[UPDATE] Apple: Aperture now supports X-TRANS

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[UPDATE] Here is a very quick first look by thomasfitzgeraldphotography. “The files seem to be much sharper and retain much more detail that Lightroom’s efforts, and it doesn’t mangle fine detail like Lightroom does. It’s really impressive” See the LR-Aperture comparison pics here.

Apple updated the Digital Camera RAW software. Version 4.05 adds RAW image compatibility for the following cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto ’11:
Fujifilm X20
Fujifilm X100S
Fujifilm X-E1
Fujifilm X-Pro1

It happened, finally! download it here!

cheers
Patrick

US readers can already preorder the brand new Fuji 55-200mm lens at BHphoto (Click here).

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More Fuji news: Zeiss to ship in June (Europe). Firmware updated for X-PRO1 and X-E1 cameras on May 23rd.

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It’s a huge Fuji day! And news keep coming in so this is the roundup of the latest info I got from readers and sources:

Zeiss:
First of all thanks to the one source that end of last year told us that the Zeiss X-mount primes would be announced in April. He was definitely correct :)
The image on top of the post shows you the new full X camera-lens stuff including the newly announced 55-200mm, 27mm pancake and the two Zeiss primes! Click on the image to see a full size version to pixel peep the lenses :)
An European Zeiss dealer told us that both lenses will ship in Europe from June.

Fuji X camera firmware update:
Fuji Japan officially announce the release of a new firmware update for May 23rd (Source: DC.watch).

Fuji 55-200mm zoom and 27mm pancake:
The 55-200mm shipment will start from May 25th (Source: DC.watch) and the 27mm pancake sales will start in June. The zoom can be preordered at BHphoto (Click here). Let me know if you can find more preorders (fujirumor@gmail.com).

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First Look: XF55-200mmF3.5-4.8 R LM OIS

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UPDATE (18APR2013): Added more llama shots and a new flower shot.

UPDATE: US readers can already preorder the brand new Fuji 55-200mm lens at BHphoto (Click here).

by Rico Pfirstinger

Talk to Rico (questions & feedback)Rico’s XF55-200mmF3.5-4.8 R LM OIS Prototype Samples

Fuji’s XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS “kit zoom” was one of last year’s most pleasant surprises, offering very good image quality in a portale package at a quite affordable price. This May, it will be complemented by a telephoto zoom that was officially announced today. The new lens starts off exactly where the kit zoom ends: at 55mm, going all the way to 200mm. According to Fuji, that’s 84-305mm in 35mm (“full-frame”) equivalence terms.

The telephoto zoom’s full name is FUJINON XF55-200mmF3.5-4.8 R LM OIS, and it’s supposed to sell for USD 699.– (plus sales tax) in the U.S. or EUR 649.– (incl. VAT) here in Germany. I have been able to work with an early prototype of the lens for more than a week, so let’s have a closer look, shall we?

Same, same, but different…

If you already know Fuji’s 18-55mm kit zoom lens, the new telephoto zoom will immediately feel familiar. It’s obvious that Fujifilm wants you to buy this zoom as an extension to your already existing standard zoom. Both lenses offer the same key features: a manual focus ring, an aperture ring without engravings, a zoom ring, an optical image stabilizer (OIS) and fast/silent linear autofocus motors. Everything is located in the same place: There’s one switch to turn the OIS on and off, and there’s another one to toggle the lens between automatic and manual aperture settings. Design, build quality and used materials appear to be quite similar, as well.

Would you like to know more about what all those letters and numbers in XF55-200mmF3.5-4.8 R LM OIS actually mean? If that’s the case, you may want to read my article Decoding XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS here on Fujirumors. Pretty much all information on the kit zoom lens is also applicable to the new telephoto lens.

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