First Thoughts – Fujifilm X-T4

5 months, 1 week ago 12
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This is not a review, just some thoughts on where the new Fujifilm X-T4 fits into the Fujifilm X Series Eco System! I have not seen the camera, but like you, have watched a lot of first look videos on Youtube. I’m an X-Photographer and got a X-Pro3 and an X100V before they were released, but production cameras of each. I love them both and think they did a bang up job with new and improved models of each series. I did not get a pre-production X-T4 and I’m actually glad I didn’t! Back some years ago Jack Graham and I each got a pre-production X-T1s. They were so far from complete that we literally had to turn the camera off and back on again before each shot to clear the memory in the computer!!!! This is often the case with pre-production cameras, they are “pre-production” which means much of the firmware is still to be worked out.

Obviously the ones I’ve seen tested on Youtube are far better than that so I trust much of what we are learning is true! You come here, I think, because you know I will shoot you straight and try to give you good information. I would suggest you go to Youtube to watch the Fuji Guys video, the DP Review First Imprtessions, Lee Zavitz, Gordon lang, and the Camera StoreTV video. They cover the details well. Of course Fuji Rumors has every single spec you can download and copy.

I won’t go through every detail and change from the X-T3 here, what I will do is answer the question I know I’m going to get 500 times before the end of this month; “Should I sell my X-T3 and upgrade to the new X-T4?” As John Shaw always said, “It all depends!”

Let me make that depends case for you. First you need to answer a few key questiions;

1. Do you shoot very much hand held, or do you mostly shoot from a tripod.

2. Do you shoot sports or wildlife or possibly birds in flight?

3. Are you a video person, and do you shoot a lot of video and are you a Vlogger?

4. Do you do any kind of work that requires more shots from your battery before having to change them?

If you said; I shoot a lot handheld, I’m a sports/wildlife shooter, I am a vlogger and do lots of video and I need much more shots per battery than I am getting now! Pre-Order yours today, I mean right this minute!!!!! This camera was made for you!!!!

However if you said I mostly shoot from tripod, don’t do action stuff, rarely shoot video, and have lots of batteries and don’t mind changing them, then you will remain very happy with your X-T3!! If you have GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome), just go ahead and order one now,
nothing to be ashamed of, lots of us have this condition!

It appears that Fujifilm has brought out yet another wonderful camera that on the margins and in some significant ways is a great upgrade from the already fantastic X-T3!

I plan to get one as soon as they are available, but then I love IBIS, and have bad GAS pains!


the pilgrim

12 Responses

  1. JOHN GOMPF says:

    I think we all have G.A.S. pains. I agree with what you have posted about asking yourself those questions. At this point I am not going to upgrade from the XT-3. I want to see what software FujiFilm brings out for the XT-3 and I want to see what big lenses come out as well. If they make some good long telephotos then I may sell my Nikon D500 and 200-500 that I use for birds. I may just have to migrate away from Nikon totally like you have. I already moved up to the GFX-50s for my landscapes. It is just a wait and see. Look forward to your review when you get yours.


  2. Scotty B says:

    Thanks, Bill, for your thoughts and – dare I call it – recommendation on this camera. While the YouTube videos are helpful, I (and many others) value your thoughts greatly. and they’re appreciated.

  3. admin says:

    As James Taylor sang, “That’s Why I’m Here….”

  4. Joshua Boldt says:

    This is another tempting one!

  5. Johnny says:

    Here is one of the best review I watched this week.

  6. Donna says:

    I’ve got two X-T2s and one X-T3. I’m happy with the results of these wonderful camera bodies. So I will sit out on this latest version.

  7. Rick Lewis says:

    I have an X-T3 with the kit lens. It is my everyday camera. For my professional work I use a Nikon Z6 or Z7 depending on assignment, along with the Z mount lenses. The full frame Z6 is only $100 more than the new X-T4. The Z mount lenses are superb, even the f1.8 lenses. The IBIS is superb.

    My point is, Fuji may have waited too long for this iteration. I love Fuji but I’ve since invested in my Nikons (for the IBIS) along with lenses while waiting for the X-T4. I do love the smaller form factor but to be honest the Z cameras and lenses are darn close.

    I’ll probably just hang on to my X-T3 till it dies. It’s a great camera and I can do a lot with it. I don’t shoot video so I don’t need that. I guess I’ll be a two brand guy for a long time.

  8. Dick Ginkowski says:

    I realize Fuji will consider it an “enhancement” but the new battery is a deal killer. Battery consistency is a must for many of us traveling photographers.

    • Jerry Reece says:

      I, too, am unhappy about the battery change as I use multiple bodies and I can live with the battery life that I have. Too bad that they didn’t make an X-T-4 with the current battery and a sister model with the new battery and the tweaks for a video/sports&wildlife camera. I am happy, I think, to get IBIS.

      In this world the dollar (yen) and maximizing profit wins almost every time. I guess we are fortunate that Fujifilm stays afloat against the “big three”. Rambling I am! That’s what self-isolation is doing to me!!!


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