New 50mm f2 “XF” weather sealed lens by Fuji

Fujinon XF 50mm f2  R WR Announced

Fujifilm has announced a new weather-resistant prime: the Fujinon XF 50mm F2 R WR. The new lens joins the XF 35mm F2 and 23mm F2 as another compact, lightweight yet sturdy lens for the X-system. Offering dust and water resistance, the 50mm F2 is freezeproof to 14°F/-10°C.

On Fujifilm’s APS-C “X” cameras (ie the X-Pro 1-2 / T-T1-2, X-T10-2 & XE2) the 50mm F2 lens will offer a 76mm equivalent view and will be available in black and silver. The lens comprises 9 elements in 7 groups with one aspherical ED element, and uses a stepping motor for autofocus.

January 2015

Fujifilm XT-20: A Bargin mini X-T2

Fujifilm X-T20 : A bargin mini X-T2?

Fuji have announced the new XT-20 to replace the X-T10 and what’s really good news is that save for a couple of features (ie dual SD slots, no battery grip capacity, slightly smaller less resolute rear screen, non fully articulated screen, slightly downgraded video features) the X-T20- is really a smaller X-T2, honestly.

Kit and caboodle

The most significant similarity between the X-T20 and its bigger more expensive brother is the move to a 24MP sensor. This chip is a proven performer and worth an upgrade on its own.

The X-T20 gains the same processor as the X-T2 which means autofocus speeds, shutter lag time, shot-to-shot time and startup delay are all going to be rapid.

The X-T20 gains its autofocus system direct & wholesale from the X-T2, not only providing direct access to up to 325 selectable AF points (up from the X-T10’s 49), but also gaining the sophisticated continuous AF fine-tuning.

Bottom line. If you want to join the “X” family and was considering the X-T2 I’d take a long hard look at the new X-T20. You could get the body of the X-T20 kitted with the  quality standard zoom, the 18-55mm f2.8-4 for around the same price of a X-T2 body only, thats a non brainer for many people unless there is a specific feature you seek from  X-T2

The new Fujifilm X-T20 cold be a very shrewd move by Fuji.

January 2017

Fujifilm X100F breaks cover

We knew it was coming but today (19th January) Fuji has officially announced the latest version of its rangefinder styled  “X” camera the Fujifilm X100F.

The updates over the previous X100T are evolutionary and subtle but nonetheless useful and welcomed.

Fujifilm X100F : Best X100 Model Yet

Key Features / Updates over X100F

(1) Now uses the 24mp Trans-X sensor as found in the XT2 and X-Pro 2

(2)  Number of autofocus points increase from 49 to 91

(3) The Camera gains an AF toggle on the rear

(4) Top shutter dial modified to now include ISO setting

(5) Rear buttons move to the right of the body

(6) New battery with promised improved battery life

(7) Acros effect has been added to film simulation

And that’s about it.

The new camera is ever so slightly bigger than the X100T but for a camera so clearly aimed as a top-end street camera offering a 35mm equivilent fixed focal lenght it still lacks weather sealing and the rear screen is not only fixed but also has no touch capacity?????

And for me the omission of those two features is a bit of a strange decision for a camera that will cost close to £1300.

Current X100 owners will be delighted, an upgrade purely because of the new sensor would be justified but I can’t help thinking Fuji have slightly short changed their loyal customers.

Along with the camera itself Fuji have updated the WCL-X100 wide-angle and TCL-X100 tele-conversion lenses  ‘Mark II’ versions and will now offer electronic contacts so that the camera will automatically recognize the conversion lenses when they’re attached and apply distortion correction.

Shown with optional 1.4x teleconverter

 

Shown with optional 28mm wide-angle converter

January 2017

Panasonic updates its “G” lenses

Panasonic “G” lens line up updated

Panasonic has renewed four of its LUMIX G lenses to have full compatibility with their current camera lineup. The aforementioned lenses are a selection of fixed and variable-aperture zooms that feature an updated version of Panasonic’s Power OIS system that works with 5-axis Dual I.S. and Dual I.S.2 systems.

All lenses gain a new exterior finish and a new iris for smoother automatic exposure changes, as well as updates to their autofocus system for faster readout.

The updated lenses are:

  • LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm F2.8 II ASPH. POWER O.I.S. (H-HSA12035)

  • LUMIX G X VARIO 35-100mm F2.8 II POWER O.I.S. (H-HSA35100)

  • LUMIX G VARIO 45-200mm F4.0-5.6 II POWER O.I.S. (H-FSA45200)

  • LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm F4.0-5.6 II POWER O.I.S. (H-FSA100300)

January 2017

Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm F2.8-4

New M43 Leica lens revealed.

The Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm F2.8-4 lens which was first shown at Photokina 2016, and officially broken cover.

The first of the new Micro Four Third (M43) Leica DG Vario-Elmarit F2.8-4 series to reach market, this high-end premium lens is equivalent to 24-120mm on a Micro Four Thirds cameras and supports Panasonic’s Dual IS system for enhanced shake reduction on compatible bodies.

Like other lenses planned for the series, the 12-60mm F2.8-4 is weather-sealed and functional down to +14°F/-10°C, and offers a nine-blade aperture. Panasonic says is a good fit for video with a quiet inner focus drive system and a micro-step drive system for smooth aperture adjustments to compensate for changes in brightness.

January 2017