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Fujifilm X-E2 Camera, a Real Life Review | Will Crockett



Being one of the first photographers to shoot with the FujiFilm X-E2 last month.  I was commissioned by Fuji to take the new camera out and give it a good test run in New Orleans. This has given me plenty of time to really get a feel for this amazing camera and really come to the conclusion that Fuji has a real winner and is now a contender when it comes to offering a professional tool for hybrid photographers. Keeping in the tradition of our Straight Talk, No BS, Real Life camera reviews, here is my “Real Life” Review of the Fuji X-E2 from a photographer who’s actually shooting professional work with it…..

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Fujinon XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS – Review / Test Report | PhotoZone

Verdict
The Fujinon XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS is a fairly good standard zoom lens but it doesn’t really stand out due to a number of weaknesses. In terms of resolution, the quality is generally high in the image center and decent in the outer image field. The lens relies heavily on auto-correction with respect to its native distortion characteristic which is nothing short of extreme at 16mm. Since most users will never notice this, this is probably an acceptable compromise (albeit a lossy one). The original vignetting is rather heavy at large apertures but also corrected behind the scenes. Lateral CAs are an issue at 16mm at large aperture settings especially in the image corners. Technically there isn’t really much to complain about the build quality but you have to live with an all-plastic construction. On the up side, this means a very low weight. Size-wise it is a comparatively big lens though. The AF is reasonably fast and near-silent. We are not yet sure what to think of Fuji’s optical image stabilizer. While it surely gives some extra potential, we aren’t overly convinced whether Fuji has already mastered all the associated complexities. The field images felt somewhat more consistent with deactivated IS – which reminds us of the other two OIS lenses that we handled so far. If we had to choose between the Fujinon XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS and it’s in-house cousin, we would place our bets on the the XR 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS. Regarding the sum of its qualities, the XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS is just too expensive in comparison – at least when purchased separately. These extra 2mm at the wide end are an interesting value prop for landscape photographers though and when relying on the provided image auto-correction the results can be quite attractive.

Optical Quality: 2.5 / 5
Mechanical Quality: 2.5 / 5
Price / Performance: 2.5 / 5

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First Impressions of the Fujifilm X-E2 | Bert Stephani

…. I didn’t expect the X-E2 to focus as fast as a Canon 1Dx or a Nikon D4 but I also didn’t expect it to be really useable for shooting soccer. But to my surprise it held up pretty well and I got quite a few action shots. The continuous focus is still a bit hit or miss, but it focusses so fast that I got some nice stuff in single shot focus mode. I’ve seen some impressive numbers about the focus speed after the lenses will have received a firmware update, so things can only get even better in the near future. The X-E1 was a talented and beautiful teenager but being a teenager it could also be a bit moody and extreme at times. The X-E2 is the adult version: the talent is still there and more developed without the rough edges. It feels like a very natural extension of my eyes and hands and allows me to focus on my subject instead of the camera. That became clear when my lovely wife offered to be my subject for a ten minute test portrait shoot. You see, my wife isn’t the kind of person that enjoys being in front of a camera and this was actually the first time she posed for some portraits. So I really wanted this to be a good experience and have some nice results. I was actually pretty nervous knowing that if I messed it up it would take ages for her to volunteer again. The X-E2 was the perfect partner for this first shoot. We both hardly noticed the camera was there……

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Fujinon 23mm F1.4 | Sven Schroeter

Thanks to the friendly team at FujiFilm New Zealand I was lucky to spend the weekend with the new Fujinon 23mm F1.4 lens, which will hit shelves Monday morning, the same day my grace period expires and my copy gets recalled. The 35mm equivalent focal length of the new 23mm lens has been a favourite in the street photography realm for many years and is a must have prime for many, evident by the versatile and incredibly popular X100 and X100s cameras with the same fixed focal length. Up until now my favorite focal length from the Fuji camp has been the 35mm (52.5mm equivalent), it has been solely responsible for 90% of the street portraiture I have been pursuing. But it does have one downside: I feel the standard field of view (50mm) is not very good at sucking in and including the entire scene. Longer focal lengths compress and minimise the background reducing spacial awareness, which often add to the overall story. Ideal for creating clean and isolated portraits but lacking scale and placement can reduce the overall visual impact. This is where the new lens comes into play, filling the gap perfectly and becoming a formidable artistic weapon in the ever growing FujiFilm line up…….

