New firmware updates for Fujifilm X-Pro2, X-T20, X100F, X-T1

Fujifilm has released the new firmware updates for the following for the X-Pro2, X-T20, X100F, X-T1.

Below is an overview of each firmware and download links.

 

(1) X-Pro2

1) Addition of 4K video mode (excluding HDMI out)

2) Support for tether shooting via USB or Wi-Fi

3) New AF tracking algorithm for moving subject

4) Support “FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO”(Macintosh)

5) Improve radio flash controller usability

6) Support for backup/restore of camera settings via FUJIFILM X Acquire

7) Support for “Instax SHARE SP-3”

8) RGB histogram display and highlight warning

9) Re-start of AF function during a movie shooting

Firmware Download TBC


(2) X-T20

1) Revision of a wrong display when HIGH PERFORMANCE

Firmware Download


(3) X100F

1) Support for backup/restore of camera settings via FUJIFILM X Acquire

2) Supports “FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO”(Macintosh)

3) Improve radio flash controller usability

4) Support for “Instax SHARE SP-3”

5) OFF is added to the function allocation of the CONTROL RING SETTING

6) Focus point can be chosen when zooming in for precise focus.

Firmware Download


(4) X-T1

1) Support for “Instax SHARE SP-3”

Firmware Download

 


Independent Venue Week

In my latest Gig blog, I want to write about our local music scene and the importance of independent venues but also some of the problems that they tend to create for photographers.  These are the places were new and up and coming bands learn their trade and gather a local following and the case with The Tea Street Band and The Zanzibar Club, Liverpool. Ask any music lover in Liverpool about The Tea Street Band and they could probably sing you a line from 'Disco Lights' or hum the melody of 'Fiesta'. So it was nice to see the guys back in their stomping ground headlining at The Zanzibar for Independent Venue week.

We as music fans must support places like this to make sure the Tea Street Bands of the future can have a strong start in their musical journey.

Now as a photographer, small venues like The Zanzibar can create real problems, most of which I encountered at this gig. The dreaded “Red Lights”, no press pit, so accessing both sides of the stage by the time The Tea Street Band came on, was impossible and security for your camera gear  (which I learnt was more of a problem locked up in your own home than in a small music venue, but that’s another story for another day)

The Red Light can be overcome by converting your images into Black and White. I personally use Silver Efex Pro2 to convert my images and with a bit of practice can prove invaluable with these “red Light” images but the magazine I was shooting far only use Colour images so I had to wait until the artist had moved away from the Red Light. This can be a bit hit and miss or almost impossible as I found out this night. One of the Support acts “Scarlet” a great St Helens based band who’s Lead Singer, Jessie happens to be a good friend of mine so I wanted to try and get some great images for her but her mic stand for some reason was placed directly in line with this one red light!. Nothing much really you can do about this. The good thing was that during one of the Guitar solos she did move out of the light so I did manage to get some decent colour shots for the magazine.

So to all music and photography fans what I would say is get out to your local Independent Music  Venue take your camera (the good thing is with small independent venues is that they really don’t mind you taking your camera as long as you don’t make a nuisance of yourself)

Treat the problems you may face at such venues as a challenge and not as an obstacle. Ohhhhh and post your images on Fujiholics, I love looking at gig images no matter who they are.

Gear used for images here Fujifilm X-Pro2, Fujifilm X-T1, 50-140f2.8 and 16mm f1.4

Love and Peace

Warren


Fujifilm X-T1 firmware update v5.01

A new firmware has been released for the Fujifilm X-T1, this addresses the following:

1. The functions allocated to the Front command dial are added which became disable when the firmware was upgraded to ver.5.00 from ver.4.31.
2. The functionality when using with a flash is improved.

