Fujifilm X-T4 Photos and First Impressions

I received the Fujifilm X-T4, the company’s latest and greatest X series interchangeable mirrorless camera, last night from B&H Photo.  After unpacking it, I immediately charged the battery using the BC-W235 dual battery charger.  It took less than an hour to charge the new battery which, I learned, already had a 40% charge, thanks to the charge indicator on the BC-W235 LCD screen.  Here are my first impressions with images of the camera itself and pictures taken with it using the Fujifilm 23mm f/1.4 lens.

  • Right away, the camera feels a lot more “solid” as compared to the X-T3 and other X series camera’s I’ve had.  It is somewhat bigger with a lot more real estate to hold on to.  The grip doesn’t feel lacking and gives a lot more sturdier feel to the shooter.
  • The dials and indicators appear bigger and easier to see.  Fuji made a few changes to the layout but all in all it’s pretty familiar for anyone used to using Fujifilm cameras.
  • The flip out screen comes out nice and smooth with the right amount of tension and soft clicks as you move it in different positions.  The LCD screen brightness is just as bright and clear as the X-T3.  I’m not a big fan of the flip out screen though I like that you can flip it with the LCD towards the back of the camera to protect it.  For some reason, I feel the flippy up and down screen first introduced on the X-T1 and inherited by the X-H1, X-T2 and X-T3 is enough for everyday shooting even for pro video work.  I find the flip out screen creates unnecessary extension that adds to the things you have to manage while shooting.
  • In body stabilization is immediately apparent when you start shooting and it’s pretty impressive and somehow liberating. I liked the IBIS on the X-H1 but felt it wasn’t enough.  This time I think Fuji did a good job.  Combined with an image stabilized lens, you’ll be able to shoot some pretty sharp images at slower shutter speeds.
  • Image quality from the camera is superb as expected and gave me that same “woah” reaction after I first started shooting with the X-T3. The new generation 26.1MP X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor is the same as that of the X-T3 which is in my opinion one of the best APS-C sensors around.  The color saturation and organic feel to images that Fuji is know for doesn’t disappoint and the various film simulations are just a joy to play around with.  I haven’t tried the bleach bypass film simulation though but I will do so when do the video review.
  • Lastly, I noticed the shutter button to be a bit less “rigid” to use. It has a softer feedback when pressed and is a welcome improvement to me.

Below are some images of the camera paired with the 23mm F1.4 XF lens.  The other pictures were taken with the camera-lens combination and the 55-200mm XF.  At this time I only used the Standard, Vivid, Classic Chrome and Acros film simulations. Aside from a few crops and minor adjustments, all these images were straight out of the camera jpegs.

Enjoy and comment at the end for any questions and watch out for the video test coming up soon!



Steve and Miyuki Engagement Photos – Huntington Beach Wedding Photography

Shot at the Huntington Beach CA, state park and pier. dscf0742 dscf0681 dscf0662 dscf4216 dscf0554


Jishan and Xiaochen Wedding Videography At The Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel

Shot at the Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel on September 29, 2014.
Here’s a backstory to this wedding. The groom, Jishan, actually proposed to Xiaochen the same day we shot the wedding. He planned everything before vacationing here with her and their families from China. I got the proposal on camera but decided not to add it to the highlights because I felt the events and footage didn’t lend itself very well to the edit.

A big thanks to my friend Becker Chan for helping me with the English translation!


Edwin So Photography Wins a WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award® 2015

Hacienda Heights, CA – January 14, 2015 – WeddingWire, the nation’s leading online wedding marketplace, named Edwin So Photography as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2015 for Wedding Photography in Southern California!

The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2015 recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. The esteemed awards are given to the top local wedding vendors in more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on their professional achievements from the previous year.

While many industry award winners are selected by the host organization, the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® winners are determined solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences working with Edwin So Photography. Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients.

“It’s always exciting to start the year by honoring the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Network who represent more than two million reviews on our website,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “Each of the businesses recognized are committed to quality, professionalism and all around top-notch service. We applaud Edwin So Photography for their impressive achievements within the wedding industry.”

As a Couples’ Choice Awards® winner, Edwin So Photography is highlighted within the WeddingWire Network, which is comprised of more than 200,000 wedding professionals throughout North America and abroad.

Edwin So Photography is proud to be one of the top wedding photographers in Southern California in the WeddingWire Network, which includes leading wedding sites such as WeddingWire, Project Wedding, Brides.com, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire. We value all of our clients and truly appreciate the positive feedback that helped us earn the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2015.

For more information about Edwin So Photography, please visit our WeddingWire Storefront today.

To learn more about the Couple’s Choice Awards®, please visit http://www.weddingwire.com/couples-choice-awards.

About WeddingWire
WeddingWire, the leading technology company serving the $100 billion wedding and events industry, is the largest online vertical marketplace connecting engaged couples with event professionals. With more than two million consumer reviews, it is the industry leader in consumer reviews. The site enables engaged couples to search, compare and book from an extensive database of more than 200,000 recently reviewed event professionals, from venues to photographers. WeddingWire provides event professionals with the technology they need to serve their clients, including a SaaS platform, which powers advertising, marketing, and CRM needs of local wedding and events businesses nationwide.


Joel and Luisa’s Wedding Highlights Video

Joel and Luisa hired one of the best wedding photographers around, Ernesto Olivares (ernieolivares.com). That made shooting this wedding both easy and hard at the same time. Easy because Ernie was really great to work with. He and his team were very nice, professional and very accommodating. Hard, because it put a lot of pressure on me to deliver the same quality he puts in his photography work in my video. The ceremony was particularly tough to shoot, as most Catholic weddings are, with all the restriction inside the church. Aside from a few hiccups, though, we were able to pull through and capture the bride and groom exchange vows of unconditional love for each other. Hope you enjoy this short highlight of their wedding.


Sammy and Tony Wedding Highlights

The rain poured all morning and stopped about an hour before the ceremony. Just enough time for the staff to wipe the lawn chairs dry before the procession began. It was as if the heavens cleared up for Sammy and Tony….but only for a while. Right in the middle of the event, as family and friends look on to the love struck couple, the sky darkened and a drizzle turned into a downpour. Then, everyone, cameramen included, crowded into the gazebo where Sammy and Tony said their vows, exchanged rings and kissed each other for the first time as husband and wife. What started as a traditional formal ceremony, turned into an intimate and beautiful wedding between two lovely people and their families. Enjoy.


Areli and Mario Wedding Highlights

This is the second of two wedding videos today.  The first one was Brittney and Alex’s Wedding in Laguna beach.

Areli and Mario contacted me over a year ago to shoot their wedding. The wedding ceremony was held at St. Raymond Church in Downey CA, and the reception was at Palos Verdes, CA. This was a love story over 10 years in the making. A love that truly stood the test of time.

I love telling visual stories, whether it’s in the form of photos or videos.  Areli and Mario’s wedding was really enjoyable to shoot and edit.  Enjoy!

Tech Details (well sort of):

This is the first time I started shooting video with Micro Four Thirds as my main system.  The 5D Mark II became a backup during the ceremony with the 70-200 2.8L mounted on it for those telephoto shots.