Fujifilm releases new firmware for X-T1, X-E2, X-E1, X-Pro1

The folks over at Fujifilm have pushed out new firmware for multiple cameras.

The X-T1 gets the most in the way of updates, with the package becoming sparser the older the camera.

For details and to download the X-T1 firmware, click here

For details and to download the X-E2 firmware, click here

For details and to download the X-E1 firmware, click here

For details and to download the X-Pro1 firmware, click here

Always read the documentation before upgrading firmware and be sure that your battery is fully charged before you start.

Nikon Firmware Updates Available for D750, D810

Keeping your camera firmware current is very important.  Nikon recently made two firmware updates available to customers

D750 C:1.01 (download)

  • When shooting with an optional Speedlight and Auto FP high-speed sync enabled with On selected for ISO sensitivity settings > Auto ISO sensitivity control in the photo shooting menu, images were sometimes over-exposed. This issue has been resolved. (Enabling auto FP high-speed sync: Select 1/200s (Auto FP) or 1/250s (Auto FP) for Custom Setting e1: Flash sync speed)
  • When menus were displayed with the camera connected to a 4K-compatible TV via HDMI, display in both the camera monitor and on the TV was not correct. This issue has been resolved.
  • Noise that could sometimes be heard when Custom Setting d1: Beep was set to any option other than Off has been reduced.

D810 C:1.02 (download)

  • When playback zoom was applied to an image displayed in the camera monitor (image display enlarged) while the memory card access lamp was still lit immediately after capture, the image was not correctly displayed. This issue has been resolved.
  • When menus were displayed with the camera connected to a 4K-compatible TV via HDMI, display in both the camera monitor and on the TV was not correct. This issue has been resolved.
  • Noise that could sometimes be heard when Custom Setting d1: Beep was set to any option other than Off has been reduced.

Info courtesy Nikon

 

iTR AF and Auto ISO for Hockey with the Canon 7D Mark II

Another game, another set of experiments with the 7D Mark II.  This time it was the same core kit, 7D Mark II, Sigma 120-300/2.8 and RRS monopod but with very different settings.  I wanted to give Canon’s full 65 point tracking autofocus a go and also see what would happen if I let the camera manage the ISO where I set a shutter speed floor and left the lens at f:/2.8.  The results might surprise you. Continue reading iTR AF and Auto ISO for Hockey with the Canon 7D Mark II

Followup on Snapselect Quick Look

I am always appreciative when a representative of the company making a product I take a look at makes the time to respond.  Kevin of Macphun sent a quick comment to yesterday’s quick look and I wanted to share his thoughts with all of you, particularly his clarification of how Snapselect DOES integrate with Lightroom.  I missed this and really appreciate the opportunity to learn.

Here are Kevin’s thoughts direct from his reply..

1. It actually works well as a nice companion to Lightroom. You simply open up your LR catalog in Snapselect (as an image source vs. opening a folder), then any selects / rejects are automatically reflected back in Lightroom in two new Collections – Snapselect Picks and Snapselect Rejects. Opening up either of these Collections enables you to then do anything to the images that you would customarily do in LR (e.g. tag, keyword, edit, delete, etc.)

2. Can you do the culling process in LR? Of course (e.g. via flags, stars or keywords). Where Snapselect shines however is greatly speeding up that task by analyzing and presenting you with neat groups of similar images – then you’re laser-focused on culling *those* before turning attention to the unique images from your session.

You can read the other elements of what Kevin had to say in the Comments section, mostly they add on his thanks for the article and how his own workflow has changed.

This is one of the many reasons I like the people and products from Macphun.  They are directly engaged with the customer and are not some faceless corp-droid, not to name any G companies.

New from Macphun – Snapselect

The very nice folks at Macphun are announcing a new photo sorting application.  Like all their software it is Mac only and like some of their software it is sold only the Apple App Store.  It’s on limited time sale for $14.99 and sadly you cannot buy it through my affiliate link, only through the App Store.  So let’s check out what it does and why it is sold the way it is. Continue reading New from Macphun – Snapselect

Round Two : The Canon 7D Mark II for Hockey

Second full game test is now done and I am happier overall.

