Friday, March 29, 2013

Canon & Nikon Camera, Lens & Flash Rebates end on March 30th–order now

B&H Rebates

B&H has some great rebates on Canon, Nikon, Sony and more that expire on March 30th, 2013. Here’s the links to the pages where you can filter by your favorite brand and see what’s eligible:

NOTE: Despite B&H being closed, they are accepting orders that will be filled when they re-open. Now’s the time get your order in so you qualify for the rebate!

There’s also some great deals here:

Screaming B&H Deals & New Cameras IN STOCK!

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

onOne software 40% Off til March 31, 2013 (Nik Owners get 50% off)

Nik Software Owners: Get onOne Perfect Photo Suite 7 for 50% off

I just got word from onOne Software that they have decided to extend this deal until the end of the month.

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SOLUTION: Having problems downloading Nik Complete Collection by Google? Try this!

After reading my article entitled Nik Complete Collection by Google now only $149 ($126.65 with coupon code), many people contacted me about the problems they were having. My favorite was – “is this spam kinda like those mails to get a free copy of Office?” I’m happy to report, no this is the real deal!

Here’s a couple answers to common problems:

I didn't get the email, what do I do?

Start by checking your junk mail folder. If you can't find it there, check your deleted items. If that doesn't work, then try to think if you had a different email account that you used to register or purchase your Nik software. If none of that works, then send an email to supportus@niksoftware.com to request a new email.

I clicked on the link but it wasn't a exe. What do I do with this file?

Odds are you are using Internet Explorer. Instead of clicking, choose right click Save As... and save it as a exe on your desktop. If that doesn't work, download the file and RENAME it to have a .exe extension, then run it. Alternatively you can use Chrome as shown in my videos and this won't happen as it lacks this security feature to prevent you from downloading malicious exe's off the web.

And you can click here to get more answers plus see videos of how to install the upgrade on the Mac or PC in Lightroom or Photoshop.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Topaz Labs Webinar Video now available (includes TreeHouse, New York, Seattle and other tutorials)

Treehouse by Ron Martinsen - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Treehouse by Ron Martinsen - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
See the PhotoThoughts article and video below for more info

Topaz Labs has uploaded the video of my webinar where I showed 966 people how I edited this shot and several others that you might enjoy. Check it out here:

Special Offer

Click here to learn more about Topaz Labs complete line of products where you can save 15% when you use my RONMART discount coupon code (click link for a new code if it doesn’t work)!

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

REVIEW: Think Tank Photo City Walker 10

Think Tank Photo City Walker 10
Think Tank Photo City Walker 10 (Blue)

I’ve been very happy with my Think Tank Photo bags lately, so that’s why you haven’t heard much from me about any new bags in a while. While I have been getting new bags from TTP, none have really grabbed my attention enough to warrant the energy of a new blog article – until now.

Now I mentioned a while back when I reviewed the Urban Disguise 40 that it was a great city / around the town bag, so when I got this fashionable & lightweight equivalent I was intrigued. I’m happy to say that it exceeded my expectations by having all that I loved about the Urban Disguise series and a whole lot more!

One really useful feature is that you can actually remove the interior to repurpose this bag for non photography uses, and then return the center insert to use it as a photography bag again. Here’s a quick shot to show what I mean:

City Walker 10 with Removable Insert
City Walker 10 with Removable Insert

This is really just a very lightweight and fashionable improvement over the Urban Disguise series, so if you like that series you’ll love this one!

Video Review

A picture is worth a thousand words, but a video is worth even more. As a result, I’ve created another one of my famously bad videos to show you how to load this bag with a ton of stuff and still have room for more:

Conclusion

Lightweight, fashionable, affordable and great for around the town usage – what’s not to love about that?! I’ve been using this bag quite a bit since it arrived and I can’t recommend it enough. If for some reason you don’t like the blue version shown here, you’ll be happy to know a black version is still possible too. If you feel this bag is still too small there’s two larger sizes – the City Walker 20 and City Walker 30. All bags are also available in black without blue accents.

It’s my opinion that Think Tank Photo bags are the best made bags on the market. In fact, they are the only bags I trust with my gear! This is a fine addition to the huge collection, and I highly recommend it!

Where to order

Click here to order or learn more about this or other bags on the Think Tank Photo web site. Using my link automatically entitles you to the special offer gift with your order for $50 or more!

Until the end of March you can visit here - Think Tank Photo: New gear plus special offer – to learn more about another special offer.

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Fujifilm X-E1 Real World Sample Images


FUJIFILM X-E1, f/8 @ 27.7 mm, 1/80,ISO 200, Shade WB, Velvia Film Simulation Mode

While out doing private training with one of my clients I had a chance to fire off a few frames with the Fujifilm X-E1 and managed to get some deliciously vibrant images. I thought I’d share them here for fun in case readers like you were wanting some better examples of this camera in the real world.

You can see my full review of this camera in these articles:

All of the images shown in this article were casual snapshots taken to illustrate a point to my student, so my apologies for the lack of consideration to people and horizontal & vertical lines in these shots. These shots were not intended to be displayed publically, but since I thought they were great samples of the X-E1’s ability to make great exposures under sometimes difficult conditions I thought I’d share.

Real World Samples Images

All of the following images are copyright Ron Martinsen – ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may view them but you may not store them on your computer, edit them, print them, or link them in any way without a signed written licensing agreement.

The images shown here are all in-camera JPEG’s with no post-processing (no cropping, sharpening, or editing of any sort). The vivid colors which some may enjoy and others may hate came from the built-in Velvia (Vivid) film simulation mode of the X-E1. I also shot with the Single Shot AF mode most of the time, but even in these conditions it had its moment where it failed to acquire focus no matter what I did so I gave up and used a different camera. This camera is great when it fires, but it can be frustrating sometimes when it can’t seem to find the contrast to focus even with larger AF points.

All of the images shown in this article and many more can be found in the sample gallery at http://www.ronmartinsen.com/fujifilm/x-e1.


Panoramic Mode - M


Panoramic Mode – L

The two examples above were take with Velvia film simulation.


