PDAF & LMO Lens Firmware Updates Coming in November

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by Rico Pfirstinger

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Good news from Tokyo: Fujifilm has been expediting  their efforts to provide lens firmware updates in order to fully support the new X-E2 with its PDAF/CDAF hybrid autofocus system and lens modulation optimizer. Click here to learn more about these features and read my First Look on the X-E2.

Here’s the plan:

On November 7, Fuji hopes to roll out PDAF and LMO firmware updates to the following lenses:

By the end of November, Fuji plans to offer updates to the remaining XF lenses:

The XF23mmF1.4 R supports PDAF and LMO out of the box with firmware 1.00, so no update is required.

The new XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS supports PDAF out of the box, too (firmware 1.00). However, there will be no LMO support for XC lenses.

X-E2 kits sold with the XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS kit zoom include lenses that have already been updated to firmware 3.10.

Of course, all future Fujinon XF lenses will automatically come with full PDAF and LMO support, and future XC lenses will support the PDAF.

Still no word if or when Zeiss will offer PDAF and/or LMO support for their Touit lenses.

Please note that these dates are semi-official, so they may still change. As usual, you heard it here first.

By the way, the tiny XQ1 contains an LMO, as well, and I’ve spent a few hours earlier today taking a bunch of sample images. Click here to access the sample set on Flickr.

For your convenience, here’s a TOC with links to my previous X-PERT CORNER articles:

Rico Pfirstinger studied communications and has been working as journalist, publicist, and photographer since the mid-80s. He has written a number of books on topics as diverse as Adobe PageMaker and sled dogs, and produced a beautiful book of photographs titled Huskies in Action (German version). He has spent time working as the head of a department with the German Burda-Publishing Company and served as chief editor for a winter sports website. After eight years as a freelance film critic and entertainment writer in Los Angeles, Rico now lives in Germany and devotes his time to digital photography and compact camera systems. His book “Mastering the FUJIFILM X-Pro1” (Kindle Edition) (Apple iBook Store) (German version) is available on Amazon and offers a plethora of tips, secrets and background information on successfully using Fuji’s X-Pro1 and X-E1 system cameras, lenses and key accessories.

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X-E2 on rank 2, 4, 6 and 10 at the Amazon CSC ranking!

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In my previous post I wrote that the X-E2 is selling very well at AmazonUS. I’ve said this after checking their camera rankings. As FR-reader lettherebelight said in an older post: “The Amazon metric is widely used because it gives people without access to internal data the opportunity to take a snapshot in time and compare the current trend of a certain product(s). […]. Amazon is one of the largest retailers in the world and the data suggests what people are buying […]. It is a good metric.”

I believe that the X-E2 is mabye the best selling X-camera immediatly after its launch. All the possible combinations (body, body+kit lens, silver or black) rapidly climbed the ranking. They are right now on the 2, 4, 6 and 10 (earlier today they where in the 2, 3, 5 and 8 position) at the Amazon CSC ranking. The X-E2 is also the 9th best sold camera in the overall camera ranking!

If you want your camera right in time for X-mas, feel free to pre-order it using the links below. If time isn’t a problem for you, just wait. I’ll share every review I find on Fujirumors. I you want to know much more about the X-E2, read Rico’s excellent X-pert corner special here (for Rico’s XQ1 Flickr set click here).

How to…

Here is how you can support Fujirumors: if you think the X-E2 is the camera that meets your needs and you want to pre-order it, feel free to use one of the links below. FR will get a small commission and it won’t cost you one single penny extra. Thanks in advance for every FR-reader who places his pre-order via Fujirumors. It’s a great help to keep the site ticking over.

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“The X-Pro1 will become the backup to the X-E2” (Riley Joseph)

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[I’ve already share Fuji’s X-E2 high-res samples at Fuji’s website here (and XQ1  here). For the X-E2 Brochure click here and here is the features page. The Brochure says that the X-E2 (AF-speed 0,08 sec.) has the fastest AF speed among digital cameras equipped with a 4/3-inch or larger sensor. Measurement conducted by Fujifilm research based on CIPA guidelines using the X-E2 equipped with XF14mmF2.8 R lens in High Performance mode as of September 2013.]

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It seems that for Riley Joseph, the X-PRO1 isn’t Fuji’s flagship anymore! It has become the back-up camera of the X-E2. Why? You can read it here:

“The X-E2 inherits the X-Trans II sensor and the phase & contrast auto focus from the X100S. In using the camera I found the auto focus to be very accurate and snappy. Definitely better than my X-Pro1. And that is not even using the phase detection because my lenses do not have the required firmware updates for the camera. […] And in another suprise (to myself especially) the X-Pro1 will become the backup to the X-E2. At least until the X-Pro2 turns up.”

You can find one more first impressions article at KaleJF here. And check out also Rico’s first look (with more then 200 comments) here (for Rico’s XQ1 Flickr set click here).

How to support Fujirumors

Here is how you can support Fujirumors: if you think the X-E2 is the camera that meets your needs and you want to pre-order it, consider to use one of the links below. FR will get a small commission and it won’t cost you one single penny extra. Thanks in advance for every FR-reader who places his pre-order via Fujirumors. It’s a great help to keep the site ticking over.

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XQ1 first impressions at DPreview: “exceptionally fast autofocus”.

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X-E2 – USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / AdoramaDigitalRev / Pictureline / EUROPE: wexphotographicUK / DigitalRev / Fotomundus24 GER

XQ1 – USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / AdoramaDigitalRev / EUROPE: wexphotographicUK / DigitalRev

Our X-pert Rico will get his production XQ1 soon (and write a first look about it. In the meantime see his XQ1 Flickr set here). If you’ve checked out his X-E2 first look here then you’ll know that it will be worth to read it… in his X-E2 first look Rico called the XQ1 “an X20 on steroids“. Looking forward to his review in the next days! So stay tuned via google+, facebook and twitter.

In the meantime it’s well worth to read also the XQ1 first impressions at DPreview here:

The XQ1, therefore, takes the larger-than-usual 2/3″ sensor that we found offered very good image quality in the Fujifilm X20, and places it in a genuinely pocketable body. That X-Trans CMOS II sensor also enables exceptionally fast autofocus – even the pre-production XQ1 we used for this article has to count as one of the quickest compacts we’ve seen. For fans of manual focus, the XQ1 also offers a ‘Peaking’ display to help get the sharpest results.”

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AF-comparison: X100 firmware 1.30 vs 2.00

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What a day yesterday! Two new cameras (X-E2 – X-pert corner first look here – and XQ1) and a new firmware for the classic X100 (download here). Now, the following video compares the AF-speed of the X100 (old firmware) with the X100 featuring the firmware ver.2.0. And what do you think about your tuned X100?

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