Firmware & Software

Adobe Camera RAW color profiles now match Fujifilm X’s! |
Lars Øivind Authen

There’s been a lot of talk about the Fuji X cameras JPEG engine and the nice colors you get straight out of the camera. It’s hard to recreate these colors when processing the raw files yourself. So a lot of people say they prefer the out of camera JPEG’s and don’t use raw. Especially there’s been criticism and complaints about the Adobe Lightroom/Adobe Camera raw engine.  Well it seems like Fujifilm and Adobe has gotten their act together and come up with a solution , at least when it comes to the getting the right colors, and recreating in Lightroom/ACR the look the camera make for its JPEGS. Take a look at these shots below. They are JPEG created in Adobe Camera Raw using the Astia camera profile, and then the same picture as JPEG straight out of the camera with the Astia profile chosen in-cam…….

You can download the latest release candidate of ACR from here: http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/cameraraw8-4.html

See on www.larsauthen.com

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A Very Brief Review of the Fujinon XF 35mm 1.4 lens | Colin Nicholls


I’m just going to focus on the lens for this review, so the same goes if you have this on a XPro 1, XE1, XM1 or any other X camera, either way this lens is awesome, just incredible. As with the other reviews I’m gonna go mostly images on this one with a brief bit about why you should get this lens and just how awesome it is. It is sharp, damn sharp even at 1.4 and for the price it is a steal, sure its more expensive than your standard 50mm prime but its in whole other league, this is what you need if you have an X series system, if you gave me one camera and one lens to shoot a whole wedding I would do it on this, well I have done it on this albeit as a second shooting but I would be more than comfortable rocking this and only this for any wedding…..

Sharpness:

Peoples main love of this lens comes from its outstanding sharpness, I’m not going to make tests and charts, but show two examples of just how good it is, even wide open, which is how I shoot this lens most of the time. You can click the images to get a full screen view, with the crop the images start to soften up and grain becomes a bit more noticeable, but it really doesn’t matter, you shouldn’t have to crop this aggressively anyways, but if you ever need to the option is there. I do like a nice sharp lens, for me an images that are as crisp as the ones this lens produces are the kind that I want to create for my clients……


See on www.colinnichollsphotography.com

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New firmware updates for several X series cameras and
Fujinon zoom lenses | Fujifilm Global

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Firmware updates allow compatibility with the new XF56mm lens, and also improvements to OIS functions.

Fujifil pleased to announce that new firmware updates are now available for the following products:

  1. X-Pro1 : 3.20 (current 3.10)
  2. X-E1 : 2.20 (current 2.10)
  3. X-E2 : 1.20 (current 1.10)
  4. X-M1 : 1.10 (current 1.01)
  5. X-A1 : 1.10 (current 1.01)
  6. XC16-50mm : 1.12 (current 1.10)
  7. XF18-55mm : 3.11 (current 3.10)
  8. XF55-200mm : 1.11 (current 1.10)

The updates for the camera models incorporate the following changes:

  1. Addition of compatibility with XF56mmF1.2R.
  2. Improvement of AE accuracy with XF56mmF1.2R
  3. Improvement of AF accuracy with XF56mmF1.2R (only for X-E2)

For the lenses, the following changes are applied:

  1. Improvement of OIS function for movie shooting when panning and tilting a camera.
  2. Improvement of OIS function for still image shooting.
  3. Fixed a bug where the maximum aperture always displays F5.6. (only for XC16-50mm. )
  4. Improvement of AF response during continuous shooting with X-E2 and X-T1. (for XF18-55mm and XF55-200mm)

See more on: Fujifilm

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Updated X-Trans Sharpening Presets for Lightroom |
Thomas Fitzgerald

A while ago I posted some sharpening presets for sharpening images taken with one of Fujifilm’s X Series of cameras in Lightroom. I was attempting to find a way to minimise some of Lightroom’s idiosyncrasies when it comes to X-Trans processing. They were well received and people seemed to like them. Since then I’ve kept working on it and I’ve been continuing my quest to get the best out of X-Trans files. While I’ve been focusing on using third party applications in recent blog posts, I’ve still been working behind the scenes on best practices if you’re just using Lightroom……

See on blog.thomasfitzgeraldphotography.com

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Processing Fujifilm x-trans raw files in Aperture |
Thomas Fitzgerald

This it the latest instalment in my ongoing series looking at how various raw converters handle raw files shot on one of Fuji’s cameras with an X-Trans sensor. In the past I’ve written a good bit about using Iridient Developer and Lightroom for Processing, but a reader asked if there was a workflow for getting good results with just Aperture. I’ve been working on it over the last few weeks, and here’s the results of my experimentation. Overall, Aperture does a good job with X-Trans files in my opinion. I don’t think it’s quite as good as Iridient Developer, which of all the raw converters that I’ve tried, still gives the most natural and clean looking files. (I’m still testing Photo Ninja by the way). Aperture is a close second, or third mind you. I’ve spent the last few weeks playing around with settings to see just how close I can get it, and while I still can’t match the clean and sharp output of Iridient Developer, I can get it pretty near……

