Fuji Rumors: Fujifilm Managers Interview: About Internal Camera Memory, X Pan Aspect Ratio, ISO Button Gate on X-H2/s and More – FujiCast – Commentary

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“In the lastest [sic] Fujicast episode, Kevin and Neale have, among the others, a talk with Fujifilm UK manager Andreas Georghiades and they also go to the Fujifilm headquarter[s] in Japan and talk to product plan[n]ers.

Needless to say, the talk mostly gravitates around the Fujifilm X-T5. Down below is a summary as well as the podcast to listen….”

Commentary

Former Fujifilm X-Photographer Kevin Mullins’ reliance on Fujifilm X-Pro cameras for his photojournalism-style approach was influential in us choosing to invest in Fujifilm’s interchangeable lens camera system so we continue to read his articles, listen to his podcasts and watch his videos.

We don’t always have the time to sit through a full podcast especially when we have a backlog of articles and other projects to get through so we’re always grateful to Patrick DiVino of Fuji Rumors for his excellent point-form summaries of Kevin Mullins’ and Neale James’ The Fujicast podcast.

I found these points of most interest:

1. Fujifilm says they are aware of the issue with jumpy exposure changes when shooting video and they will continue to improve performance and usability.

Fujifilm, please make fixing this your number one firmware update priority for your camera bodies and especially for the promising Fujinon XF 18-120mm f/4.0 LM PZ WR movie plus stills zoom lens.

Users have reported exposure jumps in connection that lens as well as other, older, Fujinon zoom lenses.

2. The managers say they’d like to see more powerzoom lenses.

Fujifilm badly needs to create more prime and zoom lenses that are equally suitable for video production and stills photography.

The XF 18-120mm f/4.0 LM PZ WR is a promising step in that direction especially in the way Fujifilm’s Fujinon cinema lens designers collaborated with the company’s Fujinon XF photography lens designers.

We’re already looking to other lens makers for manual cinema prime and zoom lenses in case Fujifilm doesn’t come good on improving its lens support for video production and Irix has impressed us a great deal with a range of camera mounts on its cinema primes with Fujifilm X-Mount versions coming soon.

We’ve also been looking at DZOFilm’s zoom and prime lenses and the possibility of adapting Arri PL-mount versions of its lenses, especially the DZOFilm Pictor Super35 zoom lenses.

3. 65×24 aspect ratio inspired by X Pan? With high resolution Fujifilm cameras this could be possible. Fujifilm will study the possibility to add more aspect ratio in future.

We’re grateful to Fujifilm for finally adding the incredibly useful 5:4 and 4:3 aspect ratios to the X-T5 and X-H2 cameras and hope they’ll always be included in future cameras too, but surely adding 65:24 aspect ratio to cameras equiped with 40 megapixel sensors or greater is a no-brainer?

4. ISO button issue on X-H2/s (where you can’t assign ISO control to command dial)? The Fujifilm manager says “they will study” it.

We rarely do lots of swapping between ISOs so assigning ISO to a command dial is not a personal priority but assigning other controls to command dials is incredibly useful.

5. Internal memory? Fujifilm offered cameras with internal memory, but they eliminated it to speed up the response time of the camera. But they acknowledge that it might be useful to have a large amount of internal memory, like on smartphones. At this point the UK manager says there is no harm in internal memory, but he would not want to rely on it as his only option and Kevin says he’d love both and use the internal memory as a backup.

The more back-ups the better especially when working on mission-critical projects.

We’ve never had a problem with a memory card failing but we always set our cameras to save to both SD cards when they offer that choice.

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