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30
Jun
2015

Disappointed with Fuji X-T1 Firmware 4.0? Here is Why!

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It doesn’t work, no AF-improvement, it doesn’t focus between each shot in CL or CH, no faster AF in low light! This is some of the negative feedback we could read in the comments on FR and at the Fuji-X-Forum here.

So what… is Firmware 4 just crap? Well, sometimes (often?) it’s just a matter to find the right settings. Here is an extended list tips:

1) Enable Mechanical Shutter (MS) only. The camera won’t focus between each shot (CL or CH) if ES (electronic shutter) only or MS+ES is enabled. Shooting fast-moving subjects with the ES doesn’t really make sense (rolling shutter effect).
2) Turn Off Face Detection! If you have Face Detection put to ON, the camera will focus only with CDAF. The faster Phase Detection AF (PDAF) works only if Face Detection is disabled.
3) High Performance Mode ON: many don’t even know that this features exists, like Calipedro here. It’s definitely worth to sacrifice a bit of battery life. Fuji should put this feature ON as standard.
4) Keep you subject in the center: Phase detection pixels are located in the center of the sensor. Keep your subject in the center and PDAF will give you a faster AF.
5) Use all Phase Detection Pixels with Zone AF 5×3: To take advantage of all the phase detection pixels, set you Zone AF box to 5×3 and place it in the center of the frame. Within this 5×3 box tracking will be very smooth… at least that’s my experience with my crazy dog.
6) Increase the size of the AF-box: If you use Single Point AF, increase the size of the AF-box as much as possible.
7) PRE-AF: The camera will continuously adjust focus, even if the shutter is not pressed (of half pressed). This can help to get the first shot in focus quicker. Downside: more battery drain.
8) Different Lens, Different results: According to the lens you use, the AF-speed improvement will be more or less (or not) visible. For example, I was very happy with the improvement of my 55-200, but I can’t really say if the 18-55 or 14 has become faster.
9) The learning curve: Practice and get used to the new features. See what works best in which situation
10) Let Rico study for you. Rumors has it, that Rico will update his X-T1 book and tell us how to make the best out of our new Fuji X-T1 FW 4. Once it’s out, all we have to do is to read his updated book.

So, do you have more tips? Then share them in the comments.

And don’t stop to share your findings on Fujirumors and at the Hot Firmware threads of the Fuji-X-Forum.

enjoy your day… and FW 4.0 :) ,
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29
Jun
2015

DOWNLOAD NOW the Amazing New Fuji X-T1 Firmware 4.0 – Tethered Shooting Adobe Plug-in Update!

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2 months after I’ve spread the first rumors here on FujiRumors (huge thanks to the sources!), the Big New X-T1 Firmware 4.0 is finally available for download at the Fujifilm site here… and it’s, once again, a brand new camera. Thanks Fuji!

NOTE: I was able to update my BETA FW 4 with the Final one :)

Feel free to share your first impressions here on FujiRumors and also at the Fuji X Forum. I’ve tested the BETA Firmware 4 for a few days now (read my feedback in this thread), and here are just a few tips to make the best our of the new AF tracking system:

- Enable Mechanical Shutter (MS) only. The camera won’t focus between each shot (CL or CH) if MS+ES (electronic shutter) is enabled.
– Turn Off face detection to enable PDAF
– High Performance Mode ON

Now get some coffee and have fun testing FW 4 ;)

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Fujifilm posted also 2 software udpate news: the tethered shooting plug-in for Adobe (more here) and the HS-V5  (more here)

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28
Jun
2015

“We Are Impressed! Amazing Results”: Fuji X-T1 4.0 Vs. Fuji X-T1 1.0 – TheCameraStoreTV ** VIDEO **

Firmware 4.0 is coming tomorrow (finally!), so stay tuned on FR and feel free to share your initial thoughts here on FujiRumors and on the Fuji X Forum. You can find fellow X-shooters’ feedback testing the Beta FW in this thread.

For my own humble tracking test (following my dog), check out this article.

Now, Chris from TheCameraStoreTV tested the new X-T1 FW 4.0 and compared it to the old FW 1.0.

The results are pretty amazing, we are impressed. Looking at the original version X-T1 we actually had a very low hit rate to get sharp photos [admin: in tracking mode]. But the modern Firmware 4.0… every shot was bang on, we had very few missed. We noted that it hesitated less, predicted better, follows subjects especially when they are coming right at the camera, very very impressive

After the inital test of the new Firmware, you can listen to a very interesting “Firmware Talk” between Chris and Jordan. See it here.

