Firmware Update

Announcements galore and a fix of Classic Chrome |
Patrick La Roque

The other feature I’ve been itching to get my hands on might seem almost silly to some: Classic Chrome. I should finally be getting to shoot the X100T next week and I’ll most likely be using that film simulation pretty much exclusively. I’ll talk more about film simulations in general in that review but for the time being, if you’re interested in using this today and you’re a raw shooter… Get Lightroom 5.7. I downloaded the update yesterday and I’m at long last getting my fix of Chrome. A few updates ago Adobe introduced Fujifilm Camera Calibration profiles that emulate the film simulations available in-camera. I first reviewed these here. I’m still not entirely sold on how LR5 decodes raf files but I do think they’re doing a great job on this particular feature. With yesterday’s update, they’ve added Classic Chrome to cameras that support it — in my case, the X-T1. I can’t wait to use the in-camera engine but in the meantime I can already predict this is going to become my default preset on raw files……

Source: www.laroquephoto.com

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Free firmware update for Fuji X-T1 owners | Techradar

Camera makers often release firmware updates to fix problems or add minor enhancements, but Fuji has issued a v3.00 firmware update for its flagship X-T1 model which adds a whole raft of new features and functions – but we are going to have to wait until December 18th before it’s released to the public. For more about this camera, read our full Fuji X-T1 review. Some of these enhancements are already available in Fuji’s brand new X100T compact camera, so check out our Fuji X100T review too. You can visit the Techradar Camera Channel home page to see all the latest camera reviews and news. Here are the Fuji X-T1 firmware 3.00 update highlights – some of these are already built into the new Fuji X-T1 Graphite Edition, but the rest are new to both versions…….

Source: www.techradar.com

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Firmware updates announced for the FUJIFILM X-T1,
FUJIFILM X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition

FUJIFILM Corporation will be releasing firmware upgrades for X-T1 and X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition to enhance operability and functions.
Fujifilm is striving to keep the level of technology offered on this model as up to date as possible so that purchasers of X-T1 and X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition will have greater longevity of use.

[ Firmware version ]

FUJIFILM X-T1 : Version 3.00

[ Scheduled release date ]

18th December 2014

[ Main feature updates from the firmware ]

1. High-speed electronic shutter with a maximum speed of 1/32000sec.* **

The FUJINON XF Lens series lineup includes a number of fast fixed focal length lenses which boast very high sharpness with the aperture wide open, producing excellent out of focus “bokeh”. However, fast apertures are difficult to use if the light is too bright, so to ensure users can create shallow depth-of-field effects, the camera is now equipped with a fully electronic shutter offering a maximum shutter speed of 1/32000sec. The mechanical shutter will not operate at all when any speed for the electronic shutter is selected, which also delivers a completely silent shooting experience; perfect for shots of sleeping children, pets, weddings, and more. In addition, it is possible to set the electronic shutter in 1/3 steps from a range of 1sec to 1/32000sec.

Shutter Sound

The shutter sound can be muted if desired. Use the new “SHUTTER SOUND” and “SHUTTER VOLUME” options in the setup menu to choose the type and volume of the sound made when the shutter is released.

2. Classic Chrome Film Simulation mode brings more creative power to the X Series*

The X Series’ Film Simulation modes represent Fujifilm’s wealth of experience in color reproduction technology. New to the suite of effects is Classic Chrome, which delivers subtle colors and beautifully muted tones reminiscent of vintage reversal film. Using Classic Chrome on cityscapes, for example, will give shots a historic feel, while fashion photos gain an emotive, nostalgic look. Classic Chrome strengthens the film simulation line up and enhances the creative power of the X-T1.


3. Natural Live View function is just like the naked eye.*

One of the great benefits of an electronic viewfinder is that ‘what you see is what you get'; the final image is displayed in real-time so any Film Simulation modes or other effects can be checked while shooting. But users sometimes need to see colors close to how they’re viewed with an optical finder, or to focus on shadow detail, which some high-contrast effects block out. To aid this, the Natural Live View function has been added and, when “PREVIEW PIC. EFFECT” is turned Off in the menu, an image close to the naked eye is displayed during live view.


4. EVF / LCD Color Control*

“EVF COLOR” and “LCD COLOR” options in the setup menu to adjust the hue of the electronic viewfinder and LCD monitor.


5. Direct selection of AF area

The update will let users select the focus area using the 4-way controller, without pressing the Fn key.


6. Unlocked AE-L / AF-L Buttons

The function of the AE-L / AF-L button is currently locked, but will be interchangeable, depending on the user’s preference.


7. Variable Focus Area during MF

When working in Manual focus mode, the update will enable changing the size of the focus area during Instant AF with the AF-L button.


8. Direct selection of Macro mode

In Autofocus mode, the update will enable the Macro function to be turned on or off, without accessing the pop-up menu screen.


9. Q. Menu customization

To make the Q Menu (used for quick access of frequently-used items) even more efficient, the update will allow its items and layout to be changed to the user’s preference.


