The kaizen continues! Multiple Fujifilm cameras get new firmware updates

Firmware updates to improve the Fujifilm X-T1, X-Pro1, X-E1, X-E2, X-M1, X-A1, XQ1, FinePix S1, FinePix XP70 and FinePix XP200 are now available to download from the Fujifilm Global website

X-T1

Version number : 1.10 (current 1.00)

Details of changes:

  • Addition of compatibility with “XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6R OIS WR”
  • Improvement of “Exposure compensation/exposure indicator” in EVF
    Values are added to the scales of the indicator for better visibility
  • Improvement of Movie-record button operability
  • The phenomenon is fixed that images are not recorded with the set interval when “INTERVAL” in “INTERVAL TIMER SHOOTING” is set to 5 sec or less. In this case, the setting of “IMAGE DISP.” in “SCREEN SET-UP” will change to “OFF” automatically.

Further details and instructions on how to update the firmware in your X-T1 camera

X-Pro1

Version number : 3.30 (current 3.20)

Details of changes:

  • Addition of compatibility with “XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6R OIS WR”
  • Change of aperture display for zoom lenses
    Display of aperture value when zooming with the shutter button pressed halfway will become same as the display when zooming without the shutter button pressed.

Further details and instructions on how to update the firmware in your X-Pro1 camera

X-E1

Version number : 2.30 (current 2.20)

Details of changes:

  • Addition of compatibility with “XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6R OIS WR”
  • Change of aperture display for zoom lenses
    Display of aperture value when zooming with the shutter button pressed halfway will become same as the display when zooming without the shutter button pressed.

Further details and instructions on how to update the firmware in your X-E1 camera

X-E2

Version number : 2.10 (current 2.00)

Details of changes:

  • Addition of compatibility with “XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6R OIS WR”
  • Change of aperture display for zoom lenses
    Display of aperture value when zooming with the shutter button pressed halfway will become same as the display when zooming without the shutter button pressed.

Further details and instructions on how to update the firmware in your X-E2 camera

X-M1

Version number : 1.20 (current 1.10)

Details of changes:

  • Addition of compatibility with “instax SHARE SP-1”
    Images can be directly transferred to the “SP-1” from a camera and then printed.
  • Addition of compatibility with “XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6R OIS WR”
  • Change of aperture display for zoom lenses
    Display of aperture value when zooming with the shutter button pressed halfway will become same as the display when zooming without the shutter button pressed.
  • Sound quality of while shooting movie is improved.

Further details and instructions on how to update the firmware in your X-M1 camera

X-A1

Version number : 1.20 (current 1.10)

Details of changes:

  • Addition of compatibility with “instax SHARE SP-1”
    Images can be directly transferred to the “SP-1” from a camera and then printed.
  • Addition of compatibility with “XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6R OIS WR”
  • Change of aperture display for zoom lenses
    Display of aperture value when zooming with the shutter button pressed halfway will become same as the display when zooming without the shutter button pressed.
  • Sound quality of while shooting movie is improved.

Further details and instructions on how to update the firmware in your X-A1 camera

XQ1

Version number : 1.20 (current 1.10)

Details of changes:

  • Addition of compatibility with “instax SHARE SP-1”
    Images can be directly transferred to the “SP-1” from a camera and then printed.
  • Fixes an issue where, in rare cases, a camera could stop working during image transfer when starting “PC AutoSave” function by pressing the Wi-Fi button.

Further details and instructions on how to update the firmware in your XQ1 camera

FinePix S1

Version number : 1.01 (current 1.00)

Details of changes:

  • Fixes an issue where, in rare cases, the camera would freeze while zooming during playback.
  • Fixes an issue where “BEST FRAME CAPTURE” of “Continuous Shooting” doesn’t work with the remote release RR-90.
  • Fixes an issue where images are not recorded properly when the shutter speed is 10 sec. or longer in RAW shooting.

Further details and instructions on how to update the firmware in your FinePix S1 camera

FinePix XP70

Version number : 1.02 (current 1.01)

Details of changes:

  • Revision of the description on LCD when continuous shots are erased in “ALL FRAMES”.
  • Fixes an issue where the a camera sometimes doesn’t work when connected to a PC via a USB cable for a long time.
  • Fixes an issue where, in rare cases, “COMMUNICATION ERROR” could appear when saving images in PC AutoSave.

