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2017.09.07

Fujifilm introduced today a new mirrorless for their X-E series with a completely redesigned layout unlike anything on the market. The X-E-3 revealed today proves that they can take risks and are not afraid to break even their own molds!

Fujifilm X-E3

The new Fujifilm X-E3 is part of the rangefinder-style series of X-mount mirrorless digital cameras. This latest model features the same 24 megapixels APS-C X-Trans CMOS III sensor with built-in Phase-Detect AF as the X-T20. X-Trans sensors require no anti-alias filter to avoid moire thanks to a unique 6×6 pseudo-random color-filter-array. This CMOS allows a high-speed read-out to continuously capture full-resolution images at 14 FPS when using an all-electronic shutter. With a mechanical one, speed remains at a very respectable 8 FPS. This is the only Fujfilm APS-C sensor to be capable of recording 4K Ultra-HD video.

For a mid-range mirrorless camera, Fujifilm packed the X-E3 with features. It offers an ISO 100-51200 sensitivity range, when expanded and shutter-speeds of 1/32000s to 30s, plus Bulb exposures for up to one hour. There are obviously full-manual controls, plenty of WB options, including Custom WB and 4 metering modes, including Spot and Average. Bracketing can capture up to 9 shots.

Fujifilm X-E3

Aside from now having dual control-dials, all the ergonomic changes are on the back. The X-E3, like other members of the series, has a large EVF with Eye-Start Sensor at the upper-left corner of the body. This is a 0.39″ EVF with 24 megapixels, 0.62X magnification and 100% coverage. Buttons have been rearranged with now dedicated AE-L and AF-L buttons and oddly separated Playback and Delete buttons. Whether this causes inefficiency in use remains to be seen.

The dramatic and serious risky change is the replacement of the standard 4-way controller with an 8-way joystick. While being  somewhat redundant on most cameras that have both, this is the probably the first mirrorless in history not to have a 4-way controller. The real loss in this change is that the 4-way controller often serves as 4 customizable buttons. In the Fujifilm X-E3, this is replaced by different swipes on the rear touch-screen. It is hard to see how this is not a terrible idea. Even in the introduction video by Fujifilm, smudges get smear across the screen with each swipe. Plus, this cannot work with gloves on for those who shoot in cold weather. Also, anything on the touchscreen is prone to accidental activation.

The Fujifilm X-E3 is scheduled to ship later this month for $899 USD or $1149 CDN. Adorama and B&H Photo are already accepting pre-orders, including international orders. Order yours from these links to get the same great price as everyone else while helping support Neocamera.

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2017.09.06

Fujifilm GFX-50S

Neocamera just published a truly in-depth review of the Fujifilm GFX-50S. This Medium Format camera introduced an all-new mirrorless system just this year. The GFX system is built around a 44x33mm sensor with 0.8X crop-factor and a new all-electronic GF-mount.

This review covers everything there is to know about the 50 megapixels Fujifilm GFX-50S and how it fits among other classes of professional digital cameras. It offers key insights on the type of photography suitable for this new camera and which ones are better served by other types of cameras.

The included gallery of full-resolution images at all ISO sensitivities, from ISO 50 to 102400, truly demonstrates what the Fujifilm GFX-50S can do. In addition to our usual 100% ISO crops, this review shows an equal-resolution comparison with one of the most recent professional DSLR.

Read Neocamera’s Fujifilm GFX-50S review here.

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2017.08.31

Olympus unveiled today a refreshed version of the diminutive OM-D E-10, now in its third iteration. Although nearly identical to its predecessor, the OM-D E-M10 Mark III is full of refinements and boasts a new digital interface.

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III

The fresh new Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III is built around a 16 megapixels Four-Thirds CMOS sensor mounted on a 5-axis image-stabilization system effective to 4 stops of improvement over-handheld. The processor is paired with an efficient TruePic VI process that lets it shoot continuously at 8.6 FPS with a buffer for 36 JPEG images or 22 RAW files. All this is possible with the mechanical shutter that covers a range of 1/4000-60s, plus allows Bulb or Timed exposures up to 30 minutes. For longer shutter-speeds, the OM-D E-M10 Mark III can simulate photos taking at to 3 hours by composing multiple shorter exposures. The unique-to-Olympus Live-Bulb and Live-Time modes are also available in this mirrorless camera.

