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  1. Albert Smith
    September 14, 2020 @ 2:27 pm

    I was a late adopter of the X-E3, only buying one on a whim when the price dropped to $500 (it’s back up a bit now).

    I loved the X-T2 and Xpro2 cameras because they were much smaller and lighter than my Nikon full frame cameras, and I was shocked at how small and light the X-E3 was compared those those fore mentioned Fujis. Now, when heading out with nothing in particular in mind, I grab the X-E3 simply because it gives all of the image quality of the other Fujis at a fraction of the size.

    I have all of the Fujicrons, including the 16mm f/2.8 which I include even though the aperture isn’t f/2, and they are perfect on the X-E3. I recently started using my 35mm f/1.4 on the X-E3 and find it to be a perfectly balanced and nimble setup for general photography. However, for me, my 16mm f/1.4 is way too big for the petite body, so that stays on the larger Fujis. I have not used any zooms on the X-E3.

    In my opinion, I prefer the X-E3 over the X100 series (I have the original X100) for two reasons: First, while the hybrid finder is “cool”, the WYSIWYG ability to do exposure compensation without needless bracketing makes me stay on EVF always, so I don’t miss the OVF. Second, no matter how minimalist you might want to be, the ability to change glass is great. I know there are front mounted optical converters for the X100 series, but they are limited and huge. An X-E3 with a tiny Fujicron and one more in a pocket is much more versatile.

    If there is an X-E4, my hope would be that any upgrades would not come at a cost to maintaining the size. If they start adding hinges and linkage for the finder and the size starts growing, it would eliminate the advantage over the Xpro series.

    If we’re fantasizing, it would be cool if the could make a mono only camera (ala Leica) with optimized performance in that genre. Purely cosmetic, I’d like to have the options of finishes like the Xpro3.

    With rumors of the demise of the X-E class months ago, the hope for an X-E4 is welcome. This class of camera is a real strength for Fujifilm.

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    • Alwin Kok
      September 14, 2020 @ 4:28 pm

      Hi Albert,

      Seems like I have found a person who like the XF35mm f/1.4 with X-E3 combination as me. Isn’t it a wonderful sweet setup for general purpose shoot?

      Yes. I agree with you that XF16mm f/1.4 is way too big for such a body, unfortunately that’s the widest autofocus lens that I have. When I carry them, I always hold the lens instead on the handgrip. This is why I hope they will improve the grip handling for slightly better comfort for mounting bigger lens.

      I also agree with you that “X-E4” should remain as compact as X-E3 and not going bigger and comparable with X-Pro series. All in all, as a fan of X-E series, we love to keep thing small and compact with the other small XF lenses. Cheers!

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      • Albert Smith
        September 14, 2020 @ 6:06 pm

        “…I agree with you that XF16mm f/1.4 is way too big for such a body, unfortunately that’s the widest autofocus lens that I have….”

        It might seem like a redundant extravagance, but do take a look at the 16mm f/2.8. I love the f/1.4, but if I know that I’m going to be outside and using the middle of the aperture ring, the tiny f/2.8 model is terrific. I have both and use the f/2.8 lens about 80% of the time when I shoot 16mm.

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        • Alwin Kok
          September 15, 2020 @ 8:08 am

          Noted. I should give it a try some day. 😊

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  2. Alwin Kok
    September 14, 2020 @ 4:28 pm

    Hi Albert,

    Seems like I have found a person who like the XF35mm f/1.4 with X-E3 combination as me. Isn’t it a wonderful sweet setup for general purpose shoot?

    Yes. I agree with you that XF16mm f/1.4 is way too big for such a body, unfortunately that’s the widest autofocus lens that I have. When I carry them, I always hold the lens instead on the handgrip. This is why I hope they will improve the grip handling for slightly better comfort for mounting bigger lens.

    I also agree with you that “X-E4” should remain as compact as X-E3 and not going bigger and comparable with X-Pro series. All in all, as a fan of X-E series, we love to keep thing small and compact with the other small XF lenses. Cheers!

