CamFi Pro Plus: Wireless USB Tethering For 500+ Cameras


Press Release:

Guangdong, CHINA—DECEMBER 18, 2018—CamFi, maker of wireless camera controllers, announced the release of CamFi Pro Plus today. This new product adds the wireless tethering feature for 500+ cameras, including Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fuji, Pentax and more. All DSLR cameras which support USB tethering can be supported by CamFi Pro Plus.

“This is a big step for tethering technology,” said Mark Ma, the CEO of CamFi Limited. “It will improve the productivity for the professional photographers greatly, without any study cost.” With wireless tethering, there is need for a USB cable to connect the camera and computer. CamFi Pro Plus also allows photographers to keep using familiar tools, such as Capture One, Lightroom, EOS utility, Sony Pixel and so forth, directly via WiFi.

CamFi Pro Plus adds the third party tethering service. It can send USB data to the client device directly through a WiFi connection. When a camera is connected with CamFi Pro Plus, the laptop which connects to it will act as if the USB device plugged into it directly. In tests, the maximum Wi-Fi speed can achieve 10M Bytes/second. For a 20M raw photo, for example, this translates into need only about three seconds to transfer with Capture One.
The third party tethering service of CamFi Pro Plus supports Windows and Mac. The price of CamFi Pro Plus is $339. It can be ordered via CamFi website. All the existing customers of CamFi Pro can order the upgrade service for $40.

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Fujifilm GFX50R vs Fujifilm GFX50S vs Hasselblad X1D: Photons to Photos PDR Comparison


Some photographers have wondered if the Fujifilm GFX50R has and advantaged over the Fujifilm GFX50S since it is a more recent camera, but Photons to Photos has laid the debate to rest in their latest testing. The Fujifilm GFX50S slightly edges out the GFX50R at times and it is clearly just behind the Hasselblad X1D, but no one should notice much of a difference between these three cameras. If you want to manipulate the data you can do so here and stay tuned for more GFX news coming soon.

Camera Model Maximum
PDR
Low Light
ISO
Low Light
EV
FujiFilm GFX 50S 11.90 6241 10.96
FujiFilm GFX 50R 11.86 6218 10.96
Hasselblad X1D-50c  11.98 9058 11.50

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Fujifilm GFX Updates: January Fujinon GF100-200mm F5.6 R LM OIS WR Event? and Will GFX100 be X-Trans Based?


The Fujifilm GFX has been huge for Fujifilm and the rumors have been flying on sites like Weibo in addition to conjecture by other sites being mistaken as rumors. I received a couple of tips today, which are always appreciated, and I want to talk about them since they were numerous. First, there is a GF lens teaser going around Weibo for an event on 1-17-2019, which is a few days from now. FujiAddict is only aware of an event coming around February 14th so this could be a fabrication, but the Fujinon GF100-200mm F5.6 R LM OIS WR could always come earlier.

The other more surprising rumor comes from thephoblographer that made a leap from newly leaked photos of the GFX100 to the GFX100 might be X-Trans based in a recent post. The rumor is based on an interview from a previous thephoblographer post with Fujifilm where Fujifilm didn’t confirm that the Fujifilm GFX100 would have a bayer sensor or deny it being X-Trans based. This leap requires readers to forget the numerous thing Fujifilm has said about X-Trans and medium format. Fujifilm says that medium format does not benefit from X-Trans and that the technology would require too much processing power even with their 50MP sensor.

I am a huge fan of X-Trans technology and would love to see it used on their medium format camera’s, but I doubt this will happen anytime soon since decoding 100MP RAW files will remain computationally prohibitive in the immediate future. Another issue is getting RAW editors to properly decode X-Trans since no one does it perfectly yet. The only way I can see this happen is if Fujifilm drastically changes their RAW file to emulate bayer so that companies like Adobe can use their standard decoder instead of continuing to improve on their current flawed X-Trans decoder. Decoding a 100MP RAW file is going to be computationally demanding, but not like an X-Trans one so an X-Trans GFX100 is almost certainly not going to happen.

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DPReview: Shooting Landscapes on The Fujifilm GFX 50R With Nigel Danson

Nigel Danson was invited to give his opinion about the new Fujifilm GFX 50R in a recent DPReview video. Below are some highlights from the video:

