New Lens Announcements from Tamron

Tamron announced the addition of two lenses to its popular lineup this morning; one lens for full frame DSLR cameras, and one for DSLRs with APS-C sensors. See information below from Tamron’s press releases:

16-300MM F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO (Model B016)
A high-performance, high-power zoom lens that delivers focal lengths extending from an unprecedented 16mm at the wide-angle end up to a long-range telephoto 300mm! Incorporates PZD (Piezo Drive)[1] and Tamron’s exclusive VC (Vibration Compensation)[2]system to further enhance the real-world performance of this next-generation “all-around lens”, which makes taking photographs more convenient and enjoyable.

Product Highlights

  • A further expansion of the imaging range with a minimum focal length of 16mm (35mm film equivalent: 24.8mm) at the wide-angle end of the zoom range, and a maximum focal length of 300mm (35mm film equivalent: 465mm), this remarkable new lens provides a zoom ratio of approximately 18.8X.
    Responding to requests from consumers who wanted to be able to photograph subjects with a wider viewing angle than is possible with conventional high-power zoom lenses, Tamron has begun developing a unique lens with a minimum focal length of 16mm. At the telephoto end, the maximum focal length has been increased to an impressive 300mm. Users of this new lens can enjoy unprecedented framing flexibility by easily adjusting the angle of view using the convenient zoom ring.
  •  Superior, reliable image quality.
    The lens construction features 16 elements in 12 groups. This includes three Molded-Glass Aspherical elements, one Hybrid Aspherical element, two LD (Low Dispersion) elements, one XR (Extra Refractive index) glass element, and one element of UXR (Ultra-Extra Refractive Index) glass, which has a greater refractive index than XR. The full use of specialized glass elements in the design contributes to thorough compensation of optical aberrations. In addition, the use of the latest coating technology for suppressing reflections on lens element surfaces minimizes unwanted flare and ghosting and assures sharp, crisp, high-contrast images.
  • A minimum focusing distance of just 15.3 inches supports an extensive range of macro photography capabilities.
    The new lens provides a minimum focus distance of 15.3 inches over the entire zoom range, with a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.9. This makes it possible to get right up close to the subject of the photo to enjoy easy, stress-free macro photography.
  • Using a new design approach to create an ultra-compact lens. 
    The latest optical technology has been used to provide an expanded zoom range (compared to the B008) at both the wide-angle and telephoto ends, without necessitating the use of an oversized lens body. By employing UXR glass (which helps to reduce the size of the front lens diameter), an optimized layout of the Molded-Glass Aspherical elements, and adopting a 5-lens-group zoom system approach to provide enhanced design flexibility, the new lens embodies the fusion of state-of-the-art optical design, sophisticated mechanical design, and high-precision lens manufacturing technology, thereby attaining a compact size, an unprecedented zoom range, and superior image quality.
  • PZD (Piezo Drive) delivers faster, quieter autofocus action. 
    The PZD (Piezo Drive) advanced standing-wave ultrasonic motor system delivers faster, quieter, more precise AF action when the autofocus is engaged. There is enhanced support for contrast-detection AF capabilities, and focusing when in live-view mode has been made smoother. The new lens also features full-time manual focus, a function that was not provided on the B008, making manual focusing more convenient.
  • Sharper images with VC (Vibration Compensation)
    Tamron’s acclaimed VC mechanism is incorporated into the new lens. VC reduces image blur caused by camera shake to deliver significantly sharper images even when shooting handheld at long telephoto settings.
  • Moisture-resistant construction for worry-free outdoor shooting.
  • Upgraded cosmetic design.
    Tamron has upgraded the cosmetic design and finish of this lens to create a more sophisticated, high-end look in keeping with the demands of discerning DSLR users. Employing a sophisticated linear pattern rubber grip on the zoom and focus rings, and an elegant tungsten-silver name-brand ring, etc., this newly designed model accentuates its visceral presence with understated elegance and class.

28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD (Model A010)
Innovative All-In-One™ zoom integrates state-of-the-art optical design, PZD (Piezo Drive)[1] and Tamron’s exclusive VC (Vibration Compensation)[2] system to achieve superb image quality in a remarkably compact, lightweight package.

