Fuji XE-2 Review w/ The Camera Store

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A couple of days ago the fine gentlemen at The Camera Store invited me out for an afternoon of playing around with the newly announced Fuji XE-2. For those of you who have been here before, you will remember that not so long ago my X-Pro1 had a rather unfortunate encounter with the side of a mountain, and as such, the chance to try out what Fuji is currently releasing was perfect timing. Check out the video if you have 9min 26secs to kill. Make sure to change the quality to HD.

And here are the photos that we took while cruising around for a couple of hours:

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And there you have it. I’m not going to get into any kind of in depth review, there are more than enough of those floating around if you’re interested in reading them, but what I will say is that I really enjoyed the camera, and it made me miss having a small walk around camera at my disposal. Once they become available, I have little doubt one will end up in my hands.

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11 comments

  1. Hi Nathan-

    First of all…amazing photos you have on this blog! I love the lighting and composition, but I fear that most of these photos were not captured with the Fuji X systems?

    I currently have a Nikon D600 and a few lenses (Nikon 24-120 f/4 VRII, Nikon 105 f/2.8 VRII macro, Nikon 70-300 AF-S VRII), but I’m getting ready to fall off that boat because the gear is becoming too heavy and is forcing me to use my camera less. I feel that I am falling out of love with photography and was highly considering moving over to a mirrorless setup (Fuji X-E2) to hopefully rekindle the passion again. I love full frame, Nikon lenses, and the sharpness of image quality that is produced from my current setup. Since you shoot with both Nikon and Fuji, would you say that the Fuji lenses are equal in sharpness as Nikon’s offerings? Some of the photos I am seeing on the web with the Fuji system seems a bit soft compared to Nikon. Thoughts?

    Looking forward to your reply!

    • Hey Spencer,

      The majority of work that I’ve posted recently has been shot with the Fuji X system, and I’ve actually created an ‘X-Series’ category for people to view posts relating to that system in the top left menu, but in the grand scheme of things no, most of my professional work has been shot with the Nikon system. As for lens quality, both offer super sharp lens’, especially when it comes to primes, but I am far from a ‘gear tester’ and I haven’t done any side by side comparisons. I’ve been happy with what I’ve purchased from both companies.

      Cheers

      • Thanks for the reply Nathan! It looks like I will purchase the X-E2 later in the year to test before getting rid of my Nikon gear all together. But before doing that I guess I would need to understand how the Fuji system works. Since I only shoot in RAW, I wouldn’t have to deal with all the film simulation filters…correct?

  2. I’m having a bit of a same situation as Spencer.

    I currently own D800 with 50mm f1.2 and 85mm f1.4 lenses, plus X100S. I’m not a professional photographer by any means, I mainly shoot portraits of my family (we have a 1.5 year-old son), just documenting everyday life, and I also like street photography. I occasionally do some small photo”jobs”, which are basically just some product shots, or portraits for the people I know.

    Now like Spencer, I also love full frame. I like to shoot a lot with wide open apertures, and guess I’m somewhat of a “bokeh-addict”. However, since I like to shoot mainly everyday things, the D800 doesn’t get as much use as it’s supposed to, mainly due to it’s size & weight.

    So now I’ve been playing with an idea of changing my whole gear, sort of simplifying my whole camera bag, by perhaps getting an X-E2 with some lenses, most likely 35mm 1.4, and maybe the 56mm f1.2. Also, the X-E2 with some Leica lenses sounds tempting. I like to use manual focus a lot as well, so not having AF with Leica lenses wouldn’t be a problem. Can you tell me how is the manual focusing with X-E2 with Fuji lenses? With X100S it’s pretty much useless in my opinion, since it’s so slow with that “focus-by-wire” -system. Also, one thing about X100S that I don’t like is the autofocus sawing back and forth sometimes, trying to lock. It is usually so slow, that it causes me to miss a photo completely. However, if the manual focusing with X-E2 is a breeze, maybe I could live with the not-so-good AF.

    Turned out to be pretty long comment, but as a conclusion, I’m tempted to switch to X-E2, but am a bit concerned of not having the bokeh from FF, and also wonder how is the manual focussing with those Fuji lenses.

    • Hey JS,

      To be totally honest, I haven’t used the manual focus feature all that much, at least not enough to give you a solid opinion about it. I did buy a Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 ai-s lens with the metabones adapter, but right after I bought it Fuji hooked me up with the pre-production 56mm f/1.2 so I really haven’t used it yet :) If I do end up using it more, I’ll write about it a little, but you may have to look somewhere else for the answer to your question.

      Cheers

  3. Thanks for the quick answer.

    Looking forward reading more about it :)
    Anyway, this blog of yours was a great find, will definitely start to follow!

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