XF 23mm: first official samples [UPDATE: 56 f/1.2 coming spring 2014 and 10-24 this winter]

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The XF 23mm will be availble for the first of you who pre-order it on October 16. The cost is of $849 in the States and 899€ in Europe.

Pre-order

USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / Pictureline EUROPE: PCHstore

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First samples

– Fujfilm just uploaded the first official samples of the XF 23mm here! Check them out and feel free to leave your feedback in the comments (thanks Carlo for the link in the comments).

image courtesy: Fujifilm / Fujinon XF 23mm (specs@price) at f/1.4

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XF 56 f/1.2 + XF 10.24 + XC50-230mm

Thanks to fujifilm.eu here we now have an approximate release of the XF 10.24 (winter 2013) the XF 56 f/1.2 lens (spring 2014) and the XC50-230 (autumn 2013)… thanks juan!

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XF23mm unveiled: pre-orders, press-release, hands-on reviews! LIVE-BLOGGING (reload this page)

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Please refresh this page continuously to see the latest pre-order links, hands-on reviews and news about the 23mm

Pre-orders (price $849)
first comes first: pre-order now and avoid long waiting times

USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / Pictureline EUROPE: PCHstore /

Samples

Fujfilm just uploaded the first official samples of the XF 23mm here!

Hands-on

Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4 R Hands-on Photos at photographyblog here.

Press-releases

German Press Release (via systemkamera-forum) here (tranlsation). They say the lens will be available in Europe for €899 starting from the beginning of October.

Fujifilm GLOBAL press release!

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) is proud to announce the launch of the FUJINON XF23mmF1.4 R lens for Fujifilm compact system cameras.

FUJINON XF lenses represent the pinnacle of Fujifilm’s optical design technology, with top quality all-glass construction which includes an aspherical lens element. Their fast maximum apertures increase versatility for low-light photography and create scenes with a beautiful bokeh effect, while Fujifilm’s HT-EBC coating reduces reflections over a wider range of wavelengths, thereby controlling flare and ghosting. These advanced optical engineering techniques combine to deliver full-frame sensor resolution and noise level performance in the highly detailed APS-C sized X-Trans CMOS sensor in Fujifilm X-mount cameras.

With a focal length equivalent to 35mm in the 35mm format, the FUJINON XF23mmF1.4 R is suitable for a wide range of applications including portraits and landscapes as well as more general photography. The fast maximum aperture of f/1.4 allows you to shoot hand-held in low light conditions, where zoom lenses would introduce camera shake, plus it creates beautiful bokeh for artistic images.
• Dedicated lens design for use with Fujifilm X-Trans CMOS sensors

The new lens design provides enhanced resolving power with high contrast to draw the maximum performance out of the highly descriptive X-Trans CMOS sensor.
The fast f/1.4 aperture allows the user to create images with beautiful bokeh and helps reduce blurring in low light conditions.
Lens distortion has been reduced to the absolute minimum using only optical rather than digital correction, thereby delivering the highest possible picture quality.
The rounded seven-blade diaphragm ensures smooth bokeh even when shooting portraits or product shots at a medium aperture to maintain reasonable depth-of-field.
All lens elements are treated with Fujifilm’s multilayer HT-EBC (High Transmittance Electron Beam Coating) which delivers enhanced durability and ensures an even spread of light across the sensor.

• Ideal focal length for day to day shooting

The versatile focal length equivalent to 35mm in the 35mm format means you can enjoy both a wide-angle and telephoto approach by using your own feet to adjust the distance or angle with the subject matter.

• Distance indicator suitable for quick shots

The FUJINON XF23mmF1.4 R features a camera-to-subject distance indicator and a depth-of-field scale on the barrel. Both are useful when manually pre-focusing to capture a fast moving subject, or minimize the shutter lag to capture a fleeting moment.
The minimum working distance of around 28cm also makes this lens ideal for close-up shots.

• High speed autofocus

The lens uses an internal focusing system for high speed autofocus. The focusing lens group consists of three cemented lens elements and one aspheric lens element to keep weight down while the built-in high-torque DC coreless motor delivers ultra-fast AF performance.

• Compact size and premium design

The FUJINON XF23mmF1.4 R weighs 300g and measures just 63mm in length making it the most compact and lightweight lens of its class.
Metal parts are used for the focus and aperture rings, which are designed to give just the right amount of torque and feel in use.
The large front element gives the premium look of a fast lens, reminiscent of classic lenses from the past.

 

Thumbs Up Grip for your X-series

An anonymous FR-reader wrote me this (thanks a lot):

“I’ve done some research about thumb rests in order to try to save some money, but so far I have no idea which one is the best alternative. Maybe you or your readers know more? Here are some alternatives to the classic, superduper expensive, “original”  thumbs up: [list] Thank you for a great job with the blog. Much appreciated reading.”

Here is his list and feel free to extend it in the comments… and enjoy your Sunday!
Patrick

1) Thumbs Up Grip TU-100B (X-E1/X-PRO1) (AmazonUSebay slidoo)
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2) Lensmate Fujifilm X100S/X100 Thumbrest Silver (AmazonUS / lensmate)

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3) Fotodiox Pro Thumb Grip for X100S, X20, X-E1 (Amazon)

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4) Fujifilm X-Pro 1 Ergonomic Kit Thumb Grip (Amazonebay slidoo)

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5) Lensmate Fujifilm X-E1 Thumbrest (AmazonUS silver / blacklensmate)

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6) Thumbs Up EP-9S for the Fuji X-E1 (matchtechnicalebay slidoo)

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10mm f/2.8: this is the next Samyang lens for Fuji X-mount

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Will there still be a Samyang 12mm f/2.0 lens for Fuji X-mount as rumored by Photorumors here? Well, fact is that in the meantime Samyang added a new lens for Fuji-X at their website here: the Samyang 10mm f/2.8! Now let’s hope that also the rumored 12mm f/2.0 will become true.

Here is the Fuji-X product lineup of Samyang until now:

Samyang 10mm f/2.8
Samyang 8mm: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay Samyang 300mm mirror lens: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay Samyang 16mm f/2.0: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay Samyang 24mm f/3.5 Tilt Shift: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

cheers
Patrick

10mm f/2.8 specs

Specification 1:2.8 10mm ED AS UMC CS
Aperture Range F2.8 ~ 22
Optical Construction 14 Element in 10 Groups (2 ASPHERICAL LENS)
Angle of View 109.5˚(APS-C)
Minimum Focusing Distance 0.25m (0.82ft)
Filter Size NONE
Length 76.7 ~ 105.5 mm
Maximum Diameter Ф86mm
Weight 710 ~ 740g
Mount Canon EOS, Canon M, Nikon, Pentax, Sony, Sony-E, FUJIFILM X, Samsung NX, Four-thirds, Micro Four-thrids
Lens Coating Multi-coating

New “classic” Instax Mini 90!

Instax cameras will be happy to see these new “classic” version just launched by Fuji Japan! You can read the (Japanese) presnetation page at http://instax.jp/mini90/.

ThePhoBlographer reports that:

This camera is significantly more serious than the previous Instax iterations.. This camera has macro mode, double exposure mode, bulb mode for up to 10 second exposures, rechargeable battery, mode buttons on the back of the camera, and the ability to fine tune the flash exposure as well. The lens is a 60mm f12 and they also state that it has a programmable electronic shutter that can shoot at up to 1/400th. It’ll cost around $210 when it hits the US next spring in 2014.