Januar 2013

RAW FILE CONVERTER Update | Fujifilm Global

Silkypix

The firmware update Ver.3.2.13.0 for Windows incorporates the following issues:

  • Applicable models for the raw file converter are added as follows
    FUJIFILM X-E1 / XF1 / X-Pro1 / X-S1 / X10FinePix X100 / F800EXR / F770EXR / F775EXR / F600EXR / F605EXR / F550EXR / F505EXR / HS30EXR / HS33EXR / HS20EXR / HS22EXR
RAW FILE CONVERTER Ver. 3.2.13.0 – Windows 8 / 7 / Vista / XP.
http://www.fujifilm.com/support/digital_cameras/software/myfinepix_studio/rfc/v32130/index.html

RAW FILE CONVERTER Ver. 3.2.12.1 – Macintosh OS X 10.5 – 10.8
http://www.fujifilm.com/support/digital_cameras/software/myfinepix_studio/rfc/v32121/index.html

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X-E1 Firmware Update Ver.1.04 | Fujifilm Global

The firmware update Ver.1.04 from Ver. 1.01 incorporates the following issue

  1. Adding the compatibility with “XF14mmF2.8R”.
    You will get the full performance of “XF14mmF2.8R”, including Manual Focus function.
  2. Newly added function
    Shutter release button can be active even if an external microphone or a remote release is connected to USB mini terminal or MIC/REMOTE terminal (Φ2.5mm) of the camera.
  3. Improvement in performance

    (1)Accuracy of auto focus performance has been much improved under a various shooting condition.
    Shooting with XF35mm lens, Shooting for the target with relatively high frequency, One-push AF by pressing AE-L/AF-L button,

    Notice
    To enable more accurate AF performance with XF35mm lens, please update the firmware of your Fujinon XF35mm lens at the same time. Firwware version must be Ver 2.02 or later.

    (2)Audio performance has been optimized for Stereo Microphone MIC-ST1 (sold separately.)
    (3)Improvement of unexpected pixels recorded in the top far-left taken with XF18-55mm Lens under the condition of middle range focal length.

See on www.fujifilm.com

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X-Pro1 Firmware Update Ver.2.03 | Fujifilm Global

FUJI X-PRO1 V2.03

The firmware update Ver.2.03 from Ver. 2.01 incorporates the following issue

  1. Adding the compatibility with “XF14mmF2.8R”
    You will get the full performance of “XF14mmF2.8R”, including Manual Focus function.
  2. Improvement in performance

    (1) Accuracy of auto focus performance has been much improved under a various shooting condition. Shooting with XF35mm lens, Shooting for the target with relatively high frequency, One-push AF by pressing AE-L/AF-L button,

    Notice
    To enable more accurate AF performance with XF35mm lens, please update the firmware of your Fujinon XF35mm lens at the same time. Firmware version must be Ver 2.02 or later.

    (2) Improvement of unexpected pixels recorded in the top far-left taken with XF18-55mm Lens under the condition of middle range focal length.

FUJINON XF35MM

The firmware update Ver.2.02 incorporates the following issue:

  • This update will improve the accuracy of auto focus function for various shooting condition.

See on www.fujifilm.com

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Cape Town, with the x-pro 1 – A photo trip report – Day 3 |
Mehrdad Abedi

Am letzten Tag haben wir uns das Kap der guten Hoffnung zum Ziel gesetzt. Vorab, das Kap selber ist relativ unspektakulär, aber die „Reise“ dahin, die ist sehr schön.

Der Weg ist das Ziel, sozusagen.

Wir fuhren bei strahlendem Sonnenschein von unserem Hotel los mit dem ersten Ziel Muizzenberg. Der Ort ist vor allem für seine bunten Strandhäuschen bekannt und Fotos davon sind in jedem Reiseführer und/oder Prospekt zu finden. Das war eigentlich auch der Teil auf den sich meine Frau am meisten gefreut hat und dies sogar Teilweise zur Bedingung für ihr mitkommen gemacht hat. Doof war bloß das das Wetter sehr schnell Umschwung von klarem Sonnenschein zu tief hängenden Wolken.

