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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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March 02, 2012 at 07:32AM


Pentax K-5 silver special edition with a Marc Newson designed DA 40mm f/2.8 XS ultra-thin lens announced

As previously reported, Pentax Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation announced the Pentax K-5 silver special edition camera kit with a Marc Newson designed DA 40mm f/2.8 XS ultra-thin lens (the same lens from the K-01 kit). The kit will be available in April 2012 for 599.95.

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DENVER, CO March 1, 2012… PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION is pleased to announce the launch of the PENTAX K-5 Silver Special Edition. Available only as a limited edition of 1,500 sets worldwide, the package consists of the PENTAX K-5 digital SLR camera body matched with the new, ultra thin smc PENTAX-DA 40mm F2.8 XS lens.

The exclusive package combines the PENTAX K-5 — the flagship model of the PENTAX K series of digital SLR cameras — with the smc PENTAX-DA 40mm F2.8 XS lens — the world’s thinnest unifocal lens*. Marc Newson, one of the world’s most renowned industrial designers, masterly designed this lens. Both the camera body and the lens barrel feature the same elegant silver finish, assuring that this package is a high-performance imaging tool that also boasts maximum visual harmony. Meticulous attention has been paid to every detail of the package, including a specially designed package, while the camera’s firmware has been updated to the latest version (Ver.1.13).

* The world’s thinnest interchangeable lens for lens-interchangeable digital SLR cameras, as of February 25, 2012 (based on PENTAX’s research).Note: The specifications of the camera body (except for the firmware) and the lens are same as those for the standard K-5 model.

The K-5 Silver Special Edition package will be available in April 2012 for 599.95 USD and will be available exclusively through the PENTAX Web Store (www.pentaxwebstore.com) and Ace Photo (www.acephoto.net). More information is available at the following link: www.pentaximaging.com/news and product images are available at: www.pentaximaging.com/press/pressfiles.html PENTAX is a leader in the production of a variety of adventure ready digital cameras including weather-resistant digital SLRs and stylish, compact, waterproof cameras, as well as lenses, flash units, binoculars, scopes, and eyepieces. For more than 90 years, PENTAX has developed durable, reliable products that meet the needs of adventurous consumers and businesses. With new headquarters in Denver, Colorado, PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION is a subsidiary of PENTAX RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. effective October 1, 2011. Additional details may be found here:www.pentaximaging.com/news

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February 22, 2012 at 07:32AM


New: Mastering the Fuji X100 book

In addition to the Photographer’s Guide to the Fujifilm FinePix X100, there is a new book for X100 fans called Mastering the Fuji X100 (now available for pre-order on Amazon for 9.37).

Press Release

Mastering the Fuji X100 — New from Rocky Nook

Santa Barbara, CA — February 21, 2012 — Mastering the Fuji X100 (Rocky Nook, 9.95 USD) provides the ambitious photographer with everything they need to know to operate this camera, which has become an instant classic. Readers will learn about the features and capabilities of the X100 and will discover numerous tips and tricks for how to maximize its potential. Learn how to influence dynamic range, how to optimize focus, which film simulation is best, and much more.

The Fuji X100 is a premium digital viewfinder camera that combines compact size with sophisticated technical features and uncompromising optical quality. This unique camera already enjoys cult status and is used by many photographers as their ideal travel and snapshot camera. Nonetheless, the X100 is much more than an automatic snapshot camera—it is a sophisticated photographic tool.

In a layout suitable to the camera’s attractive design, this manual presents convincing imagery that attests to the fun you will have as you begin to push the envelope of your Fuji X100.

About the Author

Michael Diechtierow is a photographer by passion and a biologist by training, having recently earned his PhD in this field. As a photographer, he is equally interested in traditional photography and cutting edge experimental techniques.

Working with the Fuji X100 got Michael so excited that he spontaneously decided to sit down and collect his insights and experience for this book. Michael is also a coauthor of The Wild Side of Photography, published by Rocky Nook.

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February 21, 2012 at 12:18AM


What else is new?

Quick recap on the remaining news from last week: Rayqual announced Leica M and Nikon G lens adapters for Pentax Q mirrorless cameras (read more).

VTEC announced new lenses for iPhone: 12x telephoto, fish eye and a macro lens (read more). See also this article on iPhone accessories.

Plustek introduced OpticFilm 120 – a new professional grade film and slide scanner for both 120mm and 35mm film. No other information is available at that point.

New custom designed grip-case for Fuji X100, X10 and Canon S100 (visit website).

