All posts tagged: Fujifilm

Photobook: Metropolight by David Gaberle

Five years ago David Gaberle went through “a really rough time” after moving to London. A friend suggested he pick up a camera to help process his experience, and he found that photography “really eases the experience of the sensory overload that comes with living in a big city”. By 2015 he was ready to embark on an ambitious new project inspired by this work, and invested all his savings in travelling to the world’s biggest cities to shoot them. On the move for eight months and changing location every few weeks, he covered over 3600km. “The constant search was the happiest time of my life,” he says. Originally from the Czech Republic, Gaberle studied anthropology back home and has a researcher’s perspective on the modern metropolis. “In the big cities, people spend less time with other people which means they have more time to become different, developing themselves,” he says. “There are more interesting personalities in the cities.” At the same time, though, he finds big cities can be “really dehumanising”, because “they have an effect on how …

2017-05-09T12:53:09+00:00

Fujifilm GFX 50S

Photokina News: Introducing the Fujifilm GFX 50S

Fujifilm has announced that it will introduce a new medium format system in 2017 called GFX. The company has shown a GFX 50S mirrorless camera body, and says that by the end of the first year the system will have a range of six GF lenses. The GFX 50S will use a customised version current 51.4MP medium format sensor, measuring 43.8×32.9mm. With a flange back of just 26.7mm, it can get its rear elements as close as 16.7mm to the sensor to maintain almost parallel light rays that will interact with the pixels without producing vignetting or false colour – as it does with the X series. The company chose the mirrorless route to allow it to create a small body – it says the GFX 50S is smaller than a pro full frame DSLR to maximise resolution by avoiding the disruption of mirror vibrations. The camera instead uses a focal plane shutter that allows speeds of up to 1/4000sec. The camera will feature HDMI out and will be set-up for tethered shooting by the time …

2016-09-20T12:17:14+00:00

Fuji unveils new flagship mirrorless camera

Introducing the X-T2, Fujifilm’s latest mirrorless camera, which will sit alongside the X-Pro2 as the Japanese maker’s top-of-the-range X-series model. While the rangefinder-style X-Pro2 is designed for “discreet documentary photography”, the more SLR-like X-T2 is best suited to portraiture, nature and sports, says Fujifilm. And to that end, it has improved on autofocus and electronic viewfinder performance, “making it more adaptable than ever before at shooting a moving subject under difficult conditions… which had previously been considered difficult with mirrorless cameras”. Arriving in September, the £1400 camera utilises a 24.3-megapixel X-Trans TM CMOS III* 1 sensor, an APS-C format module that has no low-pass filter. Coupled with an X-Processor Pro high-speed image processing engine, it is claimed to deliver the highest performance in the X range, claimed to deliver “outstanding colour reproduction and gradation of tones in both stills and videos with high ISO sensitivity and low noise”. Start-up time, shooting interval and shutter release time lag have all been improved on, while the increased processing power has bettered the autofocus, “improving the focusing performance on points of light, low-contrast objects and subjects with fine and delicate textures such as …

2016-07-06T23:55:53+00:00

The best of CES 2016

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The new year opened with the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and it proved rich pickings for pro photographers, with new flagship cameras from Nikon and Phase One, some welcome long-lens additions designed for CSC cameras, and the usual array of storage devices, action cams and drones. We round up the most intriguing new photography announcements. Kodak Super 8 Revival Initiative CES’s one genuine surprise came in an announcement from Kodak, stating it plans to revive the Super 8 format, 50 years after it first debuted. Showing a prototype that “combines the classic features of a Super 8 with digital functionality”, and with a new ‘limited edition’ camera planned for autumn, the company says it has devised a roadmap that includes a range of cameras, film development services, post production tools and more, in what amounts to a new “ecosystem for film”. It comes on the back of resurgence of interest in film within Hollywood, according to Kodak, and the new initiative has the backing of filmmakers including Christopher Nolan, Steven Spielberg and Star Wars writer/director JJ Abrams. Kodak is …

