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Fujifilm unveils Fujinon XC16-50mm II and XC50-230mm II
kit lenses for X-A2 | DPReview

Fujifilm has announced two zoom lenses which will be bundled with the new X-A2 in one or dual lens kits. The Fujinon XC16-50mm II F3.5-5.6 offers a 24-76mm equivalent range and has a closer minimum focusing distance than its predecessor (30/40cm down to 15/35cm). The XC50-230mm II F4.5-6.7 OIS provides a 76-350mm equivalent range on APS-C and appears to be otherwise identical to the Mark I model. No word on whether these lens will be available separately…….

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Metz launches Mecablitz 26 AF-1, a pocket-sized flash for hotshoe
compacts and CSCs | Damien Demolder

Lighting manufacturer Metz is to introduce a new miniature flash unit that is designed to marry with small cameras, such as premium hotshoe-equipped compacts and compact system bodies. With a maximum guide number of 26m/85ft at ISO 100 the Mecablitz 26 AF-1 is many times more powerful than the flash units that come bundled with, or built-in to, this sort of camera – and indeed many don’t come equipped with a flash at all. Weighing 115g/4oz and measuring 63x85x85mm/2.5×3.34×3.34 in, Metz intends this model to be suitably small and light to match the portability of its target cameras – the Mecablitz 26 AF-1 will be compatible with TTL systems from Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Samsung, Olympus, Panasonic, Leica, Sony and Fujifilm. Hinged to bounce at up to 90°, the Mecablitz 26 AF-1 doesn’t allow swivel motion but it will work as a slave unit for the wireless control systems of all the models mentioned, with the exception of Fuji cameras……….

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Hands-on with Fujifilm’s new XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR lens | Digital Photography Review

It’s been on Fujifilm’s X-series roadmap for a while, but now it’s real – the XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR is a 24-83mm equivalent, weather-sealed standard zoom for Fujifilm’s high-end X-series interchangeable lens cameras, which offers a fast maximum aperture of F2.8 throughout its zoom range. As CES gets started in Las Vegas, we grabbed a few minutes with the new zoom….
 
Although by no means a ‘big’ lens, as this image shows, the 16-55mm is pretty substantial and definitely looks large on Fujifilm’s flagship X-T1. The combination is nicely weighted though and we suspect that the triple threat of a fast-aperture, excellent build-quality and quick AF (we only had a few minutes with a pre-production model but Fujifilm’s claims seem justified) will win over a lot of enthusiast X-series users. Obviously the proof is in the pudding, and we’ll get a sample gallery online just as soon as we get our hands on a shipping-quality sample……

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Fujifilm Fujinon XF 16-55mm F2.8

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Close Examination of Fuji X-Series Lag Time |
Easycass on Digital Photography Review

Conclusions

From these tests, one can conclude that the lag time, between firing the shutter and capturing the image, is variable according to what camera and lens is being used, the aperture selected, the focal length of the lens, the focus distance and any adjustments in focus. Whilst under test conditions it is possible to somewhat predict might happen at a given aperture, with a given lens, at a certain focal length and focus distance, the huge number of variations and combinations of these parameters made it impossible to come up with a general rule to allow one to predict the lag under normal shooting conditions. It is unclear what is happening to cause this extra delay after a focus adjustment, but the audible noise that can be heard from the lenses give some clue that there is some extra mechanical activity taking place before exposure at the time the lag is greatest. Whether or not this lag variation can be resolved for the affected lenses, in this case the 35mm, 56mm and 60mm, through a firmware update is not clear. The internal design may actually make it necessary to have such variable delays. However, it seems possible that there may in fact be some way to improve the performance, eliminating the extra delay, by not reacting to the focus adjustments, since these adjustments do not seem necessary in the 18mm and 18-55mm lenses…..

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Fujifilm announces macro tubes, tethering software and
X-series firmware availability | DPreview

Fujifilm has announced two macro extension tubes for its X-series interchangeable lens cameras, the MCEX-11 and MCEX-16. Compatible with Fuji’s XF and XC lenses, they offer full AE function and are designed to ‘seamlessly blend into the original look and feel of the X-series’. The MCEX-11 and MCEX-16 will be available in mid-December for $99.95. Also making its debut is Fuji’s PC Tethered Shooting Software HS-V5 for Windows v1.0. It provides two operation modes, Camera Mode and PC Mode for making exposure adjustments either on the camera or connected computer. Macro tubes and tethering software may appeal to a smaller portion of Fujifilm’s X-series owners, but their introduction signals a continued commitment from Fujifilm to build a viable system for serious photographers. Fujifilm has also given a December 18 release date for X-T1 firmware promised at Photokina. The firmware v3.0 brings features such as 1/32000sec electronic shutter, ‘Classic Chrome’ film simulation mode and direct AF area selection to both original black and newer silver X-T1 models. The Fujifilm X-E2 also gets a December 18 firmware v3.0, adding Classic Chrome, interval timer shooting and WLAN remote control with use of the Camera Remote app. The Fujifilm X-E1 and X-Pro1 (also available December 18) are provided firmware updates adding AF+MF control for all X-mount lenses, and the X30’s update (available now) improves the autofocus lock function……

