Weird title, heh ?
Not really. Fujifilm has caught a very smart and trendy design scheme these years, and released a bunch of retro looking digital cameras that have been insanely successful, despite having their quirks and giving the cold shoulder to the latest must-have gimmicks. Here is the camera that EVERYBODY is drooling on right now : the Fuji X-E1.
It all started with the X100. A UFO of a 35mm equivalent fixed lens, APS-C large compact mirrorless camera, that took the market by storm. And that’s my friend Pablo, the good fairy that loans my all those beautiful and shiny Fuji bodies. Here, holding his beloved X100.
I’ve been shooting mirrorless cameras for a little over a year now, and Sony NEX since late August 2012. I had a bunch of them since then, too. Started with the 5N, upgraded to the 6, upgraded to the 7, downgraded to the C3, and back to a 2nd 7 unit. Phew ! Needless to say I think I have a pretty good overview of the NEX camera system by now. And they’ve given me a boatload of really, really nice pictures.
Now I got caught in the Fuji X hype as anybody else. I treated myself to the Fuji X10 and never regretted doing so, it’s a wonderful little camera that immediately won its grade as my main (and now sole) travel camera.
Fuji X10 shot from the car
So only a few weeks after getting my second NEX 7, I got bit by the Fuji bug pretty bad, and was considering breaking the piggy bank to get one, along with the lovely Fujinon 35/1.4 lens (those toys don’t especially come cheap). Thank God the good Fuji fairy was here in the person of Pablo, who has a full stable of X bodies (X100, X-E, and the grand-ma of them all, the legendary X Pro), and offered to temporarily part with the latest kid so I could play with it without going bankrupt.
Shooting the NEX was just easier, quicker, more natural.
Then, I played, and played, and changed settings a million times. And BAM, I got it right :
So now it’s tough to chose which body to pick. Do I use my modern looking, innovative user interface, very high resolution Sony NEX 7, or do I go for the old school, full manual control, retro looking and subtle imaging X Trans sensored X-E1 ?