Archive | August 2010

Fujifilm launches FinePix W3 3D compact camera

[compiled by KopiOkaya]

[images: Fujifilm]

Fujifilm has launched the FinePix Real 3D W3, its second 3D compact camera, and the first to shoot movies in HD. It inherits the same technology including dual 10MP CCD sensors and twin lenses from the W1, but comes with a larger 3.5″ 3D LCD compared to the 2.8″ screen of the previous model. It offers a new Auto 3D mode and records sound in stereo. Images and videos taken with the camera can be viewed on 3D televisions and the company’s 3D photo frames.

Following on from the successful launch of the world’s first 3D camera in September 2009, Fujifilm continue to offer consumers the opportunity to make their own true, rather than interpolated, 3D content with the launch of a new camera – the FinePix Real 3D W3.

A world’s first!
While smaller and lighter than the original model, the FinePix W3 adds a bigger and better quality screen, an Auto 3D mode, stereo sound recording and the unique ability to shoot video in Real 3D in High Definition, with live or recorded playback via direct connection to any 3D TV – using an HDMI mini-cable (hi-speed type) 1.4 cable.

The FinePix W3 continues Fujifilm’s strategy of offering Real 3D content by replicating the human visual system in combining two high quality lens and two CCDs in the one chassis – and allows consumers the option of viewing 3D images and video either with or without special glasses.

3D content can be viewed, and on a huge scale, on any of the increasing number of large screen 3D TVs by using the sets’ supplied glasses.

Alternatively consumers can also view stunning 3D images and video without glasses through the camera’s built-in 3.5inch LCD display or via the optional 8” 3D digital viewer/photoframe. Images can also be made into special ‘lenticular’ prints – via a unique printing process which will shortly be available in the UK for the first time and in a range of sizes up to 9”x6”.

Owners of 3D TVs can also rest assured that the FinePix W3 will show their new screen at its very best, thanks to the unique 3D HD video recording and a parallax control function which helps to remove crosstalk problems by allowing 3D fine tuning, even after the images have been taken.

A rather special 2D Camera
They may already be bowled over by the unique 3D performance of the FinePix W3, but consumers can also be happy in the knowledge that they are also purchasing a very special 2D camera indeed.

This new technology has also brought some unique benefits to shooting images and video in the 2D world, bringing new creative freedom to the user.

By featuring twin high quality Fujinon lens and two CCD sensors the FinePix W3 effectively becomes two cameras in one body, while the powerful, proprietary processor allows the camera to take two different photos at the same time.

So photographers can select to shoot both close-up and wide angle versions of a photo, or two alternative colour balances or have an image with two versions with high and low sensitivity.

Key features at a glance:

  • 3D HD Movie (720p) and 3D still image capture
  • Instant 3D playback on build-in High Contrast, 3.5” 3D LCD (without the need for special 3D glasses)
  • Direct Connection via HDMI high-speed 1.4(Type A-Type C) cable to any branded 3D HDTV
  • Two 1/2.3” 10 Megapixel CCD
  • Two Fujinon 3x optical zoom lens
  • 3D RP(REAL PHOTO) HD PROCESSOR
  • Compact and light-weight 230g body (excluding accessories, battery and memory card)
  • 2D Special effects using Simultaneous Shooting functions

Find out more about the FinePix W3 HERE.

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Fujifilm’s digital camera FinePix HS10 Wins EISA “European Super Zoom Camera 2010-2011” Award

[compiled by KopiOkaya]

[images: Fujifilm]

FUJIFILM Corporation is delighted to announce that the award-winning FinePix HS10 has been crowned “European Super Zoom Camera 2010–2011” by judges at the esteemed European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) awards.

Commenting about the award, EISA jury said: “Despite the huge 30x optical zoom range, which stretches from 24–720mm, this camera’s lens is comparable in size to a normal 18–55mm DSLR kit lens and is as light as 730g. This camera is an excellent choice for beginners, but there are also plenty of creative functions for the advanced photographer. Besides P/A/S/M exposure modes, the HS10 provides raw-format recording, a hotshoe, an ISO 6,400 setting, Full HD video and a 3.0 inch tilting LCD – a camera that will be appreciated by photographers of any level.”

Fujifilm to discontinue Sensia slide film

[compiled by KopiOkaya]

Fujifilm Professional has announced that the Fujifilm Corporation in Japan is to cease manufacture of the Fujichrome Sensia slide film range with immediate effect. Fujifilm’s Product Manager for Professional Film, Gabriel Da Costa explains the move: “Due to increasing production costs and decreasing demand globally, all Fujichrome Sensia film (100, 200 & 400 ISO) has been discontinued.