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  3. Martyn Postle
    September 15, 2020 @ 3:19 pm

    My biggest which for an X-E4 would be the same screen as my X-T2 (tillable, and NOT touch sensitive, which is just annoying and I turned off after one days worth of cursing at it). The only thing I miss going from X-T to X-E is the separate dial for ISO, but I appreciate that won’t change. Like you I often grab the small camera bag when I’m rushing out. That contains X-E3 with 27mm pancake that lives on the camera, plus the 23mm, 35mm and 50mm f2s. If I think I’ll need more (eg, on my way to a wildlife shoot or event) then I’ll be grabbing the big bag with the X-T2, larger lens, plus I’ll pop the X-E3 in to give me an extra body.

    There is definitely something special about the X-E3. I get a lot of pleasure from just using it, whereas I see the X-T’s as more my “business” cameras.

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    • Albert Smith
      September 16, 2020 @ 2:52 pm

      “…touch sensitive, which is just annoying and I turned off after one days worth of cursing at it)…”

      Agreed! As many times that I accidentally click on something on my phone with a stray finger, I couldn’t imagine walking around dynamically with my camera swinging on its strap and nothing changing. My imagination was correct… I’d raise the camera to shoot and it wouldn’t look like it did the last time. The configuration changed due to the touch screen being brush inadvertently.

      Turning off the touch screen was my first deep dive into the menu.

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    • Alwin Kok
      September 17, 2020 @ 9:54 am

      “There is definitely something special about the X-E3. I get a lot of pleasure from just using it, whereas I see the X-T’s as more my “business” cameras.”

      I agree with you. There is really something special when using the X-E3. This experience cannot be explained by words.

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  4. Adam bucci
    September 16, 2020 @ 6:57 am

    my hopes for the x-e4

    weather sealing.

    no flash.

    no logo on the front.

    a better/newer sensor. something more worthwhile than a 2-megapixel bump to make it worth buying. perhaps a hobbled newer sensor that doesn’t have all the bells and whistles that’ll go into the high end Fujis.

    a screen like the x100v-flush with the bod -, only different – one that closes like the xpro3 but without the film sim window.

    get rid of the MCS switch on the front and make it part of the on/off switch. the auto choice can go too, I’ve never used it on my x-e3.

    shuter speed/iso dial.

    another fn button, perhaps on the side of the body like the x70 had, or on the front where the x100v has its viewing switch and front function button..

    lockable diopter.

    keep it about the same size. if sealing bulks it up a bit, then ok.

    those are my thoughts on the x-e4. my second fuji was an x-e1 and I thought it was the bees knees. I bought it when fuji offered the kit lens and two primes deal many years ago (I got the 35 1.4 and 60 2.4, along with the 18-55). it replaced my 4/3 setup.
    I don’t have a website, but here are some samples – https://spark.adobe.com/page/KZn1c/
    https://spark.adobe.com/page/gnYtfBUxxPNMQ/

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    • Alwin Kok
      September 17, 2020 @ 9:52 am

      Thank you for your thoughtful and detailed reply. I have to agree that they should implement the iso dial like the X100V. It will be awesome!

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  5. Adam bucci
    September 16, 2020 @ 7:05 am

    one more thing. get rid of the angled front to the top plate. make it square like the xpro3 and x100v.

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    • Alwin kok
      September 17, 2020 @ 9:48 am

      Oh yes! The top plate design looks better on X-Pro3 and X100V!

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  6. GambaJo
    September 16, 2020 @ 2:49 pm

    A tilt screen and WR, and I would be happy.

