Hands-On and Images of the Fujifilm X-E1 & 35mm f/1.4R lens

Started Sep 25, 2012 | Discussions
drxcm
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MF behaviour
In reply to Lakeview Man, Sep 25, 2012

Can you comment on the functionality and handling when using manual focus on this camera?

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In reply to Lakeview Man, Sep 26, 2012

RAW not supported?

The X-E1 supports RAW.

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Re: Hands-On and Images of the Fujifilm X-E1 & 35mm f/1.4R lens
In reply to ELLIOT P STERN, Sep 26, 2012

Hi Elliot;

I shoot with the bigger Sony A77 as well as NEX-7 and really think the EVF is nice and quick. I successfully shoot many panning shots with great results even with fill-in flash while panning.

When I read the spec of the X-E1 EVF with OLED 2.3 megapixels I was happy because I really don't like the Hybrid Viewfinder implementation on the X-100. I am totally happy with just EVF only. However, after shooting with this camera, I always noticed the EVF lags and it happens in all situation, not just dark places. I notice it even in good day light shooting. So I think the processing power for the EVF refresh rate is still not quite good enough on Fujifilm X-E1.

This aspect really make for a not-so pleasing shooting experience. If this EVF is the same as the Sony NEX-7 and A77 then I have no hesitation to buy this camera at all.

ELLIOT P STERN wrote:

Thanks for the great images. I too have concerns about the lag time. That is now and was before my only concern. I can make one note however. I just got back from doing a workshop in Cape Cod Ma which my company ran and I did some comparison shooting with my Olympus OMD bodies and the Fuji X pro 1 (prior to upgrade to 2.0 on Fuji.

I was surprised to suddenly find that the Olympus also had a shutter lag. The imaging from both cameras was superb. I have not shot with the Nex 7 so I cannot make a lag time comparison but for most of what I shoot from street to Landscape, the lag has not been a major problem. 95 percent of the time it does not cause me to lose a shot.

This seems to be an inherent problem with LCD finders, not only with Fuji but others as well.
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In reply to ispress, Sep 26, 2012

ispress wrote:

RAW not supported?

The X-E1 supports RAW.

The RAWs out of the box are unlikely to be supported by any raw converter right now - I think that's what he meant. (Because they are tagged as being shot by the X-E1, which none of the converters supports right now).

Of course you could hex-edit the RAWs and replace every occurrence of "X-E1" by "X-Pro1" to make the raw converter happy. (There should be no difference between pictures shot by these 2 cameras otherwise)

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In reply to drxcm, Sep 26, 2012

Hi;

I did not try manual focusing with the camera so I have no direct experiences.

drxcm wrote:

Can you comment on the functionality and handling when using manual focus on this camera?

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In reply to ulrikem, Sep 26, 2012

Sorry to misinform. What I meant was Lightroom and PS Camera Raw currently does not have RAW support for this camera yet. The camera itself does take RAW. My main post-processing is Lightroom 4.

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ispress wrote:

RAW not supported?

The X-E1 supports RAW.

The RAWs out of the box are unlikely to be supported by any raw converter right now - I think that's what he meant. (Because they are tagged as being shot by the X-E1, which none of the converters supports right now).

Of course you could hex-edit the RAWs and replace every occurrence of "X-E1" by "X-Pro1" to make the raw converter happy. (There should be no difference between pictures shot by these 2 cameras otherwise)

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In reply to webgeek, Sep 26, 2012

webgeek wrote:

Just wanted to share some images I took using the new Fujifilm X-E1 and my first impression. I am in the market for a 2nd camera to compliment my Sony NEX-7 and this is one camera I am thinking of buying. I have used all X-Series Camera and sold them all simply because I cannot live with the slow AF. To me AF is the most important decision. So I am eager to see how this camera perform with the new improved AF that Fujifilm claim. I really like the images that comes out of this camera. I have only shoot JPEG since RAW is not supported. Great ISO up to 3200.

