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Good to go: Living and shooting with the Fujifilm X-E2

By dpreview staff on Feb 4, 2014 at 20:56 GMT
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As part of our forthcoming review, we've been shooting extensively with the Fujifilm X-E2. Dpreview's Richard Butler used the camera on his recent vacation and has written about his experience living with it during that time. The X-E2's headline specifications are all solid enough, but it's the attention-to-detail and the implementation of some under-appreciated features that caught his eye. The X-E2 is a small camera that offers a high level of direct control, but does that make it the perfect traveling companion? 

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Total comments: 62
Andy Dan
By Andy Dan (2 months ago)

Come on Dpreview...just post the final review!

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lenseye
By lenseye (2 months ago)

Why not do a proper review of this camera so that anyone interested can do a reasonable comparison with like products? What's with this first impression crap that DPR has been sporting recently?

5 upvotes
$$Policy$$
By $$Policy$$ (2 months ago)

I'm really enjoying my XE2. Current lenses include: 23mm f/1.4 and 55-200 with IS. A 16-55mm (24-85 equiv) with IS and many more lenses are on the horizon map.

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backayonder
By backayonder (2 months ago)

XE2 or XPro1 or XT1 or X100s or X20

Decisions decisions decisions

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Zoron
By Zoron (2 months ago)

APSC Full Body Grip X1

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Resom
By Resom (2 months ago)

"Living and shooting with the Fujifilm X-E2"

Wedding? "John married his Fujifilm, Peter his OMD"

Note - very sad > this article does not show the possibilities with underwear to replace a bean bag. :(

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PinPoint
By PinPoint (2 months ago)

I hope Fuji will release firmware to improve its X-E1 video capability so that I don't have to switch off the camera and use my Samsung hand-phone to capture better video...

3 upvotes
dual12
By dual12 (2 months ago)

Forget it. Fuji is not interested in video.

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Rocker44
By Rocker44 (2 months ago)

I am amazed you found opportunities to take photos in the UK where it wasn't torrential rain. Well done Richard Butler.

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Tom_A
By Tom_A (2 months ago)

I have the XE-1 which is ergonomically the same, the XE-2 is mainly better regarding AF-speed which is indeed average on the XE-1.
I find it a very nice travel camera. Typically I just take the 35mm f1.4, I also have the standard zoom which is good as well but the 35 is truly impressive.
Historically on my Nikon D200 I always shot raw and then spent time finetuning in photoshop. I found that unless the light is really difficult, the XE-1's jpg quality is very nice. I typically set the camera on "velvia" (saturated) colours when traveling, I like that people look a bit healthier on holdiay snaps than they look in reality!
My D200, while a bit antique, is stil a nice camera in the lower ISO range, and it is built very sturdily. However for travel the XE-1 has won my heart.
I also like the old-fashioned controls, I don't have to browse through menu's, in essence I shoot with it like with my vintage Nikon F3.

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mumintroll
By mumintroll (2 months ago)

I own D200 as well. Unfortunately it has some hot pixels on higher sensitivity. I have many nikon lenses, so I'm gonna buy nikon again. I'm wondering about Fuji too. But buying new lenses and all other stuff(filters) would be to expensive to switch.

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Gail44
By Gail44 (2 months ago)

Easy. The lenses.

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Miwok
By Miwok (2 months ago)

Why should go with this camera when a NEX-6 give me almost the same for half the price?

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Peter Jonas
By Peter Jonas (2 months ago)

It's your choice of course.

However, it appears you are a little pessimistic about the performance of the X-E2 and at the same time way too optimistic about the price of the NEX-6.

Good luck with your purchase.

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greypixelz
By greypixelz (2 months ago)

fuji cameras are way overpriced!

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Miwok
By Miwok (2 months ago)

Peter: Better perf on the X-E2? Well, Maybe about jpeg :).
And about the Price, the NEX-6 + Kit Lens 18-55 is on sale for 600 euro (the Fuji & Kit lens is +1200 euro)

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Philip Sm
By Philip Sm (2 months ago)

You have stated the answer to you problem "is on sale"
The one you want will be on sale sooner or later buy it then.

