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Fujifilm X-T2/X-Pro2 Firmware Update to Bring 33 Improvements

Fujifilm has a history of releasing firmware updates so significant that you feel like you’re downloading a brand new camera. The company has just announced this type of upcoming update to the X-T2 and X-Pro2: the new firmware will bring a whopping 33 functional and operational improvements.

The updating will occur via two different firmware updates released in late March and late May. The improvements reflect “users’ requests for improving operability and adding new functions,” Fuji says.

There will be a brand new Voice Memo function that lets you record 30-second audio clips while in Playback mode, useful for saving some “notes” for photos to reference later.

There’s also going to be a new Copyright Info feature that lets you register the photographer and copyright holder’s name(s) in advance so that those details are automatically baked into the EXIF data of each photo.

Here’s a complete list of the big improvements headed your way if you own one of these two flagship X Series cameras:

March 2017 Update

1. Shooting RAW in Bracketing and Advanced Filters
The update enables you to use the RAW format when shooting not only in AE Bracketing but also in other Bracketing modes (ISO, Dynamic Range, White Balance, Film Simulaitons) and also in Advanced Filter modes.

2. Extended ISO 125 and 160 selectable
The update adds ISO125 and ISO160 to extended ISO levels available.

3. Programmable long exposure of up to 15 minutes
Long exposure in the T mode currently goes only up to 30 seconds. The update will allow users to extend it up to 15 minutes.

4. ON/OFF for 1/3-step shutter speed adjustment (X-T2 only – already in X-Pro2)
The update allows you to turn off the Command Dial’s function to adjust shutter speed by 1/3 steps in order to prevent unintended adjustments.

5. Full-range ISO adjustments with the Command Dial (X-T2 only)
With the update, set the ISO “A” position to “Command” to adjust ISO sensitivity across the full range, including extended ISOs, with the Front Command Dial.

6. “AUTO” setting added for the minimum shutter speed in the ISO Auto setting
The update adds an AUTO option for the minimum shutter speed in the ISO Auto setting, that allows the camera to automatically define the minimum shutter speed according to the focal length of the lens attached.

7. Faster “Face Detection AF”
The update enables the use of Phase Detection AF for faster performance in Face Detection AF.

8. Improved in-focus indication in the AF-C mode
The update reduces focus hunting in the AF-C mode, making it easier to track a subject.

9. Addition of a smaller Focus Point size in Single Point AF
The update adds a smaller Focus Point size in Single Point AF, bringing the total number of available sizes to six. The new smallest size facilitates pin-point focusing.

10. Addition of “AF Point Display” (X-Pro2 only – already on X-T2)
With the update, you can choose to have AF Points constantly displayed in Zone AF and Wide / Tracking AF, making it easier to track a subject.

11. Addition of “AF-C Custom Setting” (X-Pro2 only – already on X-T2)
The update adds “AF-C Custom Setting” for specifying focus-tracking characteristics. Choose from five presets according to your subject’s type of movements.

12. Addition of “Portrait / Landscape AF Mode Switching” (X-T2 only)
The update allows you to specify separate AF mode and AF point settings for portrait orientation and landscape orientation.

13. Change of focus frame position while enlarging it
The update allows you to move the position of focus frame while enlarging it in Single Point in the AF-S mode or in the Manual Focus

14. Activation of the Eye Sensor in video recording (X-T2 only)
The update allows you to use the Eye Sensor during video recording to automatically switch between EVF and LCD.

15. Change of ISO sensitivity during video recording (X-T2 only)
The update allows you to change ISO setting during video recording.

16. Re-autofocusing in video recording
With the update, half-press the Shutter Release button or press the button assigned to “AF-ON” function during video recording to re-do autofocusing.

17. Display live histogram during video recording (X-T2 only)
The update allows you to display a live histogram during video recording.

18. Optimization of external microphone’s input level (X-T2 only)
The update optimizes external microphone’s input level (lower limit revised from -12dB to 20dB) to reduce white noise when an external microphone with preamp is connected.

19. Addition of “Eye Sensor + LCD Image Display” in the View Mode
The update gives the “Eye Sensor + LCD Image Display” option in the View Mode that allows you to shoot through the viewfinder and check images on the LCD, just as you would with an SLR.

20. Shorter EVF display time-lag (X-Pro2 only – already in X-T2)
The update shortens EVF’s display time-lag in the AF-C mode so that you will not miss a photo opportunity.

21. Constant “Dual” mode display (X-T2 only)
With the update, the small window in the Dual mode stays on even when you half-press the shutter release button.

22. Automatic vertical GUI for LCD (X-T2 only)
With the update, when you hold the camera in the portrait orientation, the camera will automatically display the GUI on the LCD in the same orientation.

23. Name Custom Settings
The update allows you to assign a specific name to Custom Settings 1 – 7.

24. Copyright information in EXIF data
The update allows you to register the photographer’s name and the copyright holder’s name in advance so that the camera automatically adds the information to EXIF data for each image.

25. Voice Memo function
The update enable you to record 30-second “Voice Memo” clips in the Playback mode.

26. Extended AE Bracketing
The update extends AE Bracketing from the current 3 frames +/-2EV to up to 9 frames +/-3EV.

27. Addition of “Shoot Without Card” mode
With the update, you can have the “Shoot Without Card” mode turned OFF so that the camera can not shoot when there is no SD card inserted.

May 2017 Update

28. Support for computer tethering via Wi-Fi (X-T2 only)
The update adds support for computer tethering via Wi-Fi.

29. Addition of “All” AF mode (X-T2 only)
With the update, select “All” in the AF mode so that you can select the AF mode and Focus Area size by only using the Command Dial.

30. Function extension for “Shutter AF” and “Shutter AE” (X-T2 only)
With the update, you can specify different settings for AF-S and AF-C in “Shutter AF” and for AF-S / MF and AF-C in “Shutter AE.”