Here’s the basic setup.

Canon 7D Mark II, Sigma 120-300/2.8 APO IS, ISO 2000, f:/2.8, Aperture Priority, Flicker Control Enabled, EV +1 ⅔, Stabilization enabled option2, all shots off a monopod.  Focal length anywhere between 120mm and 300mm.

Different arena (Ray Twinney Centre in Newmarket) and different teams, Newmarket Hurricanes vs Orangeville Flyers.  The two teams were very closely matched and the guys played hard all night making for a wonderful game.

Let’s see what I learned this time; Continue reading Round Two : The Canon 7D Mark II for Hockey

Busted! Lear Professional USB 3.0 Dual Slot Card Reader

I have used this for a couple of years so probably have gotten my $70 out of it, but since getting Sandisk 120mb/s cards for the 7D Mark II, this reader produces nothing but garbage from these cards.  Checking their site, there is a firmware update from 2012 that adds UDMA7 support which is a great idea.  You install the installer, reboot your machine (STUPID INSTALL TRICK #13) and then run the Firmware update tool.

Did I mention that this is a USB 3.0 reader?  Why yes, I did.  The firmware update tool requires a USB 2.0 port to work.  Since my Mac Pro and my Macbook only have USB3 ports, that are actually USB2 backward compatible, this would sound less dumb than it actually is.

It really demands a USB 2 port.  So because I have newer computers, updating the firmware becomes a major hassle.

After checking my available computers, I did find an old POS Windows box with USB 2 ports and was able to get the firmware on the reader updated.  It does now work with the Sandisk UDMA7 cards, although it is slower when reading than the Delkin I bought to replace it.

From a pain in the butt perspective, replacing the Lexar is the easiest route although that is more expensive.  If your time is valuable, you’ll burn the cost in futzing around with the Lexar solution, unless you have an older computer with USB2 and you don’t mind having to go through a reboot mid stream.

Automatically Set White and Black Points in Lightroom

Mentees, club members and students know that I tend to harp on getting the white and black points correct early in the editing process in Lightroom.  Well today I learned a trick to REALLY speed that up from none other than Mr. Scott Kelby

It’s very difficult.

Hold down SHIFT and double click on the words Whites and Blacks in the Basics panel in the Develop module.

Man, does this save time.  Thanks to Scott and for the article I learned this from click here

And if I can just say how pleased I am that Scott has taken over Lightroom Killer Tips because there’s plenty of new content there.

Think Tank “Perception” Backpacks for Mirrorless Systems

If you’ve been reading my stuff for a while or have looked at the sidebar, you know that I am a huge fan of Think Tank bags.  Some might say that I am too big a fan because of the number I have bought.  I am also an affiliate so if you buy through my site, you help out The Photo Video Guy.  Which is cool, but let’s be clear that I pay for my stuff, just like you do.

I was just notified of these new backpacks designed with mirrorless owners in mind.  They look pretty cool and don’t scream “expensive camera, please steal” like so many other vendor products.  Let’s have a look. Continue reading Think Tank “Perception” Backpacks for Mirrorless Systems

Real World Test : Canon 7D Mark II in crappy arena light

For this story to make sense, I must be clear on something.  I bought the 7D Mark II for two specific use cases, both tending towards longer lenses and both tending towards a preponderance of crappy light.  So you understand, the use cases for the camera are wildlife and sports.  Last night, I along with my good friend Will du Plessis, trundled off to the Aurora Community Centre to photography an OJHL match between the Aurora Tigers and Lindsay Muskies.  We both were shooting the 7D Mark II with the Canon 70-200/2.8L IS II.  To learn how the 7D runs at higher ISOs in horrible lighting, read on… Continue reading Real World Test : Canon 7D Mark II in crappy arena light

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