A new photographic era
For years I’ve been a loyal user of Lumix cameras and have become very familiar with their workings and have often been pleased with the results.
The time has come to graduate to a more sophisticated machine, and after considerable deliberation I’ve taken delivery of a Fujifilm X-E1 system, which is an exciting yet daunting move after knowing my trusty TZ-20 with its nifty Leica zoom so well. The Fuji has a range of available lenses with the zoom primed to manual operation.
After studying reviews and asking friends on Twitter, the Fuji prevailed with its excellent combination of old school styling encasing and up to the minute technology and features. You can set the shutter speed with a tactile metal knob, or perform this function with a digital menu.
There is a familiar small screen on the back of the camera and an electronic viewfinder which activates when you place your eye next to it. On the face of it, this is a sophisticated package which should expose the limitations of my old camera.
I spent hours with my new camera simply trying to become accustomed with all the functions and their location. And today I went out for the first time to put the system through its paces.
Feeling physically comfortable with your camera is very important to me, and my first port of call was to buy a small shoulder bag for my Fuji to live in – having that amount of costly camera around my neck didn’t feel right. The Lumix slides straight into my coat pocket.
When it came to taking the first shots, I decided to use shutter selection mode, letting the camera choose the aperture. This felt familiar, having always used my Lumix in manual mode. Choosing other settings is handily available through a quick menu.
Having a viewfinder again is peculiar – my instinct is to use the back screen, but I’ll have to retrain myself. While I’m now used to handling the heft of my vintage Soviet camera, the Fuji is a bigger beast than the little Lumix. I kept catching one of the control buttons and was scared of dropping it. Turning the camera for lengthways shots will also require a little practice.
As for the first photographs, I’ve yet to edit them. I would expect punchier, clearer shots and have already found myself using higher ISO levels which the Lumix struggled with. I’ll share them soon and in the meantime show you some more pictures of the X-E1.
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I’ve heard great things about the Fuji – and I love the styling. I moved to a mirror less system when the first digital Olympus Pens were introduced and love the small size and shooting experience – it’s reminiscent of shooting an old rangefinder.
I don’t think I’d stray elsewhere now, aside from my old Zenit and other vintage action. Indeed, it’s not cumbersome and looks good – always the most important thing. Well, perhaps not :)
Perhaps not :) but then again it may be more than looks. I shoot my old Olympus OMs fairly often – I tried to shoot a roll of film a month last year and managed to get through about 5 rolls. That look is more than retro style – it feels “right” in your hands. That’s what I love about the Fujis, Olys, and Lumix mirror less – they feel right.
I couldn’t agree more. The Fuji handles so well and the old-fashioned chrome shutter button is a pleasure to twirl – and then you have a state of the art electronic viewfinder alongside it.
I too have read some great reviews of this camera as I was camera shopping for a Christmas present. If the photos are as good as the camera styling you are going to be very pleased.
So far, so good – the focusing is precise and shots are much crisper. It’s quite a step up on my Lumix so I’d hope for better results. Thank you very much for having a good look round today, it’s really appreciated.
Look forward to seeing the results!
Thank you Noeline! The very first are due up soon…
Good luck with the Fuji. I always thought their products were rock solid and I’ve also read some great reviews of this one.
Hey, thank you very much. I’ve had a look at my first shots and am very encouraged – crisp and detailed as the reviews promised. And this was using a pretty high ISO in bright light today. My Lumix would have been pretty noisy in similar conditions.