Posts Tagged ‘Fujifilm X Acquire’

“Fujifilm X Acquire” updated

February 26, 2021

Fujifilm X Acquire” tethered shooting software for Apple Mac was updated on 17 February 2021 from Ver. 1.18.0 to Ver. 1.19.0.

What’s new?

The release notes say Ver. 1.19.0 includes a “1. Fix of minor bugs.”

The “splash screen” that featured cryptic characters from an Asian alphabet is gone. Otherwise, I see no difference between Ver. 1.18.0 and Ver. 1.19.0. Most notably, a fix for the “Linked Software” problem is not included in the latest X Acquire update.

Catch-22

The “About FUJIFILM X Acquire” window directs the user to allow access to “Photos” and “Files and Folders” from Apple “System Preferences” → “Security & Privacy” → “Privacy” [tab].

The same directive is reinforced on the Fujifilm X Acquire “Preferences” page.

First, a word of caution: In my strong opinion, Apple “Photos” is the wrong application to pair with Fujifilm X Acquire — if you do, then “You’re entering a world of pain.” (Source Credit: “The Big Lebowski.”) I think Apple “Preview” is a better solution for this task.

Second, there is a “bug” in “Big Sur” — the latest version of the Apple macOS — that doesn’t allow users (including system administrators) to add items to the list of applications that can access “Files and Folders,” as shown by the grayed-out +/- symbols in the following Screenshot (an Apple utility).

The same screen shows several Adobe applications can access “Files and Folders,” including “Adobe Lightroom Classic,” “Adobe Photoshop 2021,” and Adobe “Creative Cloud.” I must have granted permission (during installation) for these Adobe applications to access “Files and Folders” because it’s clear I can’t do so manually.

I strongly recommend Fujifilm should update X Acquire to do likewise, otherwise we’re stuck with a “Catch-22” dilemma in which X Acquire doesn’t set the necessary permission(s) to operate properly and Big Sur doesn’t let the user grant permission for apps to access “Files and Folders.” Both Fujifilm and Apple should fix these problems STAT!

Related Resource:Return to tethered shooting” – a blog post by Walter Sanford.

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Work-around for tethering Fujifilm cameras and Adobe Lightroom Classic

January 27, 2021

There is a work-around that allows limited tethering between Fujifilm cameras and Adobe Lightroom Classic.

The work flow involves using the Fujifilm X Acquire stand-alone application as described in my last blog post. Essentially the process is as follows: Your Fujifilm camera is tethered to a computer via a USB cable; photo files are saved to both a user-selected target folder on the computer and a memory card in your camera. The photo files saved to your computer can be opened using an application such as either Apple “Preview” or Adobe Lightroom.

Adobe Lightroom can be set to “watch” a selected folder and display photo files as they are added to that folder. A video by Nathan Woodgate shows how it works (better than I could describe). The first part of the video is related to how to use Fujifilm X Acquire; the last part of the video (beginning ~4:15 into the video) explains the Adobe Lightroom work-around.

A summary of the steps to follow in order to set-up the work-around is as follows…

1. open Lightroom

2. select File / Auto Import >

3. select Auto Import Settings…

– <check> Enable Auto Import

– choose “Watched Folder” [folder must be empty initially]

– choose “Destination Folder” <— Note: The Destination Folder can be located on an external disk drive, such as my SanDisk SSD (where I store photo files permanently).

– click <OK>

As each new photo is added to the “Watched Folder,” it is opened automatically in Lightroom and moved (not copied) to the “Destination Folder.” The net effect is the Watched Folder is an empty shell through which files pass along the way to the Destination Folder.

Another video by Lee Zavitz covers mostly the same information. If you’re going to watch only one of the two videos, then I recommend the Woodgate video. I added the Zavitz video because I think it can be helpful to see/hear more than one photographer explain how something works.

What are the take-aways?

During limited testing, I can verify the work-around process works.

For me, the advantage of viewing the photo files in Lightroom rather than Preview is Lightroom enables me to examine a histogram to be sure that the background is pure white (255, 255, 255) when using the “Meet Your Neighbours” (MYN) technique. For that purpose, I would set X Acquire to save only RAW (RAF) files to the computer.

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Return to tethered shooting

January 25, 2021

Now that my new “digital darkroom” is set-up and running, it’s time to resume my experimentation with tethered shooting.

Adobe Lightroom Classic can be used to tether many models of Canon and Nikon digital cameras with computers (running either macOS or Windows) that meet the system requirements. For example, my Canon EOS 5D Mark II appears on the list of tethered cameras supported by Lightroom Classic.

The Canon EOS 5D Mark II works as expected when tethered with Lightroom Classic. “Live View” on the computer screen plus the ability to change camera settings and trigger the camera using Lightroom are among many features I like. And it’s FREE. Free is good!

In contrast, Lightroom Classic doesn’t support tethering with my Fujifilm X-series digital cameras (X-T1 and X-T3), that is, unless you buy a plug-in from Adobe. The plug-in is available in two versions: Standard ($29.00); and Pro ($79.00). I recommend the Pro version. The plug-in runs on my 11″ MacBook Air (Intel processor, 2011); it DOES NOT run on my new 13″ MacBook Air (M1 processor, 2020) although both Adobe and Fujifilm report they are working to update both Lightroom Classic and the plug-ins to be compatible with the Big Sur macOS.