The firmware can be downloaded from Fujifilm's official downloads page here

 


New Fujifilm Firmware Updates - Nov 08/2016

Fujifilm have released some new firmware update for the X-Pro2 and X-T1

X-Pro2 - Version 2.01 incorporates the following:

  • Fixed AF function between Tele-photo area when used with XF18-135mm F3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens
  • Fixed freeze issue when carrying out 'Select from network list of Manual Setup in PC Auto Save Setting
  • Fixed flash issue when using a Flash i40 by Nissan for Fujifilm which does not fire

To download, please visit Fujifilm's support page here

X-T1 - Version 5.0 incorporates the following:

  • 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.

To download, please visit Fujifilm's support page here


A Fujiholics Story - Adam Joe Roberts

My name is Adam Joe Roberts and I’m a wedding photographer based in Widnes, Cheshire. My style of photography is more candid and natural that anything else. I’m very new to photography and only been shooting semi-professional for the last 18 months. I recently moved over to Fuji after advice from some fellow Fuji photographers and I’ve never looked back! Im hoping to learn a lot over the next couple of years and perfect my style and technique so I can make that push to full time as soon as possible.

So, you’re a Fujiholic?

Easy question, YES! I've recently moved from Canon full frame and although I loved my 5D mk3 with and the glitz and glam of L glass. I really didn't think anything could come close to the images I produced until I got hold of the Fuji X-T1. For my style of photography which is natural and candid wedding photography the X-T1 with Fujinon glass is perfect. I couldn't ever imagine moving away from Fuji now, as well as the most beautiful of cameras and lenses, it's also the community that has stood out for me. Any question, critique, review, help or advice I have is followed up by answers from some of the best photographers in the business willing to help me on my journey. Thats what makes me a Fujiholic!

Which is your favourite lens? Why?

I'm stuck on this... I have two, 16mm F1.4 and 56mm F1.2. Both amazing in every aspect, I just love how the images look. If I could imagine a picture in my head before I take the shot both lenses give me back that exact image, I've never had that feeling before. I've stopped checking images after shooting them to see if everything is correct because I trust them to perform every time. But if I had to choose one it would be the 56mm F1.2, it's unbelievable! The sharpness and out of focus areas are just perfection.

When you next go travelling, what gear will you take?

X-T1 23mm F1.4 and 56mm F1.2. simply put, that is perfect for everything. I can achieve any image I want with these lenses and camera. In my eyes, nothing else from any brand comes close!

When out shooting, what are your settings? Why?

I tend to shoot wide open on all my lenses so f1.2/1.4 Keep my shutter speed around 1/250 and change my ISO to compensate. When using flash I drop this to 160/1 and turn off the preview, flash's are always in manual. Then I check a few images to make sure my flash settings are correct.

What kind of tools do you use for post processing?

Only Adobe Lightroom. I did use Photoshop quite a bit when using Canon as I needed to remove quite a few imperfections in brides and grooms faces etc, but with the Fuji X-T1 I just love everything about the images. So adding Classic Chrome to raw files, little bit of basic editing like contrast, brightness, clarity and I'm all set! I have presets made in Lightroom with my own little bits that I add also. (Editing time is nearly halved with these little beauties!)

What is your favourite Film Simulation? Why?

Easy. Classic Chrome. Its beautiful! The shadows and highlights are just how I imagine an image should look.

What's next?

If I could persuade my wife to let me spend the extra cash I would definitely purchase the X70. If not I'll be holding out for the X-T2. Hoping that Fuji add the new improved sensor which is in the xPro2 and also dual card shots. Then my life would be complete!

Contact info

NAME: Adam Joe Roberts

WEB:  www.adamjoeroberts.com

EMAIL:  adamjoeroberts@yahoo.co.uk

TWITTER: @adamjoeroberts

INSTAGRAM: @adamjoeroberts

FACEBOOK: /adamjoeroberts


X-T1 Camera Body Firmware Update Ver.4.20 - Get your update here!

Fujifilm have just released a new Firmware update for the X-T1 !!
Click this button to get taken to the download.

