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Fuji With Its Unprecedentedly Large, 27-Item 2.0 Firmware Update To X-T2 & X-Pro2 Continues To Fine Tune Auto Focus (AF).

by Anura Guruge


Extracted from the Fuji press release for Firmware update 2.0. Click to ENLARGE and read here,


In July 2016 I decided that the Fuji X-T2, which I had thought was going to be my dream camera, was not so because I was getting increasingly disillusioned with Fuji’s AF prowess.

Reviews of the X-T2 vindicated my decision.

And now this 2.0 Firmware update.

While I am glad that Fuji, true to its reputation, continues to improve features of its cameras, this shows that there is still a lot that needs tweaking in the X-T2 when it comes to AF.

I do miss the brilliant JPEG color I could get from a Fuji. But, AF woes really got me down.

Hence my new found fondness for Sony.


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A New Post At DPReview Confirms My Fuji Auto Focus Grouse — But On The Current Flagship X-Pro2.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link below to access original DPReview post.

Click here to access original DPReview post.


And one of the responses included this … which is so SPOT ON.

It cracked me up because this really is the case.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link above to access thread. I think this was reply #4 (or thereabouts). But the first few are all worth reading.


I do NOT need any affirmation that my decision to ditch Fuji, after just 2.5 months, was indeed the correct and sensible thing to do. In my old age, with not that many days in front of me, I am not going to put up with ‘things’ that do not do what I want them to do (and to be fair I have been like that most of my life (SMILE)).

But it is interesting that it is NOT just I (given that some, led by my wife, may believe that I am just being my overcritical Virgo self).

Just 2 days ago (albeit after I had started trading in my Fuji lenses) there was the DPReview Fujifilm X-E2s review that said EXACTLY what I had said about autofocus and how AF performance was so dependent on which lens was being used (with some lenses much worse than others).

And now this.

I just want to highlight some points to help YOU if you are interested.

  1. Note that one of the lenses mentioned in the DPReview post is the 35mm. This, in my experience, was a PATHETIC lens when it came to AF. Brilliant outdoors in good light. Take it indoors and you might as well put a paper bag over the camera and shoot through that. The 35mm was THE first lens I traded in.
  2. As you will see in a subsequent response by the ‘original poster’ most of his woes were taking pictures of a dinner party. DITTO. I took some pictures in a restaurant with my Fuji X-E2s and had to, to my intense chagrin, throw them ALL out!
  3. From all I have read the autofocus on the (still preorder) X-T2 is better than that of the X-Pro2 (until they come up with yet another Firmware update for it) — but my fear has been that even the IMPROVED AF will NOT be able to compensate for the pathetic performance of lenses like the 35mm — and that the X-T2 AF will only ‘work’ with the optional, v. expensive GRIP and $2,000 PRO lenses!
  4. Amuses me how some folks get so DEFENSIVE about a brand or a product. I can’t ever see myself being like that. I have come to realize that there are a LOT of people ‘protecting’ Fuji — for whatever reasons — who seem incapable of just admitting that Fuji has focus issues and that folks like I, who demand immaculate focus, should look at OTHER systems.

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IF Fuji X-T2 Is Priced Below $1,599 (U.S.) It Sure Would Be Very Competitive & Compelling.

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From “Fuji Rumors”, July 5. Click image to access original.


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Fujifilm X-Pro2 is selling at $1,699 on Amazon today, July 5, 2016.

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Fujifilm X-Pro2 is selling at $999 on Amazon today, July 5, 2016.


This unconfirmed claim that the X-T2, to be announced in the next 48-hours, will be priced below the $1,699 for the X-Pro2 is extremely intriguing.

If true it could be quite telling BUT a very shrewd move by Fuji.

If true KUDOS to Fujifilm.

I had assumed that the X-T2 will be at least $1,699 if not in the the $1,899 range.

But, if it is priced that below $1,699 Fuji is being VERY REALISTIC.

The Nikon D500 lists at $1,996. That is, basically, the current HIGH-WATER mark for a enthusiast APS-C sensor camera.

At $1,799 or $1,899 the X-T2 would have fared rather badly against the D500 though it is not a apples to apples comparison.

At $1,499 or even $1,599 the X-T2 would be very competitive.


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Fuji X-T2 NOT Having A Touch Screen Is NO Big Deal — At Least For Me.

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From July 1, 2016 “Fuji Rumors”. Click image to access original, full post.


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Back of the X-Pro2. I highlighted the micro Joystick that can be used to select autofocus points. The X-T2 will have the SAME setup. That, to me, is one major ‘perceived negative’ out of the way.


A big deal is being made (mainly for the sake of sensationalism) that the eagerly awaited Fuji X-T2, to be announced July 7, 2016, will NOT have a touch screen.

