Cosina Voigtlander COLOR-SKOPAR 18mm F2.8 Aspherical Lens Announced – First Look and Samples

Cosina has just announced the Voigtlander COLOR-SKOPAR 18mm F2.8 Aspherical lens, which will be released in February exclusively for Fujifilm X mount. It comes with electronic contacts (but no AF). Full product page below.

Definitely in line in terms of looks and feel with the lovely Voigtländer ULTRON 27mm F2.

Usually the first to get new Voigtländer lenses for shipping is Voigtlander USA Distributor CameraQuest, which should list this lens for sale soon at their Amazon Storefront page.

There is already a first look with sample images available at fujifanboys here.

Full Product Page + Compatible Fujifilm Cameras

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Fujifilm GFX100 II Autofocus Tests, GF55mmF1.7 and GF Tilt Shift Reviews – The Latest and Greatest GFX Roundup

This is a roundup about the latest and greatest Fujifilm GFX gear.

GFX100 II Blog Posts

  • zhuanlan (Chinese) – GFX100II test. Shows person running towards camera and they got “at least” 80% hit rate
  • benosaradzic – Fujifilm GFX100II, the best medium format camera just got better
  • peterziegler – Sabawald with GFX50R
  • blog.kasson – GFX100 II pixel shift
  • alikgriffin – Kipon Baveyes Contax 645-GFX AF 0.8X Adapter Review (used on GFX100 II)

GF Lenses Blog Posts

Videos (GFX100 II + latest GF Lenses)

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Lightroom vs Capture One for X-T5 files :: Film Simulation Prompts for AI Images :: RAW Power Fujifilm GFX100 II Support [ X-Trans Roundup & Beyond]

X-Trans Roundup and Beyond

Fujifilm colors are loved by many. And it looks like they can be useful also when you try to apply a certain look to your AI created images. Andrea, from SonyAlphaRumors, used Film Simulation names for his AI images and you can see the results in the video above (and also here).

Blog Posts & Info

  • keithwee – Luminar Neo review – my baby steps in embracing AI-enabled editing software.
  • echenique – heif: the new jpeg or raw?
  • petapixel – Photomator and Pixelmator Now Support Fujifilm Compressed RAW
  • FR-Readers that use the focus bracket feature for focus bracketing may be interested that Helicon version 8. A FR-reader has used it with GFX 50r files and Capture One. The transfer of file from C1 to Helicon still takes a while but the stacking process in Helicon appears to run a bit quicker.

RAW Power

RAW Power added support for Fujifilm GFX100 II. RAW Power is an App that brings Aperture style interface and functions to Mac Photos (it can also run as standalone). Above you can see an image I took and that I tweaked using RAW Power directly in my Photos App. You can open RAW power and edit within the Photos App by clicking “edit” in the Photos App, then click the three little dots and select RAW Power (image instruction here)


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REALA ACE – The Best Fujifilm Film Simulation So Far

Fellow Fujifilm shooter Alik Griffin is using the new REALA ACE film simulation on his Fujifilm GFX100 II.

According to him, this is the best Fujifilm film simulation so far.

My favorite Fujifilm Film Simulators have been Classic Chrome, Provia, and Astia. Those are what I almost always use before applying presets to any images I have. However, I’ve absolutely loved editing Reala Ace. It’s easily now one of the best Film Simulators Fujifilm has and I can’t wait to see what other photographers do with it when building Fujifilm Recipies.

Are you using REALA ACE?

Let us know in the comments what you think about and check out the full article and images at alikgriffin here.

As I screamed from the top of the mountains at sunrise: I hope Reala Ace will at some point come also to other 5th generation X series cameras via firmware update.

Sirui Sniper 23/33/56mm F1.2 Review and Sirui Sniper 16mmF1.2 and 75mmF1.2 Coming Soon

CineD has reviewed the brand new Sirui Sniper f/1.2 series of lenses that can now be backed at Indiegogo, as we reported here.

In short we can say: it has its flaws (quite a few of them), such as lack of sharpness wide open, visible chromatic aberration, not ideal bokeh, jittery IBIS (communication problems with the camera) and what not.

So it is far from an optically perfect lens.

However, it has definitely its character and CineD liked working with it, because it has its peculiar identity (something we often don’t find in optically “perfect” lenses).

Or, as the Sigma CEO said hereit’s easier to make a perfect lens, than a lens with character” [Note: which is why I LOVE my good old XF35mmF1.4 Rsee it in action here in Barcelona]

You can look the video above and read the article at CineD here.