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Major Fujifilm Firmware Updates Coming Late March and Late May for the X-T2 and X-Pro2

Continuing its unique support policy, FUJIFILM will be making its next free major firmware updates for the Fujifilm X-T2 (Firmware update version 2.00) and X-Pro2 (Firmware update version 3.00) end of March (27 feature improvements) and late May (an additional 6 feature improvements, for a total of 33 functional and operational updates).

The updates will add new functions such as “Voice Memo” and “Copyright Information”, and promise to “dramatically improve operability in autofocus, video recording and viewfinder handling.” A feature photographers will especially welcome is the ability to now adjust the ISO using the Front Command Dial.

Pick your favorite(s) from the list below.

When available, download the firmware updates here.

PRESS RELEASE

New firmware updates for FUJIFILM X-T2 and FUJIFILM X-Pro2 coming soon.

Free upgrades will provide a total of 33 functional and operational updates to the double flagship models of the ever-evolving X Series of mirrorless digital cameras

March 23, 2017

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Kenji Sukeno) will release free firmware updates for the FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (“X-Pro2”) and FUJIFILM X-T2 (“X-T2”) double flagship models of the X Series of mirrorless digital cameras. The first one is due in late March and the second will be due late May 2017, reflecting users’ requests for improving operability and adding new functions.

Applying the firmware updates will add new functions such as “Voice Memo” and “Copyright Information”, and dramatically improve operability in autofocus, video recording and viewfinder handling.

X-T2 version 2.00 & X-Pro2 version 3.00 – due late March 2017

  1. Shooting RAW in Bracketing and Advanced Filters
    The update enables you to use the RAW format when shooting not only in AE Bracketing but also in other Bracketing modes (ISO, Dynamic Range, White Balance, Film Simulaitons) and also in Advanced Filter modes.
  2. Extended ISO 125 and 160 selectable
    The update adds ISO125 and ISO160 to extended ISO levels available.
  3. Programmable long exposure of up to 15 minutes
    Long exposure in the T mode currently goes only up to 30 seconds. The update will allow users to extend it up to 15 minutes.
  4. ON/OFF for 1/3-step shutter speed adjustment (X-T2 only – already on X-Pro2)
    The update allows you to turn off the Command Dial’s function to adjust shutter speed by 1/3 steps in order to prevent unintended adjustments.
  5. Full-range ISO adjustments with the Command Dial (X-T2 only)
    With the update, set the ISO “A” position to “Command” to adjust ISO sensitivity across the full range, including extended ISOs, with the Front Command Dial.
  6. “AUTO” setting added for the minimum shutter speed in the ISO Auto setting
    The update adds an AUTO option for the minimum shutter speed in the ISO Auto setting, that allows the camera to automatically define the minimum shutter speed according to the focal length of the lens attached.
  7. Faster “Face Detection AF”
    The update enables the use of Phase Detection AF for faster performance in Face Detection AF.
  8. Improved in-focus indication in the AF-C mode
    The update reduces focus hunting in the AF-C mode, making it easier to track a subject.
  9. Addition of a smaller Focus Point size in Single Point AF
    The update adds a smaller Focus Point size in Single Point AF, bringing the total number of available sizes to six. The new smallest size facilitates pin-point focusing.
  10. Addition of “AF Point Display” (X-Pro2 only – already on X-T2)
    With the update, you can choose to have AF Points constantly displayed in Zone AF and Wide / Tracking AF, making it easier to track a subject.
  11. Addition of “AF-C Custom Setting” (X-Pro2 only – already on X-T2)
    The update adds “AF-C Custom Setting” for specifying focus-tracking characteristics. Choose from five presets according to your subject’s type of movements.
  12. Addition of “Portrait / Landscape AF Mode Switching” (X-T2 only)
    The update allows you to specify separate AF mode and AF point settings for portrait orientation and landscape orientation.
  13. Change of focus frame position while enlarging it
    The update allows you to move the position of focus frame while enlarging it in Single Point in the AF-S mode or in the Manual Focus.
  14. Activation of the Eye Sensor in video recording (X-T2 only)
    The update allows you to use the Eye Sensor during video recording to automatically switch between EVF and LCD.
  15. Change of ISO sensitivity during video recording (X-T2 only)
    The update allows you to change ISO setting during video recording.
  16. Re-autofocusing in video recording (X-T2 only)
    With the update, half-press the Shutter Release button or press the button assigned to “AF-ON” function during video recording to re-do autofocusing.
  17. Display live histogram during video recording (X-T2 only)
    The update allows you to display a live histogram during video recording.
  18. Optimization of external microphone’s input level (X-T2 only)
    The update optimizes external microphone’s input level (lower limit revised from -12dB to 20dB) to reduce white noise when an external microphone with preamp is connected.
  19. Addition of “Eye Sensor + LCD Image Display” in the View Mode
    The update gives the “Eye Sensor + LCD Image Display” option in the View Mode that allows you to shoot through the viewfinder and check images on the LCD, just as you would with an SLR.
  20. Shorter EVF display time-lag (X-Pro2 only – already in X-T2)
    The update shortens EVF’s display time-lag in the AF-C mode so that you will not miss a photo opportunity.
  21. Constant “Dual display mode” (X-T2 only)
    With the update, the small window in the Dual mode stays on even when you half-press the shutter release button.
  22. Automatic vertical GUI for LCD (X-T2 only)
    With the update, when you hold the camera in the portrait orientation, the camera will automatically display the GUI on the LCD in the same orientation.
  23. Name Custom Settings
    The update allows you to assign a specific name to Custom Settings 1 – 7.
  24. Copyright information in EXIF data
    The update allows you to register the photographer’s name and the copyright holder’s name in advance so that the camera automatically adds the information to EXIF data for each image.
  25. Voice Memo function
    The update enable you to record 30-second “Voice Memo” clips in the Playback mode.
  26. Extended AE Bracketing
    The update extends AE Bracketing from the current 3 frames +/-2EV to up to 9 frames +/-3EV.
  27. Addition of “Shoot Without Card” mode
    With the update, you can have the “Shoot Without Card” mode turned OFF so that the camera can not shoot when there is no SD card inserted.

