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Fujifilm Singapore Launches the GFX 50S, X-T20, X100F and XF 50mm f2 WR + Hands On

Fujifilm Singapore launched the GFX 50S, X-T20, X100F and the XF 50mm f/2 WR at Suntec City Convention Centre yesterday (17 Feb) in conjunction with a photo contest.

Visitors looking at the submissions of the photo walk held earlier.

The launch was opened by Mr. Favian Loo, the Divisional Marketing Manager of Fujifilm Singapore. To show off the newly-launched cameras, three beautiful models paraded them on stage,

Mr. Favian Loo, Divisional Marketing Manager of Fujifilm Singapore
Models showing off the XT-20, X100F and GFX 50S

Mr. Mokoto Oishi, Product Planning Manager of Fujifilm Corporation is up next, speaking about the design philosophy and technical aspects of the GFX 50S. This is Fujifilm’s mirrorless medium format with a resolution of 51.4MP, but with a relatively compact and lightweight form factor compared to a professional full-frame DSLR.

Mr. Mokoto Oishi, Product Planning Manager of Fujifilm Corporation

As with Fujifilm’s previous launches, X Photographers went on stage to talk about their experiences with using the new cameras. Popular street photographer Mr. Chia Aik Beng (popularly known as Aik Beng Chia or ABC) started the ball rolling, talking about his experience in using the X100F in Japan and India.

Mr. Chia Aik Beng talking about the X100F

Next, the first female X Photographer, Ms Mindy Tan talked about her experience with shooting the X-T20, and how how the small size and touch-screen helped her get her street photos.

Ms Mindy Tan showing how small the X-T20 is in her hands.

Commercial photographer Mr. Ivan Joshua Loh is up next, talking about how the GFX 50S has rekindled his passion for medium format. Being mirrorless, the GFX 50S is a lot lighter than the other medium format cameras, which made shooting a breeze.

GFX 50S

The star of the evening is, of course, the medium format GFX 50S and I wasted no time in checking it out. With the GF 62mm f/2.8 attached, it does feel pretty light, even when compared to a DSLR. With the GF 32-64mm f/4 though, it weighs nearly as much as a DSLR with a pro-level 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom lens. Not bad at all, considering this is a medium format camera after all.

The back of the GFX 50S features a 3.2″ touch-screen LCD.

AF speed of the GFX 50S is pretty decent, though slower than a typical DSLR. I’d say it’s roughly the same as the early X-T1 AF speeds, which I think is not bad for a medium format. The GFX 50S has a detachable, high-resolution EVF with 3.69M dots, which looks big and bright, just like the X-T2’s but it appears to be bigger as there is higher magnification.

This is how compact the GFX 50S is in my hand.

Here is a test shot from the GFX 50S, lit by Broncolor lights.

Shot on GFX 50S with the GF 63mm f/2.8.

And here’s a 100% crop showing the amazing detail.

100% Crop

X-T20

The X-T20 is designed as the smaller and lower-cost alternative to the flagship X-T2, with the same image sensor and processor in a smaller and lighter form factor. It also has a touch screen and pop-up flash, things with the X-T2 lacks. Having been spoilt by the excellent EVF of the X-T1 and the X-T2, the EVF on the X-T20 is smaller and dimmer, but still looks nice and sharp. AF speeds are pretty good too!

Fujifilm X-T20—Front
Fujifilm X-T20—Back

X100F

This is the forth iteration of the camera that started the ”X Revolution”. The camera still looks pretty much the same, with some tweaks to the physical dials and the addition of the AF selection joystick for easier AF-point selection when shooting. The ISO dial is now integrated into the shutter speed dial, like the X-Pro 2 and some of the old film SLRs.

Fujifilm X100F
X100F top plate

The original X100 was known to have super slow AF. However, thanks to its superior colours and image quality, photographers around the world were able to look beyond this and embraced the camera. Over time, Fujifilm has continually improved the AF speed with each release, and I am glad to say the AF speed on the X100F is now excellent. Not quite on par with the X-T2 but still very fast. Good job, Fujifilm!

The newly released cameras are now available from authorised Fujifilm dealers.

 

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Canon Releases a Trio of New Cameras—EOS M6, EOS Rebel T7i/800D and EOS 77D

Canon EOS M6 with EVF-DC2 and EF-S 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens

Canon has announced a trio of new cameras—The EOS M6 Mirrorless, EOS Rebel T7i (also known as 800D outside USA) and the EOS 77D.

EOS M6

Contrary to what the name suggests, the M6 is not an update to the recently-released EOS M5. Instead, it sits below the EOS M5 and is an upgrade to the old EOS M3. How confusing.

