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114 of 124 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2013
This is a really fantastic camera if you're an enthusiast who enjoys adjusting settings, playing with film modes and getting really high quality photos without having to carry a much bulkier camera or pay thousands for a Leica.

If you want a camera you can set on sports/portrait/landscape or "green" and click away. or you think P stands for "Professional mode" this camera is not for you. Yes, you can set aperture, shutter speed and ISO to auto and shoot, and there are a few modes like panorama, toy or miniature mode but to really enjoy the camera you need to be familiar with exposure and how to adjust for it.

I have the X-E1 and takes great shots but it has three shortcomings that matter to me. Focus wasn't fast enough, the electronic viewfinder, though beautiful, would stutter if you moved quickly and you couldn't set a minimum shutter speed. These issues don't bother a lot of people who don't shoot moving objects but they did bother a lot of people and Fuji has addressed all three issues (among others) and focus is now very very fast, the electronic view finder is the same one as in the X-E1 but a better processor means it's smooth as butter and you can now set a minimum shutter speed!

Other improvements include a screen that's just a little bigger but has about twice the pixels and the change of placement of a few buttons for the better. There's also a new lens correction feature called the Lens Modulation Optimizer that I doubt you'll ever notice unless you're a pixel peeper and there's one new feature I'm, so far, unimpressed with and that's the new split image focusing. Maybe I'm holding it wrong ;-) but I just barely see the split image box. I've owned the Leica M9 so I'm really familar with the concept but on the M9 though the focus box was smaller it was much more visible. Perhaps it's just a result of shooting mostly using one particular background so I'll give it more chances in other situations.

The only other downside I have is the battery indicator. I usually get 300-400 shots on a charge, and since I have the X-E1 and they use the same battery I now have two batteries so I won't be running out of power anytime soon, but the battery indicator isn't accurate. Twice recently a battery has gone from four bars to three bars to one bar skipping right over two bars. On the positive side another new feature of the X-E2 is improved power management. You can now set the camera to only use the electronic view finder. When you put the camera to your eye the viewfinder will turn on like usual but the LCD will never be on. You can review pics and adjust the menu using the viewfinder and this should save a lot of battery life as the LCD is the main drain on it.
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67 of 72 people found the following review helpful
If you are looking for a strictly technical review of this camera, you'd be much better served reading through the dozens of professional and objective reviews there are for this camera. I'm writing this review for the photography enthusiast that's more concerned about the whole experience than isolated technical bits.

For nearly a decade I've been waiting for this camera. I've been through Canon Rebels, 5D Mark II, S95, and more recently with the venerable and competent Olympus OMD EM5. But all of them were missing something something that's crucial to me: the photography experience. In a hyper-competitive, cut-throat market manufactures try to cram more and more features in their cameras to meet demand. This translates to "jack of all trades, master of none". I did not and do not care about all the bells and whistles or extras. I care the most about one thing: taking awesome photos. To that end, this camera, X-E2, is the absolute best camera I've owned.

You will absolutely love this camera if:
* you care about photography more than any other feature
* love shooting in JPEG with *zero* noise (I've pixel peeped 1:1 and even 3:1) up to ISO 1600
* miss the the photography experience (choosing film, lenses, etc.) of the "old times"
* enjoy the tactile aspect of holding a well-designed, sturdy camera on your hands
* looking for an out-of-this-world color-faithful EVF
* love bringing your camera in your travels

You might want to consider a different camera if:
* you shoot a lot of video
* you care about stuff like camera apps ("smart camera")
* you like shooting high-speed, fast-moving subjects
* you are looking for a point-and-shoot upgrade
* you're not completely obsessed with photography

As an aside: calling the amazing 18-55/2.8-4 lens a 'kit' lens is blasphemy. That lens is simply amazing. Right at par with many Canon "L" lenses I've owned and used that cost 4X as much. So, if you do not own Fuji glass already, I cannot recommend the 'kit' combo enough. It will blow your mind, I guarantee it.
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113 of 128 people found the following review helpful
Color: BlackStyle: Kit with 18-55mm LensVine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
The Fujifilm X-E2 is the next camera I'm using in what seems like my eternal quest to find an excellent but smaller camera than my Nikon D300 DSLR. The latter camera, with it's battery grip, large 18-55mm f2.8 lens and hot shoe mounted flash is a very large camera to haul around. Yes, the pictures I get from it are phenomenal but it is just not convenient to always have to carry such a monstrosity around.

