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.

November 24th, 2015

Introducing the PDN, Rangefinder and DPReview Gift Guide

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Our team at PDN and Rangefinder has put together our first annual Gift Guide in collaboration with DPReview. It’s the perfect companion for this holiday season, and it’s available for free online. Pick out some products for fellow photographers and filmmakers, or drop some hints for your own friends and family. Products available on Amazon include direct URLs to streamline your shopping experience.

In addition to our own roundup, the editors from DPReview have supplied their own list of essential items for image-makers. We also invited creatives from New York, Rolling Stone, Tiny Atlas Quarterly and TIME to share what’s on their wish lists.

To view the digital edition of the Gift Guide, click here.

October 14th, 2015

PDN Parent Company Acquires HOW Graphic Design Events

Today Emerald Expositions, the parent company of Photo District News, Rangefinder, PhotoPlus Expo and WPPI, announced the acquisition of HOW Design Live, the largest graphic design conference and expo in the nation, and the HOW Interactive Design Conference series. “HOW is an institution in the graphic design industry and Emerald looks forward to continuing to deliver highly inspirational and educational events to this growing professional community,” said David Loechner, Chief Executive Officer of Emerald, in a statement.

Below is the full press release detailing the acquisition. (more…)

May 27th, 2013

Leica Hints At New M Camera Coming June 11

new-mini-leicaLeica has updated its Facebook page with a header image hinting at a new camera, the Mini-M, coming June 11th. Details on the Mini-M are virtually non-existent. But the rumor mill seems to suggest that it’s likely to be either a fixed-lens large sensor compact similar to the Sony RX1 or a live view M-mount camera.

Both scenarios have some validity to them. The large sensor compact segment, while not staggeringly popular with point and shoot consumers, has a place in the heart of many professionals and enthusiasts who cannot stomach the thought of accepting the limitations that a small-sensor brings. This is a mindset that has historically described Leica’s core demographic. A live view M-Mount body would make a lot of sense as well, offering access to Leica’s excellent lenses without the cost or complexity of the rangefinder assembly that many of today’s younger photographers care little about.

March 11th, 2013

New LEDs and Wireless Tethered Cameras at WPPI 2013

Rangefinder Technical Editor John Rettie is at WPPI 2013 and yesterday attended Launch Pad, where attendees got a sneak peek at some of the products being displayed at the trade show in Las Vegas. While many exhibitors displayed their latest wares, two new product lines particularly caught his eye.

One is the LED lighting gear from Fiilex. Their two new arrays provide full-spectrum color tuning so they can be matched to any light. He also took note of the Sanho iUSBportCamera.  As its name suggests, it is a device that can be used with a Canon or Nikon DSLR to wirelessly transmit photos to an external device such as a iPhone or iPad for viewing images. It can also capture JPEG images instantly and be used to control the camera remotely.

John Rettie’s full post about Launch Pad is  on the WPPI blog.

November 29th, 2012

Rangefinder Asks Photographers: What’s In Your Camera Bag?

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Are you ever curious to know what other photographers haul with them on assignments or when shooting for themselves? This month, Rangefinder, sister publication of PDN, asked several photographers to open up their camera bags and photograph the contents.

The variety of gear they carry is interesting, naturally. We also got a kick out of how each photographer’s photos reflect their style, personality and packing abilities. Fine-art photographer  Lisa Elmaleh lugs one jar each of peanut butter and jelly; fashion photographer Ken Shung usually shoots digital but still carries his Rolleis, he says; Frank Ockenfels 3 brings lots and lots of pens, apparently, and other things “to keep me entertained while I wait…and wait…and wait”; music photographer Paris Visone says, “My camera bag is like my baby. It’s heavy, full of crap, and I’m constantly giving it piggyback rides.”

You can see the photos and gear descriptions from all 10 photographers at  www.rangefinderonline.com.