Using Auto-ISO

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Using Auto-ISO

by Rico Pfirstinger

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Thanks to continuous firmware updates, all Fujifilm X-Mount cameras will eventually use the same Auto-ISO paradigm. This “new” feature is actually based on the original custom Auto-ISO function in the classic X100. Since the Auto-ISO section in my book Mastering the Fujifilm X-E1 and X-Pro1 is still describing the previous (and not so popular) Auto-ISO version, this X-Pert Corner column also serves as a free update for my loyal readers.

Auto-ISO Parameters

How do you make the most out of the improved Auto-ISO feature? First, let’s see how it works:

Instead of automatically using a minimum shutter speed (MSS) based on the focal length (FL) setting of your lens, the new Auto-ISO lets you choose and set any MSS between 1/4s and 1/500s (or 1/125s in the X-A1 and X-M1). That’s quite a range! For the record: The MSS formula for the previous Auto-ISO version used to be MSS = 1 / [FL x 1.5], with exceptions for very long lenses and lenses and active image stabilization.

In addition to setting your own minimum shutter speed, you can now also set the default sensitivity and the maximum sensitivity. These two sensitivity parameters define your Auto-ISO range: The camera will never pick an ISO setting that is lower than the default sensitivity, and it will never exceed the maximum sensitivity setting. Within these limits, it will always try to meet the set minimum shutter speed requirements, and in order to do so, it will automatically increase the ISO value.

Auto-ISO and Exposure Modes

How does Auto-ISO work in concert with your camera’s four PASM exposure modes? Let’s have a look:

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Get Adobe LR5 for $109 at AmazonUS, BHphoto and Adorama!

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miXed zone: new X-website, new settings for Iridient, new book + new fisheye lens for Fuji X-mount!

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The new firmware is here. Check it out!

A new X-E2 and X-M1 website

Do you recognize the guy on the left side? It’s Max Angeloni from riflessifotografici, and he made a little travel through time back to ancient Rome in the year 47 a.C. All he needed are: the X-M1, the 23mm, 35mm and the 18mm. Now see here at fujifilmxstories what you can make using “just” the X-M1 and a Tungsten lamp (250 Watts)!

And check out also Luca’s travel discovering the wild side of America through Canyons and deserts, always at fufilmxstories here. The site is Italian, but the images are universal. But you can find an English introductions to Max’s work in ancient Rome here.

X-E2USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / AdoramaDigitalRev / Pictureline / EUROPE: wexphotographicUK / DigitalRev / Fotomundus24 GER / PCHstore / AmazonDE (via DR)

X-M1: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

Iridient alternate settings

Brian Griffith created some alternate Iridient Developer settings for the Fujifilm X-Trans cameras, mostly intended for use with ICC camera profiles created for Capture One, but they also include some new default ICC camera profiles that are a work in progress for possible inclusion in a future Iridient Developer release. Four settings files are included which have camera curves setup to be reasonably close matches to the four curve options in Capture One 7 (Standard, High Contrast, Extra Shadow and Linear). Instructions on use are included in the zip file that can be downloaded here.

Various example ICC profiles created to give looks similar to the in-camera styles (Provia, Astia, ProNeg, etc) can be downloaded from this dpreview.com forum thread (posted by Scottie Wang).

New book

X-shooter Sabino Parente just returned from Istanbul, with a a lot of beautiful images on his SD-card, all taken with the X-E1. Check out his images on his blog and his book here. You like them? Well, you may be interested to get his book… and save 25% until December 2 using one of the following codes at checkout: CYBER2 – BOOKEND20.

image courtesy: Sabino Parente (book)

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TFX-02

There is a new fisheye lens for Fuji X-mount available: the TFX-02 12mm f/7.4 fisheye lens ($250) has been announced in Japan here. Check the specs below.

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It’s Kaizen again! X-A1/ X-M1 firmware + X-PRO1, X-E1, X-E2, X100S coming soon + new lens firmware (LMO and PDAF support)

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the updates for the X-E2, X-E1 and X100S will come DEC19, for the X-PRO1 DEC05

Yes! Fujifilm just announced, that a new firmware update for the X-E2, X100S, X-E1 and X-PRO1 will come. The update for the X-M1, X-A1, XF18mm and XF27mm is already available.

NOTE: If you have problems to see the new firmware then you probably have to clean the cache! The easiest way is described in Rico’s X-pert corner post “Tips for Updating your Firmware”: “just delete your browser cache or force your browser to reload and refresh the page by, for example, holding the Alt or Option key while clicking on Reload.

