New Fuji X-T2 and X-Pro2 Firmware “Coming Soon” – March 2017 and May 2017 releases

Fujifilm announced today free firmware upgrades that will provide a total of 33 functional and operational updates to the double flagship models of the innovative X Series of digital cameras. Two firmware releases, for the Fuji X-T2 and X-Pro2 are expected in March and May respectively.

A 15 minute programmable long-exposure? WTF?

X-T2 version 2.00 & X-Pro2 version 3.00 – available in late March 2017 features:

  • 1. Shooting RAW in Bracketing and Advanced Filters
    The update enables you to use the RAW format when shooting not only in AE Bracketing but also in other Bracketing modes (ISO, Dynamic Range, White Balance, Film Simulaitons) and also in Advanced Filter modes.
  • 2. Extended ISO 125 and 160 selectable
    The update adds ISO125 and ISO160 to extended ISO levels available.
  • 3. Programmable long exposure of up to 15 minutes
    Long exposure in the T mode currently goes only up to 30 seconds. The update will allow users to extend it up to 15 minutes.

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Fuji GFX Launch – Pre-order before they are gone

Zack Arias launched the Fuji GFX during Gulf Photo Plus last week in Dubai. Fujifilm Middle East posted a video on Facebook of Zack’s talk where he outlines:

  • 32:25: He shares pictures that his 18 years old son took with the GFX.
  • 35:00: “I’ve shot every format, but Medium Format has this look. It’s how the highlights and shadows are retained, the soft transitions between those two, how the focus falls off. I can’t describe steroscopic bokeh at all, but I can see it. […] I want that different look.”
  • 39:00. Pixel Peeping Time… and you will hear the people just say “WOW!!” when they see the amazing sharpness and details.
  • 42:30: The MF Phase One is amazing. Has 1 AF point, though. He goes at 1,600 ISO at max with his Phase One now.
  • 43:55: Zack shows an image taken at ISO 12,800 (JPEG)… and again another WOW goes through the audience.
  • 48:00: A Fuji Representative says that Capture One will support the GFX

Having had an insider look at Zack’s presentation and photos, as well as the images of other X Shooters before they were made public – all I can say is, Wow.

Correction: That doesn’t even come close to doing the GFX justice. After seeing the photos I would truthfully say: “F*ck! Wow!”

Phottix Pro Team photographer Lito Sy was also testing the Fujifilm GFX in the Philippines. In a YouTube video he shows the stunning quality of this medium format body.

 

Rumor has it that the GFX is set to be a hot commodity. Whispers are circulating that if you don’t pre-order a GFX you ain’t getting one.  Right now I’m on the fence about dropping $8K without a few days to put the GFX through its paces.

 

Beijing and Fujifilm 16-55 f2.8

Beijing thoughts and the Fujifilm 16-55 f/2.8
Beijing thoughts and the Fujifilm 16-55 f/2.8

I  have been traveling for the last six weeks. I have shot very little. I been around the globe and have few images to show for it.

Luckily I had some time in Beijing last weekend during the P&E show to shoot a few images. Inside, outside, anything candid. I used the Fujifilm 16-55 f2.8 with my X-T1. I scorned the models on the tradeshow floor, I’ve shot enough models, thank you very much. Beijing is not my favorite city (understatement). I go once a year and that’s enough. I’ve seen all the sites, the Forbidden City, various temples, the hutongs, everything famous you think of in Beijing. Continue reading “Beijing and Fujifilm 16-55 f2.8”

Fuji 18mm f2 Review – or – How I’m learning how to like shooting wide

Shooting with the Fuji 18mm f2
Shooting with the Fuji 18mm f2

Can I learn to like shooting wide? Here is my Fuji 18mm f2 Review I make no qualms about my love of shooting telephoto lenses. I’ve never liked shooting wide. Trying to force myself to like my Fujifilm x100 was a challenge. I was happiest when I learned Fuji would release a 50mm tele-adapter for the x100. I was born with a Canon SLR equipped with a 50mm lens in place. I know that length (and longer) better than anyone else. Continue reading “Fuji 18mm f2 Review – or – How I’m learning how to like shooting wide”

Fuji Camera Remote App for Street Photography

Shot with Fuji Camera Remote App
Shot with Fuji Camera Remote App

I’ve said before, I like to shoot street candids like a ninja. I’m not all “In your face.” I’m like the wind, completely unseen. When I heard about the Fuji X-T1 and the Camera Remote App I was intrigued. Being able to shoot photos through my iPhone or tablet? I would be a complete ninja.