X-E1, f/7.1 @ 18 mm,1/320, ISO 200, No Flash, Shade WB, Velvia Film Simulation Mode


X-E1, f/8 @ 20.5 mm, 1/90,ISO 200, No Flash, Shade WB, Velvia Film Simulation Mode


X-E1, f/8 @ 48.4 mm,1/100, ISO 200, No Flash, AWB, Velvia Film Simulation Mode


X-E1, f/10 @ 18 mm,1/250, ISO 800, No Flash, AWB, Velvia Film Simulation Mode


X-E1, f/9 @ 55 mm,1/240, ISO 200, No Flash, AWB, Velvia Film Simulation Mode


X-E1, f/4 @ 48.4 mm,1/2200, ISO 400, No Flash, AWB, Velvia Film Simulation Mode
High shutter & ISO used due to very windy conditions shooting this bouncing branch

Conclusion

While these images are casual snapshots, they are good enough to call done for personal photos intended for friends and family. I find them to be visually satisfying enough that my desire to own a X-E1 is growing stronger, despite the logical side of my head remembering some of my concerns during my review. This is a camera with a fantastic lens, sensor and internal image processing. The only thing not to love in my book is the price and AF performance.

Where to order

Click here to see all of the offerings on the B&H. My friends at Adorama have it available here. During the religious holiday breaks you can also place your order here on Amazon.

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

PRE-ORDER: Fujifilm FinePix S8400W & XP200 (Water Proof / Shock Proof Camera)

 


Fujifilm XP200 – Read more about it later in this article

FUJIFILM announces new Wifi enabled long zoom S8400W ALL-in-one BRIDGE camera that delivers amazing images and easy sharing

New S8400W combines long zoom, fast autofocus speeds and easy WiFi sharing for photo enthusiasts

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Fujifilm S8400W

Valhalla, N.Y., March 22, 2013 – FUJIFILM North America Corporation announces its newest all-in-one bridge camera, the FinePix S8400W that is WiFi® enabled and uses a precision 44x optical long zoom (24-1056mm) FUJINON lens. The new S8400W features an improved CMOS sensor, advanced processing power and amazing optics to give consumers a great combination of photographic versatility in an easy-to-use and compact design.

“The new FinePix S8400W is a long zoom bridge camera with amazing performance and high speed operation giving photo enthusiasts the range and quality that they are looking for,” said David Troy, Director of Marketing, Digital Cameras, Electronic Imaging Division, FUJIFILM North America Corporation. “And with its built-in WiFi, users can easily connect and upload their favorite images to their smartphone or tablet for quick online sharing.”

Powerful Optical Zoom and Potent Optical Image Stabilization

The S8400W boasts a 44x optical zoom lens with fast aperture of F2.9 to F6.5, an amazing Optical Image Stabilization system for excellent blur reduction and is capable of a Super Macro mode for users to get as close as 0.39” from a subject for great close-up shots. This all in one FUJINON lens consists of 17 elements in 12 groups, and combines aspherical and ED elements that help to reduce aberrations and promote a superior level of image quality.

Fast Autofocus and Quick Response Times

The FinePix S8400W has an impressive 16MP BSI-CMOS sensor that captures excellent quality, low noise shots at sensitivities as high as ISO 12800. With autofocus speeds of 0.3 seconds*1, start-up times of 1.0 seconds*2, a 0.5 seconds*2 interval between shots and a continuous shooting speed of up to 10fps (max 10 frames at full resolution)*2, users can feel confident about capturing a fast-action shot. And with its ultra-high-speed shooting of up to 60fps (max 60 frames, image size 1280 × 960) and up to 120fps (max 60 frames, image size 640 × 480), the S8400W lets users capture the action in slow-motion for advanced photography.

Enhanced Wireless Image Transfer Function

The FinePix S8400W’s new wireless feature lets you transfer photos and movies*3 from the camera to smartphones, tablets and computers and then upload high-quality images to social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter in seconds.

To connect the S8400W to a smartphone or tablet, users can download the free dedicated “FUJIFILM Camera Application” to their iPhone™ / iPad™ or Android™ smartphone or tablet device to transfer up to 30 pictures at a time from the S8400W. The app also lets you download movies*3, expanding the range of options available for enjoying pictures taken with the camera.

With its Wi-Fi capability, the S8400W also allows users to easily back up photos on their home computer. Users simply install the free “FUJIFILM PC AutoSave” software onto their computer and select which folder they want the photos to back up to, and then by linking a Wi-Fi Router and the S8400W, the camera will automatically backup photos to their home computer.

Pictures stored on the S8400W can be viewed and selected for download on large smartphone or tablet screens for a smooth viewing experience. No wireless LAN access point or complicated ID or password entry is required, and once pictures have been downloaded to the smartphone, it is simple to upload them to social networking sites.

Easy to Use

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The FinePix S8400W has an easy to use Mode Dial for shooting selection, dual zoom control for speed and precision zooming, and a bright 3.0” LCD screen (460K-dot) and electronic view finder (EVF) with 201K-dot resolution for easy viewing and image framing.

Full HD movie 1080i/60fps with Stereo Sound

The FinePix S8400W makes movie recording as easy as taking pictures using the dedicated movie button to start recording instantly. The high resolution, 1080i movie capture at 60fps with stereo sound and slow-motion capture at 480fps*4 is superb when played back on HDTV screens, and users can even take still photos during video recording. The S8400W also adds a number of in-camera movie editing features including “movie trimming” and “movie join.”

