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Fujifilm is today announcing a couple of new additions to their camera lineup. And when it comes to their new X-A2 and the XQ-2, they’re putting a big emphasis on taking selfies.

No, we’re not kidding.

The new Fujifilm X-A2 has a 175 degree tilting LCD screen so that you can see your beautiful bug before you shoot yourself in the face with that 16.3MP APS-C sensor. It’s being bundled with the new Fujifilm XC 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 II OIS zoom lens complete with seven aperture blades and delivering up to 3.5 stops of stabilization. The camera also sports the company’s Eye-AF, Macro AF, and multi-target AF modes.

But it’s not alone! It’s being joined by the new XQ2–housing a 12MP 2/3 X-Trans CMOS II sensor with phase detection and the EXR II processor. There are even more cameras being announced too. Hit the jump for more.

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All images by Jamie MacDonald

Very few things in the world help to usher in mankind’s finest hour like good black and white presets.

Okay, we’re joking–good pizza helps too. But in all seriousness, photographer Jamie MacDonald released a number of presets recently for Adobe Lightroom users for a mere $5. You get 10 presets and they’re all finely tuned to give off beautiful black and white looks in the images. He called them the Monochromatic Magic presets; and they really are quite magical. No, they don’t look like the stuff that Hipstagram will give you. Instead, they focus more on the look of various alternative film processes done with black and white film.

Jamie has been working on these for a while and we kind of got a hint of them from his photos of clouds.

Hit the jump for more of a preview of the Monochrome Lightroom Presets.

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Owners of the Fujifilm X Pro 1 should know that according to Fuji Rumors, a top Japanese source is saying that the company will release the successor camera towards the end of the year. However, there are a bunch of other cameras that are bound to come out in the space in-between–but these will primarily target the lower end of the X series spectrum with the exception of a toned down version of the X-T1 also on the roadmap.

According to their post, the purported specs of the Fujifilm X Pro 2 will be:

– APS-C sensor (TS + ASwN + AS)
– 24MP sensor (ASwN) – More than 16MP (ASwN)
– dual SD card slot
– coming late 2015 (TS + ASwN)
– tilt screen (AS)
– WiFi (AS)
– Non organic ASP-C X-Trans sensor (ORS)
– Price about 20% to 30% more expensive than the X-T1 (AS)

By nature of how Fujifilm operates, this means that the X Pro 1 may still see a couple more firmware updates as the company is steadfast on delivering the latest innovations that they can to their older cameras. I’m a Fujifilm X Pro 1 owner, and I still love it to death.

Fujifilm is also relatively slow to change their sensors, and to be honest they don’t really have to. The company makes arguably the best APS-C sensors in the market that in some ways even outdo certain full frame offerings when it comes to performance. Sony and Nikon have already started to venture into the 24MP APS-C sensor area and both tend to get a bit too noisy at high ISOs for our liking. But we’re really hoping that that isn’t the issue with this newly talked about Fujifilm sensor.

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Today, Rokinon and Samyang are announcing their new 135mm f2 lens for full frame cameras. The lens is the company’s latest prime entry and is being targeted at portrait shooters. It features 11 glass elements in 7 groups and sports 9 aperture blades. The lens can focus as closely at 2.6 ft, and is the only other manual focus option besides the offering from Zeiss.

Rokinon and Samyang are offering it not only for still photographers, but also for cinema use.

The Rokinon 135mm f2 and Samyang 135mm f2 will be available in Canon EOS, Nikon (With AE Chip), Sony E, Sony A, Pentax K, Micro 4/3, Fuji X and Samsung NX while the 135mm T2.2 Cine DS version will initially be available in mounts for Canon EOS, Nikon, Sony E, Sony A and Micro 4/3.

Want one? B&H is taking pre-orders for $599 for the Rokinon, Samyang and Cinema versions.

 

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Street photographers have a brand new way to shoot photos in a low profile way with their phones. A new case called the CovrPhoto is looking to make taking photos discreetly a very simple process through use of a special lens. As you see in the image above, there is a small lens on the back of the case. This lens/prism takes a scene and redirects it to the phone’s lens–therefore changing the way that the phone views the world. It’s similar in the way that a prism works in a DSLR. By doing this, you can shoot from the hip and photograph the scene in front of you instead of creating the latest addition to #fromwhereIstand.

For the more experienced street photographers, raising a phone or a camera isn’t usually a problem–nor is shooting from the hip due to the different perspective that it gives you. But this case will open up street photography to the even more nervous shooters. These shooters will also still be nervous and just need to remember to keep calm.

Want one? The prices vary on which phone you have. A more in-depth video tutorial on the CovrPhoto is after the jump.

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There are certain stories that we run across that literally make us stop reading and say, “What?”

Laughing Squid via Business Insider shared the news of the Belfie stick–a selfie stick specifically designed to let you take images of your beautiful butt. Yes, this is a thing that exists. So in turn, that means that a Belfie is a selfie that features your butt.

So why does the world need this? According to the Business Insider article:

“Before creating the product, On.com polled over 10,000 selfie experts. They found that many users wanted to highlight their assets from behind, but had difficulty maneuvering this type of shot with a traditional selfie stick.”

It works by mounting your camera on the end and enabling the bluetooth connection. Then by pressing the button on the end of the stick, you can snap a Belfie for all the creeps following you on Instagram.

If you’re vain enough, they’re available for pre-order at $79.99. But as a warning, a new study came out that hints that men who take way too many selfies lean more towards psychopathic tendencies. Someone should show them the right way to do a selfie.