Fujifilm X-T3 Battery Grip Registered as Photokina 2018 Approaches

It was safe to infer that the Fujifilm X-T3 would require a new grip especially since Fujifilm has registered a few new accessories. Now we have the first evidence of the new grip via Nokishita care of rra.go.kr. The problem with inference is sometimes it’s flat out wrong like the rumors of another new film simulation profile. If you follow a camera company closely it’s easy to come up with lots of very likely configurations, but we try to share just the details we can verify through our trusted sources even if they leak to us almost a year in advance like we received with the Fujifilm X-T3 and GFX 50R which others have now picked up.

Traffic has almost doubled to our site over the past month thanks to so many sites posting X-T3 speculation instead of rumors. Readers should take a lot of what’s out there with a grain of salt and we will continue reporting the facts even if they are well in advance of official statements. The Fujifilm X-T3 has become the most popular way people find our site and it continues to grow even without us posting speculative information for pageviews.

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SmallRig L-Bracket for Fujifilm X-H1

Small Rig announced an L-Bracket for the Fujifilm X-H1 that looks to be a bargain. You can find the bracket on their website and it should be on Amazon soon too. They also make a nice camera cage for the Fujifilm X-H1 that lets you swap the battery easily, which you can find on Amazon.

SmallRig L-Bracket for Fujifilm X-H1 Camera 2178
Key Features:
1. Modular designed for Fujifilm X-H1 Camera body.
2. Arca-Type compatible dovetail plate with center marks on both axis.
3. Extendable side plate allows for tethering or cable release.
4. Add 16mm height based on the original handgrip for pinky support.
5. Compatible with Peak Design strap.
6. The side plate features three 1/4”-20 threaded holes for accessory attachment.
7. Built-in Allen wrench at the bottom

SmallRig L-Bracket for Fujifilm X-H1 Camera 2178 is a modular design with anti-twist flanges to keep the camera from twisting and provide a comfortable handheld shooting. Both the base plate and side plate are Arca-type compatible dovetail plates enable the camera to mount in a vertical or horizontal position. It features a sensor centering line on each axis to align the camera on a tripod head and maintains complete access to the camera’s battery and ports. The side plate can be extended to left if more room is needed for tethering or cable release. An included hex wrench at the bottom is used to tighten and adjust the L-bracket. Additionally, it is compatible with the Peak Design strap and include a hand strap loop on the right side. Furthermore, 1/4″-20 mounting holes are located on the side and bottom for accessory attachment, such as Cold Shoe Mount 1593.

Fujifilm X-H1

Package Includes:
1 x L-Bracket
2 x Hex Spanner

Product Dimensions:149.5 X 93 X 69.5mm
Package Dimensions: 215 X 115 X 65mm
Net Weight: 159g
Package Weight: 241g
Material(s): Aluminum Alloy

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Expect More From FPS (Fujifilm Professional Services)

I was one of the first to sign up for Fujifilm Professional Services in America, based on my single digit order number, when they launched and I have been relatively happy with the service, considering its cost. Like others, I hoped it would expand to cover X-series cameras and same day services since it represents a substantial annual fee, but nothing has changed yet.

For some time it has been known that you can get better service in Japan and Europe with Fujifilm cameras, but DC.Watch just published an article about Fujifilm’s FPS Japan program that sheds some light on how much better things could be. For starters, Japan’s FPS program covers both Fujifilm GFX and X cameras once you meet the conditions required and they prioritize business use over casual. They also have physical locations that you can be utilized for free for members and non-members alike. If you pay the 5,000 yen to join in Japan you will enjoy: Discounts like 50% off repair, Free cleaning once a year, loaners, same day service, and more for your GFX and X cameras.

It seems that part of the reason for the disparity in the United States is that FPS in Japan is a separate entity from FPS throughout the rest of the world so benefits aren’t mirrored at this time. This would be ok except in Japan FPS costs $45 USD compared to $500 here. That’s 10x more for a less professional service experience. I’m not sure if they get all the extra “gifts” that we get in America, but according to the article they receive a GFX/X-H1 style FPS neck strap.

