TakePictures: Looks great, as we have come to know from Fuji. For me, however, AF speed is going to be the decisive factor.
@BorisAkuninIn response to your post above, of course you are welcome to ask for me to be banned. However, if you figure out how to do it, might you let me know how you got it done as that is what I asked in my original message. Thanks and have a good evening.
I hope I don't get banned asking for this, but is there a way that I can ask to have yabokkie banned? He/she really is not constructively adding to the discussion. Just seems hell-bent on being negative about the Fuji-X system. Problem is, it leads to me doing exactly what I am doing now - getting distracted and off topic. Shoot.
Provia_fan: I can't understand the complaints about "retro" dials. I think the problem stems from the over simplification of designs over the years and the fact that people just want instant results, instant everything. In the old days you had to learn a given camera not expect the camera "to learn you". External controls are great and give you immediate control over features, instead of having to borrow into menus when you should be concentrating in picture taking. This is one of the reasons why I still love my Minolta 7D so much. Everything you need is one button or one click away, which is so much more logical. You learn the camera, you learn the buttons and you learn how many clicks for your exposure compensation, WB, etc and off you go. Not having to take you eye off the viewfinderto go into menus is a major bonus.
Caerolle: Indeed, you can be deliberate with any camera, but the 1D bodies don't put you in the mood to slow down. Let me put it this way: The Fuji bodies make it feel like I am more in control. It's like driving a manual instead of an automatic. There is no doubt that the automatics these days are far better than manuals at many things, but there is nothing that connects you to the car and the road like a manual transmission. Of course, I still get to the destination, but it is WAY more fun to use a manual transmission to get there. Not always convenient, but fun. This is how I feel about the X series. I feel more connected, I do slow down more, and my images are better. I could do this with my Canons, but those rigs don't encourage me to do so like my X-E1. Ahh...maybe it's all horse poop...
You do a different type of photography with the X series cameras and lenses. It's not about speed. It's about deliberation and creating a photo, not taking a shot. If I want a snapshot, I use my iPhone, if I want to shoot action, I use my Canon 1D series bodies. If I want to compose a shot that will reflect what I am thinking and seeing as an artists, then I use my X-E1. The dials are not about speed. It's about the process of crafting the photo with a tool that invites you to slow down and be creative and deliberative. By bringing me back to my film days with my Pentax K1000, LX, and 67, the Fuji cameras allow me to experience the photo making process all over again. A joy I had forgotten that I was missing.
lxcellent: Anyone else think this thing looks over-engineered. This is not the classic looking clean lines of Nikon manual bodies of the past. Too bad.
I do buy cameras based on looks. Of course that is not the only criterion, but I cannot imagine that anyone who is into image making does NOT buy based on looks to some degree. Aesthetics is our bread and butter.
Anyone else think this thing looks over-engineered. This is not the classic looking clean lines of Nikon manual bodies of the past. Too bad.
This is an ugly camera. I know that you should not judge a book by its cover, but why not make it look more like the classic rangefinder like they did in the LX1. Shoot. Follow Fuji's lead on this.
...and yes, the way a tool looks DOES make a difference!
So where is it? I am chomping at the bit. I am writing from the east coast of the US where it is 8:46 AM on the 25th. Anybody have it yet?
Sorry...for the X-E1.
Ganondorf: What the hell does un-damped mean??
It lacks the smooth (slight resistance) focusing rotation that we used to get when using manual focusing lenses in the the 1970s...
Chekr: @photo nuts
The fact is that kayone was not correct in his assertion. You being a sheep, jumped on the bandwagon and are now criticizing the author for something that he did actually get right.
You can apologize at any time.
I really urge you to apologize yourself, Chekr. Please. Your ill-conceived comments are embarrassing for humanity. I know that this sounds mean, but your comments are so baseless and rude that I don't know how else to respond.
lxcellent: If you are interested, I reviewed this camera over the weekend and posted my review here:
Given the drop in price of the X-Pro1, you also might want to read my review of that camera here:
Just changed it. Sorry 'bout that, bud.
If you are interested, I reviewed this camera over the weekend and posted my review here:
jj74e: the problem for me with this camera is that it is fuji's budget camera, but it still costs as much as panasonic's flagship, the gh2, which arguably will probably do a lot of things much better- weather sealed, AF, the plethora of video features, OLED screen and EVF, and more.
the x-e1 sure looks nice...but if they had to use a low spec LCD just to keep the costs down, you have to wonder what else is making it so expensive compared to so many other great cameras around the same price point.
sure its sensor is unique and it looks pretty...but uniqueness doesn't command 100% superior IQ, and looks only go so far. it's a good camera until you look at the prices for other great cameras.
You really ought to look at my blog entry that compares the GH2 to a recently rented Fuji X-Pro1. There is no comparison in terms of image quality and build. Also, my GH2 is NOT weather sealed.
I wish they would commit more resources to making and delivering X-E1 bodies in black.