I've always been a fan of Fuji and have been following the X cameras with great interest. I've said it before more than once - the X10 and X100 were cameras I've been waiting for for years now. They are cameras I knew should exist but didn't until Fuji had the guts to make them a reality. Still, I am pretty heavily invested in other systems and decided to hold back. As 2012 drew to a close, I resolved that I would buy no new cameras in 2013. I certainly didn't need any new gear for the sake of photography, and it was time to show some restraint. Now just a couple months later, I had the idea to start Xtogs, and it only seems right to be part of the fun here. So I started to look around for good deals on an X10 or X100. I checked all the usual places: Fred Miranda, Ebay, Craigslist, S.C., Mu-43, GetDPI, etc. Nothing was quite low priced enough to jump on with the X20 and X100S right around the corner. So... I decided to stop by the local camera store to see if they had either of those cameras on clearance. They were selling the X10 new for $500. Not a bad deal, but I'd rather wait for the X20 than pay that. They also had one used X100 for $750, but it was an early production model with some significant wear. So... I asked to try out the X-E1 and "kit lens": -AF much faster than I expected -Kit lens smaller, nicer feeling, and sharper than I expected -EVF nicer than I expected -Controls - so very intuitive -Image stabilization - excellent What to do? soooo... I'm a proud new owner of an X-E1 kit. One New Year's resolution bites the dust. Will have to try extra hard to lose weight . By the way - this is some kit lens! Might just turn out to be my favorite zoom ever.