While the loss of Sensia will be a blow to fans of film photography, Fujifilm will continue to manufacture a range of other colour reversal films, as Da Costa says: “Fujichrome Provia or Fujichrome Velvia are both ready-made replacements for Sensia and both these ranges are readily available. Customers can continue to have their professional film processed and mounted using our Fujifilm E6 Processing Vouchers available from the laboratory itself.  We will continue to support E6, C41, B&W and RA4 services for our customers.”

Passing the baton

[written by KopiOkaya]

An important announcement to all Fujifilm  F.U.N. members,

I shall pass the “Fujifilm F.U.N. Chairperson and Hampalang” baton to Bluffname in November this year. In another word, Bluffname will replace me as the head honcho of Fujifilm F.U.N. Jacob and I will remain as Founders of Fujifilm F.U.N.

From today till November, Bluffname will understudy the responsibilities and the roles of a chairperson. Members are advised to assist and support him in any way you can.

For me, I shall move to the backstage to become the adviser and middle person between Fujifilm F.U.N. and Fujifilm Singapore, minimizing my involvement in internal affairs. Maintenance and uploading of the Fujifilm F.U.N. website remain my chief task.

Hampalang Harmonica…

[written by Bluffname and SgSoonhoe, edited by Bluffname and KopiOkaya]

Hampalang is a Chinese, Cantonese dialect word that means ‘everything’ or ‘all sorts’. The word goes well with harmonica, giving ‘hampalang harmonica’ a nice ring.

Well, the harmonica is a musical instrument for hampalang people – all sorts of people. It is inexpensive – you can buy a cheap, made-in-China harmonica for just a few dollars and a reasonably good, branded one like Horner for only about S$50. It is easy to learn – you can play a simple tune in just a few lessons. Plus, it is portable – it is one of the few musical instruments that can fit into your pocket.

But not all. The harmonica does come in hampalang shapes and sizes. And the 8th Asia-Pacific Harmonica Festival held in Singapore recently presented a great opportunity to see – and photograph – the great many types of harmonica, ranging from one very tiny instrument smaller than the lips, to some longer than a subway sandwich, as well as multi-deck bass instruments that sound like frogs! These were played in a great variety of ways by musicians spanning a great age range – from five to possibly 85! – performing hampalang music – blues, pop, folk, classical….

It was sheer coincidence how a group of us FUNees came to know about this event. Yingbin1005 had one day posted on sg.shoot about the things she used to do before she took up photography. And one of those things was play the harmonica.

SgSoonhoe, too, used to play the harmonica when he was in school. And Yingbin1005’s post prompted him to do an Internet search for his former harmonica teacher and he found an entry about him being a “judge”? For what, SgSoonhoe wondered… And further searches led him to learn about the festival, which included free public performances at Suntec City.

That got a few others excited. TheChef, too, used to play the harmonica when he was in school, while Bluffname has a good friend who is active in the local harmonica circles and probably in the group that organized the event.

“sHOOT AH…” as they would say.  SgSoonhoe went on his own on Saturday July 31st while Yingbin1005, TheChef and Bluffname joined him on Sunday August 1st.

They really had a rare treat of shooting hampalang harmonic – especially SgSoonhoe. Although there were more performances on Sunday, SgSoonhoe captured a few rare shots that the rest missed – including a very small harmonica with just four holes and narrower than the width of the lips. On Sunday, this tiny instrument was merely worn as a pendent by one pretty Vietnamese girl and even then it was SgSoonhoe who spotted it.

Also absent on Sunday was one Japanese player who played the instrument vertically – showing that the harmonica can, indeed, be played in hampalang ways.

The group was glad, however, that a certain Japanese senior, with white hair and TWO sets of eye glasses, made a return appearance on Sunday. They had seen SgSoonhoe’s image of him lifting up one pair of his eye glasses, as if to look for a particular note on his instrument.

He was a hot favorite of the FUNees and Yingbin1005 thought he looked very “kawaii”. The other aunties, uncles, grannies and grandpas who performed with him – some of whom looked well into their 70s and 80s, were quite cute too.

Bluffname particularly liked one aunty, with big eyes and sharp, facial features. But the darling on Sunday was clearly one young Japanese girl, who thrilled with both her good looks and her fine performance. Incidentally, she is a photographer too and was spotted after her performance with a Pentax Kx DSLR camera.

For Yingbin1005, the one who made her heart melt was a dashing “Harmonica Boy” from Thailand. Too bad she had gone home before he performed. But she saw pictures of him and wishes her son would grow up like him.

There were also some very cute young children from China and Korea, the youngest of whom was only five years old. Plus a very expressive “world champion” player from Taiwan.

A group of Korean dancers in traditional costumes added to the “hampalangness” of the event. No, they were not playing the harmonica but their two performances were appreciated all the same.

