This Professional Landscape Photographer Explains Why he is Leaving SONY Full Frame for FUJIFILM APS-C

Mark Denney is a professional landscape photographer, who is growing strong also on youtube now (122.000 subscribers).

He now published a video, where he explains why he left Sony Full Frame for Fujifilm APS-C.

Down below I provide you with a written summary and you’ll also find the full video below:

Leaving Full Frame for APS-C – The Reasons!

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This Guy Claims You can Upgrade Your Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 to f/1.6 via Firmware plus Viltrox Official Statement to FujiRumors


I actually wanted to ignore this news (for reasons I will explain below), but readers keep sending me the video, so it is time to address it.

According to a video shared by Stefan, the Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 is actually firmware upgradable to f/1.6!

To be clear, this is not an officially released firmware. It is circulating on the web and has been picked up by Stefan Malloch on one of his youtube videos.

I did contact Viltrox back in May about this, and the screenshot below will show you their answer.

Dont’ Do That

After Viltroxs’ answer, I did decide maybe it is better to just ignore it, as I do not recommend anyone to download an unofficial firmware, which could potentially create problems to your lens. Or, when a new firmware with the same number is officially released, you might not be able to update your lens, as the lens will think you have it already installed!

But given that apparently the news spreads anyway, at this point it’s better to address it on FR, too.

Is this Possible?

Now, it’s not unusual, that lenses are actually potentially faster, than the manufacturer says. For example, the Fujinon XF-16-55mm f/2.8 aperture blades are closing down a bit, even when the lens is used wide-open at f/2.8, hence for the most part of its range the XF16-55 is potentially even faster than f/2.8.

This could be the case also with the Viltrox 85mmm f/1.8.

But even if it would be possible to unlock the extra 1/3 stop of light via firmware, I’d not do it, unless it’s a final firmware officially released by Viltrox.

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Focus On Glass: Fujinon XF 50-140mmF2.8 Even Better with Future X Bodies and Why no OIS on XF 16-55mmF2.8

We already reported in this post, about the first episodes of the Fujifilm series “Focus on Glass“, which included the XF8-16mmF2.8 and the GF30mmF3.5.

Now new episodes have been uploaded at Fujifilm Spain, this time about two lenses, that we can define the “workhorses” in the X mount lens lineup, the Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 and the Fujinon XF50-140mmF2.8.

It includes statements made by Fujifilm managers and engineers about those lenses, which I will report in written form here, to make you safe some time ;)

Fujinon XF50-140mmF2.8

  • no excuse is allowed for this lens:
    – autofocus has to be fast
    – image quality has to be impressive
    – weight has to be light
    – size has to be compact
    – it has to tick all boxes
  • it has outstanding resolution
  • a flawless lens
  • clear color reproduction
  • minimal chromatic aberration
  • Fujifilm is proud of the result
  • 23 glass elements inside with many ED lenses
  • the more the Fujifilm X bodies evolve, the more the potential of this lens is executed
  • an engineer says he can see its performance extended even further in future

Regarding the better performance in future, they probably refer to autofocus speed, but possibly also to sharpness. We know from this Fujifilm manager statement that Fujifilm X glass can resolve at least 32 megapixel, hence, Fujifilm might hint that the XF50-140mmF2.8 is one of those lenses that is currently underperforming on the 26 megapixel X-Trans sensor.

Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8

  • in order to maximize optical performance, Fujifilm decided to remove OIS, it was not an easy decision
  • it’s a must have lens
  • you can attempt any photo shoot with this lens
  • a reliable partner
  • no excuses are allowed, when making a red badged lens
  • Fujifilm would give it 5 stars

I have been told in the past by my sources, that the optical performance at the wide end did not satisfy Fujifilm completely, hence they decided to remove OIS. At that point in time a strongly debated discussion, but now that Fujifilm offers cameras with IBIS, we can say that in the long term this was the right decision.

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The Legendary Fujinon XF35mm f/1.4 Gets a Dedicated Promo Video 8 Years after its Release

Curiosity of the day!

Fujifilm has released a promo video about the legendary Fujinon XF35mm f/1.4… about 8 years after it has been announced!

Now that we know that the Fujinon XF35mm F/1.4 will apparently not be updated anytime soon (another lens will get this privilege), maybe it’s indeed a good moment to push a little bit the good old XF35mmF1.4 again, which is, I think, Fuji’s most sold prime lens, and probably for many Fuji X shooters (me included), the first prime lens for the X system they ever owned.

The Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4 has served me well over many years, and will continue to do so. Its autofocus is not the fastest nor the most silent (though much better on my X-T4 than on my old X-E1’s and co), but it has that magic, that Fujifilm tried to explain in a dedicated post we reported about here.

Mine even survived a several minutes long swim in the water, totally submerged (my X-E2 died), and it’s still working like a champ – I wrote about it here.

Also, Fujifilm launched a dedicated page about the Fujinon XF35mmF1.4 here.

  • fujirumors – The Magic of the Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4 Explained and Why Fujifilm Should NOT Make an XF 35mm f/1.4 MK II

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Meike Metal Hand Grips for Fujifilm X-T4 and Fujifilm X100V

Meike has released new metal hand grips for Fujifilm X-T4 and Fujifilm X100V cameras.

They are currently available at eBay here and probably soon also at AmazonUS here and Co.

Fujifilm X-T4: BHphoto, AmazonUS, Adorama, FocusCamera
Fujifilm X100V: BHphoto, AmazonUS, Adorama, Focuscamera

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