X-E1: “the closest thing to perfection”… stevehuffphoto review

It’s time for X-E1 reviews. This camera attracts the interest of many, and I found an interesting review on stevehuffphoto.

Excellent image quality, sharp and natural pictures, amazing ISO and low light performance, beautiful color rendition and the JPEG are “just that good“. Maybe you have to get used to the EVF, but the EVF is, according to this review, one of the best in color, contrast and clarity. The camera feels solid and well built. And even if there is no focus-peaking feature, there where no problems to get the shots in good focus with the CV 21mm f/4, the 40mm f/1.4 Nokton and the 50mm f/1.5 Nokton.

I enjoyed the big amount of lenses testet in combination with the X-E1. You can find pictures shot with the Fuji 18mm and 35mm lens, the The Voigtlander 21mm f/4 Skopar, 40mm and 50mm f/1.4 Nokton, Zeiss 35mm f/2 Biogon and at least the Leica 50mm f/2 Summitar.

The conclusions are that “the XE1 feels mature. I think Fuji has learned a lot over the last year from the release of the x100 and XPro1, and they’ve done a good job listening to feedback from the photographers out there using their cameras. Overall operational speed on the XE1 is good; not blazing fast like a high-end DSLR, but certainly fast enough for many of us” and although the autofocus speed is drastically improved with the last firmware and is fast enough “on some occasions with the 35mm lens, it had a little trouble locking on exactly what you want it to“.

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bye by Patrick

Cooke Speed ​​Panchro 25mm F1.8 SER II mount on a Fuji X-Pro1

The Japanese site dc.watch posted a original review about the X-Pro1 combined with the Cooke Speed Panchro 25mm F1.8 SER II.  Well, my Japanese knowledge begins and ends with the word “sayonara”, so I had to use the google translator tool. But the automatic translator tool struggled also with the Japanese language, and so the review is a bit cryptic. Nevertheless, there are some sample pictures you can see. The English Company Cooke designs the Panchro lenses for motion photography. If you liked that, and enjoy beeing creative in mounting lenses, here is a used Cooke Speed Panchro on ebay (auction end on October 22).

Sayonara!

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Cooke Speed Panchro auction was found via slidoo.

Fuji X-E1 available on Amazon Germany

 

The X-E1 is available in Germany on Amazon.de.

For the non-German Fuji followers out there (and for Germans that missed it), here is a short translation of the review of the popular chip.de team about the X-E1. The German guy seems to be very enthusiastic about the X-E1.  He talks about the new technology used in this camera, so that the 16 MP sensor promises to reach a picture quality of full frame DSLR cameras. The OLED-finder is sharp and rich in contrast. The camera switches automatically form finder to display, using an eye-sensor. As we know, the X-E1 comes with an integrated flash. The interface of the camera is definitely oriented to expert photographers because of the many manual adjustment possibilities. If you prefer, the camera can, of course, set the adjustments automatically. The video function is somewhere hidden in the options. Videos are shot in Full-HD and stereo quality. There is a Jack-connection for additional microphones. And at last, the reviewer says that the camera is well made, aesthetically gorgeous and feels very good when you hold it. All this for 900€.

See some sample pictures on Fuji’s website.

Fujifilm X Pro 1 vs Sony Nex 6

Phoblographer posted an informal comparison between the Fujifilm X Pro 1 and the Sony Nex 6. He compared both cameras in landscape shooting. The image samples you can watch on phoblographer show some differences. The first thing we recognise is that pictures on the Sony Nex 6 look warmer than on the Fuji X Pro 1. Phoblographer notices also that “at the same exposures the X Pro 1 will retain more detail in the highlights but the NEX 6 will retain more information in the shadows”, and that pictures taken with the X Pro 1 look sharper.

Sony Nex 6                                                                         Fuji X Pro 1

Watch the test and more sample pictures at Phoblographer.