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2
Sep
2014

NEW Speed Booster ULTRA! Improved corner sharpness and reduced distortion and vignetting… now also for Fuji X.

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Metabones’ speed booster was one of the most innovative products of 2013. This focal reducer basically turns your APS-C Fuji-X camera into a Full Frame camera.

And now Metabones announced their updated version of the adapter, the Speed Booster ULTRA. Sharper, less distortion and vignetting, and available for pre-order now at BHphoto here. You can get it for: FD-Xmount / Nikon G-Xmount / Alpa-Xmount / Contarex-Xmount / Leica R-Xmount / MD-Xmount / QBM-Xmount. See all options here.

Press Release Text

Speed Booster ULTRA

Sharper corners, less distortion, reduced vignetting

New optical design:  advanced 5-element/4-group optical design incorporating ultra-high index tanatalum-based optical glass to achieve extraordinary optical performance with improved corner sharpness, distortion and reduced vignetting.

Like the revolutionary original Metabones Speed Booster announced in January 2013, the Speed Booster ULTRA has a magnification of 0.71x, and so it effectively reduces the crop factor of mirrorless cameras with DX-sized sensors, such as Sony E-mount and Fuji X-mount cameras, from 1.5x to 1.07x.  However, the new ULTRA design makes very effective use of exotic materials at the furthest limit of glassmaking technology, and as a result is well corrected for use with virtually all fullframe SLR lenses regardless of exit pupil distance. Thus, the Speed Booster ULTRA performs extremely well with professional-grade f/2.8 zoom lenses such as the 24-70mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/2.8 zooms by Canon and Nikon to produce 17-50mm f/2.0 and 50-142mm f/2.0 high-speed zooms, respectively.  Similarly, high-speed fixed focal length lenses such as a 50mm f/1.2 will be transformed into a 35.5mm f/0.9 lens with excellent contrast and resolution from the center all the way to the edges of the image. (More information can be found in the press release here)
Key Features

Increase maximum aperture by 1 stop.
Increase MTF.
Makes lens 0.71x wider.
Advanced 5-element/4-group optical design incorporating ultra-high index tanatalum-based optical glass by Caldwell Photographic in the USA (patent pending).
Electronic integration of aperture diaphragm, controlled by or from the camera body.
Partial autofocus support for late-model (post-2006) Canon-brand lenses.
Powered by camera body. No external power source required.
High performance 32-bit processor and efficient switched-mode power supply.
The tripod foot is detachable and compatible with Arca Swiss, Markins, Photo Clam ball heads.

31
Aug
2014

miXed zone: Fujifilm X30, XF18-135… and the “mirrorless revolution” (luminous-landscape)!

Fujifilm X30
USABHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / BestBuy / EUROPE: wexUK / wexDE / PCHstore 

-MUST READ: Rico Pfirstinger’s Fujifilm X30 FIRST LOOK here /  Small review of the Fujifilm X30 at neillsoden /

Switch to the X

 - From Fujifilm to Nikon: The $10,000 Question at danielkcheung. / the mirrorless revolution at luminous-landscape (video) /

KAIZEN

- On vertical mentality and everything at trentontalbot /

XF 18-135mm
Amazon, Adorama, DigitalRev, J&R, B&H, eBay

 - The Fuji Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR with Fuji X-E2 at soundimageplusThe fact that it’s a superb lens optically is a real bonus. As I said others can do the tests, but I doubt anyone will have anything to complain about here. A superb lens and one that significantly enhances the Fuji X system as a whole.” / Full review at danbaileyphoto / Real world samples at dpreview /  Quick test of the 18-135 at the Japanese site camera.itmedia (translation) /

 Fujifilm X-T1
Amazon, Adorama, DigitalRev, J&R, B&H, eBay

- The X-T1 does Lightning at johncaz. / Fujifilm X-T1 images at patrickfurter. / Thousand miles with the X-T1 at tommorris. / The “Pentazhong Nocticon” in German at retrocameracs (translation). / Olympus v. Fuji v. Sony high ISO comparison at joshmcleodphotography. /  Striking Gold with the Fuji X-series at olafblog / Fuji X-T1 Review – Mirrorless in Brooklyn NYC at youtube /

X100S
Amazon, Adorama, DigitalRev, J&R, B&H, eBay

- J. Matt: “Thanks for this- your site has been helpful to me now and then as I shoot with both the X-Pro 1 & 100s. Site is below, not all shot w/ a Fuji but some of it for sure.
www.tinyshocks.com. ” /

 other X-series cameras

- Fujifilm X-PRO1: my experience at tommorris. / A Prospectus On The Leica M-9P vs. Fuji X-Pro1 at prometheus. / Fujifilm X100 and Street Photography at cannedhate. / One piece of equipment changed my life however: The Fuji X100 at inmybag / Exploring the city of Edinburgh: Thoughts about the Fujifilm X-E2 at mirrorlessons. / freelance photographer Vincenzo and his reportages around the globe, shot with a Fuji X-E1 (and he sold his Nikon) at one125 /

lenses

image courstesy: fujixperience-es (XF10-24 vs XF 14mm article)

- I stumbled on another interesting, Spanish, Fuji site, the fujixperience-es. The site has lots of reviews in of Fuji gear with amazing shots. For example, check out the 10-24 vs 14mm in Spanish at fuji-xperience.es (translation).

