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Fujifilm X-T30II to be Announced September 2

We told you that “surprise” Fujifilm X series camera to come in 2021 will be the Fujifilm X-T30II.

I forgot to tell that our new source added it will come “alongside GFX50S II”, which means that it will also be announced on September 2.

There will a Fujifilm X Summit on September 2.

Feel free to join the live stream and following live blog on FujiRumors on September 2.

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CORRECTION: Fujifilm X-T3 is NOT Discontinued but Certain Variations Maybe Harder to Find

Here is what happened.

Two days ago a fellow Fujifilm X Shooter contacted me, saying that his local store told him the following:

  1. the Fujifilm X-T3 has been removed from the list of current Winter deals, hence the $500 rebate is gone
  2. the Fujifilm X-T3 has been discontinued

So first thing I did was to check the Fujifilm deals page, and indeed, the X-T3 no longer showed up among the rebated cameras.

I then wrote this article, where I informed you about the X-T3 deal being removed and that a local store spread the news the X-T3 is now discontinued.

However, trusted sources immediately reached out to me and yes, they confirmed the removal from the deals list of the X-T3, but they also clearly told me that the X-T3 has not been discontinued but some X-T3 variations (kit combinations) maybe harder to find from now on.

Also, I have been told that the real reason Fujifilm removed the X-T3 deals is that the demand for X-T3 is very high and Fujifilm can’t keep up with it.

So it was important to set things right for you guys.

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Fujifilm X-T3 Discontinued and $500 Rebated Removed from Fujifilm Winter Deals List – Here is Why!

Fujifilm has Winter Offers running until January 3.

Until very recently, one of the official deals offered by Fujifilm was a $500 rebate on the Fujifilm X-T3.

As a matter of fact, at the time of this post this deal is still listed, but only at Adorama here (deal removed also from Adorama). The same deal is no longer available at BHphoto. Most importantly, it has been removed from the official deal list page of Fujifilm USA (see screenshot above, where the X-T3 is no longer listed).

So what happened? Well, a FR-reader wrote me an email and told me this:

My local store told me that the X-T3 has been discontinued. Over the weekend they also apparently stopped the $500 rebate, that in the U.S. had the camera selling for $999. The sales rep told me the intent is to let any remaining inventory in the supply chain sell at a higher price.

Down below is the list with what remains of the Fujifilm Winter deals.

XF Lens Deals

X Camera Deals

GFX Gear

Holiday Deal Pages

Selected Holiday Savings

Officially Fujifilm Recommended SD-Cards

Officially Fujifilm Recommended Power Banks

Apple Holiday Savings

All Fujifilm Deals

Used Fujifilm Gear

2020: a 1917 Parody and Retrospective on an Unreal Year – Short Movie Filmed Entirely on Fujifilm X-T3

 

Here is something for the weekend.

I was going through our massive Fujifilm X-T group to enjoy some images during my lockdown, when I noticed the link to a short movie called “2020“.

It’s about two roommates who attempt to survive 2020 on the mission to get some toilet paper.

This short film is a parody and love letter to the award winning movie 1917. And interesting for us Fujifilm X lovers, it was shot entirely on a Fujifilm X-T3 with a Zhiyun Weebill-S.

I thought this might be something you’d like to check out sometimes this weekend, in case you haven’t seen it already.

Speaking of 2020, down below an image I’ve shared on my instagram, that sums up pretty well how my work changed in 2020.

Ok guys, I hope you are all well and safe. Take your precautions and enjoy your weekend,
Patrick

 

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Fuji Guys Introduce Fujifilm X-T3 firmware 4.00 and Unveiling the Hidden Features of the New AF system

The Fuji Guys have now published a short video, where they go over the improvements and new features introduced to the Fujifilm X-T3 via the latest 4.00 firmware update.

You can see the video above (and more videos below).

Luckily they do mention briefly the Sony alike “real time tracking”, which nobody talked about until I shared my own X-T4 report here on FujiRumors.

And yet, they do not really cover it comprehensively.

The AF system of the X-T4 (and now also of the X-T3) can do much more, such as automatically switch between face and subject tracking. You can also chose to ignore faces even when face detection is enabled and switch from face to subject tracking to your taste very simply.

