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[Gear] The New Fuji X-Pro 1 Available for Pre-Order!

With a fantastic new sensor that eliminates the need for an anti-aliasing filter, producing dramatically sharper images with less noise than any chip in its class, the Fuji X-Pro 1 is Fuji’s breakthrough of the year. It features a minimalist design and classic rangefinder functionality in a modern, mirrorless body. Pre-oder now on Adorama or on Amazon if you’re interested before they sell out! Update in the full post.

[Gear] The Mirrorless Camera: Pro Quality in Your Pocket

Mirrorless cameras are everywhere, now. By removing the standard mirror arrangement, manufacturers have been able to cram huge sensors similar to those in DSLRs into the same, tiny bodies as their point-and-shoot cousins. And if you Google “DSLR in your pocket,” half of the images that come up are mirrorless cameras. But does this hold true? And is the mirrorless right for you?

[News] Kodak Officially Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

As much as we’ve all been hoping there must be some way for Kodak to save itself, today marks the beginning of…a new beginning. Credited for bringing photography to the masses and creating the industry’s leading film technology, we’re sad for Kodak’s continuing struggle. At least, however, there is hope: Kodak does expect to be completed with restructuring in 2013. Read the press release in the full post.

[News] Fuji XF Lenses for Fuji X-Pro1 Leaked Early — Available for Pre-order on Amazon!

Most are aware, by now, that 2011 has been dubbed ‘the year of the protest.’ However, in our corner, it’s also the year of the mirrorless camera. As small-sensor image quality is improving and electronics are shrinking, manufacturers are taking advantage of being able to fit slightly larger-than-before sensors into the same pocket-sized cameras. Interchangeable lenses give even more flexibility, and, in the mirrorless format, give consumers a greatly portable system at a relatively low cost. Fuji’s new X-Pro 1 mirrorless camera (with a 16-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor that’s supposed to rival the quality of full-frame 35mm sensors) is expected to be announced early this coming week, but the new lenses that will be available for the system have already leaked early on Amazon. If you’re thinking of getting the system, you may want to consider ringing in the new year’s first mirrorless camera by building your lens set in advance.

Fujifilm Lens X-Pro1 18mm F2.0 Lens

Fujifilm Lens X-Pro1 35mm F1.4 Lens

Fujifilm Lens X-Pro1 60mm F2.4 Macro Lens

[News] Lexar Releases First 1000x CF Cards Plus the World’s First 256GB CF Card

On the heels of Sony’s XQD announcement comes Lexar’s first 1000x compact flash (CF) cards. Available in February in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB sizes, these cards now promise speeds of up to 150MB/s, even faster than the Sony XQD’s 125MB/s. Prices are slightly higher, too, but it seems as though the premium paid for top-of-the-line, professional, solid-state storage is dwindling, making it more affordable, finally. Lexar’s cards, in theory, should also support the Nikon D4′s massive 100-frame burst possibility (200 frames in JPG).

Additionally, Lexar has released the world’s first 256GB CF card, running at 400x (or 60MB/s). These will be available sometime in the first half of this year.

Full press releases and prices in the full post.

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