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

Started Sep 25, 2012 | Discussions thread
moimoi Veteran Member • Posts: 4,244
Re: Hands-On and Images of the Fujifilm X-E1 & 35mm f/1.4R lens

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.


  • 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.


  • 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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