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News of the lat­est gear, ex­cit­ing gad­gets and must- have ac­ces­sories to launch in the last month

FU­JI­FILM HAS AN­NOUNCED a num­ber of new re­leases and forth­com­ing launches. First up we have its lat­est X- Se­ries mir­ror­less model: the 24.3- mil­lion pixel X- E3. It's an up­date of the X- E2, which was re­leased in late 2013, and is the first X- Se­ries model to sport Blue­tooth for im­age trans­fer. It boasts a slim­line and light­weight body ( 337g with bat­tery and card), mak­ing it a great choice as a travel cam­era, and of­fers a 2,360,000- dot elec­tronic finder as well as a 3in 1,040,000dot LCD touch­screen mon­i­tor. Videog­ra­phers can shoot at 4K or lower, while other fea­tures in­clude an ISO range of 100- 51200 record­ing and a hot­shoe for ex­ter­nal flash ( there's no in­te­gral flash­gun). The XE- 3 is avail­able now for £ 849 body- only, in a kit with the 18- 55mm lens for £ 1,249 or the 23mm f/ 2 lens for £ 1,149.

Close- up en­thu­si­asts will be look­ing for­ward to Novem­ber with the re­lease of the (£ 1,249) Fu­ji­non XF80MMF2.8 LM OIS WR Macro, the first op­tic in the X- se­ries range to boasts a 1: 1 ( life- size) re­pro­duc­tion ra­tio. Its ef­fec­tive fo­cal length of 112mm makes it ideal for pho­tograph­ing na­ture close- ups and it sports 16 el­e­ments in 12 groups, as well as op­ti­cal im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion. Fu­ji­film also re­vealed fur­ther de­tails of its lens roadmap for the near fu­ture, with an XF8- 16mmf2.8 R LM WR ul­tra- wide- an­gle zoom and a XF200MMF2 R LM OIS WR prime tele­photo due for re­lease in 2018. Fu­ji­film also an­nounced it would launch the Fu­ji­non GF45MMF2.8 R WR lens – the sixth model in the medium- for­mat GF range. With an ef­fec­tive fo­cal length of 36mm and 11 el­e­ments in eight groups, it prom­ises to give ul­tra high- res­o­lu­tion wide- an­gle im­ages for land­scape, travel, por­trait and doc­u­men­tary pho­tog­ra­phers.

Fu­ji­film also re­vealed de­tails of X Raw Stu­dio, a new Raw con­ver­sion sys­tem due in late Novem­ber ( Mac) or late Jan­uary 2018 ( PC). It will al­low for fast and easy Raw con­ver­sion that uses the cam­era's pro­ces­sor rather than the com­puter's for im­proved batch con­ver­sion and im­age qual­ity.

Fi­nally, users of the X- Pro2, X- T2, X100F and X- T20 can ex­pect firmware up­dates in Novem­ber/ De­cem­ber that will add a num­ber of fea­tures and im­prove­ments to us­abil­ity, as well as sup­port for X Raw Stu­dio. These in­clude adding 4K video with Film Sim­u­la­tion Modes on the X- Pro2, new AF track­ing al­go­rithms for mov­ing sub­jects on the X- Pro2 and X- T2 and touch panel op­er­a­tional en­hance­ments on the X- T20! www. fu­ji­film. co. uk

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