From what I’ve seen, the new Fuji Classic Negative film simulation is generous on the blue and green level, while remaining somewhat warm and keeping a low contrast.
It’s almost two years since the Fujifilm X-Pro2 was announced in January 2016. Since then, it’s become a much loved and well regarded camera for anybody who’s owned one. One of the big drawbacks, though, at least for those looking to mirrorless for video, is its lack of 4K video. Well, that’s about to change thanks to a new “Kaizen” firmware update.
Yes, that’s right, the X-Pro2 is getting 4K video, along with tethered shooting over USB or Wi-Fi, new AF tracking algorithm for moving subjects, Fujifilm X Raw Studio support for the Mac, improved wireless flash capability, and several other things.
This is an interesting developing. Fuji have announced that a new raw processing application is coming in November; Fujifilm X RAW Studio. Unlike all current raw systems, X RAW Studio actually seems to use your camera’s hardware to speed up the workflow. Much in the same way that games, 3D and even video editing applications can utilise your GPU.
Essentially, you plug your camera into a Mac or PC via USB, and then the software sends tasks out to the camera to perform. Fuji believe that the X Processor Pro inside the camera is far more efficient than a computer’s CPU. Especially when it comes to the large raw files we see today.
Digital cameras are notoriously difficult to design and get right. Where do you start? Who is the customer? What features do you include on the camera? There are uncountable ways to approach a camera development and design programme.
For example, you can create a spreadsheet listing current and near-future ‘must-have’ specifications and cross them out one-by-one to please the techno-consumer. Or you can specialise and excel in specific areas—a more difficult proposition altogether. For the X-Pro2, Fujifilm chose the latter simply because of their heritage of crafting cameras for particular needs.