Olympus Officially Announces the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm F/1.8, While Fuji Unveils Their Leica M-Mount Adapter
After teasing its expected official unveiling by way of an ominous package and poem sent to various news outlets, the story of which can be read HERE, Olympus finally announced the much-anticipated M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm f/1.8 lens – an offering that Olympus themselves are dubbing as the “perfect portrait lens.”
Fuji has just released the first firmware update for their flagship mirrorless offering the X-Pro1, aiming for version 1.01 to correct the rather annoying occurrence now dubbed “chattering” – a noise that can be heard when the aperture blades automatically adjust to light when the camera is moved, an occurrence audible in the video below:
In celebration of the opening of their new 22,000 square foot technology department in London, the upscale U.K. department store Harrods, in association with Fujifilm and British luggage manufacturer Globe-Trotter, have decided to create the most exclusive compliment for the trendsetting Fuji X-Pro1 owner – a limited-edition Vulcanized Fiberboard and leather suitcase.
Way back when, Fuji made the staunch claims that the resolution and low noise performance of the X-Pro1 would surpass rival 35mm full size sensors. Needless to say, pixel-peepers and skeptics were chomping at the bit for a chance to rain on Fuji’s parade and disprove their initial claims, and now, thanks to photographers Christian Fletcher and Michael Coyn, the nay-sayers have the first high-ISO images to dissect.
For first impressions sake, at what ISO do you think the straight from the camera JPEG above was taken at? (Full-res version)
For the first time, we now have a definitive price-point for Fuji X-Pro1, as Amazon and Adorama have jumped the gun and officially listed the highly-anticipated mirrorless interchangeable lens camera for pre-order.
Although no definitive ship date has been set, the Fuji X-Pro1 will hit the market for $1699.95 body-only, remaining consistent with the initial reports that hovered around that very same price.
Although Fuji’s overall company outlook has been adjusted, resulting in lower operating and net profit expectations going forward, the company’s digital camera front continues to remain its area of strength, thanks in part to the success of 2011′s premiere X-series point and shoot releases.
In the company’s latest financial report, Fuji has revealed that over 100,000 X-100′s have been sold as of December 31st, 2011, exceeding initial expectations and…
Fuji X-Pro1 and XF Lenses Owner’s Manual Available for Download – Amazon Japan Now Taking Pre-Orders
The Fuji Xpro1 and XF 18mm f2 R, 35mm f/1.4 R, and 60mm f/2.4 R Macro owner’s manuals are now available for download ahead of their respective releases, which currently is TBD. Unless of course you live in Japan, as Amazon.co.JP has begun taking pre-orders, quite possibly releasing the definitive world-wide price point in the process.
Fuji has released the first nine full-sized “real-world” JPEG samples for all you pixel-peepers anxiously awaiting to see if the X-Pro1 could back up the claims of having superior resolution and signal-to-noise ratio than even full-frame DSLRs. The images are comprised of three photos from each announced prime lens: the XF 18mm f2 R, XF 35mm f/1.4 R, and XF 60mm f/2.4 R Macro with the details from each shot under each attached image below.
Click on each image to view the full size sample: