Friday, November 21, 2014

NEW! Fujifilm X-T1 GS, X100T and more...



Finally after a long wait, some hotly anticipated new Fujifilm cameras are in stock! First off, we have the lovely new X-T1 Graphite-Silver Edition, seen above. Then, the new X100T bodies have come in as well…

Note that as of this blog entry posting, we still have one beautiful silver X100S remaining in stock at a reduced price!

Also, Fujifilm has announced a set of macro extension tubes for the X-system - way cool! They are fully coupled electronically with the X-system lenses and should be available some time in December for roughly $100-$110 each…



Despite the fact that it is not mentioned in Fujifilm's press release, nor shown on their lens compatibility chart, I have confirmed that you should be able to stack these tubes with, for example, the XF 60mm f/2.4R macro lens to get close to 1:1 magnification - by itself without tubes the 60mm only gives 1:2, so half life-size. For many lenses, stacking both tubes will likely be too much though. For example, on the XF 18-55mm zoom, using MCEX-16 by itself already results in a nearly unusable 4mm working distance at 18mm! However at 55mm, the working distance becomes a more manageable 63mm. If you were to try using both tubes, the point of focus would actually be behind the front element of the lens at 18mm although when you zoom towards 55mm, at some point I suspect the stacked pair would become useable again. For a PDF chart showing specifications for the individual converters when mounted on the current X-series lenses, see the following link…

Magnification of the Macro Extension Tube (PDF: 90KB)

Lastly, Fujifilm has released details on the upcoming firmware updates for their X-series bodies. The black X-T1 will get an especially comprehensive list of updates! Here are links to Fujifilm's info on the upcoming firmware (as well as the extension tube announcement)…

Fujifilm Announces Macro Tubes and Details of Upcoming Firmware Updates

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