Fujifilm Guys and Manager Explain New Fujifilm GFX Firmware and Say that Blackmagic Design RAW Support is Technically Possible

What a day!

Fujifilm has released:

In all this buzz, I’d like to highlight one interview made by Cinema5D to top Fujifilm manager Makoto San.

The talk mainly gravitates towards the new ProRes RAW support for Fujifilm GFX100, but they touch also on other topics, which is why I want to highlight this interview in a dedicated post.

Interview Summary

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Fujifilm Releases Kaizen Firmware Updates for Fujifilm GFX100, GFX50R and GFX50S

Fujifilm has released firmware updates for all their Fujifilm GFX cameras.

Fujifilm GFX100 ver 2.00download here

The firmware update Ver.2.00 from Ver.1.03 incorporates the following issues:

New Features Guide: English, Français, Deutsch, Español, Italiano, Nederland, Polski, Svenska, Norsk, Dansk, Pусский, Suomi, 中文简, 中文繁體, 한국어, ภาษาไทย, Arabic

Expanding the use of outstanding image technology based on unique color reproduction

1) Addition of the new Film Simulation modes below.
・“CLASSIC Neg” mode, simulating color negative film traditionally chosen for snapshots.
・“ETERNA Bleach Bypass” mode, which simulates the film processing technique of the same name.
2) “Color Chrome Blue” is added, which adds depth to color and tonal reproduction in blue skies and other primarily blue subjects.
3) Additional functions of GRAIN EFFECT (SIZE, ROUGHNESS).

Improving autofocus performance

1) Fast and highly-accurate phase-detection AF even in low-light conditions at -5EV.
2) Improvement of the Face / Eye AF performance.
The face / eye detection accuracy and stability are improved when shooting multiple people, so as to make portrait photography easier than ever before.
3) Auto mode will be added to focus bracketing.
Specify the starting and ending points and shooting interval, and the camera can automatically determine the number of frames and steps required.

Enabling video recording control from Gimbal / Drone via USB communications

Combining the GFX100 with Gimbal / Drone that supports this function, will allow users to start / stop video recording, specify exposure settings for video (shutter speed, aperture value, ISO sensitivity and exposure compensation), and make manual focus adjustments.(*1)
Guilin FeiYu Electronic Technology Co. Ltd.(*2), Shenzhen Gudsen Technology Co.(*3), Ltd., SZ DJI Technology Co.,Ltd.(*4) and ZHIYUN(*5) (alphabetical order) have announced the intention of offering compatible products.

*1:Functions that can be controlled vary from Gimbal to Gimbal.
*2:Guilin Feiyu Technology Incorporated Company
*3:Shenzhen Gudsen Technology Co., Ltd.
*4:SZ DJI Technology Co.,Ltd
*5:ZHIYUN

Expanding various other functions requested by customers

1) The firmware will allow users to adjust exposure settings (shutter speed, aperture value, ISO sensitivity, exposure compensation) for still images from a computer when using software that supports some tether-shooting functions.
2) More photo-editing applications will support the import of rating information, assigned in camera.
3) “COMPRESSED” is added to RAW RECORDING.

Features RAW video data output to ATOMOS NINJA V field monitor-recorder(*6)

GFX100 will be able to output maximum 4K/29.97P(*7) 12bit RAW video data using HDMI to an ATOMOS NINJA V, in Apple ProRes RAW. New firmware for NINJA V will be released by ATOMOS. RAW video data gives maximum flexibility for exposure adjustment or color grading in post-production for professional videographers. Also, simultaneous output of RAW with Film Simulation / F-Log / Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) is also available.

*6:GFX100 can record ProRes RAW only with ATOMOS NINJA V (as of June 30th 2020).
*7:Compatible with 4K (3840×2160) 29.97P/25P/24P/23.98P. Not compatible with FHD.

Fix of minor bugs

Fujifilm GFX50S ver 4.00download here

The firmware update Ver.4.00 from Ver.3.30 incorporates the following issues:

Regarding the detail, download the “GFX50S New Feature Guide Ver4.00” from our website.

New Features Guide: English, Français, Deutsch, Español, Italiano, Nederland, Polski, Svenska, Norsk, Dansk, Pусский, Suomi, 中文简, 中文繁體, 한국어, ภาษาไทย, Arabic

Expanding the use of outstanding image technology based on unique color reproduction

1) Addition of the new Film Simulation modes below.
・“CLASSIC Neg” mode, simulating color negative film traditionally chosen for snapshots.
・“ETERNA” mode, which replicates the colors and tonality of Fujifilm’s motion picture film.
2) “Smooth Skin Effect” featured on the GFX100, will become available, smoothing the appearance of human skin, ideal for portraiture.

