Fujifilm has released a couple of firmware updates for two of its cameras, the X-Pro1 and X-E1, in order to improve their performance when used in combination with the new XF 55-200mm lens.
Camera manufacturers have to release firmware updates when they introduce new products. The devices are not usually compatible with new gear, therefore they require a software upgrade. This is what Fujifilm has been up to, with the launch of firmware update 1.05 for the X-E1 and firmware update 2.04 for the X-Pro1.
Fujifilm X-Pro1 firmware update 2.04 and X-E1 firmware update 1.05 available for download
The changelogs of the new software are identical. Both of them refer to the same improvement, allowing photographers to take advantage of the new Fujinon XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS lens.
The company says that users will experience significantly faster autofocus speeds when using either of the cameras in combination with the new optic, therefore they should go ahead and install the updates as soon as possible.
New firmware versions download links
Photographers should be careful regarding the version they install. Firmware update 2.04 is only for the Fujifilm X-Pro1 camera, respectively firmware update 1.05 for the X-E1. Users will need a formatted SD card, in order to copy the installation files, which are compatible with the Windows and Mac OS X operating systems.
Fujifilm has also compiled several guides to help users make their way through the installation. Before that, they can download Fujifilm X-Pro1 firmware update 2.04
Fujinon XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS lens has been launched this April
Fujifilm has introduced the Fujinon XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS lens in mid-April 2013. It has been exclusively designed for X-mount shooters.
Micro Four Thirds camera owners can benefit from a 35mm equivalent of 83-300mm, thanks to this telephoto lens, which comes packed with 4.5-stop slower exposure times.
At the time of launch, Fujifilm predicted that the firmware update for faster AF speeds would be released in July. However, it seems like everything went better than expected and the updates are available right now.