X-E1 Viewfinder and First Impressions

Started Apr 11, 2014 | Discussions thread
OP mdb1986 Regular Member • Posts: 165
Re: X-E1 Viewfinder and First Impressions

mdb1986 wrote:

I have a X-E1 for about a week right now that I'm evaluating. I have both the 18-55 and 55-200 lenses. It seems OK. But the viewfinder is beyond bad. I mean, you can't read the text on the screen or anything. Looking through it is like trying to look at Mt Rushmore with reading glasses. I mean, it's awful. Perhaps it's just defective? Or maybe there's some setting I'm missing?

Other than that, I'm seeing some pretty slow focus times - especially with the 55-200 - which is ironic, since I'm coming from the EOS M, which was supposed to have the worst AF ever. The pictures certainly seem nice, but the screen isn't close to the M. It's like comparing a 2010 flip phone to the Iphone 5. I can't see a huge difference in image quality under good lighting conditions, but under high ISO, definitely a big difference. Fuji wins no question. Fuji also wins in ability to customize and neat features.

One of the big reasons I wanted to switch from M was that I thought it would become too bulky with the EF/EF-S adapter. Ironically, the M with the adapter and Tamron 18-200 is still smaller and thinner than the X-E1 with 55-200 attached.

I'll admit, perhaps I'm just a hick photography that likes "ketchup of my steak", but thought I would share my thoughts in general when asking about the viewfinder. Of course, something new is always difficult, so I'll give it time and post more once I get out and shoot with it some more.

I'm not meaning to offend anyone. So if you think I'm an incompetent idiot, please say so nicely :).

Again, these are just my observations.  Not meaning to offend anyone.  So I've shot a lot more with the Fuji system.  It takes beautiful photos.  Lenses are very nice as well (albeit very heavy).  But I just feel like I can't compose a photo when I don't know what the colors are going to look like.  A sunset turns more golden when I drop the exposure a bit.  Or, the colors in a flower look so much more vivid - or whatever.  Probably isn't an issue for a more experienced photographer, but is a huge one for me.  I love pretty much everything else about the camera.  I think unfortunately, the Fuji is going back to it's home.  And the worst thing is, there isn't another option I've found for mirrorless when the screens/viewfinders are any better in terms of color reproduction.  I am just confused honestly.  It seems odd to me to sell a $20 screen with a $1000 camera.  The "wow" factor of your average Joe at a camera shop would go up by 10x it seems if the screen looked really and indicated what absolutely stunning photos the Fuji can take.  But, it's likely just me depending on the wrong things when I take pictures.  Again, just my observations - which are worth exactly what you're paying for them - ahem, nothing.

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