CP+ 2016 in a nutshell

Visiting CP+ is a little yearly tradition for me, so, while I was not overly excited by anything before going there this year, I headed to the show floor in Yokohama this week-end. It is a good way to get the pulse of the photography industry, at least as far as Japan is concerned. As 2016 is a Photokina year, most camera manufacturers have probably kept a few cards up their sleeves for later this year.

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In terms of attendance, there was as usual a huge crowd of visitors. While we crawl under statistics telling us that the vast majority of photos are taken with smartphones nowadays, the general public’s interest in camera gear is still highly elevated. On the other hand, the number of babes continues to drop through the year, which is quite telling in a country like Japan… The Canon and Nikon booths were again the most popular. Canon had an original stage with gymnasts instead of regular models to test their brand new cameras. Nikon on the other hand were seeing good interest for the just announced DL cameras, as well as the D5 and D500. Elsewhere, the X-Pro2 was very popular, while to my surprise the queue for the new Olympus Pen-F was meager, though the Olympus 4/3 cameras are very popular in Japan from my experience. Sony had once again a miniature train and a popular stage with several models to test their new cameras and lenses, though I noticed that while the crowd as compressed around the models, people were mostly shooting with their own cameras while some of Sony’s demo products were left sadly untouched on the side of the table. Meanwhile, Sigma had a huge booth this year, testimony of their success with their ART series. Here is a quick gallery of the show floor:

Fujifilm at CP+ 2016

My excitement was not very high this year for CP+, as I already had the opportunity to put my hands on all the new Fuji products at the X-Series 5th anniversary special event just a month ago. I nonetheless consider CP+ a good opportunity to take the pulse of the industry as a whole, so just like every year I headed to Yokohama for the annual gathering in Japan of the photo industry.

As usual, I headed to the Fujifilm booth first, which for whatever reason was located at a different place this year, with Panasonic taking over the traditional Fujifilm spot. Almost a third of the booth was dedicated to printing devices and the Instax family, which is one of the most popular and profitable area for Fujifilm.

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In the middle, the second third was made of a stage wth a large screen for the live talk events, with probably twice as much seating benches as last year, and a small gallery of beautiful prints from X-photographers.

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The last third was dedicated to testing the X-Pro2 and any XF lens, with a stage with 2 models posing. Once again, I feel like Fujifilm could easily do a better job with the lighting of the testing stage. If you let people take pictures of models with your most advanced cameras and lenses, you might as well try to do as much heavy lifting as you can to make the models look good, so that people are impressed by the test shots they take… Sony and Panasonic do a much better job at that for example.

As I said, there was no product I had not yet held in my hands at least once before. This time I was allowed to use my own memory card, but I think I jinxed it when I then continued to use the same memory card with my X-T1 for the rest of the day, so I only have JPEGs. Keep in mind that the lighting conditions was quite poor.

A few samples using the new Acros film simulation:

I also shot a short video clip for those who care about video. Look at the white background in the first few seconds 😦

There was also a small place dedicated to the new XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 zoom lens (and the 1.4x tele-converter) which has just been released. Not much queue there, though not really surprising as such “super telephoto” zoom is not aimed at everyone, though I would have expected that more people would have queued out of sheer curiosity. I first shot with the lens mounted on my own X-T1 (which I am quite sure is using the latest public firmware), and the focus was very slow, but as soon as I switched to a demo X-T1 (with a different firmware) the auto-focus speed became completely standard. I had been told it would be the case by the Fuji representative who handed the lens to me, but I needed to test it myself 🙂

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Samples without the 1.4x tele-converter:

Samples with the 1.4x teleconverter:

Finally, while there was no novelty on the show floor given the fact that all the new products had already been shown for the X-Series 5-year anniversary special event in Tokyo, there were a few new infos released behind closed door to the press, and relayed to us by Fujirumors:

  1. The X-T2 will have 4K, and could be announced at the upcoming Photokina (http://www.fujirumors.com/fujifilm-manager-at-cp-x-t2-will-have-4k-no-plan-to-add-it-x-pro2-via-fw-monochrome-x-pro-x30-successor/)
  2. a 2.0x tele-converter is in the pipeline – no surprise there if you ask me, but the XF100-400mm might be a bit too slow (in terms of max aperture) to use with a 2.0x teleconverter outside of broad daylight conditions in my opinion – as well as a couple lenses that are not appearing yet in the official Fuji roadmap (http://www.fujirumors.com/cp-fujifilm-presents-2-0x-teleconverter-and-says-1-or-2-more-lenses-not-in-roadmap-now-will-still-come-this-year/)

Well, that’s it for Fujifilm at CP+ 2016, can’t wait for the Photokina announcements now 😉

 

Mount Fuji behind Shinjuku

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I have been spending most of my free time working on a personal project about the shrines and temples of Tokyo, which you might have already guessed if you follow me on Instagram. While I was on my way to the Yushima-Tenmangu shrine, I stopped by the Bunkyo Civic Center to capture this view of Mount Fuji (Fuji-san, 富士山). The observation deck of the Bunkyo Civic Center is one of the most well-known spots to capture breathtaking images of Mount Fuji from Tokyo, and has the advantage of being completely free.

Opening hours:  9:00 to 20:30 every day of the week (closed on the 3rd Sunday of May, and between the 29th of December 29 and the 3rd of January)

Access:
1-minute walk from the Korakuen Station (Marunouchi line and Namboku line)
1-minute walk from the Kasuga Station (Mita line and Oedo line)
9-minute walk from the Suidobashi Station (JR Chuo Line and Sobu Line)