Well, the rumors were true: the Fujifilm XF 50mm f/1 R WR has just been officially announced. It’s the fastest Fujifilm’s lens, and it’s been rumored and announced for quite a while now. So, let’s dive in and finally see in more detail what it has to offer.
Those fast f/1.0 Fuji lenses have been rumoured for a long time. Fuji Rumors posted about an XF 33mm f/1.0 lens that would offer a similar field of view on Fuji X cameras to a 50mm lens on full-frame way back in 2015. Then it was added to the Fuji roadmap in 2018, with price leaks last year before the lens was cancelled completely.
Fuji might have given up on the XF33mm f/1.0, but it hasn’t given up on f/1.0 lenses entirely. The XF50mm f/1.0 was announced just a couple of months ago and is expected to come in at a relatively inexpensive $1,500. But those weren’t the only f/1.0 lenses Fuji’s been working on. Hi Lows Note has just uncovered a new patent describing 30mm, 33mm and 35mm f/1.0 lenses.
Split double exposures can be a lot of fun. They essentially involve covering half of the frame and taking a shot and then covering the other half of the frame and taking another – both shots contributing to a single exposure. There are all kinds of ways you can do them, and Lomography even includes a “Splitzer” tool for this with their wide-angle Lomo’Instant camera.
But what about other cameras? Photographer Guillermo Hernandez has designed one of his own for the Instax Mini 90 that he made using his 3D printer which lets you accomplish the task quite easily.
In the light of recent Black Lives Matter protests, it has come to light that Nikon and Canon dropped the “master/slave” terminology. It happened way before the recent events though, but Fujifilm is the first company to follow their example. The company has confirmed that, from now on, “master” and “slave” will not be used in their products any longer.
Fujifilm’s X Webcam software proved to be a big hit when it was released for the PC a couple of months ago and Fujifilm announced not too long ago that their X-T200 and X-A7 models would work as USB webcams for both the PC and Mac without any other software at all (as long as you installed a firmware update).
Well now, Fujifilm has released X Webcam for the Mac, allowing you to use your Fujifilm GFX100, GFX 50S, GFX 50R, X-H1, X-Pro2, X-Pro3, X-T2, X-T3 or X-T4 on your Mac over USB for live streaming or video conferencing with the likes of Skype and Zoom.
Fujifilm has released new firmware updates for the Fuji GFX 100, GFX 50S and GFX 50R cameras offering better image quality, autofocus performance (including better face and eye detection), new film simulations, better bracketing and more. The GFX100 also gains the ability to shoot 12-Bit ProRes RAW video externally to the Atomos Ninja V.
The new firmware is significant, and Fuji says that this is the biggest firmware update they’ve released for the GFX system. From the looks of the list of changes, it certainly seems like it. For many, they may feel like entirely new cameras – especially when it comes to their autofocus capabilities.
There’s been a big rush from manufacturers lately to let you use their cameras as webcams. Fujifilm recently announced their Fuji X Webcam software that essentially simulates a capture device from your camera’s live view – although, unlike Panasonic’s solution, it actually shows up as a capture device. Well, the big news is on that one is that it’s coming to the Mac next month.
But for Fujifilm X-T200 and X-A7 owners, there’s other big news. A new firmware update allows you to plug those cameras straight into your computer via USB and have them automatically detected as regular old USB webcams without the need for the Fuji X Webcam software. Oh, yeah, and that also works, right now, with a Mac.
One of the things that the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us it that many more people can work from home than most of us previously thought. It’s brought online video conferencing to the forefront of our minds, but with everybody buying up webcams, the decent ones are pretty much impossible to find now. Chances are, demand for webcams will say high for a while, too.
Well, Fuji has now launched its new Fujifilm X Webcam software for Windows. With the assistance of a USB cable, it allows you to turn a number of Fuji cameras into webcams for use with your computer to get results better than anything you could hope for with your standard USB webcam. It even works with their medium format GFX cameras.