Thomas Menk is a Fuji-X Photographer from Hachenburg, Germany and specialises in Fine Art Photography.
Thomas is what I consider to be a meticulous photographer. His attention to detail is astounding and that would apply to every aspect of the photograph. Within his interview he confesses that detail is an essential quality he likes to shoot with the XF35mm F1.4 lens. You will be more than exposed to this as you enjoy the images he has submitted with his answers. His selection of shots also contain some of my favourite shots collected within the X-pert 53 gallery……
Quelle: Thomas Menk — 53mm
The firmware update Ver.2.01 from Ver.2.00 incorporates the following issues:
- The phenomenon is fixed that AF function doesn’t work well in the tele-photo area with XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR.
- The phenomenon is fixed that hung-up could happen when carrying out SELECT FROM NETWORK LIST of MANUAL SETUP in PC AUTO SAVE SETTING.
- The phenomenon is fixed that Flash i40 made by Nissin for FUJIFILM doesn’t fire…..
Detail of the update
The firmware update Ver.2.00 from Ver.1.02 incorporates the following issues:
- The NUMBER OF THE FOCUS POINT has incerased.(*)
The options available are 91 POINTS(7×13) and 325 POINTS(13×25) on the NUMBER OF THE FOCUS POINT of the AF/MF SETTING in the Shooting Menu.
- Improvement of phase detection AF accuracy.
By employing the new AF algorithm used in the X-T2, the AF accuracy has been improved.
- AF tracking function has been improved when CONTINUOUS L in the AF-C mode.
- In AF-C mode, AE function will work while pressing the shutter button halfway.
- AF tracking function works while CONTINUOUS shooting in the AF-C mode with the Electronic Shutter.
- AF tracking function works while CONTINUOUS H shooting in the AF-C mode instead of zone AF.
- STILL IMAGE(single frame shooting) is available when CONTINUOUS L in the AF-C mode.
- The focus point of Eye Detection AF has been changed to the eye closer to the camera.
- Compatibility with the Shoe Mount Flash EF-X500.(*)
Additional functions like the multi-flash lighting, high-speed flash sync and so on can be used with the EF-X500.
Accordingly, the FLASH SETTING and the Shooting Menu is dramatically changed.
- The items that can be assigned to the Quick Menu have changed.(*)
FLASH FUNCTION SETTINGS and FLASH COMPENSATION have been added due to the compatibility with the Shoe Mount Flash EF-X500.
- The roles that can be assigned to the Function buttons have changed.(*)
FLASH FUNCTION SETTINGS, TTL-LOCK and MODELING FLASH have been added due to the compatibility with the Shoe Mount Flash EF-X500.
- Addition of AUTO POWER SAVE.(*)
AUTO POWER SAVE option has been added to the POWER MANAGEMENT of the Setup Menu. Select ON to save the power consumption and make the battery life longer.
- Addition of setting time in AUTO POWER OFF.(*)
15 SEC, 30 SEC and 1 MIN have been added to the AUTO POWER OFF of the POWER MANAGEMENT in the Setup Menu.
- S.S OPERATION option has been added to BUTTON/DIAL SETTING in the Setup Menu.(*)
Select OFF to disable the shutter-speed fine-tuning using the command dials.
- Change of the CORRECTED AF FRAME in the OVF.(*)
Specification of the CORRECTED AF FRAME of AF/MF SETTING in the Shooting Menu has been changed.
·OFF:The frame moves according to parallax to show the focus point.
·ON:The CORRECTED AF FRAME in the OVF is fixed on the recommended value described in the Owner’s manual. If the minimum focus range of the attached lens is greater than the recommended value, the frame is displayed on the position of the minimum focus range.
*Upgrade the firmware of the lenses after the firmware of the camera is upgraded.
- The phenomenon is fixed that in rare cases the magnification of the OVF doesn’t switch appropriately when a lens is changed.
- The bright frame movement in the OVF has become more smoothly while zooming in and out.
- OIS function has been improved while using Electronic Shutter.
- The phenomenon is fixed that in rare cases frames of live view on a smartphone drop while using the application software „FUJIFILM Camera Remote“.
- The phenomenon is fixed that exposure sometimes doesn’t change appropriately in Aperture Priority AE while using an M MOUNT ADAPTER…..