The EOS M6 shares much of the M5’s innards, including the 24MP APS-C sensor, Digic 7 image processor and a 3″ touchscreen LCD which can be flipped up for selfies. There is no built-in EVF, but an optional EVF (EVF-DC2) can be purchased. It has a resolution of 2.36M dots.

On the video side of things, the EOS M6 can record 1080/60p video, pretty standard stuff these days. It also has Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth connectivity.

Available in either black or silver, the M6 will go on sale in April 2017 for US$780 for the body alone, or US$900 with the EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 STM. You can also buy it with the EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 STM for $1280. The optional EVF-DC2, also available in either black or silver, will be sold at US$250.

Canon EOS Rebel T7i with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

EOS Rebel T7i / 800D

The EOS T7i, also known as the 800D outside USA and the Kiss X9i in Japan (seriously, is there a need for all the alternative namings?) is a new addition to Canon’s entry-level line-up of DSLRs. It has a 24,4MP CMOS sesor, 45-point AF system with all cross-type sensors, and Dual Pixel AF in live view. This is a substantial upgrade over the previous model, the T6i’s 19-point AF system.

The T7i uses the new Digic 7 image processor and can shoot at a burst rate of 6fps. There is also WiFi, Bluetooth and NFC connectivity with smart phones as well as Canon’s new Bluetooth wireless remote control. On the back of the camera is a 3″ touchscreen LCD with 1.04M dots.

The EOS Rebel T7i will be available in April 2017 for US$750 for the body only, US$900 with the new EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6t IS STM and US$1300 with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM.

Canon EOS 77D

EOS 77D

The EOS 77D, also known as EOS 9000D in some places (argh), sits between Canon’s Rebel series of entry-level DSLRs and the 80D. It essentially replaces the T6S/EOS 760D and has a 24.2MP CMOS sensor with Dual Pixel AF and Digic 7 image processor. Like the T7i, it features 45 cross-type AF points for quick and accurate focussing, Bluetooth, NFC and Wifi connectivity. 1080/60p video recording is also supported.

Compared to the T7i, the 77D features a built-in interval and bulb timers, more custom controls, AF-On button, a top LCD panel and an eye sensor which shuts off the rear LCD when the camera is raised to the eye for shooting.

The EOS 77D will be available in April 2017 for US$899.99 for the body alone, US$1049 with the new EF-S 18-55 f/4-5.6 IS STM lens and US$1499 with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens.

 

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Fujifilm Announces GFX 50S Ship Date and Price, First Round of G-mount Lenses

Fujifilm GFX 50S

Fujifilm has announced that the highly anticipated, 51.4MP GFX 50S medium format mirrorless camera will be shipping in late February for US$6499.

GF 63mm f/2.8 R LM WR, GF 32-64mm f/4 R LM WR, GF 120mm f/4 R LM OIS WR

To go with it, Fujifilm has also announced three new lenses. They are:

  1. GF 63mm f/2.8R WR, equivalent to 50mm when mounted on the GFX50S. It is sealed from dust and moisture, as are the other two lenses announced.) It will be available from February at US$1499.
  2. GF 32-64mm f/4R LM WR, a lightweight general-purpose zoom lens with an equivalency of 25-51mm and has aspherical ED and super ED elements. It will cost US$2299.
  3. Finally, the GF 120mm f/4 R LM OIS WR Macro, a macro lens equivalent to 90mm featuring optical image stabilisation of up to 5 stops. It has 3 ED elements and a minimum focussing distance of 45cm/18in. It’s priced at US$2699.

Three new lenses will be announced by the end of the year—a 23mm f/4, 45mm f/2.8 and 1100mm f/2.

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Leica Announces a Slimmer M—the M10, But Unfortunately Makes Your Wallet Slim As Well

Leica M10 With Summicron 50mm f/2

Leica announced their new M-series digital rangefinder today, the M10, featuring a slimmer body. I’ve always felt that the other M bodies have been rather thick compared to other cameras, so in a way, we can say that the M’s diet has finally worked. Being no stranger to marketing spiels, Leica dubs the M10 a camera that “embodies the essence of photography like no other camera before,” Leica says. It seems that every Leica body features some sort of essence of photography in one way or another, so I wonder what really is the difference.

Leica M10 Top Plate. ISO dial is on the left.

Being rather outdated in terms of technology by now, Leica brings the M10 slightly more up-to-date with the addition of WiFi—a first in the M series—allowing you to transfer images to your mobile device. An ISO dial has also been added to the top plate, allowing you to adjust your ISO setting without having to go through a menu system.

