27
Feb
2015

eXtended X-deals :: Save up to $200 on X-cameras and XF-lenses until March 28!

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The deals were supposed to expire tomorrow, but a source just told me that they will continue until March 28 (as you can see in the screenshot above). Here is the list of savings:

X-SERIES CAMERAS

X-T1 + 18-135 WR (save $200 – price $1699): BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama /

X-T1 + 18-55 (save $100 – price $1599): BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama /
X-T1 Black Body (save $100 – price $1199): BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama /
X-T1 Graphite Body (save $100 – price $1399): BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama /

X-E2 Body (save $100 –  price $699): BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama /
X-E2 + 18-55 (save $100 – price $999): BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama /

X30 (save $100 – price $499): BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama /
XQ1 (save $100 - price $299): BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama

XF LENSES

XF 18-135mm (save $200 –  price $699): BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama /
XF 18mm
(save $200 – price $399):  BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama /
XF 60mm (save $200 – price $449): BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama /

XF 23mm (save $150 –  price $749): BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama /
XF 56mm (save $150 – price $849): BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama /
XF 14mm (save $150 – price $749): BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama /
XF 10-24mm (save $150 – price $849): BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama /
XF 27mm (save $150 – price $299): BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama /

XF 35mm (save $100 – price $499): BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama /
XF 18-55mm (save $100 – price $599): BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama /
XF 55-200mm (save $100 – price $599): BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama /

27
Feb
2015

Meyer Görlitz announces the NOCTURNUS 35mm F0.95 X-mount lens (€2000).

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Just recently you could read here that Meyer Optik will release the Trioplan f2,8/100mm for Fuji X-in October. Well, it seems that Meyer Optik (translation) plans to release even more X-mount lenses, and there will a super-fast Nocturnus 35mm F0.95 coming as early as May 2015. It’s a manual focus only lens, made in Germany with a 5 year warranty and cost €1999!

NOTE that the lens costs 1999 Euro and at closer look seems to have the same specs of the already existing and 3 times cheaper Chinese Zy Optics 35mmf /0.95 lens. So is this just a rebranded Mitakon, as Mattia Ghidelli says in the comments?

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thanks for the link, Simon

Google Translated SPECS & FEATURES:

Technical Specifications:
Light intensity and focal length: f0,95; 35 mm
Lens construction: 10 elements in 7 modules
Number of diaphragm blades: 10
Closest focusing distance: 0.3 m
Angle of view: 46 ° (APS-C)
Weight: 680g
Expected for APS-C sensors

Features:
Extraordinary light intensity
Ideal for low-key and available-light shooting
Minimal chromatic aberration
Balanced Bokeh
Almost silent aperture and focus adjustment
Also ideal for video applications
Precise and high-quality workmanship

Data:
RRP: 1999 €
Article Number (EAN)
Connector Micro Four Thirds: 4260377170911
Connection Sony E: 4260377170928
Connection Fuji X: 4260377170935
Release Date: May 2015

26
Feb
2015

DOWNLOAD NOW: RAW File Converter EX 2.0 + ADOBE Tethering Plug-in!

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The RAW File Converter EX 2.0 is now available for download! To know more about the RAW File Converter EX 2.0, check out Rico’s “Film Simulations in RAW File Converter EX Version 2

Fuji also realeased the Adobe Tethering Plug-in (for Windows 8 / 8.1 / 7 SP1, Mac OS X 10.7-10.10). You can download it here. To learn more about X-T1 Tethering with Adobe Lightroom and Fujifilm HS-V5 check out Rico’s XPC special.

“* For customers who don’t have the HS-V5, “FUJIFILM Tether Shooting Plug-in” will be able to be purchased at Adobe Exchange site.”

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25
Feb
2015

Film Simulations in RAW File Converter EX Version 2

Film Simulations in RAW File Converter EX Version 2

by Rico Pfirstinger

Talk to Rico (open forum for questions & feedback)

Rico’s Books at Rocky Nook – Fuji X Secrets Workshops – Rico’s Flickr Sets

The Fujifilm X-E2: Beyond the Manual (use coupon XPERT40 for a 40% discount)

NEW: The Fujifilm X-T1: 111 X-Pert Tipps (use coupon XPERT40 for a 40% discount)

Fuji Film Simulation Sample Images

My new book featuring 111 tipps for X-T1 users is now available as an eBook. Please use this link and enter coupon code XPERT40 to get a PDF version and an ePub (Apple iBooks) file and the Kindle version for just $11.99, all DRM-free. If you are still undecided, click here to download 47 free sample pages. If you like the book and can afford the time, please leave a review at Amazon.

On Thursday (26FEB), Fuji will release a new version of its free Silkypix-based RAW File Converter EX converter for Windows and Mac OS. It isn’t much different from the previous version, with one notable exception: RFC EX 2 supports Fujifilm’s original film simulations Provia, Velvia, Astia, Classic Chrome, Pro Neg. Hi, Pro Neg. Std, Monochrome, Monochrome+Yellow filter, Monochrome+Red filter, Monochrome+Green filter and Sepia. Only those simulations will be available in RFC EX 2 that are also available in the respective camera. So if your camera doesn’t support Classic Chrome, neither will RAW File Converter EX 2 when you are processing a RAW file from this camera.

Once the release version of RFC EX 2 is available, you can find your free download here. Initially, the software will offer Fuji film simulation support for X-T1, X100T, X-A2, X30 and XQ2 cameras. Film simulation support for older X models will be available later this year through a free update.

As of now, it’s unclear if the current commercial version of Silkypix 6 will also be updated to support Fuji’s film simulations. I certainly hope so, since Silkypix 6 is more advanced than RAW File Converter EX 2, which is still based on an older release of Silkypix (probably version 4).

Compared to the previous version of RFC EX, sharpening and noise reduction algorithms have been enhanced. However, there is still no Retina display support for Mac OS users.

During the past three weeks, I was able to preview a beta release of RFC EX 2. Since the feature set of version 2 remains mostly unchanged, I concentrated on the new film simulation aspect and compared several straight-out-of-camera JPEG samples with their respective film simulations in RFC EX 2. I also compared shots that were recorded with varying dynamic range settings (DR100%, DR200% and DR400%), and I looked at differences regarding highlight clipping and rendering. Read more »

25
Feb
2015

ONLINE: New Edition of the Interactive FUJI X MAGAZINE (Nr.8)

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The new edition of the interactive Fuji X Magazine (Nr.8) is now online here at fujifilmxmagazine.

This time you have the chance to win a Fujifilm X-A2. You just send a link to your best blog post at competition [at ] fujifilmxmagazine [dot] eu, and you’ll have entered the contest (closes April 15).