Important recognition for Fujifilm. TIPA (Technical Image Press Association) assigned awards to X-E1, X20 and XF 14mm. Read the award winner list here.
“The annual meeting of the Technical Image Press Association to vote for the best photographic and imaging products in 2013 was held on 20 April 2013 in Hong Kong. This year at the TIPA General Assembly 27 member magazines and the Camera Journal Press Club (CJPC) of Japan voted for the best product in each category. The General Assembly selected the best photo and imaging products in 2013 in 40 categories. TIPA has member magazines from nine European countries plus Australia, Canada, China, South Africa and the USA.”
Best CSC Expert: [shoplink 11888]Fuji X-E1 (specs&price)[/shoplink]: “The APS-C CMOS sensor-size16MP Fujifilm X-E1 harkens back to analogue design and handling with, for example, actual engraved number dials for shutter speed and exposure compensation control. The exposure modes are photographically oriented with a few rendition presets, but there is no emphasis on scene modes. Inside the magnesium die-cast top and front cover body sits a sophisticated X-Trans CMOS sensor with the ability to record up to ISO 6400, with up to +2 “push”, as well as stills in RAW format and H.264 (MOV) video with stereo sound. One of the most impressive features is the brilliant 2.36 million-dot OLED electronic viewfinder.” (see here)
Best Expert Compact Camera: [shoplink 11890]Fuji X20 (specs&price)[/shoplink]: “The Fujifilm X20 features a 12MP, 2/3-inch CMOS sensor with ISO sensitivity up to 12,800. The camera’s Fujinon 4X zoom (28-112mm equivalent) starts at a fast f/2 and only loses one stop to f/2.8 at the maximum focal length, plus allows for focus as close as 1 cm. The X20 allows for manual zoom and manual focusing during video recording and numerous user controls as well as 8 “advanced” filters plus a “Motion Panorama360″ function. Hybrid AF is fast and reliable plus there’s a Focus Peak Highlight function on the 2.8-inch LCD screen. Lens shift image stabilization is built-in, as is a handy pop-up flash.” (see here)
Best CSC Prime Lens: [shoplink 11339 ebay]Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8 R (specs&price)[/shoplink]: With equivalent coverage of 21mm (35mm format), the Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8 R is built with 10 elements in 7 groups and includes 2 aspherical elements and 3 extra-low dispersion elements, plus incorporates a 7-bladed diaphragm. Designed with Fujifilm cameras in mind, the lens has a short back focus distance which helps eliminate vignetting and delivers a bright, high-resolution image to corners. The lens barrel features distance and depth of field scales to aid in pre-focusing and hyperfocal distance techniques. Stops are in 1/3EV increments (19 in all) with a minimum aperture of f/22, and focus can be made as close as 0.18 metres (0.6 ft).” (see here)
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