X-E2: Behind Firmware 2.00

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X-E2 DEAL

The X-E2 body is currently $62 off at BHphoto (+ 4%reward), AmazonUS and Adorama (+ 4% reward) / The silver X-E2 kit is $100 off at BHphoto (+4% reward) and AmazonUS .

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X-E2: Behind Firmware 2.00

by Rico Pfirstinger

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Berlin Calling!

The German version of my new eBook The Fujifilm X-E2 – Beyond the Manual is finally entering production. As you may guess, the delay was due to Fuji issuing firmware 2.00 for the X-E2 today. Luckily, I was able to get my hand on an early copy of the firmware, and after a week of testing, I feel comfortable telling you what this update is about – and what’s still missing.

Don’t have the new firmware, yet? Click here to get it.

As I am now working on the English version of the eBook, I am also adding two new dates to my Fuji X Secrets workshop schedule. That’s because except for two open seats at the Beginners Workshop on 31MAY in Nuremberg, all other Fuji X Secrets workshops are currently sold-out. So on 19JUL and 20JUL, we are going to Berlin! If you live in the area or happen to be there on this summer weekend, let’s meet in person and experience a “real-life version” of X-Pert Corner!

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X-E2 Goes X-T1

While the X-T1 is pretty popular these days, I also really like my X-E2. As a matter of fact, it’s still my favorite X-Mount camera to date. So I’m glad that Fuji keeps making it better.

The main improvement in firmware 2.00 is bringing the X-E2 on par with the X-T1 regarding display lag time. With the new firmware, the camera’s electronic viewfinder (EVF) display lag is now 0.005 seconds, matching the X-T1’s highly touted Real Time Viewfinder.

Minimizing the display lag helps with action shots, as the lag between actual and perceived reality (through the EVF) is shrinking. Basically, this helps you pressing the shutter just in time instead of missing crucial moments. In addition to that, the X-E2 viewfinder now offers the same low light performance as the X-T1, maintaining a high frame rate of at least 50 fps.

Essentially, the X-E2 becomes a faster, more responsive camera.

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Download X-E2 firmware 2.00 NOW: better EVF, focus peaking colors, new FN button functions and more!

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HOT DEAL

The X-E2 body is currently $62 off at BHphoto (+ 4%reward), AmazonUS and Adorama (+ 4% reward) / The silver X-E2 kit is $100 off at BHphoto (+4% reward) and AmazonUS .

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So here we are again: the next firmware update is online here. It will bring your (and my) Fujifilm X-E2 to the next level and a few steps closer to the Fujifilm X-T1. Thank you Fuji!

Here is the list of improvements.

  • Enhanced EVF including the world’s fastest* display lag-time of 0.005 seconds
  • Selectable colors for outlines for Focus Peak Highlight
  • Added functions that can be assigned to the Fn (Function) button
  • Added “Suppressed Flash” option when selecting flash mode
  • The phenomenon is fixed that in FILM SIMULATION Bracketing, third picture is recorded as “ASTIA” although the third picture is set as “PRO Neg. Hi”.

For a first look at the new firmware check out Rico’s X-pert corner special “X-E2: Behind the firmware 2:00“.

Now let the Kaizen download party begin and download the new X-E2 firmware here.

NOTE: If you have problems to see the firmware ver. 3.01 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.

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Available: X-T1 kit at AmazonUS (via third party) + Fujifilm Apps for Kindle Fire

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FUJIFILM Camera Remote / FUJIFILM Photo Receiver / FUJIFILM Camera Application

FR-reader Philipp Kämpfer told me that the various Fujifilm Apps are now available also for Kindle Fire:

“I have been thinking about getting a Kindle Fire HDX for some time now. Mainly because of the superb display that seems to come closer to 100% sRGB than any other such device I know of. The main thing that held me back was the concern that the Fuji camera apps – Camera Remote to be exact – wouldn’t work properly (especially since installation would have been rather compicated). At least for me it was impossible to get any conclusive answer to that question. Anyhow: Today, when I browsed the Amazon “Appstore for Android” I realized that all three Fuji Apps (Camera Application, Photo Receiver and Camera Remote) have been added (April 16, 2014). They are listet under “Kindle Fire Apps“. ;-)”

X-T1 kit / XF 56mm

At the moment there are 2 X-T1 kit available at AmazonUS here (via third party reseller).

And while the XF 10-24 is finally in stock everywhere, the XF 56mm is still hard to find. There are 3 left at top rated Plus eBayUS reseller kenmorecamera.

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Level-up: Fujifilm X-E2 firmware update “coming soon” with EVF refresh rate of the X-T1 (X-E2 $62 off)

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DEAL

The X-E2 body is currently $62 off at BHphoto (+ 4%reward), AmazonUS and Adorama (+ 4% reward)

RUMOR

A source, who was right in the past, told me that the firmware update for the Fujifilm X-E2 is “coming soon“. It will bring the refresh rate of the X-T1 EVF also to the X-E2! The source did not specify the date, nor if it will bring other features (like the interval shooting function and the remote camera control App).

This firmware makes it a bit easier for X-E2 owners (like me) to resist to the siren songs of the X-T1, which is creaming off award over award and is rapidly falling into the hands of more and more photographers (some of them are trying via email to convince me to get rid of my X-E2 for the X-T1… but I still resist ;-) ).

And Fuji itself said it, that it’s better to sacrifice sales earnings for customer loyalty. In fact the Kaizen philosophy has a negative impact on the sales of newer models, but “in the long run customer trust is very important. We’re a relatively new brand and we need to build trust.

So stay tuned. I’ll start to frequently check Fuji’s support page in the next days and update you as soon as I see it online. And if you are faster than me, then feel free to drop me an email once you see it online.

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Rumor Update: TCL-X100 will be out end of May and cost 299 Canadian Dollars (new source)

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Fujifilm TCL-X100 listed at BHphoto. Still no official price listed.

Just A Flash: I got word from a new source that the TCL-X100 will cost 299 Canadian Dollars and be out end of May. As I told you here, the rumored price for the TCL in Europe is €250. Seems that it is going to cost a little less than the Fujifilm WCL-X100

As in Japan, in UK the price seems to be set: £219.98 (See Fuji’s site here)

This rumor comes from a new source, so take it cum grano salis.

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