After the (flawed) firmware: X-PRO1 gains editor’s choice award and wins comparison (phoblographer)


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[UPDATE] FR-reader Justin dropped me this email: “Hello Patrick, I happened to be talking to Fuji UK this morning (Thursday), and they said that Fuji hoped to have the amended firmware available “by the end of the weekend“.

As you know from this FR-post here, because of a malfunction on the movie function with the latest firmware ver. 3.00, Fuji disabled the update. But a lot of photographers already upgraded their camera and, those who use the X-PRO1 for stills, didn’t notice the problem and enjoy the overall improved performance of the X-PRO1.

So, after the latest major firmware update thephoblographer took a look at their “old” reviews and updated them. They decided to award the [shoplink 12882]X-PRO1[/shoplink] with the Editor’s Choice for the best mirrorless camera available at the moment, to update the [shoplink 12889]XF 35mm[/shoplink] review and the X-PRO1 now wins the comparison vs the [shoplink 13887]OM-D E-M5[/shoplink] and [shoplink 15036]Sony NEX 7[/shoplink]. phoblographer says: “Olympus and Sony haven’t done this [firmware updates] as much, and the OMD would have clearly won this if the company would just put focus peaking in the camera. But Fujifilm has done it, and its beautiful.” Get the links to the updated comparisons and reviews at thephoblographer here.

Now let’s hope Fuji will solve the video-gate ASAP. Follow FR (also on facebook and twitter) and I’ll notify you when the new firmware is available.


[UPDATE: fixed by this weekend?]Problems with the video function: X-PRO1 firmware ver. 3.00 no longer available


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[UPDATE] FR-reader Justin dropped me this email: “Hello Patrick, I happened to be talking to Fuji UK this morning (Thursday), and they said that Fuji hoped to have the amended firmware available “by the end of the weekend“.

The latest firmware for the X-PRO1 has a problem with the movie function and therefore Fujifilm had to remove the latest update from its support site (the X-E1 firmware version 2.00 is still available). On their website Fuji says:

Thank you very much for using FUJIFILM X-Pro1.

We are very sorry that we have found a malfunction on the movie function in the upgraded firmware version 3.00 posted on 23 Jul 2013. We are improving the firmware and we will post it again once we complete the improvement. We deeply apologize for your inconvenience which this may cause.

Please contact your local support center if you have already upgraded your X-Pro1 with the version 3.00.

To read the full Fujifilm’s notice of Firmware Version 3.00 for the X-PRO1 click here.

Thanks to those FR-reader who linked me to this discussion at the dchome forum (translation)

image courtesy: dchome

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Getting closer: X100S ships within 3 to 6 weeks (AmazonUS)



Will it end in 3 to 6 weeks? I’ve written about the X100S delivery odyssey in various posts (read the Godot post here). It began with the overwhelming demand for this camera that, I suppose, surprised Fuji. Then Amazon said that the “item is under review” because “customers have told us there may be something wrong with our inventory of the item, the way we are shipping it, or the way it’s described here.” But not enough! mirrorlessrumors reported here that the X100S shipment from Japan has been water damaged! And for a long time the X100S got a generic “ships in 1 to 3 months” at AmazonUS.

But after a long time, today AmazonUS changed the delivery date and said that they will ship the X100S within 3 to 6 weeks. We’re getting closer and many of us will hopefully soon be able to follow Meeno’s word and “let the love affair begin“.

Check the in stock status of the X100S here: [shopcountry 12883]


The Day After: focus peaking on the X-E1/X-PRO1


FR-reader George is one of many photographers who updated the X-camera in order to get the focus peaking. Now he posted his “interim conclusion” on his website as it is “not fair to make complete judgment without more time using the feature“. He tried this “welcome addition” on his [shoplink 12882]X-PRO1[/shoplink] with [shoplink 14969 ebay]Voigtländer Color Skopar 35mm f2.5[/shoplink]. Read his blog post here.

EVF: “The focus peaking white lines seem to be visually much less obvious than the lines in the [shoplink 12883]X100S[/shoplink] at normal magnification. Highly textured surfaces or contrasty edges give the best results, while obviously peaking lines are hard to see on white/bright edges. Unfortunately that last bit is important as the EVF is quite contrasty. This makes it quite difficult to determine the plane of focus accurately.  The X100s is much easier to use in this regard, but so long as there is a single colour I think this will always be a limitation on the Fuji implementation. Zooming in to 3x or 10x magnification and then focusing works really well, there is no doubt as to what is in focus.”

Keep in mind that at the Fuji event in Canada the reps said to vkphoto that more focus peaking colours will come in future… this would make it even more useful. Read again this KAIZEN post here.

Patrick (FR: facebook, twitter)

focus peaking: [shoplink 12882]X-PRO1[/shoplink] with [shoplink 14969 ebay]Voigtländer Color Skopar 35mm f2.5[/shoplink]


Already? 23mm, 10-24mm and 56mm prices&pre-order at ParkCameras (UK)


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UK-store Parkcameras has already listed the upcoming XF lenses (23, 10-24, 56) as available for pre-order and marked them with price (notice that the store wrote 56mm f/1.4 but on April 17 Fuji update the roadmap and said it will be f/1.2). So here are the price tags of Parkcameras for all the XF lenses… from the most expensive to the cheapest.

XF 56mm £799
XF 10-24mm £799
XF 14mm £729 – (£689 at AmazonUK) … ($899 at AmazonUS) … ([shoplink 12888]your Amazon[/shoplink])
XF 23mm £679
XF 55-200 £599 (£649 at AmazonUK) … ($699 at AmazonUS) … ([shoplink 12892]your Amazon[/shoplink])
XF 18-55 £499 (£479 at AmazonUK) …. ($699 at AmazonUS) … ([shoplink 12887]your Amazon[/shoplink])
XF 60mm £465 ………………………….. ($649 at AmazonUS) … ([shoplink 12890]your Amazon[/shoplink])
XF 18mm £429 ………………………….. ($599 at AmazonUS) … ([shoplink 12891]your Amazon[/shoplink])
XF 35mm £429 ………………………….. ($599 at AmazonUS) … ([shoplink 12889]your Amazon[/shoplink])
XF 27mm £379 ………………………….. ($449 at AmazonUS) … ([shoplink 13829]your Amazon[/shoplink])

Thanks FR-reader Ray for telling us about.

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