Fujifilm X100V Takes Home The Gold From DPReview


The Fujifilm X100 kick off Fujifilm’s modern digital line of cameras so it should come as no surprise that it took home a solid gold from DPReview. In the past the camera has gone between gold and silver, but the X100V represents a back to back gold with the X100F, so it seems the X100 has finally arrived at a sold Gold status, but I would honestly enjoy shooting any of the X100 cameras. You can read the full review here and see what they didn’t and didn’t like below.

What we like What we don’t
  • Updated 26MP sensor offers good noise performance and fast readout
  • Excellent, highly tunable JPEG engine with good detail and noise reduction
  • Multiple film simulations with truly pleasing color output
  • Redesigned lens removes close-up ‘haze’ of previous models and improves corner performance
  • Class-leading 4K video capabilities
  • Tilting touchscreen
  • Great electronic / optical viewfinder
  • Good build quality, optional weather-sealing
  • Impressive low-light autofocus
  • Limited customizable buttons with elimination of four-way controller (Touchscreen function swipes won’t be to everyone’s taste)
  • Outright autofocus speed is still on the slow side
  • Face-and-eye detection UI a bit clunky
  • Full weather-sealing requires additional purchase
  • Some odd customization limitations, particularly for My Menu
  • Menus are getting overly complex
  • AF performance is less effective in OVF
  • Redesigned OVF makes it harder to anticipate AF point location

Fujifilm X100V: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Fujifilm X100F: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

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CamFi Now Supports Fujifilm X-T2, X-T3, X-H1, GFX 50R, GFX 50S and GFX 100


CamFi: B&H Photo / Amazon

CamFi Press Release
Guangdong, CHINA—April 8, 2020—CamFi, maker of wireless camera controllers, today announced that the new version of its app adds wireless tethering support for Fujifilm cameras. This feature allows the photographer to transmit photos from a Fujifilm camera to a laptop or a mobile phone via Wi-Fi automatically during a photo shoot.

“It is not very convenient to review the photos on a mobile device or a Mac while shooting by Fujifilm camera,” explained Mark Ma, CEO of CamFi. “The built-in Wi-Fi is too slow. Our new feature changes all that. Now, our device and app will speed up the workflow of photographers who use Fujifilm cameras.”

The new version of the app delivers a great deal of convenience to Fujifilm photographers. It supports the most popular Fujifilm cameras that are available after this update, including X-T2, X-T3, X-H1, GFX 50R, GFX 50S and GFX 100. The new version of the app also supports live view, remote capture, time lapse, HDR and focus stacking. Furthermore, this version allows photographers to save an image’s RAW file on the camera’s SD card and transfer the JPG file to the client device only. This capability can shorten the time required to review the photo.

All existing users of CamFi CF 101, CF 102, CamFi Pro and CamFi Pro Plus can upgrade their firmware with this version. Windows, Mac, iOS and Android platforms are all supported.

To prevent draining the battery of the CamFi device, CamFi also released a new USB connector for Fujifilm cameras. It will extend the work time of CamFi’s battery from 1 hour to 3 hours.

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Fujifilm Avigan (Favipiravir) Clinical Trials For COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Treatment in USA and Russia Start


Fujifilm has been involved in the fight against COVID-19 (Coronavirus) from the start and we have covered it longer than anyone ( 1234567, 8) with as much depth as would be reasonable on a photography site. It finally looks like larger countries are starting to wise up with Russia and the United States of America announcing the start of Clinical Trials of Avigan (Favipiravir) for COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Treatment.

I certainly think it would be interesting for Fujifilm to “save” the world from COVID-19 with a viable treatment considering how badly it has devastated the creative community and how big of a roll Fujifilm plays in our community. While a vaccine is said to be at least a year away there are multiple viable treatments in trials right now and from my reading, Avigan (Favipiravir) seems to be the most viable of all with the most scientific evidence supporting its use, but there are a few others.

It seems to me that a lot of the push for hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) treatment came out of the initial successful Avigan (Favipiravir) trials in China and Japan since both can be used to treat malaria, but hydroxychloroquine hasn’t been tested as scientifically as Avigan (Favipiravir) for COVID-19 Treatment. The difference between the two drugs being that Avigan (Favipiravir) is still a drug of last resort for many treatments, whereas Hydroxychloroquine is often used as a primary treatment for malaria and more around the world which makes the drugs very different beyond the scope of this site.

Reducing recovery time and improving lung function within days would be a big win against COVID-19 and it might make the disease far less deadly, which would allow us to return to some semblance of normalcy. I know a lot of creatives are working for free or not at all nowadays thanks to the disruption caused by the virus, but there does some to be some legitimate hope on the horizon.

