5 Reasons to Get Excited About the Fujifilm 23mm f2 R WR Lens

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Recently, Fujifilm announced their 23mm f2 R WR lens for a very affordable $449 price point. This is the second lens in their lineup to offer an alternative traditional focal length for photographers that want an affordable lens and can’t afford the f1.4 versions. In many ways it follows the same formula that the 35mm f2 R WR does in comparison to the 35mm f1.4 R.

Considering this, there are loads of reasons why the 23mm f2 R WR lens should be very exciting for lots of Fujifilm camera users.

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Nikon May Announce a 1-Inch Sensor Coolpix Compact Camera Soon

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Nikon P7000

Everyone’s joining the 1-inch sensor camera club. First early reports suggested Panasonic was planning to update the LX7 with a bigger sensor, and now Mirrorless Rumors reports that Nikon will do the same. Leaked specs suggest the camera will have a comfortable grip, narrowing the possibility of bodies down to one of Nikon’s bigger, premium compact cameras such as the P7000.

Supposedly, the new camera will be announced within a week or two and the camera will feature a 1-inch Aptina sensor backed by Nikon’s Expeed 3 imaging processor. In front of the new sensor there will be a f1.8-3.0 zoom lens and the body itself will purportedly be made of magnesium.

It seems like the premium compact camera market is getting hot since Sony’s successful run with its RX100 cameras and Pentax’s notable MX-1. Nikon’s direct competitor, Canon, meanwhile introduced the G1 X Mark II with an even bigger 1.5-inch sensor. Now with a rumored LX8 and Nikon camera joining the fray there could be an interesting crop of cameras beyond the high-end APS-C sensor backed Fujifilm X100s.

Via Mirrorless Rumors

Fujifilm Announces Firmware 2.0 for the Original X100

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Owners of the original Fujifilm X100 are getting a big treat today. The camera, though replaced by the X100s, is being subjected to a firmware update that is said to improve the focus and a couple of operability issues. For starters, the company claims that it will have approximately 20% faster AF speed and enhanced focus distance compared to the previous firmware version. Plus, Close-up focus distance shortened by 30% before needing to switch to macro mode. On top of this, the camera is also receiving manual focus peaking–which helps to negate the original claims that the manual focusing with the camera was useless.

The new firmware update will also apparently shorten the camera startup time by 0.2 seconds. Another change is that pressing the AF button now toggles the focus area selection screen, and the area of your choice can then be selected–just like the X Pro 1.

The X100 firmware v2.0 update is available now at this link.

Five Fixed-Lens Cameras for the Prothusiast

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The fixed-lens compact camera with a larger-than-average sensor is the prothusiast’s most valued companion. Why? Because it promises excellent image quality in a small and light package. Often equipped with lenses between 28 and 35mm, these cameras lend themselves to street photography and journalistic styles. Due to the success and popularity of this camera type, there is now a significant number of models on the market, which can make it difficult to decide which one to get. In order to make things easier for you, here are five fixed-lens compacts that The Phoblographer recommends.

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Earlier Reports Confirmed As False: The Fujifilm X100 Is Not Discontinued

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We’ve just received some really exciting news. First off, the Fujifilm X100 was said to be discontinued according to Photo Rumors via Crutchfield camera. At the moment of writing this post, it still is marked as such. However, upon seeing our WCL conversion lens review, our Fujifilm USA rep just told us that this report is false and that the X100 is still current.

So does this mean that there could be a delay on the announcement of the highly rumored X200?

In the meantime, it is still pretty much the point and shoot camera to beat despite the Sony RX100 being very hot. So get it while it’s still available as B&H and Amazon have it in stock.

Review: Fujifilm WCL Wide Angle Adapter For X100

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Previously, we gave our first impressions on the Fujfilm WLC Wide angle adapter for the X100. And as we found, the company didn’t skimp on their optics; which translated well into the image quality. The Fujifilm wide angle adapter for the X100 camera is one that we spent lots of time with; and though the X100 is discontinued now; we would recommend that current owners try to get their hands on this little piece of glass.

Here’s why.

Editor’s Note: Despite earlier reports that the Fujifilm X100 has been discontinued, Fujifilm USA has told me that it is not.

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Hands On Review: Fuji X Pro 1 Camera System (With Sample Images)

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I’ve seen, held and played with the Fujifilm X Pro 1 before; but never long enough to really make any substantial judgements about it. Recently though, that changed and I was treated to a good hour or so of playtime with the camera. Not only the camera though: but the entire system of lenses in the form of the 18mm f2.0, 35mm f1.4 and 60mm f2.4.

What’s different about this hands-on review from all the rest though is that I was able to put an SD card in the camera. However, I must warn you all that I handled a pre-production model and that the image quality is perhaps not the final version. If the image quality isn’t the final version, I may just cry. Why? To be honest, I haven’t been this excited about a mirrorless camera since the Olympus EP3 was announced.

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