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February 10, 2012 at 03:18AM


New firmware updates: v1.13 for Fuji X100, v1.03 for X10

The two new firmware updates for the X10 and X100 cameras can be downloaded at fujifilm.com:

X10 firmware update ver.1.03

X100 firmware update ver.1.13

The X10 update should fix the “sensor blooming” issue.

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February 08, 2012 at 05:33AM


Olympus OM-D E-M5 hands-on video published by Cnet

Cnet just published a hands-on of the not yet announced Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera. Hurry, this won’t stay online for long.

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January 18, 2012 at 03:02AM


Canon C300, Zeiss Distagon 25mm f/2 ZE lens pre-orders, rebates extended

In addition to the black Fuji X100 and Canon G1x, several new products are now available for pre-order:

Canon EOS C300 Cinema EOS camcorder body @5,999.00

Canon EOS C300 PL Cinema EOS camcorder body @5,999.00

The price of the new CN-E lenses will be between 2,000 and 6,000.

The new Zeiss Distagon 25mm f/2 ZE lens for Canon EF mount is also now available for pre-order at ,699.00, the Nikon version will be released few months later.

Zeiss Distagon 25mm f/2 ZE lens for Canon EF mount

Those are the new Canon instant rebates:

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January 17, 2012 at 10:18AM


Detailed Fuji X-Pro 1 camera hands-on report

I had a chance to get some more “hands-on” time with the Fuji X-Pro 1 camera at CES.

If you are a Fuji X100 user (like me), the first thing you will notice once you pick up the X-Pro 1 is the bigger LCD screen (3.0-inch RGBW LCD monitor, approx. 1,230,000 dots).

When I tried the autofocus of the X-Pro 1 the first day, I was not convinced that it’s faster than then the X100. I went back to the Fuji booth the next day and did some side-by-side comparison with the X100 that was on display right next to the X-Pro 1. I am now convinced that the AF in the X-Pro 1 is faster, I was even able to focus in some tricky lighting conditions:

Fuji did not make any improvements to the manual focus in the X-Pro 1 – there is still not focus confirmation or “focus peaking” (like in the Sony NEX or Ricoh GXR systems), which could be problematic if you are planning on using the camera with Leica M-mount lenses.

The body of the X-Pro 1 is slightly bigger than the X100, the new X lenses are significantly bigger:

Fuji X100 vs. X-Pro 1 size comparison

The Auto ISO selection is now added to the ISO menu. This is very useful when the ISO selection is assigned to the Fn button (the X100 did not include the Auto ISO option).

The X-Pro 1 has a new Q menu that allows quick access to the main camera settings – this worked pretty good, going trough the X100 menu to change a selection is painful:

The new Q Menu on the Fuji X-Pro 1

The Q menu can be activated from the new Q button located under the AE-L and AF-L switch:

The new Q button

The Fuji X-Pro 1 also features a new shutter dial lock button that was not present on the X100:

The X-Pro 1 shutter dial now has a lock button (located at the center))

Fuji X100 shutter dial

The menu dial selector of the X-Pro 1 has a much better ergonomics than the X100:

Here is the complete description of all X-Pro 1 buttons from Fujifilm:

Compared to the X100, Fujifilm also changed the menu navigation – the different functions are now grouped by multiple tabs for faster access:

Fuji X-Pro 1 menu

Fuji X100 menu

Fuji did not make any changes to the video capabilities of the X-Pro 1, they remain unchanged from the X100 – you still get continuous AF during recording, without manual override (you can still change the aperture during video recording).

Fujifilm definitely took notes on the feedback from X100 users and addressed all issues in the X-Pro 1, except the video mode and manual focus – those are really my only two complaints for the X-Pro 1 so far (based on what I’ve seen at CES).

As I already mentioned, Fuji did confirm the upcoming Leica M-mount adapter.

There are a lot of online speculations regarding the price of the X-Pro 1. Fujifilm’s rep at CES confirmed that the MSRP will be very close (if not identical) to the leaked prices on Amazon few days before the announcement:

Fujifilm X-Pro 1 body only: 699.95

Fujifilm Lens X-Pro1 35mm f/1.4 lens: 99.95

Fujifilm Lens X-Pro1 18mm f/2.0 lens: 99.95

Fujifilm Lens X-Pro1 60mm f/2.4 Macro lens: 99.95

European prices will probably be slightly higher.

In the US, the camera will start shipping at the end of February, 2012.

The lens roadmap for the upcoming X lenses looks like this:

2012:

Fuji 14mm f/2.8

Fuji 18-72mm f/4.0 with image stabilization

2013:

Fuji 28mm f/2.8 pancake lens

Fuji 23mm f/2.0

Fuji 72-200mm f/4.0 with image stabilization

Fuji 12-24mm f/4.0 with image stabilization

The Fuji X10 and X100 product lines will continue to exists in the future independent of the new X-Pro 1.

