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There is NO reason not to get X-E1 for $719

Started Feb 11, 2014 | Discussions thread
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Andy G
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Re: There is NO reason not to get X-E1 for $719
In reply to stimpy, Feb 11, 2014

stimpy wrote:

Andy G wrote:

stimpy wrote:

AF doesn't matter when you shoot things that don't move.

Anybody that bought the X-E1 to capture fast moving subjects clearly possesses a great amount of skill or is not capable of understanding the strengths and weaknesses of a much written about camera.

I think there are more than a few people who would have purchased the X-E1 at launch, and expected more from a £1000 body.

I can accept that, but hopefully the firmware improvements have consoled them somewhat.

Having said that, the current firmware autofocus is fast enough and where real speed is involved I simply go back to basics, the way it was done before AF existed.

Fast enough for you it seems (and for me 90% of the time) but that doesn't mean it's fast enough for everyone. Plenty of event & reportage photographers still struggle with the slow AF and lag.

This is the bit where I want to talk about my recent wedding photographs, where I was the victim of a "wedding photographer". But, I won't, as it only serves to wind me up in a real bad, unhealthy way. I was the victim of a Nikon DSLR in the wrong hands. This experience made me realise how many "professionals" are out there taking money for poor work and how they would never have survived on film or manual focus cameras.

There are those that dwell on the autofocus of the X-E1, possibly because there are very few negatives to owning such a great value camera right now. Many convince themselves of this "huge" autofocus issue to help justify to themselves (or partner) that more expense is required, to get the desired performance.

X series focus has always been poor compared to it's main competitor, m43. The reputation is justified.

A reputation of being slower than its competitor is hardly a suggestion that it is not very usable. It clearly is. Granted I have only recently acquired it and don't have the pre-firmware improvement experience.

For me, photography is all about image quality. Years ago when I spent £1000's on Canon L glass, I did so purely for the image quality and the 2.8 constant. In those days, it was never about autofocus. Today, with me, nothing has changed.

Why are you not shooting full frame then?

Far too heavy, all sold (2004)and they were stuck on the end of a couple of film bodies (EOS 1V HS).  I once carried an EOS 1V HS, a 70-200 2.8 L, 16-35 2.8L and a 28-70 2.8L up Beinn Alligin and wanted to throw it back down rather than carry it.

The X-E1 is an outstanding photographic tool for the price point, with superb looks and fine handling.

For some people, yes, others no.

Personal choice applies to just about anything, but it doesn't stop it being an outstanding photographer tool and deliverer of superb images. I hate Merc's, my Dad loves them, still excellent cars.

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