  • Ergonomics
    • Leaking out the ISO dial was a mistake
    • Shouldn’t have left out the 4-way pad
    • It’s a big camera and Fujifilm should add buttons since the camera has space
    • Multiply your focal length by 0.80 to get your effective focal length
  • Handling
    • Hasn’t had much luck shooting the camera handheld for landscapes
    • It’s much easier to grab a camera like the Nikon Z7 to shoot a handheld landscape
    • Without a doubt, the Fujifilm GFX50S beats the Nikon Z7 at image quality, but the Z7 is easier to shoot handheld.
    • He really enjoys shooting with his eye on the left side of the camera
  • Image Quality and More
    • The best quality camera I have ever used
    • Image quality is incredible right up to the edges
    • The lenses are amazing
    • The tonal quality of rocks is incredible and the transition of tonality throughout the sky is really good.
    • Rock detail is amazing and stands out among other similar photos
    • There is very little noise
  • Why Don’t I Own One
    • Price of the body
    • Price of the lenses
    • Nikon lenses are softer at the edges but the change in overall quality is not justifiable
    • Significantly bigger than anything else and the lenses don’t help
    • If you want uncompromised quality the GFX50R is the camera you get
    • If you want to do video etc and want to take 2-3 bodies there are better options like the X-T3
  • Summary
    • Amazing Image Quality
    • Joy to use
    • The rangefinder on the left is great
    • It’s bulky
    • It’s expensive

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Fujifilm Savings Sunday


When I posted the additional body deals during the week there were a few that didn’t show a discount except on Adorama. Now Adorama is no longer showing the savings along with the others, so it looks like the Fujifilm X-H1, Fujifilm X-Pro2, Fujifilm X-T20, Fujifilm X-E3, Fujifilm X-T100, and Fujifilm X-A5 have had their base MSRP reduced. Fujifilm intends to remain very competitive about their price point going forward into 2019 and beyond. This is good news for Fujifilm fans because Fujifilm already offered a lot of value for the price before the reductions.

Body Deals
Fujifilm X-T3 Body (Save $100): B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Fujifilm X-T3 + 18-55mm w Grip (Save $200): B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Fujifilm X-H1 + Free Grip (Save $329.99): B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

Fujifilm X-T2 w Handgrip (Save $629): B&H Photo / Amazon  / Adorama
Fujifilm X-T2 w 18-55mm + Handgrip (Save $529):  B&H Photo / Adorama
Fujifilm X-T2 Graphite Edition (Save $500): B&H Photo

Fujifilm X-T20 (save $200): B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Fujifilm X-T20 w 18-55mm (save $200): B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Fujifilm X-T20 w 16-50mm (save $200): B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

Fujifilm X-E3 (save $200): B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Fujifilm X-E3 w 23mm (save $200): B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Fujifilm X-E3 w 18-55mm (save $300): B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

Fujifilm X-T100 (Save $100): B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Fujifilm X-T100 w XC15-45mm (Save $100): B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Fujifilm X-T100 w XC50-200mm (Save $100):B&H Photo / Adorama
Fujifilm X-T100 w XC15-45mm + XC50-200mm (Save $100): B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

Fujifilm X-A5 + XC15-45 (Save $100): B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Fujifilm X-A5 + XC15-45 + XC50-230 (Save $100): B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

Fujifilm GFX50R + 45mm (Save $1,000): B&H Photo / Amazon  / Adorama
Fujifilm GFX50R + 63mm (Save $1,000): B&H Photo / Amazon  / Adorama
Fujifilm GFX50R + 32-64mm (Save $800): B&H Photo / Amazon  / Adorama

Fujifilm GFX 50S: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

Lights
Nissin Air 1 Commander +Di700A kit (Save $50): B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

Other Deals
X-Mount Lens Deals
Lexar Professional 2000x 64GB
Sony High-Speed SD Cards Discounted
Memory Card Savings
Power Banks
Mitakon Zhongyi Speedmaster 35mm f/0.95 Mark II Save $70
Zeiss X-mount Lenses

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

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


iPad Savings: B&H Photo
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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Impossible Project’s Packfilm Kickstarter Was a Success


The Impossible Project was looking to revive packfilm via a Kickstarter and they reached their goal so hopefully we will see some new packfilm soon from impossible project. Amazon and SavePackfilm still have some left, but B&H Photo and Adorama are now sold out. Doc left a msg on the Kickstarter page reading the following.

“Dear all analog souls!

What can I say??? Even after all the impossible projects of my crazy past, these last days have been the most crazy emotional rollercoaster ride I have ever been on!!!

Finally reaching not only the crazy stretch goal of 211.111 but also crossing the unbelievable 2.000 supporters benchmark leaves me nothing but speechless and super proud.

Especially after our fantastic super supporter had to cancel all his fat pledges due to some concerns of his wife (no worries brother, just let us know when the time is right)

Soooooo… With just about 4 hours left, I already cant hold back to start celebrating and together with Uwe we decided to upgrade the Pioneer Card percentage to

11% !!!!

in order to express our endless gratitude. You really deserve it!!!

So – to confirm again- all of you who’s pledge includes a triple 6-pack of One Instant (or more), will receive a very personal One Instant Pioneer card!!! This unique card will qualify them for a LIFETIME 11% discount for all our future One Instant films!!!!!

Because You rock!!!!!!!!!! Thank you again

Doc”

We are glad we could bring some attention to this issue and the 11% lifetime discount sounds fantastic for contributors. I am glad The Impossible Project continues to save discontinued film, but I hope they can bring their prices down a little bit in the future since film has become popular in some circles again.

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