Since the announcement of the new Fujifilm 23mm f2 R WR lens for X series cameras, photographers have been wondering what some of the big differences are between the new lens and the one found in the X100 series of cameras. Of course, one has weather sealing and the other is pancake sized. But what else? So we spoke to Fujifilm about it. And here’s their response.
Along with recent announcement of the 135mm f2 and 15mm f2.8 Milvus lenses, we were also treated to the Zeiss 18mm f2.8 Milvus lens. This lens is the company’s offering in-between their 15mm and 21mm focal lengths that are supposed to deliver architecture, Real Estate, Cityscape and landscape photographers a different experience. Like the others out there, this lens is weather sealed and characterized with the blue ring towards the back of the lens–which aids in weather sealing overall. Additionally, it boasts manual focusing, a rubber focusing ring and an all metal body.
Indeed, it’s one heck of a lens designed for the outdoor photographer.
That was the major question going through my head during this entire review process. It’s a specialized camera that serves its target audience really well. The Sony A7s Mk II doesn’t have the resolution of the Sony A7 Mk II or the Sony A7r Mk II, but what it has is the ability to deliver usable images at nuclear high ISO results that end up throwing the laws of exposure right out the window. This is due to the 12.2MP full frame 35mm sized sensor at the heart of the camera. Further, this camera can see better than the human eye in the dark.
With the Sony A7s Mk II, the company decided to add an uncompressed RAW shooting ability new ergonomics to match that of all the other Mk II cameras, new features for video shooters, and improvements to the autofocus that makes it able to autofocus in situations where other cameras simply scratch their heads.
Sure, the Mk II won’t be for everyone: but will it be for you? Do you really need to shoot at ISO levels not even thought of years ago?
A while back, Olympus took a bunch of journalists on a trip to Whistler, CA and allowed them to play with two new lenses: the 7-14mm f2.8 PRO and 8mm f1.8 fisheye for its Micro Four Thirds system. Both of these options are on the wider end of the spectrum and when you consider the 2x crop factor then you get 14-28mm and 16mm accordingly. We don’t exactly consider 16mm to be a fisheye these days, but in the right situations it surely did perform like a fisheye lens.
Please note that these images were taken with prototype lenses, and that they weren’t the final production, though they were darn close.
Fujifilm is announcing their new 16mm f1.4 lens today; and it’s quite the shocker. For starters, the Fujifilm 16mm f1.4 is the company’s first weather sealed prime lens–which we’ve been waiting for for a while now. This 24mm equivalent lens is not only weather sealed, but features the push/pull focusing ring for quick access to manual focusing mode and a working depth of field scale.
The new Fujifilm 16mm f1.4 R WR can focus as closely as 6 inches, the newest auto focusing motors which the company claims allow it to focus within 0.11 seconds and can work in temperatures down to 14°F. As far as construction goes, the new lens has 13 elements in 11 groups, including two aspherical lens elements to control spherical aberration and distortion, and 2 ED glass lens elements to reduce lateral and axial chromatic aberration. The elements also have a nano-GI coating that reduces ghosting.
Best of all, it is said to have nine aperture blades–which also means that even though this is a very wide angle lens, it should have really nice bokeh at the right distance and aperture setting.
While Fujifilm has stated before that they’re not going to get into the full frame game, that doesn’t mean that they won’t try to get higher end. As it stands, the X Pro 1 has yet to have a full upgrade. But a report on 43Rumors is saying that the company will be coming out with a camera shaped like the Olympus OMD series and that it will be weather sealed. Of course then, it also means that some sort of weather sealed lenses will have to come out sooner or later. Fujifilm hasn’t described any of these in the roadmap yet.
If Fujifilm produces something like that, then it will conflict heavily with the OMD EM1 or EM5. At the same time though, I believe what everyone wants to see is a full frame X Trans Sensor that will probably wipe the floor with everyone else as Fujifilm’s sensors are right now the best in the APS-C sector.
However, this was also on a rumor site. And it probably isn’t true. But CES in January seems like an accurate time for the company to make the announcement.
Editor’s Note: Be sure to see our first impressions as well
Yup, all the rumors you read were true. Today, Olympus announces the OM-D E-M1, the high-end Micro Four Thirds camera, and along with it the M.Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8 pro lens. Both items are marketed at the high-end crowd, i.e. the professional photographer as well as the seriously serious amateur/hobbyist. But more than that, the E-M1 is also Olympus’ answer to the call for a worthy successor to the E-5, the company’s last Four Thirds DSLR. Sporting a hybrid phase-detection/contrast autofocus, the E-M1 can focus both Four Thirds (via adapter) as well as Micro Four Thirds lenses quickly and accurately. Apart from that, Olympus packed a whole lot of other innovations into the E-M1. Details after the break.
A while ago, we reviewed Pentax’s K-30 and awarded it an Editor’s Choice for Entry Level DSLR. And while the camera only came in a select few colors before, Pentax is letting you match it with your favorite outfit now–we’re vouching for the yellow to match you’re raincoat since the camera can survive being run under a sink. The company is giving consumers nine new colors and three new finishes, including shiny, crystal, and matte. Depending on your current mainstay in your closet, you can choose from Crystal Black, Crystal Bordeaux, Crystal Green, Crystal Red, Crystal Silver, Crystal Yellow, Crystal Orange, Silky Blue, Silky Bordeaux, Silky Green, Silky Red, Silky Silver, Silky White, Silky Yellow and Silky Orange.
The color options are available now for pre-order and cost $799 with the 18-55mm WR kit lens. Kai from Digital Rev may be a tad disappointed that there is no pink option.
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