After much cogitating and gaining advice from forums and other users of the Fuji X-E2, yesterday, I finally took the plunge. I wanted an alternative kit to my Nikon D800 and D7100 which was lighter and offered acceptable imagery. I visited Cambrian Photography in Colwyn Bay for their Christmas Fayre and had already reserved the camera and lens combination. Sarah had kindly charged the battery for me as I was able to take advantage of a Town Walk hosted by Welshot. This gave me ample time to try out the camera and I was accompanied by my friend who is very knowledgeable and also interested in the Fuji range. I was also fortunate to be introduced to Matthew Hart who’s blog I follow and he gave me further advice on using the X-E2. A look at Matt’s website “Light Traveler” is well worth a visit.
I don’t want to go over the top, but to say I was more than pleasantly surprised is perhaps an understatement. I shot about 70-80 images saving them in bot RAW and jpeg. The first few images are shown below.
The above images are original jpegs and apart from cropping are straight out of the camera. I think one can understand now why I am impressed.
Fuji X-E2 and Fujinon 18-55mm f2.8-4 positives.
Excellent image rendering, as sharp as a razor and much of this is that Fuji have removed the Anti-Aliasing filter, a bonus I first appreciated when I bought my Nikon D7100. The filter removal either eliminates or reduces the need for post process sharpening.
Auto focus, even in reduced light, is blisteringly fast.
The jpegs are really, really well presented and I mean that they would stand against a processed RAW image.
The ability to twist the aperture ring and see the effects on the light in the Electronic Viewfinder is superb.
The menu functions became intuitive very quickly, although I must admit the Fuji user manual which is supplied as a printed document is lacking in content and I look forward to a full independent user manual.
The camera handles very well and the combination of the camera and lenses is very light, certainly compared to my Nikon D800 and 24-70mm f2.8 combination.
The Fujinon 18-55mm f2.8-4 lens is everything it promised to be.
The list is endless, but those are the key positives for now.
I really like the Fuji Provia and Velvia options and as I still shoot both those with my 35mm film cameras so this is a real bonus.
Only a few, but it’s only been in my possession for a day!
The user manual is poor.
The front Single/Continuous/Manual switch is easy to inadvertently move. This just takes getting used to.
The on board flash is very flimsy. I shall buy the X-EF20 flash as I need no more than a basic flash for my immediate needs.
RAW support was a bit difficult as the RAW images could not be directly imported into Lightroom 5. Also, my Adobe Camera Raw Converter (ACR) would not initially convert images to Digital Negative (DNG). I overcame this by downloading the beta 8.3 version of ACR. That allowed me to import DNG’s into Lightroom. I shouldn’t have to go through all that and wonder when Adobe and Fuji will get their act together!
Too early to find any further negatives.
I am absolutely delighted with the camera and lens combination. My next task is to take some landscape images. Early days, but I am very excited about this camera/lens. My confidence in Fuji is boosted in that they take notice of customers and respond to concerns with regular firmware updates. Importantly, they also support their models long into their lives. Fuji have a good forum “MyFinePix“, not up to the standard of “Nikonians” yet but very interesting. It’s a polite forum too 🙂
So for me, I feel the future is bright, the future looks like it could be Fuji for some of my needs not currently addressed by Nikon. Nikon and Canon take note, you could be doing good things too!
More over the next few weeks.