Dass dies fototechnisch nicht die erwarteten Motive nach sich zog leuchtet sicher ein. Wir befürchteten schon, dass der letzte Tag unseres Trips ins Wasser fallen wird – zumindest fototechnisch.

Danach ging es weiter über Simon‘s Town nach Cape Point. Auf dem Rückweg planten wir die Fahrt über den Chapman‘s Peak Drive, einer der schönsten Küstenstrasse der Erde und nicht umsonst hat diese Strasse diesen Ruf.

Die letzten zwei Bilder entstanden kurz vor Sonnenuntergang und der Wind der da wehte war mir als Großstädter gänzlich unbekannt.

So nebelig und trist der Tag in Muizzenberg begann so herrlich und eindrucksvoll zeigte uns das Western Cape an diesem Tag warum es als einer der schönsten Flecken Erde bekannt ist…..

Mehrhad’s South-Africa trip (Google Translater)
 
Day 1: http://bit.ly/XhYcPA
Day 2: http://bit.ly/TWy5l5
Day 3: http://bit.ly/117pOxo
 

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Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8R – First Tests | Mike Mander

These are the first tests I shot with the new Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8R wide-angle on my X-E1. All shots were processed in Phase One’s Capture One Pro v7.02 with some slight post-processing in Adobe Lightroom v4.3. Some perspective distortion correction was applied on a few of the night shots, but no corrections for barrel distortion were applied, nor were they needed. Note that it was windy, so there is some movement and blur in trees and foliage on some of the night shots. The XF 14mm is equivalent to 21mm on a full-frame body and quite simply, this new lens is very nearly the best ultra-wide prime I have ever shot with. The only lens I’ve used that is in the same league optically, and that is wider than 24mm (full-frame equivalent), is Canon’s EF 17mm f/4L TS-E and it, of course, is manual focus as well as big, heavy and very expensive. As mentioned, none of these photos have had any barrel distortion correction. The XF 14mm seems essentially free from any sort of field curvature, there is virtually no detectable chromatic aberration and only the barest hint of purple fringing along extremely high-contrast boundaries, for example, with power lines or branches against a white, blown out sky. Even the edges of the frame are essentially tack sharp wide open at f/2.8, with the extreme corners following by f/4 already. There is also no green/magenta bokeh fringing and what little background blur one can get with an ultra-wide at f/2.8 (see frame 9), looks to be very smooth and pleasing as well. Internal reflections seem well controlled, contrast is good… although I have yet to see how it performs in daylight with the sun shining on the front element or when the sun is included in the frame. The only noticeable flare spots I saw in all these photos that were due to the lens itself, are below and the bright light in frame 22 and over the pillar in frame 33, although there are a few shots where there is some reflection off the inside of the front protective filter (frame 32 for example). The resolution of this lens is so consistent and even, that one can take a series of tripod shots, zoom into an extreme corner and flip through images shot from f/4 to f/11 and there is virtually no detectable change or improvement in corner sharpness, presuming there are no depth of field issues there of course. Only at f/2.8 in the extreme corners, is there a hint of contrast and sharpness loss, and beyond f/11, diffraction starts taking a visible toll across the entire frame. I would say it is actually sharpest in the f/4 to 5.6 range, which is truly superb for such a wide-angle lens. The XF 14mm f/2.8 R has exceeded my wildest dreams and is truly an exceptional performer!

See more pictures on www.sublimephoto.com

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The Metabones Speed Booster adapter with X-Pro 1 and Leica R glass |
Daniele Cametti Aspri

Some days ago, reading a blog on the net my attention was captured by an advertisement on a new Metabones adapter for Fuji Film/Leica R: the Speed Booster. I’m an happy Fuji film Xpro 1 user and I love experimenting with all my cameras with hybrid adaper Vs everything. I also I’ve used a Linhof Master teknica with a Canon 5dMKII and a sliding graflok adapter od the same adapter with a 1960 Speedgraphic press camera powered by a 1940 Kodak Aereo Ektar, but this is another story. So I love shooting with this little piece of jewelry (the XPro 1) because it is little and practical like a Leica and has a great sensor. But I don’t love the lens and on the other hand is an APS-C size and I love full frame. I’m always searching for a unique mood so I tried different options. Leica M lens are wonderful but very expensive, Leica R are more affordable and I have a little collection of them that I use with my Canon Mark III. So what? The sensor size. I’m always wondering when Fuji will make a full size version of the X1 Pro. You could tell me why don’t you buy an M9 or wait for an M (type 240). Yes of course, but. The price of combination body/lens is to high and I love shooting at night. So the M9 is not an option.

