New From FujiFilm : X-E2

Fujifilm has announced the X-E2, an interchangeable lens mirrorless camera. The 16MP X-Trans camera includes on-sensor-phase-detection focusing and other hardware adjustments and revisions in response to feedback about the X-E1.

The X-E2 will be available late November 2013 for $999.95 body-only or with the XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 LM zoom for $1,399.95.

FUJIFILM X-E2 key features list:

  • 16.3 million Megapixels APS-C X-Trans CMOS II Sensor
  • EXR Processor II
  • Start-up time of 0.5
  • Shutter lag time of 0.05
  • Shooting interval time of 0.7
  • AF speed 0.08 seconds
  • Lens Modulation Optimizer for improved image quality
  • Extra high resolution 2.36 million dot OLED electronic viewfinder
  • ±3 EV Exposure Compensation dial with third stops increments
  • 3” (1.04 million dot) premium clear LCD (High contrast, High Brightness and Wide viewing angle)
  • Built-in Super Intelligent pop-up Flash(hot shoe attachment also available for external flash) ISO200 – 6400, extended
  • ISO 100, 12800, 25600, Auto(maximum ISO setting from ISO 400 – ISO6400 available)
  • Q Menu shortcut button
  • In-camera RAW converter
  • Film simulation modes (Velvia, ASTIA, PROVIA, Monochrome, Sepia, Pro Neg.Std & Pro Neg.Hi) Artistic features: Multiple exposure, Panoramic shooting,Toy Camera, Miniature, Dynamic Tone, Pop Color, Soft Focus, High Key, Low Key, and Partial Color.
  • Selection of Bracketing functions (AE/ISO/Dynamic Range &Film Simulation)
  • Full HD Movie
  • Microphone/shutter release input (φ2.5mm)
  • Super Intelligent Flash
  • Approximately 350 shots per battery charge

New Compact From FujiFilm

Fujifilm has announced the X-A1, an entry level X-mount mirrorless compact camera. The X-A1 shares a body with the X-M1 however it has a 16MP sensor with a conventional, Bayer color filter array, rather than the X-Trans design. The X-A1 does however retain the bright 920k-dot tilting rear screen and the Wi-Fi offered by the X-M1. Available soon with an MSRP of $599 with the XC 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS standard zoom – $200 less than the X-M1 cost at its launch.

The company has also announced the Fujinon XC 50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS lens, a lightweight zoom for Fujifilm’s mirrorless cameras, designed to complement smaller bodies like the X-M1 and X-A1. It features optical image stabilization for sharper handheld pictures, and uses a stepper motor for fast focusing.

FUJIFILM Unveils the Ultra Fast XF 23mm f1.4 R Lens

FUJIFILM has announced the new FUJINON XF23mm F1.4 R, a premium wide-angle lens designed to work seamlessly with the award-wining line of X-Series compact system cameras. The FUJINON XF23mm F1.4 R has a focal length equivalent of a 35mm lens, and is ideal for a wide range of applications including portraits and landscapes, as well as everyday photography. The fast maximum aperture of F/1.4 allows users to shoot hand-held in low light conditions and achieve sharp images, while also delivering beautiful bokeh for artistic images.

FUJINON XF23mmF1.4 R key features :

  • 35mm equivalent F1.4 lens
  • Fully compatible with FUJIFILM X-Mount
  • 1 lens group consisting of 3 cemented lens elements and 1 aspheric lens element
  • Built-in high-torque DC coreless motor
  • Seven round-edged aperture blades, which offer 22 stops in 1/3 EV steps
  • Lens elements treated with Fujifilm’s multilayer HT-EBC (High Transmittance Electron Beam Coating)

The FUJINON XF23mm F1.4 R will be available in October 2013 for $849.95.

Firmware Updates and News from Fujifilm

Fujifilm recently announced X-Series camera firmware updates giving the X-Pro1 and X-E1 improved auto focus performance along with other improvements including a “Focus Peak Highlight” function, as featured on the FUJIFILM X100S and X20 cameras. It assists in accurate and sensitive manual focusing by enhancing the outline of your subject in high contrast.. The firmware updates are available for most of the existing XF lenses. The updates can be accessed on the Fujifilm support website.

Fujifilm has also updated their lens roadmap (click on photo above) showing current and planned lenses for the X-Series mirrorless system. To go with the X-M1, Fujifilm announced the XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS zoom, the first lens in a new, more affordable, “compact and casual” XC lens line. The new lens roadmap includes the XC 16-50mm zoom, an upcoming XC 50-230mm telephoto zoom and the new Touit prime lenses from Zeiss. Also in the works are an XF 23mm f/1.4, XF 56mm f/1.2, XF 10-24mm f/4 OIS zoom, and a Zeiss 50mm f/2.8.