This is a sophisticated camera that will reward the more experienced photographer and not one that an amateur might appreciate as much. You will not find most of the "scene modes" that you find on most point & shoot cameras... like Fireworks, Candlelight, Sports, Portrait, etc. You can have full manual control of all aspects of the camera... ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed, Exposure Compensation, bracketing, function buttons, the whole shebang... it's pretty powerful. In fact, this is the first camera I've owned in quite a while where I felt I really needed to dive into the manual to read up on everything. And get this... this camera comes with an honest to goodness manual. Hallelujah! You mean I don't have to struggle with a cheesy quick start pamphlet and then visit a website to download a PDF of the manual? No... it actually comes with a manual. 130 pages.

I've tried using several other smaller cameras including a Lumix DMC-LX5, Nikon Coolpix L110, several Canon Elph models the most recent of which was the PowerShot Elph 110HS but have continually found them lacking in so many ways as to make me revert back to my bulky DSLR. They all could take sometimes great photos but they were also deficient in many ways whether it be lousy low-light performance, inability to shoot indoors very well, or capture shots of fidgety children.

The Fujifilm X-E2 is spectacular to behold in a very understated and retro kind of way. It's got pebble-grain leather covering the body... how many cameras have pebble-grain leather covering the body? I mean, maybe 30-40 years ago, but not today. But don't let what it looks like on the outside fool you into thinking it isn't up-to-date inside.

Included Accessories:
➤ Rechargeable battery NP-W126 1260mAh
➤ Battery charger
➤ Body cap
➤ Metal Strap Clips
➤ Clip attaching tool
➤ Owners manual
➤ Shoulder Strap
➤ Front Lens Cap
➤ Rear Lens Cap
➤ Lens Hood

➤ Camera Body
It's not as small a body as you might think. It feels quite good in the hand. I feel I can grip the camera securely because it has a very understated yet effective hand-grip and rear thumb rest. It really is a two-handed camera. It's a solid camera and feels extremely well-built. You'll immediately notice that the dials are not plastic but substantial machined metal. A feeling of real quality. There is no squeaking or creaking of the body as it is handled due to the fact that the top and base plates are fabricated of die-cast magnesium alloy. It gives the camera a feeling of rigidity.

➤ Camera Sensor
It's packing some worthy stuff on the inside as well including a 16.3 megapixel APS-C, X-Trans CMOS II sensor. This sensor gives the camera a crop factor of 1.5 meaning a 18mm-55mm lens will be equivalent to 27mm-82mm in a 35mm format. It is this sensor, that helps provide excellent image quality and superior low-light performance with absolutely minimal noise and useable high ISO settings.

➤ The Electronic Viewfinder and LCD display
There is no optical viewfinder but rather a 3" LCD display on the back and one of the best OLED Electronic Viewfinders I've seen. I'm not a big fan of EVF's but this one is at least good enough not to dissuade me from using it. The viewfinder has a diopter adjustment on the left side. I have no problem using the viewfinder with my glasses.

Both the LCD and EVF provide a 100% view of the shot which eliminates the guesswork of what is and is not going to end up in the photo. I've never been a fan of Electronic Viewfinders but this one may change my mind because it is quite good. You can actually see all of the information in the EVF that you would normally see on the larger LCD screen. And a really cool feature is that as soon as you hold the camera up to your eye, a sensor automatically turns the EV on while turning off the back LCD because of an eye sensor on the right side of the viewfinder. You can configure how you'd like this to work. The EV does have a bit of lag in really low light and I do have some issues with EVF's in low light for other reasons. But it is far better than any electronic viewfinder I've ever used before.

➤ Lens
This camera can use interchangeable lenses but comes with a very worthy 18-55mm lens with an aperture range of f/2.8-4. That's a pretty fast lens and in conjunction with the ability to shoot at high ISO settings this camera excels at taking great photos with available light and super great shots in low-light that other cameras would do poorly in.

➤ Focus Speed
This camera with the 18-55mm kit lens focuses very quickly. If you have the "pre-AF" on, you will find even faster final focusing when you're ready to take a shot. The AF illuminator LED helps in low light situations. I am not too pleased with the positioning of the LED itself as it is very easy to block it while holding the camrea with your right hand depending on how you grip the camera.

