Fujifilm s X-series has along been one of the more popular mirrorless camera brands, and with styling that mimics old film SLRs and a stellar lineup of XF lenses, it s not hard to see the appeal.The new Fujinon Teleconverter XF2X TC WR is the second teleconverter Fujifilm has added to the lineup, following the 1.4x that hit the market a few months ago.Photographers will also be pleased to hear that when paired with the 50-140mm the 2x teleconverter maintains phase-detect autofocus capability, though it limits the camera to contrast-detect AF when paired with the 100-400mm due to the severely limited aperture values of f/9-11 .An image shot by photographer Jeff Carter, using the XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR lens with new 2x teleconverter, and X-Pro2 camera.The XF2X TC WR is also fully weather resistant, so it can be used out in the elements without having to worry about damage to the lens or camera, and is designed in such a way that when connected to a lens, it appears to just be a part of the lens – a nice touch for those who care about aesthetics.The other piece of Fujifilm s announcement is much less exciting: a new lens hood design for their 23mm f/1.4 lens.
The four points of the wheel let you change ISO, exposure compensation, burst mode, and display options.Kit lenses aren t the best, but if you re new to interchangeable lens cameras, the $150 premium is good way to get started; existing Sony E-mount users can just bring their own lenses more on this below .This brings your outfit to more than three-grand, so you d expect outstanding results – and the gear delivered see samples .We ve used and tested this particular lens for years, and find it suitable for someone who s just starting out.Using the XAVC-S codec, you not only can capture 4K 3,840 x 2,160 movies but slow motion as well.We recorded some musicians in difficult light but the results for the most part were quite good.
Despite all the power and complexity, the camera even managed to pull 500 shots from a single battery, well above most of its mirrorless peers.In the beginning, Samsung s digital camera sector consisted of point-and-shoots that weren t exactly anything to write home about.DP Review handed the NX1 its coveted Gold Award, with a score that s a full ten-percentage points above the NX30; DXOMark called it the new king of APS-C hybrids, lauding the sensor s dynamic range, low noise performance, and color depth; Digital Trends own David Elrich named it our favorite camera of 2014, beating out the full-frame Nikon D750.While still appearing as current on Samsung s own product page, many U.S. retailers have also listed the cameras as discontinued.Given the age of the products the NX1 was announced in September of 2014 the idea of them being discontinued at this point isn t altogether shocking or unexpected.Adding to the intrigue, Samsung representatives denied the rumor last December that the company would exit the market, but there has been no news since to suggest it is still actively developing new interchangeable-lens models.
Now, we don t usually report on rumors unless they have been substantiated by multiple sources, but there s some evidence proving this might be more than smoke.Fueling much of the rumor is the news that Nikon was recently granted registration of a new camera by Indonesia s communications agency.Some information is pointing toward a release later this year, during September s Photokina, but as Nikon Rumors points out, a lack of detailed information makes this seem a bit unlikely.It would certainly help carve some market share away from Sony, but so far there haven t been any signs that Nikon is interested in making a full-frame, F-mount mirrorless camera.If the rumors are to come to fruition, Nikon could have one of the most powerful mirrorless systems on the market.By utilizing its full-frame DX sensor with an accompanying F-mount, Nikon users around the world would be able to use the hundreds of lenses already on the market, rather than having to invest in a whole new system – a huge barrier to entry for photographers looking to make the jump to mirrorless.
At the Cine Gear show in Los Angeles over the weekend, lens maker SLR Magic officially unveiled two new prime lenses designed for creative cinematography.The new 35mm and 75mm Cine lenses have much in common and are made specifically for Sony E-Mount cameras, including both APS-C and full-frame mirrorless cameras.That high number of blades helps create a circular aperture at all f-stops, providing a more pleasing out-of-focus blur pattern.Although smaller than traditional cinema primes, the SLR Magic lenses still operate in much the same way, with manually controlled focus and aperture rings complete with gear teeth to couple to a follow-focus system.One potentially overlooked benefit of their small size is that standard, screw-on optical filters can be used.While the lenses will likely be most popular on Sony s Alpha mirrorless cameras, such as the a6300, they can also be used on higher-end E-mount cinema cameras, like the FS7 and FS5.
