Needs update: gfxCardStatus

gfxCardStatus is used to manually switch between integrated and discrete graphic cards on the MacBook Pro. My 2011 model had some issues in the past (before fixed by Apple) and I prefer turning off the discrete graphics card if not required. The app does this automatically (f.ex. no external monitor at work).

After using gfxCardStatus for quite some years, the app seemed to stop working after my latest OSX update run. As the latest version 2.3 by CodyKrieger has not been updated for years. However, steveschow updated and optimised it and that version works with OSX High Sierra.

Mixing Fujifilm X-T2 with Minolta MC and MD lenses via mount adapter

Fujifilm offers a Leica M mount adapter for the X-Mount cameras including the X-T2. As I am currently not in possession of a M mount lens this might be a bit impractical. However, the idea is quite a good one and a short web search brought me to K&F Concept who offer a vast amount of different adapters to camera systems. I opted for the Minolta MD/MC to Fujifilm X mount adapter to use my available lenses. Benefit of using the Minolta lenses: as the adapters make the lenses only manually usable the Canon lenses without manual aperture ring would not work in a practical way (change setting on Canon camera, move it to Fujifilm camera) and also the benefit of the lightweight system would be absurdly dispensed with.

The test subjects

I have three Minolta lenses, which all fit perfectly on the adapter. Now to a sample picture per lens. Please note that the first sample picture has one of the famous settings by Fujifilm applied, Classic Chrome.

  • Minolta MC ROKKOR-PF 58/1.4
    • excellent bokeh
    • focusing takes some time
    • looking forward to portrait work (87mm equivalent to full frame)

  • Minolta MC W.ROKKOR-SG 28/3.5
    • focus ring easy to use
    • fast to focus
    • not so fast regarding aperture, but sharp and for the sunshine
    • almost a default lens (42mm equivalent to full frame)

  • Minolta MD TELE ROKKOR 200/2.8
    • long focusing time
    • steady hand required
    • quite a tele (300mm equivalent to full frame)

Color Profile: Camera Calibration section in Lr

Adding a Color Profile after shooting with RAW is still possible via Lightroom in Develop mode, Camera Calibration section on the right hand side:

Alternatively you can use the Fujifilm RAW Studio which does the job with the camera processor.

Conclusion

So far I am extremely pleased with the K&F Concept adapter and the Minolta lenses on the Fujifilm X-T2. It is quite some joy to use the old Minolta lenses and the results are very good indeed. Combined with the Fujifilm Color Profiles, this is just wow. The adapter is solid, no wobbling, no nothing and just works as expected. With the Minolta lenses the camera is also not front-heavy, they fit in size quite well (maybe except the 200/2.8). Despite that the 58/1.4 is of course quite a fast one and the 200/2.8 is like a good tele but requires a bit setup time – probably tripod mandatory.

Fujifilm X-T2

Thoughts, then actions. Quite pleased with the Fujifilm X-T2 so far.

Here are my initial comparisons to the old Canon 5D Mark II:

Video

Amazingly easy to use and crisp results – such an advantage. Autofocus is extremely helpful.

Display

Really useful, sufficient for many pictures especially fast street photography.

Battery/Akku

By far less time to shoot than the Canon. Maybe because there is always a display on (auto-turn off after 2mins selected)? Also the battery has less capacity (1200mAh vs. 1800mAh in the LP-E6).

Lightroom

Initially I thought the lens was not recognized correctly, however the correction profile is already included in the RAW-File – nice:

So I don’t have to manually click on EnableProfile Corrections.

The Tether Shoot Plugin for Fujifilm cameras costs 29$.

Otherwise tethering does not work with Lightroom:

RAW Studio

Tried the new Fujifilm RAW Studio, it has a nice feature: the camera converts RAW to jpg while attached via USB, so computer does not calculate and it’s quite fast. Despite that I saw nothing of interest to me. So if you are planning to mass-convert images, go for it.

Firmware

I updated the provided firmware to current versions:

Body Version 2.11 to 3.00
Lens (18-55 Kit) Version 3.21 to 3.22
Download from Fujifilm, for the update  just put the files on a formatted SD Card and hold DISP/BACK button while starting the camera.