10. New Video Frame rates (50P / 25P / 24P)

As well as the existing 60fps and 30fps selections, 50fps, 25fps and 24fps options will be available with the update. 50fps and 25fps allow video editing in the PAL regions, such as Europe, without converting the frame rate. 24fps offers a cinema-like view.


11. Manual Shooting in Video mode

The update will enable ISO sensitivity selection prior to shooting videos, as well as the ability to adjust aperture and shutter speed during movie recording.


12. Phase detection AF support for Instant AF

In Instant AF mode, which is operated by pressing the AF-L button during manual focusing, the update will enable Phase Detection AF, providing faster focusing speeds.


13. Interlocking of Metering and Focus areas

Users will be able to interlock the AF area position with the Metering area when Spot Metering mode is selected.


14. Expansion of shutter speed in Program Shift mode

In the current Program Shift mode, the slowest-speed setting is 1/4sec, but this will increase to a maximum of 4secs.


15. Add “Flash compensation”, “Shutter type”, “Preview Pic. Effect”, “Preview EXP. / WB in Manual mode” and “Lock” in Function setting


16. Instax Printer Print

Photos can be directly sent from the camera to the Fujifilm instax SHARE Smartphone Printer to instantly print on Fujifilm Instant Color Film “instax mini”.


17. Lock Function

Add software lock function.
The update will let users prevent from the unexpected dial / button operation.


18. Three Custom White Balance

Expand the number of CUSTOM WHITE BALANCE from one to three.
By registering different conditions in advance of the shooting, users can change white balance conditions quickly.


19. Expand EVF / LCD displaying types in manual exposure mode

In manual exposure mode, the EVF / LCD are displayed with previewing set shooting conditions.
To display, along with a mode of ignoring exposure condition, users will be able to select a mode of ignoring white balance condition.
The update will let users expand variations of external flash photography especially with modeling lights of different color temperature.
By registering the function to the Fn button, users will be able to change settings in quick operations.


20. AF+MF

“AF+MF” function enables seamless manual focusing. After half pressing the shutter to autofocus on the subject, fine adjustment can then be made using the manual focus ring.


21. PC tethered shooting support

New HS-V5 software (optional accessory) allows users to tether and control the camera from the PC and transfer images shot on the camera over to the PC automatically.

  • * This functionality has been installed on the X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition.
  • ** The Electronic Shutter may not be suitable for fast-moving objects. Flash can not be used.

Source: www.fujifilm.com

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Firmware updates announced for the
FUJIFILM X-E2, FUJIFILM X-Pro1, FUJIFILM X-E1 | Fujifilm Global

FUJIFILM Corporation will be releasing firmware upgrades for its premium interchangeable lens cameras; X-E2, X-Pro1 and X-E1 to enhance functionality. Fujifilm is striving to keep the level of technology offered on this model as up to date as possible so that purchasers of X-series cameras will have greater longevity of use.

[ Firmware versions ]

FUJIFILM X-E2 : Version 3.00
FUJIFILM X-Pro1 : Version 3.40
FUJIFILM X-E1 : Version 2.40

[ Scheduled release date of the firmware ]

18th December 2014

[ Main feature updates from the firmware for X-E2 model ]

1. New Classic Chrome Film Simulation

The X Series’ Film Simulation modes represent Fujifilm’s wealth of experience in color reproduction technology. “Classic Chrome”, which delivers subtle colors and beautifully muted tones reminiscent of vintage reversal film, has been newly added to the existing selection.

2. Interval timer shooting

The new Interval timer shooting function allows X-E2 users to capture time lapse photography. Set the starting time, the shooting interval (1 sec. to 24 hr.) and finally the number of frames (1 – 999), and the camera does the rest.

3. Enhanced wireless function for shooting from your smartphone or tablet devices*

By downloading the free FUJIFILM Camera Remote** app to your smartphone or tablet devices, users can use the Remote Control function, which allows a wealth of control, even from a distance. This functionality is great for a wide variety of shots, including group photos, self-portraits and animals in their natural habitat.

* Android™, smartphone and table devices, iPhone / iPad.
**After updating the Firmware Version 3.00, FUJIFILM Camera Application app can not be used.
Requires installation of FUJIFILM Camera Remote app to your smartphone or tablet devices.

[ Feature updates from the firmware for X-E2 / X-Pro1 and X-E1 models ]

4. AF+MF
“AF+MF” function enables seamless manual focusing. After half pressing the shutter to autofocus on the subject, fine adjustment can then be made using the manual focus ring.