If it sounds as if the FUNees had a grand time, it was a great challenge for them too. Lighting conditions were extremely poor and most resorted to using the camera’s built-in flash, something that they hardly ever do.

And the players that were easier to photograph were those who stood boringly still. The more expressive players swayed and danced and, in the case of the Thai Harmonica Boy, even went off-stage and, on Saturday, up and down the escalator!

And so there was a fair share of dark and blurry images. But as always, the FUNees with their FinePix cameras rose to the challenge and produced some fine images.

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[photo: SgSoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: SgSoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: SgSoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: SgSoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Yingbin1005] Fujifilm FinePix S100FS

[photo: Yingbin1005] Fujifilm FinePix S100FS

[photo: Yingbin1005] Fujifilm FinePix S100FS

[photo: Yingbin1005] Fujifilm FinePix S100FS

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

F.U.N. Photographer of the Month – July 2010

[written by KopiOkaya, edited by Bluffname]

Salnts finally sold his Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro a few weeks ago. Actually, this is no surprise to many of us who know him well. Salnts was in a love-hate relationship with the S5 Pro since day one. In fact, he tried to sell the S5 Pro several times in the past but decided to keep it. So, why do I confer this honorary title on somebody who sold his Fujifilm camera for another brand? Simple. Because some of Salnts’ best works came from the S5 Pro. Several of his S5 Pro pictures were exhibited publicly even though they did not win any awards.

In a recent discussion on SgShoot Photography Forum, Salnts wrote: “KopiOkaya, you seen me start out till now so maybe you are the best judge… I would like to thank KopiOkaya for his guidance shortening my learning curve since day one.”

I will always remember the day I met Salnts (known as “Bigbird17” then). It was quite an adventure…

Salnts and I first “met” on Clubsnap Photography Forum in 2008. He was using a Nikon D80 then. Not completely sure about photography, he posted many questions on the forum and one of his questions which caught my attention was about obtaining the right skin tone colors.

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[photo: Salnts] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Salnts] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Salnts] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

He shot mainly portraits and weddings at that time. I was already using the S5 Pro, so I prompted him to give Fujifilm FinePix DSLR camera a try. Salnts eventually sold his Nikon D80 and bought a used S5 Pro in mid November 2008. He took over a copy which was previously owned by a radiologist who bought the camera in UK. Since the camera was less than a year old, he was unsure if the local Fujifilm Service Centre (FSC) would honor the UK warranty. Several emails to FSC later, he had no problems getting it covered under local warranty.

After he bought the S5 Pro, he participated in several paid model shoots. From these shoots, he slowly discovered the true beauty of FinePix cameras –  pleasing skin tones and natural colors.

Then Salnt’s family went to Cambodia on a vacation. His sister and he were the “official” family photographers. He was using the S5 Pro and his sister brought along a Nikon D40. This was when he truly appreciated the colors of FinePix cameras. The pictures were later compiled into a photobook which he proudly showed to me.

[photo: Salnts] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Salnts] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Salnts] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Throughout his S5 Pro journey, Salnts has been using several camera systems, both digital and film. He has always been enticed by the “film-like” look. So to him, pictures should possess some grain to look “natural”. As technology advances, digital cameras have become “quieter”. However, Salnts showed no interest in this. Rather, he would go for cameras which can give him “film-like” images. And the S5 Pro fits his criteria nicely. He decided to hang on to it, together with his Nikon FM SLR film camera, a Seagull TLR film camera and a Ricoh GR Digital.

The peeling rubber grip is one of the problems that plagues the S5 Pro. Salnts’ camera was not spared.  In October 2009, Salnts decided to bring his S5 Pro to FSC to have the rubber grip replaced. He called FSC beforehand and was quoted about S$80 for the repair cost, but he was told another price while at the service centre. Apparently, there was a miscommunication between Fujifilm service staff. Well, it turned out that his misfortune became a fortune for the rest of the FinePix users. FSC decided to implement a uniform price list for all its services.

Earlier this year, Salnts decided to participate in the 5th Ngee Ann Photography Exhibition. By now, he already had a wide collection of images taken with the S5 Pro. Two of his works were selected.

[photo: Salnts] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Salnts] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Salnts is one of F.U.N’s. earliest members. He has made many contributions to F.U.N. in the past 21 months. He designed the F.U.N. polo shirt (read about it HERE). He contributed an article to our website (read about it HERE). His feedbacks on customer service at FSC helped all Fujifilm customers gain even better service quality. He participated and contributed his photographs to the Fujifilm Photo Gallery at IT Show 2010 (read about it HERE).

[photo: Salnts] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Salnts] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Salnts] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Even though Salnts has sold his S5 Pro and is no longer a FinePix camera user, we still welcome him to join us in all F.U.N. activities. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.