We already knew that Fuji was about to announce three new lenses thanks to recently leaked photos. And now it’s official: Fuji has announced the GF80mm f/1.7, XF27mm f/2.8, and XF70-300mm f/4-5.6 R lenses. Of course, we now have more than just photos, so let’s dive in and see what you can expect.
Fuji’s mirrorless lineup has been around for long enough now that the lens lineup is pretty well fleshed out. Despite the lack of 3rd party manufacturers (although Sigma’s rumoured to be working on it), Fuji’s managed to do quite well on its own to meet the needs of their customers. But there are some gaps.
Fuji only has one super-telephoto zoom (the XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6) and no really long primes. According to a report on FujiRumors, though, it seems that Fuji’s working on another long super-telephoto zoom, that’ll offer a focal length range of 150-500mm. This would provide a similar field of view on Fuji cameras to that of a 225-750mm focal length range on a full-frame body.
Fujifilm has announced that their upcoming Fujifilm X Summit is happening on January 27th at 1pm GMT. At the X Summit, Fuji is expected to announce their new 102-megapixel Fujifilm GFX100S camera, along with three new lenses; the GF80mm, XF70mm and XF70-300mm.
There hasn’t been a whole lot of info leaked about any of the upcoming announcements yet, and while I haven’t seen any real photos of the camera leaked, Nokishita has leaked images of the three impending lenses.
Well, that was a surprise. We knew Irix had a fast medium format lens on the way because they released a teaser a couple of days ago. But it turned out to be faster than the teaser suggested – only hinting at an aperture of at least f/2.8. We thought it was going to be something new and shiny, but it seems that all they’ve done is stick a GFX mount on their existing 45mm f/1.4.
This isn’t a bad thing, however, as it’s still the fastest aperture native mount lens available for the Fujifilm GFX system. Although it does raise some questions. Like, if the 45mm f/1.4 had such a large image projection circle, how come the original version for DSLRs couldn’t offer any kind of tilt-shift capability? And isn’t it cheaper to just get a DSLR version and a lens adapter for GFX?
Well, this is an odd one. Instead of continuing their full-frame lineup and adding to their existing range of 11mm, 15mm, 45mm and 150mm lenses, it appears that lens manufacturer IRIX has decided to take a break and has chosen to pursue medium format.
A new teaser video was posted to the Irix YouTube channel, and while there isn’t really that much info there, the GFX logo is pretty unmistakable.
Fujifilm has announced that it is ending production of both 35mm and 120 format versions of its PRO 400H colour negative film. In a notice posted to the Fujifilm website, Fuji says that it has become “increasingly difficult to procure the raw materials needed to produce PRO 400H”, so they’ve decided to drop it. It appears that in this case, they’re not just ending it because they can, but because of real logistical issues.
Fujifilm does say that they expect to be able to allocate stock until the end of 2021, but that its production has ended effective immediately. What’s available during the course of this year will be the last of it. So, if this is a particular favourite of yours, it’s probably worth stocking up while you still can.
A few days ago, an apparently leaked press release from Capture One indicated that the price of their software would be going up. And now, it’s official. The prices of Capture One for Sony, Fuji and Nikon have all increased from their previous price of $129 up to a $199 – a whopping 54% increase.
While the price has indeed gone up, it apparently comes with the benefit of “2 seats” (meaning you can install it on two machines), but from looking at the Capture One website a few days ago, they’d already implemented that at the lower price. I’m not sure it’s even worth them pursuing four separate versions at this point.
According to a report on PhotoRumors, the folks at CaptureOne are about to significantly bump their perpetual license cost for Capture One for Nikon, Fuji and Sony from $129 up to a whopping $199 with monthly subscription starting prices (for the annual-but-still-monthly-non-prepaid-deal) going up from $9.99/mo to $14/mo.
The information comes from what appears to be a leaked press release stating that Capture One will be increasing its prices from January 11th. They will, however, apparently be also increasing the number of activations to two per license – so that you can run it on say, a desktop and a laptop – similar to the way Adobe and Blackmagic license their software. Although, the current licensing also says “2 seats”, so not sure how it’s different.
There isn’t a lot of information on this one yet, but Fujifilm is expected to possibly be making an announcement on January 27th for the new Fuji GFX 100S. Probably the most surprising thing about it, though, will be the price, which is anticipated to be a relatively measly $5,999 – putting it well into high end DSLR/mirrorless pricing territory.
The camera, which has been long in the making, will feature a medium format 102-megapixel back-side illuminated sensor and phase detection autofocus. It appears that any suggestions that a shrunken down GFX 100R might lose IBIS may also turn out to be false.
Fujifilm has shattered backup storage records with a new magnetic tape backup solution that offers around 50x the capacity of current commercially available LTO-8 tapes – which hold around 12TB of uncompressed data. Fuji’s new format stands at a whopping 580TB of data storage, thanks to the development of a new magnetic particle called Strontium Ferrite (SrFe).
The new system was developed in conjunction with IBM Research and provides a single tape with enough space to store the equivalent of 120,000 DVDs. They say that the newly developed magnetic material allows for finer particles and denser storage while still offering a high level of performance.