Good morning America, and welcome back to Macro Monday. Last week’s submission was a roll of toilet paper. Did you get it? Probably only if you buy the quality toilet paper would you even recognize it. This week’s submission is equally difficult. So…can you tell me what you’re looking at? And please be as specific as possible.
Rest Easy Fuji X-Pro1 fans, the long-awaited Firmware Update Version 2.0 is here. This new firmware update promises significant improvement in the speed of auto focus, improved manual focus and processing/writing speeds.
Per Fujifilm, the improvements made by this firmware update include:
1. Improved performance of Auto Focus*1
Focusing in challenging lighting conditions, where light is either very low or very bright, will now be much faster in Auto Focus mode. The focusing distance has also been improved, allowing you to get closer to the subject and capture a great shot without switching to macro mode.
2. Manual Focus improved performance
(1). Improved Operability – The speed of the image coming into focus when turning the focus ring has been vastly improved. When adjusting the focus using the electronic viewfinder or the LCD panel on the back of the camera it is now much easier to focus, always displaying the image closer to full aperture with minimum depth of field.
(2). New addition of 3x magnification for checking focus – The 10x magnifications / focus check feature on the X-Pro1 has been well received and in this firmware update an additional 3 x option is now available. It is also now possible to find the optimum focus point whilst viewing the entire screen.
3. Improved writing speed/ processing speed.
(1). Improved writing speed to memory card - At maximum speed the X-Pro1 can now write to memory card twice as fast as before. *2
(2). Improved speed for playback after shooting – Image playback now occurs less than one second after pressing the image playback button. On some previous occasions, for example when using continuous shooting, you had to wait until the images had been processed before they could be shown on screen.
4. Other additional functions
(1). New addition of “Auto (6400)” to the ISO setting
*1: The effect will differ according to the attached lens.
*2: The effect will differ according to the card type and image file size.
It is official! Fujifilm has announced their new XF-Mount camera, the Fujifilm X-E1 Mirrorless Camera. Two new lenses, the Fujinon 18-55mm f/2.8-4R OIS and Fujinon 14mm f/2.8R, are also added to the lineup along with all sorts of premium accessories to be used with this new camera! Check out the information below for more on these exciting new products! This camera is slated to be shipping in October, so get your pre-orders in now!
Note: As a uber-special double bonus we are including a free Hoodman 32GB SD card ($90 value!) with each full payment pre-order of the new Fujifilm X-E1 Mirrorless Camera with the 18-55mm f/2.8-4R Lens kit in either black or silver. Pre-order your Fuji X-E1 kit now to get the bonus Hoodman 32GB SD card! Read More Here…
Exciting stuff coming down the pipeline! After a long wait since the announcement of the X-Pro1 not too long ago there are now some awesome new Fujifilm products being announced right here, so be sure to stay tuned late into the night on Wednesday! (So late it will actually be Thursday)
Fuji is continuing to make waves in the photographic community with their continually innovative and unique camera products. While their film emulsions are slowly being whittled down to nothingness, the X-series camera portfolio is proliferating rapidly. Photos of the two new cameras and the highly anticipated XF18-55mm R zoom lens were leaked last night and the internet is already abuzz with speculation on pricing and specifications. I will be keeping you up to date as much as possible when we start seeing more reliable information crop up, but in the mean time here are the leaked photos to drool over: