M module for GXR?
At the CP+ show in Yokohama, Ricoh is not showing a very crude and very early mock-up of an M-mount module for the GXR.
Not? That's right. It's actually only a bodge cobbled together by an optimistic Ricoh enthusiast. What's telling is that this is getting a lot more attention than the actual news from the CP+ show about Ricoh's actual new GXR modules (including a tasty-looking 28mm-e ƒ/2.5 coupled to an APS-C CMOS sensor). Hint: when you can see the black gaffer's tape, it's usually a giveaway that you are not gazing upon official prototypy.
Hot if obvious tip for the manufacturers: First one in with a mirrorless box that has a full-frame sensor and a native M mount wins!
Master likes his inkjets
Mark Hobson is reporting on his blog some interesting comments about inkjet prints from none other than Joel Meyerowitz, author of one of the all-time evergreen classic bestsellers among photo books. Faskinatin'.
Speaking of photo books...
You made the Amazon sales ranking of Harald Mante's Photography Unplugged go from #288,330 to #4,972 following our review the other day. Harald himself wrote to say, "I am very, very happy with this review." Gawshk.
Fuji films on the chopping block?
The 'net is rife with rumors this week that Fujifilm will be cutting back a number of its C-41 and Neopan B&W films. The source of the rumor is Scott Sheppard of the podcast Inside Analog Photo, who says on APUG that he got it from the horse's mouth. Fuji's staying mum, officially.
Let Papa TOP just point out that contracting the number of films on offer might also have the effect of consolidating demand for the few(er) products that remain—although I'm just speculating. In other words, the fact that a number of films are going away doesn't necessarily mean that the remaining ones are more in jeopardy; the opposite might be the case. As for the Neopan 400 in 120, Fuji's B&W films were never easily or widely available outside of Japan and I don't think one out of 500 non-Japanese B&W photographers back in Ye Olde film days had even tried Neopan 400 in 35mm. I'm just sayin'....
(Thanks to Dirk Rösler and Oren Grad)
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