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EricWN
By EricWN (2 months ago)

Maybe read up on some reviews and forum entries from Fuji users to get a better understanding of the appeal of the X-Series.
You can also rent one and test it for a couple of days to form your own opinion based on your experience. Some gear works better for some than for others.

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misolo
By misolo (2 months ago)

At B&H, XE1 for USD 800, NEX 6 for USD 750. The XE1 comes with a 2.8-4.0 zoom, the NEX 6 with a 3.5-5.6 zoom. That seems to make the Fuji, by a wide margin, the better deal.

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Keto
By Keto (2 months ago)

The Fuji actually has a few decent lenses to go with it.

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dscobie62
By dscobie62 (2 months ago)

Miwok: Comparing a Nex-6 kit lens and the X-E2 kit lens is like comparing chalk and cheese. Not even in the same ball park (quality and therefore price).
Also the Nex-6 is far further into it's life-cycle, the price is going to be lower. The X-E2 is still relatively new, further price drops probably to come.

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CFynn
By CFynn (2 months ago)

@Miwok

But look at the prices for the best prime lenses for the NEX. the Fuji prime lenses are at least as good as the best of the E-mount prime lenses available for the NEX at much less money - and there seem to be more _very good_ native mount lenses to choose from.

So, if that's what you shoot with, where are the savings with the NEX?

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Kglass77
By Kglass77 (2 months ago)

@Miwok dscobie62 has said it all. I owned the nex-6 almost 2 yrs ago. While it took descent pics it cost a lot more then. Main reason for the switch to Fuji beside IQ was the amazing lenses which are available. X-E2 is a new to the market camera. To do a sony comparison it's more like the nex-7 at 1st launch to the X-E2.

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Woodlink
By Woodlink (2 months ago)

the Canon 5D mark 3 is way overpriced as well.

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dual12
By dual12 (2 months ago)

The Nex-6 is noisy like all Sony cameras. Sony doesn't place a high priority on low noise. Pentax, Fuji, and Nikon all use Sony sensors and all have less noise than Sony, especially Pentax and Fuji.

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Chengis
By Chengis (2 months ago)

One thing I have found out recently is that going through the DP forum to choose a camera actually save you a lot of money by helping you to remain indecisive. Note: I have been a reader of DPR since 2001.

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Hugo808
By Hugo808 (2 months ago)

I was going to buy one of these but I feel I'm reading yesterdays news already.

Makes me wary about buying a XT-1 in case the XT-2 comes out before I've handed over my credit details.

I'd hate to own a camera shop, they are giving away last months cameras at a loss.

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Philip Sm
By Philip Sm (2 months ago)

That is the case with any electronic item they already have the newer version decided on before you get the current version.

The shops are not making a loss.

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Hugo808
By Hugo808 (2 months ago)

They are if they can't sell them!

I used to work in a camera shop and I know the sort of tiny profits they make on camera bodies. My local shop has a stack of XE-1's at rock bottom prices and now the XE-2 will join them in the "never sell" bin.

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calking
By calking (2 months ago)

Then you should be buying for what you need, rather than to own the latest and greatest. The XE-1 is a perfectly fine camera and is NOT trumped by a substantial-enough margin by either the XE-2 or XT-1, IF you're just looking for great IQ at a bargain price. But this notion that someday any camera manufacturer is going to release the Holy Grail of camera bodies that won't suffer a decline in value is folly. Once the XT-2 is out there'll be something new.

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Olymore
By Olymore (2 months ago)

Great news for us though. When the XE-3 comes out I may buy an XE-2 and kit lens as an entry into the system.

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lenseye
By lenseye (2 months ago)

If you like a camera and think it does what you need just buy it and don't worry about the next model! We're way past the point where the next model is significantly better or even better at all.

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RichRMA
By RichRMA (2 months ago)

Fuji's noise control in RAW and lack of moire is impressive, but images have to be sharpened up a bit to match the Sony sensor output. Resolution is pretty much the same for both.