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Fuji Fujinon Super EBC XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS | Eric Tastad

Fuji has been releasing been on a roll with lenses, but how does their cheapest lens on their cheapest camera perform? My first impression of this lens was that it looked nice, but was cheaply made. The barrel is all plastic, including the mount. The zoom mechanism is a little tight turning and the lens extends way out. However, there is an included hood, and the kit actually came with a body cap and rear lens cap (cheap push on type), which is better than most inexpensive kits today. The zoom range is an impressive 16-50mm, where the slightly wider view is a nice improvement over most kit lenses. The plastic makes the kit lens very light weight, weighing in at only 195g it uses a pretty advanced lens design with 3 aspheric elements, 1 low dispersion element, with 12 total elements in 10 groups. It has an average for class magnification of 0.15 at a minimum focus distance of 0.3 m. It uses 7 rounded blades for the aperture. Considering the price of X-A1 camera with this kit lens, how good could the lens possibly be? Lets find out……

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Fujifilm X100S – Le Test | FujiX

Nous n’allons pas vous offrir une débauche de spécifications techniques ni même vous proposer des tests avec mires et des analyses au microscope sur la qualité des détails de l’objectif dans les angles. Pour cela vous avez d’autres sites qui sont listés dans notre page de ressources et je vous invite à lire si vous ne l’avez pas encore fait. Cela étant dit il y a certains paramètres techniques dont nous devons parler car ils ont un impact sur l’utilisation au quotidien de l’appareil. Ce qu’il faut savoir du Fujifilm X100S c’est qu’il succède au X100 qui avait fait couler beaucoup d’encre car déjà à l’époque sa taille, la qualité d’image qu’il délivrait et son look rétro en avait conquis plus d’un. Contrairement au X100, le X100S est doté d’un capteur CMOS X-Trans de 16,3 millions de pixels. Ce type de capteur est déjà présent dans les boîtiers X-Pro 1 et XE-1. MAIS (il y a toujours un mais), il s’agit d’une nouvelle génération et Fujifilm l’a donc naturellement baptisé X-Trans CMOS II APS-C……

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Continuing the Love Affair – A Practical Review of the Fujifilm X-E1 |
Mark Schueler

It’s hard to know where to start. For one, I don’t love writ­ing reviews, with lots of tech­ni­cal infor­ma­tion and 100% crops and stuff like that. For another, this cam­era has been out for awhile now, and I don’t know that I have a lot to share, other than my own expe­ri­ence with, and opin­ions of, the Fuji sys­tem. I will say that before I bought the Fuji­film X-E1, I had a hard time find­ing reviews with lots of photo sam­ples. They’re out there, but many are sur­pris­ingly unhelp­ful. This is not a dig on all the other review­ers, because I found some good opin­ions and some fab­u­lous pho­tos. Rather, I think this is a cam­era that’s a lit­tle out of the spot­light, maligned as it was for so long with poor aut­o­fo­cus and quirk­i­ness. So, I’ll try to address some things that maybe weren’t cov­ered in other reviews or write-ups. I’m also going to just put in a lot of pho­tos from the stuff I’ve been shoot­ing, and let them speak for themselves. To col­lect the pho­tos for this blog, I tried to use the X-E1 in as many dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tions as pos­si­ble, and to try to shoot it more or less like I have shot with DSLRs since 2006. I shot por­traits, I shot street pho­tog­ra­phy. I tried action, and wildlife, lifestyle and events. I pulled it out at a wed­ding for can­dids, and it has accom­pa­nied me vir­tu­ally every­where since it arrived. I started with the Fuji­non 18mm f/2, 35mm f/1.4, and 60mm f/2.4 macro, and then added the won­der­ful 55–200 f/3.5–4.8 tele­photo zoom. Most recently I’ve added an EF-20 speed light, which I’ll be try­ing out soon. In some sit­u­a­tions, the lit­tle retro cam­era shined. In oth­ers, it stum­bled. Mostly, though, it’s been fun, and a great reminder of how lit­tle the cam­era really mat­ters when it comes to mak­ing photographs……