Artistic shooting effects

The FinePix S8400W uses advanced in-camera filters that bring creative photography to life. The S8400W artistic effects include:

  • Pop color – emphasizes contrast and color saturation
  • Toy camera – create shaded borders as if you were taking a photo on a toy camera
  • Miniature effect blurs the top and bottom of the frame for a diorama effect
  • Partial color – retain one selected original color and change the rest of the photo to black and white (select from red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple)
  • Cross screen*5 creates starbursts around bright objects
  • Soft Focus*5 create a look that is evenly soft throughout the whole image

FinePix S8400W key features:

  • FUJINON super zoom Lens (24mm wide-angle, fast apertures of F2.9 to F6.5)
  • 1/2.3” 16MP BSI-CMOS sensor:

· Autofocus speed of 0.3 second*1 in fastest conditions

· Continuous shooting; 10fps (max 10frames, full resolution), 60fps (max 60 frames, image size 1280 × 960) ,120fps (max 60 frames, image size 640 × 480)

· Start-up time of 1.0 second

· Shooting interval time of 0.5 second

  • Wireless Image Transfer to smartphones and tablets
  • Full HD movie 1080i/60 fps with stereo sound and slow-motion capture at 480fps*3
  • Bright 3.0” LCD screen (460K-dot)
  • Electronic viewfinder (201K-dot)
  • Super Macro to 0.39”
  • Manual exposure control (P/S/A/M modes)
  • Dual zoom control
  • Advanced Filters
  • Instant zoom and Zoom Bracketing
  • 4×AA alkaline batteries with approximately 300 shot battery life

*1 35mm format equivalent

*2 FUJIFILM research based on CIPA standards

*3 FUJIFILM Camera Application for iOS can save movie files up to 1280 x 720

*4 High Speed Movie can be recorded at the following speeds and sizes: 480fps (320 x 120 pixels), 240fps (320 x 240 pixels), 120fps (640 x 480 pixels)

*5 Only in post shooting view

Pricing and Availability

The FinePix S8400W will be available May 2013 at the price of $349.95.

Fujifilm FinePix XP200 combines extreme durability with Easy wireless image transfer for outdoor ADVENTURERS

XP200 sets a new standard for rugged cameras that deliver sharp images in any environment

Valhalla, N.Y., March 22, 2013 – FUJIFILM North America Corporation announces the latest addition to the popular rugged XP Series, the FinePix XP200. The new XP200 uses an improved 16MP CMOS sensor for enhanced image quality, a reinforced 5x FUJINON lens, and is Waterproof to 50ft (15M), Shockproof to 6.6ft, Freezeproof to 14°F (-10°C) and Dustproof*1. The XP200 also has a newly redesigned battery door lock with double seals for enhanced protection so that users are certain to get their most adventurous shots, all with an attractive camera body that is easy to use for the whole family.

Fujifilm XP200 Top View
Fujifilm XP200 Top View

“The new XP200 is the ultimate outdoor camera for every extreme athlete and outdoor enthusiast who wants to capture their adventures and share them quickly and easily online,” said David Troy, Director of Marketing, Digital Cameras, Electronic Imaging Division, FUJIFILM North America Corporation. “By creating a camera that handles serious depths, ice, sand and drops, the XP200 is designed to inspire confidence and deliver clear, sharp images and full HD video wherever you go.”

Superior image quality

The FinePix XP200 uses an improved 16MP CMOS sensor with CMOS Shift Image Stabilization to capture images that are sharp and clear, even in challenging low-light conditions. It also incorporates an internal 5x optical FUJINON zoom lens (28-140mm*2) that allows users to get close to the action, even under water. And with its Intelligent Digital Zoom, the XP200 can double its zoom range to 10x while still offering optimum image quality.

Enhanced Wireless Image Transfer Function

The XP200’s new wireless feature lets you transfer photos and movies*3 from the camera to smartphones, tablets and computers and then upload high-quality images to social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter in seconds.

To connect the XP200 to a smartphone or tablet, users can download the free dedicated “FUJIFILM Camera Application” to their iPhone™ / iPad™ or Android™ smartphone or tablet device to transfer up to 30 pictures at a time from the XP200. The app also lets you download movies*3, expanding the range of options available for enjoying pictures taken with the camera.

With its Wi-Fi capability, the XP200 also allows users to easily back up photos on their home computer. Users simply install the free “FUJIFILM PC AutoSave” software onto their computer and select which folder they want the photos to back up to, and then by linking a Wi-Fi Router and the XP200, the camera will automatically backup photos to their home computer.

Pictures stored on the XP200 can be viewed and selected for download on large smartphone or tablet screens for a smooth viewing experience. No wireless LAN access point or complicated ID or password entry is required, and once pictures have been downloaded to the smartphone, it is simple to upload them to social networking sites.

High Speed for Real Life

The FinePix XP200 has all the speed users need to capture their fast action including two high speed shooting modes, 10fps*4 continuous shooting mode at full resolution (max 9 frames) and an ultra-high speed continuous shooting at up to 60fps*4 (max 70 frames in 16:9, S size only). The XP200 even has a dedicated “Burst Mode Button” placed on the top of the camera that lets users utilize this mode instantly without having to fumble through menu options to activate…a camera specifically designed for action.

Full HD Movies Made Easy

The FinePix XP200 allows users to shoot amazing action-packed HD videos delivering full HD 1080i (60fps) movie capture as well as a high speed movie recording at up to 240fps for incredible slow motion playback. The XP200 also features advanced in-camera movie editing including, “movie editing” and “movie join” to seamlessly pull together multiple video clips into a single movie.

Bright Screen, Easy Viewing

The XP200 has bright and vibrant 3.0” 920K-dot LCD monitor which has an anti-reflective coating that makes viewing images and data on the camera easy and crystal clear, even in bright sunlight. The screen features an automatic brightness adjustment feature which can be optimized to monitor brightness to account for ambient lighting, which saves battery power without sacrificing clarity.