Here is a nice video overview of the X-Pro 1:

More Fuji X-Pro 1 related links:

Some more “unofficial” X-Pro 1 samples

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Unsurprisingly, the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 camera won four awards at CES 2012:

CNET “Best of CES 2012″ Best Camera; Popular Science “CES 2012 Product of the Future”; Popular Mechanics “CES 2012 Editor’s Choice Award”; Tom’s Guide “Best of CES 2012″

Valhalla, N.Y., January 16, 2012 – Fujifilm North America Corporation Electronic Imaging Division today announced that the new, revolutionary FUJIFILM X-Pro1 Digital Camera has won four awards during the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week:

CNET “Best of CES 2012” – Best Camera
CNET recognized the FUJIFILM X-Pro1 digital camera as Best Camera saying, “The camera incorporates several innovations, including a promising new sensor and lovely hybrid viewfinder, all in a sleek, retro design.”
The “Best of CES” Awards, which are produced and judged by CNET, recognize the hottest products at the 2012 CES, including a Best of Show and People’s Voice award selected by the CNET online audience. The awards recognize the most innovative products that set the standard for all other products in the industry.

Popular Science “CES 2012 Product of the Future”
Popular Science magazine cited the FUJIFILM X–Pro1 digital camera saying, “Now, the X-Pro1 brings the same sleek look and innovative hybrid digital/optical viewfinder [as the FUJIFILM X-100 digital camera] to an interchangeable lens system, which currently includes three fast primes, or non-zoom lenses.”

Popular Mechanics “CES 2012 Editor’s Choice Award”
Popular Mechanics magazine chose the FUJIFILM X-Pro1calling it, “A stunner, a gorgeous slab of aluminum, synthetic leather, and precision-milled nobs and dials that manages to be featherlight, thanks to it magnesium build.”

Tom’s Guide “Best of CES 2012”
Tom’s Guide also cited the FUJIFILM X-Pro1 saying, “Each year, there are a special few products at CES that really wow us. Among them is the Fujifilm X-Pro1, Fujifilm’s new interchangeable lens camera.”

“We are honored to receive these awards in recognition of the advanced technical innovation in our FUJIFILM X-Pro1 digital camera,” said Go Miyazaki, division president, Imaging & Electronic Imaging Division, Fujifilm North America Corporation. “Professionals and consumers have enthusiastically recognized the FUJIFILM X100 and the FUJIFILM X10 as the new “must have” cameras. Now the X-Pro1 marks Fujifilm’s re-entry into the interchangeable lens system camera category, with award winning design and technology that lives up to our legacy of supporting the culture of photography.”

With unique technology designed to deliver unsurpassed image quality, the FUJIFILM X-Pro1 has three compact, bright, prime FUJINON lenses, a newly developed 16MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensorTM, incorporating a uniquely designed filter array to optimize image color and quality, and Fujifilm’s proprietary EXR Processor technology. The FUJIFILM X-Pro1 is a worthy rival to the competitive cameras in the market.

To further expand its presence in the premium camera market, Fujifilm continues to focus on every detail, taking the X-Pro1 to the next level by featuring a new 2nd Generation Hybrid Multi
Viewfinder. The FUJIFILM X-Pro1 digital camera not only promises to deliver unsurpassed image quality and superb design, it also gives photographers a camera that looks and feels as good as the images it delivers.

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January 12, 2012 at 04:01AM


Fujifilm X100 black premium edition camera at CES

Some pictures of the Fujifilm X100 black premium edition camera (,699.99):

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January 11, 2012 at 02:31PM


Fujifilm X-Pro1 coverage from CES

Fujifilm had several X-Pro 1 cameras on their booth at CES. I could not take any sample photos with those units, but they were fully operational. One of the representatives confirmed to me that the new X-Trans CMOS sensor is made by Fuji. Nobody could give me details on the pricing, but the general feedback was that it will be very close to Amazon’s listings from few days ago. There will be no lens kits for sale, just body only (maybe this is only for the US). The M-mount adapter for the X-Pro 1 will be announced/introduced later in 2012.

Some of the Fuji X-Pro 1 accessories:

Compared to the Fuji X100, the X-Pro 1 has also a new menu system, larger LCD screen and shutter dial lock button (in addition to all other differences):

Additional Fuji X-Pro 1 coverage from around the Web:

Official X-Pro 1 mini site

Official X-Pro 1 sample images

Simulation of the Fujifilm X-Trans color filter array

Fujifilm will not introduce new DSLR camera in the future

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