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    • Alwin kok
      September 17, 2020 @ 9:47 am

      I wish for a X100V style of tilt screen. WR is always something we hope to have in that price range. I hope Fujifilm will implement a WR on the successor but probably not as good as the X100V should make the price affordable…

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  7. Ewan
    September 16, 2020 @ 9:39 pm

    I’ve just sold my xe3, I got the x100v and an x-pro 3 is on the way…I also sold my xt3, yeah yeah it’s the same but different as the x-pro 3, but I fancied spending some furlough money. After using the X100v I can see some of what I would love to see in an xe4. Same tilt screen, or perhaps as flush but like on the xt3 with a two direction flip, it doesn’t need a selfie flip, it’s not a vlog camera. It definitely needs a better evf, the xe3 evf was my most hated part. It doesn’t need the ovf that’s on the x100v or x-pro 3, just the evf, I bought a snap on adapter for the xe3 to make the evf more comfortable, which worked but it was something that would fall off in a bag and wasn’t pocketable. The sensor will be whatever I expect is in the xt30, after all it’s a range finder style of that price range. And lastly, the ISO dial from the x100v, it’s fiddly and you can program ISO to a dial, but one reason why I like Fujifilm so much is the dials. And they should definitely keep the auto mode, that’s easy switch and snap, because sometimes it’s interesting to see what the camera thinks.

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    • Alwin kok
      September 17, 2020 @ 9:45 am

      Oh yes! I have missed out the important of having the same dial configuration as X100V. I wish Fujifilm will implement that!

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  8. ERIK
    September 17, 2020 @ 7:45 pm

    I USE A XE2
    COMPLETELY ON MANUAL WITH OLD YASHICA AND CONTAX LENSES

    IT WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE A LARGER SENSOR, NEVER A TOUCH SCREEN, LESS BUTTONS AND GISMOS
    SIMPLE IS HARDER TO DESIGN BUT WHY SPEND ANY TIME WONDERING WHERE SOMETHING IS ON AN OBSCURE MENU SOMEWHERE IN THERE

    MOST PHOTOS HAVE A SPLIT SECOND TO COMPOSE AND RECORD
    ZERO TIME FOR FIDDLY BITS OF CAMERA WONDERFULNESS
    OK?
    SIMPLIFY!

    NO NEED FOR A VIEW FINDER
    THE SCREEN IS JUST FINE FOR COMPOSING A PHOTO

    I SHOT THE SAME CONTAX 35 MM FOR 35+ YEARS
    CONTAX REBUILT IT ONCE & LOANED ME ONE TO USE WHILE THEY DID IT

    THOSE OLD LENSES ARE QUITE WONDERFUL ON THE XE2
    KEEP A GOOD THING GOING
    PLEASE SIMPLIFY

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  9. Gordon Brown
    September 28, 2020 @ 4:23 pm

    I have a X-E2S and I love it. Been tempted to get the E3 but I see on B&H it’s listed as discontinued, so either the E4 is coming in time for Christmas (YES!) or the line is done. My wish list is for a .7 viewfinder, IBIS(?!), at least a Pro 3 type view screen and the Trans 4 sensor. Dual memory card slots would be nice but not required. Same body size if no IBIS. I’ll still keep my E2S, love the Trans 2 sensor. Cheers.

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  10. Dennis
    October 18, 2020 @ 2:57 pm

    Nice read accompanied by some beautiful shots. And quite a topic to geek out about.

    I own an E2 and Pro1 both of which I got pretty cheap second hand. For my use case there are a few improvements that might make me consider buying a brand new E4 though.
    I like to travel by bike and problems I usually encounter are running out of battery and backing up my files. Also I mishandle my gear a bit, rain, dirt, lately I even crashed and hit the Pro1/35f1.4 combo brutally on the concrete a few weeks ago. So far it is still working.
    I realize my wishes for an E4 are probably different from other users. But I imagine a new E camera with a USB-C port for charging it, be it from a wall plug or my bike’s dynamo hub. I bought USB chargers for my current x-cameras but i could even leave those at home to bring less stuff.
    Secondly I find myself fiddling around with means of file backup since I had an SD card to corrupt (luckily I could recover some data back home). If the E4 had dual card slots I would not need to worry any more and just buy cards in pairs of two and have the camera to write to both of them. I would not even need to take the time to do the transfer regularly, not to speak of the dongles and hubs I could leave at home too.
    Next, WR would be nice, especially in case i bought a new camera. The advantage of getting cheap used bodies is not to worry too much about breaking them. And while we are at making the camera more durable, I would love to see a kind of hidden screen. I would be ok with an Pro3 type screen but since this is a hot topic why not make it rotatable in a way that the screen is either facing inwards protecting it or facing outwards as a non flippy screen would be.
    Besides that a dedicated ISO-Dial would be awesome. Anything other I guess would be a significant update to my current cameras so I am not too specific about those specs. What I really do not need is an OVF. Though I like the concept a lot I can hardly get a propper focus an my Pro1. I can use the OVF to zone focus but AF is not usable for me. Plus I like to attach some vintage glass now and then which calls for the EVF anyways. However -and I am sure this would never happen- a true range finder would be such a killer feature, be it in a Pro or E body.

