New Fuji X PRO 1 firmware update and new reviews roundup!

And here it is the long time expected new X PRO 1 firmware update! You can see the press release at Fuji (Click here). Here are the new benefits:

  • 1.Reduction of chattering noise from iris of lenses in shooting mode.
  • 2.Improvement of phenomenon that parallax compensation does not work under condition of manual focus with OVF bright frame mode.
  • 3.Improvement of phenomenon that OVF quality as low visibility due to too bright OVF under the condition of power save mode during pressing the shutter button halfway.
  • 4.Improvement of phenomenon that delete function does not work after viewing continues shooting mode images.

I will also give you a short roundup of the latest X PRO 1 reviews and news:

A new leather case for the X PRO 1 (DCwatch). A new gallery by Pfflynn….what a name ;) The Fuji at the Madison Square Garden (Brandon Remler). A test with the 1974 Leica Elmarit lens by John Smith.

In stock status check:
Fuji X PRO 1 body is in Stock at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Jessops UK (Click here) and Digitalrev (Click here).
Fuji X 18mm f/2.0 in Stock at Amazon (Click here) and Digitalrev (Click here).
Fuji X 35mm f/1.4 in Stock at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Digitalrev (Click here).
Fuji X 60mm macro f/2.0 in not Stock at Amazon (3-4weeks) but is in Stock at Digitalrev (Click here). Mike Kobal made a short NEX-7 versus Fuji X PRO 1 comparison.

New Sony NEX announcement in mid May!

If the rumors we are getting are correct than we can expect a new Sony NEX stuff announcement in mid May! Sony will announce the new Sony NEX-F3 and a new zoom lens. The current NEX-C3 is already discontinued at BHphoto (Click here). I have no specs about the zoom lens yet but I have been told it will not be spectacular :(  Too bad, I reall like some of the NEX cameras but there are only two lenses I really like. The 50mm f/1.8 and the Zeiss 24mm f/1.8. I want more of them!

The NEX-C3 is getting some price drops here and there. Here are some search links to .

Next bad news for film camera users: Double digit price increase on all Fuji films!

We already had that bad news from Kodak (no more slide films) and now there is the next one. Fuji will increase the price of all photographic films starting from May! it will be a double digit increase. Ok, better that news than the Kodak but I am wondering if soon the time will come where even Fuji will have to quit the photographic film business. Hope this will not happen!

Price of Fuji films on , Amazon (Click here) or Bhphoto (Click here).

via FujiRumors.

Some more Leica X2 and monochrome rumors…

Leicarumors posted some more buzz about the next Leica May 10 announcement. That’s the stuff you may will see:

  • Leica X2 with 18Megapixel sensor.
  • 50mm f/2 Summicron-M lens for $3,300.00.
  • New M camera with Black and White sensor and LCD screen

I really like the idea of a Black and White M camera but I suspect Leica will (as usual) sell this camera as a sort of special edition charging some $$$ extra :(

Mirrorless news roundup (with a new full frame mirrorless rendering)

A full frame Mirrorless concpet by Vladimir Markov (Click here to see more renderings).

The Wall Street Journal (Click here) wrote an interesting article about the mirrorless camera future.

A new colored case for your Canon G1X at (Click here).

Sony NEX FS100 as a DSLR alternative – first impressions (EosHD)

Canon G1X video review at Photographyreview (Click here).

Canon G1X review at Neilvan (Click here).

X PRO 1 versus NEX-7 versus E-M5 at ThePhoBlographer (Click here).

Nikon 1 with free 16GB SDHC Class 6 Memory Card at Abes of Maine (Click here).

Blackmagic: A mirrorless camcorder with Canon EOS mount.

I like surprises and there was one at the recent NABshow. It is the Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera. A mirrorless camera with native Canon EOS mount. For $2995 only you get a 2.5K sensor with RAW video recording(!!!) and 13 stops of dynamic range! And unlike the RED expensive cameras you don’t have to purchase expensive modules to make it work. it already has a huge LCD touchscreen and all necessary outputs. Plus it takes removable SSD drives (no proprietary cards like Panasonic P2 cards!).

I like when new companies launch revolutionary products when older conservative companies just try to bring as less innovation as possible to protect their market. As a filmmaker I cant wait to see the first camera tests!

Meantime you can preorder the Blackmagic camera at BHphoto (Click here).