Fujifilm X-T4 and XF 16-55mm f/2.8

Fujifilm X-T4 Body and XF 16-55mm f/2.8 Lens

Although this is a post about gear, it’s really a declaration of intent regarding new photography projects in 2022. But in order to get these projects off the ground I wanted to start them with a camera and lens fit for purpose – the Fujifilm X-T4 body and XF 16-55mm lens.

Whilst my previous camera, the Fujifilm X100V, is in many ways a fine camera, the fixed f/2.0 lens (23mm – APS-C, 35mm full-frame) isn’t wide enough for two of my urban landscape-based projects nor of sufficient telephoto length for the portraiture one.

When choosing the new body, I could have gone for the much cheaper Fujifilm X-T2 (second-hand) and saved about £1,100.00, but I don’t have the steadiest of grips these days, so the X-T4 with its image stabilisation moving forward, I feel, is the smart move. And because of the in-body image stabilisation it is backwards compatible with all the XF lenses – YAY!

Moving on to the lens of choice…

The Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8 lens (second-hand) is in some ways a compromise dictated by the available budget. I had considered the Fujifilm XF 16mm f/1.4 (for a shallower depth of field) and the Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2, but even second-hand this would have doubled the cost of lens purchase. Also, bearing in mind I have an aversion to changing lenses for fear of foreign bodies attaching themselves to the sensor, the compromise on depth of field did seem like a sensible trade-off. Plus, with the zoom, I also get all the focal lengths in between 16 and 55mm. And lastly, I have used the 16-55mm before and been very pleased with how sharp it is. So, all-in-all, I feel it’s the right decision.

It hasn’t only been a question of the right gear for my photography projects that held me back in 2021, but also my work/life balance. It was only towards the end of the year I managed to streamline my working life, getting rid of one part-time job I’d been hanging on to for far too long and going full-time at Amazon. And it is only this week that I’ve managed to get the perfect combination of days off to allow me to devote the necessary time to my photography projects.

Now there are no excuses…

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