Iridient X-Transformer 1.0 beta 2 Now Available and Improved


Beta 2 of Iridient X-Transformer 1.0 came out a few days ago, but I have been slammed with GFX coverage. Keep the great dialog coming in our GFX owners group and follow our GFX owners page if you want to follow GFX specific news. It looks like the developer of Iridient responded to some of the issues users like me had with beta 1 quickly and I can’t wait to give beta 2 a try. I bolded the key points, but I have to say the swift turn around is very encouraging. Stay tuned for a second test of X-Transfomer, but it might have to wait till next month depending on the news cycle. I am curious to see how/if Iridient will handle GFX files in the future.

The Iridient X-Transformer 1.0 beta 2 update is now available for download:
http://www.iridientdigital.com/products/xtransformer_download.html

This release fixes several important issues including:
1) This release should resolve (hopefully) all issues with Windows or GPU display scaling. In the first beta if the display scaling was set to an intermediate value between 100% and 200% the title graphic could be drawn the wrong size causing the “Show Settings” button and other adjustment controls to be cropped out of the main window.
2) The orientation, landscape or portrait, information from the RAF is now correctly passed on to the DNG.
3) An issue has been fixed with uncompressed bit depths less than 16 bits/channel. This could result in false color tints or brightly colored blobs or outlines in regions with extreme, very bright highlights.
4) In some cases lens distortion correction could cause a slight cropping or zoomed in image. Only some lenses, mostly primes, were effected by this issue which only happened if the actual lens distortion correction was an identity correction (no correction at all).
5) The X-T2 and X-Pro2 models would have slightly different RAW crop origin depending on whether the RAF was compressed or uncompressed format. Both compressed and uncompressed formats should now match up with their RAW crop positioning at least when compared to Lightroom’s default crop for the same images.
6) The save to subfolders with original(s) option on the Save to Folder panel was not automatically creating the new subfolder if one did not exist already.

In addition this update also adds a few new features including the ability to disable any default Lightroom sharpening and/or noise reduction. Previously noise reduction was automatically turned off in most cases, as long as there was not an associated custom preset with noise reduction. Now both sharpening and noise reduction can be automatically disabled even if you are using a custom RAF preset that may have had noise reduction adjustments.

By default both sharpening and noise reduction is now disabled in Lightroom. If you were not already adjusting your Lightroom sharpening levels down previously this will lead to a notably different default rendering. The default rendering in Lightroom will have much less sharpening (or over sharpening) and apparent noise and artifacts should drop significantly.

If you preferred the previous rendering with Lightroom sharpening and/or noise reduction enabled these new options can all be turned off on the RAW Options panel.

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Fujifilm Professional Service in Europe Starts on March 1st 2017


Fujifilm Press Release

Fujifilm announces new Professional Service Scheme for Europe

Enhanced Service dedicated to the needs of professional photographers, incorporating both GFX and top ‘X’ Cameras and Lenses

Fujifilm began selling both compact and professional film cameras in the 1960s and at that time set up a comprehensive repair service across all major European countries.  In 1995, at the start of the digital camera revolution, the service was expanded and customised to the modern ‘digital’ customer. Read More »

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Fujifilm GFX Buyers Guide and New Sample Images Linked Below


A Fujifilm GFX represents a substantial investment and a little planning will go a long way. While compiling my list of things we learned from the GFX launch event, and 48+ hours of continuous coverage, I came across an interesting coincidence, Damien Lovegrove and I have almost the same purchasing plan for the Fujifilm GFX.

I believe the wisest investment at this time is to buy the Fujifilm GFX 50S body along with the Fujinon GF 63mm F2.8 R WR lens and spare battery to start; followed by Fujinon GF 23mm f4 R LM WR(Mid 2017) $2,599 and Fujinon GF 110mm f2 R LM (Mid 2017) $2799 lenses to round out your kit. The Fujinon GF 45mm f2.8 R WR (Late 2017) $1,699 is also a good option, but it is a 35mm full frame equivalent and I do not shoot that focal length often, but you might. Read More »

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Metz Mecablitz M400 Firmware 1.1 Adds HSS

Metz is the first third party to add HSS for the Fujifilm X-T2, X-T1 and X-Pro2 via firmware update to their flash after Fujifilm started working with third parties to add support. Hopefully the Nissin flash system adds support soon. Thankfully the M400 is user upgradable so it doesn’t need to be sent in for the upgrade you can download it from here.


Metz Mecablitz M400 B&H Photo/Amazon/Adorama.

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Things We Learned About The GFX Last Night

Fujifilm and their affiliates dumped a lot on us last night. So after reading and watching everything I have condensed all the new things we now know about the Fujifilm GFX.

