Archive | December 2010

Merry Christmas

[written and compiled by KopiOkaya]

A warm greeting to all FUNnees and soon to be FUNnees…

photo: Bluffname using Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

design: KopiOkaya

photo and design: Sgsoonhoe using Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR

photo and design: Andikong using Fujifilm FinePix F31fd

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O Star of Wonder

[written and compiled by KopiOkaya]

This series of images was taken during ‘Starry Starry Night’ Christmas F.U.N. Outing on 11th December 2010.

The highlight of  this F.U.N. outing was to get into the festive mood, capturing Christmas lighting, decorations, street-scenes and people merry-marking, etc. To obtain the most picturesque and spectacular snapshots from the heavily and widely photographed decorative scenes along Orchard Road was no mean feat. Furthermore, to give these pictures the most pleasing, unconventional and creative look required FUN members to put on their thinking caps and think out of the box.

Click image to enlarge.

[photo: Yingbin1005] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Yingbin1005] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: SgSoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Andikong] Fujifilm FinePix F31fd

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: SgSoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix F30

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix F31fd

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix F31fd

[photo: Andikong] Fujifilm FinePix S200EXR

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Firmware update for FinePix F300EXR / F305EXR

[complied by KopiOkaya]

[image: Fujifilm]

Owners of  FinePix F300EXR / F305EXR take note there is a firmware update to address the issue of unstable volume level during movie recording.

You can download the firmware HERE. Follow the instructions closely. If firmware updating fails, the camera may no longer operate correctly and cannot be restored.

FinePix X100 latest updates

[compiled by KopiOKaya]

Some latest updates from http://www.finepix-x100.com/latest-updates.

RAW functionality explained

The X100 captures 12-bit RAW images using the RAF file type that can be converted using customized Silkypix software; a copy of which is provided with the camera. Please note Fujifilm is co-operating fully to ensure that X100 RAF file support is added to third party applications as soon as possible. This compatibility is expected to be offered via a firmware update within a few months of launch. Additional shooting information including the time it takes to write a RAW file and the X100’s buffer capacity are to be confirmed. There was also much discussion over the provision of a RAW button on the camera body. This button has two key functions. When shooting in JPEG mode, it enables the user to instantly capture both RAW and JPEG files, plus it also allows RAW files to be developed in camera.

Focusing details revealed

The X100 offers three focusing options, selected by a switch on the left hand side of the body (see image). There are two autofocusing modes: AF-S and AF-C. AF-S is a single shot autofocus mode that’s best for static subjects, whereas AF-C is a continuous autofocusing mode that’s best for capturing moving objects. Actual focusing speeds are to be confirmed. With manual focus selected, focusing is achieved using the focus ring around the lens barrel. A distance indication bar enables you to pre-focus if required, or you can simply use the electronic viewfinder to focus accurately. There is, however, no rangefinder focusing capability.

[images: Fujifilm]

Fujifilm to Increase Prices for Photographic Papers

[compiled by KopiOkaya]

FUJIFILM announced today that it will increase prices for photographic papers on a worldwide basis. Price increases will depend on markets.

  1. Products: Photographic papers
  2. Date of Price Increases: Effective from January 2011
  3. Increase Rate: Range from 5% to 20%

To sustain its photo imaging business, Fujifilm has been undertaking intensive structural reforms to reduce fixed costs and improve productivity, and has been absorbing the increasing costs of raw materials used to manufacture photographic papers over the few years. However, the recent soaring costs of such materials as silver mean that Fujifilm is no longer able to absorb these costs during the production process.

The new pricing structure will be applied to each market based on its individual conditions.

Our 2011 Wishlist

[written and compiled by KopiOkaya]

In October, Fujifilm will like to seek our opinions in the development of future FinePix compact cameras. The idea sparked-off during a casual conversation with Fujifilm staff during the Star Search contestants photo shoot. Thanks to Excelglsi, Willis and TheChef, Fujifilm finds their suggestions useful and will like to get more F.U.N. members to involve. Fujifilm feels that our feedback and suggestions will truly reflect what the customers really want in their camera.

