New “classic” Instax Mini 90!

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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.

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The Best Cameras of 2013 (trustedreviews)

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The year isn’t over, Fuji and other companies are going to release more cameras, but we already have a best cameras list for 2013. Trustedreviews picked out the top 10 cameras of the year. 8th position for the X-E1 and 5th position for the Fuji HS50EXR. See the whole list here.

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turstedreviews tested the HS50EXR here. “There a lot to like about the HS50 EXR. Not only is it one of the best-specified superzoom bridge cameras on the market, but it also has the performance to match. It has an excellent viewfinder, lightning-quick focusing system and truly ergonomic design, and  is only really let down by poor video quality and a few usability issues. Although it’s far from the smallest and lightest superzoom bridge camera available, at its current price it’s certainly one of the best on the market.

Fuji HS50EXR: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

Fuji X-E1: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

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Hot! First image of the new Fuji X-A1 X mount camera!

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What you see on the picture is the soon to be announced Fuji X-A1 camera. It will be the new entry level X-mount camera. Unlike the X-M1, it won’t have an X-Trans sensor (and also not the X100 sensor), will come in a lot of colours and will be sold by big retailers on the web and big general stores.

The camera should be announced very soon. Stay tuned!

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X-Trans RAW Conversions at Jim Gamblin

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image courtesy: Jim Gamblin (part 3 – Iridient)

Some like it and others don’t: the X-Trans sensor (technology of the year according to imaging-resource). Well known blogger diglloyd expressed several times his doubts about the real quality of the X-Trans sensor files showing “artifacts” or smearing of fine detail (for example here).

So Jim Gamblin made his own tests (check it here) with various RAW-converters Part I (ACR, Raw Photo Processor 64, SilkyPix, Aperture, SOOC jpeg) and at the end he says:

“So I wonder how do some people manage to get RAW images that display so much smearing as it appears in Mr. Chambers review of the Fuji X100S?  There is no doubt in my mind that Lloyd Chambers knows what he is doing.  His excellent site speaks for itself, but . . . .  In no way am I slamming him, only I wonder what the difference is.”

In this post here he compared the already above mentioned RAW-converters again and includes also Iridient developer:

” Iridient Developer 2.2. (Mac Only – trial version) From the standpoint of extracting the most detail out of an image it is unsurpassed.  Also the interface is really quite easy to understand and work with.  However there is no adjustments brush (or at least I did not find one), the monochrome/B&W converter is not up to the some of the others and I don’t know if it is a good catalogue storer.  The price is really good and if you are then willing to use another program for certain of the above mentioned things, then it is a good investment.  However personally I am on the fence about buying it.  How many RAW converters do I really need.  So please excuse the watermarks.”

Share your experience and thoughts in the comments.

have a great day
Patrick

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