Fujifilm X-E4: Minimalist Tool and X100V or X-E4 for Street Photography?

The Fujifilm X-E line was always on the brink of extinction.

Several times Fujifilm considered to kill the line, as it is not really profitable. But it was saved by the rather loud voices within the Fujifilm community to keep that line alive, and also a small but stubborn minority inside the Fujifilm management, who believes the X-E has its raison d’être.

The first to risk never to see the light of the day was the Fujifilm X-E3. But as Fujifilm managers told us in this interview, they took note of the strong requests for an X-E3 and finally they decided to deliver.

Later on, and you can be sure of that, Fujifilm decided to drop the X-E line again. And yet, once again, the pressure build up inside Fujifilm and also outside by its customers, to keep the X-E line alive.

And once again, we won :). The X-E4 is here and down below we can share a mini-roundup about the X-E4.

A little side note: for what it’s worth, it is the by very far best selling X-E camera among the FujiRumors community, and it has now officially beaten the X-S10 in terms of pre-orders (always just here on FujiRumors).

However, it should be noted that out there in the real world, the X-S10 outsells by far the X-E4. But it’s already great to see that the response for the X-E4 was very positive at least among the FR community.

With that said, here is a bit more content X-E4 content for you.

X-E4 Roundup

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Fujifilm GFX100S: The Beauty is in the Details, Flat Out for Success, Why You Want this Camera and AF on X-T3 Level (pre FW 4.00)

The Beauty is in the Details

In a Fujifilm GFX100S hand-on video titled “Why You Want this Camera” (shared below), a professional landscape photographer says: “the beauty is in the details“.

He obviously referred to the massive amount of megapixel he can work with and the consequent terrific textures and details he gets out of his shots, also thanks to the sharpest lenses you can buy for any mirrorless system: the GF lenses.

But since we talk about the beauty of details, I’d like to highlight one with you that so far passed widely unnoticed.

German youtuber Thomas noticed a little welcome detail on the 3-way tilt screen of his Fujifilm GFX100S review sample. As opposed to Fuji’s previous 3-way tilt screen solution, on the GFX100S you can slide out the screen a bit when it’s tilted upwards, extending it far enough that the LCD won’t be blocked by the protruding viewfinder (see image above).

Nice detail also here :).

With that said, I will share all new GFX100S videos and blog posts below, and the German one of Thomas comes with English summary I made for you (I teach German, so I hopefully do a better job than the automatic google translation tool. And btw., if you want to hear one of my students giving feedback about my lessons, check out this article).

Also the GFX100S video shared by Pictureline called “Why You Want this Camera” is a very nice one, less focused on gear talk, and more on field use of the GFX100S. II found it quite inspirational, I think you’ll like it too.

Fujifilm GFX100S – The Roundup

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Fujinon XF 70-300mm F4-5.6 Hands On Reviews

We have published follow up coverage to the GFX100S here, the GF80mmF1.7 here, X-E4 and XF27mmF2.8 R WR here.

There is only one missing from the big annoucnements we had on January 27: the lovely Fujinon XF70-300mm f/4.5.6.

So far it seems Fujifilm has crafted a very fine, small and affordable lens. And since I get this questions often: yes, it works with the Fujifilm XF Teleconverters!

Remember, another long superzoom is coming in 2022: the Fujinon XF150-600mm!

  • williamchua – XF 70-300 mm f4-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens.. ( great quality for an affordable price)
  • bjornmoerman – First Look Review – Fujifilm XF70-300mm F4-5.6 R LM OIS WR
  • fujilove – Telephoto Zoom Life: The New XF70-300mm F/4-5.6 R LM OIS WR
  • dc.watch – Fujifilm XF70-300mmF4-5.6 R LM OIS WR
  • fujifilm-x – FUJINON XF70-300mmF4-5.6 R LM OIS WR Impression

Fujinon XF70-300mmF4-5.6: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / Focuscamera / Moment

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Fujinon GF80mmF1.7 King of All Portrait Lenses (vs GF110mmF2): “Usually Gear Does Not Matter, but in This Case, It Matters”

ZP Productions published his review about the Fujinon GF80mm f/1.7 on his youtube channel. Since he owns the GF110mmF2, he also compares to that lens.

Down below is a summary, but the 12 minutes video linked below is well worth watching.

  • very good lens, but not a perfect lens
  • the GF110mmF2 is more perfect in terms of optical quality, chromatic aberration, sharpness to the corner
  • GF80mmF1.7 is a lot easier to use outdoors than the GF110mm. It’s lighter and shorter
  • the rendering on the GF80mm is smoother than the GF110mm most of the time, because of smoother bokeh balls
  • GF110 is optically more corrected than the GF80mmF1.7. There is a very slight chromatic aberration on the GF80mm (you must zoom in a lot to notice a very slight aberration). It’s not obvious and also not distracting, but when it happens, you can remove it in post
  • GF80mmF1.7 mantains sharpness in the center and also in the corners. However, in the extreme corners it’s still sharp, but not tack sharp like the GF110mmF2
  • sometimes, when you try to focus on something in the very corner of the frame, the lens seems to not always nail the focus and it can result in softer images
  • it’s overall a very sharp lens
  • works great outdoors but also indoors, where the GF110mm might be a bit too long sometimes
  • unique lens that gives you a unique look in your portraits
  • Unique rendering
  • fantastic lens for night photography
  • easier to shoot handheld and get sharp images at slower shutter speeds
  • for night portraiture, available light and led lighting photography, it is definitely easier to sue than the GF110mmF2
  • he enjoys this lens a lot
  • this lens is not too expensive. It’s cheaper than the GF110mm and some equivalent FF lenses
  • it is pre-production sample/firmware, and that bit of chromatic aberration might be fixed with the final firmware. But he repeats it is very minor chromatic aberration, almost non-existant and visible in case only at 200% magnification
  • it is the nicest portrait lens you can get on medium format today

To certain degree, it’s just inevitable to see CA in such super fast lenses. Some show more if it, some less, and from what I could see in the sample in the video, the Fujinon GF80mmF1.7 shows a very reasonable and acceptable amount of CA in some conditions.