➤ Start-up time and shutter lag
I've missed so many shots with other cameras when waiting for the camera to turn on. Interminable delays of a few seconds startup time are a thing of the past with the X-E2. This thing starts up and is ready to fire in just 0.5 seconds. It's that fast. And shutter lag is nearly imperceptible. Trying to get shots of kids running around, or other action shots requires a camera with a very low shutter lag so that you can capture the moment at the exact instant you need to. The X-E2 has a really short shutter lag... so short that it is not even really noticeable. And the camera is fast to write to memory so that you only begin to notice a short between shots delay if you've filled the buffer with rapid shots. But even then you are ready to go in just a few seconds.

➤ Image Quality
You can shoot in Fine, Normal, Fine + RAW, Normal + RAW or RAW.
Movies are H.264 (MOV) with stereo sound.

➤ Memory Card
The camera can use SD/SDHC/SDXC cards

➤ Battery and Charger
I'm very frustrated that the camera does not support in-camera battery charging via USB. On numerous occasions I have found myself with a dead battery and no charger. If the camera had supported in camera charging, it would have been a trivial action to connect it to an AC USB charger or USB car charger or even a higher capacity batterypack to charge the camera battery. But unfortunately that is not possible with this camera. Best advice is to have at least one additional fully charged battery with you.

I do not find the shutter sound to be excessively loud. Rather it is a soft clunk. To me it sounds of quality.

You have a lot of customization options with the function button and a "Q" button can be used to quickly access and adjust many camera settings. This is awesome as it eliminates the need to wade through levels of menu options to change a setting. This allows much quicker access to what you need to change.

This is a beautiful functional camera.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2014
After four months with the Fujifilm X-E2 it's time to reassess my opinion of the camera and my switch from a DSLR. A little history to establish my credentials: Shooting since 1971, used over 80 film cameras from 110 to 5X7and about every brand of digital, sometime wedding and commercial photographer, operated regional camera store operation with up to four stores over 25 years.

In August '14 I sold my last DSLR and moved to the Fuji X-E2. My reasoning: I wanted high quality equipment capable of good 11X14 prints in a much smaller package. My shooting is 90% still life / landscape with very little time spent with fast moving sports and zero need for video. I chose the Fuji X-E2 because I wanted to get back that rangefinder shooting experience I enjoyed and to have a less obtrusive camera. The reviews were solid for the camera before I purchased it.

If you want the quick answer, I did make the right decision and I am very happy with the camera. If you'd like more opinion and observation, read on!

Do I shoot more now that I have a smaller, takealong camera? No I don't because life remains as busy as ever. I do enjoy shooting more during the opportunities that do come along. Less weight, less kit, less to carry. I found that with a DSLR I tended to be more removed from events - with the X-E2 I can be more engaged. Nothing makes a better social barrier than a stuffed camera bag (common with a DSLR), people simply tend to give you a wider berth.

Comparing the X-E2 to my DSLR equipment finds that fit and finish are to higher tolerances on the Fuji camera. No, I never owned a top model Canon or Nikon but I sold them and handled them a lot. The X-E2 is in the same class as a top DSLR for quality construction. There isn't a creaky seam or joint on the camera and the lenses I have are pleasingly solid. (Weather resistant seals are a feature, not a construction point in this comparison.)

Performance: The X-E2 will never perform as well as a mid-level DSLR when it comes to focus tracking a moving object. But this is to be expected of a rangefinder-style camera. Just a personal rule of thumb: Rangefinders capture moments, DSLRs capture events. Is capturing kids soccer a prime need? Buy a Nikon D5200 or a Canon Rebel. Need serious lighting control for studio, portraits, or weddings? Go with a mid-level or higher DSLR. But if it is at all affordable, also buy the X-E2 for the rest of life that happens off the field and after the wedding dance.

X-E2 Image quality: Stunning at 16mp. Don't use megapixel counts as the determining factor in your camera purchase. Just don't. It is a consideration, but to some extent similar to buying a car based only on engine size.

Soapbox time: Many photographers are far too hung up on pixel count, it's an easy number that seems to act like a useful scorecard. Yet I have sold 20+ megapixel cameras to customers who never make a print and only share through the web. This tends toward overkill. Please don't fall into this mindset, consider the image's final usage. To make a very high quality 11X14 at 300dpi only requires 13.8 megapixels (most optical photo printers can only do 250dpi).

