miXed Zone: AF-performance with FW 3.10, about Kaizen, Fuji Interview, X-Trans + C1… and Max Angeloni’s “holy” Fuji work!


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If you are in Rome in these holy Easter days, don’t miss to check out Max Angeloni’s exhibition about the Way of the Cross in one of the arguably most important baroque churches worldwide, the Basilica di Sant’Andrea della Valle (the exhibition ends on the 8th of April.)

X-Photographer Max Angeloni used exclusively Fuji X gear for this important assignment: the Fujifilm X-T1 and three lenses (23mm, 35mm and 56mm… and two 180 Watt lights).

If you can’t go to Rome, take a look at his work at riflessifotografici (translation).

NEW FIRMWARE 3.10 for X-T1

AF performance with the new firmware at johncaz: “My quick and dirty testing shows that there is an overall small and bearable noticeable boost in AF performance with all three lenses so it’s not a placebo effect.” /


X-mount lenses

A very nice ‘in the field’ 50-140 review in pictures at chrisharrisonphotography / Matt Brandon took the 50-140 mm out for a real workout in Komodo, Indonesia and came back with some crazy sharp images of dragons. See them at thedigitaltrekker  / Fuji 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR Fujinon Lens – Is This The Best Fuji X Lens Ever? at soundimageplus / Fujifilm XF56mm F1.2 APD Lens Aperture Range at brandonremler /

FujiFilmUK just launched a Series of short 1 minute video presentations of the Fujinon lenses. Check out the videos about the 23mm, 60mm, 56mm, XF 55-200, XF 35mm, XF 27mm, XF 18mm, XF 18-135, XF 18-55, XF 10-24 and XF 14mm. See all the FujiUK videos here.

other lenses / Adapter / Extension Tubes

Speedbooster Ultra OM-FX Unboxing at FujiOM’s youtube channel / Samyang 12mm F2 NCS CS with Fujifilm X-T1 at dslrmagazine (translation) /


I’m really enjoying the combination of Fuji X-Trans + Capture One at thomasfitzgeraldphotography /


Clip cap battery protection frame designed for Fujifilm NP-W126. See more at vimeo / Sasurai Camera Straps made in Japan… here are the leather straps. Check out their store for other options /


Crying Wolf… and about Fuji’s Kaizen at olafphotoblog + The Kaizen Contention: Final Thought at olafphotoblog /


There is an interview with Fujifilm Japan’s Kunio Aoyama and Hiroto Nakata at mirrorlessons. Here some excerpts (FYI, here are the interviews with Mr. Iida Toshihisa & Makoto Oishi):

– NEW LENSES: “We are trying to understand where the lack of coverage is. For example, tilt-shift lenses or fisheye lenses or extreme telephoto lenses. […] Maybe when we announce the next generation of cameras, we can announce the next roadmap.”

– ORGANIC SENSOR: “We are continuing to develop the sensor. […] The organic sensor itself is designed not only for cameras but also for other applications. So originally the technology and development is not for digital cameras. […] We are trying to figure out if the sensor is best for cameras, video or other hardware products. We are still studying and developing the package.

Make sure to check out the whole interview at mirrorlessons… and just a little note about the Organic Sensor. A Fuji Guy said to bigheadtaco at youtube (minute 13:00) that there are some challenges in the production the organic sensor, but ones these issues are fixed “we are going to see an entire new page of sensor technology!”

The Problem with the organic sensor? As shared in this rumor, it could be due to too much battery drain and heat production..

  • Antonio

    The references to the organic sensor come a bit ahead in the video – by minute 13′ and a few seconds and it’s actually a brief one.
    Meanwhile, other sites published references to a new 3 layer sensor development, and there are news that say other companies have related projects. All these news point out that such a sensor will not need the color array and therefore will not be “Bayer sensors”.
    Will Fuji/Panasonic be researching the same way or will the organic sensor keep X-trans design?

    • Patrick

      sry, typo… it’s 13:00 and not 3:00

  • George

    “Maybe when we announce the next generation of cameras…”
    Any idea when it can happen?

    • Patrick

      end of 2015 maybe?

      • George

        Thanks. So, probably with X-Pro2 announcement.

  • markus

    I would like to see this tested:

    Dörr Fisheye Weitwinkelobjektiv mit 12 mm Brennweite/1:7,4 Lichtstärke/fest eingebaute Gegenlichtblende für DSLM Kamera Fuji X schwarz
    von Dörr
    Kurzlink: http://www.amazon.de/dp/B00FBCEUC6

  • Lelle Kidd

    That little clip cap battery protection seems to be what I have been waiting for a long time, but $ 8 for a small 3-D printed piece of plastic? A price of $ 3 would be more reasonable. Maybe when it starts to become mass produced. Then I buy 4 pieces.

    • G

      What about the $140 silk camera strap

  • I guess no breakthrough for the X-Pro 2 in terms of sensor technology.

    If they don’t have a breakthrough in sensor technology yet, provide a Bayer sensor version of the X-pro 2 and focus on specs: 1/8000ths of a second shutter speed, base ISO 100, better flash sync speed, no AA filter, and a much brighter and larger OVF/EVF with precise corrections for the paralax error in the OVF.

    That would be sufficient to replace my X-Pro 1. However, I think they are too stubborn and thus will continue with the X-Trans sensor, which is inferior in terms of resolution due to an even more complex demosaicing algorithm (Bayer is not optimal either, but is less complex and thus slightly better).

