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Meike Metal Hand Grips for Fujifilm X-T4 and Fujifilm X100V

Meike has released new metal hand grips for Fujifilm X-T4 and Fujifilm X100V cameras.

They are currently available at eBay here and probably soon also at AmazonUS here and Co.

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Fujifilm X100V: BHphoto, AmazonUS, Adorama, Focuscamera

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Fujifilm X-T4 Firmware 1.03 New Exposure Stepping Test: All Good with AUTO ISO and Shutter Speed, but not AUTO Aperture

Fellow Fujifilm X-T group member Kim has also tested the new Fujifilm X-T4 firmware 1.03, and regarding the exposure stepping he says:

  • still stepping if aperture is in AUTO
  • not stepping (much smoother) if shutter speed or ISO is in AUTO

Personally, during my online lessons for my students, I always set a fixed shutter speed and fix aperture, and let the ISO make its AUTO thing (the exposure changed when clouds passed etc, and ISO adapted to it automatically).

Hence, for my use, I never work in AUTO aperture anyway, so the exposure stepping is fixed for me.

But if you shoot video in Auto Aperture or at very high frame rates (100 fps or more), than it’s still an issue.

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VIDEO TEST: Fujifilm X-T4 and GFX100 New Firmware Fixes Auto Exposure Stepping Bug

Just very recently, Fujifilm has released a bug fix firmware for the Fujifilm X-T4 ver. 1.03 and Fujifilm GFX ver. 2.01.

All Fujifilm mentioned was a vague:

Fix of a minor bug during a movie shooting.

Well, FujiRumors could not be happy with such a vague definition ;).

So I decided to try to find out what’s behind it, and despite being on my very last days of holiday in South Italy with my wife, I made quick testings and immediacy reported about my findings in this dedicated article.

My findings in short: exposure change is now smoother (not stepping like before), except in high speed modes (like 120 or 240 fps).

Now, I have no time to make a video and edit it, as I am mainly writing from a beach with a beer/seafood pasta/ice cream/etc. in my hand , but luckily other fellow Fujifilm shooters do :).

So, you can find a video made by Andrei, that shows the difference between Fujifilm X-T4 firmware 1.02 and 1.03. He says:

  • Exposure changes a lot better than before, it’s not changing in steps anymore
  • he is happy that Fujifilm works on fixing the small problems the X-T4 has, because it is an amazing camera
  • he shot some clips in 24fps, some in 30fps and slowed down at 24fps in post to see exposure change better
  • he also shot at 60fps and higher frame rates, but at those frame rates it still does not work smooth [admin note: in my quick testings, I see the stepping still clearly at 100 fps and above]
  • at 60fps he shows how the exposure still works in steps, but in my eyes (fujirumors), it is actually smooth, then only shortly stops for moment, and then continues to go down smoothly. Much better than before, where you saw fast and hard steps. Maybe a further firmware down the road will also take away that very last pause at 60fps and higher frame rates
  • he says the exposure still clips when you zoom in and out
  • a good improvement for people who are vlogging
  • he hopes next comes face/eye detection improvement and addition of 4:2:2 internal

Well, happy to see Fujifilm finally addressing this issue.

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Sony A7sIII vs Fujifilm X-T4: “Fujifilm X-T4 comes with Top-notch Features at a Much More Affordable Price”

Maybe the news might have passed under the radar, overshadowed by the Fujifilm announcement of the Fujifilm EF-60 flash and the Fujifilm EF-W1 commander, which everybody talks about today.

But I’d like to dedicate a space to a new camera that has been announced today, just in case you didn’t know, and it’s called Sony A7sIII.

It’s a fantastic camera, mainly for video, and it’s basically Sony’s statement that you better do not mess with them, when it comes to full frame cameras with great video performance.

BHphoto has put up a comparison roundup, where they compare the Sony A7sIII with the following cameras:

Overall they talk very good about the new Sony A7sIII and it wins many comparisons overall, although it’s though to compare cameras, which, in some cases, serve a different purpose.

However, overall, one of the cameras that comes out best from this comparison, is the Fujifilm X-T4, because, as they write:

the X-T4 comes in with a top-notch feature set at a much more affordable price […]

It does take advantage of that sensor size to create a smaller, yet still super-capable stills and video system that comes in at a much more affordable price point.

Read the full comparison here.

This kind of underlines once again the strength of an APS-C system: the balance!

But we have already discussed the balance vs. compromise argument in this dedicated post.

Congratz Sony, it’s a wonderful camera. But also congratz to Fujifilm, for releasing such a well rounded package with the X-T4.

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TESTED: New Fujifilm X-T4 and GFX100 Firmware Brings Smoother Exposure Changes in Video, Except…

Earlier today Fujifilm released Fujifilm X-T4 firmware 1.03 and Fujifilm GFX100 firmware 2.01.

