Film Review: Fujifilm Pro 400H (35mm and 120)

While Kodak Portra 400 has forever enjoyed the spotlight, Fujifilm Pro 400H has in some ways lived in the shadow of what’s often marketed with Kodak’s option. But in truth, Fujifilm Pro 400H has a character that is all its own–and like Portra, you either love it or you despise it. If you’re a Fujifilm X series camera user, then you’ve probably experimented with the film emulsion simulation in many ways. Most of the work online though was probably rendered in Velvia, Provia or perhaps even Acros at this point simply because it’s so darn good.

If you’re a portrait shooter that loves to step into the studio or work with off-camera lighting in one way or another, I highly suggest that you take a look at Fujifilm Pro 400H if you haven’t already.

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Which One: Fujifilm X100F or Fujifilm X-Pro2 with Fujifilm 23mm F2?

Looking at specs one couldn’t help but notice that [amazon_textlink asin=’B01MUC97VK’ text=’Fujifilm’s X100F’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’37b45670-3648-11e7-9d78-dbcdbb9f27e4′] and X-Pro2 feature a lot in common. Both have Fuji’s new 24mp sensor, both are rangefinder inspired, both have hybrid optical and electronic viewfinders, and both have (or can have in the case of the [amazon_textlink asin=’B01A8DUR74′ text=’X-Pro2′ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’48c2a387-3648-11e7-96f3-c7eff5194d39′]) a [amazon_textlink asin=’B01KNXOCO8′ text=’23mm F2 lens’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’527ae3e2-3648-11e7-ac08-f761c87933ad’]. So with all of this in mind one would not be that out of line to wonder which setup is the better option, and today we are here to answer that question.

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The Fujifilm X Pro 2 and Fujifilm X-T2 Are Getting 33 Massive Updates

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One of the absolute best things that every [amazon_textlink asin=’B01A8DUR74′ text=’Fujifilm X Pro 2′ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’617ff3ab-0fb2-11e7-b9db-c340ebfd0709′] and [amazon_textlink asin=’B01I3LNMAM’ text=’Fujifilm X-T2′ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’6ad41ac6-0fb2-11e7-a76e-ffae74e22861′] owner can say about their camera is that with every firmware update, it seems like Fujifilm is giving them something akin to a slightly upgraded and revamped camera body. This has been present in the thoughts of Fujifilm camera users for a while now; so with the news of new big firmware updates coming, it’s time to get excited again. The news, which broke via FujiRumors, is bound to have a lot of Fujifilm camera fans excited.

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Fujifilm Launches New Graphite Edition X-Pro2, X-T2, and XF 23mm F2

Fujifilm is following their own roadmap from previous generations and has announced special ‘graphite’ silver versions of their latest X-Trans III based cameras, the X-Pro 2, X-T2 as well as a 23mm F/2 R WR to match.

In terms of specifications neither the X-Pro 2 or X-T2 Graphite editions come with any spec or performance improvements, with the difference being strictly aesthetic. This will no doubt irk some photographers, given the slight price premium, but this is not the first time we have seen something like this from Fujifilm, so it should not be all that surprising.

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Fujifilm Introduces the Large Format Instax Wide 300 for Pro Film Shooters

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Fujifilm has introduced a new Instax Wide 300, a larger addition to the company’s camera line that uses large format 86mm x 108mm instant film. Aimed at professional and enthusiast film shooters; Fujifilm claims the Wide 300 will produce larger images suited for fashion photography, group shots at events, landscape scenes, and generally any use that needs a large detailed image.

The Wide 300 comes with all the comforts users expect with an Instax camera including a built-in optical viewfinder, electronic flash, plus 1/64 – 1/200 second shutter speeds. The camera also comes with a 95mm lens that can focus between two ranges at 0.9-3 meters and then three meters to infinity. Alternatively, the Instax Wide 300 comes with a close-up lens adapter for macro shots letting users get up to 15.5 inches away from the subject.

The Instax Wide 300 will be available next spring for $129.99, meanwhile Instax Wide film will come in twin packs of 20 for $31.99.

Aside from introducing a new larger format Instax camera, Fujifilm is also adding new colors for the rest of its instant film camera family. The Instax Mini 8 will be available in Raspberry and Grape later this spring as well for $99.99. Lastly, Fujifilm is adding a new Mini 90 in a classier shade of leather brown for $199.99.

Head on past the break for more images and specs.

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The Fujifilm X-Pro 2 Allegedly May Feature a 24.3MP X-Trans Sensor

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It’s high time for the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 to get an upgrade since the camera came out in January 2012. Mirrorless Rumors has picked up on the first ever specs we’ve heard for Fujifilm’s flagship camera.

