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The Fujifilm X-E1 is The One | Rey Spadoni

The Fujifilm X-E1 is The One | Rey Spadoni | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

 

I wanted to like the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 (see my review here).  I really did. The fit and finish.  The metallic heft.  The reminiscent styling.  And the new x-trans sensor mojo with image quality rivaling bigger sensor systems.  They were on to something here with this no anti-aliasing filter wizardry and whether concocted by the pinstripe suit marketing executives or fashioned in the basement by doctorate scientists, no matter.  My eyes didn’t lie.  Me like.

But alas…

Autofocus performance and overall sluggish performance made me think better of it.  And then there were the niggles, like no built-in diopter adjustment capability for these aging eyes.  No easy-on flash for quick fill for shady conditions. So, like Bogart and Bergman, we parted on the misty tarmac.  Ah, what could have been… what could have been…

OK, I’ll stop messing around.  The newest X-mount body from Fujiflm is a dream come true.  It solves just about every problem I encountered on the X-Pro 1 and then, for kicks, goes even further up the tickle-my-fancy meter.  This is the camera I had been waiting for.  This is The One.

Read on for some impressions.

 

The X-E1, available in a very X-Proesque black or more X100-like silver topped finish, is a smaller and lighter body.  I did find the X-Pro to be a bit heavy and oddly tall for my liking.  Most likely because there’s no need to house the mechanics of a full hybrid viewfinder, the X-E1 is squatter and without lens, especially, its lightness gives you the distinct impression that baby brother has been manufactured with a bit more plastic than the Pro version.

 

Did the loss of the nice hybrid viewfinder bother me?  Actually, it didn’t.  Don’t get me wrong, I love shooting with the X100 and you can’t beat having the ability to look through clear glass at the world in front of you.  But the higher resolution electronic version in the X-E1 is wonderful.  Much as been written about lag and it’s clearly not as snappy as the viewfinder in the Olympus OM-D (another camera I love – see here), but it’s more than adequate for my type of shooting.  If you’re someone who moves the camera all about in quick fashion, trying to see and capture what lies in front of you, especially in lower light conditions, then I think there are many more reasons why the X-mount system isn’t the one for you. How about the autofocus?  Much, much improved.  That’s a function of some software updates along with a built in motor within the exceptional, and I mean exceptional, kit lens.  It’s faster and sharper than any other kit lens I’ve used and so it’s almost a shame that Fujifilm had to package this lens with the X-E1 as many reflexively look down their noses at it, thinking, ha… it’s only a kit lens.  Well, look again.  Fast, sharp, and the ability to adjust aperture on the barrel is wonderful.  Manual focus, again because of firmware changes, is actually useful.  The upcoming X cameras have focus peaking and the X100s has a digital split-prism effect.  It would be wonderful if Fujifilm could backward add those features to the X-E1 now that the code is written.  That would make an outstanding camera even better.....

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The most comprehensive Collection on Fuji X-Pro1/X-Pro2, X-T1 and X-E1/E2 articles on the Web ... | Thomas Menk

The most comprehensive Collection on Fuji X-Pro1/X-Pro2, X-T1 and X-E1/E2 articles on the Web ... | Thomas Menk | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it


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Thomas Menk's comment, June 12, 2013 2:54 PM
Thx Peter :-)
Doug Chinnery's curator insight, October 17, 2013 10:27 AM

very useful collection of information on the X Pro 1

Ariel Gonzalez's curator insight, February 21, 9:42 AM

Great stuff from an  X Photographer 

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Crop or Crap? Zack Arias Tackles The Question Of Full Frame vs Crop Sensors | SLR Lounge

Crop or Crap? Zack Arias Tackles The Question Of Full Frame vs Crop Sensors | SLR Lounge | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Zack Arias is one of the biggest names in photography education of recent years. He built his name on the idea that a photographer can use one light to create stunning images. Today, I am sharing a recent video Zack did tackling the age old (haha, not really) question of Full Frame Sensors vs APS-C Sensors. “I have said, in the past, that you should move toward full frame sensors. I have always championed full frame sensors.” Zack states in the description of his video, “At the end of the day, full frame sensors beat APS sized and smaller sensors.” .......

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Kara Woodward's curator insight, Today, 1:06 PM

Full frame is better........ but how much better than the fuji's does it have to get?  I am considering the Sony A7 for adapted lenses but there's that Fuji something that I just love. Maybe with the LR Fuji raw presets..........

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Okinawa with the Fuji TCL-X100 | Thomas Alan

Okinawa with the Fuji TCL-X100 | Thomas Alan | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

In part one I put the new Fuji TCL through it’s paces to see how well it would perform in a studio portrait environment. In part two I take it outside to see how it does in more everyday situations. First off, I headed over to the seawall on a bright, blue sky day. Walking around shooting at the beach was a breeze, pun intended, and overall the TCL was a pleasure to shoot with outdoors. The following shots are all straight out of camera with Lightroom v5.5 Lens Correction applied, except for a couple of adjustments that I've noted in each image caption.......

