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 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 + 1.4X
    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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Fujifilm X-T4 vs Nikon Z6 Focus Tracking Tests using Fringer Adapters and Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L II

Fringer has shared a video, where he compares the performance of the Canon EF300mm f/2.8L II on the (pre-production) Fujifilm X-T4 and the Nikon Z6 using the Fringer smart autofocus adapter.

You can see the video down below.

The results:

  • Nikon Z6 at 9 fps: sharp images 20/25
  • Fujifilm X-T4 at 14 fps: sharp images 22/25

His overall conclusion:

  1. When adapting the Canon EF300mm f/2.8L II on the Fringer adapters, both cameras perform very well
  2. in stills mode, focus tracking is better on the Fujifilm X-T4. The X-T4 has a higher frame rate and also a higher accuracy (88% vs 80%)
  3. in movie mode both cameras track very well

You can get the Fringer EF-FX Pro II at AmazonUS, BHphoto and Adorama.

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BCN Sales Ranking: Fujifilm Grows 115% and Sony, Canon & Co Fall 30% to 50%

The latest BCN ranking has just been published. It collects data of about 40% of the Japanese electronics and online stores. Here is what they see:

  • in March, camera sales were down 49.5% compared to March last year
  • Sony dropped to 44.5%, Olympus to 54.9%, and Canon to 32.3%
  • Only Fujifilm grew 115.6%. It has the fourth largest market share

They write:

In the rankings by series, Canon’s “EOS Kiss M” beat the Olympus “OLYMPUS PEN E-PL9” by a small margin to gain the top position. Sony ranks No. 1 by manufacturer and ranks No. 3 at “α6400”. As for Fujifilm’s soaring rise, “FUJIFILM X-A5” ranked 6th, and “FUJIFILM X-E3” ranked 9th. (Daisuke Okura, BCN)

Nice to see the Fujifilm X-E3 doing well. And hence even more disappointing that Fujifilm decided to axe it!

Also, keep in mind that in the last 6 months Fujifilm was extremely busy and launched lots of cameras, from the X-Pro3 to the X-T200, X100V and ultimately the X-T4 (the latter one not included in the raking, though). All this, while other manufacturer were not nearly as active.

And yet, nice to see this sales performance boost. It’s well deserved for a camera company, that makes some of the most inspiring photographic tools out there.

via via bcn

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