Source: www.fujifilm.com

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Fujifilm announces macro tubes, tethering software and
X-series firmware availability | DPreview

Fujifilm has announced two macro extension tubes for its X-series interchangeable lens cameras, the MCEX-11 and MCEX-16. Compatible with Fuji’s XF and XC lenses, they offer full AE function and are designed to ‘seamlessly blend into the original look and feel of the X-series’. The MCEX-11 and MCEX-16 will be available in mid-December for $99.95. Also making its debut is Fuji’s PC Tethered Shooting Software HS-V5 for Windows v1.0. It provides two operation modes, Camera Mode and PC Mode for making exposure adjustments either on the camera or connected computer. Macro tubes and tethering software may appeal to a smaller portion of Fujifilm’s X-series owners, but their introduction signals a continued commitment from Fujifilm to build a viable system for serious photographers. Fujifilm has also given a December 18 release date for X-T1 firmware promised at Photokina. The firmware v3.0 brings features such as 1/32000sec electronic shutter, ‘Classic Chrome’ film simulation mode and direct AF area selection to both original black and newer silver X-T1 models. The Fujifilm X-E2 also gets a December 18 firmware v3.0, adding Classic Chrome, interval timer shooting and WLAN remote control with use of the Camera Remote app. The Fujifilm X-E1 and X-Pro1 (also available December 18) are provided firmware updates adding AF+MF control for all X-mount lenses, and the X30’s update (available now) improves the autofocus lock function……

Source: www.dpreview.com

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All Leica M Firmware Updated | La Vida Leica!

Leica has released firmware updates for basically all M cameras, including the Leica M8 (v2.024), M9/M9-P/M-E (v1.202), M Monochrom (v1.008) and M/M-P (v2.0.1.7)! The updates only add support for the Leica Summarit-M 35mm f/2.4 ASPH, Summarit-M 50mm f/2.4, Summarit-M 75mm f/2.4 and Summarit-M 90mm f/2.4 lenses however, so if you don’t own one of these lenses it does not appear to be a “must-have” firmware update. Read more below for details and download links!……

Source: lavidaleica.com

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Fuji X-T1 Firmware Update | Fuji vs. Fuji

With the announcement of the Graphite Silver X-T1 and its enhanced feature-set, Fuji has once again done the honourable thing by promising existing owners of the X-T1 a firmware update that will include all these new features. The nicest thing about this announcement is when I heard about the new features, I wasn’t the least bit concerned that my X-T1 was going to be out of date. I knew Fuji would take care of me. I can’t think of another camera company with customers who can feel more at ease. The upgrade is going to be a big one, with a combination of user-requested features, and some other added niceties. Let’s do a quick rundown with some commentary. One of the features I’m most excited for hasn’t received a lot of press that I’ve seen…….

Source: www.fujivsfuji.com

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Firmware Upgrade Touit E-Mount | ZEISS United Kingdom

A firmware update to Version 02 is now available for the Touit 2.8/50M with E-mount. It corrects the following behaviour that may have occurred with the previous lens firmware version with particular camera menu setting and in particular situations:
 
• clearly noticeable shutter release delays when pressing the release button with activated flash
• ‘hunting’ for the focus point with the camera in AF-C mode

Source: www.zeiss.co.uk

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Leica M typ 240 firmware 2.0.1.5: the end of the beginning |
The Machine Planet

About a week ago, Leica Camera AG finally released the most recent version of firmware for the M digital camera. This, of course, provoked many angry comments from non-Leica users about how backward Leicas are. It could be said, though that people who buy on specifications, technology, and making reasonable and difficult-to-question choices will buy something like a Lexus. People who are gunning for a different feel and are less risk-adverse might go for Jaguars. The functional differences between a Leica M and, say, any other 24mp camera are fairly minimal. The sensors, imaging process and electronics are very similar. The big difference is in metering and focusing systems. There no way, whether by firmware or otherwise, to make a rangefinder-equipped camera emulate a DSLR with its own equally primitive mirror and phase-detect system or a mirrorless with its contrast-detect focus. And although one could always make the argument that 1,000-segment metering is very accurate, it is not the experience of this writer that it is appreciably more accurate than five segments. And that is not, in itself markedly superior to centerweighted averaging and a modicum of human intervention……

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Firmware V1.10 for X-T1 | Fujifilm Global

The firmware update Ver. 1.10 from Ver. 1.00 incorporates the following issues:

  1. Addition of compatibility with “XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR”
    To ensure that autofocus performs as expected, upgrade the firmware for the camera.
  2. Improvement of “Exposure compensation/exposure indicator” in EVF
    Values are added to the scales of the indicator for better visibility.
  3. Improvement of Movie-record button operability
    To avoid an accidental movie shooting, the delayed time will become longer between the moment you press the button and a movie shooting starts or ends.
  4. The phenomenon is fixed that images are not recorded with the set interval when “INTERVAL” in “INTERVAL TIMER SHOOTING” is set to 5 sec or less. In this case, the setting of “IMAGE DISP.” in “SCREEN SET-UP” will change to “OFF” automatically.

Precaution

  1. If firmware updating fails, the camera may no longer operate correctly in some cases. Carefully read the notes provided here.
  2. Always use the fully-charged battery when updating the firmware as a basic manner. Never turn the camera off or attempt to use any of the camera controls while the firmware is being overwritten.
  3. Firmware updating requires approximately 90 seconds.
  4. Once the firmware has been updated, some data of the previous version cannot be restored.

Source: www.fujifilm.com

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