X-E2, got it, what a beast!

Started Nov 8, 2013 | Discussions thread
mgn2 Regular Member • Posts: 138
Re: X-E2, got it, what a beast!

a l b e r t wrote:

So would you say you prefer the Fuji X-E2 to the Sony NEX-6?

I have an X100 and a NEX-6 + 1650PZ lens + Sigma 30mm and am considering putting more money into the system and buying a faster lens like the SEL 35mm 1.8 OSS or ditching Sony NEX and switching over to the Fuji X system.

I love my X100 for the colors, JPEG output, size, looks, manual controls but the AF is just not fast enough for taking pictures of a fast-moving toddler in low light indoors, so went for the NEX. The NEX has worked out ok, but I need a faster lens, and the Sony 35mm is $450 (overpriced IMO but perhaps justified by the OSS). I also would like the small size of the Sony (pocket-able in jackets). If I get the X-E2 + kit lens + 1 'normal' prime, do you think I'd get similar or better AF performance and how much bigger/heavier would this be than the Sony equivalent?

I'd say I can finally let go of my NEX-6 and my X10.

The NEX-6 has more firmware features since day 1, and it still has some useful features the X-E2 does not have. It also has more popping colors for OOC JPEGs, and it pulls up shadow detail much better than all the X cameras as far as JPEG is concerned. But it absolutely sucks when it comes to skin tone or flash exposure. And the camera menu is very cluttered.

I think AF is now on par or better than my NEX-6. I don't know if it is still fast enough for shooting toddlers, need some tests with my 4-yr old. But my initial feeling is that it is still not DSLR fast in terms of shutter lag / AF speed (when PDAF is not engaged).

Obviously, if you get the better glass, the X-E2 combo will be heavier, but than again, the same will happen if you get better glass for the NEX. To me, there is no NEX glass with f=1.4, so it has to be lighter because of that. Also, it depends on which NEX model you compare to, i.e.: NEX-5 or NEX-6/7, the latter is heavier.

Thanks Albert. Your review of the X-E2 is very encouraging but to me I'm not convinced that the X-E2 will be leaps and bounds better than my NEX-6 in terms of AF and I'd be giving up the pocket-ability of my NEX+1650PZ or Sigma 30mm (or even the Sony 35mm 1.8 OSS).

I am mainly interested in  a body + kit lens + 35mm fast prime (and perhaps a wide-angle prime and long zoom down the line) while keeping the size/weight down, regardless of which system I go with. I used to have a Nikon D40 + Nikkor 35 1.8 which was on the camera 80% of the time, 15% 18-55 kit lens, 5% 55-200 zoom. I assume the X-E2 + kit lens will be much larger than the NEX-6 + kit lens, but the X-E2 + 35mm will be about the same size as the NEX-6+ 35mm. I already have the 23mm covered with the X100. With regards to a 1.4 lens, I use a Minolta 50mm f1.4 that is very fast but a little too long for indoor use.

So my main concern in moving from NEX-6 to X-E2 ultimately would be the usability/AF/speed/size/weight of one camera vs. the other using the respective 35mm prime lenses. Is this something you can comment on? Anyway, I am not a pro and the marginal improvement in my photographic ability is not going to go that far I reckon!

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