The Fuji X-E2
I’ve had my Fuji X-E2 for a short while and I just wanted to post a few images, and talk about my initial reaction to using this update to the very popular X-E1.
Firstly, and very importantly; I am NOT paid by Fuji. I am not an official ambassador, I’ve never received any money from them. I have a good relationship with Fuji based on their equipment. Which I love. And yes, I evangelise but you know what, I tell it as it is. If there is a negative point, I will talk about that too.
Right, that out the way. I recently took the newly launched Fuji X-E2 on a wedding shoot with me. Now, as it was a new camera I took a very select amount of shots with it. Preferring of course to use equipment I’d tried and tested.
However, the images presented below were all taken at the wedding and I think you’ll be impressed with the image quality and ISO capabilities which in my mind are a step above both the X-E1 and the X-Pro1.
This is a very quick overview (I will do a fuller review in due course, so please do sign up to my feed using the subscription form at the bottom of this post). Note that the images are all from the camera JPGs – click the links at the end of the post for the original images. Lightroom does not support the RAF files at this time.
Look & Feel
Physically the camera is very similar to the X-E1. I opted for the all black version and I will tape up the X-E2 logo too to make the camera as “invisible as possible”. I kind of wish all the branding was on the top plate as with other models but can understand the marketing reasons for this.
There a couple of minor changes of note such as the Q button is in a different location and the camera has four fn buttons in total (two standard, two re-programmable). I would like to see the option to control the EVF/LCD display option as a Function button option.
Snappy. That’s the word I’m going to use. Compared to the X-Pro1 and the X-E1 the camera focuses very quickly in my opinion. The EVF now has a refresh rate in the region of 50 frames per second compared to the 20 frames per second of the X-E1. This makes lag much less of an issue.
The X-E2 uses the same X-Trans CMOS II sensor that is in the X100S, which includes on-chip phase detection elements for autofocus. This makes a very notable difference in my opinion when focusing. The AF is extremely reactive and for me, it’s a huge leap forward.
In low light, the camera will automatically revert back to the contrast detect system that is seen in the X-E1. AF in low light is still much improved however.
The phase detect system also enables a much more accurate focus tracking system and whilst I’m not going to be using any X-Series camera pitch side at rugby games soon the new AF-S functionality makes chasing the kids around much more likely to yield good images.
I think Fuji have worked wonders again here and I’m constantly amazed with the JPGs that the camera produces out of the box. I don’t have accurate tests on a camera by camera bases but by my reckoning the processing of elevated ISO images is greatly improved.
The images in my samples below are all take from the JPGs created by the camera. Note these are processed images. However, the original full size JPGs can be seen by clicking the relevant links.
My settings, for your reference are:
Highlights – 1
Noise Reduction -1
As mentioned I will do a more accurate review soon, but in the meantime, I think for wedding photographers out there who are looking for something small, descrete with amazing optic choices the Fuji X-E2 has to be a consideration.
Is it going to replace my X-Pro1? You know what? I think it may. I LOVE the OVF on my X-Pro1 and my X100S. I shoot almost everything in the OVF mode but the Fuji X-E2 is pulling at those heart strings.
I need to give it more of a full run for its money of course, but I can see this camera, along with the X100S being a staple of my shooting diet. Now, when the 56mm F1.2 lens comes out next year I can effectively revert to the 35/85 combination I used for years with my Canon kit in terms of focal length.
A few other features that I found useful yesterday:
The three stops of Exp Comp. Very useful for my style
180th Second SS Dial marker. Came in handy later on when trialling the flash. It worked well.
Separate AEL and AFL buttons. Helps with my back button focusing technique.
The Zoom in Focus check is very useful
Obviously the almost ubiquitous focus peaking
There is something I’m sad to see lost though, which is the View Mode button. I really use that a lot and I’m hopeful that can be added as a Fn button toggle in a future firmware update.
Feel free to leave comments, or questions below and I will do my best to respond…..in short, another “corker” from the chaps in Tokyo.