The Fuji X-E2 arrived! After playing around with it for a few hours and knowing what I am planning to shoot with it, I am sold. The Fuji X E1 is one great camera. If it wasn’t for the X100s, I would still be shooting with it. Now with the X-E2 in hand I might just leave the X100s on the shelf for a while
more after the break
I was drawn to the X100s because of the silent shutter, ultra high speed sync and blazing fast af speed. I also appreciated focus peaking and the split screen simulator. However, manual focus with the 23mm wasn’t something I needed very often but I did miss the option to change lenses.
Now with the X-E2, we get the second generation X-trans sensor with improved af speed due to contrast/phase detection technology, split screen focus aid and focus peaking.
Using mf lenses just became a lot more practical and fun, especially with high speed glass like a 50mm 1.4 or 85mm 1.8. The image literally jumps into focus, and I found myself using the split screen rather then focus peaking, because of the large center area it works particularly well for portraits and my shooting style, focus peaking also works great, in the end it comes down to personal preference.
Practical improvements that matter in real life shooting situations over the X-E1:
Af speed in good light is noticeably faster and I am still waiting for a lens firmware update for my 18mm and 27mm lens!
Split image and focus peaking set the new standard for manual focus aid, especially the split image aid. Fuji is on top of the game here.
The +3 -3 exposure compensation, much better then +2-2, a real advantage in the field.
The stiffer on/off switch, one of the most annoying things with the X-E1 and X100s. Fixed. Bravo Fuji.
Separate buttons for AE-Lock and AF-Lock. This is huge, because it makes manual pre-focusing a breeze with Fuji’s AF lenses.
Faster refresh rate of the EVF.
Lens Modulation optimizer, a definite plus for jpeg shooters.
Wifi support, no remote control yet as of this writing.
Practical screw ups that matter in real life photo situations:
Only one and thankfully this is something Fuji can fix with a future firmware update:
I miss the view mode button, however, not as terrible as anticipated because of the quick response time in eye sensor mode. Still annoying to be forced to go deep into the menu to change between EVF and LCD. Jesus. What were they thinking…..
Update: shooting in cold weather, even with thin gloves, you will accidentally change the setting on the rear thumb wheel, particularly annoying if you use a lens without an aperture ring because there is no way around it, like setting the aperture manually. There is a reason why Nikon and Canon pro and semi pro bodies have a main dial lock option. Perhaps something that could be addressed in a future firmware update by adding a 3sec hold to lock or press two buttons simultaneously to lock/unlock this dial? Correction: As Chris pointed out, the main command dial (and the af-l and ae-l) can be locked by pressing the ok button for 3 seconds. Very helpful indeed.
This might finally be the camera I have been waiting for, fast, small, lightweight, unobtrusive. Personally, I think the X-E2 is one of the best examples of the form follows function principle. I am seriously considering giving up high speed sync and the inaudible shutter in favor of interchangeable lenses. And it is black. Hmmmm. Only time will tell, for now I am planning to keep mine Check back by the end of the week for an update with images!
If you happen to be a happy X-E1 shooter and still not sure whether to upgrade or not , check out Kevin’s take why he won’t be upgrading to the X-E2 anytime soon……
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