Steelsring Nikon to Fujifilm GFX Autofocus Smart Adapter Firmware 1.03 Released

Steelsring has released firmware 1.03 for their Nikon to Fujifilm GFX smart autofocus adapter.

  1. Bug fixes, improve Tamron and Sigma F-mount lens compatiability
  2. Improve AF lock accuracy

For Mac OS 10.7.5+ users only:

You have to disable Gatekeepr before start firmware updater, and remeber to enable it again when it’s done.
To disable it: sudo spctl –master-disable
To enable it: sudo spctl –master-enable
Please refer to http://osxdaily.com/2015/05/04/disable-gatekeeper-command-line-mac-osx/ for more d
etails

Here are the firmware download links for Windows and for Mac.

  • Steelsring NK-F/GFX smart autofocus adapter: AmazonUS / eBay

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Fringer EX-FX Smart Autofocus Adapter Firmware 1.60 Released

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

Version 1.60 main improvemebts

  1. Added following lenses to the tested and optimized lens list:
    TAMRON SP 28-75/2.8 XR Di LD
    TAMRON SP 70-200/2.8 Di VC USD
    SIGMA 85/1.4 EX DG HSM
    SIGMA 50-150/2.8 EX DC HSM
  2. Fixed compatibility issues with X-T200 camera. Be noted, since X-T200 is equipped with a non X-Trans CMOS, its AF performance is poorer when using EF mount lenses. Please use MF mode if necessary.

Please download the firmware file and release notes from Fringer official website.

For old version, i.e. Gen.1 products EF-FX Pro and EF-FX, the new firmware (v3.30) only fixes XT200 compatiblity issue. Because the hardware resources have been used up, there won’t be any update including new lens data.e

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Five Reasons Fujifilm Won’t Make a Full Frame Fujifilm X100

DPReview published a list of 5 reason, why Fujifilm won’t make a full frame X100 camera.

  1. A larger sensor would add size and weight, mitigating a major X100 selling point
  2. Such a product would cost a lot to develop and manufacture
  3. The result would be a very expensive camera – reducing its potential audience
  4. A move to full-frame would annoy and worry existing loyal Fujifilm APS-C customers. Also, if Fujifilm announces any full frame camera, could look like a massive vote of no confidence in APS-C
  5. The risk of cannibalization within existing lineups is too great

And what about a medium format X100 then? DPR writes:

So might Fujifilm build a medium-format X100? There’s an argument to be made that it makes sense in a way that full-frame just doesn’t. Medium format would offer an increase in potential image quality over full-frame (albeit relatively modest – about 2/3EV), a significant leap in image quality over APS-C, it’s a major part of Fujifilm’s brand identity, and the larger format is a key differentiator for Fujifilm compared to competitive manufacturers.

Well, I won’t enter the argument about the “relatively modest” advantage of the Fujifilm GFX over full frame. This is a thesis DPR started pushing back in 2017, and FujiRumors comprehensively answered it in the article “DPReview Recommends 3 Full Frame Cameras Combined over 1 Fujifilm GFX“. Also, in the meantime something called Fujifilm GFX100 hit the market, with the newest sensor technology.

For the rest, the whole 5 reason list makes sense. Check out the full in-depth article at dpreview.

And one could also add one more ;)

  • full frame offers a “relatively modest” advantage over APS-C, and also has a couple of disadvantages over APS-C, that you can read here

Popular photography industry insiders, claimed that APS-C is the actual sensor size sweet spot. Keep in mind, they said “sweet spot“, not “automatically the best tool for everybody“.

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Laowa 15mm f/4.5 Shift Full Frame Lens on Fujifilm GFX – First Sample Images

Venus Optics will soon launch the Laowa 15mm f/4.5 W-Dreamer shift lens for full frame cameras.

Now we have some sample images and we can give a few more details about how this full frame lens works on the Fujifilm GFX medium format system.

According to a beta tester, the Laowa 15mm f/4.5 W-Dreamer shift lens can be used on Fujifilm GFX, but the ability to shift is limited to ± 7.

Here is his the feedback the Chinese beta tester gave so far:

Although the image field of the shift lens is much larger than the ordinary 135 format lens, if the offset is too large (± 7 or more) on the 44×33 format, it will still have a dark angle

@ 老 frog lens 15-axis image field perfectly covers the 4433 sensor, visually there is 5mm up and down, and 3mm left and right shift amount

@ 老 frog lens 15-axis transfer to Fuji GFX 50R, the picture quality looks pretty good, even if it is an ordinary ultra-wide-angle lens, the perspective is very strong. Blessed 4433 users

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New Firmware 1.50 for Fringer EF/FX Adapters Released

Fringer has released firmware 1.50 for the Fringer EF-FX Pro II and Fringer EF-FX II smart autofocus adapters.

The main improvements of Fringer EF-FX Pro II & Fringer EF-FX II Version 1.50 include:

  1. Bug fixed: Focal length was always 300mm when using EF300/2.8L II with 1.4X and 2X TCs. Now it’s 420mm for 1.4X and 600mm for 2X.
  2. AF performance of following lens has been improved further.
    EF24-105/4L IS II
  3. Introduced smooth video AF for the following lens.
    EF24-105/4L IS II
  4. Added following lenses to the tested and optimized lens list:
    EF28-135/3.5-5.6 IS USM
    EF50/1.0L
    TAMRON SP 24-70/2.8 VC A007
  5. Bug fixed: Some of TAMRON17-50/2.8 VC B005 were wrongly recognized as SIGMA 17-50/2.8 and cause AF malfunctions

You can download the update file and release notes of EF-FX (Pro) II here. Follow the instructions in the release notes or the user’s manual to upgrade the adapter.

Both Fringer EF-NZ and Fringer EF-FX Pro II can be ordered now at BHphoto here and at the Fringer webstore.

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