I just unboxed my new XE1 and the battery is sitting in the charger. I've spent a few minutes playing with it and I have a few initial reactions to it.
1. The body is lighter than I thought it would be but it's quite comfortable in the hand. That said, the controls fall naturally into my hand and my initial reaction was that it felt like a real camera. Not that the NEX isn't a real camera (it is) but the XE1 is very familiar in the hand and I like it a lot. A LOT!
2. The EVF is laggy in low light but it's not unacceptably so. On a rainy Fall day my house is pretty dark and the EVF reacted about like I thought it would. The LCD on my NEX is just as laggy in poor light and as I recall so was the external EVF for the 5n when I had it. The eye relief is decent on the XE1 but not great. The diopter control is nice The EVF seem pretty useable though. The camera doesn't have the firmware so I need to update it to get a look at focus peaking. The rear LCD is fine. It's not as high resolution as the one on the 5n but it's fine. I do wish it flipped up but you can't have everything.
3. The XE1 came with an HG-XE1 handgrip that I was absolutely sure I was going to sell UNTIL I put it on the camera and realized i really like the handgrip. Too bad you need to take it off when you want to get files off of the SD card. I might still sell it but I like it enough to reconsider. I put a Gordy wrist strap on it and the XE1 is comfortable both with and without the handgrip.
4. I switched the camera to use without lens and popped my Konica 40/1.8 on it. It looks pretty great. let's see if it can produces images that look as good as the camera does.
As I am concluding my pre-production testing of the Fujifilm X100T (I'm expecting one last firmware update before production units start shipping in a few weeks), I'd like to take this opportunity to show unedited strait-out-of-camera JPEG samples that I have taken with a pre-production camera (including WCL-X100 and TXL-X100 converters) and several incarnations of beta firmware.
Click on the images to see and download full-size original files and inspect original EXIF data (including Fujifilm Maker Notes).
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I am finally able to evaluate my own pre-production copy of the X100T. After a few hours of testing, here's my initial list of improvements / changes vs. the X100S:
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- improved JPEG engine with Classic Chrome, ISO 51200
- improved user interface showing mire information while obscuring less of the scene, leaving the corners of the image free
- live view with improved WYSIWYG (Natural Live View, DR simulation, color saturation setting, automatic brightness setting)
- fast real-time viewfinder like in the X-E2, X-T1 and X30
- improved button layout with selector keys replacing the second command dial (the focus ring now serves as second command dial in playback mode)
- main command dial is now a real thumb wheel instead of a rocker key
- new hybrid viewfinder with picture-in-picture option (electronic rangefinder) in the OVF (incl. magnification and MD assistants) and automatic parallax correction in MF mode
- larger LCD display (3:2) with higher resolution
- faster AF with new algorithm
- tracking AF feature like in the X-T1
- same AF settings and options as in the X-T1
- face recognition
- PDAF also works with Instant AF (AF-L button / One-Touch AF)
- AF-Lock takes new measurement when pressed
- optional coupling of spot metering with the active AF frame (incl. the size of the active AF frame)
- new multi-point AF multi mode in AF-S
- built-in wifi with image transfer, remote control and Instax printing
- exposure compensation dial with ± 3 EV
- aperture ring with 1/3 EV steps
- improved focus ring
- more reliable battery life indicator
- electronic shutter with 1/32.000 sec.
- Q menu is fully configurable
- 7 Fn buttons
- 3 different Auto-ISO settings
Fuji 56mm F1.2 Long Term Review
Fuji's X-system has earned an excellent reputation for its optics in the couple of years since its inception - there's not a single mediocre lens for the mount. Still, though the system launched with an excellent set of primes, the absence of a dedicated portrait lens was a gaping hole in the lineup. Needless to say, the 56mm F1.2 was met with much excitement, and accolades came pouring in from all directions. I've had the chance to use the lens for a long time, and though it's not without its flaws, it's clear Fuji introduced another legendary optic to the market.
Build and Design
The 56mm is crafted in the aesthetic of Fuji's other fast primes: black anodized aluminum with an electronic aperture ring to complement the focusing ring. Like its brethren, it feels solid without being overly heavy. I also found it smaller than expected; it's a large lens, but less so than you'd think for a short tele with an F1.2 aperture and an APS-C image circle. In fact, it's slightly smaller than the Panasonic 42.5mm F1.2, which is designed for a smaller sensor (although that lens features image stabilization, which this one does not). The 56mm is nearly all glass. Just be wary of the included hood though - that will essentially double it in size. The hood does help prevent some flare and contrast... [Read More]
Aug 15, 2014 - 7:43 PM - by Iansky
We did a day trip to Weston on Wed, overcast to start and it cleared up nicely in the afternoon. I took the X100s to try the TCL-X100 lens and I am very pleased with the results, no loss on AF speed and the images seem nice and sharp so as well as being well made, good value for money it also delivers the goods!
Jul 19, 2014 - 10:11 AM - by Billdad
Jul 04, 2014 - 8:13 PM - by Jman13
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