Only a little bit, I promise!

Recently, a friend of mine followed the path of the wise (joking!) and traded in his old clunky DSLR to enter the land of mirrorless.

Now as much as I like Fuji's (and I do love them) I know they aren't for everyone, so I encouraged him to look at all the options out there. He did, and then bought an XE-2... Well to be honest, he looked, then asked me which Fuji to buy, so I suggested the XE-2, as at the time it was the new kid on the block, the first interchangeable lens in the Fujifilm line up with the X-Trans 2 sensor.

So to cut a long story short, he picked one up and straightaway sent it off with me to have a play and see what I thought.

Now this isn't going to be a pixel peeping review, with IQ charts, and comparisons at various ISO.... there are plenty of bloggers out there with time for that stuff, I suggest you go have a look if that what you're after.

For me, I already had a fair idea of the IQ, as I've been shooting with an X100S since they hit the shelves last year, and I was going to use it with my XF14, a lens which I know very well when bolted onto my X-Pro1.

What I wanted to see, was how well it would fit in my lineup as a working photographers camera.

I set off to do a shoot for some conceptual portraiture. I was shooting a cross fit athlete doing some heavy lifting in a well lit gym. I wanted nice sharp images that I could set to work on and create something a bit beyond reality.

I got myself set up, left the X-Pro and X100S in my Pelican, and jumped straight in.

How did I find the camera? would I shoot with it again?

Well, I'm just going to list what I liked and what I didn't.

What I liked:

  • Image Quality. No surprise there. Sharp, the best 16 MP you'll get. who needs big MP if the quality is crap! Fuji know how to give you 16 million of the best.
  • Size. Somewhere between an X100S and an X-Pro. Nice and compact.
  • Form. To be honest there are good and bad here... overall, its good, dials where I expect them, most things where I'm used to. Any Fuji shooter will be at home fairly quickly.
  • AF. quick, responsive and accurate. good thing too, as I was shooting with exposure preview on, using strobes, so everything was pretty well black as soon as set aperture and shutter speed.

What I was a bit "meh" about (nothing I really hated about it):

  • Button layout. So the dials were where they are on every Fuji, but seriously guys, stop moving the buttons around! AE and Drive swapped from the X100S, back to where the X-Pro1 has them, Fn2 where AF is on the X-Pro1, "Q" has moved again!..... whilst I can predict what the buttons are doing, I hate having to take the camera down to find the things! Find a general layout and stick to it!
  • Menu layout. Again, the stuff is generally where you expect it, but then some stuff is moved... I didn't have time to find everything, hence leaving exposure preview on and effectively "shooting in the dark"

But thats it. In general, I liked it a lot, and if I needed to change from my X-Pro1 tomorrow, the XE-2 would be a serious contender (I haven't touched an X-T1 yet, it has some appeal, but personally I dont like the hump, although I have noticed that sticking the viewfinder back in the middle seems to have been effective in converting quite a few former "fuji-bashers"... I find that a little amusing TBH!)

But that said, for now I am still more than content with my X-Pro1 and X100S. My bag has no immediate need for another body (that may change early 2015 if Fujifilm come up with the anticipated goods of the X-Pro1... keep it rangefinder, hybrid OVF and APS-C please guys, FF isn't needed when you have sensors like the X-Trans, and real tethered shooting would be nice, not laggy wifi stuff, but straight to Lightroom more like I had with my old 5D2..)

Conclusion. Basically a great little camera, more than capable for the "pro on the go!" Some will like it, some won't.

Now, some semi random imagery to accompany the writing!

I just wish those buttons would find somewhere and stay put!

I just wish those buttons would find somewhere and stay put!

Fits nicely in with its family!

Fits nicely in with its family!

Pretty close in size to the X100S, although sticking the XF14 on it definitely added some meat!

Pretty close in size to the X100S, although sticking the XF14 on it definitely added some meat!

And just for fun, the finished, processed image... Pixel peepers move right along, this has been 'shopped to the extreme, so you won't learn anything here! Just know that the SOOC shot was very sharp indeed!

And just for fun, the finished, processed image... Pixel peepers move right along, this has been 'shopped to the extreme, so you won't learn anything here! Just know that the SOOC shot was very sharp indeed!



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