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Just a Photographer
By Just a Photographer (2 months ago)

Sharpening can be done in post. But removing artefacts and sensor flare on the Sony is a lot harder.

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3613281

Sony seems to have a problem and they better deal with it!

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kadardr
By kadardr (2 months ago)

@JustaPhotog: Your quotation is about behavior with non-Sony brand lenses. The problem is not the quality of raw, but the lack of a sufficient selection of original brand glass for A7, which will be the cheapest FF body soon anyway. So we might cheer up a little bit.

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BorisAkunin
By BorisAkunin (2 months ago)

It's not about the f**king brand, it doesn't matter if it says Sony on the front of your lens...
These problems appear with non-retrofocal wide angle lenses (like the Leica M lenses).
Longer lenses and retrofocal designs (pretty much all of the SLR lenses) are working fine on the A7(r).

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Philip Sm
By Philip Sm (2 months ago)

If Fuji are listening, I would like them do something about the RAW size 31mb's for a 16 megapixel camera.

They need to have option so it can be smaller or be able to determine if you want 12 or 14 bit output.

Some photos people would not need the whole 16mp but only want the raw at say 8 or 10mp

MR Fuji - Listen I would absolutely buy it but 31mp raw TOOOOOOO big!

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T3
By T3 (2 months ago)

What you want is what Canon offers with their RAW files: RAW (full size RAW), mRAW (medium size RAW), and sRAW (small size RAW). On Canon's 18mp sensors, that equates to 10.1mp for mRAW, and 4.5mp for sRAW. Since Canon introduced this feature, I've found it to be tremendously useful. I shoot weddings, and with the huge volume of images that we shoot, larger file sizes quickly add up. I've always found that 10mp is plenty for most wedding images, so I shoot most of the wedding at mRAW. I only switch to full resolution RAW for the portrait and large group shots.

I love being able to adjust the resolution of my RAW files, just like you can with JPEGs. Hopefully, other manufacturers will adapt this strategy with their RAW files too.

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Philip Sm
By Philip Sm (2 months ago)

T3 - Exactly right I used to have a 7D canon now looking for newer camera, but 31mb is crazy when lots of photos are taken and all stored in RAW format.

The 10mp was the file size I also used most of the time rarely the large size but it was good to know it was available if required.

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Horshack
By Horshack (2 months ago)

Sony A7(r) users complain that their compressed files aren't big enough. Maybe Sony and Fuji can barter on compression algorithms. :)

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gskolenda
By gskolenda (2 months ago)

Man, Step up and get a bigger hard drive and faster computer, It's 2014!

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Philip Sm
By Philip Sm (2 months ago)

gskolenda - You have no idea about my situation regarding size of the output raw file.

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Provia_fan
By Provia_fan (2 months ago)

I haven't had the review yet, but knowing Fujifilm and having owned Fujifilm SR sensor based cameras, I can safely the large file size has to do with the very large dynamic range captured by their cameras. dynamic Range has always been Fuji's forte and judging by the results of my old SR cameras I wouldnt complain.

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Karroly
By Karroly (2 months ago)

My 14MP Samsung NX11 produces 28MB RAW files...
Extracting the JPEG "thumbnail" with DCRAW shows it is a full-res high-quality JPEG file of about 6.5 MB ! Thus shooting RAW+JPEG just gives you twice the JPEG file. The only difference I noticed between the two JPEG file is the "thumbnail" version contains a reduced set of EXIF data.

@gskolenda : big RAW file also means bigger and faster SD card and camera processor to achieve a decent burst rate. It also means more battery power. And in the end, more money...

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Philip Sm
By Philip Sm (2 months ago)

Provia_fan - part of the size is 14 bit I am sure it would be not hard for them to allow 12 bit instead as an option. For what I need 12 bit will suffice.

