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