Category: Compact System Camera

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Olympus PEN-F Preview

Gavin Stoker | Compact System Camera
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‘A masterpiece for creating your own masterpiece’ is the confident pitch for the latest Micro Four Thirds compact system camera from Olympus: the Pen-F.  Rather than replace the formerly range topping E-P5 in the Pen line up however, Olympus suggested to Photography Blog at its London preview that the new rangefinder-styled camera – if successful – should form a new, independent strand on its own.

Olympus PEN-F

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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The Olympus PEN-F is the most powerful ever PEN and one of the most beautiful system cameras Olympus has ever produced. The PEN-F inherits much state-of-the-art optical technology from Olympus’ larger, high-end OM-D camera family, including its world’s best 5-axis Image Stabilisation system (worth some 5 EV stops when shooting at low ISO), a 50-Megapixel high resolution shot capability, and a built-in electronic viewfinder with a real-time preview of settings adjustments.

The Olympus PEN-F is available in black or silver from end- February 2016. PEN-F body only £999.99, PEN-F and M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm 1-3.5-5.6 EZ Pancake lens kit £1099.99, PEN-F and M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm 1:1.8 lens kit £1199.99.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Behind the Scenes: How Fujifilm X-Series Lenses Are Made

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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As well as being shown the production of the Fujifilm X-Pro2 camera, we were also lucky enough to find out how the XF 35 f/2 and new XF 100-400mm X-series lenses are made at Fujifilm's Sendai factory.

To avoid contamination of the lenses, a strict Cleanroom Suit protocol is followed in this part of the factory, causing much mirth among the assembled journalists.

Again, the production process is surprisingly manual and labour intensive, with a small team of workers (one line for each lens) taking around 3 hours to produce the XF 100-400mm lens from start to finish, and around half that time for the less complicated XF 35mm f/2 lens.

The completed lenses are then laser-engraved, inspected, spot-checked and finally packaged up, again all by hand.

Fujifilm also conduct their own in-depth target testing of sample lenses, which we weren't allowed to photograph for confidentiality reasons.

Take a Peek Inside the Fujifilm X-Pro2

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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Fujifilm have been remarkably candid about just what's inside the new X-Pro2 compact system camera, sharing exploded views of the camera and key component parts at their 5th Anniversary of X-series press event in Tokyo.

They also showed us some intriguing early prototypes of a camera that has taken more than 3 years to develop, including alternative designs for the dioptre control, ISO dial and rear control layout. Fujifilm even went to the lengths of articificially weathering the X-Pro2 to show what it might look like after a few years of hard service!

Behind the Scenes: How the Fujifilm X-Pro2 is Made

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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Ever wanted to find out exactly how your camera was made? Well, now you can, as we take a behind-the-scenes look at how the brand new Fujifilm X-Pro2 compact system cameras is put together.

Photography Blog was granted priveleged access to Fujifilm Optics Co Ltd's Taiwa factory in Sendai, Japan, where the X-Pro2 production line is located (along with the other X-series cameras and lenses).

The X-Pro2 is painstakingly assembled largely by hand by a surprisingly small team of skilled workers, with the main component parts shipped in from other factories first.

There are 8 different steps in the entire process, from the main board assembly, final aseembly of outer parts, firmware installation, image quality check, button control check, inspection of the hybrid viewfinder, a performance test, resolution and dust check, and finally the leather covering assembly and final inspection of the finish. A couple of the stages are semi-automated, but most of it truly is hand-made in Japan.

Each X-Pro2 camera is then packed-up,  laser engraved with a serial number and "Made in Japan", and then spot-checked for no less than 76 different items.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Fujifilm XF 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm XF 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm XF 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens.

Fujifilm XF-500 Flash Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm XF-500 flash looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm XF-500 flash, which is looking surprisingly complete given that it's not due for release until May 2016.

Fujifilm X-E2S Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm X-E2S compact system camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm X-E2S compact system camera.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Official Fuji X-Pro2 Sample Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Fuji have posted five high-resolution sample images captured with the new Fujifilm X-Pro2 compact system camera. Shot using a variety of X-mount lenses including the Fujinon XF16mmF1.4 R WR, XF14mmF2.8 R, XF56mmF1.2 R and XF27mmF2.8; these Fujifilm X-Pro2 samples were taken at sensitivity settings ranging from ISO 200/24° to ISO 6,400/39°. You can download the images in JPEG format from the website below.

Website: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Sample Images

Fujifilm X-Pro2 Unveils in UK at The Societies’ Convention Trade Show

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The newly announced Fujifilm X-Pro2, along with the premium compact X70 and XF100-400mm lens, will be on display - for the first time in the United Kingdom - at the The Societies’ Convention held at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in London, from January 22nd-24th. This unique opportunity to get a first look at the new Fujifilm X-Pro2 will be exclusive to visitors to the Convention. In addition, the Fujifilm stand will also have a full range of Fujifilm X-series cameras on display, including the X-T1, X-T10 and X100T. Fujinon lenses will be on show, offering the opportunity for visitors to ‘touch and try’ the cameras and lenses.

