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Obsessing about lenses……. | Bill Fortney

OK, I admit it, I love lenses, what’s not to love!!!  In the process of trying to capture those glorious moments of interesting subjects and great light, they are what focuses the image onto the sensor!  No single factor has more of an affect on the final image than the lens!  A lens has to do a lot of important things: sharply render the details, keep the color correct, maintain contrast, prevent contrast robbing flare, faithfully capture the intricate variations of color, and much more!!!! Here are a few of my most frequently asked questions about lenses:

1. Are single focal length lenses better than zooms?
2. If the difference is small between zooms and primes, why bother with primes? …..

Source: billfortney.com
 


Fujinon XF Lenses

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Substantial firmware updates for the X-T1 (V4.0) – late June |
Fujifilm Global

Fujifilm Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) has announced that it will release a free firmware update for both the Fujifilm X-T1 and Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition in late June, 2015. The firmware introduces a new AF system with upgraded autofocus performance as well as an array of other improvements that reflect feedback from users. This update follows on from a previous major functionality improvement for the X-T1 introduced on December 18th, 2014 and shows that Fujifilm continues to listen to customer feedback to boost the performance of X-Series cameras, ensuring many years of continued use.

 

 

[ Firmware release date ]
Late June, 2015

[ Firmware version ]
FUJIFILM X-T1: Ver.4.00

[ Improvements with this firmware update ]

1. New AF System

  1. New AF system with Zone and Wide/Tracking modes for effortless capture of moving subjects
    The AF System complements the fast and accurate 49-single-point autofocus system with new Zone and Wide/Tracking modes, which use 77 autofocus points across a wider area to substantially improve the camera’s ability to capture moving subjects.
    The Zone mode allows users to choose a 3×3, 5×3 or 5×5 zone from the 77-point AF area. When combined with the AF-C continuous focusing mode, the camera continues tracking a subject at the center of the selected zone. The 3×3 and 5×3 zones at the center, in particular, offer extra-fast focusing with the use of the built-in phase detection pixels.
    In the Wide/Tracking mode, the camera displays the area in focus, identified automatically out of the 77-point AF area (Wide in the AF-S mode) and tracks the focus area’s subject across the entire 77-point AF area (Tracking in the AF-C mode). This makes it possible to maintain focus on a subject that moves vertically, horizontally, and back and forth.
  2. Improvement of AF accuracy
    Single-point AF divides the focus area into smaller sections to more accurately determine the distance to the subject for even greater focusing accuracy. The built-in phase detection pixels have the detection range of 0.5EV, an improvement from the previous 2.5EV, delivering phase detection AF performance that enables fast focusing in low-light conditions and on low-contrast subjects.
  3. Eye Detection AF
    The firmware update provides Fujifilm’s Eye Detection AF, which automatically detects and focuses on human eyes. The function allows you to easily focus on the eyes even in difficult conditions, e.g. when shooting a portrait wide open to obtain a beautiful bokeh background.
  4. Auto Macro mode
    The firmware update introduces the Auto Macro function, which automatically switches the camera into the Macro mode while maintaining the conventional AF speed. You no longer have to press the Macro button to initiate a close-up shot. This update eliminates the Macro function assigned to the Macro Button, allowing you to assign a different function to the button.
  5. AF improvement in the Movie mode
    The optimized algorithm delivers a more natural and smooth AF action during movie recording.

2. Other improvements

  1. Improved Shutter Speed Dial operation
    When the Shutter Speed Dial is set to T and the Shutter Type to Mechanical + Electronic, you can use the command dial to set a full range of exposure times from 30-1/32000sec. Previously, this was limited to 30-2 seconds. This means you can change the shutter speeds across a broader range without having to change camera position. This is particularly useful when shooting in the portrait orientation with the Vertical Battery Grip VG-XT1 attached.
  2. Exposure Compensation control in Manual.
    You can use the Exposure Compensation dial to make exposure adjustments while shooting in the Manual exposure mode with the ISO Auto setting.
  3. Finer lines on the framing grid enhances visibility
    The lines on the framing grid, which you can choose to display in the Screen Set-Up menu, have been made finer making it easier to view the subject.
  4. Name of Silent mode changed to avoid confusion
    The Silent Mode has been renamed to “SOUND & FLASH OFF”.
    …….

