Fuji X-E2 - Another bits and pieces update or something more? - Thoughts on the X-E1 in use.

Fuji X-E2 announced today. No headline grabbing updates, so is this another example of a new model just because its time to bring one out?

In this case maybe not. There's supposed to be faster AF, which addresses something that Fuji X cameras are not great at, plus there have been some improvements to the flash exposure system which is supposed to give much more natural fill-in. The X100 was very good at this, so that's useful. There is a run down of other improvements HERE. Incidentally there is a major update to the X100 firmware as well.

This shows the good and bad of Fuji. Good because they are prepared to 'improve' their cameras over time via firmware, even discontinued ones, bad because shouldn't they have got it right in the first place? 

This is really a snapshot of all my feelings about my whole Fuji X experience. The cameras are an exercise in frustration and admiration operating at the same time. I know its still early days for this system and it could be argued that m4/3 went through much the same thing before sorting a lot of things out, but I have had many issues with both the X-Pro 1 and the X-E1. However I still have the X-E1 and the last couple of times I've been out shooting with it and been very impressed with the results. So much so that I've been re-considering my pre-order of the Sonys and wondering about getting the X-E2 instead. So what's that all about?

There is no doubt that the Sony A7 / A7r are better specified cameras and the RX10 + its lens is an amazing piece of technology, but for what I do the X-E1 has something that none of them have. The high ISO performance allows me to do things I can't with other cameras. Yesterday I was shooting in light that wasn't that bright. The sun was coming and (mostly) going. To get the high shutter speeds and depth of field that I wanted I was working at ISO 400-800. The resulting pictures were noiseless and sharp and looked just like pictures I get from other cameras at ISO 100 and 200. Plus the X-E1 is the only camera I've ever used where I'm happy to use the jpgs. and upsize them. Also yesterday I was using two of my old Nikon Series E lenses, the 28mm and 100mm f/2.8's. and they worked very well indeed. The focus peaking is great and now I'm used to it very accurate. 

Below are some of these pictures I've shot over the past couple of days.

Over 18 months ago, I think in the second post I ever wrote about the X-Pro 1 I bought, I talked about the prospect of a 'roller coaster' ride with the camera. And that is very much how I would describe my experiences with the system. I've certainly had my 'difficulties' with the system and at one time with my repeated criticisms of the raw processing problems some Fuji forums were somewhat 'uncomplimentary' ( a huge understatement!) about me. However, I'm still using the system. I do have to admit that I love how it looks and I love how how it handles. My 'old school' fetish again. Fitted with the Series E lenses the X-E1 is a thing of beauty to my eyes.

So for me there is something special about the Fuji X system and the combination of retro styling and modern sensor technology is something unique. I've put up with all sorts of workarounds and complications to use it and I'm still a Fuji fanboy, so I guess there is something there that I really like. The X-E2 just makes things more complicated and at this moment in time I still have no real idea of where I'm going to go. As usual its head v heart. My head says the Sonys are the way to go, and if not those then m4/3, but my heart definitely belongs to Fuji (and Leica of course) The dilemma continues!!

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