Fujifilm X-Pro2

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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The Fujifilm X-Pro2 compact system camera features the world's only Hybrid Multi Viewfinder and a brand new 24 megapixel X-Trans III sensor. The X-Pro2 delivers the best ever results from an X-series camera thanks to an updated image sensor and processor. The X-Pro2 also offer a robust, weather resistant body, new focal plane shutter with a top speed of 1/8000 sec. and flash sync up to 1/250 sec, 77 AF points, and support for dual SD memory cards. The Fujifilm X-Pro2 will be on sale in the UK from February 2016 for £1349.

Fujifilm X-E2S

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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The Fujifilm X-E2S compact system camera inherits the functionality and rangefinder-style design of the original X-E2, and adds new features including an improved grip, an electronic shutter and a more intuitive GUI to enhance the user experience. The Fujifilm X-E2S will be on sale in the UK from February 2016 in both Black and Silver versions for £549.00 body only or £749 with the XF18-55mm lens.

Fujifilm XF 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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The Fujifilm XF 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR is a super telephoto zoom lens that covers a 35mm focal length equivalent of 152-609mm. The high performance optical construction of 21 elements in 14 groups includes five ED lenses and one Super ED lens to help reduce chromatic aberration that often occurs in telephoto lenses. The lens has been designed for handheld shooting with a 5.0-stop* image stabilisation system and weighs less than 1.4kg. The Fujifilm XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR will be on sale in the UK from February 2016 for £1399 or £1499 with the XF1.4X TC WR.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Compact System Camera of the Year 2015

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We're revealing our favourite products from last year in our annual awards, looking back at the essential photography kit that helped to define 2015.

The Compact System Camera of the Year 2015 award goes to the Fujifilm X-T10.

“The Fujifilm X-T10 successfully repackages most of the core features of the flagship X-T1 camera into a smaller, lighter and cheaper body...”

Read the Full Review

Congratulations to Fujifilm and the X-T10!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Panasonic LEICA DG 100-400mm F4.0-6.3 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic LEICA DG 100-400mm F4.0-6.3 lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Panasonic LEICA DG 100-400mm F4.0-6.3 lens.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Fuji Finds Malfunction in Latest X-T1 Firmware Update

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Fujifilm has issued a notice for X-T1 customers who have downloaded Firmware Version 4.20. The company has found a malfunction that can, in rare cases, cause the camera to freeze when shooting in AF-C mode. Those X-T1 users who have already installed Firmware Version 4.20 can download Version 4.21 whose functions are same as the previous version of 4.10.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Fujifilm X-T1 Firmware Update 4.20

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Fuji have issued a firmware update for the Fujifilm X-T1 and X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition. Version 4.20 incorporates half a dozen improvements and fixes. Click through / scroll down for the complete list.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Leica SL Firmware Version 1.2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Leica today issued a new firmware update for the Leica SL compact system camera. Version 1.2 optimises image quality at sensitivity settings ranging from ISO 50/18° to ISO 400/27°, provides a greater degree of flexibility when entering WLAN passwords, and improves the quality of the live view feed when using the EVF. Additionally, the firmware update enables users to activate a loupe (magnifying) function with a press of the AE lock button when using Leica M and R lenses to facilitate manual focusing.Finally, the firmware update offers an improvement in the Leica Log Gamma curve (L-Log) for video, enabling its use for in-camera 8-bit recording. The use of L-Log enables greater leeway for post-production color grading of videos recorded on the Leica SL, the company says. To access the firmware update, registered camera users can log into the Leica owner’s area of the Leica website.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Daily Deal - 46% Off the Sony A5100 Camera!

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Today only - get 46% Off the Sony A5100 camera!

The Sony A5100 scored an impressive 5/5 when we reviewed it a year ago, commenting "Looking and feeling very much like a compact camera, thanks to the combination of the finger-tip zoom lever and the 16-50mm power-zoom kit lens, the small and lightweight Sony A5100 is a great introduction to interchangeable lens cameras."

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Samsung End Camera Sales in UK

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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Samsung have confirmed today that they are ending camera and camcorder sales in the United Kingdom, including their flagship NX1 mirroorless camera (pictured). Here's the official statement from Samsung:

“We quickly adapt to market needs and demands. In the UK, we have seen a gradual and sustained decline in demand for standalone digital cameras and camcorders and related accessories. For this reason, we have taken the decision to phase out the sales and marketing of these products. This is a local decision, based on local market conditions.”

This follows a similar statement for the German market made last week.