January 14th, 2016

X Marks the Spot: Fujifilm Preps Several New X-Series Cams for Feb Launch

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February will be a good month for Fujifilm fans as the company plans to ship several new cameras, including a new flagship in its X-series and a new telephoto zoom lens.

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The rangefinder-style X-Pro2 (pictured above) sports a hybrid viewfinder that can switch between an optical and electronic view, a 24.3-megapixel APS-C-sized X-Trans CMOS III image sensor and new processor that’s four times faster than conventional imaging processing engines. The hybrid viewfinder is similar to the one that debuted in the X100, only it’s more functional. It has a Multi-Magnification function that automatically switches viewfinder magnification according to the lens in use and an Electronic Rangefinder that simultaneously displays the electronic viewfinder on top of the optical viewfinder. It has a resolution of 2.36-million dots with a refresh rate of 85 frames per second.

Thanks to its speedy new processor, the X-Pro2 starts up in 0.4 seconds, has a shooting interval of 0.25 seconds, a shutter time lag of 0.05 seconds, and autofocus speeds as fast as 0.06 seconds.

The  X-Pro2 uses a new autofocus (AF) system with 273 AF points, 77 of which are phase detection covering roughly 40 percent of the imaging area. The end result is an AF speed that’s two times faster than the prior model, Fujifilm says. Continuous shooting clocks in at 8 fps.

Additional features include:

  • ISO 12,800 extendable to 100 and 51,200
  • Full HD video recording at up to 60p
  • A Bright Frame Simulation function in the optical viewfinder mode so the angle of view of each focal length can be confirmed without having to replace the lens
  • Dual SD card slots with the first slot compatible with the UHS-II speed specification
  • Weather resistant build with 61 points of weather sealing
  • Six programmable function buttons
  • New focus lever to select focus points
  • New graphical user interface which Fujifilm says will have up to 32 user-selectable shortcuts
  • Mechanical shutter speeds of up to 1/8,000 sec.
  • New Grain Effect mode
  • New monochrome ACROS film simulation that delivers, in Fuji’s words, smooth tones, deep blacks and rich textures
  • Wi-Fi

You’ll pay $1,700 for the X-Pro2 (body) and it’s expected to ship in February.

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The XPro2 wasn’t the only item on Fuji’s agenda. The company also announced the X-E2S, another mirrorless rangefinder-style camera that won’t command as much of a premium.

The X-E2S uses a 16-megapixel APS-C-sized X-Trans II CMOS sensor and features real-time viewfinder with a magnification of 0.62X and an electronic viewfinder with, Fuji says, the world’s short display lag time of 0.005 seconds.

The camera boasts a scratch-resistant 3-inch display, Full HD video recording up to 60p and an electronic shutter for shooting at up to 1/32,000. It features a new  AF system with a 49-point Single Point mode and  Zone and Wide/Tracking modes with a 77-point area to better freeze moving subjects. (Owners of the original X-E2S won’t be left out in the cold, a firmware update available here will deliver a similar AF system plus a new menu and several other improvements.)

Additional features include:

  • Wi-Fi
  • A maximum ISO of 51,200
  • Seven customizable function buttons
  • Fast AF of up to 0.06 seconds
  • Start-up time of 0.5 seconds
  • Shutter time lag of 0.05 seconds
  • Shooting interval of 0.5 seconds

The X-E2S ships in February with a body-only price of $700.

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Finally, Fuji announced a fixed-lens member of the X family in the X70. It sports a fixed 18.5mm f/2.8 lens (28mm equivalent) Fujinon lens and is the first in the X-series to sport a 3-inch touchscreen. The display rotates up to 180 degrees and supports touch focusing. The camera features a 16.3-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor and will have the same autofocusing features as the X-E2S.

The X70 features:

  • ISO performance up to a maximum 51200
  • Eight function buttons, one of which is customizable
  • Electronic shutter capable of exposures up to 1/32,000 second
  • Digital teleconverter mode for focal ranges of 35mm and 50mm
  • Full HD video at 60p
  • Wi-Fi

The X70 will sell for $700.

The X-series will also have a new telephoto lens in the XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR, delivering a 35mm equivalent focal length of 152-609mm.

Like other models in the family, it’s weather-sealed and uses ED and Super ED lens elements to help reduce chromatic aberration. Its stabilization system is CIPA rated for up to 5 stops of correction and there’s a flourine coating on the front lens element to make the lens easier to clean. The included lens hood has a sliding window for filters.

It will retail for $1,900.