The rangefinder on the M10 is now improved, with a 30% increase in the field of view and the magnification has been increased to 0.73x (up from 0.68x.) The eyepoint is now 50% farther, making it much easier for specs-wearing shooters.

To be on the same level as their competitors, Leica has incorporated a new 24MP full-frame CMOS sensor with better dynamic range, sharpness, resolution and contrast in the M10. ISO range is now expanded, allowing photographers to shoot from ISO 200 through 50,000.

With a price tag of US$6595, your wallet will definitely be slim! You can pre-order one starting right this moment.

 

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Fujifilm Releases X100F, X-T20 and XF 50mm F2 WR

Fujifilm X100F

Seven years ago, Fujifilm released the X100, a retro-looking rangefinder-style digital camera that won the hearts of many photographers with its excellent out-of-camera image quality. It especially appealed to street photographers wanting a digital rangefinder but doesn’t want to pay the ridiculous premium for a Leica M system. The X100 featured a revolutionary hybrid viewfinder, giving the advantages of an optical as well as an electronic viewfinder. The X100 has since gone through a series of upgrades, with the S and T models, but while each offered noticeable improvements over the previous, particularly in the AF speed, the 16MP sensor is getting a bit long in the tooth compared to the likes of the X-T2 and X-Pro 2, as well as the competitors.

Fujifilm X100F Top Controls

Today, Fujifilm announced the forth generation of the X100, named the X100F. Following the X-Pro 2 and X-T2, the X100F uses the same 24.3MP X-Trans III CMOS image sensor and the X-Processor Pro, so image quality should be on-par. Fujifilm has increased the number of AF points on the X100F from 49 to 91, and improved the AF acquisition time to just 0.08s.

Fujifilm X100F Rear Controls

Like the X-Pro 2 and X-T2, the X100F has a joystick at the rear of the camera for controlling the AF point’s position, It has also taken on the style of the X-Pro 2’s combination shutter speed + ISO dial. Other minor tweaks include moving controls over to the right side of the camera for easier one-handed operation, and the addition of a front control dial. The hybrid viewfinder now offers image magnification when using the EVF mode. Also new to the X100F is the addition of the new ACROS film simulation mode for B&W lovers.

The X100F will be available from February 16th in black or silver for US$1299. Maybe there will be a graphite edition in future too, who knows?

X-T20

Fujifilm X-T20 with XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS

Fujifilm has also released the X-T20, an update to the X-T10 released in 2015. Just as the X-T10 was the “little brother” of the X-T1, the X-T20 is a baby X-T2. There is no weather-sealing unlike the X-T2, but it still retains several of the X-T2’s features. This includes the same 24.3MP sensor and X-Processor Pro image processor, advanced AF and 4K video shooting. One feature that the X-T20 has that the X-T2 doesn’t is a touchscreen which works in stills, video and playback modes. It also has a joystick control and a pop-up flash. The EVF however, only has a magnification of 0.62x (0.77x on the X-T2.) Just like their other newly released cameras, Fujifilm has added the ACROS film simulation mode to the X-T20 as well.

The X-T20 will be available from late February 2017 at a cost of US$900 for the body alone, bundled together with the XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS lens for US$1000 and with the XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS for US$1200.

XF 50mm f/2 WR

Fujinon XF 50mm f/2 WR

Alongside the two new cameras, Fujifilm has added a new member to their weather-resistant (WR) line of lenses with the XF 50mm f/2 WR. Like the XF 35mm f/2 and XF 24mm f/2, the XF 50mm f/2 is a compact, lightweight and reasonably fast prime lens weighing just 200g. It offers dust and water resistance and is freezeproof to -10ºC.

On the Fujifilm APS-C cameras, it offers a 35mm equivalent of 76mm at f/2, making it an excellent lens for portraiture. It consists of 9 elements in 7 groups, and has one aspherical ED element. Autofocus is via a stepping motor.

The lens is available in February for around US$450 and is available in either black or silver.

 

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CES 2017: Fujifilm Announces Graphite X-T2 and X-Pro 2

Graphite X-Pro 2 with matching XF 23mm f/2 WR.
Graphite X-Pro 2 with matching XF 23mm f/2 WR.

Just like they’ve done for the X-T1, Fujifilm has applied the graphite treatment to their two latest cameras—the X-T2 and X-Pro 2. The graphite X-Pro 2 will also come with a matching XF 23mm f/2 WR lens. With a more silvery finish, the new X-T2’s colour is appropriately called “Graphite Silver”.

