A “drunk” Fuji X-E1 review :)


You would think reviewers are cold blood people focused on finding out all the quirks of the tested camera. But our reader Arjantavari managed to do find a new way to test cameras and warned me and you that “The only thing is, I’m a bit drunk. And I’ve been drinking for about 12 hours“. The video can be seen her eon top! Thanks Arjantavari for sharing your story ;)

And here is the “serious” review roundup:
Fuji X PRO 1 with two cheap Minolta Rokkor lens test at Getdpi.
Portraits in the ruins of Spain with the Fuji X-Pro1 ~ pictures and techniques at ProPhotonut.
Fuji X-E1 image samples at Seriouscompacts.
Fuji X PRO 1 for High Speed Water drop capture at Markhilliardatelier.

Fujifilm X-E1 Hands-on Review by Digitalrev.

Digitalrev tested the new Fuji X-E1 and posted that video you can watch here on top. Digitalrev is also one of the few stores having the Fuji X-E1 in Stock (Click here). And new image samples can be seen at Brandon Remler’s blog (Click here).

Preorders:
Black Fuji X-E1 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Silver Fuji X-E1 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Black Fuji X-E1 with 18-55mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Silver Fuji X-E1 with 18-55mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Fuji 14mm f/2.8 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Fuji 18-55mm f/2.8-4.0 OIS lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

Lenstip tests the 60mm macro: “it is the best X lens!”

We had no doubt the 60mm macro lens was the best of the first three X lenses launched back in January along the X PRO 1. Lenstip published the full review and said: “Out of three lenses, launched along the Fujifilm X-Pro1, the 2.4/60 model has the best pros to cons ratio“.Here is the pro and cosn list:

Pros:

  • solid and high quality casing,
  • very good resolution in the frame centre,
  • good resolution on the edge of the frame,
  • excellent correction of chromatic aberration,
  • slight spherical aberration,
  • good coma correction,
  • negligible astigmatism,
  • moderate vignetting,
  • good transmission.

Cons:

  • noticeable distortion,
  • unreliable autofocus,
  • work against bright light could have been better.

Links to the lens at Amazon and BHphoto.

Fuji roundup (SLRmagic, X PRO 1 vs E-M5)


Image courtesy: ThePhoBlographer.

As you know not only Fuji and Zeiss but also SLRmagic announced new X mount lenses. One of them is the 23mm f1.7 HyperPrime and you can see some picture of the lens attached on the X PRO 1 at ThePhotblographer. This is a manual focusing lens and it will be available for purchase in February 2013 for $399.

ThePhoBlographer also posted a double X PRO 1 field report:
1) Weekend of Extended Use With the Fujifilm X Pro 1 and Olympus OMD EM5 (Click here)
2) Shooting Candidly With the Fujifilm X Pro 1 (Firmware 2.0) (Click here)

US reminder: There is still that $300 saving deal on the X PRo 1 purchase at Amazon (Click here). But despite that huge deal the X-E1 is far more popular according to Amazon rankings. The X-E1 probably hit the right price-features spot.

Fujifilm X-E1 and XF 18-55mm Lens test by Brandon Remler.

Brandon Remler (Click here to watch) posted a nice X-E1 and 18-55mm test: “Needless to say I am overjoyed with its performance.  I hit the Quick menu button and flipped the X-E1 in Velvia mode and set off.  As expected the images are sharp and vivid and this is from a pre-production body and lens (it is not without faults because of this so it will only improve).” And he also says: “The new OLED 2.36MM EVF viewfinder is easy to work with and has a great viewing angle for use in all lighting situations (glasses on or off).

The new faster AF and the improved EVF are definitely the biggest highlights of the new X-E1. I am really wondering if Fuji will keep developing the hybrid EVF/OVF solution. I may soon start a poll about this to see what youthink about the EVF versus hybrdi VF debate.