A little while ago, I spent some quality time comparing the Fuji X-E1 to the newer X-E2. I tried to give an honest appraisal of both cameras, pointing out where the X-E2 had leapt forward, and where it still fell short. In that comparison, I praised the X-E1 for its excellent value, image quality, and overall ability next to its younger sibling, even as I declared the X-E2 the overall better camera. That was back in January, and things didn’t change much until early May, when I picked up a second X-E2 for wedding work, and thought about putting the X-E1 out to pasture. Since the X-E1 vs. X-E2 comparison has been one of my most-searched and most read blogs, I figured it was worth talking about what changed between now and then… and maybe I’ll talk a little bit about why I don’t have Fuji’s newest darling, the X-T1…….
It’s nearly a year ago I bougt the Fuji X-E1. I took about 11.000 photos with it in the last year, so it’s time for a resumee how it is working.
Before I mostly took photos with a Canon 50Dwith a couple of lenses, namely a Sigma 10–20, a Canon 17−55÷2.8, a 50/1.8 and a 70−200÷2.8. The 70–200 mostly stayed at home because it was too heavy. The rest was carried around every holiday, using mostly the 17–55, sometimes the 10–20. The camera is great, the lenses are good, but it is heavy stuff and being past 30 it got on my back. So I decided to try the Fuji X-E1 and only the 18-55mm Kit lens for a start. It was supposed to become a light travel camera, used when I did not want to carry the heavy machinery. It turned out to be the best camera I have used since the days of film. I immedeately liked the way you set up stuff: there is a time dial, aperture is set via a dial at the lense and that’s it. Auto ISO or just fixed ISO is selected via the easily accessible Q-Menu. The settings you change are all included in the Q-Menu, accessible with a simple key press. In the beginning Autofocus was slow. Painfully slow. And then the firmware updates came in. Kai-Zen at it’s finest, Fuji seems to really care about the customers who already bought a camera. New firmware for the lenses, new firmware for the camera. And each time it improved something, not only some new feature nobody needed. Except one thing (the beep at the last update) everything improved with an update. In the meantime the Kit Lens has been joined by the 14/2.8 from Fuji and by an older Canon FD 55/1.2 with an adapter. I sometimes miss a telephoto lens and started thinking about the 50–200 from Fuji. But on the other hand, I rarely use a tele. The X-E1 has been with me in a lot of situations I would not have carried the Canon gear. Using only the kit lens covers about 90% of my photography needs. The wide angle is nice, but with the panorama function most of the time you do not even need a wide angle……
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About 3 months ago, as some of you probably already noticed it, I bought my first mirrorless: the Fuji X-E1. And after these months I think I get a proper idea of how good or bad is this camera. This is not going to be an extremely detailed review of the performances of this camera, I didn’t do any scientific tests, apart a few photos to compare with my Canon 6D, it’s just my experience with this camera. Why I bought this camera? The main reason I wanted this camera was primary to have a good camera always with me, as I don’t like to carry my heavy DSLR with me all the times, and maybe because I’m getting older my back told me that he had enough of heavy camera bags, so I needed something light & small, but at the same time I wanted to have a DSLR-like image quality, something that I can’t have with a more traditional compact camera or even a prosumer…..
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Long-standing readers (hello, Mum) will remember my dalliance last year with the lovely and frustrating Fuji X-Pro1. I eventually gave up on it, and bought the loyal but it turns out unexciting Olympus OMD E-M5 as a replacement. Now as I look at the camera on my desk, it’s clear I should have waited (or at least kept the lovely fuji lenses when I sold the X-Pro1). Fuji’s widely-praised commitment to firmware updates has improved the performance of their cameras, and there was something I couldn’t shake about them that now sees me as the happy owner of a Fuji XE-1. There are 2 stories here and here’s the brief version of them both…….
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This article began back in May 2013 as I was taking notes of my experiences with the Fuji X-E1. My family was planning a three week trip to Europe to celebrate my daughter’s quince (she wisely chose to travel instead of having a blow-out party) and I thought this would be an excellent test of the X-E1 as it’s size and weight lent itself to being a top-notch travel camera. Budgetary and weight restrictions forced me to settle on only taking one lens, so the 18-55mm f/2.8-4 kit lens was my best choice. I also packed a GorillaPod Focus for my tripod needs (which, it turns out, were very few)…..