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Fuji X-T1

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Rawtherapee 4.2.1 official | Sebastien Guyader

The new stable version of Rawtherapee has just been released, you can download Windows and OSX 10.7 builds on the official website (http://rawtherapee.com/downloads). As new features are added or bugs are corrected (like bad pixel filter fix for xtrans), I’ll make newer Windows builds that I’ll share on my Google drive (link nelow). Please note that I’m not a developer, nor a member of the Rawtherapee team, I’m just a contributor and builder for Windows system……

New features since 4.1

  • RawTherapee-4.2 includes many speed, precision, stability and memory usage optimizations. As such, users of 32-bit operating systems may now find that they can enjoy more stability while using the most memory intensive tools. Of course users of 64-bit systems benefit from this as well. Refer to the full changelog for more information.
  • Powerful color toning tool.
  • Curve control of luminance noise reduction.
  • Median filter in the noise reduction tool.
  • Film simulation tool using Hald CLUT pattern files.
  • Command-line option to define bit depth of output TIFF/PNG file.
  • Multiple improvements to dead/hot pixel handling, see RawPedia.
  • Filename of currently opened image shown in the titlebar.
  • Clip control for the flat-field correction tool.
  • Demosaic method “Mono” for monochrome cameras, and “None” for no demosaicing.
  • Copy/paste processing profile keyboard shortcuts for right-handed users using Ctrl/Shift-Insert.
  • Update to dcraw 9.22 1.467
  • New or improved support for:
    • Canon EOS 7D
    • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
    • Canon PowerShot G7 X
    • Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
    • Fujifilm cameras using the X-Trans sensor
    • Fujifilm X30……

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Fujifilm X100T Overview | Digital Photography Review

The Fujifilm FinePix X100 was a milestone camera in the industry as one of the first large sensor, prime lens cameras to achieve widespread popularity. Its classic look, obviously cribbed from a certain German camera maker, were justified by the excellent image quality its 35mm equivalent f/2 lens could produce. It was also a rare example of a camera its maker continued to develop, long after it hit the market. An original X100 running the latest firmware is a much better camera than the one that Fujifilm originally launched. Impressively, this work continued even after the second-generation, Fujifilm X100S had been launched. Fujifilm has continued this process of improvement, fine-tuning and evolution to create the X100T. From the outside it looks very much like the original model but it’s packed with a host of changes, modifications and additions that promise to make it still better than what’s gone before. There’s a Japanese approach to continuous improvement often refered to as ‘kaizen,’ and it’s hard not to see its application in Fujifilm’s approach to its X series cameras. So, at its heart, the X100T shares its core features: the 16 megapixel CMOS sensor with X-Trans color filter array and excellent 23mm f/2 lens with its predecessor, the X100S. But almost everything beyond that has been reworked, re-assessed or refined…….

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Fuji X100T

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X100s in Paris | Greg Vorobiov

Here’s the second set of images that I shot with my X100s while in Paris. The first set of images were shot in Italy which can be seen in this post: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/54391556 Thanks for looking…..

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Fuji X100S

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Fujifilm updates X-mount lens roadmap through end of 2015 |
Digital Photography Review

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) is pleased to release an updated road map for X mount interchangeable lenses.

A large-diameter medium telephoto lens (the XF90mmF2.0R) features for the first time on the development road map for first half 2015. The next available lens will be the XF50-140mm F2.8 R OIS WR. Following on from the XF18-135mm lens, this will be Fujifilm’s second weather resistant lens designed to partner its X-T1 camera. Other updates to the road map include the previously announced “Ultra-wide angle lens” being confirmed as the “XF16mmF1.4 R” with a guide launch date of mid 2015. And the planned launch of the XF16-55mmF2.8 WR lens moving to Spring 2015 and the Super Tele-Photo Zoom lens to Winter 2015. Highly regarded for their outstanding image quality, resolution and well-built bodies, the unique X mount lens range now includes super-wide angle to super-telephoto range lenses and a large-diameter lens with rich bokeh and high resolution…….

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Fujifilm Fujinon XF 16-55mm F2.8

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Custom made thumbrest for X-E1 | ChevChelios
on Digital Photography Review

Just want to share my version of a thumbrest for my X-E1: Modelled from wax directly on the camera surface. Casted in CoCroMo (Prosthetics-steel) and finally Glasspearl-blasted. Glued some “leather” from an old Minolta X-300 on it and mounted it via 2-comoponent glue to the Fuji. I did not like the hot-shoe-mounted rests……..

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