Product Highlights

  • State-of-the-art optical design technology delivers superior image quality.
    The advanced optical construction of this lens includes four elements of LD (Low Dispersion) glass, three Molded-Glass Aspherical elements, one Hybrid Aspherical element, one XR (Extra Refractive Index) glass element, and one element of UXR (Ultra-Extra Refractive Index) glass, which has greater refractive index than XR. The full use of specialized glass elements in its design contributes to making this outstanding lens as compact and lightweight as possible, while minimizing aberrations, resulting in superior image quality. Particularly impressive is the thorough compensation of chromatic aberrations at the telephoto end, yielding images of enhanced clarity and crispness.
  • Focus on portability – The lens is now even smaller and lighter.
    In addition to state-of-the-art optical design that facilitates downsizing of the lens body, the mechanical design, which incorporates a highly sophisticated multi-stack-cam layout that takes up far less space, and PZD (Piezo Drive), an autofocus drive system with a simpler, more compact structure, has made it possible to reduce the overall dimensions of this lens compared to the existing Tamron 28-300mm (Model A20). These technologies are the fruit of Tamron’s more than 20 years of research and development in the high-power zoom lens field.
  • Advanced anti-reflection coating.
    The latest optical technology has been used to provide an expanded zoom range (compared to the B008) at both the wide-angle and telephoto ends, without necessitating the use of an oversized lens body. By employing UXR glass (which helps to reduce the size of the front lens diameter), an optimized layout of the Molded-Glass Aspherical elements, and adopting a 5-lens-group zoom system approach to provide enhanced design flexibility, the new lens embodies the fusion of state-of-the-art optical design, sophisticated mechanical design, and high-precision lens manufacturing technology, thereby attaining a compact size, an unprecedented zoom range, and superior image quality.
  • Upgraded cosmetic design – Elegant tungsten silver brand ring. 
    Tamron has upgraded the cosmetic design and finish of this lens to create a more sophisticated, high-end look in keeping with the demands of discerning full-frame DSLR users. Employing a sophisticated linear pattern rubber grip on the zoom and focus rings and an elegant tungsten silver name-brand ring, this newly designed model accentuates its visceral presence with understated elegance and class.
  • PZD (Piezo Drive) delivers faster, quieter autofocus action.
    The PZD (Piezo Drive), a standing-wave ultrasonic motor system, delivers faster, quieter, more precise action when the autofocus is engaged. The full-time manual focus system is easy and intuitive, enabling quick and convenient manual focus at any time.
  • Sharper images with VC (Vibration Compensation)
    Tamron’s acclaimed VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism reduces image blur caused by camera shake to deliver significantly sharper images even when shooting handheld.
  • Circular diaphragm facilitates achieving spectacular blur effects
    Using a circular diaphragm[1], this lens achieves spectacular background blur effects that enable creative use of depth of field.
  • Moisture-resistant construction for worry-free outdoor shooting.
    Moisture-resistant construction helps prevent moisture from penetrating the lens.

About Tamron
“New Eyes for Industry” is Tamron’s philosophy. This creed is consistent with the company’s position as a comprehensive manufacturer of a wide range of original optical products, from interchangeable lenses for SLR cameras to various optical devices for both the general consumer and OEM. Tamron makes optical products that contribute to a range of different industries and will continue to devote its rich creativity and leading-edge technical prowess to various industrial fields. Furthermore, Tamron is fully aware of its responsibility to the environment and aspires to help preserve the natural environment in all of its business activities. Among its many optical and mechanical innovations since the founding of the company in 1950, Tamron’s development of mass-produced hybrid Aspherical elements paved the way for today’s compact high power All-In-One lenses when, in 1992, this technology was incorporated into the ground-breaking 28-200mm. Tamron continues to lead in this category of lenses with the 18-270mm Di II VC PZD – the world’s smallest and lightest 15X All-In-One zoom lens featuring Tamron’s proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) system for blur-free hand-held shooting of photos in low light and at telephoto settings and PZD (Piezo Drive) autofocus system for fast and quiet autofocus operation. Tamron’s recent SP (Super performance) lens introductions have received accolades and high praise from leading photographic magazines and websites for their outstanding best-in-class performance. Tamron has garnered international acclaim for its extensive line-up of professional and consumer lenses.

