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Dear Fujifilm, We Love Kaizen… but the New Wireless Tethering is “a JOKE”!

We have praised Fujifilm Kaizen Philosophy countless times, and just recently Fujifilm delivered again several updates for a bunch of Fujifilm cameras. So thanks Fujifilm for you ongoing support :)

But you know, FujiRumors is a free and independent space (thanks to your support, guys), and when something is wrong or does not work as expected, I will share it here on FujiRumors…. and today I would like to talk about the Wireless tethering introduced with the recent update.

I got some emails of Fujifilm shooters, telling me the WiFi Tethering is disappointing, because you have to make it run via router, so useless on location (you can go for the Transcend WiFi SD-card and this WiFiImport Lightroom Plugin if you need Wireless tethering on location – read all the instructions at danielzihlmann).

UPDATE: You can connect directly camera + computer as this video by FR-reader Paul shows

Anyway, still good for your own studio, right? Not really.

The problem? The data transmission is extremely slow. It is in fact so slow, that Fujifilm itself, at the very bottom of their (rather long) wireless tethering setup guide here says:

Wi‑Fi connections conform to IEEE 802.11b/g/n standard and are slower than USB. Given the extremely long times required, we recommended that you do not attempt to upload RAW images or other large files via Wi‑Fi.”

So you got it. The connection is basically too slow to transfer RAW files (about 1.5 MB/s transmission rate only!), which is quite a bummer. How many of you guys shoot JPEG in studio? And btw, considering that the JPEG files on the GFX are quite large (especially super-fine JPEGs), it will be a pain even to transfer GFX JPEG files.

Fujifilm also says:

Place the camera as close as possible to the router. Distances of no more than a few meters are recommended.”

Be aware of this. As etomcat said on the fuji-x-forum here

the camera (X-T2) has less wireless sensitivity than my iPhone. I need to be literally close to the router to make it work.”

Last but not least, as Rico said at our forum, “live view works with a data rate of only 700 KB/s

At the Forum, some call the WiFi tethering “a joke”.

With all that said, I know that the Kaizen Love we Fuji Shooters get is something extraordinary… I’m basically complaining at a level 99% of other camera brand owners actually envy us.

It’s just, this WiFi tethering is not really a practical and usable solution, and my job here on FujiRumors is first of all to keep you guys informed about what’s good, but also about what’s not so good in the Fuji world.

Hey Fuji… want to do something nice? Give X-Pro2 shooters the same ability of X-T2 shooters, to control ISO via command dial ;) … and some people out there also bought a Fujifilm X100S/T, that could get a bit of Kaizen Love too.

So guys, did you test it? You know Fujifilm reads us (and Top Manager Toshihisa Iida even “loves” us), so feel free to leave your feedback in the comments.

X-E2 initial impressions and thoughts by Randall Cipriano

After his EVF comaparison X-E1 vs X-E2 here (where Randall shows us the amazing, lag-free performance of the X-E2’s EVF), now he also shared his initial impressions and thoughts about the X-E2 on his blog here.

“I will reserve any comments about image quality till after I run it through a proper shoot but all-in-all, I’m happy and welcome all the improvements implemented on the X-E2. Physically, it looks like the same camera, but only after using it will you realize the differences and improvements are significant.”

Pre-order (and 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.

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

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

 

 

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

X-E2 – USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / Pictureline / EUROPE: wexphotographicUK /

[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.

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

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

 

 

FR-readers roundup: where the trains go to die, X-PRO1+Nokton 50mm, Lego rangefinder and Laguna Beach

in stock (55-200)

-The Fuji XF 55-200 is now in stock at Amazon Japan (via third party reseller. Click here).
XF 55-200 pre-order: USAAdoramaBHphoto / AmazonUS / DigitalRev / Uniquephoto / Pictureline / Europe: AmazonUK / AmazonDE / PCHstore Brussel

deals (via dealsrunner)

I’ve found all the following deals at dealsrunner. To see more Fuji-deals or insert by yourself new deals stop by dealsrunner.com.
-Save about $50 on the X20 (DEMO camera) at ebay here.
-$25 price drop for the X-E1+18-55 at AmazonUS here.
-X-PRO1 body only for $1.1120 at ebay here.

Fujirumors readers roundup

Olivier: “Hi Patrick, a big HELLO from tiny Luxembourg :-) I’ve been following Fujirumors ever since my interest in Fujifilm cameras arose, with the announcement of the fantastic X-E1 last year.

A couple of weeks ago, I spent a morning shooting an old industry and railway park with my best friend who carried along 4 (!!!) Sony Alpha bodies (he hates changing lenses ;-) ), while I only took along the X-E1 equipped with the XF18-55mm lens, the XF 35mm and XF 60mm.

In the end though, I only used the XF 18-55mm. This is one seriously great allrounder!

As far as postprocessing goes: I shot raw and (minimally) edited the shots under LR 4.4. Really love the improved X-Trans support.

The results can be found under: http://500px.com/OliGlod/stories/85077/where-trains-go-to-die (short excerpt) and http://www.blurb.com/b/4228521-one-day-in-fond-de-gras (complete book). I hope you’ll enjoy looking at these as much as I enjoyed taking them ;-)

Best regards, Oli

P.s. Thanks again for all of the hard work you put into Fujirumors!!! :-)

Olivier (where trains go to die)

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Jim “Hi Patrick, First off thank you for your site and all of the work you put into it for our Fuji community.  On my blog site gambofoto.blogspot.nl  I have just posted a review/user impressions of using the X-Pro 1 with a Cosina Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.5 lens. Possibly some of your readers might enjoy it. Regards, Jim Gamblin”

Jim