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Fujifilm X-E1 Review | Digital Photography Review

Fujifilm X-E1 Review |  Digital Photography Review | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

 

Conclusion

 

Pros

- Unique camera design makes you want to take pictures

- Excellent JPEGs, little need to shoot raw most of the time

- Reliable metering and AWB systems, good color (with choice of 'film modes')

- Dials for exposure controls allow for easy check of settings by glancing at the top deck, particularly with prime lenses

- Impressive image quality at all ISO settings - good resolution and low noise

- Built-in flash is handy for fill lighting in a pinch

- Film-simulations offer quick access to different color modes and black and white filters

- Use of electronic viewfinder simplifies interface while maintaining most important features

- Quick menu gives fast access to most digital controls not covered by dials or buttons

- Built-in level helps when capturing landscapes

- Various bracketing modes are easy to set via the Drive button

- Relatively quiet shutter

- Excellent available prime lenses

 

Cons

- Built-in level isn't always as accurate as we'd like

- Relatively slow AF makes photographing children more difficult

- Framerates in continuous shooting mode aren't completely consistent

- Camera disables RAW shooting without warning in some bracketing modes

- Relatively low-resolution rear LCD compared to some peers

- Panorama mode can result in visible banding in plain tonesAuto ISO often chooses too slow a shutter speed (specifically problematic with the longer primes)

- Minimal control available in video mode

- Continuous drive mode saves files with a different name, sorting them to the bottom

- Large and chunky build won't suit everyone 

 

Overall Conclusion

 

There's a lot to be said for form as well as function and there's no question the Fujifilm X-series cameras elicit a certain response from those of us who enjoy both photography and well-built gadgets. What's great about the X-series cameras and lenses is they don't just look like old photographic tools, they integrate digital and analog controls very successfully. Also, the old-style analog dials are really excellent ways of helping conceptualize things like shutter speed and aperture, the two main elements of photography one has to understand to use cameras effectively. Those who already understand the concepts generally have no trouble understanding numbers on an LCD, but those who are learning can benefit from seeing the numbers laid out in a linear fashion; and the truth is I still find it helpful to turn a dial to adjust aperture, as I can do with the X-E1. For beginners, having that dial wrapped around the lens completely differentiates it from the body-bound shutter speed dial. When using one of the XF prime lenses, the main photographic interface elements are right up front and visible, in the form of physical dials. Photography students would do well to secure a prime lens for this reason (as well as others).

Kit lens users will have to pay attention to the numbers on the LCD.

But that's not all Fujifilm did right with the X-series cameras. Their simple button arrangements also make accessing common functions convenient. Important functions like Drive mode, Exposure, and Autofocus are dedicated to three buttons left of the LCD - a good position to adjust each setting. At first having a button for Drive mode seemed unnatural compared to a dial, but Fujifilm's inclusion of fast access to bracketing modes made those even more useful. The Quick Menu allows access to almost all the other important adjustments the average still photographer will want to make, including things like ISO, resolution, and aspect ratio. Only one analog control needs fixing: the somewhat loose Exposure Compensation dial, which can be rotated accidentally, both in the hand and when being carried around or put in and taken out of a camera bag. Of course, the elephant in the room is video. Although the X-E1's design philosophy is based around giving you all the direct manual control you could ever need, this does not apply to video, which overall seems as much of an afterthought as it is in the X-Pro 1 and X100. For now, the X-series is simply not competitive with its peers in terms of video functionality. As impressive as the Hybrid Viewfinder is on the other cameras in the X-series, the X-E1's electronic viewfinder is excellent. Compared to the X-Pro 1's finder in electronic mode, the X-E1 offers a better and higher-resolution image, but of course it can't pull of the X-Pro 1's impressive trick of switching to an optical view for those times when you want a literal 'window' on the world in front of your lens. The X-E1's EVF cannot replace the X-Pro 1's OVF but if you don't really need or want an optical finder, the X-E1 is clearly a better choice than the X-Pro 1, thanks to its superior EVF and lower overall cost.

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

very useful collection of information on the X Pro 1

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Great stuff from an  X Photographer 

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What's in the Bag - Italy for a Month | Dave Burns

What's in the Bag - Italy for a Month | Dave Burns | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

This last May, I was lucky enough to spend my honeymoon in Italy. I couldn’t go on a trip of this scale without some serious photography (luckily my wife already knew this) so I put a lot of thought into what gear I wanted to bring. I’ve been enjoying my Fuji X-T1 lately and, although the last trip I did of this length was with my full-frame Canon gear, this time I wanted to bring a much lighter kit. So what gear did I bring to Italy? The problem is, I’m a lazy photographer and changing lenses is sometimes a deterrent from shooting. In addition, my instincts from my African photo safaris mean I’m nervous unless I have backups. So even though I feel like I packed light, it’s all relative and some of my more hardcore street photographer friends will raise an eyebrow at my kit. I decided to bring two Fuji X-T1s (one mine, one rented from LensProToGo), each with a lens attached. I then brought a couple of other lenses to fill out my range...

