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Tokina FíRIN 20mm F2 FE AF lens will ship June 1st, costs $950

Tokina announced the FíRIN 20mm F2 FE AF—its second prime lens in the premium FíRIN lens lineup for mirrorless cameras—back in February, and we got to see it in person at CP+. But it was only this month that they revealed when the lens would ship, and only earlier today that we finally know the price.

According to Tokina itself, the autofocus lens for Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras lens will begin shipping on June 1st; and according to online retailers who finally put the lens up for pre-order today, the price will be $950.

There’s not much more we can say about the lens that we didn’t already reveal in the announcement post and hands-on at CP+. The Fírin 20mm F2 FE AF is simply the autofocus version of Tokina’s first high-end Fírin lens. The two lenses share an optical formula, and the addition of AF is simply meant to offer “more options for end-users to choose from according to the purpose and style of shooting.”

To learn more about the Tokina Fírin 20mm F2 FE AF lens, dive into the optical design, and see some sample images captured with this lens, visit the Tokina website.

Press Release

New Tokina FíRIN 20mm F2 FE AF

April 06, 2018 – Kenko Tokina Co., Ltd. is proud to announce the sales release of Tokina FíRIN 20mm F2 FE AF – the second prime lens in Tokina’s premium lens series FíRIN for mirrorless cameras.

Name Origin

FíRIN 20mm F2 FE AF belongs to the newly launched “FíRIN” series of Tokina lenses for mirrorless cameras (or ILCs – Interchangeable Lens Compacts) marking a new epoch in Tokina history. FíRIN is a variation of Fírinne – the old Irish word for “truth”. It means “that what is → continue…

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Opinion: the Sony a7 III could be the new Nikon D750

For the past few years, I’ve been recommending the Nikon D750 to enthusiasts and semi-professionals needing a reliable DSLR to grow in to – probably more than any other ILC on the market. It was even my Gear of the Year in 2015 for its excellent feature set to price ratio.

Though it debuted in late 2014, the D750 remains a relevant and reliable workhorse years later. 24MP of resolution on a full frame sensor is a sweet spot for a lot of shooters, and the D750 still offers competitive dynamic range and excellent high ISO performance. It also has terrific autofocus, with Nikon’s reliable 3D Tracking.

The D750 has proven to be among the most future-proof full frame DSLRs in recent memory

And as far as full frame DSLRs go, it’s among the lightest ever made. But it’s also a camera we know will likely stand the test of time thanks to aggressive weather-sealing and sturdy construction. In short, the D750 has proven to be among the most future-proof full frame DSLRs in recent memory. Even today it’s still priced aggressively enough – with technology that is relevant – to warrant my recommendation, not to mention the recommendation of the DPReview staff in our Best Camera Under $2000 roundup.

Time for a new recommendation?

I swapped out my Nikon D750 to shoot a show with the Sony a7 III: the combination of excellent AF coverage and good low light IQ left me questioning whether it’s time to recommend this Sony over the Nikon I’ve come to love.
ISO 12800 | 1/400 sec | F4 | Shot on Sony FE 35mm F1.4 ZA | Edited to taste in ACR

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Fujifilm X-T20 firmware update improves subject tracking, enhances touchscreen functionality

In addition to the six other firmware updates released today, Fujifilm also released the previously announced upgrade to the X-T20. The most interesting features include:

  • Improved AF tracking: the company says that the camera can track moving subjects at twice the speed of the previous firmware. The X-T20 can now track subjects 50% smaller than before.
  • New touchscreen controls: Users can now move the AF area by touch when in ‘focus zoom’ mode. The Quick Menu can now be operated by touch, as well.
  • Exposure improved with face detection
  • RGB and highlight warnings now available

Version 2.00 of the X-T20 firmware can be downloaded here.