2016-01-25T13:06:16+00:00

Fuji's Takashi Ueno with the X-Pro2 he designed

Fuji’s second coming

Fuji X-Pro1 owners who’ve been waiting for the next generation of their neat little digital rangefinder may well be feeling a good deal older than when they first started waiting. And those who didn’t buy, deciding to wait it out for the follow up instead, might have had the feeling that it was never going to arrive. They’ve kept their hopes alive largely because the original is so nice, but it has a few things that really need fixing. It is exactly four years since Fuji launched its first interchangeable lens compact system camera, and while it has introduced a number of very attractive alternatives since then, they have been just that – alternatives. The X-Pro1 is a very distinctive camera with its rangefinder styling and its unique viewfinder, and if that is the kind of camera you like to use the X-T1 isn’t going to fill its shoes. In a market in which we might expect updates for this sort of model every couple of years, the X-Pro2 seems pretty overdue. I suspect though …

2016-02-02T13:56:57+00:00

Fuji X-Pro2

Fuji unveils the long awaited successor to its celebrated X-Pro1 camera

It’s been a long time coming (find out why in our interview with Takashi Ueno), but Fuji has finally unveiled a successor to its flagship X series camera, the Pro1, which was many people’s pick of the Photokina trade show four years ago, with its rangefinder styling, optical viewfinder and accompanying range of high quality lenses.The X-Pro2’s hybrid viewfinder remains unique in its proposition of blending optical and digital views of what is to be captured, and the £1349 camera is still the only AF digital rangefinder on the market. Appearances are deceptive, as the latest version looks near identical to its predecessor, but now it has a 24-megapixel sensor, a faster processor, and Fuji has made some much needed improvements to the autofocus, which uses 273 AF points across the screen, including 169 phase detection points.Further refinements have been made to JPEG processing, black-and-white capture, the mechanical shutter, battery efficiency, layout and menu views, and a dual SD card slot has been added. The Fujinon XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR, equivalent to 52-609mm …

2016-01-15T11:57:01+00:00

Gear of the Year 2015

Sony A7 Mark II series The year 2015 saw the arrival of Sony’s full Mark II A7 fleet, adding five-axis full-frame sensor stabilisation to the mirrorless ILC. While the 42-megapixel A7R II [below left] is now acknowledged as the top of the range, the first update, the A7 II (24-megapixels), also improved autofocus, body design, sealing and shutter life. Its on-sensor, phase-detection AF works with many adapted Sony A-mount and Canon EF lenses. The second update (A7R to A7R II) moved from 36- to 42-megapixels with a new shutter and 4k video direct to SDXC card, plus a larger electronic viewfinder (0.78×). The backside-illuminated CMOS sensor allows first curtain electronic and silent shutter modes while curing rangefinder wide-angle colour shading and smearing. The final upgrade, the A7S II, kept 12-megapixels and moonlight-friendly ISO 409,600, while adding the advances of the A7R II and 14-bit uncompressed raw. Finally, Sony gave this to the A7 II/A7R II by a firmware upgrade. www.sony.co.uk Leica Q If you are looking for an absolutely first-class compact camera that will produce results …

2015-12-22T16:26:23+00:00

Fujifilm discontinues its black-and-white instant film

The last shipment of Fujifilm’s black-and-white instant film is expected to reach the UK in March 2014, Fujifilm has announced as it is putting to a stop its production. “We have seen the popularity of many instant film products rise dramatically recently, in particular the new Instax camera, the Mini 90 Neo Classic,” says Gabriel Da Costa, product manager for professional film. “Unfortunately the demand for some instant film has declined, hence the discontinuation of FP-3000B.” Fujifilm will continue to market its colour instant film, the FP-100C plus the full range of Instax cameras and associated films, adds Da Costa. For more details, visit www.fujifilm.co.uk/professional.

2013-12-12T11:53:32+00:00

Fujifilm confirms film discontinuations

Fujifilm Professional has confirmed that it has ceased production of four of its films – the Neopan 400 35mm black and white film, Fujichrome Provia 400X colour transparency film in the 35mm and 120 formats, the Superia 400 colour negative film in the 120 format, and the Reala colour negative film in the 120 format. In a statement sent to BJP, Gabriel Da Costa, product manager for professional film, says: “Due to the prominence that digital has in today’s society combined with a decline in global demand of traditional films, Fujifilm has had to make a difficult decision to withdraw a number of films from its range. There are still a number of colour transparency, colour negative, instant and black-and-white films available in our range.” He adds: “We would also like to thank all our customers who have supported these film brands over the years.” Fujifilm has issued a series of recommendations to users of the discontinued films. For example, Provia 400X users should switch to Provia 100F, while Neopan 400 users should choose the …

2013-12-11T11:39:50+00:00

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