Some opinions on X-E1 real world performance please

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kgwhite Veteran Member • Posts: 5,186
Some opinions on X-E1 real world performance please

I’m interested in possibly adding a Fuji X-E1 camera to my current gear. The contradictory opinions offered in reviews for this camera are astounding. Everyone agrees that high ISO is good and images are stunning. Even some of the reviews who call color rendition dull remark that the image quality is excellent.

As a group I’m sure you folks have better understanding of the strengths and limitations of the X-E1. Any real world opinions about the camera would be appreciated. Unfortunately there are no local shops who carry Fuji high end cameras here in San Antonio to see for myself

Just a note on background, I have owned several Canon DSLRs APS & FF and I currently shoot with OMD E-M5. I do ambient light portraits, street/urban with a little landscape thrown in.

So far I’ve read more than a dozen reviews that offer the following insights.

  • On Auto focus
  •  Auto focus sucks
  •  Auto focus is OK
  •  Auto focus is OK after latest firmware
  • On EVF
  •  EVF sucks
  •  EVF is OK
  •  EVF is not good in bright light
  • On manual focus
  •  Manual focus is worthless
  •  Manual focus works well with focus peaking
  •  Manual focus works OK if you use AFL to get close first
  • On color rendition
  •  Out of the camera Jpegs have great color
  •  Jpeg Color is good for flesh tones but not for saturated landscapes
  •  Film simulations offer good color saturation
  •  Film simulations offer garish color and blocked up color rang
  • On Raw conversion
  •  CS6/ACR/LR do excellent conversion
  •  CS6/ACR/LR do poor conversion
  •  Do Raw conversions in-camera for best results
  • Don't shoot Raw
Fujifilm X-E1
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