Supposedly the X-Pro 1’s 16.3MP APS-C sensor is getting a big bump up to 24.3MP with a new “non-organic X-Trans” chip. The camera is also said to come with an articulating screen and built-in Wi-Fi, both features that have since made it into the X-T1. The camera is purportedly slated for an announcement at Photokina 2014 with its release following shortly after in 2015.

It’s seems very likely Fujifilm would release a new camera soon and it would be the X-Pro 1. More importantly the new sensor will replace the 16.3MP X-Trans CMOS II chip, which has become a little long in the tooth since it was introduced with the Fujifilm X100S. Hopefully the bump up in image resolution won’t have a negative effect on Fujifilm’s classically great high ISO performance.

The X-Pro 2 also might introduce some novel features with a zooming optical viewfinder as was previously noted in a patent. We’re sure to hear more about the X-Pro 2 as we get closer to its rumored Photokina announcement, so be sure to stay tuned for more.

Fujifilm’s XF 35mm f1.4 Could See an Upgrade with Improved AF Speed This Month

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When the X-Pro 1 and X-E1 cameras were first introduced, the Fujfilm XF 35mm f1.4 instantly became a favorite with users of the X-mount system, and remains to this day. The only gripe that many have with the lens is its autofocusing speed which, compared to other contemporary lenses, is mediocre at best. In this regard, the XF 35mm f1.4 reminds us a bit about the Panasonic 20mm f1.7, which is equally famous with Micro Four Thirds users despite its comparatively slow AF.

However, good times could lie ahead for users of Fujifilm’s X-mount cameras, because unlike Panasonic who merely gave its 20mm f1.7 lens a new body when they updated it, Fujifilm will reportedly introduce a new version of the XF 35mm f1.4 with a quicker focusing motor this month. Depending on what you’re going to use this lens for, faster AF might indeed make a huge difference. As an added bonus, for those of us who don’t need the super quick AF, get ready for used prices to go down when the new lens arrives.

According to Fuji Rumors, the updated XF 35mm f1.4 could be introduced this month. Let’s keep our thumbs pressed on this one.

QUICK NOTE: Firmware 3.01 for Fujifilm X-Pro 1 Available

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Only yesterday we reported about a bug in Fujifilm’s X-Pro 1 firmware v3.0, and today the company has already posted v3.01 for general download. That is seriously quick. The only thing that changes in v3.01 over v3.0 is a fix for said bug, which caused trouble when recording video with the X-Pro 1. Firmware 3.01 for the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 is available now via Fujifilm’s support center. If you’re already using v3.0, we suggest you update immediately. Otherwise, if you plan on updating from an earlier firmware version, you should update to v3.01 right away and skip v3.0.

Download firmware v3.01 for the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 here.

Via Fuji Rumors

Fujifilm Pulls Firmware 3.0 for the X Pro 1, Cites Movie Problems

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Just a couple of days ago, Fujifilm released their awesome new firmware update for their X-E1 and X Pro 1 cameras. We loved the firmware so much that we went back and redid our Fujifilm X Pro 1 coverage and awarded the camera an Editor’s Choice rating. But today, the company is stating that they’re pulling the download and specifically citing problems with the video functionality.

To speak candidly, really? People really use this thing to shoot video? On my personal unit, I didn’t really see much of a problem unless they wanted focus peaking to actually work during video recording. It would also be stellar if they added manual exposure adjustment during video recording, but we’re not sitting here demanding it.

Fujifilm Updates Firmware for the X Pro 1, 35mm f1.4, and XE-1

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You know all those rumors about the X Pro 1 firmware update? Well, today they’ve been shown to be true. The X Pro 1, XE-1 and 35mm f1.4 all received firmware updates. Be sure to check out our reviews of the X Pro 1, XE-1 and 35mm f1.4 as well. In our tests, the X Pro 1’s autofocus has improved, and we will retest it as well. Here are the details:

X Pro 1 (2.03) download link

– Allows compatibility with the new “XF14mmF2.8R” lens

– Improved performance of Auto Focus under various shooting conditions

35mm f1.4 (2.02) download link

– Improved autofocus accuracy and performance

XE-1 (1.04) download link

– Allows compatibility with the new “XF14mmF2.8R” lens

– Shutter release button now works when an external remote release is connected

– Improved performance of Auto Focus under various shooting conditions

– Audio performance has been optimised for the new Stereo Microphone MIC-ST1

Cheap Photo: Buy a Fujifilm X Pro 1 + 1 Lens and Get $300 Off

Need another reason to drool over the Fujifilm X Pro 1? Well, there is currently a $300 rebate in place at B&H Photo when you purchase lens. But before you purchase it, make sure that you read our review and also check out our review of the 35mm f1.4 for Fujifilm X Mount.

