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Fujifilm is announcing brand new Macro extension tubes today. They are called the MCEX-11 and MCEX-16–and both have electronic contacts for auto exposure. Not much information is available, but we know that the Fujifilm X-Series Macro Tubes will cost $99.95 when they launch in December.

From the company’s press release, we can tell that the focusing range will be limited. In fact, Fujifilm cites needing to move the camera back and forth. In fact, the Fujifilm system has a Macro mode that lets every lens focus closer than normal. We assume that they will work with all of the company’s lenses as well as those offerings from Zeiss.

On top of the lenses, a new software will be coming that will let many of their camera shoot while tethered. It’s called HS-V5 and will let the user adjust the settings either via the camera or the PC if they wish. The software will also allow the user to manage the images–just like many other options available out there.

But today, they’re also announcing a new firmware update for the XE-2, XE-1, X Pro 1 and the X30 are all getting new firmware. Those details are after the jump.


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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Panasonic LX100 first impressions product images (4 of 6)ISO 4001-100 sec at f - 4.5

Adobe just dropped a small update for Lightroom and, more importantly, a fat, new version of Camera RAW with support for up to 24 new cameras. The Camera RAW 8.7 brings support for a slew of new cameras including some very important new models such as the Canon EOS 7D Mk II, Fujifilm X100T, Nikon D750, Panasonic LX100, Samsung NX1, and Sony A5100.

Adobe Camera RAW 8.7 also adds a whole new bag of lenses like the Zeiss Otus 85 f1.4 ZE and a ton of Voigtlander M-mount glass. The list of newly supported gear is too long to transcribe here, so be sure to read the full list after the jump.

Like the big Camera RAW update, support for all this new gear also comes with Lightroom version 5.7. The latest version update also brings a few new features. For starters, you’ll be able to view your friends and family’s comments and favorites on any version of Lightroom whether it be the desktop client, mobile, or the web. Importing from Aperture has also become an integrated migration tool.

The Lightroom 5.7 and new version of Adobe Camera RAW are out now, so be sure to check your Creative Cloud updates. Alternatively you can download the new version of Camera RAW here.

Via Adobe

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It looks like phase detection autofocus will be the new hot trick of smartphone cameras. First the iPhone 6 included phase detect AF and now Sony has announced a new stacked Exmor RS IMX230 CMOS image sensor for smartphones with an onboard image plane phase detection AF signal processing function.

Sony claims the 21MP sensor could use up to 192 AF points to achieve excellent focus tracking of fast-moving subjects. The IMX230 sensor itself is a 1/2.4 stacked CMOS image sensor, which also utilizes back-illuminated pixels. On top of taking high-resolution pictures, the sensor records 4K video in high-dynamic range as well as some more pedestrian 1080p video at 60fps.

Sony has announced it will release the its stacked CMOS image sensor in April 2015. There’s no word as to what will be the first device to utilize this new sensor. However, we’ll hazard a guess that the sensor will be first implemented into a future Xperia Z4 or another Android smartphone. Check past the break to see a few results from Sony’s new Exmor RS IMX230 sensor.


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One of our readers sent us a tip to let us know that the very rare Nikon 6mm f2.8 fisheye lens is available right now on eBay. The lens, which is literally able to see behind itself, is incredibly wide and is very rare because it is so specialized. The bidding is starting out at 49,990 Euro, and the lens overall seems to be in very good condition.

Earlier this year, another one of these lenses went on eBay too. As we state in our previous article:

Supposedly the lens was originally developed for special scientific and industrial use according to the seller’s description. This “special wider-than-180-degreee picture coverage [was] required for surveillance work, photographing the interiors of pipes, boilers, conduits, cylinder bores, and other constricted areas.”

Even cooler though is the fact that the owner shot a video with the Nikon D4s and the lens attached to show you what images from it look like.

More of the images and the video are after the jump, but head on over to eBay to see the lens for yourself.

- Thanks for the tip Kristoffer!


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Get ready to spend a ton of money to spy on your neighbors! At least, that’s what you may want to do with Nikon’s 600mm f4 FL ED VR that was patented recently. Nikon Rumors is reporting that a new patent was just put in by Nikon Japan and recently published for the lens. The coating is designed to help break up liquids that touch the surface of the elements.

Currently on the marker is a Nikon 600mm f4 Lens that costs just shy of $10,000 and even that is a special use lens probably only used by sports and wildlife photographers. Even so, it’s rare that any one photographer owns the lens as many of them are in the hands of agencies and news wires. According to Ken Rockwell though, their latest lens was announced in 2007–so it will probably be a while until we see it.


Panasonic GM5 DxOMark Comparison 1

When we first got our hands on the Panasonic GM5 it felt like a slightly updated GM1 with a new viewfinder and hotshoe. Now that DxOMark has just released its camera testing results of the GM5 we can see the tiny improvement to the underlying sensor. this incremental update has added.

According to DxOMark’s imaging benchmarks, the GM5 trades a sliver of color depth for several ticks of better lowlight ISO performance. Otherwise, there’s very little difference between the sensors. More importantly it appears Olympus is still well ahead of Panasonic when it comes to sensor technology as the OMD EM10 announced at the beginning the year performs better than the GM5 in every aspect.

One surprise we didn’t expect was that the Panasonic GM5’s performance actually isn’t that far off from the top-tier Micro Four Thirds cameras including the Panasonic GH4 and Olympus OMD EM1.

Of course, we have to stress these are just numbers. At the end of the day the GM1 was an excellent camera and we expect the GM5 will perform even better. Check out more results after the break.


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