Here is a summary of our wishlist:

  • Image quality equal or at least close to that of F31fd – rich colours and low noise at high ISO. If not possible with high megapixel images, at least the option to chose lower megapixels with better image quality
  • Reasonably large sensor, eg same size as F31fd (not bigger so as to minimise development and production cost)
  • Return of Super CCD sensor – if EXR CMOS sensors not able to offer same image quality
  • 5x zoom or more (as much as possible), preferably starting at 24mm equivalent, if not then at least 28mm equivalent
  • Good battery life, at least capable of shooting 200+ images on single charge
  • Most of the latest features found in F300EXR – eg the selector wheel, faster focusing, image stabilisation, etc
  • 10mp (we want good low light performance)
  • Raw shooting
  • Convenient controls for ISO, shutter and aperture
Feature-wise:
  • Sensor: 1/1.6-inch Super CCD or Super CCD EXR, not CMOS please
  • Sensor resolution: 8.0 or 10.0 million pixels is more than good enough
  • File format: Still: JPEG (Exif v2.3), CCD-RAW (Fujifilm RAF or Adobe DNG), Movie: AVI Sound: WAVE format, stereo sound
  • Lens: Fujinon 5x zoom lens. Equivalent to 24 – 120 mm in a 35mm camera. At 24mm, it is wide enough to coverage most large group and landscape images. At 120mm, it is long enough for general street photography
  • Aperture: Wide F2.8 / F5.6 Telephoto: F4 / F5.6 with series of F numbers run as follows: F2.8, F3.2, F3.6, F4, F4.5, F5, F5.6. As long as the high ISO is clean, we don’t really need a F2 lens (which I feel is a clever marketing hype)
  • Shutter speed: 15 seconds – 1/1500 seconds, variable by setting. 15 seconds exposure is great for fireworks
  • Image stabilizer: An improved and even better I.S. than F300EXR
  • Shooting modes: Remain the same as all current FinePix cameras with the exception of a manual mode that allows the photographer to select both aperture and shutter speed at the same time
  • Sensitivity: Auto / Auto (3200) / Auto (1600) / Auto (800) / Auto (400), Equivalent to ISO 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400. Low chroma noise even at ISO 3200
  • LCD Monitor: Not bigger than 3-inch wide. TFT Color (100% coverage). Bigger screen = higher battery consumption
  • Battery: High capacity, long life to approximately 500 shots. If off-the-shelf, I prefer to use NP-95 Li-ion battery
  • Histograph during image playback
  • Super macro up to 1 cm
  • Exterior: Magnesium-alloy
  • Expected price: Not more than US$500

Results to Mini-SAFRA Photo Competition 2010.

[written by KopiOKaya]

As you probably know, SAFRA is organising its biennial photo contest in which participants need to submit four photos on four themes, choosing from the following: motion, passion, moment, open/close, rush, explore, dream and shine. So F.U.N. decided to “kill two birds with one stone” by making our shooting challenge at the Orchid Gardens with the same themes. This will help our members think of how to shoot with themes in mind. After the shooting session, members are encouraged to post four images on four of the eight themes given above.

ALL Sgshoot forumers had been invited vote on the images to decide the winners. When voting closes on 5th December, 2 third prize winners emerged!

They are:

FIRST: Sgsoonhoe
SECOND: Bluffname
THIRD: Andikong and True34colors

Congratulations to all winners.

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Here are the prizes…

First prize: The Alchemist novel by Paulo Coelho, F.U.N. polo shirt, OP/TECH USA Super Classic camera strap and a pair of “limited edition” chopsticks from Japan

Second prize: F.U.N. polo shirt, Lenspen and a pair of “limited edition” chopsticks from Japan

Third prize: F.U.N. polo shirt, Lenspen and a pair of “limited edition” chopsticks from Japan

These prizes are kindly sponsored by Second Wind, Yingbin1005, KopiOkaya, Bluffname and Florence Goh of MS Color.

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And here are the winning photo series…

First prize – Sgsoonhoe

RUSH
EXPLORE
MOMENT
SHINE
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Second prize – Bluffname

PASSION

DREAM

EXPLORE

SHINE

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Third Prize – True34Colors and Andikong

True34Colors

DREAM
SHINE
MOMENT
OPEN/CLOSE
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Andikong

PASSION
MOMENT
EXPLORE
SHINE
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