- Cambo produces a tilt/shift Mini View Camera for Fuji-X called Actus mini. Details here. / Yasuhara’s MADOKA fujifilm X mount here / 55-200: The Fujifilm X-Series goes Zoo! at lichtklicker. / 55-200: Newcastle Festival of Flight 2014 at davymac.photoshelter. / Fujifilm Fujinon XF 10-24 mm f/4R OIS review at lenstip / 10-24 review in Japanese at dcfever (translation) / Ibelux 40mm f/0.85 vs Canon FL 55mm f/1.2+Speed Booster at admiringlight / FULL REVIEW of the IBELUX at admiringlight /

 RAW-conversion

- Fujifilm X-E1 + Photo Ninja = Awesome at thomasfitzgeraldphotography /

Acessories

- Nauticam Announces Housing for the Fujifilm X-T1, more at divephotoguide /

a little bit of everything

- 6 gear hacks and freebies for concert photography at adamkingphoto /

30
Aug
2014

X-Shooter Top Liked Facebook images… and “the importance of having instant preview in your camera to fulfill your vision!”

Straight out of camera

James Day‎: Fuji XT-1. 56mm 1.2 Lit by a neon light on the rooftop of a hotel here in Sydney. more here – www.facebook.com/jamesdayweddings

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No, my friends, no Photokina rumors today. Just… images ;-)

Here are the top voted images over at the FR-facebook photostream, shared by X-shooters worldwide. Check them out, and feel free to keep up voting. Also, if you want to share your absolute favorite shots too, here are the instructions: Go to the Fujirumors timeline, click “Photo/Video” and post your image and your comment. They will then be visible at the FR-facebook photostream.

The most liked ones will be featured in the next X-shooter Facebook zone.

Have a great weekend
Patrick facebook, google+, RSS-feed and twitter

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Stephanie Griffith‎: Recent shot of my Chocolate Lab asleep in the sunshine. Shot with my XT-1 and 27mm @f2.8 1/125

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Jorge Moro‎:  Tonight was another perfect night for shooting the night skies. Instead of driving the 20 minutes to the Marshall Point light, we drove for about 40 minutes to the Pemaquid light. Clear, star-filled sky. No moon. 64 degrees. No wind. Can’t ask for better weather to shoot the millions of stars and the Milky Way! This image: Fuji X-T1, Zeiss 12mm F2.8, 30 seconds, F2.8, ISO 1600, JPEG SOOC (haven’t even looked at the raw file). Added some contrast and clarity. Period.

Jorge Moro

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James Day‎: fujifilm x-t1, 56mm 1.2 more here: www.facebook.com/jamesdayweddings

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29
Aug
2014

KIPON starts selling macro adapters for FUJI cameras

Kipon just started selling their macro adapters, which will turn an ordinary lens into a macro lens.

At the moment they sell the following models. Read more at KIPON here.

M42-FX M / CY-FX M / EOS-FX M / LR-FX M / NG-FX M / NIK-FX M / OM-FX M / PK/DA-FX M / PK-FX M

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27
Aug
2014

Announced: Samyang 50mm t/1.5 (f/1.4)

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Sorry, this news comes 2 days too late, but I suppose I was a bit distracted by the X30 rumors lately. So here is the news:

Samyang recently announced here the 50mm T1.5 (f/1.4). There is also the X-mount version of this lens, although it’s not dedicated mirrorless mount. The original lens is the DSLR version, but it supports almost 10 different mount, including Fuji-X

via dicahub

Here is the Samyang X-mount offering until now:

- 50mm t/1.5 (f/1.4) lens (announcement)
- 8mm f/2.8 UMC Fish-Eye II lens in Fujifilm X mount (Click here).
- 10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS lens in Fujifilm X mount (Click here).
- 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS lens in Fujifilm X mount (Click here).
- 8mm T3.1 Cine UMC Fish-Eye II lens in Fujfilm X mount (Click here).
- Samyang 8mm (ver.1): Amazon.it, DigitalRev, eBay
- Samyang 300mm mirror lens: Amazon.it, DigitalRev, eBay
- Samyang 16mm f/2.0: Amazon.it, DigitalRev, eBay
- Samyang 85mm f/1.4: Amazon.it, DigitalRev, eBay
- Samyang 14mm f/2.8: Amazon.it, DigitalRev, eBay