X-T2 version 2.10 & X-Pro2 version 3.10 – late May 2017

  1. Support for computer tethering via Wi-Fi (X-T2 only)
    The update adds support for computer tethering via Wi-Fi.
  2. Addition of “All” AF mode (X-T2 only)
    With the update, select “All” in the AF mode so that you can select the AF mode and Focus Area size by only using the Command Dial.
  3. Function extension for “Shutter AF” and “Shutter AE” (X-T2 only)
    With the update, you can specify different settings for AF-S and AF-C in “Shutter AF” and for AF-S / MF and AF-C in “Shutter AE.”
  4. Addition of “-6” and “-7” to EVF’s brightness setting
    Additional options of “-6” and “-7” to the “EVF Brightness” setting so that, even in an extremely low-light condition, the brightness of the EVF does not distract you from shooting.
  5. Switchover of the main and sub displays in the Dual Display mode (X-T2 only)
    The update allows you to switch between the main and sub displays in the Dual Display mode.
  6. Function assignment to the Rear Command Dial
    With the update, you can assign a specific function to be activated when the Rear Command Dial is pressed.
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Amateur Photographer of the Year Competition 2017: Eight Rounds to Enter, Starting Now

Amateur Photographer (AP) Magazine has launched their 2017 Amateur Photographer of the Year (APOY) competition, which is open to photographers around the world. Now in partnership with Photocrowd, 2017 marks the first time where you can have a say in who should win this coveted title.

There are 8 rounds, each round with a category, and with an Expert winner anointed for each round by the APOY judging panel and a Crowd winner by the Photocrowd community.

The title of Amateur Photographer of the Year will be determined by combining results across all eight rounds.

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Nikon D7200 Firmware Update Version 1.02 (2017-03-07): Improvements and WT-7 Wireless Transmitter is Now Supported

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The Nikon software update service supplies software that can be used to update the Nikon D7200 camera to version 1.02

  • Before proceeding, please select Firmware version in the camera SETUP MENU and check the camera firmware version.
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Fujifilm X100F

  • 24.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS III Sensor
  • 23mm (35mm equiv) F2 Lens
  • Hybrid Optical/Electronic Viewfinder
  • ISO “lift and turn” dial
  • Focus Lever
  • Front and Rear Dials
  • ACROS Film Simulation

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H eart-stoppingly beautiful. Though “beauty is in the eyes of the beholder,” the Fujifilm X100F (and X100T, X100S and X100 before it) is one of those cameras that can literally stop you in your track. It’s a well-implemented retro look that other camera brands have tried to–but have not quite succeeded in–achieving: it’s the viewfinder, the viewfinder selector lever, the milled metallic dials and shutter, all in the correct dimensions and placement in a distinctive compact design.

The Fujifilm X100F is not an interchangeable lens camera, i.e. not “mirrorless,” and will therefore not accept interchangeable lenses. Rather, it is what we call a (large-sensor fixed-lens) Premium Compact camera. It has a large APS-C sensor for outstanding image quality rivaling DSLRs and a fixed focal-length wide-angle 35mm (equiv) lens with a fast F2 aperture.

Like the more expensive mirrorless X-Pro2 and X-T2, the Fujifilm X100F also has dedicated controls: shutter speed dial, aperture ring, manual focus ring, exposure compensation dial, and now a “lift and turn” ISO dial. For photographers who love the retro look & feel, these controls give them an intuitive way to directly control exposure settings and set the X100F uniquely apart from other premium compact competitors.

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  • A higher resolution sensor (from 16.3-MP to 24.3-MP).
  • 325 AF points includes 91 phase-detection focusing points. Boasts a 0.08 sec. AF speed.
  • Focus Lever for quick AF point placement.
  • Exposure Compensation Dial now sports a C position for +/- 5 stops (using the Front Command Dial).
  • Faster Continuous Shooting: 8 fps (60 JPEG/25 RAW).
  • New ACROS Film Simulation mode.
  • An easier-to-use menu.

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