Can’t wait for 2018, Fuji …

It feels a little bit like right before Christmas (when you already knew what Santa would/might bring …).

After the last press announcement, FUJIFILM also updated the lens roadmap. And it holds two true gems that will make many Fuji-shooters sending out preorders right away.

There will be the FUJINON XF8-16 / 2.8 R LM WR – the long-anticipated lens to complete the triple of  F2.8-zoom-lenses (XF16-55 / 2.8 and XF 50-140 / 2.8). This Super-wide angle lens (35mm equivalent 12-24mm) will find its fans under landscape and architecture shooters, when the XF10-24 is just not extreme enough. Additional plus points are obviously the wide open aperture and the fact that it will withstand nasty weather being a WR lens.

Second is the FUJINON XF200 / 2.0 R LM OIS WR – Wow, just repeat this slowly: 200mm F2! In the good old DSLR world that would have been a 300mm F2 lens. It is compatible to the 1,4x and 2x tele-converters which transforms it into a 280mm F2.8 and 400mm F4 tele lens. Exciting times ahead.

 

Last but not least a few words about new software. On the 7th of September the following press release came out:

“FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO” enables users to quickly and easily convert RAW files with outstanding image quality, once a camera is connected to a Mac or PC via USB cable. Exceptional image quality is retained, as the X RAW STUDIO system utilizes the X Processor Pro in the camera instead of the CPU in the computer.

Due to the increasing size of RAW files, users have found batch conversion to be an issue, as it takes more and more time as a result. However, using the high performance “X Processor Pro” processor, this batch conversion is handled far more efficiently as a result. This new software is due to be available from late November 2017.

Using a powerful workstation in the studio would not stop me from processing .RAF files fast and efficient – the big advantage of the “in body .RAF conversion” using the new software is a uniform outcome in terms of image quality and color rendering and the possibility to use sooc .jpgs and add converted ones to one set of images without noticing any difference in color.

So much for today – Stay tuned …

 

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