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For a long time I have dreamed of a smaller camera, one with plenty of power that can also be easily carried around all day. I must admit that I rarely carry my big Canon EOS Mark 5D iii with me when I`m on the move – you know; traveling, walking, family trips and so on. It´s simply to heavy for me. I only use it for work related projects. So I always end up taking everyday pictures and travel pictures with my iPhone — it’s small and portable and always with me. It´s an easy choice and works well in many cases. But as much as I love to play with iPhone photography, the quality often bugs me! I started a hunt for something better than an iPhone camera and something much smaller than my Canon DSLR. I was looking for a camera that I could fit into my little lady handbag without killing my shoulders and back, something that captured amazing quality pictures, had a nice and easy to use design, didn´t make loud noises and had changeable lenses. After looking into many different pocket-sized camera´s and reading endless of reviews the choice became clear. I choose Fuji X-E1……
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In 2012 Fuji was releasing a new camera something Retro, something interchangeable. They had released the Fuji X100 the previous year which took the photo industry and photographers by surprise and storm. Alas the Fuji X-Pro1 arrived and I got one I was one of the first people in my city to own one. I got the 35mm and the 18mm and I was excited about photography again. BOOM! I went shooting and I was amazed…. sort of, I had been so used to my Nikons image quality I was trying to compare them to the Fuji and I was well disappointed, Lightroom couldn’t manage the files properly due to Fuji’s brand new X-Trans sensor. So I was disappointed so fast and upset I gave up on the camera not even a year into owning it. The Fuji is now owned by a very nice freelance photographer, but I forget her name. There I was back in my comfort zone with my Nikons all snug as a bug and shooting happily, but I was missing something. When I had the Fuji X-Pro1 I got into street Photography and I loved it, although I wasn’t terribly pleased with result I loved going downtown and walking the street and interacting with complete strangers and the Fuji gave me that freedom that my Nikons didn’t. The fact that their big and and scream professional was actually a downside for wanting to be invisible to strangers. So I through 2011 and the better half of 2012 with my Nikons, I also took a trip to Rome with my family, a family friend was getting married and I offered to photograph the wedding. Wow I was in Rome it was amazing and it also gave me the travel bug, but thats also another story……
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Summary The X-E1 and GX7 might appear to occupy a similar retro, look-a-Leica market position. But each provides a very different operating experience and is likely to appeal to a different user group. My advice — Try before you buy. If you really like one of these cameras you might hate the other. My pick ? There is no way the X-E1, (or the improved X-E2) or GX7 will tempt me away from my GH3, even though they have slightly (GX7) or substantially (X-E1/2) better high ISO picture quality. Performance, ergonomics and the user experience all favour the GH3. By the way, the latest rumor I am reading about the Fuji X-Cams is that the next model will have a hump top, DSLR style shape. I guess Fuji wants to be in all the key market slots. It will be interesting to see if they stay with the “Old tech” control system or go with the flow and use a Mode Dial and Control Wheel interface……
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I used the Fujifilm X-E1 for 9 months as a lightweight alternative to my Canon EOS 6D. As the saying goes, the best camera you have is the one you have with you and sometimes a large DSLR is less appealing when you’re on the go. The X-E1 was my sole camera for hikes through Death Valley, Big Sur, Mojave National Preserve, and a two week trip to Vietnam. I took a total of 10,451 photographs with my X-E1 for an average of about 40 photographs per day for 9 months. (I can thank my intervalometer for those numbers). Most of those 10,000 photographs were taken with one lens: the Fujinon XF 18mm f/2.0 R. The 18mm prime was the only autofocus Fuji lens that I ever used with the camera and despite being regarded as the “least good” of the XF lenses, it makes some great photos (I also used the cheap Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 Fisheye on occasion). I can honestly say that I love many of the photographs that I took with the X-E1 over the last 9 months and they directly rival (and in some areas exceed) the quality of my 6D…..
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Until recently I have photographed almost exclusively with DSLR gear – full frame for perhaps eight years, cropped sensor before that, and 35mm film back in the prehistoric era – with a varying set of lenses, a large tripod, and others bits and pieces of support gear. This gear works very well for me, but it is not small or light. With the prospect of a three-week overseas trip ahead of me, earlier this year I decided to look at smaller and lighter options that might work for the specific purposes I had in mind. My basic criteria included:
- Excellent image quality. While I was willing to consider some of the excellent four thirds systems, I was more inclined to get an APS-C cropped sensor format body. In addition, I needed a system that would provide excellent lens quality across a range of focal lengths.
- Small size and light weight. Because our intention was to limit ourselves to carry-on luggage, weight and size of body, lenses, and associated gear were an issue. My goal was to be able to carry my entire kit in a small messenger bag with room left over for other equipment such as a small laptop, a small hard drive, chargers and adapters, and other gear.
- Good functionality and reliability. The camera and lenses needed to be of high quality and to cover the range of needs that I might have in terms of focal lengths and apertures. Interchangeable lenses would be necessary. The gear needed to be reliable and relatively quick and easy to use. Since I would be shooting almost exclusively handheld, something with the responsiveness and simplicity of a street photography camera would make sense.
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