Fujilove Podcast With Billy Luong From The Fuji Guys: Medium Format Global Shutter, Focal Plane Shutter, Product Photography, Film Simulation, Leaf Shutters, Lens Adapters and More

Fuji Love’s fifth interview with Billy Luong was posted and it’s just over an hr long. If you have the time you can listen to the podcast on FujiloveiTunes, and Stitcher. You can find our coverage from the

If you do not have an hr to burn the excerpts covering the whole podcast are below:

  • Intro
    • Jonas Rask and Billy Luong are on
    • No way to shoot multiple film simulations without multiple RAW files
    • Jonas likes to work with ACROS because he can’t recreate them in a RAW editor
    • With the GFX the files are so big that you really don’t need a lot of JPG sitting around on top of them
    • Billy recommends using the Q button to selectively turn RAW files into JPEG
    • Jonas has been getting back into street photography
    • If you’re a real photographer you can capture anything, but he enjoys street the most
  • Jonas Product Photography
    • Jonas started getting involved in Fujifilm launches with the X70
    • Jonas has been shooting Fujifilm product photography since the X70 and Billy likes his work
    • Jonas’ black shots are all on a black linoleum table
    • Jonas still gets excited when he shoots new products
    • Jonas is using the XF60mm f/2.4 for his product photography because it is super sharp and has an almost GFX look to it
    • Jonas uses the GFX50R with 120mm Macro now and 63mm for wider shots
  • Camera Corner – GFX
    • Billy worked with the product planners on the GFX system so he was in the loop early
    • APS-C has the best balance of size/weight/image quality
    • Fujifilm talked about going Full Frame but decided the jump wasnt big enough so GFX was decided on for the ultimate image quality
    • Jonas was kept in the dark about GFX so he was excited like everyone else when it was announced
    • When GFX was announced Jonas thought it wasn’t for him, but then he got the 50S for product photography and he was blown away by the 100% view
    • The GF23mm with a prototype 110mm sold Jonas on the GFX along with adapting classic lenses that cover the sensor
    • Now with the GFX50R and GF50mm Jonas can’t live without GFX
    • The GFX100 has a lot of bleeding-edge 2019 technology compared to the GFX50S and GFX50R
    • GFX is a big leap over XT3 when it comes to resolution
    • GFX can be ridiculously sharp
    • All 3 GFX blow away smaller sensor cameras
    • GF lenses should well out resolve 100MP
    • GFX isn’t for Billy so he has never tried adapting glass for it and his old Mac Book Air cant handle GFX files
    • Billy likes to carry the smallest and lightest camera he can and for right now that’s the X-T30
    • Jonas can’t think of the GFX100 lacking anything because it is the epitome of what camera companies can produce
    • Comparing the GFX100 to other medium format cameras makes the camera’s price seem cheap
    • GFX50R was what made Jonas the most interested in GFX
    • GFX50S isn’t the most beautiful camera, but it feels better in the hand than the GFX50R
    • The use of a focal plane shutter let users adapt glass, but it takes up a lot of space inside the body
    • When global shutter becomes available Fujifilm will be able to create a lot more compact and interesting designs
    • Hasselblad X1D is small because the shutter is in the lenses
    • No comment about Fujifilm working on leaf shutters
    • The GF50mm f/3.5 is largely designed for the GFX50R
    • Jonas had the 50mm f/3.5 for a few months and he fell in love with it
    • The GF50mm makes the GF63mm feel bulky
    • The GF50mm has very fast AF
    • Jonas is liking the 40mm equivalence focal length especially since it has the qualities of the 50mm
    • Fujifilm’s 16-80mm gives you 24-122 equivalency along with 6-stops of optical image stabilization
    • Billy thinks the 16-80mm will be very popular for video because it is very quiet and fast with a smooth focus ring and little focus breathing
    • The 16-80mm f/4 is very light and portable, which makes it a great all-around lens
  • Tip Corner
    • Everyone should turn on the horizon level
    • Fujifilm now has two options for their in-camera level, one is a horizon level that just turns green when it is flat and now more recent cameras have a 3D level that gives you horizontal and vertical leveling
    • The 3D level has to be assigned to a function button and Fujifilm largely sets it to a swipe function
    • Everyone on the podcast uses the level all the time
  • Lens adapters
    • There are some AF adapters that actually work quite well
    • Sigma Art lenses cover the GFX well
    • Adapters give your images an extra bit of something that can’t be recreated
    • Old glass generally cant resolve high megapixels, but they look great
    • There are a lot of dumb and smart adapters out there
    • GFX has a Hasselblad adapter that will fire leaf shutters and they have a view camera adapter that works well with bellows
    • Fujifilm has worked with Kipon, Fotodiox, and Metabones to make their adapters communicate well with Fujifilm bodies
    • Others like Tech Art have just reverse-engineered Fujifilm’s system
    • Jonas started with Tech Art and is now using Kipon

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Fujifilm GFX50R: 
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Fujifilm GFX 50S:
 B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Fujinon GF50mm f/3.5: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

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September 12, 2019, Valhalla, New York – FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced that its Enterprise Order Fulfillment services will power Google Photos’ new service that allows users of the popular app to print directly from Google Photos to Walmart for in-store pickup. Users of the app can order photo prints on their smartphones, tablets, or computers with ease by using Google Photos to manage their images, and then choosing the specific Walmart store for same day pickup.