I, for one, did NOT think the rear 3″ LCD would be touch screen. Why? Because the screen on the X-Pro2, announced in January 2016, is not touch screen. “We” all know that the X-T2 is meant to be a non-rangefinder (i.e., DSLR-like) version of the X-Pro2 — with more direct controls. And all the leaked data, e.g., number of autofocus points, supports that. So, why would the X-T2 have touch screen if the X-Pro2 did not?

For me the lack of touch screen is so big deal. Touch screens can be a pain. Having the micro Joystick to select AF points is a good compromise. It has the added advantage that you can use it, with your thumb, while looking through the viewfinder. Would be hard to do on the LCD since it will be pressed against your cheek.

Yes, touch screen would be nice when playing back images — both to move through them at the flick of a finger and to change ‘zoom’ using your fingers. But I can live without that. Plus not having ‘touch’ probably shaved $150 off the price.

So that is my take. IF I get a X-T2, and that is no longer a given, the lack of a touch screen will not bother me in the slightest.


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Fuji Camera Rental Program (U.S.) — All The Available Models & Prices.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link below to access original from the Fujifilm USA website.

Click here to access the original from the Fujifilm USA website.


The notion of renting cameras is really beginning to appeal to me. I am now thinking of renting a X-T1 for a week when we next go to Acadia National Park. It will be the perfect way for me to try out a X-T1 ahead of the X-T2 becoming available — most likely in August or September of this year.

I have found another place to rent Fujis — which might be a tad cheaper. But the above is directly from Fuji USA. So there is, in theory, some guarantee of satisfaction, of not quality. I will keep you appraised.


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Renting A Fuji X-Pro2 (Body) From Fujifilm U.S. For 28 Days Costs $275.

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Amazon listing for a new Fuji X-Pro2 (from Fuji). Click to access listing if you must.


I had NO idea how much renting a camera would be. Suffice to say I have never done it. So I had no clue or expectations. Kind of knew, viscerally, that it would not be ‘cheap’.

Called Fujifilm, U.S., in Edison, NJ, on their standard 1-800-800-3854 phone number and punched ‘3’ for ‘Pro Rental’. An extremely pleasant and helpful lady, ‘Brittany’, answered on the second ring.

They have pre-set time periods like 28 days, 50 days etc.

28 days for the X-Pro2 was $275.

I have to say that was LESS than I had expected. I am NOT considering renting a X-Pro2 and told her that upfront. As always there was ‘method to my madness’.

I was using the X-Pro2 to determine some parameters.

Remember that my dream camera, the X-T2, is said to be announced this week! SMILE.

Funnily enough ‘Brittany’ claims that she had not even heard that there was a X-T2 coming!

She has 2 to 3 X-Pro2s in stock and I could rent one today.

$275 is 16% of the list price — for a month. 50 days was in the $420 mark (though I wasn’t paying much attention to that).

But it has got me thinking.

I love to lease cars. I wonder IF I can start LEASING cameras. I used to be very good friends, 20-years ago, in Chicago, with a father/son team that owned a very successful, multimillion dollar leasing company out of Chicago. They used me as a business consultant on networking stuff. As was the norm those days we did all of our business discussions over a meal. One night they invited me to dinner at a ‘private club’ at the legendary ‘Drake Hotel‘ in Chicago. It was a revelation to I. The club with its very post dining room was hidden behind a wall. No sign, whatsoever, from outside. I had, as I had been told, gone to the front desk to ask to be taken to the club. They opened this wall to let me in! Anywho … They used to tell me this all the time: ‘any item, as long as it has a residual value, can be leased’. They, those days, used to lease Rolex watches and yachts.

Ah! If I can only get them to lease me cameras. That would work out. 


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Will There Be A New Kit Lens For The Fuji X-T2 Or Will The New XF 16-55mm f2.8 Suffice?

by Anura Guruge


The Fuji X-T1 when offered with a lens typically comes with the ubiquitous 18-55mm f2.8-4 or the 18-135mm f3.5-5.6.

The new X-Pro2 is invariably sold without a lens.

So what will be the story with the Fuji X-T2, now expected to be announced June 14, 2016? Possible they could announce a new lens with it. That would be neat.

Most buyers of the X-T2, including I, probably already have lenses that will work with the X-T2.

The new XF 16-55mm f2.8 would, from what I can see, make one heck of a good zoom for this camera.

If you want a prime I would look at the 35mm f1.4 or the 56mm f1.2.


Here I sorted out Fuji’s
current repertoire of lenses to help you.

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Click to ENLARGE. From fujifilmusa.com/products


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Amazon page for the new Fujinon XF 16-55mm f2.8. Click to ENLARGE.


