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Going Pro: We interview Fujifilm execs in Tokyo | Digital Photography Review

Last week, Fujifilm announced several new products including two major new cameras – the X-Pro2 and X70. DPReview was at the launch event in Tokyo where we made time to sit down with two senior Fujifilm executives – Mr. Toru Takahashi and Toshihisa Iida. As well as the new cameras, we also spoke about Fujifilm’s long-term ambitions, which cameras sell best in which countries and Samsung’s apparent exit from the camera market.The following transcript has been edited slightly for clarity.

The X-Pro2 clearly replaces the X-Pro1 but is it the new flagship? Or does it sit alongside the X-T1?

Toru Takahashi (TT): We have two flagships. The X-T1 and the X-Pro2. [Even after] the launch of the X-T1 the X-Pro1 still had a function. We have two different kinds of photographers to cater for……….

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Hands-on with the Fujifilm X70 | Digital Photography Review

In addition to its X-Pro2 and X-E2S, Fujifilm also announced the X70, a compact camera with a fixed 28mm equiv. F2.8 lens (shown here with a lens hood). Focal length aside, the X70 is in many way a Fujifilm X100T minus the hybrid viewfinder but with the addition of a tilting touchscreen. It uses the same 16.3MP APS-C X-Trans II sensor as the X100T and features a similar layout of control points. We had the opportunity to get our hands on the X70 at a press event in Japan – take a look…….

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Fujifilm announces development of EF-X500 flash | DPReview

Among all of its new cameras announcements, Fujifilm also made public the development of a new external flash. The EF-X500 is a high-end, weather-sealed model with a guide number of 50m at ISO 100, the ability to control up to three sets of TTL off-camera strobes, and a high-speed sync mode that supports the X-Pro2’s maximum 1/8000 sec shutter speed. The zoom head range is 24-105mm equiv., and can go as wide as 20mm with the wide panel pulled into place. It has a large, backlit display on its back side along with a control dial for easy setting adjustment. As you’d expect, the flash can tilt and rotate – 10° down, 90° up, 135° left and 180° right. It uses four AA batteries and also supports Fujifilm’s EF-BP1 external battery pack. The EF-X500 is expected to ship in May at a price yet to be determined…….

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Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 First Impressions Review |
Digital Photography Review

The X-Pro2’s higher resolution sensor also gains wider-spread on-sensor phase-detect AF coverage, which is another significant improvement. In addition it has a small, thumb-operated joystick that allows you to more easily select an AF point and, in turn, the camera lets you select from a any of the camera’s AF points. Other changes include allowing Auto ISO to extend up to 12800 and the ability to shoot Raw files at all the camera’s ISO settings (extended settings have always been JPEG-only on previous X-series cameras), as well as the ability to apply lossless compression to Raw files. The X-Pro2’s shutter has been improved, too, and can now shoot as fast as 1/8000 sec, with flash sync extended to 1/250 sec of a second. But much of what else made the original X-Pro1 stand out remains. The genuinely rangefinder-styled body, rather than just being a rectangle with a band of faux leather around it, mimics most of the control points and design accents of a 1960s camera. It still has the all-metal construction but more attention has been made to provide environmental sealing, as you’d expect in a camera at this price……

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DPReview Gear of the Year: Fujinon 56mm F1.2R APD |
Richard Butler

My Gear of the Year isn’t a product launched in 2015. Nor is it necessarily the absolute best option available. However, it is the product that I’ve grabbed whenever I wasn’t committed to something else we’ve been testing, and it’s a product I’ve really enjoyed.

What I love

  • Classic portrait focal length 85mm equivalent field-of-view
  • Bright maximum aperture for shallow depth-of-field or low light work
  • Apodization filter to ensure smoother bokeh
  • Well built solid-feeling without being too heavy

I’ve always liked the idea of classic 85-135mm equivalent portrait lenses but they’ve tended to be somewhat thin on the ground for the APS-C cameras I seem to end up testing. So I’m delighted to see Fujifilm go the extra mile and create a fast 85mm equivalent……..

