Right now we want to serve our SD series customers the most as they are our early adopters and the DP customers as they are the customers helping us to broaden the market. When we are ready to enter the mirrorless market, we want to make sure that we serve these two camps of customers well before we go after the third one.

JC: That’s very nice of you to value your customers. Thank you very much for spending time with us and we wish you good luck.

KY: Thank you!

PS: A senior Sigma executive points out the similarity the lens specification of the two new DP1′s and the two mirrorless lenses, namely the 19mm/2.8 and 30mm/2.8. It’s not a coincident obviously.

Special thanks to Jeff Chen, co-founder of xitek.com, for providing us with a coverage of the CP+ show in Japan.

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February 12, 2012 at 10:16PM


The rest of the 2012 CP+ show

The Nikon D800 and the Olympus OM-D E-M5 were probably the most exciting cameras announced during the 2012 CP+ show in Yokohama Japan. Here are some additional images from the 2012 CP+ show:

Olympus OM-D with the ,500 Zuiko Digital ED 150mm f/2.0 (photos courtesy of gqtuazon)

Agfa released a new point and shoot camera at the CP+ show: the AP15.

Even GE had a booth:

Panasonic booth:

And few more images from the show’s floor:

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February 12, 2012 at 03:02AM


Tamron and Tokina at the 2012 CP+ show in Yokohama, Japan

Tokina’s Stabilized 70-200 f/4 lens

A quick hands-on report on the new Tokina 70-200mm f/4 lens by Psycho_McCrazy:

About the Tokina 70-200 F4 Stabilized: based on what the person who was at the booth said, it will probably be released later in the summer (August Maybe), at a price of 100000 Yen in Japan. Now I am not sure whether this will be a list price, or actual market price. International prices were not fixed as yet. Also, the Yen price translates to ~1300$ US if I use current exchange rates. But the actual pricing may vary – don’t take my word as final.

Tamron’s Stabilised 24-70-2.8, No word on pricing or availability date

Above images are by Psycho_McCrazy, the rest by Jeff Chen:

Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 lens at the CP+ show

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February 12, 2012 at 02:31AM


FujiFilm at the 2012 CP+ show in Yokohama, Japan

Fuji X-Pro1 with Leica M Mount Adapter

Fuji X100 Black Limited Edition

Above images are by Psycho_McCrazy, the rest by Jeff Chen:

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February 12, 2012 at 01:47AM


Olympus at the 2012 CP+ show in Yokohama, Japan

Images credit: Jeff Chen

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February 12, 2012 at 01:47AM


Pentax at the 2012 CP+ show in Yokohama, Japan

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