Fujifilm 18-55mm Lens Firmware Update Available (1.01)

19 Dec


Fujifilm have released a firmware update for the Fujinon XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS Lens

The 1.01 update will mitigate any high frequency noise from the optical image stabilization module which can very occasionally occur when the lens is used at extremely low temperatures, according to Fujifilm

The update is available on the Fujifilm Global website here
Note: This is an update for the Firmware of the 18-55mm lens, not the camera body of the X-E1, X-Pro1


PhotoRaw App for iOS now supports X-Pro1 and X-E1

21 Nov

PhotoRaw for iOS is a iPad and iPhone viewer and developer for image files in raw format. Raw file formats from most camera manufacturers are supported, for example Nikon NEF files, Canon CR2 files, Leica DNG files, etc. and now the RAF format used by the X-Pro1 and X-E1 

A list of supported cameras are available here  However the Apple Connection Kit is not showing support for the Fujifilm X-Pro1 or X-E1 You will still be able to import images into PhotoRaw via any of the alternate means – email, iTunes file sharing, via file sharing programs such as DropBox, etc. and my favourite method is the Eye-Fi card which works in the X-E1

You can also try the PhotoRaw Lite version before buying the full app at $9.99

Video explaining the X-E1 and the Fujinon XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM

15 Nov

The Fuji Guys have done a video showing the main features of the X-E1 and the Fujinon XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM and explain briefly what the letters LM stand for (Linear Motor) and that it is a quieter and faster focusing system than the previous lenses.

There is also an explanation as why there are no aperture markings which is to keep it simple as its a variable aperture zoom, which kind of makes sense and I can see how that might confuse some people.

The pop up flash also gets a mention too with a neat trick for the Strobists and how to bounce the flash!

Fujilm X-E1 and 18-55mm Lens – First Impressions

14 Nov

I got a call yesterday saying my Fujifilm X-E1 & XF 18-55mm f2.8-4 R LM OIS lens  had arrived and was waiting for me in my local camera shop, London Camera Exchange in Derby. 2 days early and for £1099.00 lens and body in black!

Unfortunately after battling through the traffic and again returning in rush hour there was no light left at the end of the day to give it a good test to see what it could really do.

18-55mm f2.8-4 R LM OIS Lens Quality

A Very Quick Review

It is too soon for me to give overall impressions on this lens, but what I will say is the quality of manufacture is awesome, focusing in manual; is smooth as silk, as is the zoom function which should make it a  good lens for doing video too. The buttons for turning on the OIS, and changing the lens to Auto Aperture is really smooth and has that quality feel to it, gliding through to change aperture values is also a joy in quality.

The lens comes with front and rear lens caps as well as the hood, and I have found that when using the pop up flash it does create a shadow at the bottom edge all the way through the zoom range

As for the quality of the glass, I am astounded at the quality!  Yet I feel like I have been ripped off over the last 30 years on poor quality of the lenses from the top DSLR manufactures that I have been using which have varied in price from £200, up to £3,500. It also makes me wonder why the Leica lenses are so expensive as this lens must be close to Leica quality especially when combined with the sensors of the Fujifilm’s X-E1 and the X-Pro1

The Fujinion 18-55mm lens doesn’t seem to have any distortion of pin-cushioning,  barreling, no Chromatic Abrasions (CA) vignette and no purple fringing. I do need to do some more testing with this lens to confirm this though in different lighting conditions.

The OIS also seemed to be very impressive at holding the image steady and I nearly got a perfectly sharp image with 1.5 second exposure (I just need a little more practise to get over the shock of how good this OIS is) as for speed, it seems as fast as my pro spec DSLR, although it is over two years old.

I will update this later after some more testing with some images.

As for the FujifilmX-E1, all ill say for now is I am loving it, the quality of the images is superb

Fujifilm X-E1 v X-Pro1 AF Speed Comparison

12 Nov

Matthew Maddock has posted a handy video showing the AF speeds of both Fujifilm’s X-E1 Pro and X-pro!

Giving both cameras a work out at the same time in different lighting conditions as well as low light make this a very informative video

For the result you will have to watch the video, I am not going to spoil the results

You can follow Matthew on Google+

Firmware update for Fujifilm X-E1 (Ver 1.01) and X-Pro1(Ver2.01)

8 Nov

Fujifilm have announced Firmware updates for the X-E1 (Ver.1.01) and the X-Pro1(Ver.2.01)

The X-E1 update adds:

  • .Adding the compatibility with “XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R”.
    • *You will get the full performance with the new zoom lens “XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R”.
  • 2.The phenomena below will be fixed.
    • (1)The auto focus accuracy with XF60mm Lens could not be enough.
    • (2)When using the M- Mount Adapter, under exposure could occur.