Source: www.fujifilm.com


Fuji X-T1

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A Fujiholics Story | Elke Vogelsang

My name is Elke Vogelsang. I’m 42 years old and living and working in Germany. I’m a self-taught photographer, who turned her passion into a profession. When my first own dog, Noodles, joined our family, I felt the need to improve my photography to take pictures which do justice to her beauty and charming character. Two more dogs followed. So, our canine pack consists of Noodles, Scout and Ioli. All three of them are very keen models. My husband fell seriously ill a few years ago at Christmas. He had a brain hemorrhage. The dogs (Noodles and Scout) were the ones who found him in time, so he could be saved. But he spent weeks in a coma, months without any short-term memory and months in hospital. Well, that’s a very long story in very short… My dogs and my photography were my comfort and distraction at that time. Fortunately, my husband recovered fully.……

Source: www.fujiholics.com
 


Fujinon XF Lenses

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Does Fuji Cheat with its Sensors? | Nasim Mansurov

When testing cameras, it is not unusual to see a situation when one camera can produce results a bit darker or brighter than another. In some cases, lenses are to blame for this variance, since most lenses cannot ideally transmit all of the incoming light. What this means, is that a lens with a maximum aperture of f/2.8 could potentially transmit less light, which could be equivalent to say f/3.5 in terms of brightness. The latter number is what is often referred to as a “T-stop”, or Transmission-stop, which is basically an adjusted f-stop that takes into account this light loss. In other cases, the camera itself can be the source of brightness variance. Although manufacturers are supposed to adhere to an ISO standard that guides the process of determining the right brightness level for each ISO, there is usually still some variance between not only brands, but also between specific camera models. We won’t get into the question of why there are such variances. Instead, we will concentrate on implications of such variances to camera sensor comparisons and ratings. Particularly, we will be looking at exposure variances in Fuji cameras, such as the Fuji X-T1. Many photographers, including myself, have been fond of the way Fuji sensors render images, outputting very clean and pleasant-looking images, even at high ISOs. But are those ISOs real? And is Fuji doing something shady to make its images look better? Let’s take a closer look…..

Source: photographylife.com
 


Fujifilm X-T1 & Accessories

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Aussie Alpine Drive – An Australian Roadtrip To Californian Forest | Noah Stammbach

We met on a special cliff near Bondi Beach. The vague destination of our spontaneous road trip – Laurel Hill, somewhere south west of Sydney. There are four of us, 18 to 28, and our journey is one where all the elements of adventure would be found along the way, and come together to form the best first road trip ever….

Source: noahstammbach.exposure.co
 


Fujifilm X-T1 & Accessories

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Fujifilm launches the FUJINON XF16mmF1.4 R WR | Fujifilm Global

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) is proud to announce that a new FUJINON LENS XF16mmF1.4 R WR will be added to the X-Series interchangeable lens line-up in mid-May 2015. The lens has a fixed focal length of 16mm (24mm in 35mm format equivalent) and offers a dramatic wide field of view and stunning optical performance. The F1.4 maximum aperture delivers high image quality in low-light conditions and bokeh-rich macro photography with the minimum working distance of 15cm. Featuring high-speed autofocus, a weather- and dust-resistant structure that can work in temperatures as low as -10°C, and great portability thanks to its compact size, the shooting possibilities are further expanded. The FUJINON fast aperture lens quintet is now complete. The XF16mmF1.4 R WR is the latest addition to the popular XF23mmF1.4 R, XF35mmF1.4 R, XF56mmF1.2 R, and XF56mmF1.2 R APD lens……

