EF-X500 Flash to be announced on January 15 :: HSS 1/8000 :: GN 50 :: Available in Spring
Posted 16 January 2016 - 04:46 PM
What is this flash? Fuji doesn't, as far as I know, make flashes, so I expected it to be a close relative of something already on the market. Dpreview has some pretty good pictures and specs, so it shouldn't be that hard to sort out (I mostly wanted to know whether it was a decent make or a "cheapie" - some of which can have a lot of features, while not focusing on real quality).
Unfortunately, the most likely possibility was a Sunpak, a brand that used to make great strobes, but the name seems to have been bought (like Vivitar), because that's what Fuji has rebranded (and raised the price of) in the past. It doesn't look like any Sunpak is even close (B&H doesn't carry any Sunpak with controls this fancy - softkeys and a dot-matrix LCD seem beyond Sunpak's range). I then looked through B&H's entire flash range, trying to find out what it was... Some pro flash maker - Metz has been discussed widely? Something up-and coming - lots of people have liked Phottix and Yongnuo recently? Utter garbage - better check the Vivitar/Bolt/others group of clones? None of the above! Even worth checking camera manufacturer flashes - could it be something like a Sony (or whomever Sony buys their flashes from)? No exact matches (Fuji's rebranded Sunpaks are pretty much exact matches to what Sunpak sells themselves), and few even decent matches. The use of BOTH a control wheel and softkeys is rare - most flashes with softkeys are all buttons, and most flashes with a wheel use labeled keys. The two most prominent flashes that use both,like the "Fuji" flash, are the Nikon SB-910 and the Canon 600EX - VERY common pro flashes, but rather unlikely for Fuji to get ahold of for a rebrand...
Posted 18 January 2016 - 02:36 AM
I'm suspecting the XT-1 will get at least one more FW upgrade before the release of it's successor, and I'm suspecting it'll be an upgrade that allows the XT-1 to take full advantage of this new flash...
Posted 21 January 2016 - 10:36 AM
Only the X-Pro2, the X-T1 doesn't have any kind of HSS features.
Actually the X-T1 can handle HSS, as shown by the Nissin i40
So the TTL protocol is also capable of HSS (it knows how to sync the flash to the first curtain shutter). If the camera is HSS capable, activating it can be done with a firmware update (I'd say FW 5 for the T1 is very likely)