Tethered shooting has long been a benefit of having a dSLR over the Fujifilm X-Series cameras, and for many, especially those who do a lot of studio work it is a must-have feature that has prevented them using the Fujifilm X-Series either for that type of work, or at all!
Note: This is an older post moved from my blog onto PhotoMadd
Personally I don’t do a huge amount of studio work, but when I do, I much prefer to shoot tethered and see exactly what comes up on the screen than have to keep taking the SD card in and out of the camera. As good as the EVF and LCD’s are on cameras, there is nothing like seeing your work on a big screen to check it for exposure and focus.
Having tethered shooting is also a great feature to have when on set as other people, model included, can see the results straight away as you shoot and direct or make changes, rather than you having to keep pausing and showing everyone the back of the camera.
As a Fujifim X-Photographer I have been privileged enough to get hold of an advanced copy of the LR Plug-in for Mac. Unfortunately as a Mac user I can’t use the native Fujifilm software, which I understand has more features. Having said that, all I really want is to be able to bring images directly into LR to either show them off, or to edit them straight away.
To get the LR Plug-ins you need to purchase the new HS-V5 software when it is released. This is for Windows only, so if you are a Windows user you will be able to download the Plug-In and activate it. For Mac users it seems pointless to buy software you can’t use, and after some initial confusion, it appears that Fujifilm will be releasing the Plug-In through Adobe Exchange so as a Mac user you can purchase it without having to buy a piece of software you can’t use.
As of yet, the HS-V5 software doesn’t appear to have been released to the public.
Installing the plug-in is quick and easy. Once in Lightroom, select Plug-in Manager and choose the file, which will install the plug-in and present the settings screen. There isn’t much to choose from!
Within the camera settings you must change the USB Mode to PC instead of MTP.
After that, starting a tethering session is just the same as it has always been, from the File menu, choose Tethered Capture and Start Tethered Capture…
Lightroom will then ask for a session name, which it will use to name and store the captured files.
After that the normal tethering view and control bar will appear.
From here you can fire the shutter and view the current camera settings. You can use the camera as normal with no restrictions. As you shoot, images appear in the Lightroom session. You can choose JPEG, RAW or JPEG+RAW, which will be transferred to LR with your settings on the X-T1.
Do note that if you do shoot tethered, the images are not saved to your SD card.
You can also choose to apply a preset on import should you wish. This is probably best done if you are shooting RAW only.
File transfer is not immediate, but it isn’t overly slow either and about on a par with what I was used to from my Nikon. I am currently using it with a 2m USB cable from Lindy. I’ve just ordered a long cable from Tether Tools from the guys at UK Light, which can be found here. It originally said Sony only, but I’ve spoken to them and they assured me it will work with the Fujifilm cameras too and have even updated the description!
EDIT: Just received the Tether Tools cable and can confirm it works fine! I’d recommend the JerkStopper too, although it is a little expensive, it does work well and may save your USB port!
There isn’t a huge amount more to say really, it works, it works well and I’ve yet to make it crash! That’s all we really ask and certainly all I need it to do.
Now we have tethering capabilities in the X-T1, we have one less reason to keep shooting with dSLR gear. Times are changing and I’m glad to say that Fujifilm are pushing ahead with things that only serve to improve the X-Series and make it a fully-rounded fully-featured system that the vast majority of photographers could now use without missing out on many of the features of a dSLR. I keep hearing over and over from many photographers that their dSLR has sat on a shelf for the past few months, and I can certainly see more of those dSLRs being left on the shelves once others pickup an X-Series camera, now more than ever.