Here’s the full list of improvements:

The firmware update Ver.2.00 from Ver.1.11 incorporates the following issues:

1. New AF tracking algorithm for moving subjects
Thanks to the newly developed image recognition algorithm, the update enhances AF-C to track moving subjects twice as fast as previous firmware. In addition, the update also enhances tracking to be able to capture up to 50% smaller moving subjects than before.

2. Enhanced touch screen operation
The firmware update will add some of the touch screen operation features which are currently available on the FUJIFILM X-E3. These touch screen features include:
1) The Auto Focus area can be moved when in focus zoom with flick operation.
2) Pinch-in/out operation in playback mode will be updated to go from full-frame playback to multi-frame playback (Nine-frame view and Hundred-frame view)
3) Select the frame in multi-frame playback with tap or drag operation or return to full-frame playback by double-tapping
4) Q (Quick) menu selection
5) Input character with touch key-board (*1)
*1:Except for some functions. (ex. SSID input)

3. Support “FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO”
After connecting a camera to a computer via USB cable, the “FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO” enables users to convert RAW files with X Processor Pro. Fast batch processing → continue…

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Fujifilm to release spring firmware updates for six cameras

Fujifilm is releasing firmware updates, both large and small, for six of its X-series cameras, with the X-T2 receiving the most significant changes. These updates will begin rolling out this month and will continue through May. Some of the highlights include:

GFX 50S

  • Compatibility with new GF 250mm F4 R LM OIS WR lens
  • New flicker reduction feature
  • Large Indicators Mode for LCD and viewfinder

X-H1

  • Focus bracketing
  • Enlarged/customizable indicators in viewfinder and LCD
  • Enhanced phase detection during video recording; more phase detection AF area options for still shooting
  • Enhanced Bluetooth connectivity

X-T2

  • Focus bracketing
  • Enlarged/customizable indicators in viewfinder and LCD
  • F-log recording to SD card
  • 1080/120p high speed mode
  • Improved Phase Detect AF performance
  • Flicker reduction

X-Pro2

  • Enlarged/customizable indicators in viewfinder and LCD
  • Improved Phase Detect AF performance
  • Flicker reduction

X-E3

  • Enlarged/customizable indicators in viewfinder and LCD
  • Compatibility with XC 15-45 F3.5-5.6 OIS PZ lens
  • Improved radio flash controller usability
  • Supports FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO

X100F

  • Enlarged/customizable indicators in viewfinder and LCD

Press Release

New Firmware Updates for GFX, X-H1, X-T2, X-Pro2, X-E3 and X100F

Fujifilm will release new firmware updates for the FUJIFILM GFX 50S, X-H1, X-T2, X-Pro2, X-E3 and X100F. Updates will vary by model and are expected in April 2018 and May 2018.

1. FUJIFILM GFX 50S (Ver.3.10) – Available in May 2018

• Compatible with the newly developed FUJINON GF250mmF4 R LM OIS WR lens including “Focus Preset,” “AF-L” and “AF-ON”.
• Addition of “Flicker Reduction” to reduce flicker in both pictures and display when shooting under fluorescent lighting.
• Addition of “Select Folder” and “Create Folder” allowing users to choose the folder that images are stored in and to create a new folder.
• New “Large Indicators Mode” enabling users to enlarge indicators and information in the viewfinder and/or LCD monitor and to customize the location of where the information is shown on the display.
• Addition of Fn button support for “35mm Format Mode” for quick setting changes.

2. FUJIFILM X-H1 (Ver.1.1.0) – Available → continue…

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Fujifilm X-A5 sample gallery

If you’re on a budget and looking to get into Fujifilm’s X-series, the X-A5 is likely on your radar – at $600 with a 15-45mm lens, it’s the cheapest entry point to the system. The camera uses a 24MP sensor with a conventional Bayer filter and hybrid AF. It also boasts improved battery life over its predecessor, claiming 450 shots per charge. We’re just getting started putting the camera through its paces; take a look at our first sample images.

See our Fujifilm X-A5 sample gallery

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