It's a great day to be a Fuji fan today. The long-awaited firmware updates for the X-Pro 1 and X-E1 arrived today with all kinds of improvements, including boosted AF speeds and focus improved focus accuracy. There's also a new "focus peaking" feature (already seen on the X100S and X20) that gives you accurate and sensitive manual focusing by enhancing the outline of your subject in high contrast.
The main contents of the firmware update are as follows:
1. Improved AF speed on most existing XF lenses.
Thanks to an updated algorithm, faster AF speed is achieved with the following XF lenses:
- XF14mmF2.8 R
- XF18mmF2 R
- XF35mmF1.4 R
- XF60mmF2.4 R Macro
- XF18-55mmF2.8–4 R LM OIS
2. Addition of the "Focus Peak Highlight" function for manual focusing.
The "Focus Peak Highlight" function, which features on the FUJIFILM X100S and X20 cameras, has been added via this firmware update. It assists accurate and sensitive manual focusing by enhancing the outline of your subject in high contrast.
3. Improvement of the method to change magnification during manual focus.
Just press the dial to activate image magnification during manual focus and then rotate the dial right or left and the camera will alternate between 3x and 10x, whichever direction you turn.
4. Improvement of focus precision in various scenes [additional item]
The focus detection algorithm has been improved to provide more accurate focus precision for low contrast subjects and scenes containing horizontal stripes.
5. XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS lens:
The OIS is improved to reduce image blurring when walking to shoot a movie.
Fuji also updated their lens roadmap. A total of 10 high quality Fujinon XF lenses will be on the market by early 2014 and now an additional two Fujinon XC lenses have been added to this list. When you combine this with the three Zeiss lenses already announced, it brings the total number of X Mount lenses available to 15.