Archive | May 2012

Embracing Film Photography

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Episode 1: History of Imaging

Episode 2: Lightwalk

Episode 3: “Basic” Shoot

Episode 4: Interpretation

Episode 5: Directing

Episode 6: “Use What You’ve Got”

Episode 7: “The Desert Shoot”

Episode 8: “Richard Photo Lab”

Sponsored by Fujifilm, B&H Photo and Triple Scoop Music.

Fujifilm launches M Mount Adapter for X-Pro1

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Find out more about it HERE.

So what’s inside the X100?

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You are about to find out HERE.

Fujifilm adds wide conversion lens WCL-X100 to FinePix X100 accessory list

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Fujifilm is proud to announce the launch of the WCL-X100, a wide conversion lens designed specifically for the award-winning FUJIFILM X100. The lens attaches directly on to the camera and increases picture taking versatility by multiplying the fixed focal length by 0.8x, converting it from 23mm (35mm in 35mm equivalent) fixed focal length to a 19mm wide angle (28mm in 35mm equivalent)

Superb optical quality maximizes versatility

The WCL-X100 has been engineered to ensure the FUJIFILM X100’s supreme optical quality remains intact. Created by the same experts who designed the X100’s lens, the WCL-X100 delivers comparable image quality even at the f/2 wide aperture setting, retaining all the original optical characteristics, including the attractive bokeh effect.
This optical excellence is underlined by the fact that the WCL-X100 is manufactured in Japan, allowing Fujifilm engineers to guarantee precision and quality in every component. The optical construction uses four premium glass elements in three groups to keep aberrations to a minimum and also employs Fujinon’s unique Super EBC coating for outstanding results.

Image processing optimizes picture quality

Achieving the very best results from the WCL-X100 is simple; just select the ‘Wide Conversion Lens’ option in the FUJIFILM X100’s shooting menu. To enable this extra functionality, the camera must be updated to Firmware version 1.30 or later, which also allows the option to be selected via the Function (Fn) or RAW buttons.
In you select the ‘Wide Conversion Lens’ option, The FUJIFILM X100 apply automatically image processing to shots taken using the WCL-X100 to reduce image distortion, ensure balanced illumination across the frame and reduce chromatic aberration, commonly found in wide conversion lenses.
In practice, the WCL-X100 maintains the functionality of the FUJIFILM X100. The auto focusing speed remains the same, the 10cm macro distance still applies and it is also compatible with the FUJIFILM X100’s hybrid viewfinder. With the optical viewfinder (OVF) selected, icons showing the edge of the frame are displayed instead of the frame rim (equivalent to 80% of the frame field of view), while selecting the electronic viewfinder (EVF) gives users a 100% field of view.

The perfect match for the FUJIFILM X100

The design of the WCL-X100 has been carefully considered to ensure a seamless blend with the camera. It uses the same materials, textures and colors as the existing X100, plus the optional LH-X100 lens hood and PRF-49S protective filter can be used on the conversion lens. Furthermore, the clip-on lens cap for the WCL-X100 can be attached with both the lens hood and filter in place.

Wide Conversion Lens WCL-X100

Wide Conversion Lens WCL-X100

Available in two colors: silver and black

Fujifilm wide conversion lens WCL-X100: key features

  • 0.8x magnification factor to convert X100 lens to 28mm wide angle (35mm equivalent)
  • All glass optical construction using four elements in three groups
  • Fujinon Super EBC coating
  • “Made in Japan” for optimum quality
  • Available in silver and black

FinePix X100 / X100 Black Firmware Update Ver.1.3

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The firmware update Ver.1.30 from ver1.21 incorporates the following issues:

  • New function for the WIDE CONVERSION LENS WCL-X100 is added to the shooting menu. The function for the WCL-X100 can also be allocated to “Fn/RAW” button.
  • Hold the “AE/AF LOCK” when changing to OVF after one of 25 focus points(inner portion of 49 focus points) is selected in EVF or LCD.

Notice: “AE/AF LOCK” will be canceled when changing to OVF after one of 25 focus points (outer portion of 49 focus points) is selected in EVF or LCD. In this case, you need to use EVF or LCD to hold the “AE/AF LOCK”.

  • Change of “MIN. SHUTTER SPEED” setting in “ISO AUTO CONTROL” of the shooting menu will be reflected without OFF/ON operation.

You can download the new firmware HERE.