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Fuji Guy Billy: No More Kaizen for X-T20, Fujifilm Works with Adobe, X-T30 Great Vlogging Camera, Autofocus Motors Compared and More

FujiLove Podcast

The second episode of the Fujilove podcast with Fuji Guy Billy just went online (episode 1 here).

It’s a one hour talk, and assuming not many of you have this time right now (you are once again reading FujiRumors at work, right? ;) ), I have summed it up all in practical and compact key points for you. Once you have more time, listen to it all here.

Adobe, Worms, X-Trans and Alternatives

  • Adobe’s new enhance detail feature addresses the worm effect, which appears especially in shadow areas zoomed in at 400%
  • worm effect is an Adobe X-Trans interpretation problem
  • other options are: free Fujifilm X RAW Studio, in camera RAW converter, free Capture One Express for Fujifilm
  • Fujifilm tries to work close with Adobe to try to provide best possible understanding of the X-Trans files

Necessary to upgrade from X-T20 to X-T30 for landscape photography?

  • X-T30 has latest technology
  • X-Processor 4 and X-Trans 4 BSI sensor much faster readout. That’s great for video (less rolling shutter for example)
  • on the photo site, X-T20 and X-T30 are comparable
  • if you are happy with X-T20 image quality, Billy does not recommend to upgrade for landscape photography
  • most improvements are for sports autofocus tracking and video
  • X-T20 is at its maximum potential, so you probably won’t see much updates to it anymore for better AF system etc.

by FujiRumors: let’s hope this does not mean the Fujifilm X-H1 is also at its maximum potential, since it uses the same sensor/processor of the X-T20

Should people get the wide aperture lenses f/1.2-f/1.4 or the f/2 series of lenses?

  • depends on needs
  • for low light, professional portraits and for shallower DOF, get the fast aperture lenses
  • f/2 are great for travels, compact and lightweight
  • Newer cameras like X-T3 improve autofocus also on the f/1.2 and f/1.4 lenses

Lenses for Video: Stepping vs Linear Autofocus Motor

  • Fujifilm made big steps in video department
  • when using AF in video, the f/2 lenses are better since they use quiet and fast AF stepping motors. AF moves smoothly
  • downside: stepping motors do not have the strength to move heavier glass fast enough. For faster glass you need the linear motor with higher torque capabilities
  • higher torque is great for stills, but you don’t want such fast AF movements during filming, where you want smooth and gradual focusing
  • Fujinon MKX lenses: manual focus only lenses, hence no focus breathing. They are sharper than XF16-55mmF2.8 and XF50-140mmF2.8
  • for family, friends, vlogging, Billy choses the f/2 lenses

Autofocus Motors Compared: Stepping vs. Linear vs. DC coreless vs ultrasonic

  • Billy says the 56mmf/1.2 is equivalent to 85mmf/1.2 in terms of 35mm field of view. It is very fast and hence has big glass elements the AF needs to move
  • autofocus motor options are:
    – stepping motors
    – linear motors
    – DC coreless motors
    – ultrasonic type of motors
  • Each of these 4 motors has Pros and Cons
  • XF56/1.2 has a DC coreless AF motor, because stepping motor is not strong enough to move big glass quickly, unless a much bigger stepping motor is designed, which would make lens very big
  • DC coreless motor allowed the XF56/1.2 to be smaller and still have enough power to move the glass elements
  • problem with DC coreless motors is that they do not move as smoothly and consistent as stepping motors
  • XF35/2 uses a stepping motor, because lens elements are small and light. Silent and smooth
  • linear motors are bigger than stepping motors, but silent and smooth like stepping motors, so great for video. Some Fujinon lenses have even 4 linear motors inside
  • AF motor choice depends on the prupose on the lens: is it mento for video or stills? Is it a fast aperture lens? Should it be compact?

