XE1 initial comments Thought about waiting until I shoot more, but what they heck. First initial thought: while saving money buying from Amazon warehouse, it does spoil the box opening event. "used" label. Wrinkly plastic wraps. Camera already initialized. etc. Oh well. It's the camera, not the box, that I dropped more then $1,000 for. Overall, it's just different. I spent the morning shooting with my EPL5 + 17/1.8. About 100 shots on a walk-around with the dog. It'll be REALLY tough to beat that combo. The IQ may be where it'll win. The Menu system on the Fuji I actually like. I like how, e.g. the drive button has the drive PLUS the braketing PLUS movie mode PLUS panorama all behind it. That makes perfect sense to me. I'm finding the camera snappier than I was lead to believe, lol. The menu times, time back to shooting, etc. are all perfectly acceptable. I think it was Claire who said it focuses as fast as NEX, which I would concur with (though not as fast as m43). I have to get used to looking at the EV meter. With m43, if you underexpose, one of the symbols blinks at you, like "hey, fool, your under or overexposed" With the Fuji, the EV meter just shows + or -. Again, to echo one of Claire's comments: I'm not sure I like the EVF NOT showing me the exposure effects. I get this with m43. Am I missing a setting? Can it show exposure effects of ss and ap in the LCD/EVF? The EVF is behind the EV2 on the Oly. More lag and smearing. It might be workable, though. The feel of the camera is just different. Neither better nor worse on balance. Just different. Certainly my 5D has better grip, but is much heavier. My EPL5 (mounted with the EP3 large grip) also has better grip, but the controls are so tight on that camera. It's nice to have a bit more finger room. It's heavy enough to say "well constructed" but I don't need weight, per say. Though that might become more important when I try a flash. One thing with the EPL5, I just don't think it takes well with a real flash head. Partly because if you add in the flash, you lose the EVF, and the camera needs to utilize the EVF to steday it with flash. So, the EPL5 is a "no flash" camera for me. The XE1 feels like it could take the bounce/tilt flash that Fuji offers pretty easily, but then maybe that's what I have the 5D for??? Any rate, those are my first impressions. I've just begun shooting, and we're getting socked with snow again, so there may be some more opportunities for shooting this weekend. Maybe we should have a thread called "newbie impressions." I would invite anyone to post here their own first impressions, if you want.