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26
Jun
2015

THE LAST KAIZEN (POLL): If Fuji would, for a last time, release a FW update for older X-series cameras, which 2 features would you like to get?

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It is official that Fujifilm reads with great interest FujiRumors and even presents our opinion to the press.

Therefore I decided to launch a dedicated thread at the Fuji X Forum, where you can create you own poll… the most voted ones will be featured on FujiRumors… and Fujifilm will take note of them. So feel free create your own poll (with a question & the answer options).

Now, the amazing X-T1 FW 4.0 is coming (release June 29 around 5 AM London Time – midnight in NY). But what about older cameras? Earlier this months, I’ve asked over at the Fuji X Forum:

Imagine Fuji would, for a last time, release a Firmware update for older X-series cameras (X-PRO1, X-E1, X-E2, X20, X100S, X-M1 & Co) that will bring 2 new features. Which one would you like to get?”

I now decided to put all the “Last Kaizen” wishes into one poll. You can select two options… let’s see what’s the most wanted feature in the X-community.

If Fuji would, for a last time, release a FW update for older X-series cameras. Which 2 features would you like to get? (max. 2 selections)

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And stay tuned next week… not only because of the New X-T1 4.0 Firmware… ;)

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25
Jun
2015

The New Leica Q :: Firmware 4.0 Beta :: Fuji X Wedding Photography Chat :: LR 6.1 & more Top FXF threads!

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TOP FXF THREADS TOC

Episode 1: Why do (some) People Hate Fuji? * Mock-Up X-T10 Vs. Real X-T10 (with XF 35mmF2 WR) * X Lens wishlist & more *
Episode 2: CLASH of the FUJIS: X-PRO2 Vs. X-T2 :: X-T1 Vs. X-T10 :: 14mm Vs. 10-24 :: 16mm Vs. 23mm :: 90mm Vs. 56 APD & more
Episode 3: Which 3 primes combo is your ideal setup? :: X-PRO2 wishlist :: Be careful with thumb grips :: Sensor dust & more
Episode 4: POLL: No In Body Image Stabilization, do you bother? :: Old Lenses For Dummies + more
Episode 5: The New Leica Q :: Firmware 4.0 Beta :: Fuji X Wedding Photography Chat :: LR 6.1 & more! Top FXF threads

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- started by Patrick FR: “X-T1 Fimrware 4.0 – BETA“. Read the FXF feedback here.

- started by joshinthecity: “The new Leica Q“. Your thoughts?

- started by abjurina: “Fuji X Wedding Photography Chat“… tips and gear preferences from wedding photographer to wedding photographer.

Fuji X System

X-T1 / X-T10

- started by MintMark: “X-T10 JPEG Size… 150% larger?” More here.

- started by Burb: “X-T1 hyperfocal distance” … or when rule of thumbs are wrong.

X-E1/X-E2

started by malteser: “My problem with Spot metering…” C’mon Fuji!!!

Fuji X Lenses

- started by Aswald: “Love Your Fujifilm Lenses? Keep Away From DUST!” Are Fuji Lenses Dust Magnets?

- started by ssobers: “Sistine Chapel to Tuscany, what would be your 2 lens line up?” Plenty of suggestions here… and also a tip on how to skip the infinite queue for the Sistine Chapel ;)

- started by JLing: “Fujinon xf 14mm , 16mm or samyang 12mm” Can you answer JLings’s biggest questions? Then do it here!

Adapting lenses to Fuji X

– started by rezzo:  “Looking for a lens to get ‘real’ 35mm“… No Fujinon allowed ;)

med by Aswald: “Canon FD – X Mount Adapters“. Fotodiox, Fotasy, Metabones, Novoflex?… Any ideas which adapter is “better”? Then say it here.

RAW PROCESSING

– started by BarwickGreen: “Lightroom 6.1“… did the new Lightroom really improved the X-TRANS demosaicing? And how does it perfom compared to older LR versions, RawTherapee, Capture One, Aftershot Pro… RAW files to download. Discover more here.

ACCESSORIES

- started by strabist: “What are your experiences, good or bad, with third-party / off-brand batteries?” Excellent (and cheap) options to the original batteries here.

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