7Artisans 7.5mm f/2.8 Fisheye MK II Released

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7Artisans 7.5mm f/2.8 Fisheye MK II

Shichiku Shoko just launched the second verision of the original 7Artisans 7.5mm f/2.8, the 7Artisans 7.5mmF2.8 MK II. The lens will soon be available at AmazonUS here, BHphoto here and Adorama here.

Also, check out the dedicated 7Artisans storefornt at AmazonUS.

A new type of fisheye lens from Shichiku Shoko, “7 Artisans 7.5mm F2.8 Fish-eye II”. Specially designed for APS-C size mirrorless cameras. With a minimum shooting distance of 12 cm and a 180-degree perspective, you can enjoy the extraordinary world of distortion with the wide spread of the fisheye that can only be created by the angle of the subject. The high-quality appearance using aluminum alloy and the squeeze ring are stepless without click feeling and you can also enjoy movie shooting.

Easy to use. Improve the appearance design

The symptoms of vignetting due to the conventional lens hood are improved by integrating the hood and the lens barrel. The lens mount parts are made of durable aluminum alloy, which is the material of aircraft, and can be mounted with high accuracy. In addition, the new metal lens cap has been improved to a covered type, making it easy to remove and install.

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Fujifilm Manager: “APS-C Limit is Not 26 Megapixel. Fujifilm GFX100 will Amaze You. AI Within 3 Years. Shooting Style Over Specs”

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Pixel Village, who recently gave us some insights from the Fujifilm factory in Japan, now published their interview with Fujifilm manager Toshihisa Iida, Jun Watanabe and Keitaro So.

It’s a 33 minutes long video that I have summed up below for those of you, who are in a hurry right now.

Style vs Specs

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Capture One 12.0.3 with Additional Fujinon XF Lens Profile Support Released

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Phase One just released Capture One Pro 12 ver 12.0.3, which amongst the others adds support for the following Fujinon XF and XC lenses.

Capture One Pro 12 standalone and subscriptions are 50% off in April.

I remind you that the update back in February added support for the following lenses:

Capture One Pro 12 Deal of the Year

50% savings on Capture One Pro 12 in the following versions:

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Fujifilm Savings: X-T30, GFX 50R, Capture One Pro 12 and More

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The Fujinon XF lens only deals are gone, but some deals remained, and some new ones came. Down below the overview of the official Fujifilm deals.

Other good news: The 50% discount on Capture One Pro 12 has been extended through April.

X Camera Deals

  • Fujifilm X-T30 (save $300*): BHphoto, Adorama, AmazonUS, FocusCamera
    *save $300 with purchase of XF23mmF2, XF35mmF2, XF50mmF2, XC15-45 or XF18-55
  • Fujifilm X-T2 (save up to $700*): BHphoto, Adorama, AmazonUS, FocusCamera
    *save $700 on body only, save $600 on XF18-55 kit. Additional bundle savings vary from store to store
  • Fujifilm X-T20 (save $100*): BHphoto, Adorama, AmazonUS, FocusCamera
    *save $100 on body only or kit with XF18-55, XC 16-60 or XC 15-45. Additional bundle savings vary from store to store

GFX Bundle Deals

All Fujifilm Camera Deals

All Fujinon Lens Deals

Third Party & Used Gear Deals

Third Party Lens Deals for Fuji X

Used Fujifilm Gear

Official Fujifilm Recommended Accessories

SD-Cards

Power Banks

Accessories and Apple Deals

Capture One Pro 12 Deal of the Year

50% savings on Capture One Pro 12 in the following versions:

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Sigma CEO: “Fujifilm Customers Would be Our Ideal Customer, but Fujifilm Does Not Disclose Their Protocols”

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Sigma Fujifilm

Just a few weeks ago we reported how the Sigma CEO said that, he would really like to make Fujifilm X mount lenses, but resources are limited and other projects have priority.

And today, in an interview with DPReview, when asked if Sigma is planing to make Fujifilm X mount lenses, Sigma CEO Kazuto Yamaki answered:

I have [had] many questions about it. I know that some [Fujifilm] customers are wishing for us to make lenses for them. It’s always a matter of priority. We know there are many good customers of the Fuji system and they’re perfectly matched with our ideal customer but [Fujifilm doesn’t] really disclose the protocol between the lens and camera, so we need to do the reverse engineering by ourselves.

It’s a really time-consuming process so we need to prioritize support for Sony E mount, our L-mount system, existing DSLR mounts and Micro Four Thirds.”

DPReview then adds:

According to Mr Yamaki, the cost of the R&D required is easy to justify for major mounts, where sales are guaranteed. The flip-side, of course, is that for systems with a relatively small market share, and / or a large range of attractive native options already in existence – like Fujifilm X – it’s a trickier proposition.”

Just recently, Fujifilm top manager Toshihisa Iida said here that Fujifilm does not believe they need to share their X mount protocols with third-party manufactures, since Fujifilm offers already lots of glass.

On the other hand, when asked about third parties reverse engineering their lenses, Toshihisa Iida said “I guess that’s good for customers“, which to me sounds like they won’t sue Viltrox for making the Viltrox 85mm f/1.8.

Yes, dear Fujifilm, customers like indeed more lenses!

So please, share those protocols and help even more people to join the X family, by widen your lens offer and open for third parties. Because, as they say, we buy cameras, but we marry lenses. And the more sexy lenses a system has, the more people will buy into and stick with it.

  • read here: SIGMA Will Make FUJIFILM X Mount lenses if X series Camera Sales Increase by 20%
  • read here: SIGMA Needs Bigger Fujifilm Market Share, TOKINA Designed X Glass Already but Stopped by Royalties, TAMRON is Vague

Not sure if it mitigates the pain, but you can for example use the Fringer Smart AF adapter, which supports the Sigma 50/1.4 ART, Sigma 85/1.4 ART, Sigma 17-50/2.8 OS, Sigma 50-100/1.8 ART, Sigma 24/1.4 ART, Sigma 135/1.8 ART, Sigma 100-400 and many more.

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