Advanced Filters

The XP200 features an Advanced Filter option that lets users enjoy a variety of photographic expressions. The XP200 artistic effects include:

Pop Color – great for boosting contrast and saturation

Toy Camera – adds vignetting for a 70’s retro look

Miniature – blurred top and bottom sections for a tilt-and-shift effect

Partial Color – selects one color and takes the rest of the shot in black and white

(choose from red, purple, yellow, green, blue and orange)

Soft Focus – create a soft focus effect evenly throughout the whole image

High Key – increases overall brightness and reduces contrast

Cross Screen – adds starbursts around bright objects

FinePix XP200 key features:

  • Waterproof to 50ft/15m*1
  • Shockproof to 6.6ft/2m*1
  • Dustproof*1
  • Freezeproof to 14°F/-10ºC*1
  • 1/2.3” 16MP CMOS sensor
  • 5x optical zoom (10x total using Intelligent Digital zoom)
  • CMOS-shift image stabilization
  • 3.0” LCD screen with anti-reflective coating
  • Wireless Image Transfer to smartphones and tablets
  • Full HD movie recording and a dedicated “Movie Recording Button”
  • 10fps*4 continuous shooting mode at full resolution (max 9 frames) with dedicated “Burst Mode Button”
  • High speed multi-frame processing – record two shots or more at different exposures and then combine them to achieve High Dynamic Range (HDR) shots with natural contrast that preserves details in the highlights and shadows.
  • Motion Panorama 360 – create a 360º panoramic shot by selecting the mode, pressing the shutter button and spinning around in a circle.
  • Individual Shutter 3D – create fun images with a 3D effect by combining two shots taken from slightly different angles.

*1 Dust proof: IP6X (Ingress Protection Rating)

Water proof: IPX8 (up to 15m, within 120min.) (Ingress Protection Rating)

Anti-shock: Method; MIL-STD-810F-516.5 Fujifilm standard 2.0m

*2 35mm format equivalent

*3 FUJIFILM Camera Application for iOS can save movie files up to 1280 x 720

*4 FUJIFILM research based on CIPA standards

Pricing and Availability

The FinePix XP200 will be available in May 2013 at the price of $299.95, and will be available in black, yellow, blue and red.

For complete specs on both sites, please go to https://www.fujifilmusa.com/products/digital_cameras/showcase/index.html

Where to order

Click here to pre-order the S8400 or click here to pre-order the XP200 from Adorama.

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Fujifilm X-E1–Compared to X-Pro1, X100s, Sony RX100, & More (Part 2 of 2)

In my first article entitled Fujifilm X-E1–A Step in the Right Direction (Part 1 of 2), I covered the basics of this camera and included a bunch of example photos. In this article I’ll compare some bookshelf images to some popular cameras and wrap up with some miscellaneous feature areas.

Fujifilm X-E1 f/4 @ 55 mm, 1/110,ISO 800, No Flash
f/4 @ 55 mm, 1/110,ISO 800, No Flash, AWB, Velvia
The Easter Bunny Rocks with this camera!

Bookshelf Test

As expected, the X-E1 did very well with the bookshelf test. Its improved firmware over the X-Pro1 that I tested proved to be helpful, and the 18-55mm lens performed very well. This really isn’t an apples to apples comparison because I don’t have both cameras at the same time nor do I have the same lens and latest firmware installed. As a result, all you can take away from this is how the X-E1 performed at the time I tested it versus the other cameras at the time I tested them. All were shot under identical light conditions on the same tripod, but different lenses do make a big difference.


X-E1, f/5.6 @ 55 mm, 3.7s, ISO 200, No Flash, OIS Off, AWB, DR100, Provia, 10 sec Timer

Overall I felt like it was comparable to DSLR performance in terms of dynamic range and image sharpness. The noise level was quite a bit higher when getting beyond ISO 800 (more like DSLR’s were back in the 2006 time frame) which is problematic when you use this camera body for the evening dinner date with your significant other.

100% Crops

The following 100% crops are all generated in Lightroom 4.3 from the RAW files so that the default raw processing would be identical for each.

X-E1 100% Crop f/5.6 @ 55 mm, 3.7s, ISO 200
X-E1 100% Crop f/5.6 @ 55 mm, 3.7s, ISO 200

The X-E1 looks a bit sharper in my eyes, but that could be the shooting angle and other factors. Overall it’s very comparable to the X-Pro1, as expected.

Compared to the X-Pro1

X-Pro1, f/5.6 @ 35 mm, 8s, ISO 200
X-Pro1, f/5.6 @ 35 mm, 8s, ISO 200

Compared to the Sony RX100

DSC-RX100, f/8 @ 10.4 mm, 5s, ISO 200
DSC-RX100, f/8 @ 10.4 mm, 5s, ISO 200

The Sony seems to have a bit better dynamic range, but it also seems quite a bit softer when doing a raw comparison. One thing is for certain is that the Sony in-camera meter seems to be a lot more accurate whereas the Fuji’s tend to over expose a tad (in the default multi metering mode.

X-E1 at ISO 6400

Mouse over to see ISO 200 and mouse out to see ISO 6400
X-E1, f/5.6 @ 55 mm, 1/8,ISO 6400 (Full Size)
Mouse over to see ISO 200 and mouse out to see ISO 6400

At ISO 6400 the noise is pretty strong, but the image quality is still pretty good. The noise cleans up okay with Noiseware (or the in-camera JPEG processing) so it’s a usable image – but very noisy by today’s standards. The ISO’s greater than 6400 don’t support RAW so you end up with a nasty JPEG that you can’t fix. I do not recommend these modes unless you are desperate the get the shot.

Film Simulation Modes

This camera supports bracketing of Film Simulation modes (called picture styles on other cameras), so for fun I did it here using the 55mm ISO 200 setting. These are all in-camera JPEG’s (click for full-size originals):


X-E1 Provia (Standard) Film Simulation Mode


X-E1 Astia (Soft) Film Simulation ModeX-E1 Velvia (Vivid) Film Simulation Mode

While there are many times that I prefer Velvia, for this image it’s a little too oversaturated – especially when you get it on the web at sRGB. As a result, I find myself using Astia quite a bit (and no, it doesn’t seem to soften my images – it’s colors are just more muted that Vivid).

You can see more samples and full-size originals at http://www.ronmartinsen.com/fujifilm/x-e1. All images are Copyright Ron Martinsen – ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may view, but you may not save, edit, crop, print or otherwise use any images without permission.

