File Resolution

This applies to all Fujifilm cameras and all Canon, Nikon, Sony…

A few days ago, I had a discussion with a photographer. She said that even when she provides images to her clients in low resolution, some clients have taken these “low resolution” files are have them printed at local labs into 16 inch by 20 inch. Even though she provided jpegs with a low resolution of 72.

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Fujifilm X-PRO2: Focus Points

When using the zone focus or the wide-tracking focus, the display EVF or OVF shows multiple points that are supposed to be in focus. Why all these points?

In any of the area focus modes, the zone or the wide-tracking, the camera decides where to focus. Where to focus will depend on the which Fuji camera and which version of the firmware:

  • The older cameras and the older firmware will …
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Fujifilm X-PRO2 & the Electronic Shutter

All the Fujifilm X-cameras have both a mechanical shutter and an electronic shutter.

The mechanical shutter has a range from 15 minutes to 1/4000 or 1/8000 of a second depending on the camera model. Switching to the Electronic shutter the maximum shutter speed is 1/32000 of a second.

A Fuji 24 megapixel cameras has 4032 rows of 6032 pixels.

  • The mechanical shutter allows for the processor to …
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Fujifilm X-PRO2: Auto-ISO

Digital cameras have changed photography. In the “good old days” you bought a film: black or white, ASA (ASA begat DIN which begat ISO) 125 or 400 or a color film with a specific sensitivity with an ASA rating of 50 like the Fuji Velvia 50 or Kodachrome 64… And that was it. For the whole roll/film. You could push the sensitivity a little bit but not by much …

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Fujifilm X-PRO2: Hot Pixels

In the “good old days” all the digital cameras were using CCD (Charge Coupled Device) sensors and now almost all digital cameras use CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) sensors. CMOS image sensors are so much cheaper to manufacture and they behave better (more linear) in less than perfect conditions.

The way the sensor works (extremely simplified) is they receive the light from the photosite (a small lens that is front …

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Fujifilm X-PRO2: Standby Mode

Battery life for mirrorless cameras is dismal, especially when comparing with DSLR cameras. My Canon 7DMkII does easily 1200 exposures on one battery charge and I have had times with 2000+ exposures. My X-Pro2 with the Optical Viewfinder and no image display after taking the image gives me:

  1. The original Fujifilm battery: NP-W126S: 290 exposures
  2. The no-name brand battery: NP-W126: 180 exposures

BTW, these are my numbers, from …

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Fujifilm X-PRO2: 3rd Party Batteries

Most Lithium ion batteries for cameras are made of 2 cells (the round stuff that looks like a AA battery)

As far as I know, there are only 5 manufacturers of these Lithium Ion cells: 4 in China and 1 in Japan. Even Tesla doesn’t manufacture the Lithium Ion cells for its own car batteries, they use cylindrical Panasonic 18650 Lithium Ion cells.

The camera manufacturers like Canon, Nikon …

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Fujifilm X-PRO2: AF Hunting

In the beginnings of Fujifilm’s revival, their cameras weren’t known for their great AF system in terms of both speed and accuracy. Many firmware later, Fujifilm has significantly improved the situation with both firmware and better lens focusing systems. But it’s not perfect yet. Even today, sometimes there is is some AF hunting.

  • The AF point is too small and therefore can’t find enough contrast to …
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Fujifilm: Manual Focus & Focus Peaking

I started photography in the so called: “ the good old days.”

  • On SLRs (Single Lens Reflex cameras - long before the digital revolution) we had a small split screen in the center of the viewfinder to focus and that was it.
  • On rangefinders like the Canonet (which I had) and the Leica there was a little rangefinder in the middle of the viewfinder that was linked to the focusing ring of …
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Fujifilm X-PRO2: Godox Flash Firmware

Godox is on fire. Their sales are skyrocketing. Every photo bulletin board talks and asks about Godox flashes. I use Godox flashes and I’m extremely satisfied. I love them, they are fantastic.

Why? Here’s my experience:

  • They are cheap! I have 3 flashes that support both TTL and HSS for less than the cost of a “real” Canon flash (600ex-RTII) or the cost of a “real” Nikon …
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Fujifilm X-PRO2: Slow AF when using the ERF

First let’s clarify a few abbreviations:

  • AF: Auto Focus
  • ERF: Electronic Range Finder
  • OVF: Optical View Finder
  • AE: Auto Exposure

The X-PRO2 and the X-100 serie starting with the X-100T and now the X-100F have an Electronic Range Finder. It’s at the bottom right of the Optical View Finder.

The problem is that the AF is very slow when you use the ERF and showing an enlarged …

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