Download and info for X-E1

The X-Pro1 adds:

  • 1.Adding the compatibility with “XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R”.
    • *You will get the full performance with the new zoom lens “XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R”.
    • *Size of the bright frame displayed on OVF can be magnified in relation to zooming motion of XF18-55mm lens.
  • 2.The phenomena below will be fixed.
    • (1)When using the focus checking function with “3-time” magnification in manual focus mode, you could find a few dots (black or color) only in live view image on EVF/LCD.
      (Please be sure even with the firmware version 2.00, these unwanted dots are not recorded in the image data.)
    • (2)The auto focus accuracy with XF60mm Lens could not be enough.
    • (3)When using the M- Mount Adapter, under exposure could occur.

Download and info for X-Pro1

Fuji X100 – $200 Price Drop Ends Tomorrow

2 Nov

The Fuji X-100 has a $200 price drop so you can now buy it  for $1.000 instead of $1.200 at B&H (click here to buy). The offer ends tomorrow, Nov, 3rd 2012

Best Flash For Your Fujifilm X-E1

31 Oct

Good video showing the difference between the Fuji EF-X20 and the bigger Fuji EF-42

Waiting for the X-E1

31 Oct

While you are waiting for you Fujifilm X-E1 camera and lens to arrive it might be good to tell you about this site.

Years ago I made a site for the Canon G9 (Lifespy with a G9) and put up tips on how to set it up for street photography, studio use etc and pushed the bounds of a compact camera into the areas of a professional photojournalism.

Not that I was claiming the camera to be super excellent,  but more it just made it in on things like image quality, usability etc. and then only if you were careful.
I was exploring early compact-mobile journalism (MoJo) by taking out the SD memory card and then slotting it into my mobile phone to send the images, audio or video to the picture desks from the streets or the fields. This still continues today and with my DSLR setup; I send Images via an iPad or my smartphone and have solar chargers to power the kit (which may need changing or adapting for the X-E1) but the bulk of this gear is the DSLR, lenses, Flash and so on. I even have coats that I can put my iPad in a pocket, but the same pockets won’t take the camera gear, not well at least.

Why The X-E1?

For a while I have looked at rangfinder cameras, like the Leica M series, but put of by the sheer cost. During a talking gig I was doing for the National Photography Symposium in Liverpool I met a shady character known as @Documentally who I had followed on Twitter and he had a Fujifilm X100, he let me have a quick play and I was impressed with it, but being fixed focal length… I held back as it didn’t really offer that much in what I had already, but alas it was the start of me taking an interest in Fujifilm cameras after being a Nikon user for 27 years, this was a first!

I watched with great anticipation over the Fujifilm X-Pro1 but after hearing first reports of slow AF focusing and difficult manual focusing, I waited and now reports that these have been addressed it may well be a good choice as I like the optical viewfinder, but they (on all manufacturers cameras) are not 100% accurate, its a guide to where the action is and as the X-E1 has been announced with its 100% electronic viewfinder which will work with zoom lenses too, so I feel the time is right.

To me there is enough of a system going with three zooms ranging from 10-20 18-50 50-200mm, add to that a range of fast primes and a pancake lens which are following in the X mount range. I can also add extra X-Pro1 body or wait for the X-Pro2 at a later date.


Well at the time of writing, I have not had the X-E1 in my hands so no idea of how it feels and in the past the one thing that stopped me moving into the Canon DSLR camp was they didn’t feel right after holding a Nikon for so long. Then there is an issue of power, yes I can carry spare batteries, but often my work involves me being away for long periods of time in the middle of nowhere; cut off from power supplies and this makes me nervous. Adding in solar is one way to fix it, but often it needs good weather or bigger solar panels and 12 volt charging which then defeats the compactness of an iPad, the X-E1 and a few lenses. As the X-E1 also has input for a stereo microphone it is a shame that the larger LCD screen doesn’t pull out and rotate either.

The weather is also an issue, my Nikon has been in some horrendous downpours and has kept working, as it is weatherproof and the lenses I bought are sealed, but at least with the X-E1 I can use an umbrella to keep it and me dry as it is small enough and light enough to shoot one-handed.

What to expect from this site!

Well I am going to be looking at ways to exploit every possible feature and workaround there is, there are some exciting things I like about the  X-E1 in the way of its discrete profile (I am getting the black version) its film looks which can be customised (make your own style) and so on. But also what third-party accessories are out there, how it fits into the strobist mentality, camera bags and cases, camera straps, software tips and tricks and how to power the camera via solar power.

Then some posts on how to use the camera for documentary photography, street photography (with flash), portraits, protests, landscapes, printing and the like as well as news from Fujifilm and other accessory manufacturers as well as making up some resource pages for you and me.

So if you have a X-E1 or are thinking of getting one its best to subscribe (over on the top right) so you don’t miss any posts from the adventure and while I also wait for mine 😦


You can view Documentally’s website here its well worth a read on how MoJo is being done and some of the tech involved

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