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Fujifilm FinePix X100

The Fujifilm FinePix X100

It’s not a Canon!
No, it’s not. It’s something that has caught the photo gear world by surprise. I don’t think too many people were expecting Fuji of all companies to compete head to head with the German made Leica X1.

On the surface the camera looks like a winner. The retro design is getting big thumbs up from everything I have read. Some are even calling it “more beautiful than a Leica M9″ (easy now).

Specifications

Model Name FinePix X100
Number of effective pixels 12.3 million pixels
CCD Sensor APS-C CMOS Sensor
Storage Media SD / SDHC / SDXC memory card
Lens High-performance FUJINON lens with Super EBC Coating
Focal Length 23mm, equivalent to 35mm
Aperture Range F2 to F16
Exposure Mode Programmed auto mode, Aperture priority mode, Shutter priority mode and Manual mode
Exposure Compensation -2.0EV-+2.0EV
Shutter Speed Bulb, 30 sec. to 1/4000 sec.
Focus High-speed contrast AF
Optical Viewfinder 0.5X magnification with approx. 90% frame coverage
Electronic Viewfinder Ultrafine 1,440,000-dot LCD
LCD Monitor 2.8-inch, Colour LCD monitor, approx 460,000 dots
Movie Recording 1280×720 HD with stereo sound
Dimensions 126.5(W) x 74.4(H) x 53.9(D) mm including lens

The Hybrid Viewfinder Explained in Pictures.

Hybrid Viewfinder
This looks like a very cool development if I understand it correctly.

The Hybrid Viewfinder on the FinePix X100 combines the window-type “bright frame” optical viewfinder found in high-end film cameras such as 35mm or medium-format cameras, and the electronic viewfinder system incorporated in fixed single lens or mirrorless digital cameras. By using integrating a prism for the 1,440,000 dot LCD panel image on the viewing screen in the reverse-Galilean optical finder, the Hybrid Viewfinder can show both the shooting frame and a variety of shooting data.

What does it costs?
Initial reports list the camera at around $1500 USD. Is that too much? To sell a lot of them, yes it is. The world may love it today, but I have a lot of doubts the world will love it enough to shell out $1500+ in droves.

Versus The Leica X1 & Sigma DP2?
The other 2 APS-C sensor fixed lens compacts (hopefully I’m not forgetting anyone) have  found a niche market of sorts. The X1 has received some rave reviews from the Leica community. The DP2 has found fans as well, and their camera is priced in the “affordable” range for someone serious about a compact.

Full Press Release: http://www.fujifilm.com/news/n100920.html

I’ll be sure to check this camera out at Photokina, I’m sure there’s going to be a very large crowd around it.

Availability is pegged to be the spring of 2011

cr

Canon Rangefinder?

Jeff Ascough teasing us

Jeff Ascough posted on his twitter that he’s testing a new rangefinder.

Could it be Canon? Maybe a digital Bessa? Howabout a digital Ikon?

Its definitely not a Nikon or a Leica.

Thanks Joseph

cr

*UPDATE* Odds & Ends

*UPDATE*

Error 500
If you’re like myself and some other readers, you’ve been experiencing a few or a lot of Error 500 messages whenever you navigate Canon Rumors. I guess this is good news, as I have outgrown the hosting capabilities of my current package. Because of this, Canon Rumors is moving to a dedicated server.

The switchover will hopefully go unnoticed by the end users. It should be completed over the next 7 days.

Thanks to everyone that frequents the site and have made it such a huge success. Growth continues!

cr guy

1Ds3 & 1D3 Price Drops (HK)
You can read about the price drops on the two EOS-1′s.

http://www.canon.com.hk/Download.aspx?pressrelease_id=10366&file_type=1

thanks everyone

Zeiss ZE 18 f/3.5
Received a notification that we can expect a release sometime in the last quarter of 2009.

I’m looking forward to it.

thanks Gregor

New Laser Printers
Adding to its robust line-up of award-winning imageRUNNER systems and helping to redefine desktop productivity, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging and office solutions, today introduced its latest desktop laser beam printer (LBP) – the Color imageRUNNER LBP5460. This model is the newest addition to the Company’s successful LBP desktop printer line, which also includes the Color imageRUNNER LBP5975 and LBP5970, both introduced last year.

http://www.usa.canon.com/templatedata/pressrelease/20090803_lbp5460.html

Hahnemuhle Adds Canon Pixma Pro 9500 Mark II Profiles
I asked Hahnemuhle about 9500 Mark II profiles and they sent me the following email.

“The profiles of the Canon 9500 work on the Mark II, too. It’s the same technology.
Here you can download them http://www.hahnemuehle.com/site/en/222/canon.html#kat8

My Next Camera
The Leica M9 has made its way into the rumor world. It looks like we’ll see an announcement in September.

There’s still speculation it will use the Canon 5D Mark II Sensor. Others feel it’s going to be a full frame Kodak sensor. As long as it works, I don’t care what’s in it.

The projected cost of the camera is $7700 USD.

cr

It’s nice when it’s not Canon

Nikon Service advisory D5000

  1. The camera cannot be operated when the power switch is on, even with a fully-charged battery.
  2. The camera cannot be operated with the EH-5a AC Adapter connected through the EP-5 Power Connector and the power switch on.

http://nikonusa.com/Service-And-Support/Service-Advisories/D5000-Service-Advisory.page

Rebel T1i Service advisory is probably imminent. :)

I posted this because people can get pretty angry about a camera service advisory. It has been a rough 24 months for Canon and their quality control. This is just a reminder that no one is immune.

*group hug*

cr

EF 400 f/4.5L IS [CR1]

Replacement or Addition?
Received a cryptic email saying that a 400 f/4.5L IS is in development. The lens would fit between the 400 DO and 400 f/5.6. Neither of those lenses would be discontinued.

I’m not sure Canon needs four 400mm lenses. Nor do I have a clue what such a lens would cost.

Interesting concept anyway.

Nikon Roadmap Leak
Everyone has been pretty enamored by the apparent Nikon Roadmap leak.

I’m not a big believer, that is A LOT of lenses to launch in the span of 18 months.

We’ll see though.

The link in case you missed it:
http://nikonrumors.com/2009/07/08/nikon-roadmap-2009-2010-leaked-part-2.aspx

cr

Olympus E-P1?

Cool
Sometimes I post stuff about other brands. Stuff I think is cool.

Front View?

Front View?

Top View?

Top View?

Side View?

Side View?

These may be leaked images of the new Olympus Micro 4/3 camera. I think I’ve had it on preemtive preorder for 6 months. I’m quite eager to see it.

From Photo Rumors

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