Fuji marketing trick? X PRO 1 real price damn low?

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Today I wrote how the Fuji X PRO 1 was too highly priced to compete against the Micro Four Thrids world. An anonymous source yesterday told me that the real price is in relaity much cheaper and that it was a sort of “marketing trick” from Fuji to announce a higher price. Didn’t believe him first but now the very frist preorder is up and indeed the price is MUCH lower. Check it out:
Fuji X PRO 1 worldwide first preorder at Expansys USA (Click here), Expansys Canada (Click here) and Expansys UK (Click here).

That would completely change the situation and put a hard pressure on Olympus and Panasonic!

UDPATE: I am still not sure this is the full price you pay!

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(FT5) Super Olympus announcement on Feb 8th! Pro camera + new line of products!

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Olympus Hong Kong is sending out invitation for a big event which will take place on Feb 8th! Olympus itself said that they will announce a new “PRO level camera” and a “line of new products“.

As I told you yesterday you should expect a super high quality body (weather sealed!), with built-in viewfinder. But unlike the X PRO 1 and NEX-7 this is not going to have a rangefinder look. It’s a “revival” of the glorious OM camera series. What I don’t know yet is what Olympus means with “new line of products”. Hope to get more rumors about that soon!

P.S.: OM camera and lens auctions on eBay (Click here).

Rumors classification explained (FT= FourThirds):
FT1=1-20% chance the rumor is correct
FT2=21-40% chance the rumor is correct
FT3=41-60% chance the rumor is correct
FT4=61-80% chance the rumor is correct
FT5=81-99% chance the rumor is correct

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Fuji X PRO 1 fails on price? And Fuji explains why they didn’t join m43.

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Fuji almost did it! They almost made a super camera but there could be a problem. The price is very likely too high. $1699 for the body only? Niet! What are the other points in favour of the m43 system? The camera is also a bit to big compared to m43 cameras, video quality should be very low compared to what Panasonic cameras can deliver. The sensor looks promising but not revolutionary, no foveon alike design, no organic sensor, “only” the AA filter has been removed thanks to the new RGB pattern and with heavy postprocessing work. Not to play down the Fuji camera, it’s certainly a super nice camera, but I feel like there is a chance fro Olympus to get on par with this with the next Olympus OM alike m43 camera. While I am sure body quality and viewfinder technology of the Olympus will be on par with the Fuji X PRO 1 I don’t know if Olympus will make it right with the new sensor. Let’s cross the fingers!

The guys over at ePhotozine asked Fuji the following question: Why not join Micro Four Thirds?
Answer: “Fujifilm are a photographic company with a lot of history in Fujinon optics, using our own lens mount and sensor allows us to be in total control of the system and final image quality.

And here below you can hear a Fuji manager that at the end of the interview talks about the Olympus situation:

Fuji X PRO 1 at Amazon (notification only).
Fuji 18mm lens at Amazon (notification only).
Fuji 35mm lens at Amazon (notification only).
Fuji 60mm lens at Amazon (notification only).

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Panasonic announces four lens converters for m43.

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Panasonic announced four new Micro Four Thirds lens converters. They will work on the 14mm pancake and 14-42mm zoom lens. Only the tele converter will nto work on the 14mm lens. Here are the specs via Panasonic

Wide Conversion Lens DMW-GWC1 Attachable to H-PS14042 and H-H014*As of January 9, 2012.

  • Enables capturing dynamic scenery in wider angle of view
  • Extends the focal length of wide-end from 14mm to 11mm by just attaching it to the front of the lens.
  • Compact, lightweight design featuring high mobility
  • Included Adaptor Ring for the use on H-PS14042 and H-H014
  • Helpful in shooting from dynamic landscapes to indoor group portraits

Tele Conversion Lens DMW-GTC1 Attachable to H-PS14042*As of January 9, 2012.

  • Enables capturing distant subject up close
  • Extends the focal length of tele-end from 42mm to 84mm by just attaching it to the front of the lens.*
  • Compact, lightweight design featuring high mobility
  • Included Adaptor Ring for the use on H-PS14042
  • Helpful in shooting from travel to street snapshots

* Attachable when the lens is at tele-end.

Macro Conversion Lens DMW-GMC1 Attachable to H-PS14042 and H-H014*As of January 9, 2012.

  • Enables shooting macro shot easily
  • Features closest focusing distance of 0.14m by just attaching it to the front of the lens.*
  • Compact, lightweight design featuring high mobility
  • Included Adaptor Ring for the use on H-PS14042 and H-H014
  • Helpful in shooting delicate, descriptive subject such as flowers or insects

* Closest focusing distance is 0.14m with H-H014 and 0.16m with H-PS14042. Longest Focusing Distance is 0.23m with H-H014 and 0.26m with H-PS14042.

Fisheye Conversion Lens DMW-GFC1 Attachable to H-PS14042 and H-H014*As of January 9, 2012.

  • Enables shooting unique images with rounded effect
  • Features 120-degree angle of view by just attaching it to the front of the lens.
  • Compact, lightweight design featuring high mobility
  • Included Adaptor Ring for the use on H-PS14042 and H-H014
  • Suitable for shooting characteristic, impressive images unique to the fisheye lens
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(FT5) Hot! Two new Sigma m43 lenses coming soon.

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And here we are! I just “found” the two images of the new Micro Four Thirds lenses from Sigma! The bad new is that…I don’t like them. I would have preferred to see a Sigma 24mm f/1.8 (it already exists for FT) and Sigma 30mm f/1.4 (also available for Four Thrids).

Here is the press release text:

Sigma 19mm f/2.8 EX DN: When used on a Micro Four Thirds format mirrorless camera, Sigma’s new 19mm f/2.8 EX DN has the effective FOV of a 38mm lens on a full-frame DSLR, which should appeal to street photographers and photojournalists.  Regardless of your choice of camera, the Sigma 19mm f/2.8 EX DN features eight elements in six groups that include three aspheric lens surfaces to correct optical distortions, color aberration and unwanted field curvature. The new lens also sports an internal focusing system and Super Multi-layer coating to reduce flare and ghosting while maintaining high contrast levels even when set at wider apertures. Other features include a new linear AF motor that eliminates mechanical gears or drives for quicker, near-silent focusing, seven rounded diaphragm blades for an attractive blur in out-of-focus areas, a 46mm filter thread, and a minimum focusing distance of 7.9″ (20cm).

Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN: Extending a mere 1.5″ (38.6mm) from the front of the camera is Sigma’s new 30mm f/2.8 EX DN. This lens has a full-frame equivalent FOV of a 60mm lens when used on a Micro Four Thirds format mirrorless camera. The new Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN features seven elements in five groups including dual aspheric lenses and a double-sided aspheric lens that help control edge sharpness and chromatic aberration. As with Sigma’s new 19mm f/2.8 EX DN lens, the new 30mm f/2.8 EX DN lens includes Sigma’s newly developed linear AF system for smoother and quieter operation, Super Multi-Layer coating for optimized contrast levels and reduced flare, a 46mm filter thread, internal focusing and a minimum focusing distance of 11.8″ (30cm).

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