Of course FujiRumors reported instantly about it here, but now I have something more to add.

Despite being on a two week holiday with my wife in wonderful South Italy (see my Instagram), I was too curious to find out what the improvement was, and I made quick testings.

Here is what I found out.

According to quick tests I made on my Fujifilm X-T4, I can say that the exposure change is now smoother (not stepping like before), except in high speed modes (like 120 or 240 fps).

This is a major annoyance people had when shooting video, and I wonder why Fujifilm does not specify that in their official Fujifilm X-T4 and GFX100 firmware release notes, but hides it behind a vague “fix of a minor bug during a movie shooting“. It’s not a minor but, it’s a major one!

Happy to see it work smoother now! UPDATE: FR-readers confirm in the comments it is much smoother now, but not yet perfect.

P.S.: I am sorry if I am not able to edit the footage and upload on youtube… right now this post is written on a sandy beach… so… just trust me, OK? Done that, let me finish my beer and then jump into the water… and when I come back, I hope to read lots of happy comments ;).

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New Firmware Updates for Fujifilm X-T4 and Fujifilm GFX100 Released

Fujifilm has just released new firmware updates for Fujifilm X-T4 and Fujifilm GFX100. All the details down below.

Firmware Details

Fujifilm X-T4 ver 1.03 – download here

  1. Fix of a minor bug during a movie shooting.

Fujifilm GFX100 ver 2.01 – download here

  1. The phenomenon is fixed that it can take a long time for images to appear in playback mode.
  2. Fix of a minor bug during a movie shooting.

And now, dear Fujifilm, X-T3 firmware please!!!!

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DPReview Declares Fujifilm X-T4 Best Hybrid Camera under $2,000 and Fujifilm X-T4 vs Sony A7III Comparison

DPReview updated its Buying Guide, and now officially recommends the Fujifilm X-T4 as the best hybrid video/stills camera you can buy for less than $2,000, hence, according to DPR, if you are looking for the best balanced video/stills camera, the X-T4 will serve you better than the second placed camera, the Sony A7III. That’s at least according to DPR here.

Fujifilm X-T4 vs Sony A7III?

Down below you will find:

  • don’t miss this – Fujifilm APS-C is Dead? Nikon Z5, Sony A7III, Canon R6 vs the Fujifilm X Series Art of Balance
  • a comparison between Fujifilm X-T4 and Sony A7III (with summary)
  • Hugh Brownstone calls the Fujifilm X-T4 the best balanced and least compromised camera on the market

Fujifilm X-T4: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / FocusCamera

Fujifilm X-T4 vs Sony A7III

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Fujifilm X-T4 Eye Cup Disassembly

One of the nice little touches of my Fujifilm X-T4, is that it has a clickable eyecup, that prevents it from accidentally sliding off.

Yukosteel was intrigued to take a closer look at it, and disassembled the Fujifilm X-T4 eyecup.

At the end he writes:

There are 17 parts in total in this eyecup! […] It’s the most complex design of the eyecup I ever seen, and assembling it feels like working with a wrist watch : )

Check out the full disassembly process and images at yukosteel.

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Lensmate Thumbrest for Fujifilm X-T4

A few days ago, Lensmate has released the Lensmate Thumbrest for Fujifilm X-T4 cameras.

It will be available in black only, because “the X-T4 is the darker Silver (graphite) which is very difficult to match using our Anodizing process. So rather than have a Silver thumbrest that was a mis-match we thought it best to offer the X-T4 Thumbrest in Black only.

FR-reader Peter already got his copy, and here is what he thinks about it:

I have the silver x-T4, and the black thumb grip fits perfectly and looks good. The thumb grip raises my hand position on the camera body, lets me rotate my wrist slightly back, opens my hand, and better positions my finger on the shutter button. I also added a soft-release button, which matches the new position of my finger. Overall, an excellent addition to a great camera.

You can find the new X-T4 lensmate thumbrest here.

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IBIS Showdown 2020: Fujifilm X-T4 vs Panasonic GH5 vs Olympus E-M1 III vs Sony A6600

IMPORTANT UPDATE: X-T4 is with older firmware and not with firmware 1.02, as imaging resource told me.

Imaging Resource has compared the IBIS performance of the following 4 cameras:

It is unclear if the Fujifilm X-T4 was used with the very recent firmware 1.02, which hugely improved IBIS performance.

Down below you can find the video and a summary of the results.

In short: while MFT cameras still are the top, the Fujifilm X-T4 holds up surprisingly well, whereas the Sony falls clearly behind all of them.

IBIS Showdown (Video + Summary)

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