'More pixels mean greater ability to crop...' yes, but it takes only a little more skill development to capture the image the best way in-camera. And we have to be aware that there is no free lunch, more pixels on the same size chip means smaller pixels that each capture less light. Amazing advances are happening around pixel sensitivity and size, but it still takes a lot of digital scrubbing to remove noise from high ISO images taken with high pixel APS-C sensors. OK, enough of the soapbox...

Workflow: Early on the Fuji X-series had some serious issues with post processing - the unique sensor Fuji used wasn't well supported by common editing software. This is no longer the case, in my workflow which consists of Lightroom and Photoshop CS6 I experience no speedbumps during import and no degradation in image quality.

Did I Make the Right Decision? For the way I shoot, yes. I couldn't be happier. I haven't missed any shots due to camera performance and I have taken more successful shots on each excursion with the camera. If I were still selling cameras I would suggest the X-E2:
* As a primary model to photographers who want to develop their shooting skills with a camera that rewards the effort
* I would strongly suggest the X-E2 as a backup, take along, or travel camera for DSLR hobbyists or semi-pro shooters.
* Any photographer who wants an exceptional manual camera experience yet also expects outstanding fully program shooting
* As a worthwhile choice to those who love street photography

I wouldn't immediately suggest the X-E2 as a step up for a higher-end compact camera shooter. While the X-E2 is excellent in full program operation, it lacks the other 'easy modes' such as Portrait, Sports, and Landscape that these shooters tend to like. If the photographer is looking to grow and expand their skill set too, then the X-E2 becomes a viable option.

The Fuji X-E2 expects that the photographer begins with (or soon acquires) some understanding of exposure, composition, and camera handling. For that group of photographers, the X-E2 will consistently exceed expectations while capturing stunning image quality.

Images: Warping Machine, Amana Iowa. Fine detail in the crossing threads without any moire. View from Hoover Dam and a 100% crop from the same image.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2013
I've been using an X-E1 and a Nikon D800 for a while. After I got the X-E2 I sold the D800. You get the compact size, excellent image quality and access to amazing Fuji lenses that the X-E1 shares, but with improved autofocus and greatly improved LCD screen, and faster refresh rate with much less lag on the EVF and LCD. The D800, of course, has more image detail and better AF in low light, but the portability of the X-E2 makes it the better camera for my needs (which include a lot of travel photography).
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
I've stepped up from an X-Pro1 and would consider this an upgrade. Below are some remarks.

The electronic viewfinder (EVF) is better than the X-Pro1 and has been doing well in all my lighting situations (low light to normal) at this time. I really love the resolution of it. It refreshes well at low light. Pair that with the new focusing features and you should have no problem getting things in critical focus via manual focus. I've been shooting with my X-Pro1's EVF 90% of the time using the optical viewfinder for key pre-framed "decisive moment" shots. I really don't miss the OVF and have adjusted shooting with out it.

The focusing is the obvious selling point and there is a big difference coming from an X-Pro1 user. The phase detect integration has been put to good use and I do notice a jump in speed and less time in searching for focus. There would be times where the camera would still miss focus for simple things (e.g. an environmental portrait indoors), but I think that could be improved with firmware updates.

The thing is also pretty to look at and hold. It's essentially the same body as the prior X-cameras, just refined. From an X-Pro owner, i appreciate it's size, a little smaller, but still feels good in hand. I used to gaffer tape the system light so it doesn't look like I'm shooting, now I just need to cover the light with my thumb. The sparing use of red combines well with the sparing use of red on my camera lens. The thing is just aesthetically pleasing.

Now there are some things I don't like that are important for me to state with only one thing I don't think they would be able to fix.

I don't like their removal of the view mode and the inability to be flexible in what's viewable on screen and on EVF. To get to a place to adjust will take multiple clicks on a 1 level menu a few tabs down. I don't like the current lack of RAW support (for Adobe Lightroom 5, PS CC). I still do prefer to shoot RAW, even if their JPEGs come out flawless, as I appreciate the control I get. These will most likely be fixed in due time. I respect how fast these issues get addressed by fuji, still a major pain to wait (that RAW support issue really messed up my plans though).

(Update: 12/24/13: Adobe's RAW support now supports XE-2 RAW Output)

One more noticeable thing is in its hardware design. The high quality LCD screen doesn't cover the whole LCD screen frame. There's a bar to the right that's not used, ever. I would call that poor planning.

In the end, I still enjoy this camera. The image quality takes this thing home. Most of the R-type in-house lenses are top notch throughout the aperture range and really complement the camera's capabilities well. The autofocus has really improved. Using the camera is still a joy and I love how well it handles.

