“With this update the X-E2 has demolished the notion of sluggish AF for X-cameras.” soundimageplus

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According to soundimageplus the phase detection update for Fuji XF and XC lenses (available here) made the AF on the X-E2 definitely faster… so fast that soundimageplus can’t really tell if there is a difference to his Panasonic GH3 (which is considered one of the fastest)!

“Moving between close up and distance is also lightning fast. I even tried it in a very dark cupboard and again it worked very well and locked on quickly and accurately. […] I can say that the X-E2 with this update has demolished the notion that Fuji X cameras are sluggish at AF. There is now (unfortunately for the people who own them) a significant and observable difference between this camera and the X-Pro 1 and X-E1.”

Read more at soundimageplus’ blog here.

FR-reader flesix said in the comments to the previous FR-post here that on his 35 and 60mm “the AF is certainly better when using the inner 9 AF points (that feature PDAF), but the improvements vary a lot. From almost unnoticable to tremendous.”

Keep it up, share your findings in the comments.

Is this the kind of news you’ve waited for to switch to the X? Then here is where you can get your brand new X-E2! (And read Rico’s first look at the X-E2 here.)

X-E2 – USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / AdoramaDigitalRev / Pictureline / EUROPE: wexphotographicUK / DigitalRev / Fotomundus24 GER / PCHstore / AmazonDE (via DR) / AmazonUK (via DR)

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Download now: PDAF & LMO Lens Firmware Updates

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X-E2 – USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / AdoramaDigitalRev / Pictureline / EUROPE: wexphotographicUK / DigitalRev / Fotomundus24 GER / PCHstore / AmazonDE (via DR) / AmazonUK (via DR)

So here it is, the lens firmware update. You’ll now be able to take advantage of the PDAF and LMO on your X-E2… and to judge how fast and accurate the AF really is.

And if there is someone out there who can tell us about the AF-performance after the update (speed and accuracy), feel free to drop your impressions in the comments… and to spread the word via facebook and twitter.

Download it at Fuji’s global site here.

“The firmware update Ver.3.10 incorporates the following issues:  Addition of compatibility with “Phase Detection AF” function of FUJIFILM X-E2. Addition of compatibility with “Lens Modulation Optimizer” function of FUJIFILM X-E2.”

 

happy download ;)
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NOTE: If you have problems to see the firmware ver. 2.00 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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X100 firmware ver. 2.01 available!

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A couple of weeks ago Fuji released a major firmware updated for the three years old and discontinued X100. Now the next update is available, ver. 2.01, at Fuji’s global site here, and it’s going to fix a bug. Download, test it and share your findings on Fujirumors… and spread the word via facebook and twitter.

“Detail of the update: The firmware update Ver.2.01 from ver.2.00 incorporates the following issue The phenomenon is fixed that in Manual Focus mode, repeated pressing the shutter button halfway or repeated recording images could move focus position and the distance indicator to near side.”

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NOTE: If you have problems to see the firmware ver. 2.00 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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AF-challange: Kobe’s soccer game photographed with the X-E2! (Bert Stephani)

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Pre-order now also at AmazonUK

X-E2 – USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / AdoramaDigitalRev / Pictureline / EUROPE: wexphotographicUK / DigitalRev / Fotomundus24 GER / PCHstore / AmazonDE (via DR) / AmazonUK (via DR)

XQ1 – USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / AdoramaDigitalRev / EUROPE: wexphotographicUK / DigitalRev / PCHstore / AmazonDE (via DR) /AmazonUK (via DR)

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The big question is: how fast is the AF on the new X-E2 really? The AF-performance was maybe the only real weak spot of the overall amazing X-system. Although much improved firmware after firmware, the AF of the X-E1 still can’t catch up with the records of Panasonic and Olympus.

What changed with the X-E2? Bert Stephani tested the AF-performance during Kobe’s soccer game:

“The X-E2 has an AF system that combines contrast detection and phase detection technologies. Theoretically this should improve focus speed a lot, particularly in good light. So I took the X-E2 and the 55-200 to Kobe’s soccer game last weekend to give the AF a serious challenge.

I didn’t expect the X-E2 to focus as fast as a Canon 1Dx or a Nikon D4 but I also didn’t expect it to be really useable for shooting soccer. But to my surprise it held up pretty well and I got quite a few action shots. The continuous focus is still a bit hit or miss, but it focusses so fast that I got some nice stuff in single shot focus mode.

I’ve seen some impressive numbers about the focus speed after the lenses will have received a firmware update, so things can only get even better in the near future. “

Read Bert’s full article (and see his shots) here at confessionsxl.com.

image courtesy: confessionsxl

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Happy birthday: 500px giving away four X100S!

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500px is turning Four! For their birthday they decided to run a contest. The first price? Four X100S!

“ll you have to do to win one is 1) Take a photo that interprets 500px logo in a creative & clever way and 2) Upload it to your account with tag 500pxbirthday. You have one month to enter and winners will be announced December 1st 2013. We will ship world-wide, no age restriction and winning photos will be judged on creativity and photo techniques.”

Join the contest here… I hope some FR-reader get the X100S. The winner will be announced December 1st! (no restrictions, they ship worldwide!)

good luck to everybody… may Fortuna be with you!
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