  • Things I learned about the Fujifilm GFX Tonight
  • New Super Fine JPEG Mode which offers very little compression which can be 25MB
  • One of the reasons for using focal plain shutter was to reduce the price of GF lenses
  • There is an Electronic Shutter that lets you shoot wide open at 1/16,000 a second
  • There is an Electronic First Curtain Shutter that reduces the lag time of shooting, but when shooting faster than 1/1,000 a second you can have vignetting and bokeh can be affected.
  • The Sub Monitor is reversible and customizable so you can make it make it black on white or white on black in addition to changing what it displays 128 x 128 pixel.
  • The body is 825g with battery and memory card
  • 425 AF Points 17×25 (More than the Fujifilm X-T2)
  • 117 AF Point 9×13 grid is also an option, which we reported earlier
  • AF points can follow orientation
  • There is Face/Eye Detect
  • Rapid AF mode that prioritizes AF over accuracy
  • Touch Screen – you can drag the AF point if you don’t like the nub. You can also pinch to zoom or double tap.
  • 1.8 or 3fps depending if electronic first-curtain shutter is enabled (8 shots uncompressed 13 losslessly compressed back to back)
  • The battery grip only takes one extra battery
  • Two extra magnification factors when manually focusing
  • You can create TIFF 8-bit files in camera out of your RAWs
  • You can bracket up to 9 frames now in 1/3 increments up to 3 stops and you can change the sequence they are taken
  • 3.69 million dot OLED finder (0.85x magnification) -4 to +2 diopte
  • 2.36 million dot rear LCD
  • Ultrasonic dust removal system finally
  • 256-zone metering system
  • 60 minutes max exposure
  • H.264/MPEG-4 AVC compression, 48KHz linear PCM stereo audio, Full HD movies at 36Mbps bitrate with a max clip length of 30 minutes.
  • 14-bit RAW
  • Both Slot are UHS-II
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi with GPS via your phone which never works right sadly
  • Battery should be good for 400 shots
  • Shutter should be good for 150,000 shots
  • The H mount adapter lets you use the lens shutter up to 1/800 sec.
  • You can tether with the current tethering software
  • Low light focusing is slow, but accurate and manual focusing is slow because you can turn the focus ring a lot. (Maybe they can do a FW update so you can adjust manual focus speed.)
  • Multiple reports that HSS should work with EF-X500 so I invested wisely…
  • 12,800 ISO is usable and 6,400 doesn’t need grain reduction!
  • One photographer compared AF speed to the Fujifilm X-T1, which would be amazing!
  • Shipping February 23rd

The Damage… Ouch!

If you have the time to sort through everything you can check out the full post of everything GFX/X100F/XT-20/XF50 here or even rewatch the Japanese launch even here.

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Fujifilm GFX B&H Photo/Amazon/Adorama
Fujifilm X100F B&H Photo/Amazon/Adorama
Fujifilm X-T20 B&H Photo/Amazon/Adorama
Fujinon XF50 F2 WR B&H Photo/Amazon/Adorama

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Fujifilm Event Live Blog: Refresh Frequently – Last Updated 1/20


Fujifilm GFX Reviews/Hands-On/Press Release
Official: Press ReleaseProduct PageSample ImagesCatalogue
Reviews/Hands-on: Damien Lovegrove, Adrian C Murray, Ivan Joshua Loh, Jonas Rask Photography, More Than Words (Part 2), The Digital TrekkerFuji Love

Fujifilm X100F Reviews/Hands-On/Press Release
Official: Press ReleaseProduct PageSample ImagesCatalogue
Reviews/Hands-on: Patrice MichellonMatthew Hart PhotographyIvan Joshua LohDPReviewJonas Rask PhotographyKevin MullinsValerie JardinOlaf Photo Blog, Clubsnap.com, Rum-Diary, Bjorn Moerman, Fuji Love, LaroquephotoRico Pfirstinger (High ISO)

Fujifilm X-T20 Reviews/Hands-On/Press Release
Official: Press ReleaseProduct PageSample Images, Catalog
Reviews/Hands-on: Ivan Joshua LohDPReviewBjorn Moerman, Fuji Love, Rico Pfirstinger (High ISO)

Fujifilm XF50mm F2 WR
Official: Press Release
Reviews/Hands-on: ivanjoshualohjonasraskphotographyClubsnap, FujiloveRico Pfirstinger (Bokeh)

X Series Guide

Pre-Orders
Fujifilm GFX 50S B&H Photo/Amazon/Adorama
Fujifilm X100F B&H Photo/Amazon/Adorama
Fujifilm X-T20 B&H Photo/Amazon/Adorama
Fujinon XF50 F2 WR B&H Photo/Amazon/Adorama

Fujifilm Marketing Videos Below, because there are a lot… They went a bit overboard. Read More »

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