My successes have been hit or miss. The Fuji Camera Remote App is a well-crafted utility. You can change ISO, EV, shutter speed and aperture. You can complete control the camera and focus by touching the live view preview on your device screen. All good. Continue reading “Fuji Camera Remote App for Street Photography”

Fujifilm 50-140 Review

Very crisp, the Fujifilm 50-140 Shot at f/2.8
Very crisp, the Fujifilm 50-140 Shot at f/2.8
Fujifilm 50-140 f/2.8
Fujifilm 50-140 f/2.8

I added the Fujifilm 50-140 f/2.8 lens to my X-T1 arsenal.  Let’s be correct for those that are completely anal: I bought the Fujifilm Fujinon XF 50-140 mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR. It’s a big lens, but not as heavy as you would expect (although Louis Pang thinks differently). At 3.26 x 6.93″ and 2.19 pounds it dwarfs the lithe body of the Fuji X-T1. I’m not an overly techy guy.

From Fuji’s press release back in September 2014 the Fuji 50-140 is touted as:

  • FUJIFILM X-Mount is compatible with all FUJIFILM interchangeable system cameras
  • Weather-resistant design with more than 20 sealing points
  • Triple Linear Motor for high-speed, quiet AF and nearly silent operation
  • Comprised of 23 glass elements in 16 groups with five ED lens elements and one Super ED lens
  • Seven rounded aperture blades for smooth, circular bokeh
  • Uses new Nano-GI (Gradient Index) coating technology, that alters the refractive index between glass and air to reduce ghosting and flare
  • Powerful optical image stabilization minimizes shake and blur in low light

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X-T1: A few days of shooting

X-T1 on the street

I’ve been shooting more, taking my Fuji X-T1 where ever I go. It’s small enough not to be a burden. The was the role of my Fuji X100, but it’s eccentric focusing and fixed 23mm f/2 lens were a little bit of a drawback. Photography is again becoming something I’m starting get passionate about.

I’ve posted a lot of my flickr steam in the last week. I’ve we’re not connected there, please follow me and I’ll follow you back. Are my photos good? Not especially, but I am able to capture what I mean to, most of the time. The above photo was not a fluke. I have no idea what the guy in the vulgar t-shirt is doing. Did he spot me and my camera and think, “See no evil” ? Continue reading “X-T1: A few days of shooting”

Fuji X-T1 on the streets

Fuji X-T1 - Playing in the Park
Fuji X-T1 – Playing in the Park

I drank the Kool-Aid and bought a Fuji X-T1. Damn you RC Concepcion and Zack Arias.

Let’s step back, this wasn’t a momentary lapse of reason (or GAS, gear acquisition syndrome). I’ve been looking for a smaller system to replace my Canon 5D Mark III for some time. Every system I looked at – Olympus and Panasonic Micro 4/3, the Fuji X-Pro 1 – none of them I liked enough to buy. There was always something missing that I needed. People rave about the M4/3 sensor, for me it’s too small. Let’s not talk about Nikon’s 1 series… Continue reading “Fuji X-T1 on the streets”

Fuji x100s: I wants me one

I wants me a Fuji x100s
I wants me a Fuji x100s

I want a Fuji x100s. When I look back at my efforts over the past few months I have seen great success with my my Fuji x100. More than the XPro-1 and Canon 5D Mark III. Why? I have no idea.

It’s a maddening camera, even with the latest firmware. The focus is as slows as workers returning to factory jobs after Chinese New Year. It locks up for no apparent reason. The menu layout is bizarre. Yet, the little beast has grown on me. Purchased secondhand, I’m happy with what it’s done. Most of the prints framed in my home were shot with the x100. Continue reading “Fuji x100s: I wants me one”