Compared to other popular cameras in this class

Subjectively speaking I felt it did a better job at higher ISO’s and with in-camera noise reduction than the Olympus OM-D E-M5. I also felt like it was close enough in quality to the Sony RX100 that it’d definitely consider this a better buy than the Sony.

The Canon EOS M disappointed me, but if you pixel peep you’ll see that it compares very favorably in terms of overall image quality against the X-E1. With that said, the improvements in focus performance make the X-E1 my winner in this comparison.

I would say it’s worthwhile for X100 owners to upgrade to the X100s as there’s so many improvements that you’ll enjoy it quite a bit. However, if you want an interchangeable lens solution that is affordable than the X-E1 (and its replacement) make more sense.

Overall though, in this class of cameras I’d say the Sony NEX-7 is still my overall favorite for a combination of performance, features, and price. I think the X-E1 and X-Pro1 have better image quality but that doesn’t really matter if you don’t get the shot.

Dynamic Range Modes


This feature really helps in tough situations like this so you can see the skyscraper outside
Click the image to view the original in-camera image

Like other Fujifilm cameras, the X-E1 has multiple Dynamic Range modes. In fact, it even features bracketing of these modes, so I used that feature on the bookshelf to do a quick sample of three at DR100, DR200, and DR400. Just click here to view the DR100 version and use the right arrow key to see the others. Wait, what’s that – you didn’t any difference? Yeah, me either. If you look carefully there are some subtle differences, so it seems more optimized for brighter conditions (which I couldn’t test tonight) based on what I’m seeing in real world use. Personally I use DRAuto or DR100 most of the time, but I tried various modes when testing.

It should be noted that this is a JPEG only feature as the RAW file doesn’t have the notion of this post-processing concept.

Menu System

Much fuss is made about the menu system of the Fujifilm X series cameras, but honestly I’ve gotten used to it so it doesn’t bother me. I find what I need quickly and it works. There’s lots of  hard button controls on the camera too so I only need to use the menus when something is missing from the hard buttons. Most notably you can switch flash modes, but there’s no quick access to flash exposure compensation which is very annoying. The Q menu is pretty awesome at providing most features available very quickly and easily – I loved the densely populated design – I wish others would do that.

Video

As usual, I’m not video guy so I didn’t do much testing here. It’s about like an average point and shoot but it doesn’t focus on moving subjects very well. The image quality is above average though – in good light with the Provia film simulation.

Panoramic Mode


Panoramic Mode - M


Panoramic Mode – L

If you saw my X10 review you know that I love this feature in Fujifilm cameras. As usual, the JPEG it creates is stitched very well (when the subject you are shooting isn’t moving), but it seems a little slower on the X-Pro1 & X-E1 compared to the X10.

The two examples above were take with Velvia film simulation.

Conclusion

This is a good camera that will certainly please Fujifilm enthusiasts. After a fail with the X100 (in my opinion) and some bugs with the very expensive XPro-1, Fujifilm seems to have finally hit the mark. It’s still expensive in my book, but definitely a lot cheaper than a Leica.

This camera has that German build quality feeling and it’s a hell of a lot of fun to use. If I had the spare change I’d probably pick one up, but I wouldn’t consider it a replacement for a DSLR nor my point and shoot (currently a X10). To me, this is more of a serious hobbyist camera that is charming to use and creates very satisfying in-camera JPEG’s that some might find suitable enough to avoid spending much time in post-processing.

I’d call it an ideal street photography camera, and it’s great for food photography too. The live view helps a lot with manual focusing and the removal of the low pass filter also make it a great choice for landscape photography as well. It’s also great for hiking or situations where you just don’t want a big bulky camera.

I’d also say that the focus problems are solved if you use the largest two AF sizes in Single Shot mode. Smaller than that will require very good light.

Overall, I give this camera a guarded recommendation to those who can afford to pay for the wonderful quality body and very good sensor that it offers. It’s sure to please as long as you keep yourself in good light and stay out of situations that require ISO > 800.

Where to order

Click here to see the full selection of X-E1’s at B&H web site. My friends at Adorama have it available here, and you can find it here at Amazon.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

New Canon DSLR Camera Announcements 3/21/2013

Canon finally announces some cool new cameras tonight and you can pre-order them right now from B&H or Adorama!

Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens

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Canon U.S.A. Announces World's Smallest And Lightest DSLR Camera

New EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR Camera Fuses Advanced Image Quality and Features into an Ultra-Portable Body

MELVILLE, N.Y., March 21, 2013 – Continuing the quest to deliver superb product innovations, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the world's smallest and lightest DSLR* camera: the EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR Camera. It features a newly developed 18.0-megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and high-performance DIGIC 5 Image Processor for exceptional image quality and speed. With its combination of lightweight size, ease of use and outstanding image quality, the EOS Rebel SL1 is perfect for users looking for the ideal camera to bring sightseeing on vacation or to capture the everyday.

"The EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR Camera represents a new era in DSLR versatility: ultra-portable, full-featured DSLR cameras," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. "The EOS Rebel SL1 combines the high speed, high image quality and expanded shooting range of a DSLR camera, with the easy and fun usability of a point-and-shoot camera."

Advanced Image Quality in a Compact Body

As the world's smallest and lightest DSLR, the new camera body is 4.6" (w) x 3.57" (h) x 2.74" (d), and weighs only 14.36 oz.** In comparison, the EOS Rebel SL1 is approximately 25 percent smaller and 28 percent lighter than the EOS Rebel T4i digital camera.

EOS Rebel SL1 is approximately 25 percent smaller and 28 percent lighter than the EOS Rebel T4i digital camera

The EOS Rebel SL1 features an 18 megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor that performs exceptionally well in both bright and dimly lit shooting environments with an ISO range of 100-12800 (expandable to H: 25600) for photos and ISO-6400 (expandable to H: 12800) for video. Canon's DIGIC 5 Image Processor technology allows for exceptional image quality and shooting speed up to four frames per second (fps).

The camera includes a new nine-point center cross-type autofocus (AF) system to help achieve fast, sharp focus. The new AF system also includes a new Hybrid CMOS AF II sensor, which provides a wider focus area when shooting photos or video in Live View mode, and a continuous AF speed that's increased from previous EOS models.

