I’ve did a great disservice to Fujifilm and to the X100 in my last post. I ranted about the poor autofocus performance and demanded that Fujifilm would stick by the X100 and roll out corrections in future firmware updates. After publishing that post, I thought I’d better just check what firmware my X100 was actually running, and lo’ – it was one behind the latest update. In my defence, I asked the guy whom I bought the camera from whether it was up-to-date firmware wise, and I’m sure he said it was. I expect he had stopped using the camera once he had decided to sell it, and so wasn’t keeping track of the updates. Anyway, egg on my face, and all that.
So having updated the firmware to the latest version (1.30), I took the X100 for a spin around Sydney’s Chinatown at lunchtime today to see what difference it made. In short, there is a noticeable improvement in the focus performance and overall responsiveness, so kudos to Fujifilm for that. I did miss some great shots (I say boldly) while the camera was sluggishly processing the previous image, but my enjoyment level did rise a peg or two today, which I’m glad to say. I also deliberately slowed down and took my time with more shots, with the result that many more were keepers, and a number of images were quite decent. Keep the firmware updates coming please Fujifilm, as there’s still a way to go. In the meantime, here are some images from today’s outing.
All Raw files with some cropping, converted to monochrome in Nik’s Silver Efex Pro 2, and selective noise reduction using Nik’s Define 2. Spot metering.