Fujifilm Removes X-T4 and X-E4 from their Japanese Catalog Page

We already told you that major Japanese stores marked the X-T4, X-E4 and X-T30II as discontinued.

Now we have another puzzle piece to add to this: as you can see from the screenshot above, Fujifilm has removed the Fujifilm X-T4 and X-E4 from their Japanese product catalog.

The last available Google cached version of September 2021 still shows both items on the website.

What does this mean for Fujifilm X-T5, X-E4 and X-T30II? Well, I have tried to explain it as good as possible here.

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Fujifilm X-T4, X-E4, X-T30II Discontinued at Major Japanese Stores: So Let’s Talk Fujifilm X-T5, X-E5 and X-T40

Several major Japanese stores like MapCamera, BicCamera, and Yodobashi have now marked the Fujifilm X-T4, X-E4 and X-T30II as discontinued.

Map camera still has it in stock, but they won’t be receiving anymore units for sale after their stock is depleted. There’s a note on the pages that says “在庫限り(生産完了品)” which translates to “Limited stock (discontinued item)“.

So let’s talk about it.

Fujifilm X-T5:

In the past, especially when it comes to the X-T line, once a successor was released, the older model was still manufactured for a while, simply because they remained very popular. So discontinue the X-T4 even before the Fujifilm X-T5 arrives would be very unique.

But hey, we also live unique times with the massive parts shortage.

Since the Fujifilm X-T5 will be announced shortly, Fujifilm could have decided to stop Fujifilm X-T4 production in order to use some of the X-T4 components for the Fujifilm X-T5 production. A unique, drastic but maybe necessary move. But that’s just a mere speculation of mine, trying to make sense on why it is marked as discontinued at some Japanese stores.

Fujifilm X-E5:

It usually takes Fujifilm almost 4 years to update the X-E line. So a Fujifilm X-E5 coming so soon (X-E4 was announced in January 2021), would be extremely surprising.

If Fujifilm really discontinued the X-E4 as some Japanese stores write, then I believe the most likely reason is not because a Fujifilm X-E5 is about to drop, but because Fujifilm needs some of the parts to manufacture newer and more important cameras (in terms of revenue for Fujifilm) as the Fujifilm X-H2S, Fujifilm X-H2 and the imminent Fujifilm X-T5.

Fujifilm X-T40

Fujifilm needs about 2 years to update the X-T** line.

The Fujifilm X-T30 was released in February 2019. It’s successor, the Fujifilm X-T30II came in September 2021. So one might think we might have to wait late 2023 or early 2024 for an X-T40, but consider that the Fujifilm X-T30II is a last second emergency product of Fujifilm: they run out of parts and in order to keep the manufacturing process of the X-T30 alive, they needed to use new and slightly improved hardware parts (such as a better LCD screen).

Not even Fujifilm sees the X-T30II as a true successor to the X-T30. So I guess a Fujifilm X-T40 in not too distant future could be a possibility.

But the problem here is: I have zero rumors or ever so slight hint and whisper about it, which makes me believe that the Fujifilm X-T40 won’t come that soon.

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Size Comparison XF56mmF1.2 R vs XF56mmF1.2 R WR and GF20-35mmF4 vs GF23mmF4

Camerasize has added the latest Fujinon lenses to their database, the Fujinon XF56mmF1.2 R WR and the Fujinon GF20-35mmF4.

  • Fujinon XF56mmF1.2 R vs XF56mmF1.2 R WR 

The new Fujinon XF56mmF1.2 R WR has a completely different optical design as well as an improved autofocus motor. It all results in a lens that is a bit beefier overall.

  • Fujinon GF20-35mmF4 vs GF23mmF4

Despite being a bit bigger, the Fujinon GF20-35mmF4 is 120 gram lighter than the GF23mmF4.

via camerasize

Fringer NF-GFX Smart Adapter Almost Ready and Video Demo

The development of Fringer NF-GFX smart autofocus adapter is almost complete. Now it’s in the beta stage and will be released soon.

Fringer also shared a video showing the Finger NF-GFX at work.

Here are the key features:

  1. Built-in aperture motor. Support electronic aperture control for both mechanical and magnetoelectric aperture lenses (AF, D, G, E lenses).
  2. Autofocus (AF-S & AF-P lenses only). Support phase detection AF (on GFX100/100S and optimized lenses only).
  3. Build-in lens profiles. Support LaCA correction (optimized lenses only). Support vignetting and distortion correction (selected lenses only).
  4. Support lens VR or IBIS (not at the same time). User selectable.

Fringer adapters can be ordered at B&H Photo, AmazonUS and Adorama.

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New Images of Fujinon GF30mm f/5.6 Tilt Shift and GF110mm f/5.6 Tilt Shift Macro

At the very end of the last Fujifilm X Summit, there was that “one more thing” moment, and this time Fujifilm decided to show us mockups of the Fujinon GF30mmF5.6 Tilt shift lens and Fujinon GF110mmF5.6 Tilt Shift Macro lens.

We reported about it here already.

One might remember that already back in September 2021 Fujifilm showed us the mock up of one of those lenses, but at that time it was still an f/4 lens, the Fujinon GF30mmF4 tilt shift.

That mockup showed a was rather hefty lens, so I guess that in order to save size and weight (and to make it more affordable), Fujinon redesigned it to be an f/5.6 lens.

A good decision in my eyes, as the new hands on images that now appeared (see them below) over at digitalcameraworld, show a definitely smaller lens.

The Fujinon GF30mmF5.6 T/S lens will appeal particularly to architecture and inferior design photographers whereas the GF110mmF5.6 T/S Macro to food and product photographers.

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