If you're a X-Pro1 user, this camera is a very worthy upgrade and worth consideration. If you're new to the Fuji line, this is a great camera to jump in as a lot of prior issues (showstoppers for some) have been addressed (except sports-style shooting). You'll love the detail and color this camera produces.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2014
I've owned most higher end digital cameras released in the last 7 years. I've owned Canons to 5D Mark 3 and Nikons to D800 (my present Nikon). I've also owned most m43 cameras (Olympus OM-D EM-5 being the last). Advanced point and shoots like Sony RX100. I've had them all. Sony Nex through Nex 7. The only one I have not used yet is Sony A7/A7r. But there are not enough lenses out for me to try the A7r.

As for Fuji X, I've owned X100, X100s, XA1, XE1 and now XE2 as my mirrorless camera of choice. I am going to go through the negatives (for me) first and then the positives.


1) I have a 20-month-old child at home. That toddler (many that know him agree) is one of the most energetic children you'd ever encounter. He runs non-stop all the time in unpredictable patterns. His head moves too in every direction non-stop. He never stops. Well, he stops twice a day: for his nap, and at night to sleep. That is it. The AF of XE2, as well as AF of every other mirrorless camera I've owned (included the very fast AF of Olympus Om-D EM5) is mostly inadequate to consistently freeze him. Those who have dealt with running toddlers know what I am talking about. While the Af on mirrorless advances all the time, the truth is, even on the best mirrorless, with phase detection on sensor, it is still not like DSLR. With top DSLRs like Canon 5D MARK 3 with Canon 70-200 F/2.8L IS II, I was generally able to freeze my son with no problems. Same with my Nikon D800. With any mirrorless, it is hit and miss. With Fuji X, it is mostly miss.

Anything else other than my son, Fuji XE2 does easily. For my son, DSLR with top of the line AF system is still the only game in town.

2) Negative 2. Flash system is a weak spot of Fuji system. And for some reason Fuji keeps coming up with new cameras several times a year but do not address the issues. Flash X-sync is only 1/180. And on the new just announced XT1, it has not changed - still 1/180. And Fuji does not allow to override Flash Xsync with external flash, there is nothing similar to ESS (canon) or FP (nikon) so you are stuck with 1/180. On some type of shooting you can try 1/250 and you might have to crop the corner. In any case, many m43 models had 1/320 since 2013 and allow high speed Flash Xsync with their flashes. And Fuji's only serious flash is a rebadged Sunpack. Couple it with 1/4000 Maximum shutter speed (again many latest m43 models have had 1/8000 since 2013). Again the newly announced XTI - only 1/4000 again.

3) Negative 3. Lack of lenses in the focal length that I need. I shoot a lot of portraits and my wife's preferred focal length for portraits is 135mm. There is nothing to address that focal length for portraits in Fuji's lineup, and there is nothing on their roadmap for that. Canon has 135L. Olympus has 75/1.8. Fuji addressed 85mm equivalent (current 60/2.4, 56/1.2) which is great for full body shots, but for headshots, there is nothing (I don't take 55-200 in the account). The only choice is a 50-140/2.8 zoom that might come out in about a year. But I don't want a large and bulky and expensive zoom. I love about Fuji is the terrific and compact primes that they have. Again, this might not be important to you as you don't shoot in that specific focal length. I do

4) Negative 4. Inability to assign Face Recognition on/off to Fn button at a top - this is unexplainable, Fuji. This function IS available in cheaper and earlier released XM1 and XA1, yet not in later and more advanced XE2? I contacted the Fujiguys about this issue and they promised to tell Fuji engineers. I believe it is an easy fix in a firmware. What was Fuji logic here it is not clear. Instead to turn off the Face Recognition, one needs to dig in the menus each time. And turning on Face Recogntion turns off several things (like metering for example). Fix it, Fuji.

Now Positives:
1) Image quality is unreal and it is unreal in Jpegs. I agree with dpreview review that there is little need to shoot in RAW on Fuji X, Jpegs are that good. Not only are Jpegs amazing on Fuji X, they are so good, that you have tons of room in highlights and shadows for recovery in JPEG! I don't know how Fuji does it, but they do. You've heard it, the room for highlight and shadow recovery in JPEG, not RAW!. So Fuji X is the only camera I own that I shoot JPEGS only. I shoot Raw on every one of my camera, from Nikon D800, to Olympus m43. Fuji X - Jpegs. So you get these compact files that are easy to work with and they preserve plenty.

