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4.0 out of 5 stars Fuji why can't you be perfect?, November 16, 2012
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This review is from: Fujifilm X-E1 16.3 MP Compact System Digital Camera with 2.8-Inch LCD - Body Only (Silver) (Electronics)
Just received my X-e1 with xf 35mm 1.4 from Amazon. Much like the x-100 it is not perfect. Rather than regurgitate what is on the spec sheet. Here are few quirks that maybe of your concern prior to your purchase.

1. Aperture noise when switching from playback to shooting. Noticeable click click click click. Meaning every time you switch back from playback the aperture will adjust from f16 to f1.4, quickly but loudly.

2. Oled 2.4M Evf suppose to be same (they purchased the evfs from Sony) as Sony's Nex-7, A77, A65 or Nex external. Compared with my A77, Nex external, and nex-7 the X-e1 has a flickering issue when holding down the shutter release. Only noticeable when pointing the camera at bright human lighting at night, 1.4 aperture. My Sony cameras does not have such issue.

3. When you lock exposure value through AEL button you are also locked out of making f-stop or shutter speed changes. I never had a single camera that does that.

These are minor issues, no deal breakers for me. 4 stars because I have a soft spot for Fuji and everything else about the X-e1 is just what I wanted. Mainly the manual dials, built quality, jpeg colors, and size.

update: The first issue I mentioned can be fixed by updating the lens and body to a new firmware available through Fuji website.

update: Went shooting today and got a chance to play with my friend's all black X-e1. Confirmed that evf also flickers at night under strong light source. We both were very impressed with the dynamic range but found the AF to be slower than expected compared to other mirror less options, especially with the 35.
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Posted on Nov 23, 2012, 5:37:16 PM PST
Did you buy the 35mm separately or is their a kit option available with the 35mm 1.4 that I am missing?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2012, 6:46:40 PM PST
In the U.S., there's no X-E1 + 35mm f1.4 kit option yet. There's several though overseas in areas like Hong Kong or the Philippines where you can buy a Fuji X-E1 and 35mm f1.4 for $1299. However, Fuji has a promotion for the X-Pro 1 starting November 25, 2012 where the body is discounted $300 off the list price along with an additional $300 discount for the purchase of either a 18mm f2.0 or 35mm f1.4.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2012, 6:58:09 AM PST
I have found kits which are imported. The only problem is that the warranty is not valid in the US. Amazon shows the current reviewer as "amazon verified". So I was wondering if the lens and camera were purchased separately on amazon, or at some point did amazon offer this kit combo

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2012, 10:20:24 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012, 7:32:56 AM PST
Arindam Pal says:
The 35mm Summicron f2 is a great lens no doubt and it goes well with the X adapter. However, would you really prefer spending over 3 grands when you get quite close to that IQ for a fraction of price? The Fuji X 35 is good enough and you also get an AF (not quite snappy in low light) that you lack with M

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012, 9:17:14 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 28, 2012, 9:21:02 AM PST
M. Mazor says:
I have the 35mm Sumicron already as well as a 50mm and a 135mm elmerit. I just want to make good use of them and the Fjui x-trans sensor is IMO the best on the market accept for the CCD used in Leica. I feel CCD's are sharper than their CMOS counterparts.

Posted on Dec 2, 2012, 10:41:41 AM PST
approach says:
The EVF refresh rate is limited by:
1. The number of frames-per-second that the X-E1 can read from its sensor.
2. The time required to convert from the X-Trans mosaic to something the EVF can display.
The Sonys might have higher bandwidth from the sensor to the camera, and they certainly have an easier job converting a Bayer mosaic to EVF format.

Posted on Dec 10, 2012, 8:34:54 AM PST
I also have X-E1 + 35mm 1.4 and for me, the lens firmware update did NOT get rid of the aperture noise when switching between play mode and shooting mode, as well as when I turn the camera on.
Anybody else have similar experience? I find the noise to be only mildly annoying but who knows if it could be an indicator on how long the lens will last, since one could think it is mechanical friction that we are hearing.
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