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Fujifilm Issues a Firmware Update Claiming Fixes for Two Focusing Bugs, AKA “phenomenon”

See my Fujifilm GFX wish list and please bookmark my camera and computer wish lists for shopping at B&H and/or, so I get credit.

Fujifilm GFX

Early on I reported on the Fujifilm GFX focusing problems. They were confusing, and by the looks of it, more than one problem. The idea of a bad camera was dubious, but was ruled out by reproducing the same issues with a 2nd camera and a 2nd 120/4 and the 63/2.8.

Detail of the update

The firmware update Ver.1.11 from Ver.1.10 incorporates the following issues:

1. The phenomenon is fixed that in the MF mode, repeated halfway shutter pressing can shift the focus point under a specific exposure condition.

2. The phenomenon is fixed that in the AF-S mode, repeated halfway shutter pressing can shift the focus point with SHUTTER AF setting OFF.

.Just a few of the pages showing problems with the GFX. We can now hope for stability

At present I do not have the budget to buy a GFX system. It might be a while before I am able to test the GFX again; B&H Photo has already generously loaned me the GFX three times (see my Fujifilm GFX wish list which clicks through to B&H, thanks).

To this day, not a peep from Fujifilm about my reporting on the issue (zero communication followup from my report to Fujifilm tech support where I described in detail the issues I was facing). That seems like poor customer service at best, and in a way, irresponsible: I was (AFAIK) the first one to report on focusing issues and it would only make sense if only from a business perspective to have someone with intimate knowledge of the behavior try out the firmware and give it the nod. At least that’s what I would do: see my critics as my best chance for making the best product possible.

Ahmed G writes:

Japanese guys from Fuji contacted me to say with the new firmware GFX will focus at the aperture you have selected.

It was always focusing wide open then stop down which made the focus shift.

But now it will focus at the selected aperture.At their firmware update info they did not mention it but it works :) I think they do not want it to be known as an update. Please try it your self and see.

DIGLLOYD: see more on this.

Peter F writes:

I have found your Medium Format posts over the last months extremely helpful in coming to a decision about Fujifilm GFX vs Hasselblad X1D and finally bought the Fujifilm last week with the 63mm lens, not withstanding your reservations particularly about focusing issues.

I have been very frustrated too with the wild inconsistency making many prints at 24” x 30” to observe the changes/errors.

I have noticed this morning that Fuji have released a firmware update for the GFX which appears to address some of the focusing problems of the camera, and which I’m updating now. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for improvements, as my joy for the sensor is significant.

Just in case you haven’t had time to spot this, and thank you again as ever for your tireless work on our behalf!

DIGLLOYD: I’m very happy to see the development, as the GFX sensor is terrific.

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