Fujifilm US needs to do better if they hope to grow among professionals, especially with Sony increasing the level of their professional services and Canon/Nikon moving into the professional mirrorless camera market. FPS in the United States is easy to deal with, but their program still lags behind others and we should expect more from FPS as mirrorless begins to replace DSLR.

via DC.Watch

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Fujinon 60mm f/2.4 XF Macro and Fujinon 18mm f/2.0 XF R Firmware Updates Released

Fujinon 60mm f/2.4 XF Macro firmware 3.13 Download Here

The firmware update Ver.3.13 from Ver.3.12 incorporates the following issue:

  • 1.Fix of slight defects.

Fujinon 18mm f/2.0 XF R firmware 3.13 Download Here

The firmware update Ver.3.13 from Ver.3.12 incorporates the following issue:

  • 1.Fix of slight defects.
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2018 EISA Awards for Fujifilm X-H1

2018 EISA Awards for FUJIFILM X-H1
FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Kenji Sukeno) is delighted to announce the “FUJIFILM X-H1” (X-H1) digital camera has been crowned Best Product 2018-2019 in the Mirrorless Camera category at the recent EISA (the European Imaging and Sound Association) awards*.

FUJIFILM X Series cameras and lenses, thoroughly dedicated to high image quality, premium design quality and easy operation, have consistently triumphed at the EISA awards for the last 7 years with the “FUJIFILM X100” winning an award in 2011, “FUJIFILM X-Pro1” in 2012, “FUJIFILM X100S” in 2013, double honors in 2014 for the “FUJIFILM X-T1” and “FUJINON XF56mmF1.2 R” lens, double honors in 2015 for the “FUJIFILM X-T10” and “FUJINON XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR” lens, double honors in 2016 for the “FUJIFILM X-Pro2” and “FUJINON XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR” lens, and “FUJIFILM X-T20” in 2017.

Commenting on the X-H1, the judges said, “The X-H1 is the new professional flagship in the X Series, which is the first camera in our range to incorporate in-body image stabilization. The ergonomics have been greatly improved over previous models with bigger buttons, a larger grip and a top LCD display. The fast hybrid autofocus is complemented by silent shooting up to 14 frames per second, while the new high-resolution viewfinder is one of the best on the market. Movie recording is enhanced with Cinema-4K resolution, F-Log gamma and a new “Eterna” film simulation. The X-H1 incorporates the award winning 24.3-megapixel X-Trans™ CMOS III sensor giving high resolution with low noise.”

Fujifilm will continue to work on the development of excellent products and services that address user needs, thereby contributing to the further development of photographic culture.

*EISA (the European Imaging and Sound Association) is the association of 53 special interest magazines from 25 European countries. In June each year, the editors-in-chief from all EISA member magazines meet to decide which of the products analyzed in their publications during the past year deserve a coveted EISA Award. The six categories under consideration are: HI-FI, Home Theater Audio, Home Theater Display & Video, In-car Electronics, Mobile Devices and Photography.

via Fujifilm

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Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D Astrophotography Meetup

Saturday night we had a big meetup at Kirby Storter Roadside Park that we pushed via social media with our sister sites and it was a great night, thank you to everyone that came out. I had to wait several hours for the sky to clear to get my final image above (High Rez Here), but while I was waiting I experimented with some time-lapse shots below.

The Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D worked flawlessly on my Fujifilm X-T2 and infinity focus was spot on, which allowed me to capture my sharpest Milky Way photos yet. I can’t wait to try the Laowa 9mm on the upcoming Fujifilm X-T3. We generally shoot Astrophotography every new moon so be sure to check our social media (FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube) and our Astrophotography Addict group if you’re interested in joining us or would like to create your own meetup.

I have also used the Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D for some landscapes and environmental portraiture on the X-H1, which worked out well. The vignetting shows up a lot more during the day than at night shooting the Milky Way, but it is easily corrected and if you stop the lens down a little it becomes quite manageable and the lens remains tack sharp.

As of now, the Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D is my favorite lens for shooting Astrophotography, but the new Fujinon XF8-16mm f/2.8 R LM WR might top it at 4x the price. Hopefully, I can secure one for testing when they start shipping in November, but that will be after Milky Way Season.

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Fujifilm X-A Owners Group
Fujifilm X100 Owners Group

Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D: VenusOptics / B&H Photo / Adorama / Amazon
XF 8-16mm f/2.8 R LM WR: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

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