Fujifilm X-mount Firmware Updates

Instructions from the Fujifilm site 9/7/17.

1) Prepare the necessities for the firmware update.

1. A camera to be updated
2. A fully charged battery
3. A formatted memory card
4. The firmware(to be downloaded from this site.)

2) Firmware version checking procedure

1. Turn off the camera and put the card in it.
2. Turn the camera on pressing “DISP/BACK” button to check the current firmware version.
3. Turn off the camera

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Fujinon XF80mmF2.8 LM OIS WR Macro

September 7, 2017
FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Kenji Sukeno) has announced that it will release the new “FUJINON XF80mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro Lens”, in November 2017. The introduction of this lens will add to the X Series line-up of interchangeable lenses which are renowned for their outstanding image quality. This lens features a focal length equivalent to 122mm (on a 35mm format), a maximum aperture of F2.8, and the first 1.0x magnification factor, in the X Series interchangeable lens range. By high resolving power at the focus point and beautiful bokeh, this lens is optimal for shooting flowers and nature photos. Combine this lens with Fujifilm’s unique Film Simulation such as Velvia, for truly stunning close up images.

The “FUJINON XF80mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro Lens” is a mid-telephoto macro lens that delivers the very best results from Fujifilm’s unique X-Trans™ CMOS sensor. With an optical construction of 16 elements in 12 groups, including one aspherical lens, one Super ED lens, and three ED lenses, along with a Floating Focus System*, this lens is capable of achieving high-quality macro shooting from close-up to far away.   Continue reading

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GoPro Hero5 Black: Waikiki Beach (Revised)

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First Test of the Fujifilm MCEX-11 Macro Extension Tube

X-T2 with MCEX-11 Macro Extension Tube and 56-1.2. Shot with Nikon D5500 and Nikkor 40-2.8 at 1.6 sec, f/7.1, ISO 200. Both these photos are hi-res, so you can click them to zoom in.

This is the shot I got with the MCEX-11 and 56-1.2. I used a tripod and shot at 1.5 sec, f/5, ISO-200. This is RAW converted to JPG, SOOC, with no editing or cropping.

I’ve been using the Nikkor 40-2.8 on the Nikon D5500 as my go-to macro system. It behaves like a normal lens when not used as a macro. The MCEX-11, on the other hand, when used as a macro adaptor, severely limits the lens to macro use only. And perhaps an even greater problem is that it’s focusing range seems to be extremely narrow. Outside that limited range, the lens won’t focus.

I did this quick shoot in-doors in weak late afternoon light from a south-facing window. Thus, I needed a tripod. I’ll be testing it outside soon, handheld in morning light.

For some reason, I couldn’t get it to work properly with the X-E1. I got a handful of shots, but none were usable.

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Front Command Dial

When shutter speed dial set to “T” the front command dial (FCD) changes speeds.

When exposure compensation dial is set to “C” the FCD changes exposures.

To toggle between the two, press the FCD.

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Exposure Compensation Dial

Fatdeko: “If you shoot in full manual (including ISO), then your Exp. Comp dial is disabled. If you set shutter speed and aperture but leave ISO in Auto, then your Exp Comp dial is your ISO dial. If you shoot in one of the auto modes, in a lot of ways, you’re better off changing the Exp Comp than your ISO. Moving your aperture or shutter values won’t affect the base image quality like ISO will” (Fuji X-Forum, 8/24/16).

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The Mall at Ala Moana Center: Shot with X-E1 and 23mm f/2

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