    So, these are my hopes an dreams, and I guess we will find out more in the near future, as the release of the E4 is rumored to be early next year.

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  11. D Wardrop
    October 20, 2020 @ 2:43 pm

    X10 got me into Fuji and XE3 and small primes made me sell off all other cameras. Recently bought NOS XPRO1 because so cheap. I only shoot with mechanical shutter for IQ reasons but wish it didn’t make so much noise. So I really really wish XE4 has quiet mechanical shutter that featured in XT4.
    Also would love one last small prime:XF70F2.8.

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  12. Pablo
    November 7, 2020 @ 8:16 pm

    I have the X-E3 with some lens.

    My perfect combo is with the 27mm f2.8. Really is great. It is not possible to walk with less weight and gear, getting incredible results.

    In my wish list, for X-E4

    -same size
    -WR
    -no flip screen
    -latest sensor
    -latest filter
    -big EVF
    -funtion similar to Ricoh GR snap focus
    -A version of Fujifilm X-E4 only with
    B&W… Why not?

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  13. Marc
    November 7, 2020 @ 8:51 pm

    I see difficult all the wishes mentioned at a competitive price and without hurting their other lines. I hope I’m wrong.

    For me the most important thing is that it be totally sealed against water and dust.

    And that it had a good stabilization system.

    Do you think it will be ready for Christmas?

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  14. Justin
    November 17, 2020 @ 1:52 am

    I have the X-E2S. I did not purchase the X-E3 because it lacked a flash. I will certainly buy an X-E4 if it has an onboard flash.
    Hopefully an X-E4 would speed up my 56mm.

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  15. Oliver
    December 5, 2020 @ 12:53 pm

    Just take an X100V, rip out the OVF and add a lens mount. Done.

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  16. Bbob
    December 16, 2020 @ 4:53 pm

    Requests in order of preference.
    1) WR … I want a small WR camera to go with fuji’s small lenses.
    2) Tilt screen… just the tilt from xt-20/xt-30 is fine.
    3) Top ISO/SS dial.

    I won’t mention IBIS as that will keep the camera from being small with current technology.

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  17. Marcello Manna
    January 11, 2021 @ 11:14 pm

    12/01/2021
    Chi cerca il top in fuji , ora prende XT4 . Chi invece cerca il compromesso prende XT30.
    Perche creare un XE “concorrente” con processore e 26 megapixel ?
    L’ideale per una nuova XE4 ,invece potrebbe essere l’ aggiunta solo dello STABILIZZATORE al sensore …. lasciando invariata la XE3 per tutto il resto, tenendo così il prezzo quanto piu’ basso possibile !
    E si avrebbe una ulteriore scelta nel listino.
    Chiunque possegga un’altra fuji di alto profilo , acquisterebbe di certo un secondo corpo compatto , come back up ( magari per il lavoro ).
    Inoltre chiunque abbia già obbiettivi compatti per i viaggi ed escursioni , non potrebbe non desiderare la stabilizzazione delle sue ottiche durante una escursione , per uno scatto al volo.
    Ci sarebbe atro da aggiungere ma non voglio diventarre noioso.
    Marcello Manna

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