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Official Fujinon XF 10-24mm F/4 Image Samples

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Fuji has released some official images for their new XF 10-24mm lens and it is clear to us that they were inspired by our trip to Venice back in September of last year, which you can check out here.

More importantly though here is Venice from a wide angled point of view through the new Fuji lens. Official Fuji images courtesy of Photography Life.


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News – Fujifilm announces fast portrait lens for X-series cameras that surpasses picture quality of full-frame equivalents

January 6, 2014

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) has announced the release of the FUJINON XF56mmF1.2 R lens. Available from February 2014, this latest addition to the company’s line up of professional-grade lenses for X-series interchangeable-lens cameras features a fast maximum aperture of F1.2, a focal length of 85mm* and delivers beautiful bokeh, making it particularly suitable for high quality portraits.

The XF56mmF1.2 R is less than half the size of an equivalent lens on a full-frame camera ** and offers fast, quiet autofocusing that ensures stress-free shooting for both the photographer and the model. It also delivers incredible resolving power for high quality results that are enhanced by the unique skin tone reproduction technology found in Fujifilm’s X-mount cameras. Using the XF56mm and selecting one of two PRO Negative modes from the Film Simulation menu on the camera body will ensure users can capture beautiful portraits with rich tonal gradations reminiscent of images from film cameras.

Like all other lenses in the XF line up, the XF56mmF1.2 R is designed with an impressive attention to detail. It has a design that sits comfortably in the hand and exterior features including a metal aperture ring for a premium quality feel.

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Advanced optical design for professional portraits

The lens’ new optical design featuring 11 elements in 8 groups delivers impressive results. The design includes two ED (extra low-dispersion) elements and one double-sided aspherical element, plus four elements with a convex surface facing the subject, which combine to reduce spherical and chromatic aberrations. They also ensure the best possible image resolution, even when the lens is at its widest aperture of F1.2.

Image quality is further enhanced by Fujifilm’s proprietary HT-EBC coating that’s used on all lens surfaces to reduce ghosting and flare, while the seven-blade rounded diaphragm produces the creamy smooth bokeh effect that’s become synonymous with XF series lenses.
Attach the XF56mmF1.2 R lens to a body that supports the Lens Modulation Optimizer*** and picture quality leaps even higher thanks to the automatic correction of diffraction when shooting at smaller apertures.

Fast autofocus, silent operation

The XF56mmF1.2 R combines an inner focus mechanism*4 and a DC coreless motor for rapid autofocusing speeds, which are boosted further when used with a X-series camera body that supports phase detection AF. The structure and positioning of the focusing unit reduces sound and vibration for silent operation and with no lens barrel movement during focusing, the structure effectively prevents dust particles from getting into the lens and degrading picture quality.

Premium build quality

In keeping with the XF lens legacy, the 56mmF1.2 R features a durable, metal construction — including the aperture and focusing rings — to ensure a high quality feel. The aperture ring is designed to ensure it’s easy to detect ‘clicks’ between f-stops, while the focusing ring is both comfortable in use and has the perfect amount of torque so it’s simple to focus precisely.

  • * 35mm format equivalent
  • ** According to Fujifilm data
  • *** Fujifilm X-E2 as of January 2014
  • *4 A mechanism that moves small elements in the middle or at the rear of the lens, while keeping the large, front elements stationery

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News – Fujifilm releases a new roadmap for X mount lenses

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) has released its latest roadmap for X mount lenses, adding five new lenses including four zoom lenses to the lineup of X mount products, which are highly regarded for their outstanding resolving power and fast aperture that produces beautiful bokeh.

Since first introduced in January 2012, the X mount series of lenses have boasted advanced resolution to all corners of the image, and fast aperture across their focal lengths. They produce sharp images and beautiful bokeh which expands users’ expressive potential.

The latest roadmap shows that the lineup will be enhanced with the introduction of four new zoom lenses. A bright standard lens XF16-55mmF2.8 R OIS, a bright tele-photo zoom XF50-140mmF2.8 R OIS and a high magnification zoom XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R OIS are planned as well as the further addition of a SUPER TELEPHOTO ZOOM LENS and a HIGH SPEED WIDE ANGLE LENS for even creamier bokeh. This will bring the total number of lenses in the X mount lineup to 17.

Fujifilm will continue to integrate the rich optical expressions made possible by the X mount lens series with the company’s color reproduction and other image processing technologies to further expand its photographic offering.


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News – Firmware updates coming soon for the FUJIFILM X-E1, X100S and X-E2 cameras

Fujifilm X100S

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) will be releasing firmware upgrades for its premium X-E1, X100S and X-E2 models to enhance operability and functionality.

Fujifilm X-E1 Silver + Black

28.11.2013 Fuji Press Release.

This latest firmware upgrade is being released in response to customer demand and will offer users the chance to update their models to incorporate functionality available on the most recent X series cameras launched in October 2013.

Fujifilm is striving to keep the level of technology offered on these products as up to date as possible so that purchasers of the X series models will have greater longevity of use.