Telling the truth I ‘m waiting to see the new M. Leica R lens, High ISO, Video and is a Leica. Ohhh what a dream!!!
 
But last night when I saw the Metabones Speed Booster ad everything was so clear. It is a Columbus egg!
 
If you cannot have a full sensor size why don’t you reduce the image circle of a full frame lens to an aps c size sensor? The effects are terrific!!! So take the best sensor and the best (affordable) lens togheter this way and you have a definitive piece of hardware. And more… You have one more stop of light too and you have reduced any aberration the lens eventually had. Yes, you read well. I don’t want to be more technical. I just show you the results of a shooting on Friday night with some musicians friends of mine. Starring a Fuji Film XPro 1, a Metabones Speed Booster, 1 leica R Elmarit 19 /2.8, 1 Summicron 35/2, 1 Summicron 50/2 and 1 Summicron 90/2 …..

See more pictures on www.stevehuffphoto.com

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Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8 R sample images | Alexander Sasha Starcevic

Yesterday we were out walking in the mountains near where we live – and I used the opportunity to do some more shots with the Fujinon 14mm lens. So far I am very happy with the lens!

See more pictures on www.fujifilm-x-opinions.net

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Five Favorites | Jeff Seltzer

Time to update my on-going series…these images were all taken recently using the Fuji X-Pro 1.

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Bridal Fashion Workshop with Carla Monaco | Damien Lovegrove

I shot all of these 33 pictures using the Fujifilm X-Pro1 with the 18-55mm zoom lens and a Tiffen Black Pro Mist 1/8th filter attached. One camera, one lens and up to two lights at any time for a simple yet stylish shoot. I had 5 delegates with me and we shot all day in the sumptuous Hilton Hotel in Manchester. We were in the Cloud 23 bar all morning and then after a delightful lunch we moved to the corridors and reception areas for the afternoon shoot.

Dresses: Lisa Keating
Makeup and hair styling: Emma MacKenzie
Model: Carla Monaco

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First impressions: Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8 R | Alexander Sasha Starcevic

Quite surprisingly today my local camera dealer contacted me and told me that the Fujinon XF 14mm had arrived at their shop. Only a few minutes later the new lens was in my hands. I really love wide-angles in the 21-24mm range (full frame equivalent). I also own the Voigtländer CV 15mm f/4.5. However, the Voigtländer didn’t perform too well on the Sony Nex-7 (color fringing) and also not too well on the Fuji X-E1 (smearing in the corners). So I was looking forward to the Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8 R. Today I only a had a few minutes to take a couple of shots and get a first impression of the lens.

New body firmware
With the lens came a new body firmware (1.0.3). I have not yet had a chance to see whether there is anything different – except compatibility with the 14mm lens.

Built quality and handling
The lens feels nicely built like the other XF lenses. It has approximately the same diameter as the 35mm / 1.4 lens, but it’s about 0.5 cm longer. The filter thread is 58mm. The Fujinon 14mm has a clutch mechanism to switch to manual focus. Just pull the focus ring towards the camera and you are in manual focus (even if the camera is set to AF). There is also an old-fashioned distance scale that becomes visible. Nicely done! However, even so the focussing is “by wire”. The focus motor is a standard motor (not a linear motor such as in the 18-55 lens). At the price of this lens, a linear motor would have been nice. Differently from other lenses, on the Fujinon 14mm there is a physical stop at the short and long end of the focussing scale.

Optical quality
I haven’t done any formal tests, but my first impression is very positive. Even wide open at F2.8, the lens seems very sharp. Stopped down a bit, the lens is sharp even in the edges. The close focussing distance is 18cm. With the lens wide open and focussed at close distance, the lens can even produce a bit of bokeh.

Conclusion of first impressions
The Fujinon 14mm is a very nice lens and a great addition to the Fuji lens lineup. Optical quality seems very good, but I will definitely test this lens more in the coming days and weeks.

See more pictures on www.fujifilm-x-opinions.net

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