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.
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.
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 »
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 »
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.