Look for example at the just announced Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 GM lens. Right now some people are actually quite impressed by how much chromatic aberration it shows wide open (DPR highlights it as the main flaw of this lens) and they hope that the shipping delay announced for the Sony 35mmF1.4 GM means that Sony is somehow trying to quickly fix it.

In some situation in life you just have to come down, stop down, and all will be good again ;).

Another review has been published by Patrick Tomasso (video below). Here are his thoughts about the Fujinon GF80mmF1.7.

  • if you are a portrait photographer shooting full frame right now and you consider to go medium format, the GF80mmF1.7 is the definition of “bokeh beast lens”
  • every sensor size has its bokeh beast lens, but the GF80mmF1.7 is the king of all of them. Nothing comes close to this lens in terms of DOF, detail, sharpness
  • if you are portrait photographer and try this lens, it will be hard to you go back to anything else
  • the reviewer does not shoot much portraits, but if he did, he’d just drop his full frame gear to get this lens
  • you can back up, get a wider shot, but still separate the subject from the background in a way you can’t with full frame or APS-C
  • he used the lens to shoot landscape and street, and even if you’d usually not use it for that, it’s a lens that changes your entire perception of photography, the way you see and frame things
  • GFX camera + GF80mmF1.7 gives you a look that will set you apart from almost everybody else that’s shooting right now
  • in an oversaturated market, the GFX gear can separate you from the pack
  • usually gear does not matter, but in this case, gear matters
  • it’s difficult to pull off that GFX look with any other combination that’s out there in the camera market
  • for video, as this lens is focus by wire, it is almost impossible to manually focus this lens during video, and AF is not good enough for video use
  • moving forward, medium format might become a system that is just affordable and attainable as full frame
  • everyday people are now starting to get access to medium format

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Fujifilm GFX100S (vs GFX100) First Looks: Low Light AF Almost as Fast as Canon/Sony (Really?), Joystick Issues, Quick Eye AF Demo

ThePhoBlographer got his hands on a Fujifilm GFX100S since a few days, and here is initial feedback shared in two videos:

  • super small
  • 5 fps with continuous autofocus
  • fantastic build quality and weather sealed
  • autofocus is faster than original GFX100
  • at minute 3:35 he says that in low light, the GFX100S is “pretty much almost as fast” as the Canon EOS R. It’s up there with Canon and Sony. He could not believe it, so he kept doing it over and over again, and it kept performing
  • for being pre-production (hence not final firmware), it’s already very good autofocus on the GFX100S

Honestly, considering that this is just prototype firmware and that MF is not known to be master of speed, I have a hard time to believe that kind of autofocus performance.

What we know is that there is a new and improved algorithm in the Fujifilm GFX100S, that speeds up single, tracking and eye autofocus. So I definitely expect a sensible improvement over the original GFX100. But how much it was able to come close to high end full frame or APS-C cameras, that remains to see once more reviews come in with final production firmware.

Down below we also add a quick eye autofocus demo of the Fujifilm GFX100S. It’s a Japanese first look on the GFX100S, and I will let you start the video at 17:46 to get direct access to the quick eye AF demo.

Always covering the brand new GFX100S, ZP Productions shared an initial look at the GFX100S and compares it to the original GFX100. Here is what he says:

  • coupled the smaller G mount lenses, you can hold and operate the camera one handed (such as with the GF45mm)
  • has a top LCD like the GFX100, but GFX100 has also a small LCD on the battery grip
  • he runs over some differences in terms of buttons and dial layout between GFX100S and GFX1000
  • GFX100S has only 5 FN cabable buttons, the GFX100 has 7 FN buttons
  • he prefers the joystick on the GFX100 over the one on the GFX100S. On the GFX100S you press down and sometimes nothing happens [note: consider that these are pre-production firmware]
  • the joystick itself is nicer on the GFX100S, as it is bigger. But the tactile feeling is not as good as GFX100 (less responsive). [Again: pre-production firmware used]
  • slighlty lower resolution EVF on GFX100S compared to GFX100
  • autofocus in terms of eye detection feels a bit faster than GFX100S over GFX100. More stable, more sticky
  • lighter, smaller and easier to use camera than the GFX100. But it lacks of buttons, has weired joystick and lower resolution EVF compared to GFX100. Also no vertical grip option
  • external power during video is also better on GFX100 due to 15 V DC-IN connector port to power the camera
  • GFX100S has the X-T4 battery, and it gives you more shots per battery
  • GFX100S is the way better camera for travels
  • about as big as the Canon R5
  • he owns the GFX100, so he probably won’t buy the GFX100S

As for the joystick, you can set it that it works always, or that it works only after you clicked it (or even turn it off completely). Maybe the reviewer had it set to “press first than move”, which could explain why he had to push hard, probably until he accidentally pressed so hard that he pressed in and activated it. Or it’s just because it’s a pre-production sample. Frankly, I would not worry about it at all.

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