Goods:

  • Awesome Dynamic Range

  • Awesome ISO up to 3200

  • Love the Fujifilm color styles implementation

  • Love the AF button to allow me quick focus point selection

  • I like the Menu, better than my Sony NEX-7

  • Love the Macro feature to allow me to get closer and shoot

  • Good battery life, Fujifilm improve in this respect

  • Love the click and shutter sounds, very nice and elegant

  • Great Fujinon lens, very sharp and contrast same as my Carl Zeiss 24mm

  • Made In Japan quality and the body is extremely nice all metals

Looks like a very appealing system.

Bads:

  • EVF lags even at focus and bad when panning

  • AF is still slow, not as snappy as my Sony NEX-7. I missed a lot of shoot

I am surprised you found the AF performance too slow for your taste. From what I have seen thus far, the AF performance has improved dramatically from the X-Pro1.

  • Write to card is slower than most other camera I have tried

Which SD card did you use? Did you use the fastest card available?

  • Don't like how they implement the lens cap on the lens, I drop it and almost lose it twice. Also with the lens cap on the lens is bigger than it needs to be. I would like the caps to put on reverse when not in use.

  • Cannot rotate the LCD, I use this a lot on my SOny NEX-7

Not that it matters much I think. I think it could be easily fixed with a firmware.

  • No Focus Peaking feature

That's indeed a heck of a feature to have in hands while shooting manual focus. Too bad

  • NO Wifi and apps feature

That would have been a nice addition...oh well

  • EV compensation only up to +-2EV

  • Not enough lens to select at the moment

That may change in 2013, check the Fuji road-map. On the other hand, the NEX lens lineup is very poor.

  • Quality of LCD is not as good as others, only 2.8" and 490,000 pixels

Will make mostly no difference by doubling the pixels, and probably consumes less battery power.

  • Cost $1600 with the new 18-55mm f/2.8-4.0 coming out with it

Nope, 1399 USD with the zoom lens. The big question is how the kit zoom lens will perform. If not sharp, I will pass on this.

Personally, the only major drawback is the RAF files, which are not well supported by Adobe yet. Hopefully, they will be able to find a solution to the demosaicity issue with the X-trans sensor.

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In reply to awelch100, Sep 26, 2012

This is also likely to be the reason for the perceived lag when writing to a card. The amount of time needed to process the sensor output into a raw file or jpeg is probably the reason for the delay, not the actual writing of the data itself.

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Re: Here are the images ....
In reply to webgeek, Sep 26, 2012

Vietnamese here. Great shots, awesome colors. Is this a temple in Saigon?

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In reply to hellocrowley, Sep 27, 2012

Hello;

Yes this is a temple in Saigon. It is called Ngoc Hoang Temple. Very famous with lots of tourist visitors. My favorite temple to test ambient lights and dark mood with high ISO.

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Vietnamese here. Great shots, awesome colors. Is this a temple in Saigon?

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In reply to awelch100, Sep 27, 2012

I agreed. The total experience of EVF lags and writing to cards is somehow noticeable in the process of taking pictures, whereas it is seamless in my other cameras. I hope Fujifilm can fix these issue for a better shooting experience. Otherwise, I will be again not buying the camera after 4 tries (X-100,X-10, X-Pro1 and now X-E1).

It's a shame because I really like the sensors and images.

awelch100 wrote:

This is also likely to be the reason for the perceived lag when writing to a card. The amount of time needed to process the sensor output into a raw file or jpeg is probably the reason for the delay, not the actual writing of the data itself.

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In reply to Lakeview Man, Sep 27, 2012

LOL, that isn't what he meant. The camera shoots RAW but the RAW support is not universally there yet.

Lakeview Man wrote:

webgeek wrote:

Just wanted to share some images I took using the new Fujifilm X-E1 and my first impression. I am in the market for a 2nd camera to compliment my Sony NEX-7 and this is one camera I am thinking of buying. I have used all X-Series Camera and sold them all simply because I cannot live with the slow AF. To me AF is the most important decision. So I am eager to see how this camera perform with the new improved AF that Fujifilm claim. I really like the images that comes out of this camera. I have only shoot JPEG since RAW is not supported. Great ISO up to 3200.

RAW not supported?

Happy I bought the X-pro1 then.

Very nice pictures!

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