2) the low light capability is unreal for a crop sensor. Up to ISO6400 usable with flying colors and i am a pixel peeper. I limit my Olympus to ISO1600, for comparison.

3) the ergonomics, in terms of shutter speed wheel, aperture on lenses, focus switch in front and Q button, you can adjust things on the fly so quickly, this is the quickest system to change parameters I've ever owned. Very good. Size is just right and I use lensmate thumb grip and Fuji leather half-case, and the result is quite comfortable to handhold.

4) the little flash that can be bounced is very smart. Thank you for keeping it. The other way like Olympus OMD EM5 is pain because you always forget this separate little flash and end up losing it. And it cannot bounce. Unfortunately Fuji XTi went the Olympus route and removed the flash. Why? You want to show that your camera is professional and you don't need a build-in flash? Tell to to Nikon D700 and D800 that has it. It helps especially to fill in flash.

The bottom line is for Image Quality Fuji XE2 is hard to beat. it is also very addictive to use.

Here is my wish list for XE3

1) Increase the Xsync speed for flash!!!!!! 1/320 or at least 1/250 and ability to use High Speed Flash, without having to go through triggers etc.

2) Shutter speed of 1/8000 please. If it is impossible, how about a build-in ND fliter like on X100 or X100s?

3) Tilt Display

4) Work on faser AF

5) Sd card on the side, not in the bottom with battery
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on October 4, 2014
I've been a Canon user for 25 years. So, getting used to a new brands idea of where things should be has been a little challenging. I've got a few hundred frames on it now. In conditions from bright sunlight, to nearly pitch black and I can't find anything to complain about. The high ISO noise reduction is nothing short of amazing. Focusing is fast and accurate. Build quality is very high.

If I had to complain about something it would be that it's a little hard to hold onto without the MHG-XE grip, but the size is part of the reason I bought it.

I've spent a lot more on cameras that weren't nearly as good as the X-E2. The quality of the images, ease of use, and feature set are a great value for the cost of this camera.
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38 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2013
This is what I have been waiting for!! They day I bought my first Digital camera (canon 5D) was the day I stop being a photographer! Seriously the past 15 years I've been building my canon collection, but I would only use it for paying gigs. I never carried it around for personal use because it was a pain! Who wants to lug around all that weight to the zoo or a family function? Plus the lenses are huge!!! I have shot all sorts of camera's. Just 2 years ago I purchased the fuji x100 and fell in love. I carry that camera everywhere. But I yearned for an interchangeable system that I could carry around. If you carry a 5D and 3 lenses your going to have back problems!
The FUJI xe2 delivers!!! I got that and the 23mm 1.4(35mm equivalent) The manual focus is so smooth. The camera is small and so are the lenses. It really is like I'm shooting film all over again!!! I plan on selling all my canon stuff for fuji!!!!!
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Color: BlackStyle: Kit with 18-55mm LensVine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
The Fuji X-E2 is a well-built camera with excellent photo quality and a very nice kit lens, but if you plan on shooting lots of fast action it may not be the camera for you.

The X-E2 is a handsome, retro styled camera. It's extremely well made, with predominately metal construction. The camera feels solid in the hand, and despite its sturdy construction, is not a burden to carry around all day. In fact compared to my Canon 7D, it's light as a feather. On the front is a modest rubberized grip while a thumb rest is on the back. Together they make it easy to get a good grip on the Fuji. The front grip looks removable, but is not. The kit lens is also nicely made, with a metal finish and smooth operation. Despite its high build quality, the Fuji had a speck of dust on the sensor when I unboxed it that I had to remove manually.

In operation the Fuji is very easy to use. On the top of the camera is a dedicated shutter speed knob and on the lens is an aperture ring. By using the shutter speed knob and aperture ring it very easy to switch between program mode (both the shutter speed and aperture are set to auto position), shutter or aperture priority (set only one parameter to auto), or fully manual (choose both the shutter speed and aperture yourself). Overall, it's quick to learn and does not impede the shooting process. One quirk of this system is that to choose shutter speeds not marked on the knob you need to spin the rear control dial, but it's very quick to get used to. Additionally, not all X series lenses have a dedicated aperture ring, and for those you'll adjust aperture using the camera body. There are dedicated controls for exposure compensation, focus lock, exposure lock, metering, drive mode, and focus mode. There's also the "Q" button (which brings up a screen to change other important shooting settings), and two function buttons that can be customized (I set mine to ISO and movie recording). As you can see the Fuji is covered in buttons and dials, and it makes changing settings simple and straightforward. Overall, I really enjoy shooting with it.

