Images and Portability
As I’ve stated before, the principle reason I have bought the Fuji X-E2 is to be able to travel light with little or no compromise in image quality. Today, I decided to get on my bike with the Fuji in a backpack. About 3 miles from the Village I live in is the North Wales Coastal cycle path and walkway. Some of its length is disrupted due to the incredible tidal surge which hit the coast line on the 5th December causing many problems for those folks who lived too close to the sea. All images were captured using the Fujinon 18-55mm f2.8-4 lens and have been subjected to post process straightening only. I captured the images in both RAW and jpeg fine, these are the jpeg results, with a few exceptions. However, I will show examples of the RAW equivalents where the need arises to show what can be achieved. The great news is that a few days ago Adobe brought out a new RAW profile for Fuji RAF images, so no having to process to DNG now, a real step forward.
My first photo stop was the official start of Offa’s Dike path on Prestatyn seafront where the first image was taken.
1/340@f8 – ISO200 -EV= -0.33 – Focal length 18mm
The colour’s rendered extremely well and good shadow detail was retained.
1/280@f8 – ISO200 -EV= -0.33 – Focal length 26.5mm
1/240@f8 – ISO200 -EV= -0.33 – Focal length 38mm
1/250@f8 – ISO200 -EV= -0.33 – Focal length 27mm
Depth of field held well and the dark area retained good detail, the image was composed with the exposure taken on the grey stone in front of the railing.
1/220@f9 – ISO200 – EV= -0.33 – Focal length 47mm
At this stage, some may have wondered why all my images are taken with an exposure value of -0.33EV. This is always my standard setting on all my cameras to avoid blowing highlights at best, or minimising this possibility at worst.
1/60@f18 – ISO320 – EV= -0.33 RAV file saved as jpeg – Focal length 18mm
I think this is one of my best images of the day. This is a processed RAV file and below is the un-processed jpeg copy.
1/105@f10 – ISO200 – EV= 0.33 – Focal length 27mm
1/60@f18 – ISO320 – EV= -0.33 jpeg
1/60@f18 – ISO200 – EV= -0.33 – Focal length 18mm
This image shows the debris still remaining from the storm surge of 5th December.
1/125@f10 – ISO200 – EV= -0.33
The new ‘Pont Y Ddraig’ will close the final gap in the National Cycle Network route that runs along the north Wales coast.
email@example.com – ISO200 – EV=0.33
The figures represent local celebrities Don Spendlove (local footballer), Sir John Houghton (Nobel prize winner) and Mike Peters who lives in my village and headed the 1980’sd band The Alarm. You may well wonder why he is looking away from the other two, because they cast him the wrong way round i.e. making him a left handed guitarist…oooops! Anyway, I digress.
Black and White jpeg v RAF.
RAF image. 1/160@f10 – ISO200 – EV= 0.33 – Focal length 39mm
jpeg image in B&W Film Simulation.
I quite like the job it does in this mode, however I have only posted it to show what can be done. I favour RAW image post processing in either Nik Silver Efex pro or the Topaz Film effects.
firstname.lastname@example.org – ISO200 – EV= 0.33 – Focal length 18mm
Another shot of Rhyl Harbour, this I feel exemplifies the handling of jpegs by the Fuji.
As a lightweight camera the Fuji X-E2 provides superb jpegs directly from the camera or well presented RAW (RAF) files for those of us who prefer this way of capturing images. The new Adobe Lightroom 5 version 5.3 with the new 8.3 Camera Raw now gives this camera even more possibilities. I took the camera in a back pack and as it’s no weight at all compared to either my Nikon D800 or D7100 paired with my Nikon 16-35mm f4 VR lens. Even better, if I’d taken my 24-70mm f2.8 lens the kit would have been even more heavy and unwieldy. The more I use the Fuji X-E2, the more I find it accomplishes everything I wish to achieve.
In my reviews, I have no intention of delving into great technical details of either the camera or lens. It is what it is and seems so far to be doing everything I want it to do extraordinary well.