“This isn’t a review of the excellent Fujifilm X-T4 but a detailed look at whether the improved autofocus abilities over the X-T3 get close to the superb AF of the Sony and Canon mirrorless cameras.”
I came across this video by Philip Bloom while researching recently-released Super 35 video-capable cameras.
Autofocus capabilities of current affordable Super 35 hybrid cameras are a constant subject of discussion online, with different manufacturers achieving various degrees of success with it.
Theoretically all makers of such cameras should be able to achieve near-parity in autofocusing given time and R&D dollars, but there is a question of when and whether all current makers will stay in business until they do.
Having grown up as a photographer and videographer during the analog era before autofocusing cameras and lenses even existed, I have always seen autofocus as something of a luxury and fall back on manual focus and back-button focusing anyway.
Philip Bloom has an obsession with autofocus in video and speaks about it well and in detail.
Meanwhile I believe it is a good idea to keep an eye on developments in affordable manual-focus Super 35 prime and zoom lenses that are native to Fujifilm X-mount or that can be adapted.
Keep an eye also on the coming Fujifilm X-H2 professional hybrid camera, successor to the under-rated X-H1, though its arrival may be some time off.
I found the X-H1 much easier to use handheld all day long than the X-T3 and its more hand-friendly design ranks alongside the X-Pro2 for ease of use and of carrying.
As for autofocus on Fujifilm cameras, perhaps the X-H2 may see it come to fruition and match if not beat that in Sony and Canon’s mirrorless cameras, along with new and redesigned Fujinon prime and zoom lenses made for video as much as stills photography.
We can only live in hope.
A “phenomenal” manual focus lens and adapter combo for Fujifilm video
- B&H – Atomos Ninja V 5″ 4K HDMI Recording Monitor
- B&H – DZOFilm cinema zoom lenses for EF-mount or PL-mount cameras and adapters.
- B&H – Fringer EF-FX Pro II Lens Mount Adapter for EF- or EF-S-Mount Lens to Fujifilm X-Mount Camera
- B&H – Fujifilm GF lenses
- B&H – FUJIFILM GFX 100 Medium Format Mirrorless Camera – Philip Bloom refers to this as the best camera ever made.
- B&H – FUJIFILM XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR Lens
- B&H – FUJIFILM XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR Lens
- B&H – FUJIFILM MKX18-55mm T2.9 Lens (Fuji X-Mount)
- B&H – Fujinon MK18-55mm and MK50-135mm T2.9 MFT Mount Zoom Lens Bundle
- B&H – FUJIFILM MKX50-135mm T2.9 Lens (Fuji X-Mount)
- B&H –FUJIFILM VG-XT4 Vertical Battery Grip – essential if you need to use headphones to monitor audio on your X-T4.
- B&H – FUJIFILM X-T4 Mirrorless Digital Camera
- B&H – FUJIFILM XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS Lens – While not the most impressive Fujinon lens for stills photography, there have been good reports about its video autofocusing capabilities with the X-T4 running the latest firmware.
- B&H – Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens for Canon EF – This in combination with the Fringer adapter above is often recommended as the best video lens for Fujifilm cameras, even being described as phenomenal.
- B&H – SmallRig Camera Cage for Fujifilm X-T4 with VG-XT4 Vertical Battery Grip
- B&H – Tiltaing Camera Cage Kit A for Fujifilm X-T3 (Tilta Gray) – appears to also work for the Fujifilm X-T4.
- Fuji Rumors – Fujifilm X-T4 Video Autofocus Tested: Can You Trust it? Settings Nightmare, Inconsistency and Which XF Lenses Are Best for It – an excellent summary of major points in Mr Bloom’s video.
- Meike Global – Meike Prime 35mm T2.1 for Super 35 Frame Systems,such as RED Komodo,BMPCC6K,Z CAM S6,Canon C500 and Sony FS5II etc. – first release of a series of Super 35 lenses with EF or PL mounts for use natively or adapted.
- Philip Bloom – Can you TRUST the FUJI X-T4 video AUTOFOCUS? – video
- Philip Bloom – My Video AUTOFOCUS OBSESSION! – video
- SmallRig – SmallRig Cage for FUJIFILM X-T4 Camera CCF2808
- SmallRig – SmallRig Cage for FUJIFILM X-T4 with VG-XT4 Vertical Battery Grip CCF2810