Archive | January, 2014

Fujifilm X-T1: joining the weatherproofing bandwagon

28 Jan

After last year’s release of the submersible Nikon 1 AW1 and weatherproof superzoom Sony RX10, Fujifilm is showing eagerness to get its own weatherproof line going, first with its announcement of the FinePix S1, member of the queensized class of superzooms, with a smaller sensor but larger range of focal lengths (24 to 1200mm), and now with the Fujifilm X-T1, otherwise equipped with the X-E2’s X-Trans sensor, an electronic viewfinder and an autofocus claimed to be the fastest in its segment.

It seems that weatherproofing is set to become standard in 2014, and so it should!

Oh, and if you thought this one looks a little like the Nikon Df, then, well…

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Fujifilm promotional image.

The external display is tilting, and WiFi tethering is apparently available.

Note that I’ve previously written about Fujifilm’s tough-and-waterproof camera, the FinePix XP60. That camera is in a segment that all camera makers have submitted entrants for, but which may in time get mostly taken over by waterproof smartphones or less compromising cameras such as the Nikon 1 AW1, if the latter can prove themselves in the field.

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It’s already happened: mFT image quality equals APS-C

2 Jan

The smaller Micro Four Thirds sensors have apparently caught up to APS-C in terms of image quality.

Without much further ado:

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Source: DxOMark: Sensor comparison of the Olympus PEN E-PM2 and Canon EOS 70D

Yes, it’s “only” Canon who’ve been beat, but they’re also “only” the market leader, so this is still quite a significant advance for Olympus, especially since the 70D is the interim APS-C flagship camera from Canon (unless/until the 7D gets a successor).

Canon readying 20-1900mm ultrazoom?

2 Jan

Imaging-Resource (IR) has relayed a rumour based on a patent filing uncovered by Egami along with I’d say pretty well-founded speculation that it could be used in an upcoming Canon PowerShot “SX100”, successor to the SX50.

While IR did not want to muse on the possible equivalent focal lengths this would generate, I have done so here based on the sensor size of the SX50. For reference, the SX50 provides a 24-1200mm equivalent range of focal lengths. It’s unclear whether the lens can support the image circle needed for the SX50 sensor, though, which is why IR is holding off. They also note that aperture drops from f/3.5 to f/9, so much of this focal range may not be usable without a tripod.

To the best of my knowledge, the longest-reach lens built by Canon at this point is the Canon EF 1200mm, which gives a 1920mm equivalent focal length if used with Canon’s version of an APS-C crop body.

That prime lens, however, has a maximally wide aperture of f/5.6, while the newly patented zoom lens tapers down to f/9 at the long end, and would require any wildlife you may wish to photograph at long range to sit rather still. Use of the hypothetical SX100 for sports photography would depend on how quickly the aperture narrows down. Current-generation superzooms are somewhat usable for sports in bright sunshine, although not at full zoom, with the exception of the Panasonic LUMIX FZ200 with its constant f/2.8 aperture and maximum 600mm equivalent zoom. Sports photographers usually favour 400mm lenses.