“We’re thrilled that our Enterprise OrderFFulfillment Service is enabling Google Photos users to easily print their images at Walmart,” said Manny Almeida, President, Imaging Division for FUJIFILM North AmericaACorporation. “This system has a long history of working successfully for consumers who want to order and print their photos with ease, and we’re excited to be a part of Google Photos’ entry into this evolving space,” he said.

Fujifilm’s Enterprise Order Fulfillment Service is a robust, scalable, and secure infrastructure for supporting print-to-store services, with advanced, proprietary functionality to enable on-time delivery and printing of customer orders.  Each year the fulfillment service processes millions of orders through this service for Walmart.

Over the last approximately 15 years, Fujifilm’s Enterprise Order Fulfillment Service has enabled users to place photo orders online and pick up prints in one hour or less at Walmart. As the exclusive provider of photographic printers and consumables for Walmart stores across the United States, Fujifilm North America Corporation’s proprietary lab management software ensures that orders are printed on time at Walmart using industry-leading Fujifilm printers and Fujifilm’s archival quality paper.

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Fujifilm Hot Summer Savings Sunday

Fujifilm GFX50R (Save $500): B&H Photo /  Amazon / Adorama

X Series Savings Apply With or Without Lenses
X-H1 w Grip + 8-16mm f/2.8 (Save $1000) $299:
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
X-H1 w Grip + 16-55mm f/2.8 (Save $800) $499:
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
X-H1 w Grip + 50-140mm f/2.8 (Save $300) $999:
B&H Photo / AmazonAdorama
X-H1 w Grip + 100-400mm (Save $300) $999:
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

X-H1 Body with Grip Kit (Save $300) $999:
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

Fujifilm X-Pro2 (Save $200): B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Fujifilm X-E3 (Save $100): B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

Other Deals
X-Mount Lens Deals
Lexar Professional 2000x 64GB
Sony High-Speed SD Cards
Memory Card Savings
Power Banks
Zeiss X-mount Lenses

Software Deals
Luminar 2018 & Aurora HDR 2018 (Savings code FUJIADDICT)
ON1 Photo RAW 2019

Battery Banks For Fujifilm Cameras
Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD
PowerCore+26800 PD
other more affordable options

New Apple iPad Pro and More: B&H Photo / Adorama
New Apple iMac Pro: B&H Photo / Adorama
New Apple MBP: B&H Photo / Adorama
MacBook Pro (Savings still available): B&H Photo

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Fujifilm GFX100 Technical Analysis Part 4: Final Round-up

Jim Kasson finished his GFX100 testing and I have to agree with him that the GFX100 is not a nitch camera. You can go through the first round-up here, the second round-up here and the third round-up here. Jim did some additional testing with an Epson P800 here if you want to read about it, but I left it out of this final round-up since most will order prints form a professional shop instead of printing at home.

The Last Word – GFX 100 self-heating read noise and EDR

There is a very small gradual increase in the noise, amounting to about 0.2 counts. This is nothing to worry about.

The Last Word – Fujifilm GFX 100 conclusions

Before the GFX 100 shipped, there were many who said that it would be a niche camera, with volume a tiny fraction of that for its 50-MP brethren. I doubted that then. I doubt it even more now.

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Novoflex Automatic Reverse Adapter For Fujifilm X (FUX-RETRO)

Novoflex announced a new FUX-RETRO automatic reverse adapter for Fujifilm X cameras in addition to new automatic bellows that they released earlier this week:

Products for close-up and macro photography are a specialty of NOVOFLEX and enjoy an excellent reputation in the photographic world. The Memmingen based company is now adding four new automatic reverse adapters for the camera systems Canon EOS-R, Fujifilm X, L-Mount (Leica, Panasonic, Sigma) and Nikon Z to complement its extensive assortment.

Already with the kit lenses in retro position the new reverse adap- ters enable an easy access to the fascinating world of macro pho- tography. In fact, the achievable reproduction scale is larger than in case of most of the significantly more expensive macro lenses. The reverse adapters are compatible for all prime lenses and nearly every zoom lens. Recommended are zoom lenses in the lower focal length segment. The huge number of compatible lenses as well as the use of a bellow, offer a manifold combination potential.

The new adapters transfer all control features between camera and lens. As standard they are supplied with a 58 mm filter thread. Appropriate lens adapters are available for lenses with filter diameters from 37 mm to 82 mm. In order to protect the sensitive rear lens element NOVOFLEX supplies a high-quality, multi-layered protection filter „Made in Germany“ from the manufacturer Heliopan.

General advantages at a glance:

  • small and light-weight
  • all functions of the lens remain unchanged • multi-purpose combination possibilities

Advantages over macro lenses:

  • greater image scales
  • inexpensive solution

Advantages over extension tubes:

  • lighter and smaller
  • gapless transition from normal to extreme image scales

Advantages over close-up lenses:

  • remarkably higher image scales
  • greater versatility in terms of image scales

Order codes:

  • Fujifilm X: FUX-RETRO
  • L-Mount: LET-RETRO
  • Nikon Z: NIKZ-RETRO

For US pricing and availability check B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama and shipping should start in September

via NikonRumors

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Viltrox EF-FX Firmware Update Released

Viltrox released two firmware update for the Viltrox EF-FX1/2 in quick succession. Version 2.24 “Fixed XH1 lens error BUG”, which was followed by Version 2.25 that “Solved the autofocus problem of Canon EF-24-70MM F2.8 L IS II.”

You should only need to download Version 2.25 for the Viltrox EF-FX2/1

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