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TCL-X100 with X100S_Left_Silver

After making a behind glass appearance at the CP+ trade show, Fujifilm has finally announced the TCL-X100, a 1.4x teleconverter for the X100 and X100S. The new screw on piece of glass turns the X100 and X100s’ fixed 23mm f2 lens into a 32mm lens perfect for street shooting and candids.

The new attachment essentially sits in front of the prime lens to extend its focal length from an equivalent 35mm to 50mm. Along with giving it a bit of extra reach through four glass elements, the teleconverter is also treated with a HT-EBC coating to reduce flare. To use the new lens, X100 and X100s shooters will need to update their camera with the latest firmware and then select the “Tele-Conversion Lens” option from the shooting menu.

X100 and X100s shooters looking for a little more flexibility with their camera should also check out Fujifilm’s last convertor lens, the WCL-X100 wide-angle convertor. Rather than acting as a teleconverter, this wide-angle attachment converts the Fujifilm camera’s prime lens into a wider 28mm equivalent. Alternatively, photographers not in the Fujifilm ecosystem can also pick up a wide array of lens converters at Photojojo including a 2x convertor for $50.

The TCL-X100 will be available in black or silver later this May for a yet to be announced price. Previously, the price was reported to be around $300. Check past the break for another look at the TCL-X100 in black and silver.

Via DP Review

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Not long ago, we reported that mirrorless cameras were losing ground to DSLRs again, with sales figures decreasing for the first time in 2013. Earlier this year, however, Fujifilm reported that sales had increased again, thanks in part to the success of the X-T1 camera, and also Olympus was doing great with the E-M1 despite analysts predicting the company’s demise. Now the Amateur Photographer reports that finally, mirrorless camera sales were rising again in the first quarter of 2014.

And the good news here is that even in the western world, where mirrorless cameras traditionally have a hard time competing with DSLRs, their sales figures have improved in January and Februar 2014, as compared to the same time span a year ago. According to figures published by CIPA, global shipents of mirrorless cameras rose 24.4%, with a 26% rise in Europe. Unfortunately, sales continued to decline in the Americas, at a rate of 34.2%.

At the same time, global SLR shipments reportedly dropped by 15.7%. The general trend is still negative, though, despite the increase in mirrorless camera sales: on a global scale, overall digital camera sales dropped by 34.5%. It will be interesting to see how these figures develop in the coming months; we’ll let you know when CIPA releases new data.

Samyang Rokinon 12mm f2

Rumor had it that Samyang, also known as Rokinon in the US, would have something to announce today. Many speculated that the lens manufacturer would finally introduce autofocus lenses, but the truth couldn’t be further from that. Today’s main announcement is a new 12mm f2 ultra wide-angle lens for mirrorless cameras, plus some updates on older lenses. For details, head past the break.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Impact One Light Kit Test photos (11 of 17)

Some portrait lenses are great and have bokeh that you’ll absolutely drool over. But then there are others that not only do that, but also make your subjects pop more. Sure, you could do it with lots of great lighting, but when you combine that with the fact that some lenses already have that extra magic to them, you’ll get portraits that wow you and leave your jaw stuck on the ground.

Here are some of our favorites.

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julius motal the phoblographer fujifilm xt1 review-1

Last week, Fujifilm Japan began rolling out a free repair service to X-T1 mirrorless cameras affected by the light leak issue. Now Fuji Rumors spotted a new support page on Fujifilm USA’s website that’s also extending the same fix here in the states. The support page states that any U.S. serial numbers 41A05201 or higher are safe, however, anything with a lower serial number may have light leak issues.

Users unsure if they own a defective camera should set their cameras to ISO12800 and fire a 30-second exposure with the lens cap on. While the shutter is open, take a flashlight and point it around where the camera and lens meet as well as through the X-T1’s open ports. If the exposure resolves an image with any visible streaks of light users should call the Fujifilm Repair Center at (800) 659-3854 (x3461).

Also be sure to check out our XT1 review.

Via Fuji Rumors

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujfilm 56mm f1.2 lead image (1 of 1)ISO 32001-500 sec at f - 1.4

When Fujifilm first unveiled their 56mm f1.2, lots of folks were excited about what would be coming to the system. When we first heard about it, we believed that it needed to be a faster aperture offering due to the fact that the APS-C sensor will have around the same depth of field of an f2 lens on a full frame camera. Then we got the lens in, and began to fall in love with what it could do in the studio.

And after a while of reviewing the lens, we believe that X mount users have a great reason to be excited. But with that said, we recommend it only to those who can make the absolute best of its abilities.

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