 

Fujifilm Announces new X-T1 Weather-Resistant Camera

There have been rumors about a new X-Series camera to Fuji’s popular line, and the announcement is officially here! This morning, Fujifilm announced the X-T1, a weather-resistant, interchangeable lens camera with an OLED electronic viewfinder,  and 16.3 Megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor. Details from the official press release are as follows:

The FUJIFILM X-T1 now gives professional and enthusiast photographers the award-winning imaging power of the X-Series in a water, dust and temperature resistant body that braves outdoor challenges like never before.

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OLED viewfinder perfection

The FUJIFILM X-T1 combines a unique wide-angle 2.36m dot resolution OLED view with the world’s highest magnification (0.77x) for a digital camera *2 and shortest display lag-time of just 0.005sec*3 to react as quickly as you need in any environment. The OLED viewfinder also includes cutting-edge technology to bring users even closer to their subjects. The X-T1’s viewfinder uses a newly designed Graphic User Interface that provides an exciting shooting experience with clear details and a comfortable at-a-glance view of your settings.

The X-T1 has four OLED EVF Display Modes:

  1. “FULL” mode takes full advantage of the high magnification ratio of the X-T1’s viewfinder to give an unrivalled view of the scene
  2. “NORMAL” provides an optimum view, including shooting settings
  3. “DUAL” is specially designed for manual focusing with a clever split view. The regular view and manual focus area can be simultaneously checked (with Digital Split ImageTM or Focus Peak Highlight)*4
  4. “PORTRAIT” view in “NORMAL” and “FULL” modes automatically rotates the displayed information when the camera is held vertically

Award-winning 16.3 Megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor and EXR Processor II

The FUJIFILM X-T1 uses the award-wining EXR Processor II and X-TransCMOS II sensor with built in phase detection that delivers an astonishing response time of just 0.08 seconds and a super-fast 0.5 second start-up time*5, along with a 0.05 second shutter time lag and a 0.5 second shooting interval*6.

The X-T1 can also shoot up to 8 frames per second*7 with tracking AF and is the first-ever CSC*8 to be compatible with SDXC UHS-II format memory cards for data writing speed (in Continuous Mode) that is approximately twice that of a conventional SD card.

Tough, weather-resistant design          

The FUJIFILM X-T1 is the first weather-resistant X-Series CSC (when used with a weather-resistant lens) that performs in a wide range of challenging environments. The X-T1 uses more than 75 points of weather sealing, and the camera body is dust-resistant and water-resistant. The X-T1 is also freezeproof to -14°F for full-fledged field photography work, while the premium clear 3” LCD screen with 1.04 million dot resolution is made of tempered glass for additional outdoor protection.

Traditional handling, modern response

With five mechanical dials on the top-plate, two command dials; one on the front and one on the rear, and six fully customizable function buttons, the FUJIFILM X-T1 feels and functions like a proper photographic tool in the hand. The top-plate includes two machined-aluminum double-deck dials for the shutter speed and metering, and the ISO sensitivity and drive modes, and each is designed to turn with a reassuring click, while their textured surfaces gives a firm confirmation when setting up a shot.

With their exposure values clearly marked, the X-T1’s settings can be checked at a glance without using the rear LCD and the dials are perfectly arranged so that functions can be changed without removing your eye from the viewfinder. The six customizable function buttons and two command-dials arranged on the front and rear complete the picture, ensuring instant setting satisfaction.

WiFi and remote camera operation

The X-T1 one-touch WiFi connectivity lets you easily share images to your smartphone or tablet – pictures that these devices cannot capture – and remote shooting via smartphone or tablet using the Fujifilm Camera Remote app for unique capture opportunities.

Additional grip and weather resistant lenses

The optional vertical battery grip (VG-XT1) has the same hardy structure as the X-T1, so when added to the body, it is completely secured against the elements.

Fujifilm is launching three weather-resistant zoom lenses to complement the X-T1 camera in 2014, including the XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R OIS WR, XF16-55mmF2.8 R OIS WR and the XF50-140mmF2.8 R OIS WR.

