Save up to $1,000 on Fujifilm Gear and Get Luminar 4 for Free :: 70% Discount on Check & Cleans

As you know Fujifilm has big spring savings on Fujifilm X/GFX gear running. You can see the full list of deals here.

What you might not know, is that if you purchase any APS-C X mount lens, MKX Cine lens or the X-T200, you also get a free copy of Luminar 4 on top of it. Included in the deal also X100V, X-Pro3 and X-T4, but none of the other cameras. Here are Fujifilm’s official terms and conditions:

FUJIFILM value add promotion with Skylum is applicable on qualifying FUJINON XF, XC or MKX lens products and any FUJIFILM X100V, X-Pro3, X-T200, or X-T4 mirrorless digital camera or kit product, from an authorized FUJIFILM dealer in the U.S. during the applicable promotional period (as extended through December 31, 2020). Consumers will qualify for a one-time download of Skylum’s Luminar 4 software (MSRP $89) at no extra charge. All downloads of Luminar 4 will be provided by Skylum, through their website,

And in case you missed it, Fujifilm also offers 70% discount on check and cleans. We reported here.

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Opticallimits Viltrox 33mm f/1.4 AF Review: “A Serious Alternative to the Aging Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4 R”

Opticallimits (former photozone) published its Viltrox 33mm f/1.4 Fujifilm X mount lens review.

From their conclusions:

[…] the verdict has to be about context. And the context is that this is about a $280 lens costing less than half of the Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4 R and this Fujinon is far from being flawless.

The Viltrox lens actually shares many characteristics with this lens. In terms of resolution, it is quite sharp in the image center at f/1.4 and f/2 whereas the outer image field is soft. Stopping down results in a gradual increase in quality reaching its peak at f/5.6. Images are sharp across the board at this setting although there’s still some room for improvement here.

Lateral CAs are low and nothing to worry about.

If you are into architecture photography, you may spot a tad of pincushion distortion.

There is also some vignetting when shooting at f/1.4 but it’s not out of the ordinary really.

[…] A positive aspect is the quality of the bokeh. It deteriorates somewhat in the far corners but generally, it is pleasing. This is especially true for the out-of-focus highlights.

[…] mechanical quality is surprisingly high.

[…] The AF is both speedy and noiseless – something that can’t be said about the Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4 R actually.

[…] Overall, it may not the last word in terms of sharpness at large apertures but the Viltrox AF 33mm f/1.4 XF is a killer offering in terms of value and a serious alternative to the aging Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4 R.

You can check out the full review at opticallimits here.

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Fujifilm BAYER vs X-TRANS Blind Test: 88% of Preferences Go To…

Almost 2 years ago, I wrote a comprehensive article comparing the virtues of Bayer vs X-Trans sensor, giving you reasons why Fujifilm should stick with X-Trans, and on the other hand telling you also why for other reasons Fujifilm should leave X-Trans for its APS-C sensors.

Attention: it’s a long article. So do not click this link, if you don’t like it when my articles are too long.

I stand by everything I said back then.

Of course the debate is not ending. Hence, Andrew did what probably is the best thing to do, to evaluate which sensor is better: a blind test.

200+ people commented on his video, and since people do not like long articles, I will leave it to you to read them all, take paper and pen, and note all the results.

Nah… you know what?

I’ll do it for you. I love it when I simplify your life and save you some time.

So, I’ve checked out all the comments, and marked the results on a paper.

There were some (not many) cases, where people didn’t have a clear preference and said that both are very good.

In most cases, people had a rather clear preference.

Sometimes people got more or less equal results between 2 cameras, in which case I gave a point to each camera.

The cameras tested are:

And here are the results people shared in the comments:

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Fujifilm X-T4: About Overheating, X-T4 IBIS vs Olmypus EM-1 III, Comparison with Sony A7IV

I have been asked to keep it short. So I will. No summary, no recap, no nothing. Less is more, right? ;)

I really would like to tell you the Fujifilm X-T4 overheated after almost one hour constant video shooting under the direct early summer sun (but in his last act before shutdown, still saving the file on the SD-card), and that under similar condition the Sony A7III failed after 26 minutes…. but I must keep it short.

And how good is the IBIS of the X-T4 compared to widely acknowledge class leading Olympus E-M1 III? No words. Keep it short.

My thoughts on the image comparison between Fujifilm X-T4 and Sony A7rIV? None… keep it short ;).

So, down below is an X-T4 roundup.

X-T4 Roundup

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