If you want to know how it goes and how you should set up your camera for that, make sure to read our dedicated X-T4 AF options article here.

Now, FujiRumors is not a professional review site (I am a professional primary school teacher ;)). I simply have no time to write reviews. But it’s weird that none of those, who established themselves as pro-reviewers and make a living out of it, ever mentioned this feature, which is basically close to Sony real time tracking, which the very same reviewers praised endlessly.

I am not saying Fuji’s real time tracking works as good as Sony’s. That’s something reviewers should compare and figure out. But at least a mention to Fuji’s new AF system would be a nice thing.

Anyway, I did report about it and you can learn more about it here and see my mom, my wife and my good old trust dog playing the model for me (with my mom being clearly not amused by that :))

With all that said, down below you can find the Fuji Guys above and more videos below.

Top X-T Community: Fujifilm X-T facebook group
Top X-T Page: Fujifilm X-T Page

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Fujifilm X-T3 New Features Guide for Firmware 4.00

Fujifilm has just released firmware 4.00 for Fujifilm X-T3.

It’s a major update, and hence it requires an update to the manual.

You can download the new features guide in several languages:

For more details about the firmware and the download link, check out our previous article here.

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CORRECTION: Fujifilm Spain Says Classic Negative Firmware for Fujifilm X-T3 is NOT Confirmed… and I Wouldn’t Lose Hope Yet!

False Alarm

Just yesterday we reported how Fujifilm Spain said that the next X-T3 firmware update will include Classic Negative film simulation.

Now Fujifilm Spain is correcting their statement. They deleted the comment they made on Instagram and they contacted the Spanish website Fujistas and told them:

We have no official confirmation as to whether the new firmware update for the Fujifilm X-T3 camera will include the Classic Negative film simulation mode

Fujifilm Spain told Fujistas that they confused X-T3 with X-S10 (the latter one has Classic Negative).

That’s a huge pity, but if I was a Fujifilm X-T3 shooter, I wouldn’t give up hope.

Is there Still Hope?

Implementing Classic Negative to the Fujifilm X-T3 is something Fujifilm can do rather easily, as it shares the same processor of the X-T4 and X-S10. And I strongly believe that at some point somebody at the Japanese Fujifilm HQ will have a momentary lapse of reason and give out the order to put Classic Negative into the X-T3!

My idea? (not rumor)

Fujifilm might just want to wait a little bit longer to bring Classic Negative to the X-T3, to protect even more X-T4 sales, which started shipping only 6 months ago in the middle of a worldwide pandemic putting the world under lockdown and causing a worldwide economic crisis… not the best conditions to launch a new camera.

Don’t get me wrong, the X-T4 is like all other X-Tx cameras a hot seller for Fujifilm, but given how amazing* 2020 was so far, it probably didn’t meet the very high target sales Fujifilm envisioned for this camera.

Giving the X-T4 a little “artificial” firmware advantage helps a bit to bring its sales more in line with what Fujifilm was expecting and hoping.

And guys, we all want Fujifilm to survive and possibly even flourish in the camera market, and hence we must accept a bit of Realpolitik because of that.

With all that said, once X-T4 sales are better and probably passed its peak [which I expect to be in early spring 2021], I am confident Fujifilm will give us Classic Negative also on the X-T3.

*sarcastic statement

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Fujifilm Spain: Classic Negative Film Simulation Coming to Fujifilm X-T3 via Firmware Update on October 28 – UPDATE

UPDATE: Fujifilm Spain has now deleted the comment and told to Spanish news sites that Classic Negative for X-T3 is not confirmed. Read all details here.

Fujifilm has recently officially announced a major firmware update for Fujifilm X-T3 to come on October 28.

To know what it will bring, check out this post.

Missing from the official list of features is the lovely Classic Negative film simulation (which I love to use for my street photos).

But there is hope!

According to a report by the Spanish website Fujistas, they got confirmation from Fujifilm Spain that Classic Negative will be included in the big Fujifilm X-T3 firmware 4.00 update of late October. And indeed, if you look at Fujifilm Spain Instagram, you can see they told to their followers that Classic Negative will be included.

So, let’s cross fingers. I really love Classic Negative on my X-T4, and I strongly hope that also all X-T3 shooters will soon be able to enjoy this beautiful film simulation, too.

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