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“.


bye by Patrick

  • surprise

    I just can’t make my mind up on the x-e1 or the nex 6.

    • vam

      Here’s a short list for you, maybe it can help deciding. Of course the best way is to try both of them in your hands.

      X-E1 advantages:
      – Better colors and amazing JPG engine and precise auto white balance
      (it means you can greatly reduce the amount of time sitting in front of the computer retouching)
      – More reasonable available lenses and roadmap with constant high quality
      – You can set up the exposure without turning on the camera with the analog controls
      – Feels more like a camera

      NEX-6 advantages:
      – Tilting LCD
      – Easier to use as a beginner
      – More accessories
      – Fully Lightroom compatible RAW files
      – Feels more like a hige tech gadget
      – Optical Image Stabilization in some lenses
      – Small kit zoom
      – Smaller size
      – Focus peaking

      • Two feature that I have in NEX which is not available in XE-1 is
        – Tilt Screen
        – Focus peaking

        the feature that I cannot get on NEX and only available on XE-1 is fuji color!

  • Maaglo

    Hello Surprise,

    No Choice, just X-E1 !

  • Rick Miller

    Well, to be accurate this was a guest review on Steve’s site but not a review that Steve himself did and wrote about.

  • Roberto

    @vam: also the X-E1 has the Optical Image Stabilization in some lenses: the “almost” current 18-55, and the future (next year) 10-24 and 55-200.

    The main disadvantage of the Nex system is the lack of (good) lenses. Maybe something is slowly changing, now… may be.

    • vam

      Roberto, you’re correct. I wanted to say there are some fixed NEX lenses which have OIS because every Fuji X and NEX zoom lens has or going to have stabilizer if I’m not mistaken, according to the road maps.

  • Roberto

    Also the X-E1 has Optical Image Stabilization in some lenses: the current 18-55 and the future (next year) 10-24 and 55-200.

    The main disadvantage of the Nex system is the lack of (good) lenses.

    • Roberto

      @vam: you are right: the Nex 35 and 50 mm. All the fixed Fuji lenses (produced, or just announced) haven’t the stabilizer.

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