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  1. I use a strap similar to a Gordy's on my X-E2, but prefer the Peak straps for my X-T1 as it makes it trivial to switch between a wrist strap and a neck strap (I actually use an older Crumpler neck strap with Peak connectors, they sell the connectors separately)
  2. Keep an eye here or on Fuji Rumors for upcoming sales, There are usually 3 big sales from Fuji a year, but with this year I expect more due to the need to keep sales up in a bad market.
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    You'll need to know which mount the Sigma lens has. Sigma has made lenses in more than a dozen different mounts and not all of them are adaptable to X mount (For example, they make lenses in EF-M, Sony E, Leica/Panasonic/Sigma L mount and m43 mount, none of which are readily adaptable to X mount)
  4. I'd suggest doing your research before complaining about this. The V speed rating is relatively new and Sandisk has not refreshed their UHS-II offerings since the V spec was released. Sandisk's V30 cards are their latest UHS-I cards, and that is the highest rating that can be applied to UHS-1 cards. These are actually capable of almost V90 performance (measured sustained sequential writes of over 85MB/s) and would have been rated as V60 cards if that rating was available for UHS-1 cards (which are artificially limited to V30 as a max rating despite the top UHS-1 cards delivering performance that essentially matches the V90 requirements) Sandisk's UHS-II cards all qualify for the highest speed ratings available at the time of their introduction. However testing on sequential write shows sustained write performance of over 240MB/s, some two and a half times better than a V90 spec would require. https://www.cameramemoryspeed.com/reviews/sd-cards/sandisk-extreme-pro-300-mbs-uhs-ii-128gb-sdxc-memory-card/#:~:text=II card reader.-,Performance,fast for an SD card. Note if you compare performance, only one V90 rated card has faster sustained write performance than the Sandisk Extreme Pro UHS-II cards, and it's the Sony Tough card that's middle of the pack in terms of the top performers (most of which are not V90 rated). The fastest sustained write cards on the market are not V90 rated because the spec is too new) So, in summary a quick check of actual performance would show you that Sandisk's top performance UHS-II cards had exceeded V90 spec before that spec existed. You should be using UHS-II cards for maximum performance in a X-T4 body.
  5. Photos does not yet have X-T4 support. You would need to use a RAW converter with X-T4 support, like Capture One Express for Fuji (which is a free download).
  6. Lenses with floating elements, rear or front focusing groups or internal focusing (or many zoom designs for that matter, as zooms and IF lenses are essentially the same with regards to how they work) are notorious for not playing well with extension tubes, as the optical system is optimized for an assumed rear element to sensor geometry and extension tubes break that assumption. Teleconverters or front filters are the best solution there for improving magnification and/or reducing MFD. Fixed focusing unit lenses generally (but not always) play well with extension tubes, as they focus solely by adjusting the distance between the optical unit and the sensor and adding an extension tube is little more than extra focus helical extension for these lenses. They may or may not perform well, as the optical design is still optimized for a magnification or range of magnifications and the extension tube may take the optical design outside its designed magnification range with adverse results.
  7. First step is to clean the electronic contacts on the lens. This sounds exactly like a case of dirty/worn contacts
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    Lens Dilema

    I'll admit I'm a little amused by folks calling the relatively featherweight 100-400 a heavy lens. At 1375g it's actually the lightest 100-400 of its speed class, at 20g lighter than the Sony and over 250g lighter than the Canon. These are also reasonably fast lenses for the long end of their range, the only zooms that are faster at 400mm are the monster 180/200-400 f4's and the insanely huge Sigma 200-500 f2.8 (the Panasonic and Sigma mirrorless 100-400's are lighter at ~1-1.1Kg, but are also slower at the long end, being f4-6.3 for the PL and f5-6.3 for the Sigma) I'd definitely consider the 100-400 the go-to lens for the Fuji shooter who needs a telephoto. And at 2Kg or less when paired with a X-T body, it's not particularly heavy for the reach.
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    Only the single-digit X-T bodies support tethered shooting.
  10. You've enabled a setting somewhere that only works in JPEG mode. There's a few of these available (IIRC some of the DRO settings, Auto & canned modes, etc)
  11. Use your onboard or clip-on flash in manual mode, the SB-800 has a built-in optical trigger.
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    Kaizen love to X-H1?

    We saw a massive amount of updates on the older bodies for the simple reason that there were big jumps in capabilities across a similar hardware platform, as well as significant improvements in what could be done with the processor already present. You saw much less evolution on say the X-E2s (the last X-Trans II model) than the X-E2 or X-T1, because they were closer to the limits of the platform. The X-H1 was the last of the X-Trans III models and its changes flowed down to the earlier models, but there just wasn't that much they could add to the platform by the time the X-H1 came out that wasn't already included in the X-H1. That's why we've mostly just seen bug fixes and lens support updates. Today we have a fairly mature system on X-Trans IV, frankly I don't expect to see anywhere near the level of new feature adds via Kaizen updates as we saw early on with the X-Trans 1, II and III platforms
  13. Depends on the ND filter and the light. If you're using a mild one to get wide apertures, no problem. A strong one for landscapes? Likely OK, but may not be depending on light levels. A very strong one for long-exposure cityscapes & such? Focus before adding the filter. Basic rule of thumb is that if you can handhold the shot, you can focus.
  14. You'll get manual and auto flash with the SB-800 but not TTL or CLS. The electronics are low-voltage, so it's safe to use. The SB-800 was the last of the great Nikon 'use on everything' flashes.
  15. The FD mount would be one of the least versatile. It's essentially FD/FL and M42 only in terms of adaptation, and the M42 adapter is rare. If you want versatility, go Canon EF, as most SLR mounts adapt well to EF mount. Canon FD and Minolta MD are the only significant exceptions to that.
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