This isn't a camera review. This is a gut reaction. This is a guy who loves gear and most importantly loves Fuji gear spouting his initial thoughts about the Fuji X-E2. I received it a few hours ago and had a few minutes to play with it. So far I'm very happy with the results, it delivers on speed feeling every bit as modern as the Olympus OMD EM5 did. As far as autofocus goes it is faster, but if you are expecting it to change the world you will be disappointed. But it is definitely better and that is what I was looking for, in fact it's enough better that I will finally start using my 55-200.
I am in love with the EVF and LCD. In fact between the EVF and LCD the 1/180 sync time on the dial, the three stop exposure compensation and the Wi-Fi I would be perfectly happy with this camera even without faster autofocus. The improved speed of operation is very noticeable, it just feels like a modern camera. Below are some random photos taken with it all shown here straight out of camera JPEG with the LMO enabled. My standard JPEG settings are Noise -2 Shadows +1 and that's it. I like to ride the exposure compensation dial, other than that these were auto ISO and all shot wide open.
|Taken with X-E2 XF60mm f2.4 1/35th iso 6400|
|Taken with Fuji X-E2 XF60mm f2.4 1-220th iso 400|
The 60mm didn't have any trouble quickly picking up focus. I have no real complaints with this lens. I feel like I'm doing good work with it, but it feels more responsive now.
|Taken with Fuji X-E2 and XF55-200mm @148mm|
What made me really happy about this image is I was able to adjust the autofocus point to its smallest setting and Cherry pick the focus on the purple flower with the first shot. I personally have had A lot of frustrations with this lens when trying to mail my focus with other options in the frame. With this shot I felt like I didn't just get a new camera but also a new lens.
|Taken with Fuji X-E2 XF55-200mm @200 f2.4 1-80th iso 400|
I included this shot because I didn't feel right making a post with two flower pictures so I tried to man it up with a truck. All kidding aside it does show how good this lens is at blowing out the background. I will line up a model shoot soon to test the Fuji X-E2 out with lights and in my normal working environment.
For now suffice it to say I'm excited with the initial performance as I'm sure hundreds of others will be. I'll post more as I know more but as with all things Fuji there will be no shortage of people sharing their opinions (read infatuations) of every aspect of every piece of gear :).
FYI I have several casual portrait samples here if you want to see more, I'm not sure why but I'm in love with the fact that the AF point is Square now and I'm finding it incredibly easy to acquire accurate focus with the AF point dialed down to its smallest size and placed right on the eye.