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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:
- [shoplink 12888]XF14mmF2,8 R[/shoplink] (V. 3.10)
- [shoplink 12889]XF35mmF1.4 R[/shoplink] (V. 3.10)
- [shoplink 12890]XF60mmF2.4 R Macro[/shoplink] (V. 3.10)
- [shoplink 12887]XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS[/shoplink] (V. 3.10)
- [shoplink 12892]XF55-200mmF3.5-4.8 R LM OIS[/shoplink] (V. 3.10)
- [shoplink 17197]XC16-50mmF3.5-5.6 OIS[/shoplink] (V. 1.10, PDAF update only, no LMO support)
By the end of November, Fuji plans to offer updates to the remaining XF lenses:
- [shoplink 12891]XF18mmF2 R[/shoplink] (V. 3.10)
- [shoplink 13829]XF27mmF2.8[/shoplink] (V. 1.10)
The [shoplink 16128]XF23mmF1.4 R[/shoplink] supports PDAF and LMO out of the box with firmware 1.00, so no update is required.
The new [shoplink 17198]XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS[/shoplink] 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:
- First Look: Fujifilm X-E2
- How Fuji could save the X-M1
- X-A1 vs. X-M1: Photo Ninja Edition
- X-A1 vs. X-M1: the Shootout
- Using the Fujifilm X-A1 [& X-M1]
- First Look: Fujinon XF23mmF1.4 R
- RAW Converter Shootout Results
- Ultimate RAW Converter Shootout
- First Look: X-M1 with New Kit Zoom and Pancake Lens
- Zeiss Touit vs. Fujinon XF
- Remote Shutter Control for X Series Cameras
- Apple Camera RAW, X-Trans and EXR
- First Look: XF55-200mmF3.5-4.8 R LM OIS
- Studio X
- Using the X100S
- Using the X20
- X100S vs. X100
- X20 vs. X10
- RAW, JPEG, Silkypix and “Fuji Colors”
- Adapting Third-Party Lenses (updated with Speed Booster)
- RAW for JPEG Shooters…
- Tips for Updating your Firmware
- How to Clean the X-Trans Sensor
- Using the XF14mmF2.8 R
- Decoding XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS
- Comparing RAW converters: JPEG vs. Lightroom, Capture One, Silkypix & RPP
- XF14mmF2.8 R appears to be almost distortion free
- How to Expand Dynamic Range
- How to Use Extended ISO
- EXR, anyone?
- Capture One – When the Going Gets Tough…
- Using Shooting Profiles and the Quick Menu
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.