In late May, Fujifilm teased the Instax Mini LiPlay, another analog-digital hybrid camera with LCD screen. It’s now officially announced, and other than bringing together analog and digital, it also adds audio to the experience.
Well, this is kinda cool. It appears that Fujifilm isn’t doing everything they can to forget film exists, after all. It was mentioned last July that Fuji might be planning to bring back some black & white film, and now they’ve just gone and made it official.
They’re starting with Neopan ACROS 100II. Technically, this isn’t a reintroduction. It’s a new formula, which Fuji says gets around the issue of raw material availability in the old ACROS 100 formula.
The Fujifilm 33mm f/1 AF lens isn’t exactly a secret. It was first mentioned back in July last year when Fujifilm released their latest lens roadmap for X series cameras. While not originally scheduled for release until 2020, the lens was made official a couple of months later in September.
We knew the focal length, the maximum aperture, and what mount it was for. We even had a rough idea of the release schedule, but what we didn’t know about was the price. Now, it seems that Czech retailer, Oehling, has put up a price. A price that equates to a little under $3,100.
Fujifilm has announced that it will be implementing “a worldwide pricing revision for its photographic films and photographic papers”. Fujifilm says that they’ve been facing the rising cost of film and logistics. They say that they’ve absorbed some of the costs through structural reforms, but can not risk sacrificing the quality of their product, so prices are going up.
Along with the big announcement of the X-T30 mirrorless camera, Fujifilm has also announced a new lens you can pair with it. Fujinon XF 16mm f/2.8 R WR is a wide-angle prime for X-Mount APS-C Fuji mirrorless cameras. It’s small, lightweight and therefore ideal for everyday use and travels.
The Canon EOS RP isn’t the only new camera being announced today. The hotly anticipated (and much rumoured) Fujifilm X-T30 is now officially here. It sees some rather nice upgrades over the previous generation X-T20 announced back in January 2017. It maintains the same size 1.5x crop APS-C CMOS X-Trans sensor, but with a bump from 24.3 to 26.1-megapixels.
The X-T30 sees some new shooting aspect ratios, along with slight increase in video shooting resolution, offering 4K DCI. The autofocus system also gets a boost, going from 91 Hybrid AF points in the X-T20 to 425 phase detection AF points in the X-T30. And when it comes to stills shooting speed, that’s increased from an already impressive 14fps up to 20fps.
One of the things that many video shooters will be very familiar with is the 4GB file size limit in place on many cameras. This is due to the limitations of the file systems used within most cameras. Many get around the issue by splitting long clips up into smaller files, with each seamlessly carrying on from where the last one ended. But it’s a lot less hassle if each clip is in its own individual file, isn’t it?
At Fuji’s recent X Summit at GPP in Dubai, they introduced a pretty cool concept camera they’ve been working on. It’s a modular medium format camera based on the GFX system.
It’s still a concept prototype, so there’s no guarantee it’ll ever be released. Obviously, it depends on the reception it’s receiving right now and in the coming days and weeks. But it holds a lot of promise for the future for photographers looking to make the jump to medium format, but who want a little more control over how their camera is configured.