Improving autofocus performance

1) Addition of the Low Light Priority AF-S mode, extending exposure time during autofocus to improve AF accuracy in low light.
2) Improvement of the Face / Eye AF performance.
The face / eye detection accuracy and stability are improved when shooting multiple people, so as to make portrait photography easier than ever before.
3) Auto mode will be added to focus bracketing.
Specify the starting and ending points and shooting interval, and the camera can automatically determine the number of frames and steps required.

Expanding various other functions requested by customers

1) The firmware will allow users to adjust exposure settings (shutter speed, aperture value, ISO sensitivity, exposure compensation) for still images from a computer when using software that supports some tether-shooting functions.
2) More photo-editing applications will support the import of rating information, assigned in camera.
3 )The maximum number of photos that can be saved in each folder on an SD card will increase 10 fold from 999 to 9,999.
4) When the Sensitivity dial is set to C (command), AUTO1, AUTO2 and AUTO3 can be selected in ISO setting.
5) When setting the color temperature in the White Balance setting, the value of the color temperature is also displayed.

Fix of minor bugs

Fujifilm GFX50R ver 2.00download here

The firmware update Ver.2.00 from Ver.1.00 incorporates the following issues:

New Features Guide

  • Expanding the use of outstanding image technology based on unique color reproduction
    • 1) Addition of the new Film Simulation modes below.
      ・“CLASSIC Neg” mode, simulating color negative film traditionally chosen for snapshots.
      ・“ETERNA” mode, which replicates the colors and tonality of Fujifilm’s motion picture film.
    • 2) “Smooth Skin Effect,” featured on the GFX 100, will become available, smoothing the appearance of human skin, ideal for portraiture.
  • 2. Improving autofocus performance
    • 1) Addition of the Low Light Priority AF-S mode, extending exposure time during autofocus to improve AF accuracy in low light.
    • 2) Improvement of the Face / Eye AF performance.
      The face / eye detection accuracy and stability are improved when shooting multiple people, so as to make portrait photography easier than ever before.
    • 3) Auto mode will be added to focus bracketing.
      Specify the starting and ending points and shooting interval, and the camera can automatically determine the number of frames and steps required.
  • 3. Expanding various other functions requested by customers
    • 1) The firmware will allow users to adjust exposure settings (shutter speed, aperture value, ISO sensitivity, exposure compensation) for still images from a computer when using software that supports some tether-shooting functions.
    • 2) More photo-editing applications will support the import of rating information, assigned in camera.
    • 3) The maximum number of photos that can be saved in each folder on an SD card will increase 10 fold from 999 to 9,999.
    • 4) When setting the color temperature in the White Balance setting, the value of the color temperature is also displayed.
  • 4. Fix of minor bugs
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Fujifilm Manager: Fujifilm X-H2, The Problem With Telephoto Primes, GFX MK II and IBIS, Fujifilm X80 vs Compact MILC, Fast Primes & More

Fujifilm UK manger Andreas Georghiades returns to the Fujicast postcast.

It’s an almost 1 hour podcast, and if you are in a hurry and can’t listen it all, I provide a summary of everything the manager says, so you can get it all in under 5 minutes.

The Interview Summed Up

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Review of the Steelsring Nikon F to Fujifilm GFX Smart Autofocus Adapter

After a long wait, the Steelsring Nikon F to Fujifilm GFX Smart Autofocus Adapter started to be available towards the end of 2019.

You can find it here on AmazonUS.

No Dylan published his review, which you can see below. Here are the main points:

  • it’s not the cheapest adapter
  • allows you to autofocus with the more modern Nikon G and E type lenses
  • good build quality
  • mounting on GFX mount does not sound quite as smooth as mounting a GFX lens on the body or a Laowa lens. On the other side, the Nikon mount part feels good
  • ability to control aperture
  • you have an aperture ring on the adapter for G type lenses, and you can set it to AUTO for E type lenses
  • E type lenses with magnetic aperture can be controlled electronically via the GFX body
  • G type lenses are not really fully supported. Aperture control is purely mechanical and the adapter doesn’t actually know which position it is in. Aperture value is not send to the camera. The lens can only communicate to the body what its widest aperture is, but if you stop down, it is unable to tell you who much it stopped down
  • loose aperture ring
  • aperture stops are very close together, hence not easy to be accurate
  • autofocus speed depends a lot on the lens.
  • you will see wobbeling of the contast AF detect system
  • GFX100 phase detection system is not supported
  • You won’t get Nikon level focus speed, because the GFX system is not capable of that
  • if you accept an autofocus speed a bit slower than native GFX lenses, then it can work for you
  • there is more or less strong vignetting depending on the lens
  • wide open, sharpness is not quite as high as on Nikon cameras, as the Nikon lenses where not designed to resolve over such a large sensor. If you stop down, things get much better
  • for more sharpness better use GFX lenses

This is the summary of the video below. But Dylan posted an article about it also on fstoppers, that you can read here.

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

Fujifilm GFX 100: B&H Photo, AmazonUS, Adorama, Focuscamera

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