In meinen ersten Eindrücken zur X-T2 muss ich mich irgendwie etwas undeutlich ausgedrückt haben. Nicht diese Kamera, sondern die X-Pro2 ist der eigentliche Grund für meinen endgültigen kompletten Wechsel zu nur diesem einen System. OK, das ein oder andere Objektiv vielleicht auch noch. Die so betitelte “endgültige Entscheidung” bezog sich nur noch auf das Tüpfelchen auf dem i, nämlich das Vorhandensein einer zweiten, etwas DSLR-artiger ausgelegten Kamera, also der X-T2. Ich weiß, das klingt etwas seltsam, ist doch diese neue Kamera aktuell wahrscheinlich die kompletteste und perfekteste Spiegellose auf dem Markt. Die Konkurrenz hat entweder dann doch auf einen etwas zu kleinen Sensor für manche Bedürfnisse gesetzt (das war für mich letztlich der Grund) oder hat vielleicht sogar größere Sensoren im Angebot, weiß jedoch nicht wirklich, wie man Kameras – von Objektiven mal ganz zu schweigen – für Fotografen baut. Und dann gibt es noch die, die es mal wussten, jetzt aber lieber Sammlerobjekte oder Spezialeditionen ihrer Kameras mit von Werk aus abgeschrammeltem Lack für reiche Menschen auf der ganzen Welt bauen… traurig genug…..
Ok, so the X-T2 is now available and now every Fujifilm photographer who doesn’t already own an X-T2 or X-Pro2 finds themselves in a bit of a dilemma, do you go for the X-T2 or the X-Pro2. On the surface it would seem like an easy decision, the X-T2 has virtually everything that the X-Pro2 has and more, including 4K video, and all while being the cheaper of the two cameras. So clearly, the X-T2 is the better choice, right? Well, as with many things in photography, that is not the whole story, so today we wanted to focus on a few of the reasons to still consider an X-Pro2 now that the X-T2 is available. Though with two cameras as evenly matched in most ways as these cameras are, we fully admit that the list below to be pretty subjective and you may disagree on one point or another. But lets get into it….
- Film: Leica M6, Summicron 50mm f2, Fuji Neopan 100 ACROS 35mm film
- Digital: Fujifilm X-Pro2, XF 35mm f2, ACROS Film simulation
I’ve wanted to do a comparison video for a while now, comparing the Fujifilm ACROS film simulation with the actual Neopan 100 ACROS film. This is that video. It’s not a debate between which is better, digital or film, that’s subjective and up to each person to make up their own mind on which is better for them. This video just shows the two mediums back to back……
Source: ACROS vs ACROS : Film vs Digital
I’ve covered a lot of ground in my posts about the X-Pro2 body in various situations. In this post, I’m concentrating on one lens- the Fujinon XF 23mm f1.4. I offer the pros and cons working with this lens which is a focal length (35mm full frame equivalent) often considered the ideal one for all-around versatility. You see this focal length on many higher end fixed lens cameras such as those from Fuji, Sony, and Leica. I must admit that for the whole time I was shooting at the fair I didn’t feel like I wanted another lens, with the exception of a few shots at the very end when I did the series of face painting. I think much of this is due to both the simplicity and freedom of using a rangefinder and not having to think about changing lenses. I think I would have felt similarly with my XF 35mm f2.0. However, once I use a focal length much longer than 35mm (FF equivalent = 50mm) I limit the situations where I can get away with only one lens and conversely going too wide limits potential for portraits and candids of people. With the exception of one shot, every shot in this post and almost everything I shot at the fair, I used rangefinder viewing on my X-Pro2……
One of the main reasons I like photography is it allows me to explore a subject whilst hiding behind my camera. It’s like a shield, an excuse to go and do things I would not normally do “naked” without it. I wanted to meet some Sadhu, the holy men of India who dedicate their life to the Hindu religion. Giving up their past, to the extent that the person they were before is officially dead to the Indian government. I wanted to know all about them, any regrets, why do it and what’s it like to sleep on a marble floor for the rest of your life? Ever photo assignment delivers its own unique set of issues. After all, good photographers are part creatives, part story tellers and part problem solvers. This trip was to be no different. I had heard of holy city of Pushkar before and had always wanted to visit…….
Well, I’m 25 years old and currently in my final year on my masters in Industrial Design Engineering, here in Gothenburg Sweden. So studying to become an engineer is what I spend most of my time doing actually, although what people see is probably mainly my photography. If I could I would probably want spend most of my life exploring the world as I feel that is the most rewarding and humbling experience you can have. That is also perhaps my biggest goal with my photography – exploring and trying to capture inspiration that I can forward to people among me that see my work. Forwarding the inspiration so to speak……
Last time out (click here) I talked about why I chose the X-Pro2. Sure GAS… blah blah, but in real terms; more ISO, more shutter speed, better manual focus aids and a clever hybrid view finder greatly aid the way I use the X-Pro series cameras. I very much enjoyed the X-Pro1 image quality, in fact I’ve written about it many times! You can read some of my thoughts on the X-Pro1 IQ here and here. Although the X-Trans II sensor cameras produced technically superior images (cleaner, better Dynamic Range (DR), 14 bit RAW) I preferred the original X-Trans I look. So to say that I was concerned about the IQ of the (X-Trans III) X-Pro2 files was an understatement……