Further details and instructions on how to update the firmware in your FinePix XP70 camera

FinePix XP200

Version number : 1.02 (current 1.01)

Details of changes:

  • Fixes an issue where, in rare cases, a camera couldn’t work when selecting images in “SEND SELECTED MULTIPLE IMAGES” menu while communicating with a Smartphone.

Further details and instructions on how to update the firmware in your FinePix XP200 camera

 

Win a signed paperback copy of Fujifilm X100S: From Snapshots to Great Shots by Kevin Mullins

Kevin Mullins has published a fantastic book that will help any X100S user get the most out of their camera. Fujifilm X100S: From Snapshots to Great Shots gives you the perfect blend of photography instruction and camera reference that will take your images to the next level. Beautifully illustrated with large, vibrant photos, this book teaches you how to take control of your photography to get the image you want every time you pick up the camera.

  • Learn the top ten things you need to know about shooting with the X100S
  • User the camera’s advanced settings to gain full control over the look and feel of your images
  • Learn the best tricks and techniques for getting great street photographs, landscapes and portraits.
  • And lots more…

Win a signed copy

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We have a two copies that have been signed by Kevin Mullins to give away to two lucky people. There’s 2 ways of entering, and they’re both really simple:

The competition is now closed.
The winners will be notified and announced shortly.

Can’t wait?

You can click here to buy Fujifilm X100S: From Snapshots to Great Shots from Amazon

About the Author

Kevin Mullins is an accomplished wedding photojournalist based in the United Kingdom. He has been shooting with, and advocating, the Fuji X-Series of cameras since their launch and uses the series with all commercial assignments. Kevin is officially recognised by Fujifilm as an “X-Photographer” and often speaks on the Fuji-X-Series at conventions and seminars. When not shooting weddings, Kevin educates other photographers in the areas of photography business management and wedding photojournalism.

http://www.kevinmullinsphotography.co.uk/

Alex Lambrechts Fujifilm X Series Street Fashion Workshop

We’ve been working with Alex for sometime now and he’s been creating some eye-wateringly good fashion shoots and editorial work in the UK and abroad for a while now.

X-E2 - 1/60 f/4 ISO3200 Image by Nathan Wake
X-E2 – 1/60 f/4 ISO3200
Image by Nathan Wake

We wanted to offer a select few the opportunity to come along to London for the day, shoot a top international model (the tallest and most beautiful person I’d ever met and am likely to), try out the Fujifilm X-T1, X-Pro1, X100S and range of lenses. The real pull however was to be working in close
proximity with Alex and get almost one-to-one training with. Alex would generously offer top advice and techniques on how to shoot street fashion, with an edgy feel. We ran a quick competition and notified the lucky people that would be invited to come along.

So, at The Sanderson (FYI if you’re thinking of visiting London try and stay here. The lift alone will blow your mind-honestly) I, along with Nathan and Hannah from Fujifilm, were there to meet the lucky winners.

X-E2 - 1/50 f/2.8 ISO3200 Image by Nathan Wake
X-E2 – 1/50 f/2.8 ISO3200
Image by Nathan Wake

The attendees were a real mix of shooting styles and photographic weapons of choice, but all very proficient photographers. Up in the lift (I will bang on about that given half the chance) to the fabulous suite which we were using. Jasmin had her hair and make-up fixed, tips were given from Alex how to direct hair and makeup and how to go about choosing a team of people to work with.

X-T1 - 1/125 f/1.2 ISO250 Image by Nathan Wake
X-T1 – 1/125 f/1.2 ISO250
Image by Nathan Wake

While the styling was taking place Alex talked through how he came to use the Fujifilm system, why its worked for him and why it offers him creative freedom. How he can get shots which wouldn’t be possible with a traditional DSLR (more on this to come). Our competition winners then chose which camera / lens combo they wanted to use, Jasmin was revealed -ta-dar- and we were ready to hit the streets of Soho.

X-T1 - 1/125 f/11 ISO250 Image by Nathan Wake
X-T1 – 1/125 f/11 ISO250
Image by Nathan Wake

6 photographers, 3 Fujifilm staff, one International model, one videographer (special thanks to Sinbad) and one Alex Lambrechts out on the streets of Soho. For those unfamiliar with London, its quite common to see lots of creative and exciting things going on, but we were stopping traffic! The public were quite rightly curious as to what was going on, but we all got into the hang of it straight away.

