Friday, December 25, 2015

Full moon on December 25,2015

I took these shots with my still functional superzom camera. As usual details of the cratered moon were obtained in P mode, not Auto mode.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Is your X-T10 camera and lens firmware up to date?

I have read before that the X-T10 does not need a firmware uprade as the top-of-the-line X-T1 as they were all incorporated in the first release. I checked the firmware page for the X-T10 and found out that there is a firmware version 1.10. When I did the presss DISP/BACK-POWER buttons, I was surprised that the firmware version was at 1.01. I trasferred all the photos in my SD card to a computer and formatted it using the camera setup menu 3/FORMAT.

Visit the official Fujifilm XT-10 firmware download site and save the 50+ Megabytes file to the SD card. Be sure to check the file size! Incomplete downloads will result in failure, which should be expected. The file name is FWUP0007.DAT and is a 50.6(actual 53.085156) Mbytes download. Put the sd card in the camera and perform the same DISP/BACK-POWER presses. Then follow the screen instructions. Am happy that the camera is now sporting the latest 1.10 firmware update.

But wait...that firmware is only for the camera body! My camera has the standard 18-55 mm kit lens. We will update this article real soon for the lens firmware update.

Ok, the lens kit firmware file is a 385(actual 394,448 Bytes) Kbytes download. It is saved as XFUP0004.DAT. Be sure that this is the only file in the SD card! Repeat the firmware update but this time select lens firmware update. I just checked that the lens firmware is already the latest: Version 3.12. So I have to forego the update.

Hope you have the latest firmware and we thank Fujifilm for providing the upates, always making you camera feel like new again and again.

If you have problems, write them in the comments section. I might be able to help.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

A portrait with the standard 18-55 kit lens

I took these two photos of my kumpare Bong Campus inside the McDonalds branch in Philcoa. To blur the background I turned the lens to 55mm focal length and selected an f-stop of 2.8. I had to focus near the subject to get the bacground defocused. Taken with a Fujifilm X-T10.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

A new name for our blog!

Last November 29 I got hold of my more serious camera to complement my Fujifilm HS50EXR 2X superzoom camera. The new camera is the Fujifilm X-T10, the little brother of the top of the line Fujifilm X-T1. Am still learning and mastering the controls but I hope to shoot more scens with it. It uses the same battery and has the same diameter 58 mm as the superzoom, so I can use the same filters. My new unit has the 18-55 zoom lens kit. and I am planning to add a fixed prime lens to it. If you have a X-T10, what do you recommend for a prime lens?

External manual flash units for the X-T10

I have to wade through various articles to find an external flash unit for the T-10. The Fujifilm flash units,EF-X20 (guide number 20), EF-20(Guide Number: 66' at ISO 100 and 23mm) and EF-42(Guide numbber:138' at ISO 100 and 105mm) either produces small light output or are simply expensive. If you are satisfied with manual (not TTL) setup, please read Fuji-X forum. It is said that the Fujifilm EF-42 flash is a rebranded and modified Sunpak PZ42X for Canons, but we cannot verify this.

The best recommendations so far are YONGNUO YN560 IV with matching YN-560 TX transmitter and Cactus RF 60 flash units with V6 transmitters. Other brands cited were Godox V850, with their FT-16S remote trigger and the Canon 580EX II's with a YN-622C-TX transmitter. More research will be done and we will post results here once we get our hands on them.

Further reading: Fujifilm flash accessories

Monday, November 30, 2015

A new T-10 to complement our superzoom camera!

I often shoot with the 42x HS50EXR camera. One can shoot all day with extra batteries with this camera. The time to next shoot is imperceptible and the focusing and exposure adjustments speed is quite fast for general subjects while shooting inside a fast moving van. I could not do that with the Nikon D5100 or Canon SX50HS which do have better image resolutions.

I could not resist however to ignore the lower "bargain" prices for most of the fujifilm X mirrorless camera system. The Fujifilm X-T10 can be had for about 5000 pesos less with a standard 18-55mm kit 1:2.8 f-stop, 58mm diameter lens. There is a cheaper alternative 16-50 mm lens with plastic construction with slower 1:3.5f-stop,but I opted for the 18-55version not only for the faster speed but for the stronger metal construction. I was surprised by the bright finder and screen when shooting during the evening.

I still need to study the camera controls and I will start writing articles for this camera real soon! The nice thing is that I can use the NP-W126 [8.4V 1280 mAh, 7.2V 1200mAh] lithium batteries, the lens cap(the one from HS50EXR has convenient string to attach to the camera!) and the UV filter(for front element of the lens) from the HS50EXR camera on the X-T10. I am thinking of complementing the camera with another lens, perhaps a fixed focal length wide angle prime lens. Unfortunately the price of lenses can be higher than the price of the camera itself!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Extra euipment you should have with Fujifilm cameras.

Peripheral equipmment list for serious Fujifilm photographers. I read this article

Fuji love came up with the following list this photographer uses.

  • YNN-568EX II flash
  • YN-622 receivers
  • YN-622-TX transmitter
  • gelatines
  • foldable snout
  • foldable reflector
  • clamps
  • Vebon UT43D tripod
  • teleconverter
  • batteries, 7.2 Volts, NP-W126
  • cards

Saturday, November 21, 2015

V-22 Ospreys: Always have a full charged battery and spare sd card.

I heard the drone of a helicopter and then I saw two V-22 Ospreys,flying with their large proppellers facing vertically overhead. Unfortunately the camera batteries were about to gave out, and then I found out the sd card slot was empty since I planned to copy the images to my computer.

Nevertheless, the low resolution (640 wide pixels of the image format for the the internal buffer allowed me to shoot even a short movie. I just wish you can have a separate buffer using and external SD card.

Here is the short movie clip.

Scenes from the 5th floor of SM North Annex

You may be able to see the quezon monument and some tall buildings in the direction of Fairview when you are at the 5th floor of SM North Annex. These photos were taken on the morning of November 21,2015.