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FUJIFILM X-T4 The X-T4 is Fujifilm’s most powerful camera so far, delivering a no-compromise performance for stills photography and video recording. At the X-T4’s heart is a fourth-generation 26.1-megapixel X-Trans CMOS sensor working with a X-Processor 4, giving cutting-edge image quality and ISO performance, and this is the first X-T camera to feature a five-axis in-body image stabiliser, giving a benefit of up to 6.5EV. Not to mention weather resistance, a top shooting speed of 15fps and a new larger battery for greater shooting capacity.

XF18-135MM F/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR

This Fujifilm lens has a 7.5x zoom range, giving coverage from 27mm to 206mm in 35mm format terms, making it the ideal all-rounder for a wide range of subject matter. Key features include an inner focus mechanism working with a linear motor to give very fast, silent autofocus, suitable for stills photography and video filming. Also on board is an advanced optical image stabilisation (OIS) giving up to 5EV benefit.

“I thought a Fujifilm set-up, whichwouldbe lighter andmore discreet, wouldbe better forme”

became amember of Richmond & TwickenhamPhotographic Society, an important step as it enabledme tomake local friends who sharemy passion for photography. I’mnow using an X-T4 and X-T2 together with six Fujifilm lenses. When I want to travel light, I fit the XF18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R LMOISWR, which is my take-everywhere lens. I like the Fujifilmcameras somuch, because everything – all the dials and all the numbers – are visible, conveniently placed and they are intuitive to use. The Covid-19 pandemic has been horrible for everybody, but for me it has opened up some opportunities. I never used to pick upmy camera between holidays, but because we have been home, I have started taking my Fujifilmkit to Richmond Park and have been photographing the kestrels, owls, woodpeckers and deer. These subjects are onmy doorstep, but I have been blind to them. I love wildlife photography now as much as travel. All I want now is a longer Fujifilm lens – something that goes up to 600mmwould be nice.

walking roundwithmore discreet kit that was lighter in a hot environment. When I got home, I bought a FujifilmX-T1 and XF18-135mm f/3.5- 5.6 R LMOISWR. At that point, I was not thinking of swapping systems – I just wanted a lighter set-up I could use occasionally. I’d always aimed to have the best equipment set-up and for the equipment not to limit me. I thought I had this, until the Cuban trip. I realisedmy set-upmight not be the best, especially for travel photography, which is what I shot most of the time. In fact, until the pandemic, I only picked upmy camera when I went on holiday andmost trips were based around photography. So I thought a Fujifilm set-up, which would be lighter andmore discreet, would be the better option. I bought a FujifilmX-T2 in November 2016 and I have not used my Canon gear since. Recently, I asked myself what’s the point of all that kit sitting in a drawer. So I’ve just sent off a box of my Canon kit toMPB. It’s also worthmentioning that wemoved to London in 2017 and I

XF100-400MM F/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR

TOP Boy With Charcoal Bowl, Fujifilm X-T2 and XF50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR at 98mm; 1/500sec and f/5, ISO 640 BOTTOM LEFT The Decorator, Fujifilm X-T2 and XF18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR at 24mm; 1/1000sec and f/4.5, ISO 400 BOTTOM RIGHT Owl, Fujifilm X-T4 and XF100-400mm f/4.5- 5.6 R LM OIS WR at 400mm; 1/500sec and f/4.5, ISO 800 Perfect for action and nature photography, this lens gives the 35mm format equivalent focal length range of 152-609mm. Its advanced optical design of 21 elements features five ED lenses and one Super ED lens to minimise chromatic aberration, which can be a serious issue with telephoto lenses, and to help deliver high-resolution images with plenty of contrast. It also has an optical image stabiliser with a 5EV benefit to help sharp shooting with slower shutter speeds.

FREE 48-HOUR FUJIFILMLOANS

The Fujifilm Connect loan service means you can try specific Fujifilm cameras and lenses in your own home free of charge for up to two days (including delivery). Loans can be extended, and if you decide to purchase it afterwards, Fujifilm will refund your loan fee. For full details of this special loan scheme, go to fujifilm-connect.hireacamera.com/en-gb

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