Fujifilm EF-X500 Shoe Mount Flash Review – Part One

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Boxing is typical Fujifilm X Series fashion, big black elegant boxes, white letters and graphics

The brand new Fujifilm EF-X500 flashgun arrived yesterday straight from Fujifilm Portugal – actually I received a pair of these units.This the first part of a detailed review that I started straight away, after all Fujifilm was missing a proper, professional grade flash system and the EF-X500 promises to deliver.

The first part of this review will focus on the design and perceived quality, first impressions to put it simply and I have to say that straight out of the box the EF-X500 is impressive. Build quality is second to none, Canon and Nikon are clearly overshadowed: touch, materials, dials and buttons are top notch, but flaps and hinges are a step further and there is no sense of fragility whatsoever. These units seem to be build to last forever. They are made in China, not in Japan, but that doesn’t seem to make any difference regarding build quality.

Enjoy the first set of pictures, part two will cover essential features and functions of the EF-X500, soon.

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Fujifilm Releases New Firmware for Fuji X-T1 and X-Pro2… but Not for X-T2 – Postponed to November 29!

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Just as rumored, Fujiiflm released new firmware updates for the following cameras.

Still missing: the Fujifilm X-T2 Firmware 1.10, that Fujifilm announced for today, too. I guess Fujifilm found yet another bug. That’s why they postponed it to November 29 – see updated press release here.

Fujinon XF23mmF2 WR Review at Lenstip: “Can you ask for more? A Joy to Use and Completely Recommendable.”

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Lensip posted its full Fujinon XF 23mmF2 WR review here. Their conclusions:

Small, shapely, weather-resistant, optically good, with interesting optical parameters – can you ask for more? Of course grumblers might carp about high vignetting or coma levels but fighting those aberrations would also mean bigger physical dimensions of the tested lens so removing one of its more important assets. I guess such a price is worth paying in order to enjoy the Fujinon XF 23 mm f/2 R WR as it is. After all the instrument is a joy to use and completely recommendable.”

Pros:

  • handy but solid and weather-resistant casing,
  • excellent image quality in the frame centre,
  • sensible image quality on the edge of the frame,
  • negligible longitudinal chromatic aberration,
  • low lateral chromatic aberration,
  • lack of distinct problems connected to spherical aberration,
  • practically zero distortion,
  • slight astigmatism,
  • silent, reasonably quick and accurate autofocus.

Cons:

  • noticeable coma,
  • very high vignetting for RAW files.

Fujinon XF23mmF2 WR: USA: BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / CAN: AmazonCA / EUROPE: AmazonDE / AmazonUK / AmazonITA / AmazonFR / AmazonESP / PCHstore / WexUK / AUSTRALIA: CameraPro

Iridient Developer 3.1.2 Update Released :: Fixes Lens Vignetting Correction Issue for Fuji X Cameras

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Brian just released Iridient Developer 3.1.2.

This release fixes an issue with automatic lens vignetting correction for Fuji X models. It potentially would overcorrect (too much lightening) in the extreme corners with some lenses and aperture settings. This update also addresses a few cosmetic issues with some toolbar icons with latest macOS Sierra 10.12.1 release and adds support for additional new RAW camera models.

The Fujifilm X-A3 is now supported.

Iridient Developer 3.1.2 can now be downloaded here:
http://iridientdigital.com/products/iridientdeveloper_download.html

And the full release notes are available here:
http://iridientdigital.com/products/rawdeveloper_history.html

Cactus Announces Firmware Release for Cactus V6ii Flash Transceiver ** Adds HSS Support for Fujifilm X-T2 / X-Pro2

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Cactus just release a new Firmware for the CactusV6ii Flash Transceiver, that adds HSS support for Fujifilm X-T2 and X-Pro2 cameras. Go through the updater on your computer when the V6II is connected to install the new Firmware.

NEW FEATURE: AF-assist Continuous Light (AF CON) – see cactus page

Cactus V6ii: BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS

Shared Earlier Today

  • Fujifilm Announces Release of Fujifilm X-T2 Firmware ver.1.10 on November 8 – click here
  • Fujifilm Announces Launch of Tether Shooting Plug-in PRO for Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® (for $79) – click here