Putting the Fuji X-E1 Thru Its Paces…


Or, the Fuji X-Pro 1 is soon to be 830nm Infrared…

Stormy Seas Pano, Fuji X-E1 & Fuji 18-55mm lens

Stormy Seas Pano, Fuji X-E1 & Fuji 18-55mm lens

Why?

Well, while the X-Pro 1 is a much finer camera than the X-E1 due to its hybrid viewfinder, but the E1 offers some minor upgrades that make it more attractive to me.  First and foremost was the addition of an electronic remote shutter release!  This one single change allows me to attach the camera to both my High Speed Water Drop system as well as my Lightning Trigger.  I can also use it now with high speed hummingbird photography!  This is in following my plan to completely remove my Canon equipment from my photographic tools in order to achieve a leaner lighter photographic system (click HERE for an explanation as to why this is so important!).

I am REALLY HAPPY with this decision.  The camera is light and small, people around me rarely notice it in my hands!  It generates GREAT images that I can use in place of images generated on my Canon 1DSMK3 and 7D without the need for a donkey to carry it around! (if you did not follow the link in the above paragraph as to the WHY reason, please do so, it will explain sooooo much!).

B&W Foggy Dingys, X-E1 and the 18-55mm lens

B&W Foggy Dingys, X-E1 and the 18-55mm lens

Now that I have completed the evaluation and testing of the new E1 camera I have decided to send the X-Pro 1 off to LDP in New Jersey to be converted to 830nm Infrared.  I have a Panasonic GH2 Micro 4/3 system already converted to 590nm IR so I am thinking that the X-Pro 1 will be a novel deep contrast B&W IR system to have.  I really do like the X-Pro 1 and love the hybrid viewfinder so I will likely be watching closely next year to see what its replacement can do!

Dingys in the Fog, Georgetown, SC with the Fuji X-E1 & 18-55mm lens

Dingys in the Fog, Georgetown, SC with the Fuji X-E1 & 18-55mm lens

CV 75mm f/1.8 lens

CV 75mm f/1.8

So with all of these photographic paths in mind I jumped on the X-E1 camera system.  I also ordered the new Fuji 18-55mm lens as a walk around lens further allowing me to reduce the camera bag by three extra lenses, the 18mm, 35mm and the 60mm.   Now all that I carry is the 18-55, 8mm fisheye, Voigtlander Heliar 75mm f/1.8 Lens with two 5mm Leica extension tubes (I LOVE the Leica and Voightlander M mount lenses for this system!) and a Pin Hole lens!  This makes for a much lighter camera case.

Rotten Meat Mushroom, member of the Stinkhorn family.  Fuji X-E1 with the Fuji 60mm macro lens.

Rotten Meat Mushroom, member of the Stinkhorn family. Fuji X-E1 with the Fuji 60mm macro lens.

There is no sense in evaluating the new camera, it has been done a thousand times all over the world, and basically it is identical to the X-Pro 1 in all ways except for the Viewfinder and the LCD panel and has the addition of 2 separate inputs for an electronic remote shutter release.

Shem Creek Shrimpers in B&W, Fuji X-E1 & 18-55mm lens

Shem Creek Shrimpers in B&W, Fuji X-E1 & 18-55mm lens

What is important here is to show that in operation, the camera handles just like the X-Pro 1 and generates great images.  I shoot in RAW and currently am using Adobe’s ACR within Photoshop CS6 and I am anxiously awaiting the release of Phase One’s Capture One V7 with Fuji support!  Capture One has been my main tool for RAW conversion for years and it is just killing me to have to wait so long for this update!

I hope that you can see why I am so excited over this smaller sister to the X-Pro 1 camera!  It really will fill every of my photographic needs in time.  I am anxiously waiting for the release of the 55 to 200mm lens in 2013!

Salt Marsh in the fog...

Salt Marsh in the fog…

Please let me know what you think and of your own experiences with this marvel camera system!

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15 comments on “Putting the Fuji X-E1 Thru Its Paces…

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  3. Great work again Mark. I’ll be interested to see how the infrared goes. I love my Fuji but it has mostly been seeing people lately. My Sony NEX-7 trumps it for resolution and dynamic range for landscapes so I haven’t managed to replace it with the Fuji as yet. The infra red conversion though is an interesting option. I look forward to seeing the results.

    • See, personally, I didnt like the Sony NEX 5 or 7 camera systems. For me they caused way too much chroma noise. Plus when I converted the 5 to IR it would never white balance. I am glad that you are have such good luck with your 7!

    • Ian, I hear you! I knew that I would likely purchase this camera when it came out and then convert the Pro to IR. I will be sending off the X-Pro 1 after the holidays. I am still not quite decided upon the conversion, it will be 7Ian, I hear you! I knew that I would likely purchase this camera when it came out and then convert the Pro to IR. I will be sending off the X-Pro 1 after the holidays. I am still not quite decided upon the conversion, it will be 720nm or 830nm. I like the idea of the Pro body being B&W only but there is a 2 stop hit for the 830nm. I will likely only use the Fuji 35mm f/1.2 lens with it and that should make that ok…

      • I remember looking over your web site several months ago. It looks like you have greatly expanded it! But for some reason I forget why I searched you out, I think that you had some dramatic posting of something done with long exposure on the fuji…

        I too have a beautiful cherry and brass Shen Hao 4×5 in a glass case in my gallery but have not put any film thru it in several years…. I miss that!

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  7. Great article Mark! Will be interested in seeing the infra-red with the XP1. Fiinally will get some time this weekend to check out a XE at a store near me.

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