Still not convinced? Check out our three way comparison vs the NEX 7 and OMD. And if that’s not enough, take a look at how the X Pro 1 did against the Canon 5D Mk II and 5D Mk III.

Is Fujifilm Growing Out of the Brand We Love?

The Fujifilm X mount is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year — and for such a young ecosystem, what they’ve managed to accomplish is nothing short of incredible. Having said that, we admit that the recent years haven’t brought as much innovation as we would’ve imagined. And some moves even left us wondering where the brand was going.

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Finding the Beauty of Fujifilm Velvia Using One Lens

Velvia is likely one of the most popular Fujifilm film simulation. Folks love vivid colors and those Fujifilm tones always hit just right. It’s the perfect simulation to use on your vacation. Photographers have used Velvia for years to document the world around them. And using a lens like the Tamron 18-300mm f3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD lets you do it in the spirit of those vintage photos.

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3 Lightweight Lenses for Bird Photography That Photographers Will Love

If given the opportunity, we think everyone would love photographing birds. But not everyone wants to carry that much weight on them. Luckily, there are some fantastic lightweight lenses for bird photography out there. With the right settings, they’ll stand out from loads of other lenses on the market. And we’d know, since we tested them! So, in this roundup, we’re diving into the best lightweight lenses for bird photography. Check it out!

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3 Asian American Photographers Making Amazing Film Photography

Who here loves film photography? We do we do! And we know many of our readers do too. It’s shown through the number of people who read our articles about photographers using film. In line with Asian American Heritage Month 2022, we will share the best Asian American photographers working with analog cameras. Please stick with us; below is plenty of fresh film photography for you to enjoy.

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3 Beautiful Zeiss Lenses to Adapt to Canon RF Cameras

If you’re a fan of the classic look, then you’ll probably adore what Zeiss lenses can do. And if you’re a Canon RF camera shooter, then you’re in luck. We’ve reviewed tons of Zeiss lenses on Canon bodies over the years and have always been in awe of what they can do. If you’re looking for something slower with a more unique look, we think you’ll love these. Dive into this roundup with us!

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These Special Effects Actually Fooled Pros: Boris FX Optics 2022 Review

At The Phoblographer, authenticity is a top priority. We’ve run entire series on photographers capturing amazing shots without Photoshop. We’re one of the few platforms that still tests film cameras. And don’t tell him I said this, but sometimes I think Editor in Chief Chris Gampat inhales the scent of old cameras the way some smell old books. And yet, sometimes, capturing special effects in-camera is impossible. The snow stops just as the shoot is getting started, the clouds cover the stars, or the modern lenses in our bags just don’t flare. A few hours of YouTube tutorials and Photoshop can help, but what if there were a program designed specifically for adding special effects with a blend of simplicity and control? That’s Boris FX Optics 2022.

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Fujifilm Film Prices Are a Big Mess. Here’s Why

You might’ve seen the news that Fujifilm raised its prices by up to 60%. But that will only affect you if you’re in Japan. So those of us in Europe, Africa, the Americas, and other parts of the world aren’t affected. Still, though, we’re not completely safe. In fact, Fujifilm film prices are receiving a very odd update of some sort here in America. The company is citing the cost of materials, but something seems dubious about all this.

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More Fujifilm F1 Lenses Are on the Way? Yes, Please!

Have you ever been so giddy with joy that you squeal just a bit? If you’re a Fujifilm camera owner, there’s a good reason to be this happy! Reports are hinting at new Fujifilm f1 lenses coming in the future. If you’re a Fuji shooter, then this is intriguing news. If you’re not a Fujifilm shooter, you’re probably wondering why your camera brand isn’t making lenses like this. And if you’re a GFX shooter, you’re probably bewildered.

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Fujifilm X-Summit 2022 Should Be Great! Here’s What We Expect!

If there were ever an event that a Fujifilm user could be hyped for, it would be the Fujifilm X-Summit. This is a time when we see and hear about some of the most exciting products Fujifilm has to offer. It’s how we first heard about the X Pro 3 (my favorite camera from Fujifilm yet). And this year, we’re expecting to see some big things. Fujifilm has been concentrating on its higher-end products. Strategically, this makes sense since they’re in demand and they bring in the most money. When resources and components are scarce, it’s the right path to sustainability. With that said, here’s what we expect from Fujifilm X-Summit in late May.

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The Best Fujifilm Lenses for Those Who Love Primes

We think it’s universally accepted that if you shoot Fujifilm, you know the best Fujifilm lenses are their primes. Fujifilm is used by anyone who desires a unique look that stands out from the rest. With that said, the lenses will still produce image quality dictated to them by the cameras. But their lenses and the overall image quality is still really beautiful. Check out the best Fujifilm lenses, and know that we’ve tested all of them.

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