Fringer EX-FX (Pro) II Smart Autofocus Adapter Firmware 2.10 Released

Fringer has released firmware 2.10 for the Fringer EF-FX Pro II and Fringer EF-FX II smart autofocus adapters.

Main improvements include:
Version 2.10

Please download firmware file and release notes from official website and update your adapter according to the instructions in the release notes or user’s manual.

Meanwhile, Fringer also released a new firmware (v3.50) for the old generation of EF-FX Pro and EF-FX. Duo to the resource limitations, new lens data are not added. But those bug fixes are included. Please refer to the descriptions on the official website for more details.

Mirrorless Market Share 2020: The Rise of Canon (+6%) Affects Sony (-7%), Fujifilm Stable Third at +5% from Nikon

A couple of days ago we have share the market share for the entire digital camera market and we saw that Fujifilm is 4th. We also saw that only Fujifilm, Sony and Canon where able to gain some market share.

Now SonyAlphaRumors spotted a Financial Times article, where we can see the data for mirrorless cameras market share in 2020.

As usual, the data is provided by Techno System Research, a major marketing research company located in Japan.

We can see that, just as in 2019, Fujifilm is third in the mirrorless camera market share, followed by Olympus, Nikon and Panasonic.

  • Sony: about 35%
  • Canon: about 30%
  • Fujifilm: about 12%
  • Nikon: about 7%

Compared to 2019:

Fujifilm is substantially stable with about the same market share of 2019 and still 5% ahead of Nikon.

Sony lost most in terms of market share (-7%). The big winner is Canon, who gained about 6%.

Nikon is on the 4th position.

The dead Olympus has still more market share than Panasonic, who went all-in with full frame mirrorless.

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Fringer EX-FX (Pro) II Smart Autofocus Adapter Firmware 1.90 Released

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

Fringer EX-FX (Pro) II – Version 1.90

  1. Added following lenses to the tested and optimized lens list:
    – EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
    EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM + 1.4X
    EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM + 2X
    EF 70-210/3.5-4.5 USM
  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 24-105/4 ART
  3. Fixed a compatibility issue with X-T3 firmware 4.0: under certain circumstances, contrast AF may fail. This issue may also affect other cameras like X-T4 and X-S10.
  4. Fixed camera freeze issue on cameras equipped with X-Trans IV CMOS. When
    – In bright environment,
    – Adapting telephoto, ultra-fast or macro lenses,
    – Aperture is NOT wide open,
    – Subject is far away from current focus point and is so blur that phase detection doesn’t work,

Auto focus may fail. Sometimes, especially when using AF-ON button or touch screen to AF, it may freeze the camera. Even the power switch doesn’t work. This problem has been fixed. Affected cameras include X-T3 (firmware 2.0 or later), X-T30, X-T4, X-Pro3, X-S10.

As the bug fixes are important, upgrading is highly suggested.

Please visit the Fringer website here to download the new firmware and its release notes. Follow the instructions in the release notes to upgrade your adapter.

Digital Camera Market Share 2019: Canon is King, Fujifilm Stable 4th, Nikon is Falling, Olympus is Out

You might remember, how back in 2019 we reported Techno System Research data (a major marketing research company located in Japan) regarding the global mirrorless camera market share. We saw that Fujifilm was on an impressive 3rd position, very close to Canon. Check it out here.

Now Techno System Research has published the data regarding the digital camera market share (hence DSLR and Mirrorless combined). The data takes into account the 14.8 million cameras sold last year (2019).

As to expect, the ranking changes quite a bit compared to the mirrorless only data.

  • Canon: 45,4% (+2.4%)
  • Sony: 20.2% (+0.9%)
  • Nikon: 18.6% (-1.6%)
  • Fujifilm: 4.7% (-0.4%)
  • Panasonic: 4.7% (0.0%)

Nikon lost its Nr.2 position and sees the biggest market share loss of the top 5 companies. Olympus is out of the ranking, replaced on the 5th position by Panasonic. Sony dominates mirrorless, but DSLR sales are still high and keep Canon first.

And Fujifilm?

Well, Fujifilm stayed rather stable on the 4th position, with a 0.4% market share decrease. Not sure if we should rejoice, because they found their safe niche, or worry that they didn’t gain market share.

Also interesting to note: the digital camera market saw a year-to-year decrease of about 20% in 2019 and also in 2018.

  • read here – Nikkei: “Japanese Camera Industry Strangles Itself. 88% Decline in 10 Years. On the Brink of Extinction, Unless…”
  • read here – Olympus Drops its Camera Business: Farewell to My First Mirrorless Love, and Could Oly-Shooters Find a New Love in Fujifilm (Like Me)?

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