See on blog.thomasfitzgeraldphotography.com

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My Workflow for X-Trans RAW Processing | vk.photo

I was using Lightroom since its first iteration and it worked well with all my cameras and files. Until I acquired Fujifilm X-Pro1. I quickly realized that ACR demosaicing (Lightroom’s raw de-coding engine, same as in CS/Photoshop) is not the best choice for x-trans raw files. There are much better raw converters on the market, but Lightroom is still, arguably, the best digital asset management system. I was asking myself, how can I combine the power of LR asset management with the best demosaicing algorithms? After spending hours of testing of various configurations I finally came up with the workflow that works well for me and my x-trans raw files. I am using it for 4 months now and feel comfortable to share with you. I will illustrate my workflow using LR+Iridient Developer integration, albeit the same integration works well with Capture One Express,  Aperture or Photo Ninja. As the matter of fact I have all of them and they all are integrated into the same workflow. Here is my setup and step by step instructions. My workflow always starts and ends in Adobe Lightroom. So why Lightroom? I chose this particular product as my main Digital Asset Management system for many reasons but mostly because the combination of…….

See on vkphotoblog.blogspot.de

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Firmware V2.1 for X-E1 | Fujifilm Global

The firmware update Ver.2.10 from Ver. 2.00 incorporates the following issues:

Regarding operations of items below from 1 through 5, refer to “X-E1 New Features Guide” in this website.  X-E1 New Features Guide (PDF: 345KB)

  1. New functionality allowing you to edit image file names
    An image file name (DSCF***) is automatically allocated to each picture when shooting, this can now be changed to your file name of choice.* This added functionality is useful when organizing the images after shooting, and sorting the images into groups.
    * It can be changed to a 4-letter file name when selecting “sRGB” and a 3-letter file name when selecting “Adobe RGB” for the color space.
  2. See the exposure setting in live-view and histogram
    The images and histogram will reflect current exposure levels (with the shutter speed and aperture set during manual exposure also displayed on the image). In scenarios where the live view and the final shot will appear differently, eg: when using flash, this setting can be turned off.
  3. Change of numbering for images shot using continuous shooting
    When shooting using continuous shooting, only the first image is currently displayed in full screen and subsequent frames are displayed in small on the bottom right, and the file number was set as “S+7-digit number”. With the new firmware, all frames in continuous shooting are displayed as full screen shots in playback. The file number has also been altered to follow numerically as per standard single shots, thereby allowing uniform management of images after shooting.
  4. Aperture and shutter speed can be changed once AE lock is selected
    The aperture or shutter speed can be changed while maintaining exposure (EV value) with the AE lock button. The photographer has the ability to tweak settings down to the very last moment before shooting.
  5. The default and maximum sensitivity and minimum shutter speed can be set when ISO AUTO is selected
    When selecting “AUTO” in the ISO setting, users can also set standard ISO, Maximum ISO and a low-speed shutter limit. The low-speed shutter limit has been extended to 1/500 seconds.
  6. Improvement of RAW file conversion function
    When developing RAF images in-camera using the built-in RAW file converter, the firmware upgrade improves the flow by taking you back to the original RAF image once the conversion has been done, whereas before it left you with the converted JPG file on screen and the user had to go back to the next RAF file manually.

See on www.fujifilm.com

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Adobe releases final versions of Camera Raw 8.3 and Lightroom 5.3 |
Digital Photography Review


 
Adobe has announced the final versions of Camera Raw and DNG Converter 8.3, along with Lightroom 5.3. Different versions for ACR 8.3 are available for Photoshop CC and Photoshop CS6 – both from Adobe.com and through the update mechanisms in the software. DNG Converter is available for free for users of older versions of Photoshop. The latest versions brings support for 20 cameras, including the Nikon Df and Nokia Lumia 1020 that weren’t in the release candidate versions.

The latest version becomes the first to offer camera color profiles for Olympus cameras.
 
Press statement:
Newly added support for Tethered Capture in Lightroom 5.3

  • Canon EOS Rebel T4i / EOS 650D / EOS Kiss X6i

 

New Camera Support in Lightroom 5.3

The following new cameras are now supported:
 

  • Canon EOS M2
  • Canon PowerShot S120
  • Casio EX-10
  • Fujifilm XQ1
  • Fujifilm X-E2
  • Nikon 1 AW1
  • Nikon Coolpix P7800
  • Nikon Df
  • Nikon D610
  • Nikon D5300
  • Nokia Lumia 1020
  • Olympus OM-D E-M1
  • Olympus STYLUS 1
  • Panasonic DMC-GM1
  • Pentax K-3
  • Phase One IQ260
  • Phase One IQ280
  • Sony A7 (ILCE-7)
  • Sony A7R (ILCE-7R)
  • Sony DSC-RX10

See on www.dpreview.com

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Firmware updates 19.12.2013 available for the FUJIFILM X-E1,
FUJIFILM X100S, FUIFILM X-E2 | Fujifilm Global


 
FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) will be releasing firmware upgrades for its premium X-E1, X100S and X-E2 models to enhance operability and functionality. This latest firmware upgrade is being released in response to customer demand and will offer users the chance to update their models to incorporate functionality available on the most recent X series cameras launched in October 2013. Fujifilm is striving to keep the level of technology offered on these products as up to date as possible so that purchasers of the X series models will have greater longevity of use.

