Cheap Photo: Save Up to $300 on a Fuji X-Camera + Lens Bundle at Adorama

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Good news for fans of Fuji’s X-system–and especially for those who’ve been thinking about getting into the system. Adorama is starting a promo today that will save you up to $300 on select Fuji X-camera + lens combos. Purchase an X-Pro 1 or X-E1 camera via Adorama’s promo page and add any of the lenses in the list below to your shopping cart to benefit from the instant savings:

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Consumer Savings

18mm*

$599.95

$299.95

$300.00

27mm*

$449.95

$299.95

$150.00

35mm*

$599.95

$449.95

$150.00

60mm*

$649.95

$399.95

$250.00

18-55mm**

$699.95

$499.95

$200.00

 *Only one lens each may be added to a single camera purchase (ie. Customer may not purchase two (2) – 35mm lenses but may buy one (1) each of all lenses listed).

**The 18-55mm lens promotion can only be combined with a body only sale of the X-E1 or the X-Pro1.  It may not be combined with the X-E1 Hard Bundle Kit that already includes the 18-55mm lens.

Fujifilm’s Rumored X-A1 Allegedly Leaks in Picture of Store Shelf

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UPDATE 8/21/13: We have since been provided with the original picture of the X-A1, thanks Alexandre!

Fuji Rumors has just posted a picture allegedly showing the rumored X-A1 entry-level X-mount camera, sitting on a store shelf. The picture shows two cameras, a blue one labelled ‘X-A1’, and the well-known silver-and-black X-M1 medium-level X-mount camera next to it. The X-A1 has been rumored for a while, and is said to come in multiple colors and without an X-Trans sensor like its bigger siblings, instead sporting a conventional CMOS sensor.

Some commenters on Fuji Rumors point out that the alleged X-A1 looks exactly the same as the X-M1 next to it, only in blue. With that in mind, we cannot be entirely sure if this picture is real or a fake. But still, it’s pretty safe to assume that the X-A1 will be coming soon, whether this is what it’ll look like or not.

An Introduction to and Brief History of Digital Imaging Sensor Technologies

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When the first digital cameras (that were actually interesting to consumers) came up in the nineties, the main technology used for their imaging sensors was the CCD technology. In order to be able to record color information, digital imaging sensors were (and still are) typically equipped with a so-called Bayer pattern color filter. With the advance of technology, another type of sensor started to emerge: the CMOS. Today, CMOS sensors have replaced CCD sensors in most types of digital cameras. But besides these two, there are other types of sensors as well–some of which only existed for a short time, or even only as patents. In this article, we want to take a look at the different types of digital imaging sensors, and explain their technological peculiarities.

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Fujifilm Announces the X-M1 and Fujinon XF 27mm f2.8 Lens

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Editor’s Note: In our phone call meeting with Fujifilm, the company stated that the focusing will not be as fast as the XE-1’s.

New winds are pushing Fujifilm’s sails forward. The company has just announced the X-M1, the third installment in the very popular X-series of cameras. The X-M1 shares the same 16.3 MP APS-C X-Trans censor with the X-Pro 1 and X-E1, but unlike the other two, it comes with a newly designed Fujinon XC16-50mm f3.5-5.6 OIS zoom lens. The X-M1 is a compact interchangeable lens camera that packs a lot of punch, and given Fujifilm’s penchant for design, it is an attractive compact companion. The X-M1 will be available in black and silver for $699.95 (body only) in July and in brown for the same price in August. With the Fujinon XC16-50mm f3.5-5.6 OIS lens, it will be $799.95.

On the glass spectrum, Fujifilm has also announced the new Fujinon XF 27mm f2.8 lens. It is compatible with all X-series cameras, including the brand new X-M1. At 2.75 oz, it is an extremely lightweight lens that will be a go-to option for many who want a light kit. With 7 aperture blades and a shallow depth of field, the lens will surely deliver some great results, and it will definitely be a hit with the street photography crowd. It will be available in July for $449.95.

Full Specs and photos are after the jump.

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Capture One Pro 7.0.2 Now Supports the X-Trans Sensor

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This is good news for users of Fuji’s X-series cameras: Phase One has finally implemented support for the X-Trans sensor into the latest version of their Capture One Pro 7 workflow software. However, preliminary tests by dpreview show that the algorithm used isn’t much better at demosaicing the sensor’s unique color filter arrangement than the one used by Adobe, with many of the same problems emerging. This is disappointing, as theoretically the X-Trans sensor is able to resolve outstanding detail. However, much of it gets lost due to a lack of a proper demosaicing algorithm — unless you use out-of-camera JPEGs that is. (And this is precisely what has kept me personally away from the X system so far.)

Still, it’s a good thing that more and more RAW converters support the X-Trans sensor. Here’s to hoping that future algorithms will improve the situation.

Fujifilm Updates the X-System with the X-E1 Camera and 18-55mm and 14mm XF Lenses

You probably heard of this camera already. Let’s not fool ourselves — which product isn’t leaked days or weeks before its official announcement these days? But let’s pretend you haven’t read all the pre-announcement leaks, and let’s pretend you’re as excited as if you first heard about this.

Fujifilm today announces the X-E1 digital camera, the latest addition to the company’s successful and acclaimed series of retro-styled cameras for the advanced enthusiast. Sporting the same 16 megapixel X-Trans CMOS sensor as its bigger brother the X-Pro 1 (read our review here), the X-E1 is basically the same camera, sans the optical viewfinder, but with some additional tweaks that were made since the X-Pro 1’s launch (and user feedback.) Continue reading…