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Things I wish I would have known | Vic Schmeltz

Things I wish I would have known | Vic Schmeltz | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

I really should have entitled this, “Things I wish I would have done”, but I will get to that in a minute. I received my first film camera 51 years ago and have had film camera’s off and on since then. It wasn’t until 2010 that I purchased my first digital camera, a Nikon D5000. I wrote about my journey to mirrorless here if you are interested. For the first week I shot on “auto” so I could get to know the camera but my goal from the beginning was to be able to shoot in manual, which I did pretty quickly. I did the same with my Nikon D300s and D700 as the external controls made that fairly simple. I like to be able to have the settings the way I want them. When I was growing up I was the same way. I learned to drive a car at 14 in a Ford Falcon with a straight six and three on the tree. A manual transmission is something I like to use but unfortunately my left knee is not up to the task anymore. I do like the idea of being able to control what gear I am in and the engine’s rpm’s but now I have to drive an auto transmission.....

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Fuji X-T1 Review :: Yep. It’s A Fuji | Zack Arias

Fuji X-T1 Review :: Yep. It’s A Fuji | Zack Arias | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

I have now had the Fuji X-T1 since February of this year. I have traveled to Dubai, Morocco, Cuba, and numerous places through the US with the XT and the new 10-24mm f4, 56mm 1.2, and 27mm 2.8 pancake lenses. I’ve shot street, portraits, personal work, and paid work with this camera and these lenses. Fuji sent the camera and lenses to me and then I picked up a second body because these are now my small camera work horses. I no longer own a single piece of DSLR gear. I shoot my PhaseOne on some jobs and I shoot Fuji’s for the rest. I do not foresee going back to DSLR’s any time soon. What can I say about Fuji cameras that I haven’t said before? They have soul. They are sharp. They are a joy to work with. They are conversation starters on set. They are small. They are quiet. They are a constant companion. I never said any thing like this about my Nikon or Canon gear. Not even my Phase One. The only reason I love my Phase is because of the image quality it produces. Otherwise, the Phase One camera body is a piece of crap and I hate it. It’s an old Mamiya 645 body with a few tweaks and a new badge slapped on the front. It’s a crap camera really. Oh how I hope and wish and pray and desire for the day Fuji gets back in the medium format game. I have begged and pleaded with them to make an X series medium format game changer. PLEASE!!! ......

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Wedding Photojournalism with the Fuji X-T1 | Paul Richards

Wedding Photojournalism with the Fuji X-T1 | Paul Richards | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

The X range of cameras has received a huge amount of critical acclaim and their fair share of criticism too. There are an awful lot of both professional and enthusiast photographers out there making some wonderful images with the Fuji line up, across a wide range of disciplines. One group of photographers that I think the Fuji line up makes particular sense for are wedding photographers. I’ve been using Fuji X-cameras as secondary cameras at weddings for about a year now and have found them to be very useful as an addition to my regular Canon 5d3 setup. Inspired by Kevin Mullins excellent wedding reportage work, I’d used both the Fuji X-Pro and Fuji X-100s, with mixed success. To be honest, while I loved using them as a backup and in some of the quieter moments of the day, I didn’t feel that I could completely convert to them from my DSLR’s.......

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Samyang 12mm f/2 NCS CS review | Alessio Michelini

Samyang 12mm f/2 NCS CS review | Alessio Michelini | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

I wanted an ultra wide lens since I bought my little Fuji X-E1, the kit lens was a good lens overall, and while for street photography it’s definitely a great lens, for landscapes 18mm (equivalent to a 27mm on a 35mm) are not enough to me, I always felt like it was too long for me. So three weeks ago I decided to sell it in favour of a new ultra wide lens from the Korean manifacturer Samyang (or Rokinon in the States, Walimex somewhere else), the 12mm f/2 NCS CS. I generally read thousands of review before buying a lens, but in this case I couldn’t find much as this lens came out on the market just a few months ago, but the few reviews I found were all very positive, and I often read good things about Samyang lenses, so I decided to give it a try........

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How to get the Fujinon XF60mm f/2.4 R to 1:1 magnification ratio? | André Heid

How to get the Fujinon XF60mm f/2.4 R to 1:1 magnification ratio? | André Heid | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

The Fujinon XF60mm macro lens was one of “starter” lenses introduced with the X-Pro1 early 2012. I guess everyone ever has used this lens was surely happy with the overall picture quality, detail sharpness and the lightweight and excellent build body. But many of these users may also complained about the very slow and noisy autofocus and the limited magnification factor of ‘only’ 1:2. In the meantime the autofocus performance was subsequently improved by firmware updates and is in my opinion on the par with full frame macro lenses with noisy micro motors. What of course could not be changed through firmware is the magnification factor…

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London with the Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Royd Tauro

London with the Fujifilm X-Pro1 | Royd Tauro | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Here are some photographs from a London trip I undertook with my friend Colum Lavelle. I tested the Fujifilm X-Pro1 while I was there and was very impressed with the image quality and general feel of this lovely camera. This is definitely my new favourite travel camera. All the following photos were shot standard JPEG with some minor corrections applied in Lightroom......

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Street Photography in Zürich mit der Fujifilm X-E2 & Fujinon XF 18mm | Feyzi Demirel

Street Photography in Zürich mit der Fujifilm X-E2 & Fujinon XF 18mm | Feyzi Demirel | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Kürzlich war ich für ein Wochenende in Zürich und