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Fujifilm updates X-system lens firmware for X-E2 compatibility

By dpreview staff on Nov 6, 2013 at 13:01 GMT
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Fujifilm has updated the firmware for many of its X-system lenses to offer full compatibility with the recently-announced X-E2. The upgrades allow the lenses to work properly with the camera's phase detection AF and, for XF optics, its Lens Modulation Optimizer function. They apply to the 14mm F2.8, 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OIS, 35mm F1.4, 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 OIS, 60mm F2.4 Macro, and XC 16-50mm F3.5-6.3 OIS lenses, with an update for the 18mm F2 apparently likely to follow shortly.

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random name
By random name (5 months ago)

Waste of time..Fuji still doing nothing on limited bracketing function ( need +/- 2 F Apertures & 3 to 5 exposures instead of current 0.7 to use these cameras for HDR pictures.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (5 months ago)

DPR wrote:
"The upgrades allow the lenses to work properly with the camera's phase detection AF and, for XF optics, its Lens Modulation Optimizer function. They apply to the 14mm F2.8, 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OIS, 35mm F1.4, 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 OIS, 60mm F2.4 Macro, and XC 16-50mm F3.5-6.3 OIS lenses, with an update for the 18mm F2 apparently likely to follow shortly."

Fuji writes on their page that the update WILL NOT be available for XC lenses, including XC 16-50mm.

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Paul JM
By Paul JM (5 months ago)

Any idea whether there is benefit in the firmware upgrade for XE1 owners who have these lenses ?

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random name
By random name (5 months ago)

I don't think it changes anything on the XE1 which I unfortunately own ; furthermore.Fuji still doing nothing on limited bracketing function ( need +/- 2 F Apertures & 3 to 5 exposures instead of current 0.7 to use these cameras for HDR pictures.

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Leandros S
By Leandros S (5 months ago)

The idea that lenses need firmware still bothers me. Why would anybody engineer it that way? The lens should be a mindless slave to the camera imo.

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ProfHankD
By ProfHankD (5 months ago)

No practical choice. Modern lenses commonly contain focus and aperture motors, the control logic to move them as commanded by the camera, and encoder feedback on things like where the aperture blades and focus position are. It is far more reasonable to put the lens-specific control logic in the lens than to require higher bandwidth communication and hope the body can do it all. Basically, this is the same reason there's a processor in your computer's mouse and another in the keyboard.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (5 months ago)

"The idea that lenses need firmware still bothers me. Why would anybody engineer it that way? The lens should be a mindless slave to the camera imo."

You idea would be a wrong architecture. Each lens has some specific information related only to that lens, such as sharpness profiles, distortion profiles, CA profiles, motor control algorithms etc.
If all the data is kept in camera, every camera firmware update would need firmware update for each lens - making number of updates equal to <number of cameras>*<number of lenses>. In the case of current architecture, number of updates is <number of cameras you have>+<number of lenses you have>, which is lower. And what about 3rd party lenses - body manufacturer is not going to support those (see Canon & Nikon), while lens manufacturers can release and update lens firmware easily.

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Segaman
By Segaman (5 months ago)

would be great to get the cheaper price of the Xe1, but I think the Xe2 will be worth the wait! and the price!

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Pritzl
By Pritzl (5 months ago)

Wonder how much faster AF will get with the new firmware?

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