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Two lens portrait shoot-out -- the Zeiss Touit 50mm macro and Fuji 56mm f/1.4 on the X-T1 | Tom Grill

Two lens portrait shoot-out -- the Zeiss Touit 50mm macro and Fuji 56mm f/1.4 on the X-T1 | Tom Grill | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

This is not a contest to see which lens is best. They are both exceptional at what they do, but do have differences that make them suitable for different tasks when shooting portraits. For this very reason, for my Nikon system I keep both the Nikon 85mm f/1.4 and the Nikon 105mm macro lenses for photographing beauty and portraits. I do comparison shoot-out like this with new equipment so I can gain experiential knowledge I can apply to later shoots. It helps me decide quickly what lens I need in any given situation. For most portrait situations it isn't going to make much of a difference, but when you need a distracting background thrown completely you'll be wishing you had the f/1.2 aperture of the Fuji 56mm, and when you try to move in for a tighter composition with the model's face you will appreciate the macro capabilities of the Zeiss Touit 50mm allowing you to get as close as 1:1.

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Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes | Little Big Traveling Camera

Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes | Little Big Traveling Camera | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

What’s a visit in India without visiting a palace? Right after the Charminar we went to see the Chowmahalla Palace which is located almost next door. There is a restriction you should be aware of: no professional cameras and tripods allowed! Good thing is that I neither had a tripod nor a professional camera with me. Just my Fuji X Pro-1. I was entitled to enter but I got a tag for my camera for whatever reason. It seems that though India is a paradise for photographers it is not the most photographer friendly country I can think of. But the people are great. I talked with this gentleman who restored the furniture of the palace. Before I walked on I asked if I could take his portrait. He agreed and luckily he did not smile into the camera but just got back to his work. A true craftsman! .....

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Firmware Upgrade Touit E-Mount | ZEISS United Kingdom

Firmware Upgrade Touit E-Mount | ZEISS United Kingdom | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

A firmware update to Version 02 is now available for the Touit 2.8/50M with E-mount. It corrects the following behaviour that may have occurred with the previous lens firmware version with particular camera menu setting and in particular situations:


• clearly noticeable shutter release delays when pressing the release button with activated flash


• ‘hunting’ for the focus point with the camera in AF-C mode

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Fuji X-T1 Doubts | Rachel Ruffer

Fuji X-T1 Doubts | Rachel Ruffer | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

I dreamt about this camera for weeks and weeks. Pondered about whether or not to order it. Scoured the internet for sample images and review posts. Everyone was in love with it. People were replacing their DSLRs with this camera. And I wanted that so bad. Like, you have no idea. I absolutely LOVE my X100s and wanted so bad to make the switch from Canon. I haven’t always had the best of luck with focus systems on Canons, and not to mention… they are HEAVY. So the idea of a small, light camera system called to me like a siren song. I told the Mister how I NEEDED it. How it was going to change everything. How it couldn’t wait. When will I ever learn? Don’t get me wrong. This camera is great! But there are a few things about it that I didn’t think about before purchasing it – and they’re kind of deal breakers. The first is that I have the 35mm lens, which from my research is one of the first lenses Fuji came out with for the X system. So it is SLOW. And quite loud. I’m really not a fan. It also does a lot of back and forth trying to focus, even if the focus was basically where it should have been and maybe just needed fine tuning. Yep. Let’s focus all the way to 0.1 m and back again. Unbelievably frustrating........

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Canon 1DX with Sigma Art 50 vs. Fuji X100s with TCL X100 | Mark Kitaoka

Canon 1DX with Sigma Art 50 vs. Fuji X100s with TCL X100 | Mark Kitaoka | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Today while I was conducting a commercial session I decided to run a quick test. I wanted to compare my work camera, the Canon 1DX using Sigma’s new Art 50mm Lens against my Fuji X100S with the TCL X100 teleconverter attached. Both images were shot using the same studio strobes and modifiers. Camera settings on both units was ISO 200, 1/160th shutter speed, f6.3. Obviously both focal lengths were 50mm. For those who may be sneaky, I’ve removed the EXIF data. It’s quite remarkable what the little Fuji paired with the TCL X100 can do. After all it’s only about a $6,049.00 difference at suggested retail! Smile or no smile, which is which? .....

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ThinkTank Retrospective Fan Club | Justin Balog

ThinkTank Retrospective Fan Club | Justin Balog | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it
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If I could only choose one bag, it would be the 30. It isn’t much bigger in size, but it does make packing/accessing your gear a bit easier if you are rocking a DSLR or two bodies. However, if you are the mirrorless type (even with two bodies) the 7 would be my choice. My doctor says I’m 5′ 8.5″, but pride myself on being 5’9″ and all the bags fit me pretty good.....

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Fujifilm updates X-mount lens roadmap through end of 2015 | Digital Photography Review

Fujifilm updates X-mount lens roadmap through end of 2015 | Digital Photography Review | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) is pleased to release an updated road map for X mount interchangeable lenses.

A large-diameter medium telephoto lens (the XF90mmF2.0R) features for the first time on the development road map for first half 2015. The next available lens will be the XF50-140mm F2.8 R OIS WR. Following on from the XF18-135mm lens, this will be Fujifilm’s second weather resistant lens designed to partner its X-T1 camera. Other updates to the road map include the previously announced “Ultra-wide angle lens” being confirmed as the “XF16mmF1.4 R” with a guide launch date of mid 2015. And the planned launch of the XF16-55mmF2.8 WR lens moving to Spring 2015 and the Super Tele-Photo Zoom lens to Winter 2015. Highly regarded for their outstanding image quality, resolution and well-built bodies, the unique X mount lens range now includes super-wide angle to super-telephoto range lenses and a large-diameter lens with rich bokeh and high resolution.......

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Geren W Mortensen Jr's curator insight, July 24, 9:40 AM

Some exciting new lenses that have been rumored to be coming in the next 18 months are now official! My big interests in the new lenses are the 16mm and the 90mm!

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