Alex was teaching us on the fly what to look for, angles, backlighting, top lighting, inspiring everyone and giving them confidence to try something new. On the spot, on the go.

X-E2 - 1/350 f/8 ISO200 Image by Nathan Wake
X-E2 – 1/350 f/8 ISO200
Image by Nathan Wake

We tried different techniques, going down side alleys, using the urban architecture to frame different shots and learning more and more about how to create ‘wow’ shots using the cameras. Pretty soon anyone who may have been lacking confidence were sharpening their elbows to get in and get the shot.

Streets, alleyways, walkways, building entrances-anything and everything was being shot. SD cards were filling up at a rate of knots.

X-T1 - 1/125 f/11 ISO640 Image by Nathan Wake
X-T1 – 1/125 f/11 ISO640
Image by Nathan Wake

After a good few hours of shooting, stopping and dodging traffic we were spent, so decamped to a pizzeria in Soho to take stock.

Cameras were passed around, experiences shared, top tips from all participants were exchanged.

X-T1 - 1/125 f/1.8 ISO1600 Image by Nathan Wake
X-T1 – 1/125 f/1.8 ISO1600
Image by Nathan Wake

Throughout the whole experience Alex was there, on hand, giving advice, giving encouragement but also letting you get on with it.

The whole experience was filmed in order to share with others what its like to shoot in those kind of conditions, with this kit. These are cameras which Alex shoots with professionally, not for a past time. They have to help him make a living. But this experience was showing others either new to the system, those thinking of trading up etc what opportunities there are and what they can enjoy from the Fujifilm X-Series.

X-T1 - 1/40 f/8 ISO3200 Image by Nathan Wake
X-T1 – 1/40 f/8 ISO3200
Image by Nathan Wake

Home, exhausted, happy and with some amazing images and memories which make me want to shoot more, challenge myself more and become a better photographer.

You’ve read the blog, seen the images, now you can watch the video too!

View more of Alex’s work here

The attendees

Nicola Mueller

Nicola Mueller

The reason I wanted to attend was to learn from Alex and to try out Fujifilm X series cameras and street photography
I liked the buzz of the street photography experience and the camera was excellent and very manageable due to its size. I was really concerned as I am not technical that I wouldn’t be able to get nice images but I was very pleasantly surprised.

Image taken by Nicola Mueller
X-T1 with XF23mm
f/2.2, 1/140, ISO200

Brian Rolfe

Brian-400Having just purchased my X-Pro 1 and Alex being one of the reasons that helped me make that jump, I wanted to get an insight into how Alex used the system, settings and tips on the X system and get some hands on time with my new camera and try something different.
I’ve had almost no previous experience in shooting street photography.
I really enjoyed the day, Alex took the time to go over how he came to use the X system, how he uses it and the benefits as well as a few pointers on particular settings. Aside from getting a better understanding of the cameras and some of the settings I learned a couple of new focussing techniques and how to shoot ‘on the fly’, totally different to most of my studio work and a refreshing change!

Taken by Brian Rolfe
X-Pro1 with XF14mm
f/11, 1/500, ISO6400

Robert Morgans

Robert-400I wanted to meet Alex Lambrechts, Fuji staff, and experience an assortment of Fuji cameras and equipment and to have a go at some street photography. I enjoyed being with like minded people, picking up tips, and having a good time.
The day was a massive success despite being late getting outside. I really enjoyed it and met some lovely people who are now Facebook friends, plus got some great shots and learned some things.
I didn’t have a great deal of street photography experience, mainly shooting architecture. I did photograph people but, in my mind, the picture needs to pick up something interesting, an expression or act, to warrant the picture being worth publishing. I see too many nondescript street pics, so my experience is that it’s a difficult area to get expressive images but very rewarding when it happens.
I really enjoyed the day and the company. Alex and his wife, Jasmin, are a great couple and make the day. Jasmin was so good as a model that getting a great shot was fairly easy!

I learned that it is best to utilise the Fuji option of setting a minimum shutter speed to avoid motion blur and let the camera chose whatever ISO as even at very high ISO the file quality is superb. Setting the aperture small (like F11) for getting background sharp and more open for closer work.

