Fuji X-E2 - Review and User Experience - Part 2


Its all very well testing a camera at home, but its important for me to use it in real world situations, when I have to adjust to changing circumstances.  So yesterday I took the X-E2 out fitted with my 18-55mm zoom.

There is no need for lots of analysis on this, because it just performed very well. This is the best Fuji X camera so far in terms of speed and ease of use. The EVF was lovely and bright and the AF was fast and reliable. For the first time with a Fuji camera I was able to see a shot, bring the camera to my eye and press the shutter all in one single movement. The X-E1 wasn't exactly bad at AF speed but the X-E2 is noticeably better. Whether its as fast as some of the m4/3 cameras around today, I can't say, but as I indicated before, this really is splitting hairs. 

As regards the screen I must correct what I indicated before. Its not OLED its LCD, as I discovered when turning the camera vertically. I was wearing my polarised sunglasses and it went black. Strange that the viewfinder is OLED but the screen is not. Its also a real shame since the screen is actually terrific in sunlight. Really sharp and clear.

I mentioned yesterday about the new layout on the back. Unlike the X-E1 when I was always dislodging the + / - exposure dial, with the X-E2 it didn't move, so that was very pleasing. 

So a very positive outcome. I'm going out again today hopefully and I'm looking to try some manual focus Nikons on the camera, to see how that works out.

Finally, you may be interested in the fact that I'm taking advantage of the current Fuji deal. X-Pro 1 + 18mm for £999 with another lens free. Considering X-Pro 1 bodies go for £600+ on ebay that means I get an 18mm + 60mm lenses for less than £400, which strikes me as a great deal. I am planning to sell the X-Pro 1, but I thought it might be an idea to compare the three cameras since I'll have a 'set' of the X-Pro 1, X-E1 and X-E2 for a while. So its going to be Fuji time for the next week or so. It will be interesting to see how I react to the X-Pro 1 after not using one for a while. I'm picking one up, with an 18mm, from Jessops tomorrow, so stay tuned to see how I get on.

UPDATE

Just thought I'd check to see if there was any difference in sharpness, or anything else for that matter, between the X-E1 and X-2. I shot two images with the same lens and processed them identically and they looked exactly the same.   

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