Fuji X-E1 out and about

For the first time since I bought it I actually managed to get out with the X-E1 in some bright clear sunlight. Still unseasonably cold however, and there was ice on the canal. I wanted to see what it was like to go out with the 18-55mm zoom and Voigtlander 90mm and switch between AF and manual focusing.

I must say that I'm very pleased the way things are going with the Fuji. Having pruned my camera / lens collection it would be somewhat ironic if I ended up unhappy with what I chose to keep, but I did enjoy how the camera and lenses performed today. 

For how I use it the X-E1 is nicely laid out and it is one of the most enjoyable cameras I've had for years. Weight and size is pretty much just how I like it, the viewfinder works well and the AF, while not the quickest I've used, seems very accurate. It is a most Leica like shooting experience, which I guess is what Fuji have been trying to emulate anyway. 

The best way I can describe this is that I press the shutter after a process of selection and decision making and that completes the process. Now that probably sounds like complete nonsense and a tad pretentious, but its a very satisfying process. The shutter is however somewhat 'flabby' and reminiscent of m4/3 cameras but it gets the job done.

Manual focusing with the Voigtlander is going well. The viewfinder snaps into focus even when I'm stopped down to f/8 or f/ll and I'm wearing my sunglasses, so that seems to be working too. I would of course prefer an AF Fuji lens about the same size and weight as the Voigtlander, but thats not going to happen anytime soon, if at all, so its this or the big zoom thats coming soon.

Image quality is great. I'm particularly impressed with the colour. Its realistic and rich and has a real depth. Some have written about Fuji X-Trans sensor colour in a negative way but I just don't see it. I work from raw files exclusively and everything looks right on the button to me. 

So another encouraging excursion and I'm hoping for some brighter weather so I can be out for longer, rather than scurrying around in the cold and getting back to the car to get my fingers working again. This time last year we had wonderful weather but this country being what it is, things like that don't tend to repeat, We are long overdue a good summer, and the last time I remember a cold spring, we had a belter, so fingers crossed. 

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