Ever since it entered the mirrorless interchangeable lens camera market with the X Series in 2012, Fujifilm has cultivated a reputation for consistently updating and improving on its current products in ways that have been uncommon in the camera Industry.On Thursday, Fujifilm reaffirmed that commitment to constant improvement by announcing firmware updates for 19 X Series cameras and lenses.Issues specifically addressed include an improvement in manual focus accuracy and resolution of an issue that in some situations caused the camera to need to be turned off and then back on to wake it up from a sleep state.The cameras updated with the manual focus accuracy improvement are:X-Pro1X-T1X-T10X-E2SX-E2X-E1As for the lenses, Fujifilm also improved it s new 35mm F/2 WR with several updates that optimize the lens to work better with the cameras that have been updated with the manual focus accuracy adjustments.Fujifilm s other lens updates include improvements to OIS Optical Image Stabilization performance, as well as adding support for Fujifilm s new 2x teleconverter.The updated lenses are:XF35mmF2 R WRXF90mmF2 R LM WRXF10-24mmF4 R OISXF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WRXF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OISXF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WRXF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WRXF55-200mmF3.5-4.8 R LM OISXF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WRXC16-50mmF3.5-5.6 OIS IIXC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS IIIf you are a Fujifilm shooter who owns one of the above listed products, you can find out more about each update, how to install the updates, and more by checking out the official Fujifilm update page on the Fujiflim website here.
Despite its age, it remains incredibly sharp, and therefore still a good choice on modern digital cameras.As seen in PetaPixel, photographer Mathieu Stern mounted the 21M to his Sony A7 II mirrorless camera to test it in a variety of photographic situations, including portraits, wildlife, and close-ups.He also shot some video footage with it.His conclusion is that the lens has held up very well over the years, producing sharp results with strong detail, but it s also worth noticing the beautiful aesthetic quality of the images that came out of it.No camera manufacturers are using the M42 mount anymore, although at one time it was so popular that it was known as the universal screw mount.However, it s currently going for as low as $60 on eBay while supplies last, of course so it s hard not to recommend one to any photographer curious enough to give it a try.
And I have to admit, that even a not-so-wealthy nerd like me is aching at the site of the new X1D mirrorless camera.The selling point if something this expensive can be said to have selling points is that it s got big medium format camera guts in a lightweight mirrorless body.A Hasselblad medium format camera also costs about the same as the GDP of some smaller countries.All that beauty and extraordinary rendition of images costs a fuckton of money.It s the first mirrorless medium format camera in existence!It s still a mirrorless digital camera and real photography aficionados know that digital, and especially a 1.5 pound mirrorless digital camera cannot compare to the rich and detailed goodness of an image shot on film with a camera.
Swedish medium-format camera manufacturer Hasselblad has unveiled the world s first compact mirrorless medium format camera.The weather and dust sealed Hasselblad X1D features a 50-megapixel CMOS medium format sensor the same one found in Hasselblad s full-size H6D system that offers 14 stops of dynamic range with an ISO range of 100 to 25,600.As PetaPixel highlights, there s also a Nikon-compatible hot shoe, a 3-inch 920K-dot touchscreen LCD around back, a 2.36M-dot XGA electronic viewfinder, GPS, Wi-Fi, dual SD card slots, a USB Type-C connector and a Mini HDMI port.The X1D body alone will set you back $8,995.That may seem expensive but it's far cheaper than, say, the H6D system, which starts at $25,995.Hasselblad will begin demoing the new system next month before shipments roll out to early adopters in August.
Hasselblad is one of the most venerable names in photography – its cameras have gone to the moon, after all – but some would argue the value of their $30,0000 cameras has been diluted by modern DSLRs and Mirrorless cameras, which continuously improve their image quality in much smaller, cheaper packages.If you re not familiar with the photography jargon, medium-format means the sensor is much larger than even top of the line cameras like the Sony A7R II or Canon EOS 1DX.That means the camera can capture much more light in a single shot when using comparable lenses, leading do improved dynamic range, depth of field, and color reproduction.Just look how big darn thing is:Given that sensor size is generally the main determinant of image quality – not to mention Hasselblad s history – you can expect this thing to take spectacular photos.Specs for the photo nerds725 g / 1.59 lbDust and Weather sealing50 MP 43.8 x 32.9 mm CMOS sensor5.3 μm pixel pitchXGA Electronic viewfinder3-inch rear touchscreen with smartphone style UIDual SD Card slotsWi-FiGPS at a later date 14 stops dynamic range, 14-bit color1.7 to 2.3 captures per secondNative ISO 100 – 12,800060 minute to 1/2000 shutter speed1/2000 flash sync1080p videoUSB-CMini HDMI, Audio In/OutLenses and AvailabilityThe X1D uses a new XCD lens mount and is launching with two lenses: a 45mm F3.5 wide-angle lens, and a 90mm f4.5 short telephoto.The camera will retail for $8,995 for the body only.
