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The Fujifilm X Pro 1 and XE-1 Are Getting Focus Peaking

by Chris Gampat on 06/25/2013

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer SLR Magic 23mm f1.7 lens fujifilm x pro product photos (7 of 7)ISO 4001-200 sec at f - 5.0

Something that Fujifilm users have been asking for almost non-stop is a focus peaking feature. It was built into the X100s and it worked pretty darned well. Focus peaking allows a user to clearly see what is in focus when manually focusing–and will be an awesome addition with something like the SLR Magic 27mm f1.7. Today, Fujifilm is letting you all know that later on in June and then another one in July, we’ll be getting a sweet update that includes focus peaking–and it will be coming to the X Pro 1 and XE-1.

The company is also continuing to improve the autofocus with current lenses. All the details are after the jump.

When these updates are applied, we’re going to do a comprehensive update to the autofocus section of our Fujifilm X Pro 1 review and our 35mm f1.4 review. Plus we’ll update our comparison against the OMD. We’re super excited about this because Fujifilm has shown the commitment to supporting their products more than any other company via loads of firmware updates.

Via DPReeview

25th June firmware update:

FUJIFILM X-Pro1 Ver.2.05, FUJIFILM X-E1 Ver.1.06

1.  Additional functionality to improve “one-handed” camera operation

  • A ‘Focus Frame Selection’ option has been added to the ‘Fn’ (function) button.
    This offers easier/quicker operation when setting the Focus Frame Selection using only your right hand.
  • A second ‘Fn’ button can be allocated.
    This enables you to allocate a function to the selector “down” button. The default setting is ‘Focus Frame Selection’ but this can be changed to whatever suits your shooting style.

2.  Enable aperture control for lenses without aperture rings (XF27mmF2.8 / XC16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS)

If you are using either of these lenses which do not feature aperture ring, this firmware update allows you to adjust the aperture setting by using the command dial.

23rd July firmware update:

FUJIFILM X-Pro1 Ver.3.00, FUJIFILM X-E1 Ver.2.00

1.  Improvement of AF speed. Improves AF speed on all existing XF lenses, thanks to the updated algorithm throughout the full range of focal length. Lenses covered:

  • XF14mm F2.8 R
  • XF18mmF2 R
  • XF35mmF1.4 R
  • XF60mmF2.4 R Macro
  • XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS

NOTES:

The AF Speed on the XF55-200mmF3.5-4.8 R MS OIS lens has been already optimised.
For all lenses other than the XF55-200mmF3.5-4.8 R MS OIS, the firmware for each lens must be also updated.

2.  ‘Focus Peak Highlight’ function for manual focusing

A ‘Focus Peak Highlight’ function, which features on the X100S and X20 cameras, can be added via this firmware update. It assists accurate and sensitive manual focusing by enhancing the outline of your subject in high contrast.

3. Improvement in ‘Checking Focus’ operation: how to change magnification ratio in manual focusing

The process to check focus by selecting manual focus magnification has improved. Just press and rotate the dial right or left and the camera will alternate magnification between 3x and then 10x , whichever way you continue to turn it.

To download the new firmware files & instructions on upgrading your cameras:

Please visit Fujifilm’s global website: http://www.fujifilm.com/support/digital_cameras/software/

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