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Fuji X-E 1 Camera Review | Craig Litten

Fuji X-E 1 Camera Review | Craig Litten | X-E1 | Scoop.it


The Fuji X-E1 is the camera that started it all, and ended it all for me. When the Fuji X100 was announced two years ago, I immediately thought that it was the camera that I’d been longing for. It was small and light, housed an ample APS-C image sensor and offered a built-in, fixed 35mm (equivalent) f/2 lens (my favorite focal length). I thought it was perfect, and I was keen to the fact that it was made with metal parts as well as physical dials and levers like cameras of old. At the time though, I had wished that it came in black. Ultimately, I did not buy the Fuji X100 because of all the jumbled reviews, and I began to look elsewhere.....

Marcia, Marcia, Marcia

I started this informal review with the statement: “The Fuji X-E1 is the camera that started it all, and ended it all for me.” The X-E1 (Jan) is the camera that got me into the Fuji X system. I bought it first along with the 18-55 zoom. I’m not really a zoom guy except by necessity, and the flexible 18-55 will be an excellent stand-by lens for me for various assignments. I also bought the XF 18mm f/2 lens along with the XF 35mm f/1.4 lens (a 28mm and a 50mm for all intents and purposes) to carry most of the burden. In other words, the two prime lenses will be the lenses I turn to the most. I have decided that the X-Pro 1 is more suitable for me though, so I bought two X-Pro 1 bodies and sold my X-E1. The deciding factors include the amazing hybrid viewfinder, the larger, more substantial build, the missing flash (I don’t really like flash anyway, and it’s just one more thing to break), the superior rear LCD, the preferable rear command dial, the locking shutter speed dial, and finally, and most importantly, a play button that is in the CORRECT place. The X-E1 is a fine camera with some talents of it’s own, but at the end of the day, for professional work, I much prefer the bigger sister, the Fuji X-Pro 1 (Marcia).


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Fuji XF 55-200mm 3.5-4.8 lens impressions | Lyle Genyk

Fuji XF 55-200mm 3.5-4.8 lens impressions | Lyle Genyk | X-E1 | Scoop.it


When I bought the x-pro1 I did so with a specific purpose in mind. I wanted a camera that would be fun to shoot, have a lot of easy to access controls, and be small enough to carry everywhere, without being “too” small. The x-pro 1 fit the bill perfectly. Add in the excellent XF 35/1.4 and I was set. I had no intention of turning this into a system, especially one that contained a zoom, a tele-zoom at that. Then along comes the Fuji XF 55-200 IS tele-zoom lens. I had no plans to buy one being that I already had the wonderful 70-200/4 IS for my Canon 6D. I wasn’t even interested at going to look at one. Low and behold the lens found me. I just happened to be at my local camera shop (props to Imagetech Thunder Bay) when the courier driver pulled up with one in his shipment. Once opened I had to take a peek. Really, who could resist? I didn’t want a consumer grade tele-zoom anyways. So what harm could just looking do……………………….

 

CONCLUSION

In the end I gave in to my better judgement and left with the lens. A lens I didn’t need or even want. A lens that hasn’t left my camera in two days, and wont for the foreseeable future. At $699 its not near as cheap as the 55-200 variations  from Tamron, Sigma and Sony. It is far better built though, and is stabilized. The IQ is also in a different league from the budget zooms. Its closest rival would be the Canon 70-200/4.  The Canon is faster at the long end (barely), has less range,  and costs more, so again the Fuji wins here. Regardless, its all irrelevant considering the fact that the Fuji 55-200 is the only lens of the group that will fit on a Fuji body. Simply put, the lens is a must have......


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Paul Presnail's comment, June 13, 2013 5:41 PM
Anyone have information on the release date of the Fuji 10-24mm lens?
Zeigarnik's comment, June 14, 2013 6:54 AM
It seems in end of the year:
http://www.fujifilm.com/products/digital_cameras/xf_lens/roadmap/
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Millstones and Meadows with the Fuji 14mm | Nick Lukey

Millstones and Meadows with the Fuji 14mm | Nick Lukey | X-E1 | Scoop.it


My new wide-angle has arrived, my 18mm was never really wide enough, so took the plunge and bought the 14mm F2.8.

The build quality as usual is first class, nice weight, all metal contstruction, feels nicely balanced when attached to the camera. The aperture ring has full and half click stops. First gripe, the aperture ring is way too loose, and can easily be caught whilst shooting. The manual focus ring is nice and has a great feel. A bonus with the ring is that it switches from Af to Manual focus by pushing the ring forward or pulling it back. Overall the quality feel of the lens, the distance markings and the depth of field scale, reveal a superb attention to detail by Fuji.

So whats it like to use in the field, one word FANTASTIC. It's pin sharp, with a great depth of field, shooting either in af or manual mode is easy, set it up for zone focus, or hyperfocal and it gives you the depth of field to make quick street shooting a breeze. A minor nitpick is the lens hood, just a little bit too big and shows up a little too much in the viewfinder, when shooting with the OVF. However minor niggles aside, it is a great lens, delivers punchy sharp images with great IQ. All I need now is the big zoom and I will be totally setup.  Some images taken with the 14mm and the Fuji Xpro 1.

 

 


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Carl Zeiss Lenses - Manufacturing the new Touit lenses

Find out how the new ZEISS Touit lenses for Sony NEX and Fujifilm X cameras are manufactured. (Find out how the new ZEISS Touit lenses for Sony NEX and Fujifilm X cameras are manufactured.

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Get wide right! (shooting with the Fujinon XF 14mm F2.8) | Olaf Sztaba

Get wide right! (shooting with the Fujinon XF 14mm F2.8) | Olaf Sztaba | X-E1 | Scoop.it


While we continue to shoot almost daily with the X100s and gather our thoughts about this camera, we decided to take a break from the topic and present some images from our recent trip to an unknown British Columbia.

Shooting with wide-angle lenses poses a challenge for many new photographers. This is not a “have it all in” lens. The general idea is to get closer to the subject and be very selective. However, it is not as easy as it sounds. Such an approach may be unnatural to many photographers, especially beginners. As with every lens, it all starts with observation and vision. Keep in mind that not every subject will be suitable for the wide-angle treatment! Our favourite photographs taken with this lens usually consist of a very large distinctive subject, which stands out from its surroundings. The picture with the old yellow house shows our point the best.....


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