Along with the Moto Mod for Motorola's Moto Z smartphone that was teased a few days ago, it also looks like the company is about to debut the X1D-50c, said to be the world's first medium format mirrorless camera.The new images include a few shots of Hasselblad's X1D, show a small, compact body that's familiar with most recent mirrorless cameras available today.It features a simple design that matches the company's full-sized cameras, with a mix of black and silver and hint of retro aesthetic.The shot with the lens removed shows a large sensor within the body, which is believed to be Sony's 50MP 44x33 medium format.On the backside is a built-in viewfinder, the LCD screen, and a glance at the camera's menu interface, along with several buttons along the side.Being able to own the "world's first medium format mirrorless camera" certainly won't come cheap.
Compared to a traditional boxy digital medium format camera, the mirrorless Hasselblad X1D is about the size of a ruggedized tablet and comparatively tiny.Though it features a new panel-shaped design, the new camera body and its ergonomic grip takes inspiration from the company's iconic V-series.It's also not lacking on the resolution front and features a 50MP 8,272 x 6,200 pixels CMOS sensor, which produces images with 14-stops of dynamic range and 14-bit color.While the camera can shoot video with autofocus, it's disappointingly limited to 30 fps and Full HD H.264 compressed footage – but no one is really buying a medium format system to shoot video.At launch, the X1D will work with two specially developed XCD-mount lenses including a 45mm f3.5 and 90mm f4.0.Lastly, Hasselblad will bundle with X1D with the XCD 45mm lens for $11,290 about £7,695, AU$15,129 or both pieces of glass for $13,985 about £9,533, AU$18,742 .
It s also apparently a compact mirrorless medium format camera — and that s a first, actually.To out this camera, Hasselblad turned its focus to size and optical quality.The X1D has a 50MP CMOS sensor, ISO range from 100 to 25,600, and 14 stops of dynamic range.Viewing options for all your future shots would include a 3-inch 920K pixel touch display, or a 2.36MP XGA electronic viewfinder.With just the 3200 mAh battery loaded, the X1D weighs 725 grams, which is lightweight for a medium format camera.Thankfully, the X1D is still compatible with all 12 lenses from the pro H System, but requires an adapter, naturally.
That s if you consider the sensor tucked inside of it: A 50-megapixel medium-format CMOS imager, a chip with roughly twice the surface area as the one found in a full-frame DSLR.Despite that huge difference in sensor size, the X1D is about the size and weight of a professional DSLR—full-frame shooters like the Nikon D4 and Canon 5D Mark III.The venerable Swedish camera-maker also hoping the more-portable X1D will help bring medium-format cameras to an everyman crowd; everymen with nine grand to spend, at least.There s a speedy flash sync at shutter speeds at up to 1/2000 of a second, a 3-inch touchscreen UI, 14-bit color depth, and a fetching orange shutter button.It shoots 1080p video at 30fps, stores its massive files to dual SD card slots, and its body is weather-sealed.Paired with the 45mm lens, it ll go for $11,290.