New to this E-M10 is the ability to record 4K Ultra-HD video. It can do so at 30 FPS or capture Full HD at 60 FPS or 720p HD at 120 FPS. The body of the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III has been revised with a deeper grip, larger control dials and is now freezeproof to -10C while still not weatherproof. Despite being very compact, the E-M10 Mark III offers a nice 0.62X magnification EVF with 2.4 megapixels, 100% coverage and an Eye-Start Sensor.

The back of this mirrorless digital camera is fitted with a 3″ Touchscreen LCD that can tilt. New navigation and Touch AF have been added to make the touchscreen feature more useful. Still, the E-M10 Mark III keeps its dual control-dials and large number of buttons for efficiency. The Contrast-Detect AF system on this camera has been updated to 121-points with feature-rich options such as DMF, Focus Assist and Focus Peaking.

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III will be available starting late September with an estimated price of $649 USD or $799 CAD.

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2017.08.30

Marche Bonsecour

Coinciding with its 170th anniversary, Marche Bonsecour is hosting the 2017 Edition of World Press Photo. This event showcases top photography from the press, covering a variety current and contemporary issues. Yesterday the grand opening was highlight by a speech from Burhan Ozbilici who captured the winning image of a Turkish embasador that was just murdered. His dedication to covering events and getting the message out to the world is exemplary in the face of such danger.

Burhan Ozbilici Speaking

THE EVENT WILL SHOWCASE THE PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE WINNERS OF THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS PROFESSIONAL COMPETITION IN THE WORLD. IN 2016, 5000 PHOTOGRAPHERS FROM 125 COUNTRIES SUBMITTED A TOTAL OF 80 000 IMAGES.

The exhibition full of poignant images runs from today August 30th until October 1st, 2017 at the Bonsecour Market, 325 De La Commune Street East. Openinting times is 10 AM to 10 PM Sunday to Wednesday and 10 AM to midnight Thursday to Saturday.

World Press Photo 2017

Two exhibits are collocated and included in the admission. One is a gallery of images from the 170-year-old Marche Bonsecour. The other is a collection of photos showing contributions of Oxfam-Quebec to women’s causes in Africa.

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2017.08.30

Along with the announcement of the beginner-oriented Canon EOS M100 mirrorrless digital camera, Canon released 4 new lenses aimed at professional users of their Full-Frame DSLRs, including 3 Tilt-Shift Lenses:

Canon TS-E 50mm F/2.8L Macro

Canon EF 85mm F/1.4L IS

The EF 85mm F/1.4L IS USM is the first stabilized portrait lens for Canon Full-Frame DSLRs. It offers a very bright aperture made of 9 circular-blades and a quick ultra-sonic (USM) ring-type focus motor. This lens is also weatherproof against moisture, rain and dust. The USM motor gives the lens Quick-Shift Autofocus.

All the above Tilt-Shift lens, as always, are Manual-Focus Only lenses. New to the TS-E series is an improved 0.5X magnification which why Canon calls them all Macro, even though they are still 2X away from reach true macro magnification. The new lenses offer all the latest optical optimizations including Ultra-Diffractive (UD) elements, double anti-reflective coatings and Sub-Wavelength-Coating (SWC) or Air-Sphere-Coating (ASC), depending on the model.

Canon TS-E 90mm F/2.8L Macro

The TS-E 90mm F/2.8L Macro, shown above, and the TS-E 134mm F?4L Macro, shown below, have expanded tilt mechanisms which can move either way 10mm, compared to 8.5mm for the TS-E 50mm. A rotation mechanism allows the axis between tilt and shift to be rotated. All new TS-E lenses can shift ±12 at the base. This gives them a considerable amount of flexibility. To prevent accidental movements though, Canon equipped all these lenses with independent locks for Tilt and Shift movements.

Canon TS-E 135mm F/4L Macro

The longest Tilt-Shift lens to data is the TS-E 135mm F/4L. It has a maximum F/4 aperture, while all its siblings launched today open to F/2.8. It sill gives a very shallow and flexible depth-of-field consider its relatively long focal-length. All these new TS-E lenses are particularly well-suited for product photography.

Despite all being rather costly professional lenses, none of the TS-E lenses are weatherproof. Canon makes no such lenses and neither does any EF-mount third-party manufacturer. It must be rather difficult to weatherproof such complex lenses and, to be fair, product photography rarely requires a weatherproof lens.

All the new Tilt-Shift lenses are scheduled to ship this November for exactly the same $2199 USD price. The Canon EF 85mm F/4L IS USM is also scheduled for November but for a lower $1599 USD price.

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