FUJIFILM X-T1 key features list:

  • 16.3 million Megapixels APS-C X-Trans CMOS II Sensor
  • Dust and water-resistant body with approximately 80 points of weather sealing. Freeze resistance to -14°F
  • EXR Processor II
    • World’s fastest AF of 0.08 seconds
    • Startup time of 0.5 seconds
    • Shutter time lag of 0.05 seconds
    • Shooting interval of 0.5 seconds
    • Phase detection AF and motion predictive AF for continuous shooting up to 8 frames per second
      • High-precision 2.36 million dot OLED viewfinder
        • Highest viewfinder magnification for digital cameras of 0.77x
        • Wide viewing angle (diagonal 38° and horizontal 31°)
        • Ultra-fast Real Time Viewfinder with a lag-time of 0.005sec (less than 1/10 of existing models)
      • Four different display modes: Full, Normal, Dual and Vertical.
      • Full mode: Displays shooting information at the top and bottom of the screen to avoid obstruction of the view
      • Dual mode: Adds a small second screen for checking focus point with Focus Peak Highlight or Digital Split Image
      • Normal mode: Lets you concentrate on framing the shot in Auto Focus mode while keeping you aware of how the shooting conditions are changing, making it the perfect setting for sports and action photography
      • Portrait mode: When in Full or Normal modes, it rotates the shooting information interface when the camera is turned vertically
      • Tempered glass 1.04 million dot high-precision 3” tilting LCD monitor
      • Digital Split Image and Focus Highlight Peaking
      • World’s first compatibility with Ultra High Speed UHS-II SD memory cards
      • Vertical battery grip VG-XT1 and three new zoom lenses offer the same weather resistance to secure the entire system
      • Redesigned circuit board design enables high ISO 51200 setting*9
      • ISO200 – 6400, extended ISO 100, 12800, 25600, Auto(maximum ISO setting from ISO 400 – ISO6400 available)
      • Lens Modulation Optimizer technology maximizes each lens’ performance
      • In-camera RAW converter
      • Die-cast magnesium body provides a sturdy and durable, while compact and lightweight design
      • Body and grip designed for correct balance when attaching telephoto and large-diameter lenses
      • Two command dials and six Function buttons for instant control and customization
      • Interval timer shooting for Time Lapse photography is available with intervals of 1 second to 24 hours and up to 999 frames

      FUJIFILM X-T1 accessories:

      • Dedicated all-leather case BLC-XT1  New
      • Vertical battery grip VG-XT1 New
      • Hand Grip MHG-XT New
      • Four dedicated flash models to choose from depending on requirements (EF-X8 New, EF-X20, EF-20, EF-42)
      • Protector filters (PRF-39, PRF-52, PRF-58, PRF-62 and PRF-72 (For XF10-24mmF4 R OIS) New)
      • DC coupler CP-W126 NEW
      • AC adapter AC-9V NEW
      • M Mount Adapter for additional lens compatibility
      • Remote release RR-90
      • Stereo Microphone MIC-ST1

      The FUJIFILM X-T1 (body only) will be available for $1,299.95, and the X-T1 with the XF18mm-55mm (27-84mm) F2.8-4 lens (kit) will be available for $1699.95, both in February 2014. The FUJIFILM X-T1 uses the same FUJIFILM X-Mount as the X-Pro1, X-E2, X-E1, X-M1 and X-A1, and all FUJIFILM XF and XC lenses work with all X-Series interchangeable lens cameras.

    *1: Fastest AF speed among digital cameras equipped with an APS-C or larger sensor. Measurement conducted by Fujifilm research based on CIPA guidelines using the X-T1 equipped with XF14mmF2.8 R lens in High Performance mode as of January 2014

    *2: Highest VF magnification ratio among digital cameras. Fujifilm research as of January 2014. Approx. 0.77x magnification with a 50mm lens (35mm format equivalent) set to infinity and -1.0DP

    *3:  Fujifilm research as of January 2014

    *4: “X-Trans” and “Digital Sprit Image” are a trademark or registered trademark of FUJIFILM Corporation.