Hot on the heels of the H6D, iconic camera brand Hasselblad has unveiled what it claims is the world's first mirrorless digital medium format model, the X1D.That 50MP CMOS medium format sensor delivers up to 14 stops of dynamic range, plus Hasselblad is supporting the new model with a new line of XCD autofocus lenses - the brand's first new lenses since 2002.The XD1 has shutter speed options from 60 minutes to 1/2000th of a second, with full flash synchronisation throughout, plus an ISO range from 100 to 25,600.When WIRED went hands-on, the XD1 felt super light and would certainly be no problem to carry around all day.Oosting made no reference to the company's poorly received Stellar and Lunar models, which were effectively restyled Sony cameras.TIFF 8 bit: 154MB; Video: HD 1920 x 1080p File format: Stills, lossless compressed Hasselblad 3FR Raw JPEG; Video, H.264 Compressed 25 fps Colour definition: 16 bit; Dynamic range up to 14 stopsISO speed range: ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600Storage options: Dual SDStorage capacity: 16GB card holds 240 images on averageCapture rate: 1.7 - 2.3 frames per secondDisplay: 3.0 inch TFT type, 24 bit colour, 920K pixels;Touch functionality: Yes, full supportLive View: On camera, host and iOS device with high frame rate 30 fps Dimensions: Camera Body only: 150.4 x 98.1 x 71.4 mmWeight: 725g Camera Body and Li-ion battery Shutter speed range: 60 minutes to 1/2000 sec with XCD LensesPower supply: Rechargeable Li-ion battery 7.2 VDC/3200 mAh
Image caption Hasselblad says the camera's 50-megapixel sensor delivers "ultra-high quality" photosSwedish camera-maker Hasselblad has unveiled the world's first mirrorless medium-format model.Professionals say the X1D should help them to capture images that feel more filmic, which many clients prefer.The Sony-made part captures 50 megapixels and is said to be capable of recording a wider range of brightness values than the norm.That compares to 36mm by 24mm for "full-frame" cameras, and about 23mm by 15mm for APS-C cameras."Hasselblad is the closest to film I've come on any digital camera I've tried," said Jessica Klingelfuss from Wallpaper magazine, who has had hands-on time with a prototype X1D.There's kind of a creaminess, a softness - things can look more dreamy.
Just because it has been around for 75 years, doesn t mean Swedish camera maker Hasselblad is too old to learn new tricks.The manufacturer is celebrating its landmark anniversary by introducing the world s first mirrorless, medium-format digital camera, the Hasselblad X1D.The $9,000 X1D will have a massive 50-megapixel CMOS sensor, which is the largest seen yet on a mirrorless snapper.Despite that ginormous sensor size, the Wi-Fi and GPS-enabled cameras still manages to ape the size of full-frame DLSRs at 3.9 by 5.9 by 2.8 inches.Related: Best Camera 2016: 18 to add to your shopping listThere s a max ISO of 12,800, a shutter speed of up to 1/2000 of a second, while exposures can take up to 60 minutes.The XCD 3,5/45mm will be $2,295 and the XCD 4,5/90mm will be $2,695.
And now, the only studio in the world that produces the film and operates the cameras has announced it s ceasing production of the massive film.Secondly, it s instant film, so beautiful, gallery-size prints come to life shortly after a photograph has been taken.This also means each exposure is a one-of-a-kind work of art; there s no negative let alone digital file to use for printing duplicates.As the film is quite expensive, nailing exposure and focus on the first shot is paramount.In a blog post on the studio s website, owner John Reuter said, Our hope now is that we can work on some great projects with many of our legacy clients, as well as new artists who have yet to experience the ultimate in instant analog image making.Photographers interested in working with the format should start saving their pennies.
Medium format cameras have taken a leap forward with mirrorless technology enabling a light, portable design.Build and handlingAlthough Ove Bengtson, Hasselblad's Product Manager, says it wasn't the inspiration for the X1D, the new camera reminds me of the Mamiya 7 – a popular film medium format camera.A tap on any of the feature icons brings up the various options for selection.In addition, to the usual program, aperture priority, shutter priority, fully automatic and manual options, the camera features three custom options allowing you to save three different set-ups for quick access.It's certainly fast enough for landscape, still life and portraiture.Long-term partner, Fuji, has not been involved at all.
Thanks to the shorter flange distance, it s relatively easy to adapt DSLR lenses to Sony E mount cameras, for example.One of the difficulties in doing this, though, lies in the autofocus performance.Until now, however, the adapters enabled only a limited amount of functionality.Metabones firmware update for its adapters adds support for Sony s advanced AF modes, including Eye-AF and DMF direct manual focus .Eye-AF can lock on and track a subject s eyes, while DMF allows for manual focus micro adjustments after autofocus locks in.And Canon, of course, probably hates the idea that it s possible to use their lenses on Sony bodies at all, as such compatibility removes the largest obstacle a photographer faces when deciding whether to switch systems.