Camera Corner – Fujifilm X-T30 and X-T3

  • Fujifilm X-T30 has lots of features of X-T3
  • X-T3 was best hybrid camera of 2018 according to many sites
  • X-T30 offers great value feature-wise and takes over lots of features of X-T3
  • 30 fps with no EVF blackout, great video functions like internal F-log
  • X-T30 is a fully featured camera
  • Fujifilm cameras look beautiful, and also design and controls is reason to buy a camera
  • in the Fujifilm system, you don’t sacrifice image quality if you buy a $1,200 or $1,800 camera. Strategy is to use same sensor/processor for same image quality

Lens Corner – XF16mm f/2.8

  • XF16mm f/2.8 falls into the f/2 compact lens lineup. Small, fast AF, weather sealed, excellent IQ with nice detail and a great minimum focus distance
  • 16/28 Is scary good in terms of quality for its price
  • XF16mm f/1.4 is different type of beast. More control over DOF and more flexible in low light, but Billy thinks Fujifilm will sell much more XF16/2.8 lenses than 16/1.4, because it’s great value
  • for small camera bodies like X-T30, the f/2 and f/2.8 lenses are great combo
  • 16/2.8 is also a good lens for vlogging, still some nice shallow DOF

Tip Corner – Movie silent control

  • movie silent control is found in X-H1, X-T3 and X-T30
  • movie silent control gives you independent control from your dials. Just tap on the back of the screen and from there use touch controls to change ISO, f/stop, Shutter Speed
  • even better than touch: use the joystick to change movie silent control settings
  • movie silent control allows for independent video/stills controls
  • on X-T30, you can set one of the function buttons to turn ON/OFF movie silent control

Will X-T and X-H get flip out screen in future? X-T30 for Vlogging?

  • Billy hoped for an X-T30 with flip-out screen and hopes for it to come to X-T/X-H line in future
  • X-T100 with selfie screen has different design, and it’s actually wider camera than X-T20/30, because there needed to be room for the selfie screen hinge
  • with HDMI output you can use external monitor to see yourself
  • It comes down to costs and design. Changing the design raises costs
  • Top concerns of vloggers:
    1 – Am I in the frame? With wide 16mm lens or XF18-55 you don’t have to worry about not being in the frame
    2 – Is the camera still recording? X-T30 has tally light
    3 – Am I in focus? Eye AF on X-T30 is huge improvement.
  • X-T30 is very good vlogging camera. It has also a low rolling shutter
  • Selfie screen can be distracting. Billy used X-T100 for vlogging, and he tends to look at the flip-out screen instead of looking at the lens

Accessories and Software

App Improvement

  • Updated App coming around X-T30 launch date [March 20]

That’s all folks, and don’t forget to follow FujiRumors on Facebook, Instagram, RSS-feed and Twitter :)

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Fujifilm X-T30 Eye Detection Quick Test and Coming to Fujifilm X-T3 in April

Eye AF Test

ZedProMedia annd Krzysztof Basel made a quick Fujifilm X-T30 eye detection autofocus tests.

Zed seems to be very happy with it, and says it is definitely better than the current eye-AF on the Fujifilm X-T3. He tested it with subjects at 15 feet (4.5 meters) distance and it was still tracking the eye.

We remind you that the Fujifilm X-T3 will get a firmware update with the upgraded eye/face autofocus tracking in April.

Iridient Developer 3.3.6 and X-Transformer 1.5 add Fujifilm X-T30 Support and Major Improvements

Iridient Developer

The Iridient Developer 3.3.6 update has been released with support for the Fujifilm X-T30 and a fix for the baseline exposure of some images shot with D-Range Priority set to Auto on the Fujifilm X-T3 and Fujifilm X-H1.

Iridient Developer 3.3.6 for macOS can now be downloaded here.

Full release notes for this Iridient Developer update here.

Iridient X Transfomer

Iridient X-Transformer 1.5 is now available for macOS and Windows!

This new update can be downloaded from at Iridient web site here.

This release includes:

  • support for the X-T30
  • Major improvements to lossless compression speed especially on high core count systems. The lossless image compression stage is now up to 2-8x faster!
  • Support for lossy DNG compression. Use of lossy compression obviously can potentially have some impact on file quality, but it can also have a pretty radical impact on DNG file size. With this new option the DNG file size can actually be even smaller than the camera JPEGs while while maintaining the terrific DNG/RAW editing flexibility and often producing better final image quality
  • A bug fix for the baseline exposure levels of some images from the X-T3 and X-H1 shot with D-Range Priority set to Auto.

