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