Fujifilm purchasing Kodak patents

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As petapixel reports, Kodak sold valuable imaging patents for $525 million to various companies. “The deal involves more than 1,100 patents related to the capturing, manipulating, and sharing of digital photographs.” Fujifilm is part of the consortium that purchased Kodak patents.

Although this sale leaves Kodak empty-handed in terms of digital imaging patents, the company is still loaded with patents related to other areas of its businessNow that the sale has been completed, Kodak is free to move forward with its plans of conquering the world of commercial printing.

via Petapixel

(thx Cynan for linking this news to me)

Walimex/Samyang 8mm 2.8 fish-eye lens with native Fuji X-Mount

What you see here above is just 2/3 of the whole image. If the photographer had published the whole picture, then you could have seen his shoes! That’s the 8mm focal length of the Walimex 2.8 fish-eye lens for Fuji X-mount.

what a stretched depth!

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Another Fujirumor follower send me an email. This time it’s a Walimex 8mm 2.8 fish-eye lens on a X-PRO1! Read his experience and see the pictures here. (translated version) Also this time I made a short translation for you.

This are some extracts of his short review:

This Walimex 8mm 2.8 fish-eye lens is a MF lens with no electronic contact that transfers lens setting information to your camera, so there is no EXIF data. It’s a very compact lens, like the 35mm 1.4 of Fuji (click here to see the Fuji lens). You don’t need any lens mount adapter. He takes the images with a X-PRO1 in JPEG.

The image quality is absolutely amazing, with great colors and, as the tester says: “for me the sharpness is more than enough!” Sometimes he had some lens flares, especially with the sun in 45° to the lens, but with such a lens they are not that easy to avoid.

All in all he really recommends this lens. It’s fun to shoot with it!

To see his pictures on flickr click here.

The lens in this test is available at ebay-Germany (the seller delivers worldwide. Thanks for this clarification, Colin) right now, in black and silver (see them here on slidoo) or directly in ebay.de: Walimex pro 8/2.8 fish-eye black and in silver.

Here there are more Walimex lenses I found via slidoo.com (click here to see them all)

For the UK market, our reader Kim sent me the AmazonUk link to the Walimax lenses (click here)

There are more fish-eye lenses for your X-series, available also in USA. Take a look at this super-wide lens for your Fuji X here.

PS.: For another review with the Samyang 8mm click here.

 

 

 

 

X-E1 firmware 1.02 coming soon?

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Our reader Georg just received his X-E1. He checked his firmware version. Take a look at the image above. Body version firmware 1.02. He sent me a link to this German Forum, where another guy claims to have the 1.02 firmware.

I checked Fujis site, but the 1.02 firmware is still not available there (click here).

This could mean that Fuji is about to release the new firmware update soon. But, as Georg says: “one bumper: there is still no selectable shutter speed in auto iso.

Thanks Georg, and leave a comment if you also have the 1.02 firmware on your X-E1

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$100 price drop + Fuji X-F1 and X-10 win Design Award

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From the Fuji Press release: “The premium compact digital cameras, the XF1 and X10, by Fujifilm Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) have been commended in the iF Product Design category of the iF Design Awards 2013. The iF Design Awards, which are organized by iF International Forum Design GmbH, were established in 1954 and are widely regarded as one of the most prestigious industrial design awards in the world.

via PhotoRumors via Fujifilm

X-F1 in stock status check

Amazon US (save $ 100) / Adorama (save $100) / B&H (save $100) / Amazon GER (save 70 €) / Amazon UK (save £ 60) /  / Jessops UK (save £50) / Wex photographic (save £84) / Amazon ITA (save 72 €) / Amazon FR / Amazon ESP (save 35 €) / ebayEUROPE  / ebayUS

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AmazonUS (save $100) / Adorama (save $100) / Adorama X-10 bundle for $ 501(with 8GB SD Memory Card, Spare Lithium-Ion Type Battery, Camera Case, USB 2.0 SD Card Reader) / B&H (save $100 until Dec.22) / AmazonGER (save €130) / AmazonIT (save €64) / AmazonUK (save £98.43) / ebayUS (slidoo) / ebayEU (slidoo)