Fringer EX-FX (Pro) II Smart Autofocus Adapter Firmware 1.80 Released

Fringer has released firmware 1.80 for the Fringer EF-FX Pro II and Fringer EF-FX II smart autofocus adapters.

Main improvements include:​

Version 1.80

  1. Fixed IBIS issues on X-H1 and X-T4:
    ZEISS Milvus 85mm f/1.4 ZE
    Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 ZE
    Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 ZE
    Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 21mm f/2.8 ZE
    Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 25mm f/2 ZE
    Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 28mm f/2 ZE
    Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm f/2 ZE
    Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm f/1.4 ZE
    Carl Zeiss Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 ZE
    Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 50mm f/2 ZE
    Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 100mm f/2 ZE
  2. Fixed PDAF issues for some lens of the following models: Lens didn’t get recognized by the adapter due to different lens firmware version.
    SIGMA 500/4 DG OS HSM SPORTS
    SIGMA 500/4 DG OS HSM SPORTS + 1.4X
    SIGMA 500/4 DG OS HSM SPORTS + 2X
  3. Fixed the issue that PDAF support of Sigma 30/1.4 ART was accidentally disabled in version 1.70
  4. Added following lenses to the tested and optimized lens list:
    EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM
    EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM + 1.4X

You may download new firmware and its release notes from the Fringer website. Read the release notes or user manual to understand how to upgrade.

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The Camera Industry Crisis: Who Will Fall and Who Will Survive? My Opinion, Your Vote!

Recently we published an article, where Nikkei experts predicted a dark future for the camera industry. It’s an interesting one, that goes beyond the statement “smartphones are to blame for that“. Make sure to read if first here.

This is kind of a follow up article to that.

Here are a few considerations, and then feel free to say your opinion in the comments and to vote the survey down below.

Let’s start!

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Nikkei: “Japanese Camera Industry Strangles Itself. 88% Decline in 10 Years. On the Brink of Extinction, Unless…”

Triggered by recent failure of the Olympus imaging division (which FujiRumors dedicated an own – and very personal – article here), Nikkei deputy editor Masamichi Hoshi has published a rather dark overview over the current camera market situation and an even darker forecast.

The article starts by taking into account two rather obvious reasons, why the camera industry struggles, and that surely Japanese camera makers are not responsible for:

  • the rise of smartphones
  • COVID-19 (which lead to only 2.63 million shipments during the first four months of this year, down 44% from the same period last year)

The numbers of the decline are dramatic:

  • 2010: a total of 121 million digital cameras shipped
  • 2019: a total of 15 million digital cameras shipped
  • … this means there was an almost 88% decrease in 10 years only!
  • 2020: a total of 2.63 million digital cameras shipped in the first 4 months

A special mention in regards of struggling companies goes to Nikon, which has photography as a core business (unlike Fujifilm), but also all other brands are having hard times.

Nikon’s imaging unit, which has focused on digital cameras, finished the fiscal year that ended in March with an operating loss of 17.1 billion yen ($158.7 million), down from a profit of 22 billion yen the previous year. In November, the unit drafted a rebuilding plan focused on the “pro-hobby class,” which consumes 3 million interchangeable lenses per year. It aims to cut 50 billion yen from its fiscal 2019 operating costs by the end of fiscal 2022. The cuts will come from a reorganization of production plants, a narrowing of products and a personnel reduction.

The digital camera operations of companies like Ricoh and Panasonic also continue to struggle. The operating profit at Canon’s imaging system units fell by 48.2 billion yen in the year through December, a 62% drop the previous year.

But beyond smartphones and COVID-19, there is a third reason highlighted by Masamichi Hoshi, which is the one we want to focus on here today: excessive competition.

Here is what Masamichi Hoshi writes on Nikkei:

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Fringer EX-FX (Pro) II Smart Autofocus Adapter Firmware 1.70 Released

Fringer has released firmware 1.60 for the Fringer EF-FX Pro II and Fringer EF-FX II smart autofocus adapters.

As requested by many users, Fringer finally found a Sigma 500mm F4 OS Sports lens and optimized it. Fringer says it performs very well on X-Trans IV cameras. A good choice for wild life!

The main improvements of firmware v1.70 include:

Version 1.70

  1. Fixed PDAF issues for some lens of the following models: Lens didn’t get recognized by the adapter due to different lens firmware version.
    Tamron SP 15-30/2.8 VC A012
  2. AF performance of following lens has been improved further.
    EF24-70/2.8L
    EF24-70/2.8L II
    EFS17-55/2.8 IS
  3. Added following lenses to the tested and optimized lens list:
    SIGMA 500/4.5 EX DG APO HSM
    SIGMA 500/4 DG OS HSM SPORTS
    SIGMA 500/4 DG OS HSM SPORTS + 1.4X
    SIGMA 500/4 DG OS HSM SPORTS + 2X
    SIGMA 14-24/2.8 DG HSM Art
    TAMRON SP70-300/4-5.6 Di VC USM A005
  4. Introduced smooth video AF for the following lens:
    SIGMA 14-24/2.8 DG HSM Art
  5. Fixed IBIS issues on X-H1 and X-T4:
    ZEISS Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZE

You may download new firmware and its release notes from the Fringer website. Read the release notes or user manual to understand how to upgrade.

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