You will find tips like this and much more in Rico’s new book “Mastering the Fujifilm X-E1 and X-Pro1 (use code FUJISAVES30 to save 30%!)

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Let’s go with order. The firmware updates already available are the following:

bodies

X-M1 firmware: download here (ver.1.01).

X-A1 firmware: download here (ver.1.01).

  • AF accuracy is optimized for still image.
  • The phenomenon is fixed that a camera will automatically turn off during “Bulb (B)” shooting with the “CONTINUOUS” setting in “IMAGE DISP.”

 

lenses

XF18mm firmware: download here (ver.3.10).

XF27mm firmware: download here (ver.1.10)

  • 1.Addition of compatibility with “Phase Detection AF” functions of FUJIFILM X-E2.
  • 2.Addition of compatibility with “Lens Modulation Optimizer” functions of FUJIFILM X-E2.

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coming soon

Here is what we can expect in the next update on 19th December 2013 (Thu.) GMT 05:00 for the X-E2, X-E1 and X100S (press release). There will be another update, only for the X-PRO1, on the 5th December 2013 (Thu.) GMT 05:00 only for the X-PRO1 (press release here).

From the X-E2, X-E1 and X100S press release:

FUJIFILM X-E1 : Ver.2.10

FUJIFILM X100S : Ver.1.10

FUJIFILM X-E2 : Ver.1.10

[Contents of the firmware update]

For an overview of improvements to each model please refer to the list below.

<Updates now available for the X-E1, X100S and X-E2>

1. New fuctionality allowing you to edit image filenames

An image filename (DSCF***) is automatically allocated to each picture when shooting, this can now be changed to your filename of choice.* This added functionality is useful when organising the images after shooting, and sorting the images into groups.

2. Improvement of RAW file conversion function

  1. When developing RAF images in-camera using the built-in RAW file converter, the firmware upgrade improves the flow by taking you back to the original RAF image once the conversion has been done, whereas before it left you with the converted JPG file on screen and the user had to go back to the next RAF file manually.

<Updates available for the X-E1 and X100S>

3. See the exposure setting in live-view and histogram

  1. The images and histogram will reflect current exposure levels (with the shutter speed and aperture set during manual exposure also displayed on the image). In scenarios where the live view and the final shot will appear differently, eg: when using flash, this setting can be turned off.

4. Change of numbering for images shot using continuous shooting

  1. When shooting using continuous shooting, only the first image is currently displayed in full screen and subsequent frames are displayed in small on the bottom right, and the file number was set as “S+7-digit number”. With the new firmware, all frames in continuous shooting are displayed as full screen shots in playback. The file number has also been altered to follow numerically as per standard single shots, thereby allowing uniform management of images after shooting.

5. Aperture and shutter speed can be changed once AE lock is selected

  1. The aperture or shutter speed can be changed while maintaining exposure (EV value) with the AE lock button. The photographer has the ability to tweak settings down to the very last moment before shooting.

<Updates available for the X-E1>

6. The default and maximum sensitivity and minimum shutter speed can be set when ISO AUTO is selected

  1. When selecting “AUTO” in the ISO setting, users can also set standard ISO, Maximum ISO and a low-speed shutter limit. The Low-speed shutter limit has been extended to 1/500 seconds.

<Updates available for the X100S>

7. Improve the cover range and accuracy of the bright frame in the OVF

  1. By maintaining the position of the bright frame with parallax compensation during AF lock, the shooting area can be checked even when letting go of the shutter release.

 From the X-PRO1 press release

Improve the cover range and accuracy of the bright frame in the OVF

  1. The cover range of the bright frame displaying the shooting area in the optical viewfinder has been improved so that a field of view closer to the actual image can be checked. By maintaining the position of the bright frame with parallax compensation during AF lock, the shooting area can be checked even when letting go of the shutter release.
  2. click here to read more about this frimware udpate

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X-E2 black body now in stock at AmazonUS/DE + XF23mm in stock at Adorama and popflash

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1) The black X-E2 is in stock at AmazonUS (and still available at BHphoto). Other stores have other combinations available. Overall, the delivery of the X-E2 proceeds smoothly.

X-E2 – USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / AdoramaDigitalRev / Pictureline / ebay EUROPE: wexphotographicUK / DigitalRev / Fotomundus24 GER / PCHstore / AmazonDE (IN STOCK) / ebay

2) Much harder to find: the XF23mm. There is a limited number available again at Pictureline. FR-reader Roger just told me that it’s available also at Adorama here and at top rated ebayUS reseller popflash. Thanks Roger!

Fuji XF 23mm: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

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