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Fuji June 9 Firmware Updates Successfully Installed On X-E2s, 35mm f/2, 18-55mm & 55-200mm f/3.5.

by Anura Guruge


Yes, as planned I waited until today, June 13, 2016 — 3 full days after the release — to do the update.

No problems. Very smooth. In total took less than 10 minutes for all 4 updates and I, intentionally, took it slow so as to avoid any ‘finger trouble’. I even gave the Fuji battery a quick ‘top up’ charge in between the body update and the lens updates!

Did the body, i.e., X-E2s, with just that update on the card.

Then I formatted the card, topped up the battery, and copied ALL 3 updates to the card at once. As I had read on a Fuji forum that was no problem. Camera effortlessly picked up the right update for each lens that was mounted. That saved quite a few steps and time. Lens updates, with the file size just 388KB, were quick. I think I could have had all 4 update (or more) on the card at the same time BUT I was willing to do the body separately.

Did the 55-200 zoom last. Then couldn’t resist taking some pictures, in my darkened study, at ISO 12,800 using manual focus. I will upload the images laters. It could be my imagination and WISHFUL thinking, BUT they seemed sharper!


Lens updates I succesfully installed.

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For the record here are images of each update.
SMILE.

I am always apprehensive about doing any update.
(Pictures taken with my Lenovo Android 10″ pad.)


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Fujifilm X-E2s body –> 1.02.

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Fuji ‘kit’ 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS –> 3.20.

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Fuji XF35mm f/2 R WR –> 1.01.

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Fuji XF55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS –> 1.20.


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Fidelity New Mobile APP Is Definitely More User Friendly & Useful.

by Anura Guruge


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I ‘used’ Fidelity’s (much vaunted) new mobile APP on my Lenovo Android 10″ Pad this morning. Sure more welcoming and informative than the old one. I liked it. At least had some useful market data in the opening screens — which was nice.

Easy enough to use. Responsive too. Didn’t use it much or for long — as is my wont. I was just scanning stock prices … SMILE. Not sure (and I could be wrong) whether they have done naything major when it came to the account ‘Positions’ display. I tried to reduce it to see more columns but that didn’t work. That was annoying. When viewing ‘Positions’ I like to see as many columns, if not all, in one go. That they have added a NEW ‘analyst sentiment’ column, with color coded boxes for: very bullish, bullish, bearish & very bearish is NEAT. But that is way over. I would like that on my desktop view too. [Yes, I will call up and request … though nothing will happen. They just ‘yes’ you to death!]

Anywho … not that you will have a choice (since the APP will automatically update) … give the new APP a spin. Definite improvement. And that is always something.


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by Anura Guruge

Fujifilm X-E2s — Must Have Accessories.

by Anura Guruge


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Taken with my Lenovo Android pad.

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My accessorized Fuji X-E2s with handgrip, thumb grip, raised shutter release and wrist straps.


Got a genuine Fuji MHG-XE Hand Grip for 1/2-price from eBay!

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The other accessories — not counting two wrist straps.

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My cameras, as you must be able to tell from my “6 Images A Day” posts get used daily. So it is important to me that they feel right in my hand — and I spend a lot of time (if not money) making sure that I get them setup the way I want them to feel.

On my new Fuji X-E2s the standard grip, at the front, was just way too small — especially since I invariably hand carry all my cameras, dangling off one or more wrist straps. I had read on multiple reviews that the Fuji provided MHG-XE grip was a must. Why Fuji doesn’t include this as standard obviously all has to do with profits. The $101.53 on Amazon seemed too steep. So I checked e-bay. Found one for $65 that said “Make An Offer”. I started at $45 and settled at $50 (with free shipping). Claimed it had some cosmetic blemishes and was missing the Allen wrench. That didn’t bother me. I don’t mind if my camera looks like it gets used and I have plenty of Allens. When it arrived, within 2 days, it was PERFECT. So that was a nice bonus.

That the grip has a built-in ‘Arca Swiss Plate‘ tripod/monopod mount was another deciding factor. This is great. I don’t have to worry about carrying a mounting plate and screwing it on. Just remove my wrist grip and I am ready to go. I like the hand grip. All as promised. Full access to battery and SD card without having to remove the grip and the mount works brilliantly. So delighted with my $50 grip.

I had also heard good things about the ‘Gadget Place‘ thumb grip and I knew it would come in handy since as I said I hand carry my camera. So the thumb grip is another place for me to hold onto the camera even when I am not using it. Given the built-in flash I don’t have much of a need for the hotshoe. So that is not a factor. The thumb grip is good.

I was NOT going to get the shutter release button. Seemed like an affectation but after 24 hours I decided that it would be nice if the shutter button was higher up. Works. Makes it easier to use and Devanee likes it. So that is all good.

The ACMAXX 3.0″ Hard LCD Armor Protector is all that it is cracked up to be (if you get my drift). Piece of cake to apply and cleans up easy enough. I like it.

Using a comfy leather DSLRKIT Split Leather Wrist/Hand Strap Grip that I already had at home in case I needed one! Ditto with the wrist strap. I have a few spare at any given time!

Using B+W UV lenses as is my wont. Wasabi batteries, again as is my wont — though one was bad and had to be replaced! going to try some “DOT-1” batteries — though I haven’t got them yet. 


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Lenovo Tab 2 10″ 16GB Android Tablet — Pretty Darn Impressive For $171.

by Anura Guruge



I ordered the Lenovo 10″ Tab 2 last Thursday when the 10.6″ 8-Core Dragon Touch X10 Android Tablet which I had got from Amazon the day before proved to be a major disappointment in terms of screen resolution and USB-based battery charging.

The 1920 x 1200 screen on the Lenovo, as is mentioned in all the product reviews and many of the Amazon ‘feedback’, is pretty spiffy. Vastly superior to the Dragon X10. Crisp and vivid (and I do have it set to ‘vivid’). It is also surprisingly and pleasantly fast. That was a bonus. As I have stated before 96% of what is do on a pad is Web browsing — using Chrome. And it seems to be very adept at doing that. I am pleased.

Slightly more ‘bloatware’ than was in the Dragon. Most of it was easy enough to remove though I am still stuck with a few, such as ‘FM Radio’, which I will never use because it needs an earphone cord to act as an antenna and I don’t use (or like) earphones.

It upgraded, as part of a mandatory System Update, to Android 5.0.1. So I have only used it with Android 5. Works fine (so far). Haven’t found an APP that has not been compatible,

The only problem I have is I can’t get a magnetic compass APP to work. Yes, I know I about calibration but I still haven’t managed to crack that. GPS works. So not the end of the world.

Only has USB-charging (as opposed to also have a separate charger as was the case with the Dragon) and charging, so far, seems par for the course.

So bottom line, after (say) 28 hours and maybe 90 minutes of use is that ‘So Far So Good’, screen is impressive and performance, including Wi-Fi, more than acceptable. I am happy.

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Click to access Amazon listing. Smaller and a (slower) Quad-Core as opposed to the 8 in the Dragon.


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