The Indonesian agency ePostel registered the new Samsung NX3000 camera. As you know the agency registers devices having Wifi before they can be sold in their country.

The camera is going to replace the Samsung NX2000 but specs are yet not known.

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  • April 17, 2014 16:17, tecnoworld said:

    Let me guess; same specs as nx2000 + sensor from nx300/30 (the one with pdaf). No physical controls as nx2000. This is what I see in my crystal ball, but I may be wrong, as every oracle :-)

April 17, 2014

New Russar+ M-mount lens.

Lomo released the new Russar+ 20mm f/5.6 M-mount lens. It is a based on the popular original 1958 Russar lens design!

You can read the full specs, watch image samples and preorder the lens at shop.lomography.com/us/russar-plus

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  • April 17, 2014 09:25, amalric said:

    It really looks splendid. Unfortunately on cropped formats it makes little sense. That was a FF35mm lens.

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Today Fuji announced plenty of new accessories. The most important addition is the TCL-X100 Tele Conversion lens for the X100/X100s series. It can alreayd preorderd at BHphoto (Click here).

There are also plenty of enw X-T1 accessories:

MHG-XT Metal Hand Grip for X-T1 on preorder at BHphoto (Click here). TheGB-001 Grip strap, the X-T1 Extended eyecup EC-XT and the X-T1 Cover kit CVR-XT (all not on preorder yet).

TCL-X100 Press Release

Fujifilm is proud to announce the launch of the TCL-X100, a tele-conversion lens designed specifically for the FUJIFILM X100 and X100S cameras. The lens attaches directly onto the camera and increases picture taking versatility by multiplying the fixed focal length by approx. 1.4×, converting it from 23mm (35mm in 35mm equivalent) to a 33mm fixed focal length (50mm in 35mm equivalent).

Superb optical quality and maximum versatility

This is Fujifilm’s second conversion lens for the X100 and X100S cameras and follows on from the WCL-X100 wide-conversion lens. Both conversion lenses offer Fujifilm’s supreme optical quality and are created by the same experts who designed the X100/X100S’s lens. The TCL-X100 delivers high image quality even at the F2.0 wide aperture setting, retaining the original optical characteristics. This optical excellence is underlined by the fact that the TCL-X100 is manufactured in Japan, allowing Fujifilm engineers to guarantee precision and quality in every component. The optical construction uses four premium glass elements in four groups to keep aberrations to a minimum and also employs Fujinon’s unique Super EBC coating for outstanding results.

Image processing optimizes picture quality

Achieving the very best results from the TCL-X100 is simple; just select the ‘Tele- Conversion Lens’ option in the FUJIFILM X100/X100S’s shooting menu. To enable this extra functionality, the camera must update the firmware(X100:ver2.10 or later /X100S:ver1.20 or later) which also allows the option to be selected via the function (Fn) button. If you select ‘Tele’ in the “Conversion Lens” option, the FUJIFILM X100 and X100S cameras automatically apply image processing to shots taken using the TCL-X100, reducing image distortion, ensuring balanced illumination across the frame and reducing chromatic aberration commonly found in tele-conversion lenses. In practice, the TCL-X100 enhances the functionality of the FUJIFILM X100/X100S. Its 14cm of minimum focusing distance enables you powerful macro photography and it is also compatible with the FUJIFILM X100/X100S's hybrid viewfinder. With the optical viewfinder (OVF) selected, icons showing the edge of the frame are displayed, while selecting the electronic viewfinder (EVF) gives users a 100% field of view.

The perfect match for the FUJIFILM X100/X100S

The design of the TCL-X100 has been carefully considered to ensure it blends seamlessly with the look and feel of the cameras. It is manufactured using the same materials, textures, colors and finishes as the X100 and X100S. Available in two colors: silver and black

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Fujifilm wide conversion lens TCL-X100: key features
  • Approx. 1.4× magnification factor to convert X100/X100S lens to 50mm normal angle (35mm equivalent)
  • All glass optical construction using four elements in 4 groups
  • Fujinon Super EBC coating
  • “Made in Japan” for optimum quality
  • Available in silver and black
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  • April 16, 2014 11:54, Dmitry Anisimov said:

    1. In mirrorless designs, the rear of lens sits very close to image plane, leaving very little space to fit TC. Very little space means TC would add too much aberrations [oh wait, you can work with transient aerial image]
    2. SLRs started with f...

  • April 16, 2014 09:32, Dummy00001 said:

    Can anybody explain why there are so few/none TCs for mirrorless cameras? (I mean TCs which go between camera and lens.)