Download

Here's what to expect in this update:

  1. Using a flashgun in Bracketing / Continuous shooting
    Optional flashguns can be used for bracketing and burst photography. When using the EF-X8, which is bundled with the X-T1, the flash fires in ISO, FILM SIMULATION and WHITE BALANCE BKT modes.
    *A flashgun may not fire in case it is not charged enough between shootings. And continuous shooting in CL and CH mode becomes low when Focus mode is AF-C.
  2. Instant AF Setting in manual focus
    Focus and exposure can be locked when the AF-L button is used in manual focus mode. You can shoot after locking AF and AE with your thumb.
  3. AF+MF operation with AF-L button
    The AF-L button can be used to lock focus in AF+MF mode and you can adjust the focus more accurately using the lens's focusing ring.
  4. Focus zoom in AF+MF
    The FOCUS ASSIST button can be used for focus zoom and you can focus using the lens's focusing ring with focus zoom activated.
  5. Additional Custom Display options
    Functions have been added to the DISP. CUSTOM SETTING option in the setup menu.

    Additional Items: FOCUS FRAME / CONTINUOUS MODE / SHOOTING MODE / DUAL IS MODE / INFORMATION BACKGROUND / MOVIE MODE / FOCUS MODE / BLUR WARNING / SHUTTER TYPE

  6. The Fn7 Button
    The movie-record button doubles as an Fn button (Fn7). Press and hold DISP/BACK to select what it controls.

A Fujiholics Story - Rich Waine

About you

I’m a 30’odd year old from the north west of the England, UK. My main occupation involves working within IT outsourcing as a service engineer. As with the nature of this job, it has its ups, downs and restarts, lots of driving; frequent visits to coffee and sandwich shops.

My eyes were opened to photography from around 14 years of age after seeing my uncle coming home with a Canon SLR film camera and starting to use it for portraits and family outings. I started to look through the photography books he used to buy and was captivated by the vast subject matters from portraits all the way through to war photography. Unfortunately, camera gear was something that I couldn’t easily afford until the last five years or so.

About five years ago, I decided that I was going to invest in photography and bought my first proper DLSR setup and started to experiment with various genres of photography.
So, you’re a Fujiholic?

I purchased a Canon setup five years ago, but it was only around  2012 I have been really getting into photography and since February 2014 that I have been using the FujiFilm X series system.

It was an unplanned random drive to Liverpool, seeing a sign for a festival and an introduction to Matthew Hart at a later date that I am a FujiFilm user today. At the festival I noticed one photographer that didn’t look like the other photographers; his equipment wasn’t as big as the other events photographers. It was a day or so later while reviewing social media I noticed someone had managed to get a shot of my Canon lens sticking out from the crowd. It just so happened this photographer was Matthew Hart, the guy with small camera. I found out the camera he used was a FujiFilm X-Pro1. The photographs he took and style in which he processed them blew me away. I started to research the FujiFilm X system and then took the plunge six months later to buy the FujiFilm X-T1 after getting rid of my full frame Canon 6D.

I originally fell into the trap that if you are new photography that you can’t go wrong buying Canon or Nikon, and the premise at the time that Canon had decade of lenses to choose from. As soon as I opened the X-T1 box, the first thing that impressed me was the build quality of the 18-55mm lens and then was really impressed when I took the body out of the box and seeing how small and well built it was. As this is a newish system, I didn’t have to spend hours looking at lenses, the small collection at the time were all within the range of the photography I like to do and all were very well made and well priced. This just furthered my love for FujiFilm and my X-T1.

I am a firm believer that you use whatever camera you feel comfortable in using. There isn’t ‘one’ camera that is right for everyone. But I always recommend to people to try other camera makes and to do so with an open mind and disregard tech specs.

 

Where did you originally hear about Fujiholics?

I suppose I was introduced to FujiHolics via Matt Hart, I think it was around the time he bought some cake from a camera shop and it came with a Fuji camera. That was around that time I joined FujiHolics on Facebook and Google+ and more recently Twitter and this website.

 

Has being a part of Fujiholics helped you get our more with your camera?

