Fujifilm gets world's first weather-resistant 50x zoom FinePix S1 out for CES 2014

LAS VEGAS -- Fujifilm has spent the past couple years filling its FinePix lineup with rugged compacts and megazoom bridge cameras because those are what still sells. With the Fujifilm FinePix S1, announced at CES 2014, it combines those camera types into one for the world's first weather-resistant megazoom.

Like the FinePix SL1000 announced at CES 2013, the S1 features a 50x zoom lens going from 24mm to 1200mm, but with an f2.8-5.6 aperture range instead of f2.9-6.5. There's a 1/2.3-inch 16.4-megapixel CMOS sensor behind the lens and a vari-angle 3-inch … Read more

Fujifilm lens eyes portrait photographers at CES

LAS VEGAS -- Portrait shooters who've invested in Fujifilm's X series interchangeable-lens cameras will likely greet its newest member, a 56mm f1.2, with glee. The Fujinon XF56mmF1.2 R sounds quite nice, and features an aperture ring, an updated coating in addition to the standard Super EBC, and support for the company's Lens Modulation Optimizer technology.

The minimum focus distance is about 28 inches, which is OK for a lens with a 85mm-equivalent angle of view. Other relevant specs are a seven-blade aperture and internal focus.

The Fujinon XF56mmF1.2 R is expected to ship in … Read more

Fujifilm widens X-series lens lineup

DSLRs have their 16-35mm staple lenses, now Fujifilm is offering a 10-24mm f4 -- equivalent to 15-36mm on a full-frame camera -- X-mount lens for its X series of interchangeable-lens cameras.

Notably, it has image stabilization; a lot of manufacturers still contend that you don't need that in short focal-length lenses, but some folks, like me, need it in every lens.

It uses internal focus, has a seven-blade aperture, incorporates the company's High Transmittance Electron Beam Coating, and can focus as closely as 9.4 inches. Plus, like some of the higher-end XF lenses, it offers a manual … Read more

Fujifilm adds to its portfolio of fast primes

Just a quickie for all you Fujifilm lens collectors: the company is sticking to its product release plans, rolling out the latest of its XF series lenses. The XF 23mm f1.4 R incorporates the physical aperture ring intended to work in conjunction with the higher-end X-E1 and X-Pro1 cameras. Some notable aspects of the lens include internal focus and Fujifilm's DC coreless motor.


Fujinon XF 23mm f1.4 R

Mount Fujifilm X Focal range 23mm Aperture range f1.4-f16 Aperture blades 7 Minimum focus distance n/a Angle of view n/a Elements 4, 1 aspheric Coatings … Read more

Faithful 3D replicas bring Van Gogh classics to life

Chances are good you'll never be able to own an original Van Gogh, but thanks to a new technique developed by Fujifilm Belgium, a faithful reproduction could be in the cards.

Called Reliefography, the technique uses a combination of scanning and printing technologies to re-create a work of art, faithfully replicating the size, color, brightness, and texture of the original work. It goes beyond the front of the canvas, though -- the detailing extends to the back, where all labels and stamps have been re-created in detail.

The five reproductions in a collection called "Relievo," created in collaboration with the Van Gogh Museum, are "Almond Blossom" (1890), "Sunflowers" (1889), "The Harvest" (1888), "Wheatfield Under Thunderclouds" (1890), and "Boulevard de Clichy" (1887). … Read more

Episode 41: Underwater iPhones and rugged cameras

Most of you are probably just gearing up for your summer vacations, but we here at Always On have already had ours. It's all for you, dear viewers; it's all for you. On this week's episode, we visited Hawaii's Big Island to road-test gadgets meant for sun and water fun. And not to be all lowest-common-denominator, but that last sentence basically translates to an entire episode filmed in swimsuits. Just saying.

First up, we went snorkeling with three underwater cases for the iPhone: the $20 Proporta BeachBuoy, the $89 Hitcase, and the $329 iGills SE-35, to … Read more

Zeiss ships 12mm, 32mm lenses for Fujifilm and Sony cameras

Carl Zeiss has begun selling its first two Touit lenses for Sony and Fujifilm compact cameras, high-end prime lenses whose existence reflects the steadying maturity of the market for smaller "mirrorless" cameras.

The $1,250 Touit 2.8/12 and $900 Touit 1.8/32 autofocusing lenses are geared for the Sony NEX and Fujifilm X series of cameras, both of which employ an APS-C-sized sensor common in lower-end digital SLRs. That means the 12mm lens has a field of view equivalent to an ultrawide 18mm lens on a full-frame SLR, while the 32mm is equivalent to about … Read more

Lightroom 4.4 brings Nikon D7100 support, Fujifilm fixes

Adobe Systems has released Lightroom 4.4 with support for two mainstream SLRs, Nikon's new D7100 and Canon's Rebel SL1, and with better image quality for a Fujifilm cameras with unusual sensors.

Lightroom is designed for editing and cataloging photos, especially those shot in cameras' proprietary raw image formats that offer higher quality but impose an image-processing burden on photographers. Adobe periodically updates the software to support new cameras -- and in the case of version 4.4 to fix problems with existing cameras such as the Fujifilm models.

Fujifilm's X-Trans and EXR sensors each vary from … Read more

Fujifilm XP200, S8400W adds more Wi-Fi to FinePix line

Continuing to focus on its pockets of growth for point-and-shoots, Fujifilm announced today two new FinePix models, the XP200 and S8400W.

An update to 2012's rugged XP170, the XP200 gets better waterproofing, now able to shoot down to 50 feet, and is still shockproof to about 6.6 feet, freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, and dustproof. It has a redesigned battery door with a dial-locking mechanism to help keep the seal tighter than simple sliding locks.

Other improvements include a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, a 3-inch, 920K-dot-resolution LCD, and a new burst-shooting button for capturing shots at up to 10 … Read more

Fujifilm at CES 2013: Join us Monday, noon PT (live blog)

Some news about Fujifilm's new digital cameras leaked today, but the company is officially showing off its new products at 2013 International CES tomorrow. Its press conference starts at noon PT, and CNET will be there to cover it live. We'll have a live video stream, along with a live blog of news and analysis.

Check out the live blog here:

CNET's live coverage of Fujifilm's 2013 CES press conference

Last year at CES, Fujifilm's big centerpiece was the introduction of the Fujifilm X-Pro 1, a mirrorless camera aimed at wedding photographers.

Rumors about updates … Read more