[Release date of the new firmware]
19th December 2013 (Thu.) GMT 05:00/JST 14:00

[Firmware version]
FUJIFILM X-E1 : Ver.2.10
FUJIFILM X100S : Ver.1.10
FUJIFILM X-E2 : Ver.1.10

[Contents of the firmware update]

For an overview of improvements to each model please refer to the list below.
<Updates now available for the X-E1, X100S and X-E2>

  1. New fuctionality allowing you to edit image filenames
    An image filename (DSCF***) is automatically allocated to each picture when shooting, this can now be changed to your filename of choice.* This added functionality is useful when organising the images after shooting, and sorting the images into groups. * It can be changed to a 4-letter filename when selecting “sRGB” and a 3-letter filename when selecting “Adobe RGB” for the color space.
  2. Improvement of RAW file conversion function
    When developing RAF images in-camera using the built-in RAW file converter, the firmware upgrade improves the flow by taking you back to the original RAF image once the conversion has been done, whereas before it left you with the converted JPG file on screen and the user had to go back to the next RAF file manually.<Updates available for the X-E1 and X100S>
  3. See the exposure setting in live-view and histogram
    The images and histogram will reflect current exposure levels (with the shutter speed and aperture set during manual exposure also displayed on the image). In scenarios where the live view and the final shot will appear differently, eg: when using flash, this setting can be turned off.
  4. Change of numbering for images shot using continuous shooting
    When shooting using continuous shooting, only the first image is currently displayed in full screen and subsequent frames are displayed in small on the bottom right, and the file number was set as “S+7-digit number”. With the new firmware, all frames in continuous shooting are displayed as full screen shots in playback. The file number has also been altered to follow numerically as per standard single shots, thereby allowing uniform management of images after shooting.
  5. Aperture and shutter speed can be changed once AE lock is selected
    The aperture or shutter speed can be changed while maintaining exposure (EV value) with the AE lock button. The photographer has the ability to tweak settings down to the very last moment before shooting.<Updates available for the X-E1>
  6. The default and maximum sensitivity and minimum shutter speed can be set when ISO AUTO is selected
    When selecting “AUTO” in the ISO setting, users can also set standard ISO, Maximum ISO and a low-speed shutter limit. The Low-speed shutter limit has been extended to 1/500 seconds.<Updates available for the X100S>
  7. Improve the cover range and accuracy of the bright frame in the OVF
    By maintaining the position of the bright frame with parallax compensation during AF lock, the shooting area can be checked even when letting go of the shutter release.

Please visit the following URL for details on other changes.

[Firmware download]
http://www.fujifilm.com/support/digital_cameras/software/

** This firmware is exclusive to the FUJIFILM X-E1, X100S and X-E2. Firmware is software that controls the camera body.

See on www.fujifilm.com

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Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw 8.3 CC Release Candidate | Adobe Labs

The following new Features have been added in Camera Raw 8.3 for CC:

  • Whites and Blacks now support Auto Levels-like functionality via shift-double-click on the sliders.
  • Separate Auto Temperature and Auto Tint feature. Shift-double-click to invoke “auto temperature” and “auto tint” separately.
  • Ability to option-click shortcut in Synchronize, New Preset, Save Settings, and Copy/Paste (Bridge) dialog boxes. Option-click a checkbox to check that box exclusively. Option-click again to toggle previous checkbox state.
  • Set the background color of the work area. Context-click outside the image in the work area to select a background color from a popup menu.


New Camera Support

The following new cameras are now supported:

  • Canon PowerShot S120
  • Fujifilm XQ1
  • Fujifilm X-E2
  • Nikon 1 AW1
  • Nikon Coolpix P7800
  • Nikon D610
  • Nikon D5300 (*)
  • Olympus OM-D E-M1
  • Olympus STYLUS 1 (*)
  • Panasonic DMC-GM1
  • Phase One IQ260
  • Phase One IQ280
  • Sony A7 (ILCE-7)
  • Sony A7R (ILCE-7R)
  • Sony DSC-RX10 (*)

* Denotes preliminary support

Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 5.3 release candidate
http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/lightroom5-3/

Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw 8.3 RC for CS6

http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/cameraraw8-3/

See on labs.adobe.com

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