Robert Morgans
X100S
f/2, 1/340, ISO200

Tuesday Dé Máirt

Tuesday-400I carry my dslr (with some heavy lenses) everywhere I go but it’s surely wearing me out so I asked Facebook friends to recommend me a handy camera that produces good quality pictures. Someone told me about the upcoming Fujifilm camera (back in January) so I waited and purchased XT1 when it became available. So coming to the workshop was the best idea – to learn more about the handsome camera’s capabilities.
This is my first time to try street photography.
The experience was remarkable! It was more of a relax kind of just chatting and taking photographs. Alex is very talented when it comes to teaching (aside from capturing great photographs!), he definitely made everyone get excited for the day and encourage everyone to just take pictures, waste no time! I love the tips I got from him, he surely know what he’s doing. And Nathan is there to help with technical stuff which I was expecting to learn that day too. Definitely a memory worth to keep…

Taken by Tuesday De Mairt
X-T1 with XF18-55mm
f/2.8, 1/4000, ISO500

Gerry Walden

Gerry-400My reasons for attending was to keep myself fresh on trending styles of photography with a hands-on experience.
I have extensive experience of shooting ‘street’ but this was a first for me within the style. My normal work is a more social documentary style.
The day was a great opportunity to interchange ideas with Alex and the others, and to network with fellow Fuji users of various abilities. It took me out of my comfort zone and challenged me to think more progressively about what I am doing.

Taken by Gerry Walden
X-Pro1 with XF14mm
f/5.6, 1/320, ISO400

Joshua Brathwaite

Joshua-400Being relatively new to the world of photography the Fujifilm X Street Fashion workshop was fantastic and just what I needed. It gave me not only the technical pointers that I’d hoped for, but being introduced to the Fujifilm X systems changed my whole view of photography. It opened me up to new ideas and techniques that simply aren’t possible with the DSLR camera. I’m now saving up to buy the XT1. Alex and the Fujifilm team were very helpful and put on an awesome day in the streets on London.

Finally, a special thanks to Nathan Wake for shooting the lovely images that make up the first part of this blog post!

Fujifilm XF18-135mm Weather Resistant lens first impressions

So I got my hands on the new XF18-135mm lens a few weeks ago and I had planned to prepare a blog post about my thoughts and also contain some images showing off just how versatile a lens this was.

However, my colleagues in Japan politely asked me to hold it off because the sample lens I was using was a very early pre-production version and the image quality it would produce wouldn’t do justice to the full production version.

Personally, I think this was just a typically Japanese polite way of saying “don’t publish those images, they are terrible” 🙂

So instead of posting my thoughts (which I will do in time once I have a REAL lens to use) I am simply posting the thoughts of a couple of photographers who have also been using pre-production lenses, but were not politely asked to not publish any image 😉

Please bear in mind that all images on both of these 3rd party blogs were NOT shot on final versions, but I am sure you will find David, Ben and Kerry’s comments interesting:

David Cleland

Image taken by David Cleland
Image taken by David Cleland

When Fujifilm make announcements about new cameras or lens I always react with acute excitement. Ever since the release of the weather sealed Fujifilm X-T1 I have been longing for the release of their first weather sealed lens. When Fujifilm announced the XF 18-135mm lens with image stabilisation I couldn’t wait to have a completely weather sealed system for out in the Northern Ireland mountains.

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Ben Cherry

Image taken by Ben CherryImage taken by Ben Cherry

I was lucky enough to be contacted by Fujifilm UK to use one of the prototypes of the XF18-135mm F3.5-5.6 R OIS WR lens to obtain some wildlife shots. Being a part of the Fujifilm X-Photographers is a real honour, and to be asked to try out a prototype lens is an opportunity I am extremely grateful for. Within two hours of the first email being sent I had thought up some ideas on how I could get some wildlife shots.

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Kerry Hendry

Images by Kerry Hendry

I am not going to write a super in-depth technical assessment of the lens – there will be many who will do that once the fully finished product is released. But, I have been using the lens on almost every shoot over the last 6 weeks or so. I’ve shot racing, polo and also some landscapes – so have given the lens a real ‘hands on’ test. And I love what I’ve seen.

Read more »

Fujifilm X Magazine issue 5 is now available to download

It’s that time again. A new Fujifilm X Magazine issue is ready to your reading and viewing pleasure.

