Fujifilm GFX50R Discontinued, Zero Rumors About GFX50RII and Dreams About GFX100R

It’s over.

According to reports at digitalcameraworld, the Fujifilm GFX50R is now discontinued.

As a huge Fujifilm X-E line lover, the Fujifilm GFX50R would have been my most natural step into Fujifilm medium format.

However, as I don’t switch from X-Trans APS-C to Full Frame because the difference is negligible (and with lots of advantages on the APS-C side, too), I also thought that sure, going from 26 to 50 MP is OK, but at this point I prefer to go all-in and grab a 100 megapixel medium format Fujifilm GFX100S.

If there was a Fujifilm GFX100R, I’d have grabbed that one. But it looks like all I can do is to hope that one day in the future Fujifilm will give us either a Fujifilm GFX100R or an X-T styled GFX100 (as shown in these official Fujifilm prototypes).

But don’t get me wrong.

A camera with a PSAM dial, a dedicated custom settings dial and top LCD is stupidly easy and fast to operate. The total opposite of the original GFX100, which is the only Fujifilm camera I’ve ever hold in my hands where I thought “WTF, need to grab that owners manual“.

But I can’t really fall in love with cameras that are stupidly easy to use, I prefer those who are FUN to operate. Like my X-E or X-T cameras.

So, my wish for the GFX future are a GFX100R and GFX100T. But so far, I have absolutely zero rumors about it. And for the records, I have also zero rumors about a Fujifilm GFX50RII.

In any case, if you are also attracted by the rangefinder styled medium format Fujifilm cameras, then better grab yours now, as who knows for how long we will find the Fujifilm GFX50R in stock now that it is discontinued.

Good bye, Fujifilm GFX50R. I was one of the very first people to touch you, back then, at the photokina 2018, where I even illegally smuggled into the fair one day ahead of its official launch to meet you. May your heritage continue to live in the GFX lineup.

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Fujifilm Releases New Firmware Updates for X-T4, X-T3, X-E4, X-Pro3, X-T200 and X-A7

Fujifilm has released a couple of new firmware updates. Down below all details and download links.

In theory this is just a minor bug fix update, but I remember when I was on holiday last year in South Italy and Fujifilm released a new X-T4 firmware with “minor bug fixes”. Intrigued by that, I tested the new firmware during my holiday, and found out that it fixed the exposure stepping in video, which is all, but just a minor bug fix.

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This is why I generally always recommend to update your cameras. Fujifilm can fix a typo in the menu, but also way bigger issues with such “minor bug fixes”.

Also, Fujifilm promised us a major GFX100 firmware update and also a major X-S10 firmware update. Sadly they have not been released today. I hope this does not mean there was some sort of last second delay (wouldn’t be the first time).

In any case, here on FR I’ll let you know as soon as the new firmware for GFX100 and X-S10. So follow us.

With all that said, you can find all details and links for the latest firmware updates down below.

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Lensmate Thumb Grip for Fujifilm X-E4 Available

Lensmate has released the Lensmate thumb grip for Fujifilm X-E4.

It is about 30% more affordable than the original Fujifilm thumb rest for X-E4.

Fujifilm X-E4 Thumbrest

  • engineered specifically for the Fujifilm X-E4, with ideal length and curve geometry
  • The sculpted thumbrest allows you to relax the grip on the camera, reducing camera shake allowing slower shutter speeds.
  • Makes one handed operation easier and prevents unintentional button presses.
  • Camera specific design retains access to all controls.
  • Integrated silicone insert provides both thumb grip and bumper between the rest and camera body.
  • Silicone insert in the hot shoe tab provides resistance to unintentional ejection.
  • Machined out of solid 6061 Aluminum rod, then bead blasted for texture and anodized for a tough finish.

The Lensmate X-E4 thumb rest will be available shortly at AmazonUS here, BHphoto here and Adorama here, and it is already available at lensmateonline.

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ePHOTOzine Fujifilm X-E4 Review: “You Can’t Deny How Beautiful it Looks!”

I always told you that Fujifilm X-E line cameras are Fujifilm’s best looking cameras (after the X100 line cameras).

Now this is official, as ePHOTOzine writes in their review.

one thing you can’t deny is how good it looks

I owned all X-E cameras (except for the mysterious X-E2S, still today I wonder if it was worth for Fujifilm to release a new camera just for single AUTO button). And if I would not yet own the X-Trans IV Fuji X-T4, I’d grab the X-E4 immediately, as I love the hidden LCD screen on the X-E4. But there must a be reasonable limit to the gear I buy ;).

Now I put all my hope in a Fujifilm X-E5 with newer sensor that keeps the hidden screen. For that one, I’ll sell my X-E3 and X-T4.

Back to the review. ePHOTOzine ends up highly recommend the Fujifilm X-E4. Here are their Pros and Cons:

Pros:

  • Beautiful styling and looks
  • Most affordable 26mp Fujifilm camera
  • Compact and well-made body
  • Great image quality and noise performance
  • High-speed AF and continuous shooting
  • Wide range of X-mount lenses

Cons:

  • Exposure compensation dial easily knocked
  • Lacks of in-camera IS, and no digital IS for video
  • Fewer controls, and lack of grip without the accessory pack
  • Small buttons

You can read the full review at ePHOTOzine here.

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