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Entry level Fuji X-E1 to complement X-Pro1?

Images have surfaced on the net of what purports to be a new model to complement the Fuji X-Pro1. The new model, apparently called the X-E1 lacks the hybrid viewfinder of the original but appears to retain an EVF. That makes sense as the hybrid optical viewfinder will be somewhat restricted with some lenses (ultra wide and long focal length lenses). The EVF on the other hand will be able to cover these while reducing the camera's complexity (and cost, let's hope). I like the look of this, the clean lines of the body are a big improvement over the X-Pro-1 but I'm not hopeful Fuji will have improved the layout of the rear controls or the menu, but you never know. Source Digicame-info. Also available in chrome, and shown with the image stabilised 18-55mm f/2.8-4 zoom. The two openings by the hotshoe are almost certainly that of a stereo mic, and it also appears to have a pop-up flash. Related Posts Fuji X-Pro1 review

Review coming of NEC SpectraView Reference 301 professional display

We've recently had a chance to look at the wide-gamut 30-inch SpectraView Reference monitor (also known as the MultiSync PA301 with SpectraView II in North America). The SpectraView Reference monitors are outstanding choices for the professional photographer, but so too are the MultiSync offerings. We will be posting a review here explaining the differences between them and the European MultiSync PA301 version. Related PostsNEC SpectraView Reference 271 concise review

New Tokina AT-X Pro DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8 shipping

Tokina's updated AT-X Pro DX II 11-16mm f/2.8 has started shipping in Nikon mount (it's the hardest to design for and is usually the first). It's intended for APS-C format cameras and as it is the equivalent of a 17-24mm this lens is a favorite with photojournalists for both stills and video. This new lens has improved coatings and is said to include a new silent focusing AF motor (though take that with a grain of salt, if previous claims are anything to go by). Buy from B&H Photo ($739)

Olympus announces working on new body for E-series lenses

Olympus has today issued a statement saying it intends to continue to support the DSLR based (retrofocus) Four Thirds lenses with a new body, presumably aimed at semi-professionals like the E-5 and E-3 before it. Although this statement is understandably brief, reading between the lines, I think we'll see a departure from the current E-5 body (some kind of hybrid mirrorless camera, perhaps).Press ReleaseOlympus working on new body for top-pro lenses Akira Watenabe, manager of Olympus Imaging's SLR planning department, confirmed today that the company is definitely working on a body to deliver the focusing performance expected by users of the Top Pro (aka Super High Grade) lens series like the ground breaking 90-250mm f2.8 fixed aperture zoom. Watenabe has been delighted with the success of the OM-D which has pushed the boundaries of performance for system cameras but acknowledged that it did not deliver with the legacy high end lenses from the E-System. Whilst further informat…

PocketWizard announce cashback promotion

PocketWizard, the popular (industry standard) brand of wireless flash trigger products, has today announced a cashback promotion on a select number of accessories. For one month starting today, Wednesday 15th August customers purchasing any of the following PocketWizard products, from authorised UK resellers, will be entitled to claim up to £20 cash back by redemption of a voucher and valid proof of purchase.MiniTT1 - £15 Cash BackFlexTT5 - £20 Cash BackAC3 ZoneController - £5 Cash BackPromotion ends Saturday 15th September 2012For more information please visit here. Buy from our affiliatesJessopsAmazon UKWEX

Fujifilm launches Fuji X-Pro1 Guide app for iPad

Fujifilm has announced an official guide to the Fuji X-Pro1 as an app for the iPad (requires iOS 5.0 or later). It can be downloaded (here) for free.Via Fuji rumors Related postsPlease read our review of the X-Pro1 here;Fujifilm X-Pro1 review

Sekonic UK announces L-758 Series promotion

L-758 Series Promotion

For a limited time only, Sekonic will be offering a FREE Sekonic Exposure Profile Target worth £124.99 Inc VAT with any meter purchased from the L-758 Series. The offer applies to UK sourced meters only, and runs from the 1st August and will be available whilst stocks last. In addition all UK light-meters now come with a 5 year warranty. To register your please follow the link (here). Buy from our affiliate retailersJessopsWEX UKAmazon UK Related linksSekonic meters and PocketWizard transmitter options

Canon EF 24mm f2.8 IS first impressions

I've had the new 24mm f/2.8 IS lens in for about a week or so and have decided to give a few first impressions prior to a in-depth review (maybe not here, on this site, as lens reviewing is time consuming). At $849 or £749 (inc 20-percent VAT) this new lens and its sibling, the similarly priced 28mm f/2.8 IS, is not inexpensive*. Indeed, it is nearly twice the price of the old version. But that could be offset by the optical quality, or imaging aesthetic. The beauty of this lens, of course, is the Image Stabilization (IS) option, which allowed this critically sharp image at f/8 using a handheld shutter-speed of just 1/40sec, lower than I would normally like even when using a 24mm wide-angle. The picture was taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mk III at ISO1250.I'll reserve judgement on the optical quality for now until I've taken more images and performed my usual tests. Although this is pure speculation on my part, I don't think this lens was made for the EOS 5D Mk II or MK III…

National Portrait Gallery announces Road to 2012: Facing East

From Left: The Green Legacy - Daniel Townsend by Joe Bullock © Joe Bullock – National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 project; The Coffee Shop Experience – Jessica Collins by Lucas Seidenfaden © Lucas Seidenfaden – National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 project The NPG in association with BT and the University of East London has today announced what promises to be an intriguing exhibition of 65 new photographs of East Londoners, documenting the impact of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games on their communities. The exhibtion titled ROAD TO 2012: FACING EAST is to open at Four Corners, Bethnal Green on 9 August 2012 until 9 September 2012. Admission is free. Press release:ROAD TO 2012: FACING EAST
A London 2012 Festival Project
In partnership with BT and the University of East London

Four Corners, 121 Roman Road, Bethnal Green E2 0QN
9 August until 9 September 2012 Admission Free www.npg.org.uk/roadto2012

An exhibition of 65 new photographs of East Londoners that document the imp…

Sekonic meters and PocketWizard transmitter options

I have a Sekonic L-758DR DigitalMaster, a superb flash and ambient-meter, which has a built-in radio transmitter for triggering PocketWizard (Plus and MultiMax and PW partner) enabled flashguns or strobes. I use it with Plus II's attached to various flashguns and a Profoto Pro-B2 1200, though that has now been replaced by the Pro-B3 AirS (which, can be bought with the PocketWizard receiver module built-in as well as Profoto Air wireless syncing as the Pro-B3 AirS/R. Bought in the UK (or Europe), the Sekonic L-758DR will come supplied with the RT-32CE or in the US with the RT-32FCC region specific transmitter**. However, I've recently only discovered Sekonic make an "all-region" module, the $69.95 RT-32N. This can be used in any FCC or CE certified L-758 series or even the relatively affordable (and equally outstanding) L-358 model. Unfortunately, if traveling with a CE or FCC meter you can't swap them for an FCC or CE transmitter respectively, the only options ar…