    *5: Equipped with XF27mmF2.8 in High Performance mode

    *6: MF mode

    *7: AF-C shooting mode

    *8: RAW shooting mode

    *9: Expended output sensitivity

CES New Product Announcements: Fuji and Sony

CES began in Las Vegas yesterday; over the course of the week, many of the leading consumer electronic brands will unveil new products. Yesterday, announcements of new Fuji and Sony gear hit the internet. For those of you who haven’t seen the new product releases, here are a few highlights:

Fujifilm announced a few new compact digital cameras, but currently Englewood Camera only carries the X-Series line and will not be offering these models. New to the X-Series system is the much-anticipated X100s digital camera–now in black! The price remains at $1299.99, and will be available (fingers crossed!) in February 2014. Call us to pre-order this camera.

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For those of you anxiously waiting for a new portrait lens from Fuji, the wait is over! Announced yesterday, the new XF 56mm f/1.2 R lens boasts fast autofocus, a wide aperture for shallow depth of field and low-light shooting, as well as an HT-EBC multi-layer coating to minimize ghosting and flare. Fuji’s new lens offers a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 85mm, plus a seven-blade aperture diaphragm that helps create smooth and round bokeh effects. This lens will be hitting our shelves by March 2014, and will retail for $999.

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Also announced at CES is a new interchangeable lens camera from Sony, the ILCE5000. Designed for DSLR users but without the bulk, the new ILCE5000 offers a 20.1 megapixel Exmor APS-C Sensor, 180° tilting LCD screen, WiFi for seamless file sharing and transfers, Play Memories camera apps, and ISO rating up to 16000. The camera is outfitted with a 16-50mm OSS lens, retails for $599, and should be hitting the shelves late March 2014.

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Another exciting product announced by Sony is a new Action Cam! The HDR-AS100V offers a new splash proof body, advanced image stabilization with Active Mode, built-in GPS, has built-in WiFi, and can be controlled via smart phone (with NFC-compatible devices). The HDR-AS100V can shoot 13.5 megapixel still frames, and records XAVC 60-fps video. This Action Cam also has a professional quality Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar lens with an ultra-wide 170° view. Retailing for $299, the HDR-AS100V should be available by late April 2014.

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Add a Live View remote watch for wrist control to the HDR-AS100V! This versatile remote allows for more creative video (and still) opportunities. Snag one of these bundles for only $399; estimated availability is April 2014.

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As we hear about more product announcements, we will post on our blog. Thank you for looking!

 

Sony Demo Days at Englewood Camera!

Join Englewood Camera this Saturday, December 7th, for Sony Demo Days! Our Sony Photo Specialist Marc Morris will be here  from 10:00am – 4:00pm with exciting gear to demo, including the hot new Sony a7! Learn more about the innovative products that Sony has to offer, bring a list of questions to ask Marc, and catch great instant savings on cameras and lenses for the holidays! We have Sony a58 kits, NEX-6 kits, and the new Sony RX-10 in stock. Don’t miss out on this fun and informative event!

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Exciting new product announcements from Fuji and Sony this week!

Englewood Camera is pleased to announce that two of our main product lines are offering new models this fall!

Announced this morning from Fujifilm are the latest addition to the X-Series lineup: the X-E2 and the X-Q2.

Key features of the X-E2:

  • 16.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor
  • Start up time of .5; shutter lag is only .05 seconds!
  • Incredible AF speed of .08 seconds
  • New Lens Modulation Optimizer (LMO) for improved image quality
  • High resolution 2.36 million dot OLED electronic viewfinder
  • 3″ (1.04 million dot) premium clear LCD screen with high contrast, high brightness and wide viewing angle
  • In camera RAW converter
  • Full HD movie mode
  • Artistic features: multiple exposure, panoramic, toy camera, dynamic tone, pop color and more

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The X-E2 body will retail at $999.99, or you can purchase with the XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 lens for $1,399.99. Expected delivery is late November.

The new X-Q1 is an exciting new digital compact camera with the following key features:

  • 12 megapixel 2/3″ X-Trans CMOS II Sensor
  • EXR Processor II offers fast start up time of .5 seconds, shutter lag of .15 seconds, and shooting interval of .3 seconds
  • Fast auto focus speed of .06 seconds
  • 4x intelligent digital zoom (equivalent of 25-100mm in 35mm format); lens offers f/1.8-f/4.9 variable aperture
  • In-camera RAW converter
  • Full HD movie
  • ISO range of 100-12,800

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Availability is estimated for late October, and selling price is $499.99

Announced earlier this week from Sony are two exciting new cameras: the Alpha 7R and DSC-RX10.

