Mike Kobal

August 12, 2014

Street shot of the day: the birdman watches: and what happened to my Fuji’s?

shot with the GH4 and the 14mm 2.5 pancake wide open

I am sure you guys noticed my beloved Fuji X cams haven’t been out much since I added the GH4 to my camera collection. I still love the Fuji’s and the X trans sensor, my favorite APSC sized sensor for people photography, however, when roaming the streets, af performance on the GH4 is so good that I am willing to live with the trade off in image quality. The GH4 sensor is quite good but can’t match the X-trans in dynamic range and skin rendering. For my type of street shooting, af performance is more important than image quality. And then there is video, being able to use the GH4 on assignments and shoot 4k is another huge bonus. At this point I gave up waiting for Fuji to integrate usable video, now I am seriously wondering if I should……yup, you guessed it………sell them, my beloved Fuji’s………
You can get the GH4 here at BH, on Ebay or at Adorama.
The Fuji X100s at BH, Ebay or at Adorama.


  1. Great post — I long for the Fuji system, but I can’t get by the hoops needed to really process their raw files. Has that been an issue for you at all ?

    Comment by JSturr — August 13, 2014 @ 11:40 am

  2. Thanks John! I had no problems with the raw files, however, I mostly shot people, not foliage or other subjects with micro detail, I love the way that sensor renders skin, very film like.
    I never found a workaround the swirlyesque noise pattern, which could be problematic if you have to crop and interpolate or if you pixel peep and 100-200%. One of the reasons I didn’t use in on assignments much either, you never know, the client might want to crop heavily and that’s when the files fall apart. Other then that, I love everything about that sensor.

    Comment by mike.kobal — August 13, 2014 @ 1:05 pm

  3. Great photo mike! Micro 43s is lovely indeed, I love the size better compared to apsc. Have you tried the new pan 15 for street shooting?

    Comment by david blanchard — August 16, 2014 @ 12:21 am

  4. Thanks David! If I had to choose between the 15mm and the Summilux 25mm, I would probably go with the 15mm, for now I am sticking with the 14mm and the 25mm as I prefer the tiny size and the slightly wider FOV on the 14mm.

    Comment by mike.kobal — August 16, 2014 @ 10:27 am

  5. Thinking about getting a gh4. I would primarily be using it for video but I have heard lots of bad things about shooting stills with the gh4. What’s your opinion on it?

    Comment by JH — December 11, 2014 @ 11:22 am

  6. The GH4 has excellent image quality for a m43 sized sensor. Of course it can’t compete with full frame when it comes to dynamic range and high ISO. As a bonus, it has blazing fast af speed, comparable to the Nikon D4s.

    Comment by mike.kobal — December 11, 2014 @ 12:04 pm

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