A few days ago, The World Press Photo Foundation announced the winners of its annual World Press Photo contest. Of course, a camera is just a tool – it’s the photographer who makes the image. However, it’s still interesting to find out what gear the photographers used to capture these powerful images. Spanish website Photolari has made charts of gear used by this year’s nominees and winners, and they give us some interesting insights.
Fujifilm has issued a press release stating that their antiviral drug, Avigan, is to enter Phase II clinical trials in the USA. As previously reported, Avigan caused Fujifilm’s shares to increase by 8.8% in February after Japanese health authorities announced their plans to recommend it for COVID-19 treatment. Their shares jumped 15% after successful trials of the drug in China.
Avigan, also available in other parts of the world under the name “Favipiravir”, has been approved in Japan as an influenza antiviral drug, but it’s also been effective in treating other viruses such as ebola. Now it seems to be somewhat effective against COVID-19, the illness caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
Given the social distancing measures in place around the world right now, this seems like a good idea. Fujifilm Japan has filed a new patent for a couple of long telephoto prime lenses. Specifically, XF 300mm f/4 and 500mm f/5.6 lenses. Designed for Fujifilm’s line of APS-C cameras, these would offer the equivalent field of view to about 450mm and 750mm respectively on full-frame systems.
With lenses skyrocketing in price lately, especially on the mirrorless front, it can be difficult for beginner mirrorless shooters to find inexpensive lenses. For DSLRs there are plenty, but for mirrorless cameras, the selection isn’t quite as broad. For Fujifilm X users, though, that selection has just expanded a little, with two new lenses from Pergear.
Earlier this month, Pergear released a 25mm f/1.8 lens for Fuji X, but now they’ve added to the lineup with 35mm f/1.6 and 50mm f/1.8 lenses. They are manual focus lenses, but they give low budget shooters a nice inexpensive set of primes for covering a multitude of uses.
Almost a month ago, Fujifilm’s shares rose 8.8% after it was announced that Japan planned to recommend Fujifilm’s Avigan drug to treat the coronavirus. Avigan, produced by the Fujifilm subsidiary, was approved for use in Japan in 2014 during the Ebola outbreak. Now, that use has expanded into China, with a seemingly successful trial.
Zhang Xinmin, an official at China’s Science and Technology Ministry, has told reporters that Favipiravir, another name under which Avigan is produced, “has been effective, with no obvious side-effects, in helping coronavirus patients recover”.
I shoot about 50% film and 50% digital these days. For digital, I shoot with the Fujifilm X series cameras and lenses. Fujifilm cameras appealed to me several years ago because of the retro styling and film camera like controls for shutter speed, ISO and aperture. I also loved the ability to use Fujifilm film emulsion filters on the in-camera jpgs such as Velvia, Acros, Provia, Astia, Classic Chrome and PRO Neg to name a few.
It seems like some exhibitors at The Photography Show had been well prepared for its cancellation or postponement over coronavirus fears. Fujifilm UK has just made a rather cryptic statement in the hours since it was announced that TPS had indeed been postponed.
While Fujifilm UK says they fully support the decision to cancel the show, they also say that they are planning to “bring all of the elements of The Photography Show experience to life over the coming weeks” – whatever that might mean.
According to a report on Fuji Rumors, several sources have told them that Fujifilm has plans to completely drop their line of diminutive line of Fujifilm X-E series cameras. The Fujifilm X-E3 was released in September 2017, and fans of the line have been awaiting the X-E4 to show up for a while. But now it appears it may never come.
The X-E series is a popular line, with the exception of the Fujifilm X-E2s. As one of the smaller bodies in the Fujifilm lineup, the X-E was a great walkabout camera but also had the chops for some more serious stuff, too.
It’s odd, the effect that the sound a camera’s shutter makes when it’s fired can have on a person. It’s odder still that we require one at all, although they add them to the apps we use for the otherwise silent cameras in our phones. A good heavy *clunk* makes you confident you’ve got the shot, while others can leave you feeling a little underwhelmed.
In this video, a Fujifilm employee going by the YouTube username nycphotog2006 decided to put together the sounds of five of Fujifilm’s most popular interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras – The Fujifilm X-T1, X-T2, X-T3, the shiny new X-T4 and the video-centric X-H1.
We often forget that most camera companies don’t just make cameras and lenses. Take Fujifilm, for example, whose subsidiaries include Fujifilm Pharmaceutical. A subsidiary which, according to a report, has helped to raise Fujifilm’s share value by 8.8% over the weekend after Japan’s Health Minister mentioned the country’s plans to recommend Fujifilm’s Avigan drug to treat coronavirus.