What’s in a Name?

What’s in a name?

If you’re ZEISS, not Carl anymore. ZEISS is well-known across the globe and the associations with the brand are positive in every respect. Carl Zeiss is the name of the company’s founder and part of the company name Carl Zeiss AG. However, the brand has been called ZEISS for such a long time that ZEISS will now be called just “ZEISS”, including the label on the lenses.

Check out the Zeiss blog for more on this new brand communication.


New Firmware Update from FujiFilm

Fujifilm has announced a set of firmware updates for its X-Pro1 and X-E1 mirrorless cameras. Versions 2.05 for the X-Pro1 and 1.06 for the X-E1 offer compatibility with lenses that don’t have aperture rings, and allow easier focus area selection when shooting with the eye-level viewfinder.

Fujifilm also promises to improve autofocus speed with existing XF lenses, and add the much-requested ‘focus peaking’ function to aid manual focus in an upcoming firmware update due to be available in late July.


New Quick Release Plate System from Manfrotto

Manfrotto has just announced the Top Lock Quick Release, a new quick release system for their heads, making them compatible with other arca style heads.

Key Benefits and Features of Top Lock Quick Release System :

  • Easier to use with fail-safe support
  • Top Lock’s clamp element allows the camera to be dropped in from above – easier than trying to align and slide it in from the side. It has a safety pin that stops the plate and camera from slipping out of the head, even if the QR lock is inadvertently left open.
  • Helps achieve straighter images and more accurate framing in-camera
  • Three independent bubbles help level the camera against all axes of rotation, ensuring the full frame is usable and also reducing time spent in post-production.
  • Lightweight and easy to carry
  • Made from light aluminum and stainless steel offering weight savings without any performance sacrifices.

Soon available as a plate, an adapter or in complete pro ball heads such as the Manfrotto 054 Magnesium Ball Head, with Q6 Top Lock Quick Release (below).

New Firmware for the Nikon D7100

Nikon has released a firmware update for the D7100. Firmware version C: 1.01 fixes the issue with the flash output level that was shown on the display when viewing photos, and with the images that didn’t change while Live View was active when on certain camera settings. Also, with movie recording at 1920 × 1080/24p in M exposure mode, subject brightness did not change, even when shutter speed was adjusted. This issue has been resolved along with a number of other fixes.


New From Fujifilm : the X-M1

FujiFilm has just announced the X-M1, a lightweight compact camera that includes the same 16.3-megapixel sensor as both the X-Pro1 and X-E1.

The X-M1 tips the scale at 11.6 ounces, including the battery and memory card, but without a lens attached. The kit lens is a new f/3.5-5.6 16-50mm (24-76mm equivalent) lens with optical image stabilization, and will be compatible with the existing XF and XC lineup, including a variety of prime and zoom options. There’s a 3-inch 920k-dot tilting LCD (but no EVF), a built-in flash, and on-board WiFi, letting you transfer images and movies to Android and iOS devices via a dedicated app.

The X-M1 will be available next month with black and silver finishes for $700, or $800 with the lens. A brown version (body only) will also be available in August for $700.

Fujifilm X-M1 specification highlights:

  • 16MP X-Trans CMOS APS-C sensor, EXR Processor II
  • ISO 200-6400; L (100), H (12800) and H (ISO 25,600)
  • Up to 5.6 fps continuous shooting
  • 1920 x 1080 FullHD movie recording at 30 fps; built-in stereo microphones
  • Twin control dials, top and rear
  • Focus ‘peaking’ display
  • Face detection and subject-tracking AF modes
  • 920k dot 3″ 3:2 LCD display – tilts 120° upwards and 80° downwards
  • Built-in Wi-Fi for image transfer to smartphone, tablet or PC