Fujifilm X-E2 Solid BlackRelease date of the new firmware

19th December 2013 (Thu.) GMT 05:00

Firmware versions

FUJIFILM X-E1 : Ver. 2.10
FUJIFILM X100S : Ver. 1.10
FUJIFILM X-E2 : Ver. 1.10

Firmware download

The firmware updates will be available from the following link:
http://www.fujifilm.com/support/digital_cameras/software/#firmware

Main contents of the firmware update

1. New functionality allowing you to edit image filenames

Currently an image filename “DSCF***” is automatically allocated to each picture when shooting. This can now be changed to your filename of choice. It can be changed to a 4-letter filename when using “sRGB” colour space, and a 3-letter filename when selecting “Adobe RGB” colour space. This added functionality is useful when organising the images after shooting, and sorting the images into groups.

Select type of file to rename Edit the file name
Select type of file to rename Edit the file name

2. Improvement of RAW file conversion function

When developing RAF images in-camera using the built-in RAW file converter, the firmware upgrade improves the flow by taking you back to the original RAF image once the conversion has been done, whereas before it left you with the converted JPG file on screen and the user had to go back to the next RAF file manually.

3. See the exposure setting in live-view and histogram

Applies to X-E1 and X100S only. Function already exists in X-E2.

The images and histogram will reflect current exposure levels (with the shutter speed and aperture set during manual exposure also displayed on the image). In scenarios where the live view and the final shot will appear differently, eg: when using flash, this setting can be turned off.

4. Change of numbering for images shot using continuous shooting

Applies to X-E1 and X100S only. Function already exists in X-E2.

When shooting using continuous shooting, only the first image is currently displayed in full screen and subsequent frames are displayed in small on the bottom right, and the file number was set as “S+7-digit number”. With the new firmware, all frames in continuous shooting are displayed as full screen shots in playback. The file number has also been altered to follow numerically as per standard single shots, thereby allowing uniform management of images after shooting.

5. Aperture and shutter speed can be changed once AE lock is selected

Applies to X-E1 and X100S only. Function already exists in X-E2.

The aperture or shutter speed can be changed while maintaining exposure (EV value) with the AE lock button. The photographer has the ability to tweak settings down to the very last moment before shooting.

6. The default and maximum sensitivity and minimum shutter speed can be set when ISO AUTO is selected

Applies to X-E1 only. Function already exists in X100S and X-E2.

When selecting “AUTO” in the ISO setting, users can also set standard ISO, Maximum ISO and a low-speed shutter limit. The Low-speed shutter limit has been extended to 1/500 seconds.

7. Improve the cover range and accuracy of the bright frame in the OVF

Applies to X100S only. Not applicable on X-E1 and X-E2 as these models do not have optical view finders.

Bright frameBy maintaining the position of the bright frame with parallax compensation during AF lock, the shooting area can be checked even when letting go of the shutter release.

Overview of all changes by model

Update X-E1
X-E1
X100S
X100S
X-E2
X-E2
1. Ability to edit the file name of shots taken in-camera Yes Yes Yes
2. Improvements made to the in-camera RAW file converter process Yes Yes Yes
3. More precise display of the exposure setting in live-view and histogram Yes Yes Done
4. Improved playback view and file numbering for continuous shooting Yes Yes Done
5. Ability to change aperture and shutter speed in AE lock Yes Yes Done
6. Setting of the max and default ISO and minimum shutter speed in ISO AUTO Yes Done Done
7.Maintain live view of framed area with the parallax compensation during AF lock n/a* Yes n/a*
* These models do not have an optical view finder


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Fuji X-E2 Press Release

Fuji X-E2

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) is proud to announce the launch of the stylish FUJIFILM X-E2, a premium interchangeable lens camera with the latest APS-C X-Trans™* CMOS II sensor and world’s fastest AF** speed.

Main features of the FUJIFILM X-E2

Building on the global success of the highly acclaimed FUJIFILM X-E1 — awarded 2013’s Best Expert CSC by the Technical Image Press Association — the X-E2 takes image quality to a dynamic new level that is comparable with full-frame cameras. It delivers even more beautiful color reproduction, higher definition image capture, and that world’s fastest AF speed of 0.08 seconds**.

This is achieved by more than doubling the processing speed*** of the EXR Processor II. It is able to harness the information taken from over 100,000 phase detection pixels incorporated in the X-Trans CMOS II. The hybrid AF also combines phase detection AF and contrast AF to ensure accuracy when shooting low-contrast subjects and dark scenes.

The 16.3 million pixels APS-C sized X-Trans CMOS II Sensor incorporates an original color filter array. This eliminates the need for an optical low pass filter that typically minimizes moiré but does so at the expense of resolution. Instead, the X-Trans CMOS II sensor can capture unfiltered light from the lens for an unprecedented level of image clarity.

Quality is further improved by the Lens Modulation Optimizer (LMO). Its high-precision processing of the various lens parameters, as well as data from the screen centre to the edges, corrects diffraction blur when shooting with a stopped down aperture and compensates for the slight blurring in the lens periphery. The result is edge-to-edge image quality with incredible sharpness. LMO will be compatible with every XF lens.

The X-E2’s prestigious feel continues with the combination of aperture ring on the lens and shutter dial on the top of the body as seen in its predecessor. This allows full shooting control while keeping your eye to the viewfinder. The X-E2 is available in solid black or two-tone black and silver. Continue reading