It looks like the Fujifilm X100s is about to get an update of some sort very soon. Mirrorless Rumors got a hold of evidence allegedly leaked by photographer David Hobby. the EXIF data of some of the images (which were now taken down) state that they’re from a new camera called the X100T. This sort of makes sense, as it’s the next letter in the alphabet. However, the S in the nomenclature stood for speed–and we’re not sure what T could stand for.
Fuji Rumors is stating that the camera will boast a 24MP APS-C sensor with faster AF, a new fixed lens, a tilting screen, a new EVF, and a wider phase detection area. These are all upgrades that the X100s needed since the lens attached to the camera was more or less the same as the X100–and the larger megapixels need to work with a newer lens for more resolution.
It’s about time for an X100s update anyway since there have been no major firmware updates to the camera in a while. We’re just going to have to wait and see what comes this way.
Hasselblad is giving all of its old V-System analog cameras a new lease on life with its freshly announced CFV-50c digital back. The 50MP CMOS sensor-based back will let users capture 8272 x 6200 pixel images with any V-System camera dating all the way back to 1957.
On top of producing massive print quality photos, the CFV-50c can take a 12-minute exposure for those long stares into starry skies. The sensor back can also shoot up to ISO 6400 whilst promising to produce exposures with “relatively low noise.” On the back there’s a high-res 3-inch TFT LCD to preview your images.
Supposedly Hasselblad has created the CFV-50c at the behest of photographers still using V System cameras. “We have experienced a substantial resurgence of interest in our iconic V cameras – users love the traditional ergonomics and the unique appearance,” said Hasselblad CEO Ian Rawcliffe.
Hasselblad hasn’t posted a release date or any official pricing yet, but Shutterbug reports CMOS sensor-based back will be available for 11,000 Euros (about $14,900). We’re sure to hear more about it soon. Until then head past the break for more specs and images.
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Hoya just announced a new line of filters that they’re claiming will repel dust. They’re called the EVO Antistatic filters, and not only are able to repel dust off of them, but they are also claiming that they have a 99.8% light transmission rate–which is really only 0.1% better than previous generations of filters. But they’re saying that it will have virtually no effect on the white balance and contrast. Besides these features, Hoya is saying that the coatings are water resistant, stain and scratch resistant and they’re also claiming that the filters will clean easily when smudged.
These filters are designed for professionals and are meant to protect the expensive gear that they own. In real life though, dust on your lens doesn’t really affect the image quality at all because the particles are so small and so close to the front element that it’s negligible. But it’s a nice touch if you’re going out into the desert since it will keep the lens clean and sand out of the lens.
The new EVO ANTISTATIC series of filters consist of a Protector, UV, and Circular Polarizer in sizes ranging from 37mm to 82mm. There is no official word on pricing yet, but we’re not expecting these to be affordable given the science behind them.
Lomography has a new film emulsion–sort of.
In some very recent news, the company announced their new Cine200 Tungsten film. From the name and the coloring, it sounds very similar to what was done previous by Cinestill. Basically, it involves unwinding rolls of Kodak cinema film and repackaging it into a 35mm still film casing. We wouldn’t really call this ripping it off; instead we’re more about embracing the experimental happening that may occur in the right creative’s hands.
In fact, Lomo is completely clear about this. According to them,
“This emulsion is an authentic cine film, which has been specially treated so that it can be used in your 35mm film camera. What this means: it will yield phenomenal photos that look like stills from a movie! It’s convenient too, because this Color Negative Film can be processed normally in C-41.”
And as a result, it’s a limited batch of only 4,000 rolls.
Working with this film will indeed be tough for many though. Since it’s Tungsten, then you’ll need to work with a very warm light source to equalize it on the color scale.
We’re in the process of calling in a couple of rolls for review; so just stay tuned.