To help capture video with ease, the EOS Rebel SL1 features Canon's Movie Servo AF, which provides continuous AF tracking of moving subjects. When shooting video with one of Canon's new STM lenses, such as the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM (available in the standard lens kit), Movie Servo AF takes advantage of the lens' stepping motor for smooth and quiet continuous AF. The camera is capable of Full HD shooting in a number of recording sizes and frame rates, and enables easy manual control of exposure, focus and Live View features. The combination of Canon's new Hybrid CMOS AF system II and EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens is ideal for shooting video helping to ensure only the sounds of the scene are recorded.

Allowing for clear and easy viewing even in bright environments, the Touch Screen three inch Clear View LCD monitor II provides a rich and expansive display as well as providing intuitive touch panel operation. Two finger touch gestures (multi-touch) can be easily used for zooming or changing images, accessing menu and quick control settings, and activating focus point and shutter release while shooting.

Creativity at your Fingertips

The EOS Rebel SL1 encourages users to explore their creative side with a wide array of features for convenience and simple shooting. The EOS Rebel SL1 is equipped with Scene Intelligent Auto Mode, an advanced function that detects faces, colors, brightness, movement, contrast, distance and other factors and automatically adjusts and selects the exposure method needed. The results are photos with a wide dynamic range, ideal for users without advanced photography knowledge or experience.

Users can also access advanced imaging features like the new Effect Shot mode, which automatically creates two different shots, one with a selected creative filter and one without. In addition, Creative Filters and Background Blur Simulation can now be displayed in real time during Live View shooting. Editing photos is also a snap with the Rebel SL1's in-camera editing and cropping functionality. This feature allows users to view and crop the image using the camera's LCD touch screen and save the edited version as a separate file.

For those who would like to take beautiful photos with ease, the EOS Rebel SL1 offers a variety of scene modes to explore. New special scene modes include Kids, Food and Candlelight, giving users advanced presets to help ensure the best possible photos even under difficult shooting conditions.

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
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MELVILLE, N.Y., March 21, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to introduce a new flagship model to its popular EOS Rebel line, the EOS Rebel T5i Digital SLR Camera. The incredible image quality and performance starts with an 18 megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and Canon's superb DIGIC 5 Image Processor. Combined with an extensive ISO range of 100-12800 (expandable to 25600 in H mode), the EOS Rebel T5i boasts crisp, detailed images, even in low-light conditions. With a continuous shooting speed of up to 5.0 frames per second (fps) united with 9 all cross-type AF focus points, the new EOS Rebel T5i allows photographers the opportunity to shoot with ease, even in challenging shooting situations.

When shooting in Live View mode, the Hybrid CMOS AF system enables speedy and accurate autofocus for photos and video. Coupled with Canon's new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, available in the standard kit lens bundle, the EOS Rebel T5i takes full advantage of the Stepping Motor (STM) technology, which allows the lens to smoothly and silently focus on the subject whether it is moving or standing still. When combined with the camera's high-resolution Vari-angle Touch Screen 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor II and intuitive touch controls, the EOS Rebel T5i stands as Canon's most "consumer-friendly" DSLR.

"Built to make advanced photography creative and fun, the EOS Rebel T5i Digital SLR Camera gives users exceptional image quality and fast, intuitive operation along with creative functions to help advance photographic expression," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.

Expand Your Creativity with New Advanced Features

The EOS Rebel T5i provides amateur and advanced photographers looking to hone their creative and technical skills with a range of features that allow for crisp, clear images.

Whether it is adding saturation to a vivid landscape or applying a unique, vintage touch to a portrait, users who want to express their creativity can experiment with different effects and settings, composing a shot, by using one of Canon's seven Creative Filters. When the Creative Filters are applied in Live View, users can preview the filter on the vari-angle three inch LCD touch screen without having to shoot the image first. Effects such as ArtBold, Water Painting, Grainy Black and White, Soft Focus, Toy Camera, Fish-Eye and Miniature let users pick and choose how to best express their creative vision before or after the image is captured.

The EOS Rebel T5i features advanced shooting modes to take creative imaging even further. When using one of the advanced shooting modes such as Handheld Night Scene, HDR Backlight Control or Multi-Shot Noise Reduction, multiple images are taken and combined within the camera to help create the best quality image based off of the shots taken. Providing quick and easy accessibility, a new mode dial with Scene modes has been included, allowing users the flexibility to select the subject matter while the camera determines the optimal settings.

Enhanced EOS Full HD Movie Mode

The EOS Rebel T5i offers easy-to-use professional video capture. When users switch to EOS Full HD Movie mode, the EOS Rebel T5i offers the ability to shoot in 1080p Full HD video in a number of recording sizes and frame rates. With Canon's Hybrid CMOS AF System and Movie Servo AF, the camera provides continuous AF for focus tracking of moving subjects by helping to reduce the camera's need to "hunt", resulting in a quick and smooth continuous AF. While shooting with one of Canon's Stepping Motor (STM) lenses, such as the new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, the camera will only capture the stereo sound of the scene being recorded. For added flexibility, the EOS Rebel T5i also features a built-in stereo microphone with manual audio level adjustment to enhance sound quality.

Expanded Lineup of STM Lenses

Canon is expanding the lineup of STM lenses by adding one new lens, which now gives users three choices that will allow for the capture of stunning images and video with the EOS Rebel T5i - the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, the EF 40mm f/2.8 STM and the new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens. The EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens offers high magnification in a compact and lightweight EF-S standard zoom lens with an optical image stabilizer for up to four equivalent stops for shake correction. When paired with the Hybrid CMOS AF, it allows for smooth and quiet, continuous AF for photo and video capturing - making it the perfect combination for preserving those once in a lifetime moments.

