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!


A Useless Hobby?

I stumbled upon this thread while reading a public forum for pro-digital photographers online…

The poster’s experience touches a question that’s in the mind of a lot of aspiring photographers these days: “How far can my photography hobby take me and is it really worth it to fully pursue my passion and love for photography?”

The responses ranged from profound and passionate to outright silly. There was a short exchange with posters arguing over his lack of proper paragraph formatting which prompted this reaction from one irritated poster:

“To all you english majors on this forum. If thats all you have to offer the OP for his comments, why not show us what you can do writing a post in his/her native language. For crying out loud, get a life!”

All the silliness aside, there are some valuable thoughts in a lot of the responses that, if not for their assumed wisdom, may put things in perspective. Here are some of them:

“Whatever we do in our spare time should contribute to our overall well being. I do far more for personal enjoyment than for money. The latter covers equipment and that is good enough for me as long as I have a full time job.

I don’t want to even think about the void that would be created in my life without photography. It’s a way to express, to communicate, to meet new friends, to see the world, and to unwind from the stresses of other challenges in life.”

“Photography is a solitary art form. It’s uncommon to collaborate with others on purely personal projects. It’s not like, say, music, where friends can get together and actually create something which cannot be created by just one person alone. With such solitary endeavors, it’s not uncommon that they are most often enjoyed solely by the one who created it”

“If I insisted on getting money for this, it would not happen, there is no money. There’s plenty of need for dedicated volunteers to fill that lack of money in field biology work, and your camera is part of that. So don’t say there are no rewards other than money to photography. There’s plenty if you look for rewards other than money. “

“…I think your premise was off to begin with…why would you think that you could make a living in photography as a relative beginner simply by shooting what you want?…the vast majority of photographers don’t get to choose their subject matter for a living…you can work in a specific genre but to go out on your own dime to shoot and expect to make a living is only attained by a precious few…”

“It is rough out there to make a living doing this. And getting rougher every day with every new rebel or D50 sold and someone that thinks they are good. They hang out a shingle, advertise for free on CL. They go do any CL listing for photographer and fall for the portfolio thing and you will make so many contacts routine. 6 months later, they quit but 3 more take their place.”

“If I was paid for everything I personally enjoy doing, I would be so rich (and lazy) that I probably would no longer be involved in the wonderful enjoyment of Photography that has been so nice now and over the past 60 years.”

“If photography is something you want to do for a living, stop thinking of it as a hobby and start researching what it takes to make money from doing it. You’ll probably find opportunities to shoot things that don’t perfectly fit in your area of interest. Either accept those gigs to earn income or, if you can afford to, let them go to protect your artistic integrity. My guess is that most photographers start out shooting all sorts of things to gain income and experience before carving out a niche for themselves in a single artistic direction — same goes for pretty much any creative profession (actors, musicians, dancers, artists, etc.)”

“Hobbyists have passion, that’s why they keep doing what they’re doing, in any area be it knitting, cooking, or model trains. Why is there so often the almost instant assumption with camera hobbyists that there is money to be made here?
If you don’t have the passion, then giving it up and moving on to something you enjoy is the best thing. Don’t expect publications and agencies to come knocking at your door because you entered a few contests. Making a transition to paid work these days does not happen overnite. It takes grit and hard work, sometimes years of it.”

Brittney and Matt’s Engagement

A video of one of the last shoots I did in January.  Shot at LA Live and the Marriott hotel in Downtown LA.  Brittney and Matt were great to shoot and a hansome couple too!

Tech details:

Cameras:  Canon 5DMII and 60D

Extra:  Konova slider & LED lights.

September – December 2011 Roundup.

A collection of images from the past couple of months. It’s been a great year for SoPhotography and 2012 is looking even brighter!  Happy New Year to all!

SoPhotography Teams Up with OSPhotoVideo

I am excited to be working with Sergio Colchado of OS Photo & Video on several wedding projects this year. Sergio is an excellent videographer and is easily one of the best in and around Southern California.  We have collaborated and created the perfect Wedding Photo and Video package for anyone looking to hire a great team for their wedding.  Contact edwin@sophotography.net or sergio@osphotovideo.com now to get more information and schedule a meetup!