31. Addition of “-6” and “-7” to EVF’s brightness setting
Additional options of “-6” and “-7” to the “EVF Brightness” setting so that, even in an extremely low-light condition, the brightness of the EVF does not distract you from shooting.

32. Switchover of the main and sub displays in the Dual Display mode (X-T2 only)
The update allows you to switch between the main and sub displays in the Dual Display mode.

33. Function assignment to the Rear Command Dial
With the update, you can assign a specific function to be activated when the Rear Command Dial is pressed.

New Metabones PL to Sony E-mount T CINE Speed Booster ULTRA 0.71x

Metabones released the new PL to Sony E-mount T CINE Speed Booster ULTRA 0.71x. This is the press text: – Sharper corners, less distortion, reduced vignetting New optical design: advanced 5-element/4-group optical design incorporating ultra-high index tantalum-based optical glass to achieve extraordinary optical performance with improved corner sharpness, distortion and reduced vignetting. Like the revolutionary […]

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Canon Just Launched a New Clothing Line

Are you a die-hard Canon photographer who has longed to wear Canon-branded clothing? If so, Canon UK just launched a clothing line for you. It’s a collection of gear that includes jackets, bags, shirts, hats, umbrellas, and even a baby bib.

Here are some of the products that are now for sale in the “Official Canon Merchandise” section of the Canon UK website:

Camera History T-Shirt (£29)

“Black T-shirt in men’s regular fit featuring a white graphic print showing some of Canon’s most iconic cameras.”

Vintage Logo Cap (£12.50)

“A black baseball cap featuring an embroidered vintage ‘Camera Kwanon’ logo.”

Canon Umbrella (£25)

“Stay dry with this 92cm (27-inch) black golf-style umbrella, which is decorated with a timeline of iconic Canon cameras.”

Vintage Logo T-shirt (£29)

“Grey T-shirt in men’s regular fit featuring a black vintage Camera Kwanon logo from 1934.”

Vintage Logo Hoodie (£50)

“Regular fit men’s hoodie in navy blue, featuring a white Camera Kwanon logo.”

Canon Gear Baby Bib (£8)

“A colourful, waterproof baby bib featuring a Canon EOS digital camera – perfect for the budding young photographer in your life.”

Canon Windbreaker (£125)

“A water-repellent windbreaker jacket with photographer-friendly features, keeping you and your camera gear dry when you’re outdoors. Includes pockets to store lenses, SD cards and batteries, plus a detachable lens cleaning cloth.”

You can find the complete collection of Official Canon Merchandise here.

Burglars Steal Hundreds of Cameras and Lenses from Midwest Photo

The priceyness and portability of photo gear makes camera rental and retail outlets a popular target of burglars, and last week yet another big name in the industry was looted. The camera store Midwest Photo in Columbus, Ohio, was broken into on March 15th, and a huge number of items were stolen.

The burglars got into the new facility in the late night hours by sawing the roof and ceiling open, sliding down a pole, and then entering the stock/storage area. The entry was so stealthy that the perpetrators were able to stay long enough to steal hundreds of cameras, lenses, and photo accessories by Sony, Canon, Nikon, Tamron, Olympus, Panasonic, Hasselblad and Sigma.

Midwest Photo declined to share the dollar value of the stolen items.

Midwest Photo in Columbus, Ohio.

“This break in appears to have been pre meditated and carried out by experienced individuals,” Midwest Photo tells PetaPixel. “Police and local detectives are involved as this break in is potentially a part of a larger crime wave going throughout the Midwest at this time.”

Here are a couple of surveillance camera frames showing one of the burglars creeping around in the stock room:

Midwest Photo is in the process of gathering the serial numbers of missing items and using scraping software to scour the Web in hopes that items show up for sale somewhere online.


P.S. Two services/tools you can use to track serial numbers are Lenstag and the Stolen Camera Finder.

Marathon Runner Busted for Cheating Thanks to Finish Line Photo

Jane Seo, a professional food blogger, dashed through the finish line to clinch the Fort Lauderdale Half Marathon in an outstanding 1 hour and 21 minutes back on Feb 19th, beating thousands to win the 2nd place with an impressive 6:15-per-mile pace. However, she was soon revealed as a cheater by a sharp-eyed sleuth who found proof in her finish line photo.

“Suspicions arose almost immediately after Seo, who is 24 and writes regularly for The Huffington Post, crossed the finish line in the 13.1 half-marathon division Sunday,” the Miami News Times reports. “Race timer Josh Stern quickly noted that her timing chip logged unusually fast miles in the second half of the race, when runners often slow down rather than dramatically speed up.”

What Seo did not realize was that the evidence of her cheating derived victory was sitting on her Garmin wristwatch, and an enhanced digital photo could spill her ill-gotten beans.

Derek Murphy, an independent running investigator who specializes in catching cheaters, then started looking at the results. Murphy came across a photo of Seo, wearing her medal, which also showed her wearing a Garmin Forerunner 235 watch on which the race timings were still visible.

The smoking gun photo by MarathonFoto.

Zooming into the shot, Murphy realized that Seo’s watch verified her time of 1 hour 22 minutes but also showed she had covered only 11.65 miles — nearly two miles short of the full race.

Seo, educated at Harvard, wanted to legitimize her timings after the race, so afterward she accurately bicycled the entire course using her GPS watch and then posted the detailed timings of her mile-by-mile records of her grueling 13.1 miles on strava.com. But for those timings, an analysis of the flyby screen showed that the she had produced timings that were taken after the race was over.

When the evidence was revealed, Seo eventually confessed to cutting the course and was disqualified. And that’s how one cropped photo helped bust a marathon cheater.

(via Ars Technica)