Budget - $1100 usd. Which is best?

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Budget - $1100 usd. Which is best?

I recently returned my X-T30 since Amazon now has some black X-T30 in stock and now have $1100 usd in my gift card balance. Additionally, there's a black X-E4 available that is of some interest to me. I would have to come out of pocket just a bit for a lens, which I'm willing to do.

Any advice on the package that I should select? Which package is the best bang for my buck?

X-T30 with w/18-55mm $925

or

X-E4 for $849 - Body Only

X-T30 for $710 - Body Only

paired with one of these lenses.

XF 35mm f/1.4 $450

XF 35mm f/2 $400

XF 23mm f/2 $400

XF 50mm f/2 $440

At the moment 23mm is the widest I'm willing to go for a prime lens. I'm looking at a 23/35mm and a 50mm prime combination at some point - f1.2 would be ideal, but the 56 1.2 price tag is a little heavy right now.

1. Is the X-E4 is an upgrade over the X-T30 to warrant the $130 price difference - roughly $1350 with a lens and tax, so about $250 out of pocket.

2. If not, is the X-T30 with the 18-55mm kit zoom too good of a deal to pass up at $925, roughly $1015 after tax? Or do you see another combination that would be better? Essentially I would be getting the 18-55mm for $215.

3. The X-T30 with a prime would be around $1220 with tax so roughly $120 out of pocket.

Thoughts?

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