Full disclosure: There is a work-around that allows limited tethering between Fujifilm cameras and Lightroom Classic. More about that in a follow-up blog post.

In the meantime, this post will focus upon Fujifilm X Acquire, a free stand-alone application that enables tethering between many models of Fujifilm cameras with macOS and Windows computers. The app is limited in what it can do, but it is useful.

Why tethered shooting?

Tethered shooting enables me to quickly check composition, exposure, and focus, to name a few advantages of tethered versus non-tethered shooting — on a larger screen than the LCD on the back of my digital cameras. For example, the LCD screen on the back of my Fujifilm X-T3 camera is ~2 7/8″ diagonally (rounded to 3″); the screen display on my new MacBook Air (M1, 2020) is 13″ diagonally — a little more than four times larger than the camera LCD. That might not seem like a lot, but it makes a big difference to my tired old eyes!

My Fujifilm X-T3 digital camera is tethered to the new MacBook Air computer via a TetherTools USB cable although that IS NOT AN ENDORSEMENT for TetherTools products — in my opinion their products are way overpriced, some do not work as advertised, and their product support/customer service was a very frustrating experience for me!

Fujifilm X Aquire can be used to save JPG and/or RAW (RAF) photo files to a select folder on the computer, in my case, a folder on the desktop of the MacBook Air: I save JPG files to the computer; both JPG and RAW (RAF) files are saved to one of two memory cards in the Fujifilm X-T3. Apple “Preview” is used to view the JPG files saved to my MacBook Air.

The FUJIFILM X Acquire – Features & Users Guide provides helpful information regarding how to make the necessary camera and software settings. It’s worth noting that as long as you select USB AUTO [full name “USB TETHER SHOOTING AUTO”] as the CAMERA SETTING/PC CONNECTION MODE, it’s set it and forget it — there’s nothing to reset after a tethered shooting session — your camera will work as always in stand-alone mode.

Fujifilm X Acquire (Version 1.18.0.8)

Version 1.18.0.8 is an updated version that is compatible with the Big Sur macOS. Looks like the update was rushed to market, as evidenced by the first window that appears after the app is launched.

I don’t like clicking the “OK” button without knowing what those cryptic characters mean — you could be agreeing to all kinds of mischief!

The next window might provide some insight into why one of X Acquire’s features doesn’t work. (See below.) I’m thinking X Acquire should prompt the user to grant the necessary permissions at start-up.

It’s necessary to set some preferences for X Acquire before beginning a tethered session. Screenshots of the three tabs in the Preferences window are shown below since it has changed a little in the latest version of the app.

I recommend tethering via a USB cable rather than a Wi-Fi network — it’s faster and a lot less complicated!

As I mentioned earlier in this blog post, I save JPG files to the computer and both JPG and RAW (RAF) files to the camera.

The button labeled “Linked Software” is problematic. I linked the JPG files to Apple “Preview.” When a JPG photo file is saved to the user-selected target folder, it should open in “Preview” automatically.

“Should” is the operative word because the following error warning appears on-screen every time a photo is saved to the target folder.

In order to fix the problem, I did exactly what the warning says. The problem persists. Advice from my knowledgeable readers is invited and welcome. Please leave a comment if you can tell me how to fix the permission problems in the X Acquire app.

So it’s a Mac problem not Fuji acquire problem as it works nearly perfectly on Windows 10. Source Credit: Comment by David Hoult on my related post in the “Fuji X Gear & Talk” Facebook group.

In the absence of a fix for the “Linked Software” problem, I simply double-click on each new JPG photo file and it opens in “Preview.”

Fujifilm X Acquire (Version 1.16.0.9)

Version 1.16.0.9 is the version of X Acquire running on my 11″ MacBook Air (Intel processor, 2011). As you can see, the splash screen looks quite different from the one that requires literacy in either Chinese or Japanese.

A small window can be shown that displays your camera model and settings, including (from left to right) shutter speed, f/stop, ISO, exposure compensation, and white balance. The window is a feature of both versions of X Acquire.

The window cannot be used to change camera settings. Notice the window doesn’t feature a button that can be used to trigger the camera. I think it would be nice to add a trigger button to both versions.

The “Linked Software” problem is one that predates the Big Sur version of X Acquire. C’mon Fujifilm, it’s time to quash this annoying bug, otherwise a nice feature of the app is useless!

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As promised…

August 9, 2020

A rare weekend blog post

The following photo was taken by tethering my Fujifilm X-T3 digital camera to an Apple 11″ MacBook Air computer, via a TetherTools USB cable. Fujifilm X Aquire (free) was used to save JPG files to a folder on the desktop of my MacBook Air; both JPG and RAF files were saved to one of two memory cards in the X-T3.

Apple “Preview” was used to view the JPG files saved to my MacBook Air. Looking at larger versions of the photos than can be seen on the X-T3 LCD enabled me to position the exuvia exactly as I wanted.

Notice the left eye is overexposed slightly (as well as the farthest tip of the left middle leg), probably caused by positioning the subject too close to the white background. Hey, it’s been a while since I did much studio macro photography — I need to play myself into game shape!

More details, including some of the tips and tricks I promised, will be provided in my regularly-scheduled blog post on Monday, 10 August 2020. Please stay tuned!

The Backstory

Swift River Cruiser dragonfly (Macromia illinoiensisexuvia was collected on 27 May 2017 along the Potomac River at Riverbend Park in Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a female.

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