RoboSHOOT Plus Released with Fuji HSS/TTL Support :: How Fujifilm Survived the Digital Age :: GFX and X100F First Looks & More

How Fujifilm Survived the Digital Age

How Fujifilm survived the digital age with an unexpected makeover. See the video at video.toggle: “min 35:00 – “I had announced that we would protect the photograph culture. No matter how small it gets…we might downsize production, but we would keep the culture alive and protect it. The culture of photographs is one that mankind can do without…No matter what we will not get rid of photography.”

Fujifilm GFX
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  • Shooting in the real world with the Fujifilm GFX 50S at gardnercreative: “I can’t recall anything which is quite as creamy and detailed with such a lack of noise at 3200iso.”
  • Fujifilm at the CP+. Report by the Polish site optyczne (tranlsation)… and what a queue for the GFX (70 minutes of waiting!)
  • FUJIFILM GFX 50S Impressions / X-Series thoughts…more at fujixphotoworkshops
  • Night Photography with the GFX at purephotography (SOOC + Crops)

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Fujifilm & Flash :: The State of The Art & Rumors + NEW Metz Mecablitz M400 Announced with HSS + TTL Support


Is this the EF-X500 Killer? Metz Mecablitz M400. HSS and TTL Fujifilm X Compatible

EF-X500 Flash
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Fujifilm & Flash

UPDATE: Metz will launch the METZ MECABLITZ M400. HSS and TTL Fujifilm X Compatible. More here (translation)

Fujifilm & Flash… a long (and often painful) story. However, over the last years, we have seen some improvements, and some companies, like Nissin, started to support Fujifilm X-series cameras.

But it’s when you think that things go better, that Fuji is able to make it worst again ;)

In fact, with the launch of the X-T2, Fujifilm also introduced changes in the flash protocol to support the EF-X500 flash system. New protocol… and hence flashes that work on the X-T1 are now no more supported on the X-T2.

The good news is: everything can (hopefully) be fixed with Firmware updates.

So here is a Recap:


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TTL Flash groups on the Fuji X series

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Often I’ve been asked about TTL flash groups, why they are needed and how they work. Of course, you might ask yourself if this is something that applies to Fujifilm cameras – it does, and we will concentrate exactly on that.  Flash groups are an extension beyond off-camera flash. Simply taking the flash off-camera usually improves the quality of the shot immensely. Enhanced vibrancy, depth, and wonderful shadows are a few benefits.  But sometimes it would be nice to add light in more places and direct it where you want, maybe even with some color. For example, I may want to illuminate the background to resemble a cool green jungle and illuminate the subject with a more warm light. When we do that, things get a little more complex. For one thing, you need a flash trigger with multiple receivers.  But, more importantly how do you balance the light and exposure? After all when you shot TTL the camera sets the exposure – blindly. The answer, of course, is flash groups. With flash groups you can add as many speedlights as you wish, assign them to one of several groups, and set the group exposure and even flash head zoom independently.

Foreground - two groups on speedlight each, one using yellow gel. Background one group with green gel on two speedlights.
Foreground – two groups on speedlight each, one using yellow gel. Background one group with green gel on two speedlights.

In the above example I may place a couple speedlights with green gels to illuminate the background and a couple on the subject to provide warmth and depth, maybe from different angles. In this case, if I apply the background to one group and each subject light to their own group, I can control the lighting as I please. And because we use TTL, the overall result will be exposed correctly – always. But, what if I want to decrease the background? Simple, just reduce the background group’s exposure. Since it is still TTL, the camera will compensate and maintain a good exposure, but with the background a little lower.

The RoboSHOOT© TTL radio triggers from Serene Automation LLC do just this and much more.  In this article we will cover only the flash group capabilities of the product. Flash groups can be individually controlled to affect all speedlights assigned to that group – they can be enabled or disabled, exposure set and configured as TTL or manual (for those situations where manual exposure is preferred), zoom head can be set directly or configured to follow the camera zoom. In addition, the overall TTL exposure can be adjusted up or down, all flashes can be enabled or disabled, and the flash exposure can be locked for subsequent shots. So, whatever you want the speedlight to do, RoboSHOOT© provides it. Plus, if you want to use a powerful Nikon speedlight with your Fuji Camera you can do it, and with the same capabilities – yes! Nikon iTTL is supported on Fujifilm cameras.

The RoboSHOOT© product supports four flash groups. There are two ways to control them: using an Android or iPhone App or using profiles. The App can be used with the RoboSHOOT© MX-20 product – the app image below shows a basic example. As mentioned before, flash groups on RoboSHOOT© are full TTL. So, the camera will compensate when you adjust TTL levels of the group. So, the settings are relative, meaning if one group is +1 and the other is +1/3, the result is the same as +2/3 and 0 – in both cases the groups are 2/3 ev apart. To give more or less flash power then the camera asks for, a TTL offset value is used. This gives you predictable yet complete control over the results. Profiles, the other method of controlling groups, are simply stored flash group settings. You can set up four individual profiles and select the one you want or even bracket over all four with or without using the app! This is great for repeatable portraits or taking a variety of macro shots, as below, with different lighting profiles, for example.

Flash group control view including overall offset, enable, and exposure lock
Flash group control view including overall offset, enable, and exposure lock

Taking your flash off-camera opens an entire new range of possibilities – akin to owning a new camera. Adding the limitless configurations of RoboSHOOT© flash groups completely frees the imagination. More information about RoboSHOOT© is available on the Serene Automation Website. They are also distributed by OmegaBrandess and can be purchased at Adorama, B&H Photo, and other select photo retailers in the US.

Each image has identical flash / camera position. Profiles were used for flash settings.
Each image has identical flash / camera position. Profiles were used for flash settings.

John Poremba
Serene Automation LLC