Just got an Icy Box IB-3740-C31. Packaging was thankfully good as it was not delivered in a brown box around it.
Adding 4 SSD drives was a bit of a fiddling, but once the two screws per drive were attached and the sliders were in the case it was fine.
Starting up, all 4 SSDs were directly detected by my MacBook Pro.
Noise level is not super silent but ok, maybe I switch the fan later on.
Setting up a RAID-10 with Apple Disk Utility
In Disk Utility, go to File > RAID Assistant…
Who would know that once you have 4 drives you can’t just create a RAID5 with the disk utility? The only obvious options are RAID0, RAID1 and JBOD.
But there is a trick here if you want to use the RAID Assistant. Just create a RAID-10 out of 2 RAID-1 combined by a RAID-0.
First, we create a RAID-1 with 2 disks:
For my use case I used the largest block size and named the first RAID-1 raid1_1.
Then I did the same steps again with the second two disks, named it raid1_2.
Now as you have 2 RAID-1s, it makes sense to combine them to a RAID-0 – set the same block size and works fine. Named it raid10 (finally).
If you have 4 drives you get 50% of the capacity (e.g. 4x 1TB -> 2TB to use)
up to 2 drives can fail here and it would still work (1 on each RAID-1)
better fault tolerance than a JBOD
fast(mirrored & striped) compared to JBOD, single drives
a lot cheaper than a NAS
faster than a NAS with up to 10 Gbit/s via USB3.1 (Gen2, UASP)
a software raid on top of another software raid, not sure yet if you can move it between macs?
RAID-5 would give you 75% of the capacity (e.g. 4x 1TB -> 3TB to use), but only one drive can fail there
Only attached to one computer compared to a NAS – but possibly more speed
The Icy Box seems to work fine so far, and it feels quite fast (no scientific test/speed runs here) to copy large files around – it’s definitely a lot faster and responsive than the NAS in the same room. Looking forward to video editing on it.
Would have loved to go with a RAID-5 but for now I can always use the provided system tools.
After updating to the current Adobe Photoshop Lightroom version, I did not find the famous Fujifilm presets like Velvia, Classic Chrome etc. anymore. As Adobe changed and extended their own Presets, I was eager to find the Fujifilm ones – and found them.
Let’s quickly look at where they are now in three easy steps.
First, go to the Develop module. On the right pane, open the Basic tab: Second, you will find the Profile option, default is Adobe Color. Here you click on Adobe Color and a small menu opens:Third, click on the Browse option and then you found it again. Now open the Camera Matching tab and you will find the specific Fujifilm color profiles:
Hups, didn’t know that – my old wireless keyboard is updatable for some years and I missed that? Not really, as it happened already automagically. Here you can check which device you have: How to identify.
My firmware version of the 2011 wireless keyboard is already up-to-date: Firmware Version: 0x0050
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Aune X1s: right behind the Grace m9XX for half the price
Audinst HUD-DX1: a bit behind Aune X1s
In general the Grace m9XX just has the bass to keep you pushed and a magic clarity with which every song sounds different than before without it. Also the dynamic range is just more present and larger.
If you want to go for high quality data music on a Mac, use the Pine player which is available for free on the app store.
It allows to play existing digital audio forms such as MP3, FLAC, APE, AAC, M4A, WAV, AIFF, OGG, WMA, DSD etc. and it also has a strong playing capability for listening to CUE files in the most convenient way.
Especially FLAC and DSD are iteresting for the best possible output on a DAC/AMP combo for headphones.
Example hires files are to be found at 2L.no so you can check them with the Pine player on a Mac with external DAC.