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29
Jun
2015

“KAIZEN Rocks Yet Again!” Fujifilm X-T1 FW 4.0 Tests, Special Fuji Site about the New AF System + 3 IMPORTANT TIPS!

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Finally, the X-T1 Firmware 4.0 is out and ready to be downloaded here.

X-shooters are now testing their new X-T1 and share their findings on the Fuji X Forum. Here are some of the threads dedicated to the new Firmware

- X-T1 Firmware 4.0 ! First Reviews of the FXF community… including VIDEO (in Italian) comparing XF 35mm old Firmware Vs. New Firmware 4.0 shared by FXF member Wabisabiphotography – From minute 0:40 to 1:40 AF speed with old Firmware. Starting from minute 4:10 with the New Firmware
FW 4.0 Continuous focus test with horribly backlit subject
New AF zones explained – with link to Fuji’s Special site dedicated to the new AF-system

New Fuji X-T1  FW 4 Features Guide (PDF)

Also Rico continues his FW 4 testings. This time with the XF 90mm (specs&price). 100% hit rate using CDAF only! Impressive… See his test on Flickr.

Fujifilm X-T1 Firmware V4 review at prophotonut / X-T1 Firmware 4.0 (BETA): AF-C + Zone mode = WOW!! at fujiboys / X-T1 Autofocus Test on Puffin Island at macleancomms / A week with the FujiFilm X-T10 and Firmware 4.0 – A Significant Evolution in the X-Series at caveiraphotography /

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

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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27
Jun
2015

VIDEO: Fuji Guys demonstrate New Features of the Fujifilm X-T1 Firmware 4.0 – Update from Beta 4 to Final FW 4 possible

In the latest video here, Fuji Guy Billy demonstrates the Top Features of X-T1 Firmware 4.0. Faster and more accurate Focus, New AF-features, Eye Detection and more.

Good News: it seems you can update the BETA FW 4 to the final FW 4 :)

For a Full BETA 4.0 feedback check out this FXF thread.

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24
Jun
2015

VIDEO: Fuji Guys X-T10 TOP FEATURES – Fujifilm X-T10 now IN STOCK also in GER, FRA, UK

This time it’s a matter for the boss: Fuji Guy Billy will show you the X-T10 TOP FEATURES (including the new AF-system) in this videoRico’s X-T10 First Look

The X-T10 is available in USA since June 18 at AmazonUS, BHphoto & Adorama. It’s now in stock also AmazonDE, AmazonFR and AmazonUK (XC kit only)

Related FXF threads
Long travel combo advice – X-T10 or X-T1?
X-T1 or X-T10

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22
Jun
2015

“FujiLeaks” X-T1 Beta Firmware 4.0… Tracking My Crazy Dog :-) with images to download!

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Tracking My Dog – Shared on the FXF here

Dropbox Download Link Here

TRACKING TIPS
For AF-tracking with CL or CH (focus between each shot), you have to use Mechanical Shutter (MS) only. It doesn’t work with MS+ES (electronic shutter) enabled
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Turn Off face detection to enable PDAF
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High Performance Mode ON

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A must read in these days is definitely this FXF thread, where people from all over the world, who have installed the “Fujileaks” 4.0 FW, share their findings… which is mostly enthusiastic. Just go through it here and read by yourself.

I have FW 4.0 Beta on my X-T1, and I’m happy with the improved AF-speed (especially on slower lenses like the 35mm). It might be just a Placebo, but I feel like there is less hunting.

And what about AF-Tracking?

Sure, the new Zone AF and Wide Tracking AF are very welcome additions and definitely user-friendly features! But how well do they really work?

I have to say that I’m very happy with my own tracking tests, but personally I’ll set aside my final judgment, for 3 good reasons:

1) I have on my X-T1 some kind of BETA firmware leaked on the web. I don’t know which version it is. The final version might improve it further.
2) I’m not a PRO, and if I try to track ice-skaters, I won’t get the results a skilled photographer can get. Also, AF-Tracking is something I don’t really use normally. For the way I like to shoot, I’m mostly in AF-S or Manual Focus. So I’m not the ideal person, who can test & judge the performance of the Tracking.
3) I would like to see what you can make in different shooting conditions/subjects

That said, I can’t really complaint about the tracking. As you can see from the video I’ve shared here, the Camera has no problems to follow a subject (in this case with Zone Mode). Taking shots in CL (dropbox – my dog running) gave me a high percetage of keepers. As you can see, the AF-system lost my dog on the second shot, but locked on it again in the third shot… tracking it correctly until it run out of the frame.

Also looking at Rico’s FW4 AF Tracking test, there is hardly anything to complaint about it. Another one, who is happy with the new tracking, is FXF member Jean Mareaux (Flickr). He tested it on his dog using the 56mmF1.2 and shared this link to the downloadable images.

Initial Conclusions: :) :) :) .

As said, for the final judgment, I’ll wait the official firmware (if I can install it) and more feedback from other photographers.

AF-Tracking at Fujit youtube – with X-T10