    It's very baffling.

I was curious to see how different the results would be between Canon’s 85mm F1.2 and the Fuji 56mm F1.2. Both are considered to be top in quality for both companies and are meant to be a top notch portrait lens. In the case of the 85mm, we get a true 85mm F1.2 on a full frame camera while with the 56 F1.2, we get an 84mm F1.8 equivalent on a 1.5x APS-C cropped sensor. I tested the 85mm using the Canon 5D Mark III and the 56mm F1.2 using the Fuji XT-1.

On paper, this should mean that the images from the full frame sensor should look more rich, have more detail and should have shallower depth of field. At least this is what one who knows camera gear would guess. The one thing that holds true is that the 85mm does indeed have the ability to have a more shallow depth of field. Other than that…

Follow the link to see my findings:

http://andrewvanbeek.com/fuji-vs-canon-lenses/

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  • April 17, 2014 05:09, bousozoku said:

    It's shocking that the Canon exposures all seem to be off. The one thing I expect with the 5DMkIII is that it's incredibly accurate. Could it just be an Adobe problem?

  • April 17, 2014 03:32, Andrew Van Beek said:

    We're talking about a portrait shoot, not the Olympics.

  • April 17, 2014 02:59, yofred said:

    85L has "very fast focus"... wow. cant take this review seriously at all.

The members of the Photokina company presented these forecast slides at an event in Tokyo (Source: DC.watch). As you can see the overall camera market is shrinking. The good news is that mirrorless is expected to have a small growth while DSLR sales will remain stable. The compact camera market will keep shrinking while the major surprise is the big increase of the premium compact camera market!

Also interesting is the expected growth of non pure camera devices:

The camera world is deeply changing. I am wondering how the photography market will be in 5 years from now!

 

 

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  • April 17, 2014 08:10, madmax said:

    Well, if the viewing system is not "the main point of a camera", at least is the main difference between mirrorless and DSLRs...

  • April 15, 2014 22:24, Andrew said:

    That's a non total non-sequitur. If phones do attain the image quality of DSLRs, it may have some validity. However mirrorless cameras certainly have already attained that level of quality, so I'm more than justified in saying that they can stand ...

  • April 15, 2014 20:27, ronin said:

    Then by that token the black swan is that smartphones will take the place of mirrorless cameras as they move upstream.

Dpreview (Click here) posted the full Fuji X-T1 review. The camera earns the Gold Award with a very high score of 84%:

Overall, then, the X-T1 combines a hugely engaging control setup with a superb viewfinder, excellent image quality, one of the best AF systems in a mirrorless camera, and a pretty compelling selection of lenses to choose from.

Store links:

Fuji X-Ti body at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Wex UK (Click here), CameraWorld UK (Click here), Wex Germany (Click here).

Fuji X-T1 with 18-55mm lens at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here)Adorama (Click here)Wex UK (Click here), CameraWorld UK (Click here), Wex Germany (Click here).

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  • April 16, 2014 07:21, tecnoworld said:

    Outstanding camera. I tried it in a shop some days ago, and I was stunned by the evf. I suffer from rainbow effect (very visible for me in samsung nx30 and panasonic gx7) and I never saw it in the x-t1. Besides its evf is much larger compared to t...

  • April 15, 2014 21:25, Shi Zheng said:

    really? i find the ability to zoom in to focus on the EVF very handy! but then again you can always zoom in on live view to nail focus too

  • April 15, 2014 10:26, Corrado Topi said:

    We have been using the XT1 for well over a month now, and shot a few thousands pictures. It is a truly remarkable camera, not missing a DSLR in any way. Check this shot at 6400 ISO (with Noise Reduction turned off and DR at the max):

If you are wondering why the new APS-C Leica T mirrorless system will costs that much ($3000) than one of the reasons has just be found out by Fotoskoda. They publsihed these pictures of the Leica T plain aluminum chassis.

That's how Leica wants to sell these $3000 cameras!

via LeicaRumors

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  • April 16, 2014 19:43, Christopher R Field said:

    Leica and Panasonic have introduced some of the best stuff in the industry?... Like what? Leica has excellent build and looks good in your $1,000 purse, but i certainly dont see them innovating anything. As for Panasonic, they clearly innovate mor...

  • April 15, 2014 16:30, Phil Brown said:

    I wonder what an afternoon in a hot car will do the the accuracy of the camera.
    Aluminum expands a lot at quite low temps.

  • April 15, 2014 15:30, Burgo said:

    "and has about 100times as much aluminium" lol. You get fooled if you think this is an argument.