I grew up in Edenvale, Johannesburg (mid to deep east) - so you could say I'm middle Eastern. After I came out of an egg, my dear mom and dad couldn't decide on a name and thankfully my father - Geoffrey - talked my mom out of naming me Zeek - true story. They went with something that would read, if the title of 'Dr' was put before it. Dr Ross Maxwell it was! Unfortunately I disappointed Desne' and didn't go on to become a doctor of anything, although if I EFT you cash from my bank account, it reads the latter (truth).....
Summary of updated change to X Series Cameras
If you own a X-E1, X-E2, X-E2S, X-Pro1, X-T10, X-T1 or X-Pro2 and you update the camera body firmware (see firmware link section below) to the newest version plus you update the firmware for the listed lens you can expect the following changes…
- XF35mmF2 R WR & XF90mmF2 R LM WR- The accuracy of the manual focus adjustment to be enhanced when photographing using manual focus.
- XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
- XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS
- XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR
- XF55-200mmF3.5-4.8 R LM OIS
- XC16-50mmF3.5-5.6 OIS II
- XC50-230mmF4.5-6.7 OIS II- The accuracy of the manual focus adjustment to be enhanced when photographing using manual focus.
– Tracking performance of AF will be enhance when zooming
– The accuracy of the image stabilization will be enhanced on various shooting scenes.
- XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR- The accuracy of the manual focus adjustment to be enhanced when photographing using manual focus.
- XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR
- XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR- The lenses will deliver superior performance in combination with FUJINON Tele Converter XF 2X TC WR.
– The accuracy of the manual focus adjustment to be enhanced when photographing using manual focus.
Please note all improvements will only work if you update the camera body firmware as well as the lens firmware (see firmware links below).
For detail about all the functions of No. 1-6, refer to "X-T1/X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition New Features Guide [Ver.4.20]".
5 Questions - Martin Wright answered after his day at the Redbull X Fighters
(Q1). The Fujifilm XT-1 was not particularly known as an action camera, but the Firmware 4.0 update brought a range of autofocus upgrades to the party. After covering the recent Red Bull X-Fighters event, what are your thought on shooting sport with Fujifilm?
At first I was very sceptical using the X-T1 to shoot anything that moves. I first started with some wide shots with the 16-55mm F2.8 and found it extremely easy to shoot with. I then picked up the 50-140 F2.8 to shoot the faster action and whilst holding down the shutter in continuous shooting mode, I almost fell over at how easy the tracking kept locked onto the bikes. Very few camera’s are able to stay locked in focus, and to my surprise, it handled extremely well.
(Q2). While shooting, was there a feature/functionality of the X-T1 that surprised you?
As mentioned, the continuous tracking function held up with some of the best DSLR’s I’ve shot with, so that is firstly a huge benefit. Another massive surprise was shooting in Vivid mode, the colours were so vibrant and real, it was hard to believe I needed no post-processing.
(Q3). The X-T1's little brother, the X-T10 has recently been introduced, which provides a lot of the functionality of the X-T1 at a more aggressive price point. Have you managed to test it out at the event? What did you think of it?
I never got to test it at the event but I was fortunate to get my hands on the first model in the country before X-Fighters. I wanted to test the camera in full auto, as I believe it would be a huge benefit for beginner photographers, and all I can say is it will be very hard to buy any camera in that price range that will even remotely match the X-T10. The colour and natural shots this baby gives is worth a lot more money than it sells for.
(Q4). Having a good camera body is one thing, but it must be backed up by good lenses. With which lenses did you shoot with and what were your impressions?
I used both the XF16-55mm F2.8 and the XF50-140mm F2.8. For zoom lenses I would categorically state that they are the best lens to camera match you will find today. The 50-140mm is more compact than I am used to using so it made hand-held shooting an absolute breeze.
(Q5). What is the one stand-out feature of the Fujifilm X-T1 that has benefited you the most and why?
Dynamic Range, Dynamic Range, Dynamic Range. As a professional photographer and retailer I cannot stress how important great dynamic range is in a camera. For sensor size, the X-T1 is far beyond any APS-C sensor available today (with the best Fujifilm glass of course)
- Addition of compatibility with "XF35mmF2 R WR"
- Addition of compatibility with "XF1.4X TC WR"
- Support for Windows10