Photojournalists and documentary filmmakers get into a series of unpleasant, dangerous and even life-threatening situations on a daily basis. Seizing or steeling their cameras is very common, and the unprotected data on camera’s memory card can easily fall into wrong hands. This is why Freedom of the Press Foundation published an open letter to five of the world’s leading camera manufacturers: Nikon, Sony, Canon, Olympus and Fuji. They asked them to build encryption into their photo and video cameras, which could protect the filmmakers and photojournalists who use them.
Let’s face it, everything looks good on a 3″ screen. So, the advantages of shooting tethered become immediately apparent in the studio. You’re able to quickly see the results as you shoot them on a much larger screen. This makes it much easier to spot distracting elements, issues with hair or makeup, and if the composition even works when shown big.
It’s an ability that many photographers find absolutely invaluable and difficult to work without. It’s also an ability that’s been lacking with the Fuji X-T2, until now. Fuji have released a new v1.10 firmware for the X-T2 which, amongst other things, now gives the photographers the ability to shoot tethered to Lightroom. Users can also shoot tethered to Fuji’s own HS-V5 software.
It wasn’t too long ago that Fuji announced the entry level X-A3. The much anticipated update to the X-A2, increases the resolution to 24.2MP, and provides a touchscreen LCD. Now, Fuji have announced the the new Fujifilm X-A10, which sits right at the bottom of their entry level range. So, what’s different?
Well, for a start, the resolution’s quite a little lower. Coming in with a newly developed 16.3MP CMOS sensor, it’s not the high resolution monster many have come to expect from cameras these days. But, it’s still a very respectable resolution, especially since most of the X-A10’s users will likely only ever post their images online.
A love story with a little hate feeling.
Last year I bought a new Fuji X-Pro 1, it was a great deal a few days before the X-Pro 2 was on the market. I bought it as a camera to keep in my pockets, not really as a serious option. But, I loved it since I started to take the first pictures. I even bought a second one, used and converted it to infrared.
Knowing how well our camera produces jpg files might not be a high priority for a lot of photographers. If you’re only shooting raw, then what does it matter, right? Well, there are still a lot out there shooting jpg, and even pros may switch over to jpg for less important tasks. So, The Camera Store have challenged 8 popular cameras from leading manufacturers to the Great JPEG Shootout!
It’s an interesting comparison. Cameras from Nikon, Canon, Sony, Fuji, Pentax, Olympus and Panasonic are put head to head with an iPhone 7 Plus to see which produces the best looking images straight out of the camera. Perhaps not surprisingly, the iPhone didn’t do very well.
Samyang brought autofocus into their range of lenses not too long ago with two new Sony E mount lenses. The 14mm f/2.8 and 50mm f/1.4. Now, in a recent interview with Focus Numerique, Samyang head of product planning, Jeong Min Shin says that more are to come.
In the interview, he talked about some of the decisions and compromises that had to be made with the new Sony lenses. But he also suggested that Nikon and Canon autofocus lenses may not be too far away. The story for Fuji and micro four thirds, however, may be another matter.
Nothing says “I love my camera” more than a handmade wooden grip, and this grip by Stefano Borghi says it perfectly. Stefano build this wooden grip to replace his Fuji Xpro-1 plastic grip. Of course, similar procedure can be implemented to create a wooden grip for the newer Xpro 2 as well, and probably the Xpro3 when it comes. (we are not starting a rumor now!).
It is kinda straight forward, so I am just gonna lay out the photos to show you how it’s done step by step.
Here is something interesting that is coming from this year’s photokina. Fuji just announced the GFX 50S. It is a medium format camera with a sensor that is 70% larger than a full frame DSLR.
The sensor for this new camera is a G Format 43.8 x 32.9mm sensor, and it will shoot in the following aspect ratios: 4:3 (default), 3:2, 1:1, 4:5, 6:7 and 6:17, which were available in large and medium format film cameras. The processor will be a new X-Processor Pro (I don’t even know what that means yet). Since this is a mirrorless medium format fuji were able to create a short flange of just 26.7mm (sensor to lens distance) to shorten the back focus distance as much as possible. This prevents vignetting to achieve edge-to-edge sharpness of the world’s highest level.
Ok, it might be a little unfair to put a $2,400 camera and lens against a $8,100 camera and lens. One would expect a camera rig costing more than three times as much to produce better results. But are those results at least three times better? And if the Fuji can keep up, doesn’t that just make it even more impressive given the cost gap?
This video from photographer Taylor Jackson hopes to answer those questions. Yes, there’s a little pixel peeping involved, but Taylor has also made the raw files available for us to check out for ourselves. If nothing else, for those considering purchasing a Nikon D5 or Fuji X-T2, this lets us see some samples straight from the camera.
Fuji Japan have released an official statement that Fujifilm X-T2 orders have been delayed to overwhelming demand. It’s no huge surprise, really, that this was going to be a popular camera. X-Pro 2 performance in an X-T1 size package? How could it not be?
Fuji Rumors report that the X-T2 was in stock with both Amazon and Adorama, but that it sold out very quickly. B&H still have it listed as preorder, suggesting that any they may not even have received enough to satisfy all the existing preorders.