XT-3 v XT-4 v X-S10 with 70-300mm lens for air-shows and nature image capture

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Re: XT-3 v XT-4 v X-S10 with 70-300mm lens for air-shows and nature image capture

jwBobby458 wrote:

Hi there, if I owned the Fujifilm 70-300 mm F4-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens which body would be best suited for taking images at air-shows along with wildlife including birds in flight and macro pictures of dragonflies and butterflies? In an ideal world I would prefer the 100-400 lens but at almost twice the cost.... Some reviewers have commented the XT-4 would not be the best when compared with the XT-3. Others have commented the Fujifilm AF is not the best, and needs tweaking. Thought and impressions much appreciated. Thanks for reading. John

They are all 4th-gen X-Trans with the same base capabilities, however, the X-T4 has more durability and memory etc (i.e. 300,000 actuation shutter, larger buffer). There’s a good comparison between the X-Ts 3 and 4 here:


"With the X-T4, I found Wide Tracking has received the first real boost in performance and reliability. In fact, the camera’s overall ability to understand what and where the subject is has improved."

This site has a few related articles, including one about some advantages provided by the X-Pro line for BIF, so you may wish to consider the X-Pro3, as well:


"How to make the OVF usable for birds in flight

There are two main reasons you’ll want to try the OVF of the X-Pro2 for birds in flight. They are the same reasons that would lead you to try a red dot sight:

  • You get a “real world” view of the scene without any lag, blackouts or slower frame rates in continuous shooting mode since the OVF is independent of the sensor/lens
  • You get a larger view of the scene which helps you understand what’s going on around your subject and where your bird is going.

Let’s have a look at the settings I used for birds in flight…"

The X-T4 (and possibly the X-Pro3) has advantages, but they may not justify the extra cost. These two articles from the same site have good details on settings for the X-T3 and/or X-T4: https://mirrorlesscomparison.com/stories/fuji-xt4-birds-in-flight-test/ & https://mirrorlesscomparison.com/best/mirrorless-cameras-for-birds-in-flight/

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