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Provia_fan
By Provia_fan (2 months ago)

Im not sure, it may be harder than we think as their sensors are unconventional and their processors have to use unconventional techniques. But personally, I would rather get all they've got for the best possible output. My S3 back in the days was already chuning 25MB RAW files, so im used to it. and with the price of memory cards falling, again personally I wouldnt complain. The output's great.

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Master Yoda
By Master Yoda (2 months ago)

Fuji is listening to those serious about photography and most importantly they are responding. Canon and Nikon should take notes. Looking forward to this Spring and Summer with my brand new X100s in Black too, just like so many of us asked to be made. Saying goodbye to Canon because Canon said goodbye to me.

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ybizzle
By ybizzle (2 months ago)

Fuji keeps on impressing me and taking my money. If they continue to come out with such solid cameras, I may have to go into severe debt after buying all of them.

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Everlast66
By Everlast66 (2 months ago)

Are you not starting to think that you are actually attracted by the gear rather than shooting with it? You know looking at it, playing with it, admiring...

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Zeisschen
By Zeisschen (2 months ago)

@ Everlast

In your "previous gear" list I see you already "had" Fuji X-T1. Didn't you like it in your dreams?

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ybizzle
By ybizzle (2 months ago)

I love both shooting and admiring them. My X100s and XF1 have been delightful to use as well as being admired by people that see them. The X-T1 that I also have on order will no doubt be another gem in my Fuji collection!

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Everlast66
By Everlast66 (2 months ago)

@Zeisschen
Oh, no, no, never had a Fuji camera, and I don't like the retro styling.
But now I understand ... when I was looking at the X-T1 page I happened to click the "I had it" button and it changed to cyan and I wasn't sure how to unselect it, now I understand the buttons there are linked to the Gear List and I removed it from there, he he

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Everlast66
By Everlast66 (2 months ago)

@ybizzle
What I meant is that unless this is your job, you cannot use efficiently more than 1-2 at most 3 cameras. Otherwise you are starting to collect cameras. I don't have anything against collecting but it is an expensive hobby. Because you said Fuji keep impressing you with new releases, as soon as you keep getting rid of old gear the impact on your wallet is much lower.

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ybizzle
By ybizzle (2 months ago)

Haha yes I see what you meant. I do photography on the side so yes it is a part time job. I wasn't fully serious about my statement. Yes I love the cameras but I also have to spend within my means. :)

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halbraun
By halbraun (2 months ago)

Seat 34D.. yuch.. you are going to need smaller gear or more status!!

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jimrpdx
By jimrpdx (2 months ago)

So that's why the K-3 review is taking so long - the shooter preparing a "shooters report" hasn't returned yet! :-)

Looks like Fuji has found its place - good for them.

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Everlast66
By Everlast66 (2 months ago)

I heard they had an incident with the Pentax K3 review. It is a tough camera so they went to test it in extreme conditions in the woods. Unfortunately, they were attacked there by a yetti (bigfoot) who took the camera! Then they had to wait for a new copy from Pentax and are now working on it.

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DDWD10
By DDWD10 (2 months ago)

Coincidentally, the Yeti was hired by Pentax to field test the K3II.

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robbo d
By robbo d (2 months ago)

I had some inside info that the yetti, was actually a double agent working on behalf of a consortium of other brands like Nikon, Canon and Sony who wanted their cameras reviewed first......and the yetti was offering holidays with Fuji cameras as well....who wouldnt take an offer like that?

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Resom
By Resom (2 months ago)

"Then they had to wait for a new copy from Pentax and are now working on it"

No, not really for a review. But they using the new K-3 to capture yetis with following cameras:

1. Olympus OMD E-M34
2. Nikon DF F4x
3. Fujifilm X-trem467

But I will be still very proud to own Pentax, because ... there is no other way to catch yetis, bigfoot or sasquatch.

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backayonder
By backayonder (2 months ago)

That same Yeti also stole the only D400 pre production model unknown to man.

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rosinate
By rosinate (2 months ago)

I currently have 2 XE2's and an Xpro 1. with 6 different lenses. Love the system and have dumped all of my nikon gear 6 months ago.

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