To compose and review photos with the Fuji you'll use either the 3.0" screen on the back or the electronic viewfinder. The electronic viewfinder is large (though not as big as the 7D's optical viewfinder), bright, and high resolution. While it's not as clear as looking through an optical viewfinder, it is nice to be able to navigate menus, review photos, and perform magnified manual focusing without removing your eye from the camera. While I still prefer the "reality" that an optical viewfinder gives, the X-E2's electronic viewfinder is an excellent substitute. The LCD screen on the back of the Fuji is also bright, sharp, and easy to see in all light conditions. There is an eye sensor by the electronic viewfinder that will automatically switch from the viewfinder to the screen.

The Fuji's performance is a bit of a mixed bag. While it turns on and is ready to shoot in only 2 seconds, I find the focus speed to be a touch slow overall. The Fuji takes about 1 second to lock focus, and while this may not sound like a long time it just doesn't feel as responsive as my Canon 7D. Additionally, I found that it had a hard time locking focus on quickly moving objects. Aside from that the Fuji's focus system works well, and will be more than adequate for most situations. Moreover, it focuses accurately 99% of the time, and focus times are the same whether shooting at wide angle or telephoto or in bright light or low light (just be careful not to block the autofocus illumination light as it's right by the grip). The Fuji was able to focus when light levels dropped to a single 60 watt bulb in a 15' x 10' room, but in those conditions it will occasionally fail to find focus the first time on close objects. Manually focusing can feel a bit odd since you're not really moving the lens elements yourself, but rather telling the camera to move them for you, so it can feel a bit delayed and unsatisfying. The Fuji offers magnified view, split image focusing, and focus peaking, to help you get accurate focus. There are two continuous shooting speeds offered and the Fuji will take 7 RAW or RAW + JEPG images before slowing down. If you're shooting JPEGs only you'll get 18 images at full speed before the Fuji slows. Keeping up with movement accurately can be a bit difficult as the Fuji's live view stutters a little bit while continuous shooting.

Photo quality is where the X-E2 shines. The Fuji's sensor is every bit as good as any other APS-C sensor and give images with lots of detail, and low noise. Indeed I find the Fuji's high ISO images are distinctly cleaner than those of my Canon 7D, and have plenty of detail to work with. I'll very happily shoot up to ISO 3200 all day long with the Fuji and not worry. The sensitivities above 3200 are good as well, but I'll reserve those for emergency use only as they start to get a bit crunchy looking. The Fuji gets exposure correct 99% of the time. Color is also excellent and realistic without looking flat. I do most of my shooting in RAW and use Lightroom for editing since I like to tweak my images and alter the highlights and shadows. However, even if you shoot only JPEGs you'll get excellent results. In fact the Fuji gives up very little when you shoot JPEG, creating images with excellent noise control and detail retention. The Fuji's built in flash is pretty powerful and I was able to light up a subject from about 12 feet away at ISO 100. It can also be pulled backward to serve as a bounce flash.

The kit lens is also excellent. Its zoom strength is nothing special, but it covers a good walk around range. What's great about this kit lens is the aperture. It starts at f/2.8 at the wide end and only closes down to f/4 at the long end. Compared to most kit lenses these apertures are great, and will not only give you shallower depth of field but also allow you to shoot in lower light without having to raise your ISO speed. The lens shows very consistent results throughout the zoom range. Even wide open at wide angle sharpness is high and the corners hold up very well. Lastly, there is very little purple fringing to be found.

Movies are recorded in stereo sound in full HD at 60 fps. You can use the zoom when filming but you have to be smooth or it will look jerky. Additionally when you zoom and the Fuji refocuses it's not always instantly, sometime it has to hunt. The quality of the movies is high with good picture and sound in good light. In low light things can get a bit grainy.

Battery life is pretty good. I was able to take a couple hundred photos before the battery died, with a lot of photo reviewing and menu navigation.

All in all... an excellent all around enthusiast camera, but not for those who shoot a lot of action.

02/24/2014 Update: Fuji released a firmware update for both the camera and kit lens. The camera now works better with Fuji's 56mm f/1.2 lens. The kit lens now benefits from better image stabilization and auto focus performance in continuous shooting mode.
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