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Fujifilm Fujinon XF 56mm F1.2 APD

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Leica introduces M Typ 262 with new quieter shutter mechanism and
lower price | Damien Demolder

German camera manufacturer Leica has added another rangefinder body to its M system that has a pared-down feature set, an extra quiet shutter unit and a lower price than the M Typ 240. The new Leica M Typ 262 is very much the same as the other M bodies, but does not offer video or live view shooting, even though it uses a 24MP CMOS sensor. Leica has used the button space on the rear of the camera that is used for live view in the Typ 240 to add direct access to the white balance feature. The company says that the new shutter unit is barely audible and the shutter cocking mechanism is ‚considerably quieter‘ than the system used in previous models. In single shot mode the new mechanism allows up to two frames to be recorded in a second, while the drive mode allows up to three frames per second, as before. Instead of a brass top plate the Typ 262 uses aluminum, which makes the camera around 100g lighter than the Typ 240. Leica says one of benefits of not offering video and live view is that the menu system is much simpler and consists of only two pages. The camera may offer the same full-frame 24MP sensor that is used in the M Typ 240 and the M-P, and seems unlikely to be the sensor used in the more recent Leica Q and SL. At £4050 the Typ 262 is offered as the least expensive of the M bodies, and is available immediately. For more information visit the Leica website.

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Leica M Type 240

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Fujifilm brings weather-sealed 35mm F2 lens,
1.4x teleconverter to X-mount | DPreview

Fujifilm has added another lens to its X-mount, this one being a low-cost Fujinon XF 35mm F2 prime. This compact lens features a nearly silent internal AF system, 9-blade circular aperture, 2 ED elements, and is sealed against moisture and dust. The FUJINON XF 35mm F2 R WR will be available in November for $399. Also announced is a 1.4x teleconverter, which is currently only compatible with the XF 50-140mm F2.8 zoom. It will, however, be compatible with future lenses, including the XF 100-400mm super telephoto lens that we saw back at CP+. The FUJINON XF 1.4X TC WR teleconverter will arrive in December at a price of $449. A firmware upgrade enabling compatibility with both the new lens and teleconverter will be available for current X-series ILCs on October 29th…….

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Fujinon XF Lenses

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Fujifilm X-T10 Review | Digital Photography Review

Fujifilm makes niche cameras. The X-T10 uses a several-years-old 16MP X-Trans APS-C sensor. It doesn’t shoot 4K, or even offer particularly good HD video quality. Despite a valiant effort on the part of its engineers, it also can’t reliably track subjects across the frame to keep them in focus no matter where they move to in continuous AF. And its out-of-camera JPEGs sometimes look nicer than processed Raw files. So who should buy it? The answer is anyone looking for a digital camera that feels, handles and shoots like, well, an actual camera and not an electronic device. On paper, offerings from other brands like Sony, with the a6000, Nikon with the D5500 and Olympus with the O-MD E-M10 might seem more appealing or capable. When it comes to video, all of the above mentioned are more capable, and the same can generally be said for continuous focus modes outside of single-point AF-C. But from my experience having shot with all of these cameras, the X-T10 is hands down the most pleasurable of the bunch to use……

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Fujifilm X-T10

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Why I want a Leica Q (in which I mostly don’t talk about the Leica Q) |
Barnaby Britton

I’ve always been fascinated by Leica as a company, but increasingly also as a business entity. In this industry, no other manufacturer has quite the same brand recognition nor quite the same apparent ability to float beyond the normal commercial concerns of – you know, actually selling cameras to as many people as possible at a price that doesn’t put them into cardiac arrest. If they’re being honest, I suspect that most enthusiast photographers have at one time or another aspired to owning a Leica. And really when I say that, I mean a Leica rangefinder. Forget the overpriced Panasonic clones and the cynical and infuriating Leica T (more on that later), it’s the M-series rangefinders that really established Leica’s reputation in the heyday of photojournalism and which still capture the imagination of a many of us, even today. We still say ‘rangefinder-style’ when we speak about compact cameras with built-in off-center EVFs, regardless of the fact that as a technology, rangefinder focusing is pretty well obsolete.   …..

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Leica Q

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Fuji X-E1 on Iceland (18-55mm, Walimex 8mm, LR6) |
Digital Photography Review

After years of almost only reading and benefiting from your great posts here, here comes a post with pictures from my trip to Iceland. We spent two weeks on Iceland, which was our first time there. The four of us rented a 4×4 and went around the island. The weather was changing every other ten minutes and the conditions for taking photos were against us most of the time (e.g. back light, very hard contrasts, rain, storm, snow.. :)). Also it was not yet very „green“ on the island, due to the quite long winter. And we couldn’t take us as much time as we wanted to spot out the best photo places, as it wasn’t a „photoshoot Journey“ only :) ……

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Fuji X-E1

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