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I Got A Fujifilm X-E2s Camera — My First Fuji.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. Taken with an Android Pad.

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Don’t worry. I have some lenses. Just haven’t put one on yet.
Wanted to update the BODY Firmware to 1.01.


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Did update the BODY Firmware to 1.01. Very easy.
Very straightforward
(though I read the instructions 6 times to make sure I didn’t screw-up).

Wish checking firmware version was a MENU option.


I needed a new camera to replace the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 (7 months old) and Panasonic Lumix LX100 (6 weeks old) that I gave away (to the same 17-year old boy) in an impulsive act of random kindness.

Yes, the plan is to get 2 cameras as I had in the past. But I already know what my BIG camera is going to be — my DREAM camera, the Fuji X-T2 that is due to be announced in the next 6 weeks. So that is settled. That is a given tryst with destiny. So what I was looking for was the ‘small’ camera to take the place of the LX100. I decided that I was NOT going to bother with a traditional compact. I never stick cameras in my jean pockets or my jacket pockets. So small size per se is not a factor. I prefer to carry all my cameras on my wrist — and you can see that my Fuji X-E2s already has two wrist straps attached. (I actually happened to have them as spares!)

Finally after 9 months of considerable thought and research I know, for sure (for sure), what I now want for in my cameras:

  1. Large sensor — at least APS-C.
  2. Mirrorless.
  3. Best still image quality, DAMN the 4K video.
  4. As much MANUAL control as possible, i.e., lots of dials and FN buttons.
  5. Good EVF (and damn hybrid and optical).

Given that list you can see why Fuji is the best fit for me. I did look, very seriously, at the Olympus PEN-F. Well it did NOT meet the above criteria.

Yes, I could have got a X-Pro1 at a bargain and IF I wanted the X-Pro2 that too was within my budgetary range. But I didn’t want a BIG camera not one with a weird hybrid viewfinder.

The Fuji X-E2s kind of fit the bill — though it is by no means perfect. I would have preferred 20MP resolution. It is also TWO FN buttons short. But from everything I read and saw (on YouTube) it is NOT a bad (little) camera.

Now that I have it, delivered in a sealed bag by Amazon, I like what I have seen. Menus, compared to Panasonic or Sony, are much easier to navigate. Q-menu much easier and direct than Panasonic. That firmware level cannot be checked from the menu is a pain (and inexcusable). But upgrading firmware (for the body) was a snap.

So that is where we stand. I haven’t used it as yet. I wasn’t going to rush. So stay tuned.


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Fuji’s X-Pro2 Firmware 1.0 Explanation Raises Questions As To Testing & Quality Assurance.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Start of Fuji’s explanation as to why Firmware Update 1.0 was released. Use link below to access original from Fuji.

Click here to access original from Fuji X-Pro2 Support.


That Fuji was forced to release a Firmware Update within 22 days of the much vaunted X-Pro2’s General Availability has to indicate that the Menu Setting Reset problem was real. The explanation (above) that comes with the 1.0 update confirms that.

This is disturbing and I speak of one who has been involved with software for 48 years! How could X-Pro2 testers, QA folks and beta-testers (in the field) NOT have seen this. Cameras would have to have been turned off — if nothing else to replace batteries. So people MUST have experienced this problem before the camera started to ship.

Would appear that Fuji OPTED to ship initial units KNOWING that there was this RESET problem. Would not be the first company to have knowingly shipped faulty products. But worrying. What can we expect with the Fuji X-T2 that is supposed to be available around August 2016.


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Fuji X-Pro2 — More Strange Problems: AF Points On JPEG, Freezing, Fluorescent Lighting …

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I saw this earlier today. Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use thread below to access original ‘DPReview’ forum thread.

Click here to access original ‘DPReview’ Forum Thread.


So today was the day that Fuji made available the 1st Firmware Update to the X-Pro2 — released just 3 weeks ago.

And I keep on seeing these Forum posts about obscure issues. Yes, I fully understand and appreciate that if you have enough monkeys typing you will eventually get all of Wikipedia written BUT I also believe that there has to be even a small fire if there are so many reports of credible smoke. A few people have claimed that the X-Pro2 freezes (and we are NOT talking about using it in cold weather). That scares me.

To be fair I CANNOT, for the world of me, see the AF Grid Points in the purported image. Others say they can and even have explanations. That scares me.

The whole Fuji X-Pro2 roll out has made me nervous since I WANT to buy the X-T2 as soon as it becomes available. Yes, some of the X-Pro2 fixes will already, I hope, be in the X-T2 Firmware BUT Fuji’s credibility is a bit shot.


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