Fuji Guys Fujifilm X-T30 Top Features and More X-T30 First Look Reviews

Fujifilm X-T30

The Fuji Guys have just published their Fujifilm X-T30 top features videos. It covers

  • 0:33 – AutoFocus Points
  • 1:50 – Movie Options
  • 5:23 – Eye AF
  • 6:52 – LCD Screen
  • 9:36 – EVF
  • 13:49 – Continuous Shooting
  • 17:26 – Film Simulations
  • 20:50 – Bluetooth Connectivity

And speaking of Fujifilm X-T30, down below are more hands on reviews:

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Fujifilm X-T30 with XF16mm f/2.8 Size Comparisons vs Sony A6400, Canon EOS RP and More

27/2.8 vs 16/2.8 vs 23/2 and 16/1.4 vs 16/2.8 vs 35/2

TOP: 27/2.8 vs 16/2.8 vs 23/2 BOTTOM: 16/1.4 vs 16/2.8 vs 35/2

Size Comparisons

You can now compare the size of the Fujifilm X-T3o and Fujinon XF16mm f/2.8 to any other camera and lens available in the camerasize database.

At the current stage, camerasize does not allow you to attach any lens on the Fujifilm X-T30. So you have to select the Fujifilm X-T20 to attach the Fujinon XF16mm f/2.8 on it.

Above you can see a comparison of the Fujinon XF16mm f/2.8 (in the center) vs the XF35mm f/2, XF23mm f/2, XF16mm f/1.4 and my lovely XF27mm f/2.8.

Down below instead a camera body comparison between the Fujifilm X-T30, Sony A6400 and Canon EOS RP.

Make your own comparison at camerasize.

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Fujifilm X-T30 vs Sony A6400, A6500 and vs Canon EOS RP, Nikon Z6, Sony A7iii

Fujifilm X-T30 – Fair vs Unfair Comparisons

The Fujifilm X-T30 has been announced yesterday, and hence it’s already time for comparisons… all kind of comparisons, fair and unfair ones ;).

We will compare the Fujifilm X-T30 to other APS-C cameras like the Sony A6400, Sony A6500, Fujifilm X-T3 and Fujifilm X-T20, and then compare it to full frame Canon EOS RP, Nikon Z6 and Sony A7iii.

BHphoto allows you to make your own specs comparisons. All you have to do is to search on BHphoto for a camera and check the box “add to compare” under the product on the search page. You can pick up to four cameras.

Click above to see the unfair comparison (compared to Full Frame), and below you find the fair one (compared to APS-C).

Fujifilm X-T30: BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / FocusCamera
Fujinon XF16mm f/2.8: BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / FocusCamera

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ACT FAST: Fujifilm X-T30 with XF18-55 and XF35mmF2 now $1,099 only.. and More Fujifilm Deals to Save up to $1,000

Fujifilm Deals

AmazonUS has a super deal running on the Fujifilm X-T30. You can get the Fujifilm X-T30 in charcoal color with XF18-55 and XF35mmF2 for $1,099 only and with XF50mmF2 for $1,149 only! Check out the 35mm deal here and the 50mm deal here.

As far as I can see, the deal runs only with the X-T30 charcoal color and it is not listed under the official Fujifilm deals (list below). BHphoto and Adorama do not offer this deal, where the same combo is sold for $1,400.

I have no idea how long AmazonUS will still carry this deal, so if you are interested, you better act fast and get it now!

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HOT DEAL: Buy FUJIFILM X-T30 and Save $300 on Fujinon XF 23mm, 35mm or 50mm F2 Lens!

Fujfilm X-T30 Launch Deal

What a deal!

You can now pre-order the Fujifilm X-T30 with any Fujinon F/2 prime and save $300! This means the XF23mmF2 would cost you $149, the XF35mmF2 $99 and the XF50mmF2 $149! The deal expires at Fujifilm X-T30 release on March 20.

Fujifilm X-T30 and XF 16mm f/2.8 Pre-orders Start Now!

Pre-order Open

The Fujifilm X-T30 and Fujinon XF16mm f/2.8 are now available for pre-order.

The Fujifilm X-T20 is, according to Fujifilm managers, the best selling X series camera. The Fujifilm X-T30 surely has all the potential to continue this success story.

You can now pre-order the Fujifilm X-T30 with any Fujinon F/2 prime and save $300! This means the XF23mmF2 would cost you $149, the XF35mmF2 $99 and the XF50mmF2 $149! The deal expires at Fujifilm X-T30 release on March 20.