Fujifilm X-T2 "Graphite Silver"
Fujifilm X-T2 “Graphite Silver”

Both will ship in late January for US$2299 (X-Pro 2) and US$1799 (X-T2).

 

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CES 2017: Panasonic Officially Launches the Highly Anticipated Lumix DC GH5

Panasonic DC GH5
Panasonic Lumix DC GH5

Originally teased at Photokina, Panasonic has finally launched the Lumix DC GH5 during CES 2017. The camera has a 20.3MP Live CMOS sensor without an optical low-pass filter and an upgraded Venus Engine processor that claims to cut noise by 2 stops.

The EVF has been upgraded as well. It now has a resolution of 3.68M dots and 0.76x magnification (compared to 2.36M dots and 0.67x on the GH4.) It also has dual UHS-II SD slots, full-sized HDMI port and a fully articulating 3.2″ touchscreen LCD with 1.62M dots. it also has a 5-axis in-body image stabilisation with support for Dual IS 2.

The GH5 can capture 4K 60p and 50p using the full sensor with no cropping at 150Mbps. At 4K30P, you can get 10-bit 4:2:2 colour.

The GH5 will be available at US$2000 at the end of March.

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CES 2017 Panasonic Announces GX850 Compact and FZ80 60X Superzoom

Panasonic GX850
Panasonic GX850/GX800/GF9

Panasonic has announced the GX850—also known as the GX800 and GF9 in depending on the market (Seriously now, what’s with all these regional namings?) It is the smallest Panasonic camera to boast both 4K/30P video and a 4K Photo mode.

The camera is reminiscent of the super compact GM line and has a 16MP Live MOS sensor with no low-pass filter. This, in Panasonic’s words, delivers “crisp, high-resolution images in fine details with high-contrast, [and] impressive color reproduction.”

The GX850/GF9/GX800 also has a 3″ LCD with 1.04M dots which is able to flip 180º, perfect for selfie/wefie lovers out there. Photos are stored on a microSD card.

The camera will be available from February for US$550 bundled with a Lumix G Vario 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. It is available in black or silver.

Panasonic FZ80/FZ82
Panasonic FZ80/FZ82

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ80

Like the GX850/GF9/GX800, the FZ80 also has multiple names depending on the region, it being called the FZ82 in some markets. The camera does 4K video and features a 60X zoom lens covering 20-1200mm with a variable aperture of f/2.8-5.9.

Other than shooting 4K video at 30fps, you can also shoot 120fps at 1280×720, or 240fps at 640×480. If you shoot 4K, you can shoot up to 15 minutes at any one time.

The camera will ship from March for US$400.

 

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CES 2017: Canon Announces PowerShot G9 X Mark II With 8fps RAW Burst

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II
Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II

Canon has announced an update to the G9 X released in Oct 2015. The Mark II model uses the same 20MP CMOS sensor, 28-80mm equivalent lens and 3″ touchscreen LCD. However, the image stabilisation has been improved to give up to 3.5 stops of vibration reduction, and the burst shooting rate has been upgraded to 8.2fps (an 1fps increase from the Mark 1).

The camera will be released in February in black or silver/brown for US$530.

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Nikon Announces the Ultra-wide PC Nikkor 19mm f/4E Tilt-Shift Lens and Redesigned 70-200mm f/2.8

PC Nikkor 19mm f/4E
PC Nikkor 19mm f/4E

Architectural photographers using the Nikon system rejoice! Nikon has announced the PC Nikkor 19mm f/4E tilt-shift lens. For a long time, the ultra-wide tilt-shift lens market was dominated by Canons 17mm TSE while Nikon’s widest goes only up to 24mm.

The PC Nikkor 19mm f/4E offers a 97º field of view and can shift ±12mm and tilt ±7.5°. It contains three ED and two aspherical elements, and unlike the previous PC lens designs, the tilt and shift mechanisms can be adjusted independently from each other. This allows photographers to set the tilt either parallel or perpendicular to the shift.

The lens will be available from next month at US$3399.95.

AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm F2.8E FL ED VR

AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm F2.8E FL ED VR
AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm F2.8E FL ED VR

Nikon has also released an update to their 70-200mm workhorse lens with a new optical design, improved vibration reduction as well as an electromagnetic diaphram.

The lens has 6 ED, 1 fluorite and 1 high refractive index element, and a Nano Crystal Coat reduces flare and ghosting. The front and rear elements are fluorine-coated to prevent smudging. The newly improved VR gives a 4-stop advantage compared to 3.5 in the previous model.

The lens will be available next month at US$2799.95.

 

 

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