Continuing the Love Affair - A Practical Review of the Fujifilm X-E1 | Mark Schueler | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it


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......