Where to order

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REVIEW: Fujifilm X-E1–A Step in the Right Direction (Part 1 of 2)

Fujifilm X-E1 Digital Camera Kit with XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS Lens (Black)
Fujifilm X-E1 Digital Camera Kit with XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS Lens (Black)

Despite what some people might think, I love Fujifilm cameras. In fact, I find them a joy to use and addicting as hell. There is something magical about them that makes photography fun and a lot of the built-in features create in-camera images that just have that great film quality with all the benefits of the digital age (i.e., no grain, better color, raw, etc…). With that said, I pissed off A LOT of people by not declaring the X100 and XPro-1 the great things since sliced bread.

You see, I guess I missed the fact that I’m supposed to think they are perfect cameras and not say anything bad about them. Apparently they have no flaws, and to say otherwise makes me a <expletive> idiot according to a very vocal Fujifilm fan base. I guess these readers don’t look at reviews to hear the truth about a product, but rather to get validation for their brilliance for buying a Fujifilm camera. They are a proud bunch, and obviously there’s no room for improvement so to say otherwise means I obviously don’t know what I’m doing.

If you are in this camp then I’d suggest you stop reading this blog because I’ve tried to differentiate myself from publications who only look at their business model and write glowing reviews about everything that comes across their desk. You see, I think I owe it to my readers to tell you what I like and more importantly tell you what I don’t like. In fact, I think I even owe it to the manufacturers because if they really made the perfect camera they’d probably go out of business because they’d never be able to generate more income by releasing new products that improve upon their predecessors. In the end, I think I help my readers make an informed decision and hopefully provide feedback that helps Fujifilm make better products in the future.

With that said, while I loved the image quality of the X100 and XPro-1, and I absolutely enjoyed using them. Personally, I felt they were very flawed products. I wanted to love them, and I wanted to tell you to go out and buy one because they are so fun, but I couldn’t do it. I had to tell you the truth, and so it was with mixed emotions that I took on the task of reviewing the Fujifilm X-E1. It’s effectively a cheaper XPro-1, so I wasn’t expecting anything different. I was expecting to love the images and absolutely love shooting with it, but I was also expecting to be very disappointed in the auto focus system indoors.

At first, I found what I was expecting. However, I was having a lot of fun with the camera as I had with previous versions, so I wanted this to be “the one”. I want to love this camera and scream from the rooftops – YES, THIS IS THE COMPACT interchangeable lens camera you must get – but I couldn’t. Out of desperation, I did something I rarely do – I went to friends for help because I wanted to find a way to make this crappy AF system work so I could love this camera! In the end I did find workarounds, and I’m very happy. It’s not perfect, and I’m still eagerly awaiting the dream X series camera with interchangeable lenses that is a must have camera. However, this is a great step in the right direction.

Cool Overview Video

Fujifilm does a brilliant job with its web and video marketing of their cameras. It reminds of Mercedes Benz or Porsche where after watching the video or reading the stuff on the web - you want one! As a result, I thought I’d share this video to get you excited about a product that I’m excited about!

They have some great info on their web site as well as the mini-product site at http://fujifilm-x.com/x-e1/en/. I encourage you to check out both, but please come back here to finish reading my review!

Camera Body Features (Part 1 of 2)

Fujifilm X-E1 Digital Camera Kit with XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS Lens (Silver) - Rear
Fujifilm X-E1 Digital Camera Kit with XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS Lens (Silver) - Rear

XPro-1 users/shoppers will be very familiar and satisfied with the XE-1. While it does lack the optical viewfinder found the XPro-1’s awesome Hybrid Multi View finder, the OLED digital viewfinder is excellent. I was very satisfied with the live view feature both on the rear screen and view finder when pressing in the command dial (and rotate to the right for even greater zoom). It was very precise and made manual focusing quite enjoyable.

The X-E1 is smaller and lighter than the XPro-1 which is a good thing. Part of the weight (and cost) savings comes from the lack of the Hybrid Multi View finder and a smaller LCD. Personally I found these to be great compromises as optical viewfinders on this style of body sucks (you get a nice view of your lens) and I felt the LCD was plenty big for my needs.

The X-E1 adds an on-camera flash that is near useless if you use the kit lens. You’ll get lots of shots with the lens barrel (which are amplified if you use the hood, but still appear without the hood):

On-Camera Flash with Kit Lens - Near Useless
On-Camera Flash with Kit Lens - Near Useless

Compared to the XPro-1, the AF illuminator has moved closer to the handgrip which sucks because it’s going to be easy for some users to block it. It’s pretty obvious when the AF illuminator is on, so usually you’ll see when you are partially obstructing it.

The Q menu is outstanding and really helps for quick operation of the camera. It lacks quick access to flash exposure compensation which sucks, but otherwise it has everything you’d want and more (in fact, some might even say – too much).

The thing I really love about this and other Fujifilm cameras is the ability to quickly change the aperture and shutter speed with physical dials, as well as all of the hard buttons for AF drive & mode, metering, exposure lock, focus, and more. This is a photographers camera all the way and it’s part of what makes it such an absolute joy to use! Physically all the X series cameras are art and have that luxury feel that make you want to hold it. It reminds me of classic Mercedes where the philosophy (back then) was nothing but the best. You get that feeling with these cameras, so you treasure the body – but it’s tough as hell so you don’t need to baby it either.

My big grip about the X100 and XPro-1 has been their pitiful AF performance indoors. I’m happy to report great progress has been made to the point where I’d declare this system to be “usable” – not great, but definitely usable. I found that if I always pick my AF point when in S(ingle shot) AF mode that I get much better results than the useless Multi-Point mode (don’t even try it). With the help of existing users and the latest firmware I found choosing the medium or large AF point indoors is the way to go. The small AF point works fine in great light, but in low light (like anything indoors) it is near useless. Continuous focus works very well both in single shot and burst mode as well as low light. Manual is also usable with the great live view zoom magnification support by pressing the command dial as previously mentioned. While not perfect, I do found myself much less frustrated than any other version. If you have an existing X series camera, definitely get the latest firmware as hopefully you’ll see improvements too.