    • George

      I wish myself the same. If X-Pro2 will receive same or similar to last X-Trans II (X-T1/XE2/X-100T have) I will not buy it with big regret. I love first X-Trans and even much better the Bayer from X-A1… I doubt Fuji will put Bayer to X-Pro2 though I see a little hope that Fuji may do it to differentiate more X-Pro line form X-T line. If I know X-Pro will get Bayer I would not look at Sony A6000 and coming high end A7000. X-A1 Bayer has not only more details compared to X-T1, but its colours are simply greater and are free of issues of X-Trans II – magneta cast, artificiall greens, red clipping.
      And I really wish X-Pro2 to have dedicated back-AF buton placed niear thumb and more fn buttons + 2 ufor user camera settings (like D750 C1/C2).

      • Yes, I don’t know why they are so stubborn about it. And, yes, I prefer the files from my X-Pro 1 over images from the newer X-Trans sensors.

        If you use the in-camera converter, I think the colours are superb. However, with a more complex algorithm, there is likely less resolution captured and more false details. Bayer is definitely not optimal (a 1:1 sensor would be if it had decent high-ISO performance), but I would prefer it over an X-Trans II or III.

        If they provide a Bayer sensor option, I still want it without an AA filter ~ I don’t like the blurring from AA filters.

    • Antonio

      I don’t see Fuji leaving X-Trans if the only change is Mpx number as that would be putting apart one of their marketing arguments about X-Sys.
      It will be different If a new generation (organic and/or 3 layer) comes in, as both them and the competition will not need a color array anymore, and we will probably get sensors without Bayer, X-trans color array or AA filters.

      The risk for Fuji/Panasonic venture is that competition comes to the market before with such a innovation, but power/battery life issues seem to be a problem for everybody at moment.

      Meanwhile, Fuji as a problem with video as X-Trans shows a lot of moiré (the reason for the design was to avoid it for stills, by the way) and they seem to bet on processing capabilities to overturn it, and this may bring some benefits to the photography side as well (larger buffers, fps, who knows…).

      • nzswedespeed

        That’s true, although one of the rumors suggested that it was not as simple as simply putting an xtrans colour array on a higher mp sensor (implied they were having difficulty with this). At 16mp the xtrans does provide the benefit of minimal moire with out an AA filter so the images were also very sharp, however the newer higher mp bayer sensors don’t need an AA filter as the high pixel count seems to eliminate the need. Will be interesting to see what they do. My fingers are crossed for the X-A2 sensor in the up and coming X-T10

  • Come on Fuji. When can we expect a X-Pro 3.

  • Martin

    Thanks for sharing the FujiOM channel! Tomorrow I’ll upload another video with the Zuiko 50mm 1.4 results. Thanks again Patrick.

    • MJr

      Awesome, i’ve been looking forever for some user experiences with this particular combination, the SpeedBooster Ultra i mean.

      Have found some samples with the 50/1.4 before though, but haven’t seen results with a Olympus OM wide-angle on the Ultra so far. Wides are the more difficult optics, so if it can get that right you know it’s good, and this is one of the things the Ultra was supposed to improve upon. :)


    • MJr

      I noticed that you compare the same apertures to each other, but of course with the speed booster the equivalent aperture has shifted one stop. So with the 35/1.4 at F1.4, it will be equivalent to the Zuiko 50mm at F2, as you can see from both the difference in light gathering and DoF(+bokeh). This is because the Fujinon is a 35mm of course, not really 50mm. For the Zuiko set at F1.4 there is no equivalent from Fuji unless they would make a F1.0 lens some day.

      Not saying this because the equivalence is important at all, but because you were comparing the bokeh character as if they would be the same, but if you have a look at true equivalent samples you will see that they’re much more similar. F1.4 vs F2, F2 vs F2.8, F2.8 vs F4 etc.

      • Martin

        Hi MJr! Thanks for your feedback, you are right about the true equivalent I didn’t take that into account. I updated the information of the video to include the sample files here https://www.flickr.com/photos/tinno/sets/72157651687277966/
        with respect of the wide angle lenses, I have a Zuiko 24mm f/2.8 and I was really looking forward to use it with the SB but it’s not compatible! I’m going to upload a video showing this but it’s a bummer cause the 24mm with the simple adapter is incredible sharp (look here 1:1 https://www.flickr.com/photos/tinno/8276411054/)

        I’m going to try to get my hands on another Zuiko wide angle lens too see if any of them fit the SB. From what I heard the 21mm f/3.5 is quite sharp as well.

        • MJr

          Looks fantastic. But how can it not be compatible, it’s just a normal lens? That would be really bad news .. i have the 24mm too. Nothing wider though. But do have the 28/2 (i know, lucky) and compared it, it’s even sharper! Though the bokeh can be horrible .. much better with the 24. Still, even the sharpest Zuiko can’t beat a modern lens, especially the corners ..

          • Martin

            Look at the back of the 24mm f/2.8, it has little part of metal (like part of a internal hood) that extends. That little peace of metal is long enough to touch the inside of the SB and hence you it can’t fit! I tried removing part of the lens (it has 3 small screws) and then it fits the SB but I would recommend using it like that because that part holds and internal mechanism.

            Not sure why all the zuiko lenses have that part of metal if you search for other like 18, 21mm lenses they all have it… even my 50mm f1.4 has it but not so long.

            I’ll make a video of this so it’s more easy to understand the incompatibility.


          • MJr

            It’s easy to understand, just not easy to believe there would be no mention of this .. with such a expensive device. It’s obvious the macro-bellows lenses would not fit, but all the lenses that fit on a standard OM body should fit on the adapter. When it doesn’t that is a very bad design fault in my opinion that is unacceptable, or at least should have been made very clear before purchase.

            Indeed they all have this metal part, there doesn’t seem to be much of a difference, if at all. Maybe it does fit, but you don’t want to risk trying it? Do you know for sure? Did Metabones provide a list of compatible lenses?

            Thanks for your efforts.

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