For one time, let me begin with the conclusions of framighands.com (click here). Richard Simko traveld through Myanmar with his X-E1 and at the end he says: “This camera is not without quirks as many previous Fuji cameras but it has less of them and Fuji seems to continuously working on improvements. It is easy one to fall in love with. And boy, I do love it. It is unobtrusive, light, relatively easy to handle and well built. I can carry it all day long without even noticing the weight… With growing lens range from Fuji as well as lenses from other vendors (noticeable Zeiss – EXCITING!!!) the future looks very promising.” [fujirumors told you yet that the new Zeiss lenses for the Fuji X system, the 12mm f/2.8, 32mm f/1.8 and 50mm f/2.8 with a price of around 1.000 Euro will hit the market on April 2013.]
PROS: The X-E1 looks gorgeous, has a great ISO performance, the Fujinon 35mm lens in very nice, sharp, fast and “it is rendering bokeh in very pleasing way.” And the image quality? “When it comes to quality of image I think Fuji nailed it 110%. It is simply stunning. My “WOW” sounded much louder than when I first time saw files from Nikon D800. There is something to the X-Trans sensor… I am stunned by quality, colour rendition and dynamic range. I have to say that light condition I used this camera were pretty though ones with mostly very contrasty scenes, yet I was able to pull so much details from highlights as well as shadows.” Other reviews said that the X-E1 is too easy. For Richard Simko this is a PRO: “very light and one can barely notice it even after whole day wearing it on the shoulder or around the neck.”
CONS: But, as he already said, there are some quirks. Here a list of some of them: “The EVF display shows the updated aperture with little lag” Further on he says: “Changing the autofocus point is awkward. Button is positioned lower left corner on the back of the camera. This means it cannot be done without moving the camera away from the face and not looking like I am digging the nose at the same time. This can be a big deal to some… At F1.4 the depth of field is so shallow that even that slight movement when recomposing can throw the focus off (look at this picture here: the eyes of the Buddhist monk are not the sharpest)…” The focus: “in bad light conditions camera hunts for focus and cannot seem to find it. There is new firmware available for lenses so hope this might improve the situation… Focusing seems still slow to me. This is definitely not an action photography camera.” “There is a little shutter lag.” As Pedro Kok said for the X-PRO1, also the rubber lens cap of the X-E1 easily falls down, making it useless.
“This is only short insight and there can be definitely more written about it. What I can say I didn’t regret a bit investing money into this jewel.”
Read the whole review of Richard Simko here.
You can read about his travel through Myanmar here.