Key features of the Alpha 7R:

  • Full frame 36.3 megapixel resolution with 14-bit RAW processing
  • Fully compatible with Sony E-Mount lenses and new full frame lenses
  • High contrast 2.4-million dot EVF (electronic view finder) for eye-level framing
  • Wi-Fi enabled to seamlessly transfer images to smartphones or tablets
  • New high-speed BIONZ X image processor
  • Full HD movie at 24/p/60i/60p with uncompressed HDMI output
  • Fast, intelligent AF fir responsive, accurate, and optimized for full frame sensor

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Body only is estimated at $2,299.99 retail price.

Sony’s latest compact Cybershot camera offers these key features:

  • 20.2 megapixel Exmor R 1″ CMOS sensor
  • Awesome 24-200mm f/2.8 Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens
  • Simple connectivity to smartphones and tablets via Wi-Fi
  • Advanced noise reduction and maximum ISO of 12,800
  • Full HD movie with exposure control at 60p/24p
  • Smooth precise control ring for P/A/S/M operating modes
  • RAW or JPG files

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Estimated retail price is $1,299.99.

 

 

 

Fuji Demo Days Start Tomorrow at Englewood Camera!

Join Englewood Camera and Fujifilm this Friday and Saturday for demo days! We will have two representatives from Fuji here at the store to demo equipment, including the very popular X-Series cameras, and both reps will be available for tech support for existing Fuji customers. Grab a raffle ticket to win a Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 camera; raffle will be held Saturday afternoon, but winner does not have to be present. Englewood Camera is proud to be the only Fujifilm Premier Elite Dealer in Colorado–your best resource for X-Series equipment, including the X100s, XE-1, X-M1, and all Fujinon lenses.

Check out Englewood Camera’s great selection of equipment, and join us for a fun event! See you this weekend!

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Join the raffle to win this camera + film!

 

Fujifilm Announces New X-A1

This morning, Fujifilm announced the newest member to its X-Series system: the X-A1. Details from Fuji’s press release are as follows:

Valhalla, N.Y., September 17, 2013 – FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced the new FUJIFILM X-A1 compact system camera (CSC), the fourth interchangeable lens system camera introduced within the award-winning FUJIFILM X-Series. The ultra-light X-A1 gives consumers an affordable entry point into the X-Series line of digital cameras and delivers outstanding image quality using its large 16.3 Megapixel APS-C  CMOS sensor, easy operation and wireless image transfer for quick photo sharing.

The FUJIFILM X-A1 kit will ship with the FUJINON XC 16-50mm (24-76mm)*1 F3.5-5.6 OIS zoom lens. The XC 16-50mm is a versatile lens that is ideal for a wide range of photographic subjects, including clear low-light scenes, beautiful portraits and vivid landscapes. The lens consists of 12 all glass elements in 10 groups including 3 aspherical elements and 1 ED element. The lens features seven round-edged aperture blades, which offer 17 stops in 1/3 EV increments for precise aperture control.

“The lightweight X-A1 and versatile XC16-50mm lens combination gives consumers extraordinary value and the opportunity to experience the outstanding image quality that the X-Series is known for,” said Manny Almeida, senior vice president and general manager, FUJIFILM North America Corporation. “Together with a high definition tilting screen and wireless image transfer, consumers of all skill levels can capture truly memorable images that can also be shared on Facebook and Twitter quickly and easily.”

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Large 16.3 Megapixel APS-C sensor and EXR Processor II

The FUJIFILM X-A1 uses an APS-C sensor and powerful EXR Processor II that captures rich tones, breath-taking dynamic range and stunning low-light images using its extended ISO range of up to 25600. With the X-A1, users can set the sensor sensitivity from ISO200 to as high as ISO6400 in 1/3 step increments, to obtain remarkably clear images even when shooting indoors and at night.

Together with the EXR Processor II, the X-A1 also gives customers fantastic speed with a start-up time of 0.5 seconds*2, a shutter time lag of 0.05 seconds and a maximum burst speed of 5.6 frames per second (max. 30 frames*3).