Interview with Eric Bouvet

This issue features an interview with the amazing award-winning reportage photographer Eric Bouvet who travels the world with his X-Pro1 and X-T1. Learn about what inspired Eric to take up photography and what pressure really feels like when he is standing in the firing line (literally) and trying to capture the events so people like you and I can see first hand what is going on across the world.

Take a walk around Yellowstone National Park 

This issue’s “X Marks The Spot” features some amazing infra-red photography by Simon Weir using a modified X-E1 plus Lightroom and Silver Efex Pro.

Be inspired

And the usual features; “What to Shoot Now” provides you with inspiration on what subjects to shoot during the summer months, “Get more from your X series” takes a look at the wireless connectivity function featured on many Fujifilm X cameras and the “Exhibition” shows a fantastic array of images, plus the sotires behind them, shot by our readers.

Competition time

Fujifilm X Magazine competition. Win an XF10-24mm lens!
Fujifilm X Magazine competition. Win an XF10-24mm lens!

And finally, you could win a fantastic XF10-24mm lens in our competition. For a chance to win, send us your best wide-angle image. More details in the magazine itself!

 

Download the Fujifilm X Magazine now!

Jens Franke combines street photography with portraiture to capture images that are both intimate and mysterious

Münzstraße März 2013Jens Franke is a professional designer and photographer from Stuttgart. His passion for photography started during his exchange semester in Rio de Janeiro. He was so impressed about the versatility and tensions between the different population groups living together in one mega city.

To share his impressions he started a blog where he posted his personal view on the city. Back in Germany, his aroused wanderlust took him to exciting destinations in Columbia, Morocco, Europe and the US.

Capturing fleeting emotional moments of people, whether of happiness, sadness, joy, anxiety or loneliness became his goal of each journey.

Stuttgart

Rotebühlplatz März 2013
X-E1 with XF35mm – f/1.4, 1/125sec, ISO800

With all the possible exotic places in mind, and having grown up in the Bavarian Alps, I thought Stuttgart would be quite a boring place to live when I was here for the first months. To keep myself entertained I started to watch out for the subtle adventures of every day life. My camera got the main pretense for my everyday strolls through the little neighborhoods here. It worked out for me! I sensitised my view and step by step I got used to the rhythm of the city. Sometimes i feel like Daniel Quinn in Paul Auster’s fiction `City of Glass` when he is loosing himself in the city of NY.

Friedrichstraße Februar 2013
X-E1 with XF35mm – f/1.4, 1/4000sec, ISO200

I really like Austers quote in this book: “In other words: It seems to me that I will always be happy in the place where I am not. Or, more bluntly: Wherever I am not is the place where I am myself. Or else, taking the bull by the horns: Anywhere out of the world.”

Herderstraße Januar 2013
X-E1 with XF35mm – f/8, 1/125sec, ISO800

While I started photographing the people in the streets of Stuttgart, I got more and more interested in individual portraiture and the story behind the people. In my last Exhibition “Little Districts”, I combined street photography and portraiture to enable my visitors to see my city from both an intimate and a mysterious perspective at the same time.

Königstraße Januar 2013
X-E1 with XF35mm – f/1.4, 1/60sec, ISO400

Morocco

Marrakech, Medina, Januar 2014
X-E1 with XF35mm – f/4, 1/40sec, ISO400

During the last two years I’ve traveled to Morocco four times to capture the glimpse of the Moroccan spirit close to the western Saharan border and the region around Marrakech. But a lot more I wanted to illustrate the people in their every day life – Moroccos inhabitants are the real points of interest of the country!

Marrakech, Januar 2014
X-E1 with Contax C/Y Sonnar 85mm – f/2.8, 1/320sec, ISO400
Marrakech, Medina, Januar 2014
X-E1 with Contax C/Y Sonnar 85mm – f/2.8, 1/125sec, ISO400
Sidi Ifni, Januar 2014
X-E1 with XF35mm – f/1.4, 1/1200sec, ISO400
Tafraoute, Januar 2014
X-E1 with XF35mm – f/2.8, 1/3000sec, ISO200

Technique

Most of my current images are taken with this Lineup:

  • Fuji X-E1
  • Every Day Lens: Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4 R
  • Fujinon XF 56mm F1.2 R
  • Fujinon XF 18mm 1:2 R

I really like the unobtrusiveness of the X System. With my blacktaped E1 I got barely noticed on the street and my whole equipment fits in a small camera bag. Since Street Photography is often a matter of performance i also like the intuitive controls and the customizable function keys. I made my X-E1 behaving like the Contax G2 which handling i loved. I set the focus via thumb and set the lightning via pressing the shutter halfway down. For a better handling i use the additional and pretty ergonomically handgrip.