Another huge complaint I’ve had of this cameras predecessors was the painful performance writing to the SD card and time between shots. This camera felt pretty snappy by comparison, but if you go into burst mode expect a SUPER long wait before you can even review your images. This is unacceptable and something I seriously hope will be addressed in the firmware or a future model. Now, this isn’t really a burst mode camera so for many this won’t be an issue – especially since performance feels vastly improved over the other models I’ve tested.

Speaking of burst, you can go here to see a series of 12 shots (RAW+JPEG Fine) that I took using burst mode under very low tungsten light. While not perfect, it’s pretty good and definitely better than ANYTHING I’ve ever got from its predecessors.

Real World Sample Images

Like all my reviews, I like to provide in-camera JPEG original images as samples. You can find a complete gallery at http://www.ronmartinsen.com/fujifilm/x-e1. This annoys people who want to see the raws, but I don’t do that for three reasons:

  1. I don’t have a sever where I can store the RAW images. If you have an image where you really want to see a raw, then contact me and I’ll do what I can to try to get you the RAF file.
  2. What you see on your camera LCD, and what you make decisions based on the histogram is the in-camera JPEG – even if you shoot RAW. As a result, a lot of opinions are formed based on that JPEG (which is even embedded into your RAW file). To compare apples with apples and what the camera can do I think it makes sense to compare the RAW as you can always get better results that meet your needs with a RAW file, so it effectively only gets better from here!
  3. While I always shoot RAW, I also prefer to shoot RAW+JPEG and use the JPEG when it’s not a commercial shot. This camera creates gorgeous JPEG’s, and not everything I take with it is intended for my portfolio nor will every image get hours of Photoshop love. As a result, if I can get an image I love out of camera, isn’t that a good thing? I think it is and I think many cameras today do that, so why not place a value on a feature of the camera? If you want to pixel peep raws, go to DPReview – they have more people and can do a better job for pixel peepers than I have the bandwidth to do.

My shooting style with this camera is mostly aperture priority (which on this camera means I pick a fixed aperture and set the dial to auto shutter speed). I also use Auto (6400) for my ISO. I shoot in RAW+F(ine) with DRAuto or DR400 and WB Auto. I’m also very fond of the Velvia (Vivid) film simulation as I enjoyed Velvia film, so if you think the image is a bit too punchy and black then blame my film simulation selection. I like Astia (Soft) quite a bit too so if you see some images that are less punchy then that’s what I’ve chosen and if they are pretty neutral then I’ve chosen Provia (Standard).

I always pick my AF point when in S(ingle shot) AF mode, and I choose the medium or large AF point indoors as the small AF point is near useless in anything but great light. Continuous focus works well both in single shot and burst mode.

All images copyright Ron Martinsen – ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may view, but you may not edit print, or publish any of these photos in any way without a signed contract.

All images are exactly as they came out of the camera – zero post-processing, cropping, or anything. All in-camera processing was via camera settings and not in-camera editing.

With that said, here’s a few images from my sample gallery worth calling out (click to view the original in-camera JPEG):


Even with DR-100, the dynamic range is typical Fujifilm – excellent!


f/7.1 @ 24.3 mm, 1/30, ISO 800, No Flash (under nasty light)
Like its predecessors, the images from this great sensor are delicious!


f/4 @ 18 mm, 1/500, ISO 6400, No Flash
This is the first Fujifilm camera that I’ve used that did an okay job with my active toddler

Mouse over to see auto white balance, mouse out to see tungsten white balance
Mouse over to see auto white balance, mouse out to see tungsten white balance
Velvia (Vivid) Film Simulation used hence the deep darks and amplified colors


The monochrome film simulation has decent blacks and it’s not totally boring,
but I’d still use a third party product for best results (see
my black & white comparison)


f/7.1 @ 44.4 mm, 1/750, ISO 800
Unlike the X100, you no longer need the Luck of the Irish to get a shot outdoors!


Bokeh even at f/3.2 on a APS-C sensor with a “kit” lens is quite good
f/3.2 @ 22.3 mm, 1/125, ISO 6400, No Flash


f/3.6 @ 31.5 mm, 1/125, ISO 800, No Flash
Image detail is just excellent
(seeing the food in my son’s mouth, not so excellent – ha, ha)


f/5 @ 28.9 mm, 1/105, ISO 800, No Flash
Food photographers will love the compact size and killer image quality when dining


f/4 @ 55 mm, 1/28, ISO 6400, No Flash
Only in-camera post-processing (and my wife is wearing powder)
for ISO 6400, I was pleased!


f/4 @ 42.5 mm, 1/85, ISO 800, No Flash


f/4 @ 18.8 mm, 1/30, ISO 800, No Flash
This camera has a love affair with ISO 800 and 1/30 sec,
so active toddlers mean you have to manually choose your shutter speed


f/4 @ 55 mm, 1/110, ISO 800, No Flash
I’m really wishing the Easter bunny will give me one of these cameras,
and that Fujifilm will issue an update that doesn’t keep this camera locked
to ISO 800 when using ISO Auto (6400)


f/3.6 @ 19.6 mm, 1/30, ISO 5000, No Flash, Velvia, DR 100, AF-S (Large Point)
Lots of things suck about this shot, but the fact that this camera even took a shot
is a HUGE improvement over its predecessors. The X100 and XE-1 I tested
would never fire under this condition. All things consider, the focus is pretty okay too!


I was extremely pleased at how the camera would keep the focus even when momentary
distractions would enter the scene – even when using the large AF point

There’s a 101 and counting images in the gallery that represent what I call “real world” shots. These are not art shots – they are what normal people take when around the house or with the family. If you like what you see, then you’ll like the images you get from this camera.

Conclusion

Learn more in Part II: Fujifilm X-E1–Compared to X-Pro1, Sony RX100, & More (Part 2 of 2)!

Where to order (SALE – SAVE $913.85!!!!)

Click here to see the full selection of X-E1’s at B&H web site. My friends at Adorama have it available here, and you can find it here at Amazon.

If you think you might buy this camera, NOW is the time. B&H has this screaming deal that literally had me load my cart and almost pull the trigger:

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