Month: August 2011

Fuji Launches New X10 Camera – The X100’s Little Brother!

Hot on the heels of their success with the X100 (which I reviewed and loved!), Fuji has today officially launched the X10.  Where the X100 looked to redefine large sensor, compact prime lens market with it’s APS-C sensor and 24mm f2.0 lens, the X10 seeks to redefine the premium point and shoot market with a 28-112mm zoom lens and a 12MP 2/3″ sensor.  To be honest it’s caught me a little bit by surprise because we knew about the X100 for many months before it’s launch and this one seems to have come out of the blue apart from a couple of leaks in the previous week.  It seems like a very astute move from Fuji because the X10 has maintained an almost identical look to the x100 but come in about half the price.  Clearly there are many differences and you aren’t getting anything close to the same camera but with it’s retro design that people went crazy for it is a unique camera in the market sector it’s launched itself into.  They have set themselves further apart from the competition with a 2/3″ sensor that is larger than typical higher end point and shoot camera like a Canon S95 which has a 1/1.7″ sensor and also by the inclusion of a manual zoom lens rather than a slow electronic zoom found on all other P&S cameras.  Manual...

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Purchasing F-Stop Products In Australia

As the bags from F-Stop become more and more popular the company is expanding to set up distribution networks around the world.  I know there is a fair number of readers based in Australia so I just wanted to quickly pass on the contacts for F-Stop’s Australian distributor Rod Thomas.  You can e-mail Rod HERE or give him a call on 0417 677966.  The Australia specific website for F-Stop is fstopgear.com/au.  Give Rod a shout and he can help you figure out the best place to pick one up. Happy bag hunting ! For a list of all my F-Stop bag reviews please click through to this page.  ...

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Panasonic Launches New Line of Lumix G X Pro Lenses For Micro 4/3

With the quality of Micro Four Thirds cameras improving it was only a matter of time before Panasonic and Olympus began to target professional photographers with higher quality lenses.  A short while ago Panasonic launched a Leica branded 25mm f1.4 , Olympus released the M. Zuiko 12mm f/2.0 which was well received and now Panasonic has also announced a new Pro line of lenses called the Lumix G X- Series.  The lenses feature image stabilization and a power zoom function that will be popular with those who like to shoot video with these lenses.  With strong rumors of a pro spec Lumix GF camera coming in the run up to Christmas, this sector of the market is starting to have more appeal for professional users.  Amazon has the lenses up for pre-order as does B&H via the links further down. Lumix G X PZ 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 standard zoom In comparison to the Lumix G Standard 14-42mm kit lens, these new lenses provide significant improved optical performance yet achieve a 58% reduction in size (when turned off) and a 48% reduction in weight. Lumix G X 45-175mm f/4-5.6 telephoto lens   At some press events in Japan Panasonic also revealed plans for the next two lenses in the X lineup.  General consensus is that these lenses will be f2.0 Lumix G X 12-35mm f2.0 Lumix G X 35-100mm f2.0  ...

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Fuji X10 Vs. X100

The Fuji x100 is a phenomenally successful camera, even 6 months after it hit store shelves it’s still in short supply. I reviewed it myself and fell in love with it but the price tag isn’t for everyone, neither is the fixed 24mm prime lens. In September 2011 Fujifilm announced the X10 which addresses both of these considerations so I figured I would write up a comparison to help people choose between the two. At first glance they look fairly similar as both are based around the same rear screen and controls and a similar magnesium chassis but in...

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Comparing Canon’s MKII and MKIII Extenders

In the Fall of 2010 Canon announced the introduction of new MKIII extenders to replace the previous MKII versions.  Super Spectra coatings were introduced to help reduce ghosting and flare as well as fluorine coating to make water spots and finer prints easier to remove.  I’ve always fond the MKII extenders to be extremely useful when used in the right circumstances so I was eager to try out the MKIII versions to see if there was an improvement. Physical differences Since the introduction of the 800mm f5.6, Canon changed their off-white color of their telephoto lenses.  All the new...

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