Source: www.fujifilm.com
 


Fujinon XF 16mm f/1.4

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Fujifilm Q&A @ CP+ 2015: What next for X-mount | Imaging Resouce

But [for example], while we have provided firmware upgrades for the X100S many times, now we have the X100T, we’re finished, no firmware upgrades [for the X100S] anymore. Makoto Oishi

Continuing my series of executive interviews from the recent CP+ 2015 show in Yokohama Japan, I met with Mr. Makoto Oishi from the Sales & Marketing Division, Optical Device & Electronic Imaging Products Division at Fujifilm Corp. Topics for discussion included the company’s X-mount mirrorless camera plans, first and third-party glass for X-mount cameras, and Fuji’s unusually generous firmware update philosophy. Perhaps most interesting to me, though, was an insight into how Fuji sees 4K video capture and its place in the market — doubly so when Oishi-san turned the tables and I briefly became the interviewee, sharing my own thoughts on the adoption of ultra high-def video.

(As always, we’ve done some editing to the dialog to remove conversational glitches and make the text scan better. Places where we’ve inserted a word or changed the phrasing for better readability are enclosed in square braces and italicized. So, too, are comments of my own, reading between the lines of the discussion.) ……

Source: www.imaging-resource.com
 


Fuji X100S

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Nikon to Fujifilm X | One Year After the Switch | Rick Lewis

This Blog post may surprise a few of my friends and colleagues, as I have not made a big deal of switching to a completely new, (for me), camera system.  I had been a Nikon shooter since a teenager in 1967.  I started with a Nikkormat FS in 1967.  It didn’t have a light meter but it was all I could afford at 15 years of age.  Over the years I acquired a Nikkormat FTn, Nikkormat EL, Nikon F2 Photomic, Nikon D70, Nikon D200, Nikon D3, D3s, and finally the D4. During the spring and summer of 2013 I began an email conversation with a very well known commercial photographer and teacher, Will Crockett.  I read or watched a Blog post of his describing the changes he saw coming in photography.  They centered around mirrorless cameras and their ability to capture stills and video.  I was intrigued by his insights so I emailed him.  We corresponded and discussed the pros and cons of Olympus, Panasonic, and Fujifilm cameras.  I told him I was much more interested in still photography and didn’t really care about video.  He recommended I look into Fuji cameras.  He then offered to loan me one of his Fujifilm X-Pro1’s along with the “kit lens”, (18-55mm f2.8-f4, OIS) and the 60mm f2.4 macro……

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Fuji X-T1

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Q+A: Fuji X on Assignment | David duChemin

You’d be amazed how many emails and comments I get that begin with the words, “I know you don’t like gear questions, but…” So to be clear, I don’t mind gear questions at all. I just don’t know why people think I’m the best person to answer them. I like gear. Hell, I LOVE some of my gear. But I ask of it some very specific, and limited things, and some of the people asking some of the questions are looking for a tool that can do the things that they themselves should be doing. Or maybe they’re looking for a justification to buy a new toy that maybe, just maybe, has the Un-Suck Filter. They don’t. My Fujis don’t, and neither do my Leicas or Nikons.  What I want my cameras to do is get out of the way as quickly as possible and let me do my job. So with that in mind, a few responses to some very sensible questions (I’ll spare you the non-sensical questions like: Should I get a Fuji? No one can answer that for you. Fuji. Leica. Nikon. Canon. All of them will make incredible photographs as easily as truly bad ones.)……

Source: davidduchemin.com
 


Fujifilm Fujinon XF 56mm F1.2

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RAW FILE CONVERTER EX 2.0 powered by SILKYPIX | Fujifilm Global

Detail of the update

The software update Ver.4.1.0.0 incorporates the following issues:

  • FILM SIMULATION function is added to RAW FILE CONVERTER EX 2.0 powered by SILKYPIX.

Applicable Models: FUJIFILM X-T1 / X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition / X-A2 / X100T / X30 / XQ2

Source: www.fujifilm.com

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