I also enjoy the analog developing process and some of my other work is photographed by analogue medium and 35mm cameras.

Links:

To see more, you can visit Jens Franke’s website here or follow him on Facebook here.

The camera really does matter – Philip Ewing shares his experience with the X100s


About the author

Philip Ewing has been an enthusiastic amateur photographer since his 35mm days on the university student newspaper. Today he works as a journalist in Washington, D.C. You can find more photos at
http://metrocommutr.tumblr.com/

Photographers love to insist the camera doesn’t matter – our creative vision is what truly makes a picture, as the old bromide goes – but inside the family, we know a camera can make a huge difference.

When I decided to make a serious go at a photo project documenting my daily life on Washington, D.C.’s Metro underground system, I did not begin with a clear sense for what the images should be. Sometimes you can imagine a photo beforehand and getting it is just a matter of execution. Sometimes you sense there’s a picture out there … you almost smell it … but you don’t know exactly what it is or how to capture it. This was one of those.

madness
1/30 – f/2 – ISO1600

So starting last year, I began taking a camera with me every day on trips to work and around town. There were — and are — many more failures than successes. Plus my DSLR, along with the fast prime lenses I needed for dimly lit subterranean stations, was killing my back and shoulders. The files from my compact point-and-shoot didn’t have the detail or depth I wanted. Fortunately, there was a huge wave of anticipation about the then-new X100S, and I got on board. It has turned out to be an investment that has paid many unexpected dividends by enabling me to create pictures I didn’t know were there until the moment they presented themselves.

unamused
1/30 – f/2 – ISO1600

The unobtrusive little camera is light enough to carry all day, so you’ll actually take it with you, but it doesn’t force you to sacrifice sharp optics or a good sensor. It’s effectively silent, preserving your discretion in quiet train cars where an SLR shutter sounds like a gunshot. True, the X100S has a few quirks and faults and it isn’t the only tool I use to capture images. But the X100S is the one I carry 90 percent of the time, and it more than any other has helped translate the “sense” of a picture into an actual image.

crowded
1/30 – f/2.8 – ISO1250

As it turned out, the other keys to the Metro project were the two most basic things in photography: People and light. If any of the pictures have been successful, it has been because good light hit an interesting person at just the right time. The trick was figuring out those places and moments and just being there to try to catch them.

passenger
1/1000 – f/5.6 – ISO400

When a woman in a big woolen scarf emerged from a field of silhouettes as she stepped into a sunlit escalator — click. When a sunbeam inside a train car made a circuit over the passengers as we went around a bend, I set the camera to underexpose the scene and make a certain rider pop against the shadows. Dialing up 1/60th, f/2.8 and ISO 1250 with the Velvia film simulation mode can make the harsh-lit interior of a train car into a miniature stage for our human comedy.

escalator
1/1000 – f/4 – ISO400

There’s another aspect of using the X100S that has taken me by surprise: Its effect on others. Strangers stop you to ask about it — “It’s been years since I’ve seen somebody out using an old film camera!” they say. Once, I was photographing outside a Metro station and a D.C. police officer walked over. My heart began to race as I silently rehearsed a speech about my rights to take pictures in a public place. But there was no summons that day. “Hey,” he asked — “what kind of camera is that?”

museum
1/1000 – f5.6 – ISO400

See more of Philip’s photography here.

Testing out the TCL-X100 Tele-Conversion Lens for Fujifilm X100/X100S

When I first read about the forthcoming Tele-Conversion Lens for X100/X100S, being a very keen user and huge fan of the Fujifilm X100S, I was really looking forward to getting my hands on it and seeing what it can do.

I’ve used the WCL-X100 quite a bit and really love the results. Personally I can’t see any difference in the image quality and I’ve found those extra few millimetres can make all the difference when taking a few steps backwards is not an option.

Assuming the same could be said for the TCL-X100, I knew we’d have a product that will be highly regarded by the X100 community – you know who you are!

Image comparison

Here’s two comparison images of my kids. My eldest is like a statue with my “do not move your feet!” instructions. The other not taking this highly technical and scientific experiment as seriously as I’d like.