January 28th, 2014

Fuji Intros Weather-Resistant X-T1 DSLR-Style Pro Camera

Fuji-XT1_Front-Left_VerticalGrip_55-200mm_WhiteBKIt’s been rumored about for weeks but Fujifilm finally took the wraps off its latest pro camera: the 16.3-megapixel X-T1, a mirrorless shooter in a rugged, weather-resistant body that resembles a digital SLR.

Writer Bob Rose got some hands-on time with the new Fuji X-T1 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas earlier this month and filed a preview of the camera on Rangefinder Magazine’s blog “Photoforward.”

While it has the same APS-C X-Trans II CMOS sensor as the Fujifilm X-E2, the new X-T1 is a completely new camera otherwise, featuring 75 points of weather sealing that makes the camera body dust-resistant and water-resistant. The X-T1 is also freezeproof to -14°F.

The Fuji X-T1 will go on sale at the end of February 2014 for 1,299.95, camera body only. With an 18-55mm FUJINON lens, the X-T1 camera kit will sell for $1,699.95.

Read more about the XT-1 in Bob Rose’s preview here.

October 18th, 2013

Fujifilm Introduces X-E2 Mirrorless Camera and High-End XQ1 Compact

Fuji-X-E2_Black_Front_High_angle_18-55mmFujifilm has just introduced the 16.3-megapixel X-E2, a sequel to its popular X-E1 mirrorless, compact system camera from last year. Fuji also announced the new 12MP XQ1, a premium pocket camera with an F/1.8, 4x zoom lens.

While it has the same resolution as its predecessor, the Fuji X-E2 uses a new APS-C, X-Trans CMOS II image sensor. The retro-style, interchangeable lens camera is powered by the new EXR Processor II, which produces a reported, lightning quick autofocus speed of 0.08 seconds.

Fuji clocks the X-E2’s start-up time at 0.5 seconds, shutter lag at 0.05, and high-speed continuous burst mode at 7 frames per second.

To optimize resolution and produce photos with more detail, the Fuji X-E2 forgoes using an Optical Low Pass Filter (OLPF) over its imaging sensor (a common trend in cameras these days). The X-E2 can shoot full 1080 HD videos at 60fps with autofocus tracking. The camera features a dedicated Wi-Fi button to help zap photos and movies to smartphones, tablets, and computers for easier sharing on social media sites.

The X-E2 has a 3-inch LCD screen on back with 1.04 dots of resolution and a 2.36-million dot OLED viewfinder. The Fujifilm X-E2 goes on sale in November for $999 (body only) in black or two-tone silver and black.  The X-E2 also sells as a kit in November with the XF18mm-55mm (27-84mm) f/2.8-4 lens for $1,399.

The sleek and stylish XQ1 uses a 12MP, X-Trans CMOS II sensor with phase detection autofocus combined with the new EX Processor II to deliver a reported AF speed of up to 0.06, making it one of the fastest models in the pocket camera category.

Fuji-X-Q1_LineupLike the X-E2, the XQ1 also does away with the OLPF over its sensor to maximize resolution. The XQ1 uses a new Fujinon F1.8 4x zoom (25-100mm) lens built with 4 aspherical and 3 extra low dispersion lenses.  Each lens surface is reportedly coated with HT-EBC to reduce flare and ghosting. The XQ1 also has a wide sensitivity range from ISO100 to ISO12800 for low light photography.

The Fuji XQ1 goes on sale this month in silver or black for $499.

September 5th, 2013

Fuji Adds Fast, 23mm Prime Lens to its XF Line-up

fuji Lens_23mm_Black_FrontFollowing its projected lens roadmap, Fujifilm has just announced the addition of the Fujinon f/1.4 R, 23mmm prime lens to its XF lens line-up. The lens delivers a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 35mm on Fuji’s X-series compact system cameras and is equipped with a camera-to-subject distance indicator and a depth-of-field scale on the lens barrel to assist with manual pre-focus. This X-mount lens features an internal focusing system with a built-in high torque DC coreless motor, a 7-bladed diaphragm, 22 stops in 1/3 EV steps and multilayer coating.

With the addition of the 23mm lens, Fuji’s X-mount lens series now consists of six prime (14mm, 18mm, 23mm, 27mm, 35mm, 60mm), two zooms (18-55mm, 55-200mm) XF lenses and one XC 16-50mm model. A trio of Zeiss lenses is also available for Fuji’s X-mount CSCs.

Looking at Fuji’s July 2013 global lens roadmap, we see a 10-24mm f/4 R OIS lens scheduled for later this year and an XF 56mm f/1.2 R slated for January 2014 (subject to change, of course) but Fuji seems to be pretty much on track with expanding its lens selections.

The XF 23mm lens will be available in October. Fuji will be exhibiting at PhotoPlus Expo in New York October 24-26.

 

Price: $900

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