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INSTAX Mini 11, INSTAX Mini Blue Marble Film, and INSTAX Square White Marble Film Delayed


Instax Mini 11: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Instax Mini Blue Marble Film: B&H Photo / Amazon
Instax Square White Marble Film: B&H Photo / Amazon

Fujifilm recently announced the Instax 11 alongside INSTAX® Mini Blue Marble Film and INSTAX® Square White Marble Film which you can read about here. Now they have released a notice of delay which you can read below translated from Japanese. This seems like an odd announcement since I know some Instax 11 mini cameras have hit the market in the US, but maybe Fujifilm only made an initial shipment.

Dear customers
Thank you for your patronage of the instant camera instax series products.

The instant camera “Check” and “instax mini 11 (Eleven),” which were announced to be released in early April, Production is delayed and on May 15 we can secure a sufficient supply Release will be postponed.

We apologize for any inconvenience to customers who have already made a reservation or are considering purchasing, but we appreciate your understanding.

The release date of the film has also been decided, so we will inform you.

Product Name
Instant camera “Check” “instax mini 11”
Mini format film “BLUE MARBLE” Square format film “WHITE MARBLE”

Release Date
Instant camera “Check” “instax mini 11” <Initial> Early April 2020 <After change> May 15, 2020
Mini format film “BLUE MARBLE” Square format film “WHITE MARBLE” <Initial>
Early April 2020 <After change> April 17, 2020

via Fujifilm

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Iridient Developer 3.3.11 Released With Fujifilm X-T4 Support + X-Transformer 1.6.4


Iridient Digital is always quick to release new Fujifilm camera support. Yesterday they released an update adding Fujifilm X-T4 support to Irident Developer 3.3.11 and a few weeks ago they added it to Transformer 1.6.4.

Iridient Developer Version History
3.3.11 – April 6, 2020 (Maintenance Release)

  • New Features:
    • Support added for RAF images from the Fujifilm X-T4.
    • Support added for RAF images from the Olympus E-M1 Mark III
    • Support added for NRW images from the Nikon Coolpix P950.
    • Support added for DNG images from the Leica S3.
  • Improvements:
    • The Batch Window now appears in the Window menu list of open windows.
    • The Lightroom plug-in now allows selection using non-RAW (JPEG, TIFF, …) image formats. Makes selecting images from unsupported camera models in old versions Lightroom much easier, especially if shooting in RAW+JPEG.
    • Updated to the latest Adobe XMP SDK release (2020.01).
    • Updated to latest OpenEXR v2.4.1 libraries.
    • Updated DNG color and white balance default metadata to the latest Adobe DNG Converter 12.2 release.
  • Bug Fixes:
    • Workaround implemented for crashing issues in the macOS 10.15.4 update with Apple’s vImage library.
    • Fixed a crashing issue on macOS 10.7.x systems.
    • Fixed an issue with some ORF images from recent Olympus models showing overall green or magenta color cast, particularly from E-M5 Mark III and E-M1 Mark III ORF images at higher ISO levels (3200+).
    • Fixed an issue with the Save to Folder selection dialog in the Batch window not working after the first selection on macOS 10.15.

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Iridient X-Transformer Version History
1.6.4 – March 20, 2020 (Maintenance Update)

  • New Features:
    • Support added for RAW images from the Fujifilm X-T4.
    • The Adobe Lightroom plug-in is no longer restricted to selection by RAW images only. Standard images, such as from RAW+JPEG mode, can now be used for selection as long as they have an identically named RAW image next to them. This makes for easier selection in older versions of Lightroom that may support for newer camera models.
  • Improvements:
    • Updated camera calibration and profile information for models newly supported in Adobe’s latest DNG Converter 12.2 update.
    • Lossless RAF decompression speed on macOS improved by 10-15%.
  • Bug Fixes:
    • Fixed a macOS 10.7 specific issue with sporadic crashing when using drag and drop to select images for conversion.

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Fujifilm X100V vs. X100F 23mm f/2 Lens Comparison


DPR published a comparison today between the new 23mm f/2 on the Fujifilm X100V and the old design used on the X100-X100F. While there isn’t a huge difference between the two there are some small noticeable improvements.

At infinity, the X100V’s lens is not appreciably sharper than that of the X100F at optimal apertures in the center of the frame (which was never a weak point of the older model), but it’s noticeably more consistent edge-to-edge, being sharper and more contrasty at the extremes of the frame at all apertures.

The differences between the two lenses that are visible at infinity become even more apparent at closer focusing distances. If you’re a fan of relatively close-range portraits you can expect higher contrast from the X100V at wide apertures, and somewhat smoother bokeh, too. Meanwhile for copy work (or for taking pictures of your dinner) the superior edge definition from the X100V’s lens at all apertures might make the difference between a shot that you can actually use, versus one that you can’t.

In the truly closeup range, neither camera is at its best, but despite delivering slightly lower resolution, the X100V wins again by virtue of the higher contrast and near-total lack of ‘haziness’ compared to the older X100F. This difference is especially noticeable wide open, but holds true until around F5.6.

You can read the full review and access the same photos for comparison here.

Fujifilm X100V: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

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