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Fujifilm X-E2 & XC 50-230mm First Test | Donato Chirulli

We don’t know why, and  we don’t know if this type of policy is really useful for the manufacturers , but we have to take note of a fact: The rumors about the new models of many of the most famous photographic brands on the market. actually come many months before the respective official presentation and, even more , before the real marketing of those items . The fever of news, data , specifications and technical practice tests affects so more and more fans, in constant search of the ” Philosopher’s Stone” which allows , with minimal effort , to transform the ” lead” into ” gold.” Improve ie , the level of the photographs taken by the ever-increasing technical capabilities of the devices. At riflessifotografici .com, we have particular philosophical approach : we appreciate the technological improvements only when these are , really , satisfying the need for daily practice in the field. A technical improvement, in fact , has a real reason to be, when a photographer (amateur or professional ) can get a tangible benefit in his daily practice. Let us not be charmed by ” glitter and sequins ,” or ” bait and switch ” that serve only to attract the potential customer , and then not really giving anything really useful to the latter, but the knowledge that you have bought .. . the last, glittering model ….. And it is for this reason that, generally , we take it easy when we do our tests. Even with the risk of publishing them when they seem almost obsolete …… We can not , however, prevent us from publishing our ” First Impressions ” , when we have the chance to try out a preview of a new camera and / or new lenses. In this case, we could handle for a couple of days ( exclusive  in Italy) the new Fujifilm XE -2, accompanied by a number of different lenses , including (also in preview ) the Fujinon XC 50 – 230 mm , on the occasion of the National Day of the amateur photographer , worthily organized by the tireless members of the Cultural Photosintesi of Casarano (LE) …….
 
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Fujixperience and things… | Igor Motl

I’m using a Fuji X-pro 1 mirrorless camera for almost a year and I LOVE it. And I HATE it. But then again… I LOVE it!!! When this camera was released back in 2012, I must admit, I fell for looks of it. That was my firs impression not knowing how it performs. Loved that rangefinder style, compact size and OVF/EVF combo. So… these were my thoughts before I even read some reviews or seen some image samples. I’ve done my research and Zack, David and Bert (among many others) were convincing enough to decide to purchase one for myself. First of all, I bought mine at B&H photo (great service, very satisfied with them since I’m living in Bosnia – I’ve got a package just a four days after purchase). After first ten minutes of looking at the camera and touching it, playing with OVF… (that was the thing I was eagerly awaited for the most – that OVF… but I’ll get there), I realized that lens hood that was provided with a lens I bought (35mm f1.4 Fujinon lens), even if it doesn’t look so bad on a lens has a terrible hood cap (with that kind of lens hood it was impossible to use a lens cap since shape of lens hood attached is square). That lens hood cap was falling off  without any force engaged to it. It was falling off while carrying camera around, putting it in a bag, or if you succeeded to put it in a bag while cap still on a hood it will fall off for sure when you grab your camera out of  the bag. Next day – I bought a metal lens hood with a cap on ebay for a few bucks. I think, having a small lens hood on every lens will provide you some extra protection against accidental direct hit in a crowd or in narrow spaces. Next thing I did was to order that great looking (and even better feeling) Lance strap……..

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Full Frame X-Pro1? – The Mitakon Lens Turbo Review | Jonas Rask

As soon as I heard that the good folks at Mitakon were making a Metabones Speedbooster equivalent, I was part sceptical, part thrilled. I mean, this isn’t just your usual “tube” adapter. This actually has a piece of glass inside. So, no doubt would the chinese Lens Turbo be cheap, but would it also be of acceptable quality? For starters let me explain a little bit of theory behind how these adapters work. The adapter mounts between the old SLR lenses and the X-Pro1. It makes the lens wider by a factor of 0.71x, sort of like an “inversed” tele converter. Like the effect of a magnifying glass, it also concentrates the light. This gives a full stop of extra light. So an  f/2.0 lens gathers light of an f/ 1.4 lens. So if you mount a Minolta full frame lens on the X-Pro1, it will have the same angle of view and the same depth of field as a full frame camera.  A 50mm no longer acts like a 75mm, but like a 50. A 21 like a 21… you get the point……

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