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The River Ouse looking rather attractive – showing some more of the edge detail.

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Another two showing edge detail.

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Bokeh effect of the TCL-X100 compared to the XF35mmF1.4

James Limpua, a Facebook user, requested a comparison between the XF35mm and the X100S with TCL-X100. So here goes. X100S + TCL-X100 (+ in-built ND filter) are on the left, X-T1 with XF35mmF1.4 are on the right. Both shot at f/2.0.

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Is digitally cropping pretty much the same as using this conversion lens?

A user has asked the question in the Comments section about whether Digital Cropping could have the same effect as using the TCL. I took a couple of example shots last night to demonstrate why the TCL is not just about bringing things closer, but actually narrowing your field of view.

Here’s two shots of my Millican bag. In both cases I lined the edge of the bag up with the 1/3rd gridlines on my camera. Obviously this means I was standing further away when I shot with the TCL.

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As you can see, when I shot with the TCL on, the narrower field of view effectively makes the background appear much closer. One practical benefit of this is it allows you to cut out unwanted background distractions. Also, the longer focal length give a slight compression to the subject which is often more flattering. IF you notice in the samples, the bag looks slimmer in the TCL shot.

My verdict

IQ
Just like the WCL, as far as image quality is concerned, I personally can’t notice any loss of IQ when using the TCL-X100.

Autofocus
I have read people saying that the AF tends to miss more often with the TCL on but I have not experienced this. Although I’ve not used it in low light yet and I’ve only tested it on the X100S, not the X100.

Size and weight


My X100S is my absolute “go to” camera because it fits in my coat pocket, or in a small bag along with other things. The TCL does change that dynamic slightly, although it’s nothing I can’t overcome by storing it in my other pocket. If I’m really travelling light, unless I know I have a specific reason to have 50mm equiv, I’m probably going to leave this at home.

Overall
I think that after a fairly high investment (for a hobby) in an X100/S body, to be able to have the flexibility to change between 3 different focal length, leaf shutter, prime quality lenses (when factoring the WCL) for only a few hundred pounds extra per converter lens is a great move by Fujifilm.

You could live without it, and half the fun of the X100S is using your legs to zoom in or out and always thinking about what would fit into your 23mm (35mm FF equiv) frame, but this is certainly something that I will buy to turn my already awesome X100S into a better portrait camera.

As usual, please leave a comment below or send me a Tweet if you have any questions at all.

Learn more

For more information, including full specifications and where to buy, visit the TCL-X100 product page on the Fujifilm UK website.

Disclaimer

I may work for Fujifilm UK but I’m also a keen enthusiast photographer, and getting keener by the day. This blog is my opinion on the TCL-X100 and should not be considered the “official word of Fujifilm”.

Switching Systems – Interview with Michelle Williams

Interview with Michelle Williams – professional photographer that recently made the switch to the world of Fujifilm X

Michelle is a professional photographer from North Wales. She has been photographing weddings, newborns and animals as her full time job on a Canon camera for the last ten years. She recently discovered the Fujifilm X series of cameras so we got in touch to ask her a bit about her rite of discovery.

So what made you decide to try a Fujifilm camera?

I’m a Canon user and have been for ten years. I never thought I would want to change to another make of camera, ever. Recently however, I’ve seen a lot of feedback online about the Fuji cameras so last week I sold some bits and bought a used X-E1 and a 35mm lens.

I wasn’t expecting much as these things are usually prone to hype. I’d tried the Olympus pen for a walk around camera and it was good but more of a fun camera than one I would seriously use. From the very first image I took with the X-E1 I was nothing short of gobsmacked. I was so excited to see what it was capable of.

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How has the X-E1 changed how you shoot?

I’ve not been out of the house without it since I bought it. This weekend I had a wedding and packed my usual kit of a 5D2 and a 7D with all my lenses. I also took along the little Fuji to play with if I got a chance.

To my surprise, I shot the majority of the day with the Fuji alone! The images are brilliant straight from camera which on a wedding means saving tons of time for me so again I’m taken aback by its capabilities…especially in low light!

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I truly am blown away with the colour, clarity and functionality of this camera.

Once again, thank you to you all for making photography fun and exciting for me again. Keep up the great work!

See more of Michelle’s work by following her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/michellewilliamsphotographyuk