Compact performance and advanced features

The X-A1 CSC combines advanced features in a go-anywhere design. The X-A1 weighs just 11.6oz*4 and is about a third of the size of a traditional DSLR body. With a slim profile of 1.3” at its trimmest point, the X-A1 is easily carried anywhere.

The X-A1 also features a 3” tilting high resolution LCD screen with 920,000 dots for easy image viewing and framing at various angles. The 3” LCD monitor tilts at variable vertical angles, facilitating both low-angle and high-angle shots whether on or off a tripod. The X-A1 uses a built-in high precision flash, with the guide number 7*5, and Super Intelligent Flash technology that uses scene recognition and automatically controls flash strength to reduce highlight clipping.

Easy Image Transfer with WiFi® button

The X-A1 includes a WiFi button that lets users transfer high quality photos and movies*6  to social media sites for easy sharing from the camera to smartphones, tablets and computers.

To connect the X-A1 to a smartphone or tablet, users can download the free dedicated “FUJIFILM Camera Application” to their iPhone™ / iPad™ or Android™ smartphone or tablet device to transfer up to 30 pictures at a time from the X-A1. The app also lets users download movies, expanding the range of options available for enjoying pictures taken with the camera.

Intuitive design and easy operation

The X-A1 has its key operation buttons and dials positioned on the right side of the camera’s rear panel for easy use and quick picture taking. The Mode Dial for selecting the optimum setting for each scene gives access to the Advanced SR Auto function, which automatically recognizes each scene and selects the best settings for sharp and clear images.

The Advanced Filter function and Film Simulation modes give users a range of creative filters and film effects to apply and achieve unique and artistic looks.

FUJIFILM X-A1 key features list:

  • 16.3 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • EXR Processor II
    • Start-up time of 0.5
    • Shutter lag time of 0.05
    • Shooting interval time of 0.7
  • 3” (920K dot) tilting high resolution LCD screen
  • Full range of ISO100 – ISO25600
  • Wireless image transfer
  • Q Menu shortcut button
  • In-camera RAW processing
  • Film Simulation modes (Velvia, ASTIA, PROVIA, Sepia, and Black & White)
  • 8 Advanced Filters (Toy Camera, Miniature, Dynamic Tone, Pop Color, Soft Focus, High Key, Low Key and Partial Color)
  • Multiple Exposure mode to superimpose a second exposure on the first exposure
  • Full HD movie 1080P\30fps and built-in stereo microphone
  • Available accessories include: Leather Case, Hand Grip, and Clip-on Flash

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Englewood Camera expects to have this camera later this month! Retail is $599.99 for the X-A1 and 16-50mm kit, which is available in Black or Indigo Blue.

 

 

Fujifilm Launches New XF 23mm f/1.4 Wide Angle Lens

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FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced the new FUJINON XF23mm F1.4 R, a premium wide-angle lens designed to work seamlessly with the award-wining line of X-Series compact system cameras. On APS-C cameras, this focal length is equivalent to 35mm, and is ideal for every day photography.

According to Fujifilm’s Press Release from this morning, the new FUJINON XF23mm F1.4 R provides enhanced resolving power with crisp contrast to draw maximum performance out of the highly descriptive X-Trans CMOS sensor. The fast F/1.4 aperture allows the user to reduce blurring in low light conditions and achieve stunning shallow depth to field photography. The FUJINON XF23mmF1.4 R features a camera-to-subject distance indicator and a depth-of-field scale on the barrel. Both are useful when manually pre-focusing to capture a fast moving subject, or minimize the shutter lag to capture a fleeting moment. Lens distortion has been reduced to an absolute minimum using only optical rather than digital correction, thereby delivering the highest possible picture quality. The rounded seven-blade diaphragm ensures smooth bokeh even when shooting portraits or product shots at a medium aperture to maintain reasonable depth-of-field.

FUJINON XF23mmF1.4 R key features:

  • 35mm equivalent F1.4 lens
  • Fully compatible with FUJIFILM X-Mount
  • 1 lens group consisting of 3 cemented lens elements and 1 aspheric lens element
  • Built-in high-torque DC coreless motor
  • Seven round-edged aperture blades, which offer 22 stops in 1/3 EV steps
  • Lens elements treated with Fujifilm’s multilayer HT-EBC (High Transmittance Electron

Lens availability will be October 2013. Retail price is $899.99.
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