I have been using the Fujifilm X-E1 for a while now, and I thought it was time to publish five reasons for buying this wonderful camera in 2019.
Five: The build quality
The camera is built amazingly well. The top and front are made of magnesium, the back of resin. On top of the LCD there is a solid plastic cover which protects the screen very well. It feels solid, heavy and really rugged. The top plate wears down nicely, showing some black below the surface of the silver paint enforcing the vintage feeling of the camera. Using it, I never have to worry that I will damage it.
Four: The controls
The buttons are all where you need them. Aperture and exposure comp on top, aperture on the lens, control wheel on the back and everything else where you would expect it. Other settings that you would want to change are in the quick menu, you never have to dig into menus to change anything. Just focus on the photos!
Three: The experience
Because of the tactile wheels and buttons, the settings mean something. Settings are not just numbers in a menu, they are physical marks on dials. The electronic viewfinder shows the immediate result a change in settings, making you aware of exactly what you are going to get. I feels like using an analog camera with all of the benefits of modern photography.
There are a lot of adapters for the Fuji X-mount. From the usual Canon FD or Minolta MD to obscure ALPA lenses or whatever you can think of. More importantly: there are adapters which allow you to use Canon EF lenses, and make use of the autofocus too! Mattias Burling did a great review of one of these adapters, take a look at it right here. Any lens you will find in a thrift store, you can adapt to this camera.
These are the lenses that I currently use with my Fujifilm X-E1, which I will review on my reviews page.
This, of course, is the most important factor. The buttons, build, size and sensor produce great images, especially with the great Fujifilm film simulations. The older Fujifilm sensors have a certain feeling to them, the colours and shadows are full of character and the images are very recognisable. Couple it with a nice lens and the camera is made for you to purely focus on photography.
All photos are made with the gear mentioned in this article, except for the photos of the camera. They are made with the Canon Powershot G16. You can read the review of that camera right here: Canon Powershot G16 review.
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