I took a walk around town this week and shot some images with the X-E1. The newest camera in the X series should ship around Nov 1 in the USA.
One thing that I always look for is the way a digital camera captures sky blue. I was a big fan of Velvia and miss the look of a landscape with the rich hues of Velvia since I don't shoot film that often. So when I took a walk on the High Line with the X-E1 I wanted to see what kind of blues it would capture. Needless to say I am overjoyed with its performance. I hit the Quick menu button and flipped the X-E1 in Velvia mode and set off. As expected the images are sharp and vivid and this is from a pre-production body and lens (it is not without faults because of this so it will only improve).
The XF18-55mm lens has a few new features for XF lenses.
There is optical image stabilization, and you can see the switch on the bottom left of the lens image. Then there is an aperture ring which communicates the F/ number to the body when the lens is switched from the Automatic to Aperture icon. This lets you spin the ring closest to the body to adjust the aperture values.
The next ring is the zoom ring, followed by the smooth manual focusing ring.
http://www.fujifilmusa.com/products/digital_cameras/x/fujifilm_x_e1/ I messed up on earlier posts and left out the metadata - but these images should contain the exposure info. I am also including some other images from last week which show some high ISO shooting. Since this is the same sensor as the X-Pro1, image quality will be excellent when the camera ships at the end of the month. The real excitement will be when the XF14mm hits the market as well.
Doesn't a bright blue sky make you feel good? These images are not adjusted for hue and color - just imported with Aperture and exported. I made very few tweaks for brightness since I clearly was shooting easy scenes to get the exposure correct (jpegs). A polarizer filter also helps cut the glare down.
One major improvement which will be talked about once the reviews on the camera begin will be the amazing improvement in manual focus with the XF18-55mm lens. The new linear focus motor makes the manual focus smooth and accurate. It raises the performance the firmware 2.0 made to an even higher level. So not to sound confusing - yes this LENS makes a difference on either body since it has a new focus motor system. You'll see - you have to feel it to know. As most have read - the new firmware has improved the overall performance of the X-Pro1 including the AF and manual focus, and this lens really kicks it up.
The new OLED 2.36MM EVF viewfinder is easy to work with and has a great viewing angle for use in all lighting situations (glasses on or off). Having a pop up flash is a nice touch for quick fill outdoors (flash sync up to 1/180th). More high ISO images coming soon - the X-Trans 16mp sensor puts out incredibly smooth high ISO image files.
The new XF 18-55mm lens at 18mm then 55mm in the same scene.
So here are the low light images from the concert in Radio City Hall.
Yellow lights at ISO 2500
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