I've been using Fujifilm cameras for about a year and a half now, and I've finally managed to get my hands on one Fuji model I've been lusting after - the X-E4. I've paired it with the XF 35mm f/1.4 lens; a stalwart in the Fujifilm lineup.
If you've been following this channel, you'll know that I've been using the Fujifilm X-S10 as my daily driver. It's been a great camera, but lately, I felt like it wasn't quite the right fit for my everyday needs. The X-E4, on the other hand, just feels more in line with the Fujifilm experience I've come to appreciate.
The X-E4 has a more compact, rangefinder-style design that I find quite charming. While the ergonomics of the X-S10 were fantastic, I missed some of the signature Fujifilm touches that add a certain character to their cameras.
I won't bore you with too many technical specs, but the X-E4 is essentially an entry-to-mid-range mirrorless camera in the X-series that still packs a lot of the features you'd find in the higher-end models. It's a nicely balanced package - compact, well-built, and at a decent price point.
As for the lens, I got the chance to play with the XF 35mm f/1.4. It's been a while since I've shot with a 35mm (equivalent to 50mm on full-frame) on a crop-sensor camera, and I have to say, I'm thoroughly enjoying the experience. The focal length feels just right for my street photography, forcing me to really think about my compositions.
Optically, the 35mm is simply gorgeous. The fast aperture of f/1.4 gives me beautiful bokeh, and the focus, while a touch noisy, has been responsive enough for my needs. The handling and the way it pairs with the X-E4 just feels right.
To showcase this setup, I took a stroll around Apgujeong in Gangnam, Seoul, and put together a little street photography session. I used a recipe I call "Hard Acros," which I've found to be quite versatile, especially in the changeable light conditions we had today.
I hope this walkthrough has given you a glimpse of what it's like to shoot with the Fujifilm X-E4 and the XF 35mm f/1.4. This truly is a dream setup for me, and I can't wait to put it to more use as I continue to hone my street photography skills.

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