I can truthfully say that being part of the FujiHolics community has not just helped me going out with my camera, but has improved the quality of my photography with the help of the other FujiHolics. It has also helped me overcome personal obstacles as I struggle with shyness, self esteem and very rarely push myself to do things. I have often joked that I didn’t have a social life till I bought a Fuji camera. I don’t like to class myself as a photographer, but merely someone who likes to go out and take pictures. When I review some of my photographs from my early Canon days to some of them I have taken on my FujiFilm camera’s I can see a huge improvement, not because it is something that comes with practice but because at the time I took the photograph I was actually enjoying what I was doing and most often than not I was in the company of some FujiHolics. 

 

Which is your favorite lens? Why?

I am currently buzzing about the 50-140mm F2.8 at the moment. As of this post I have not really had the chance to fully use it on a shoot but all I can say is I can’t wait for the summer festivals to start, the 50-140mm is a serious piece of kit. It would be only fair to say that my favorite lens at the moment would have to the 35mm F1.4 prime. The size, weight, price and the image quality you get from it combined with the X-T1 makes it one of the most portable and more powerful small camera/lens to have with you.

 

When you next go travelling, what gear will you take?

Unless I have arranged to meet someone or planned to go to specific place, I will tend to go on random travels around the surrounding areas so will take most of my equipment which consists of  X-T1/X100T, Samyang 12mm, 18mm, 35mm, and usually the 50-140mm just in case. I am enjoying filters at the moment so will probably keep my Formatt Hitech filters in my car along with my tripod.  I dislike having to carry a lot of equipment around with me so tend to go with a ‘stick what you can in pockets’ approach where possible. I have really been getting into street photography after attending one of Matt Hart’s courses that he runs, so if I feel like a bit of street, the Fuji X100T is the go to camera to keep it simple. The X100T is in a league of its own when it comes to street especially if you get the all black version.

 

When out shooting, what are your settings? Why?

I try not to get stuck on a particular shooting mode/setting configurations, I like to think I vary it depending on what type of photography I am doing at the time. If I am shooting street I keep the camera in a fixed aperture and allow the camera to choose ISO/Shutter speed within pre-defined ranges I set. Landscape or gig shots I will set ISO 200/Auto ISO, aperture around F1.8-F4 depending on lens and aim for a higher shutter for gig events. One thing I do for everything is to shoot RAW, turn off all noise reduction and do not bother playing around with sharpness settings etc as this just makes the camera do more work and these can be better controlled in decent post production software.

 

What kind of tools do you use for post processing?

I mainly use Adobe Lightroom CC and Google NIK collection’s Silver Efex as I like to shoot B&W due to being coloured blind. Sometimes, there are things which need to be exported into Photoshop. I use this setup as it all works together quite well. One thing I would recommend is to get a dual screen setup especially if you work between packages, it makes editing a breeze. I also have a graphic tablet but I very rarely use it as I find Silver Efex doesn’t.

  

What is your favourite Film Simulation? Why? 

I don’t think I have a favourite film mode, but when I am out with my camera I like to shoot black and white and quite often set the film simulation mode Monochrome (R). This is mainly to give me an idea how the shot may look. One advantage of shooting RAW is that you can set simulation mode and can switch between modes in post production with Lightroom.

 

What's next?

2015 was suppose to be the start of my first ever project based on long exposures and a side project of street/urban style shots in the rain but this doesn’t seem to be going to plan. This isn’t a bad thing, I have been side tracked with meeting up with other talented and like minded people on photowalks etc. I do seem to have started an unintentional project of photographs which I am calling ‘Bold Street Hipsters’ and also seem to be getting a lot of street style shots of people on push bikes which is becoming a bit of a amusing subject between some FujiHolics members.

This year see’s the return of three great Liverpool based festivals which I attended last year. Two of these I am really looking forward to attending, there are photo’s to be had all the time from the artists on stage but more so from the crowd which really makes these Liverpool festivals. Hopefully, I am really going to enjoy the Fujinon 50-140mm and planning on using the FujiFilm X100T in amongst the crowd.

Contact info

Richard Waine

Web: www.flickr.com/photos/richwaine
Email: Mail@Richwaine.co.uk