Lens Review: Fujifilm 63mm f2.8 R WR (Fujifilm G Format)

Of course, the closest thing to a normal prime lens had to be the first thing that Fujifilm announced for their Medium format G Format; and to that end we got the Fujifilm 63mm f2.8 R WR lens. It’s an interesting move for Fujifilm. You see, when the X series was announced, the company debuted at least one f1.4 lens. But this time around, we got slow lenses. Yes, I’m aware that this is medium format, but there are f1.8 lenses in the 645 format–which is larger than G format.

Nevertheless, the Fujifilm 63mm f2.8 is a fantastic lens that I wasn’t sure I’d like. But a number of factors had me coming back to it over and over again.

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Why the Fujifilm GFX Camera System Needs Better Lenses

In my previous review of the Fujifilm GFX 50s, I noted that while it’s a pretty good camera system, there isn’t a enough differentiating it from 35mm full frame systems to give it more of a competitive edge. Flash sync settings aside for professional photographers, there are some features about the camera that just don’t feel medium format in quality. Granted, Fujifilm isn’t flat out saying their system is Medium Format; though in truth there isn’t really much else that we can call it if it’s larger than 35mm full frame. I mean, bigger-than-full-frame-smaller-than-645 doesn’t quite roll off the tongue. But a lot of what makes the image quality isn’t the sensor, it’s the lenses. And that’s where the biggest problem is.

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Relax, Ricoh Isn’t Going to Kill the Pentax Brand or Their Cameras (Confirmed)

Don’t worry Pentax users, you can all breathe a sigh of relief because Ricoh isn’t planning on killing off the Pentax brand and probably not the Ricoh GR series either. The rumor started not too long ago when Ricoh made a statement that could have been interpreted as the company considering closing their camera business and Pentax down. Of course with the viral nature of the internet and the way photographers love to speculate on Facebook and other social media platforms, it spread across the photo world like wildfire. Adding fuel to that wildfire is a very big fact: despite the fact that Pentax and Ricoh do a great job producing fantastic cameras that often stand out from all the rest, their sales just have never quite been there.

However, the company offered a clarification on the statement.

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Sony Overtakes Nikon in the Full Frame Interchangeable Lens Camera Market

This morning, Sony announced some very big news: they’ve grown to the point where they now are in the #2 position over Nikon in sales of full-frame interchangeable lens cameras. This is incredible news as many companies are shrinking in some ways but Sony is continuing to show growth. Earlier on, Nikon announced restructuring after stating that the DL lineup wasn’t coming.

The company’s press release is after the jump.

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Pentax 50mm f1.4 and Pentax 85mm f1.4 Lenses Teased at CP+

DFA 50mm F1.4

Ahead of the 2017 Camera & Photo Imaging Show (CP+) set to start February 23rd, some eagle-eyed Pentax fans snagged a “hidden” page on Ricoh’s website showcasing a new reference product that will be unveiled at the show. The site (translated from Japanese) notes a new lens currently in development with a tentative designation: DFA 50mm F1.4.

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Konost Digital Rangefinder Project Will Be Updated By Year End

Back in early 2015, we covered a promising start up project called Konost that aimed to create a full frame digital rangefinder. Konost has been silent with their development status ever since, with intermittent social media postings. Recently they posted an update on their official website stating they will revamp their website and have news on their current project status by the end of this year.

Based on the original project descriptions, the promised Konost digital rangefinder camera shall have a full frame sized image sensor directly compatibility with Leica M-mount lenses, high resolution electronic viewfinder, full manual control similar to the rangefinder shooting experience, and a body made of aluminum construction.

In a nutshell, Konost wanted to make a Leica-esque camera that is fully digital and, of course, at an affordable price point.

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