Another instalment of the “Fuji in the hands of a Boudoir Photographer“, this time testing the capabilities of the Fuji X-E2. Long overdue, this post is about what you can do with a great camera like the Fuji X-E2, and as for the previous reviews, we can’t spent but great words on it!
We decided to buy a Fuji X-E2 before flying to Australia, where we shoot a wedding. We wanted a backup camera, seen that the X-T1 and the x100s are respectively Faby and Carlo’s main cameras, and the X-Pro1 was the first spare body. We did not want to invest in another X-T1, so the Fuji X-E2 seemed to have all the advantages of the main cameras and not many of the drawbacks of the X-Pro1. As always, our reviews are not going to be pixel perfect, but focus more on the feeling a specific camera gave us.
So, how much do we use the Fuji X-E2 and how is it performing in comparison with the other cameras?
The Fuji X-E2 is not just a spare body
Instead of being a second body, the Fuji X-E2 in one of the three cameras we use regularly. The x100s and the X-T1 are still our main cameras, but instead of swapping lenses on the latter, we just added the Fuji X-E2 to the lineup of our cameras. Its performances are just fantastic. The Fuji X-E2 uses the same sensor of the other main cameras, so the image quality is the same. In terms of focussing, the X-T1 is still faster; however, the little Fuji X-E2 is faster and more precise then the X-Pro1
The lack of the Optical View Finder is not a deal breaker
My main camera is the Fuji X100s, and its optical view finder is one of the things I love. The possibility to see the scene from a optical viewfinder is amazing, something that the Fuji X-E2 miss. That said, the electronic view finder is excellent. The electronic viewfinder is sharp and the refresh rate is good enough not to make me feel the camera to be a toy.
To me, the feeling this camera gives me is superb. Despite lacking the optical view finder, I still prefer it to the X-Pro1, which now shows the sign of time.
Light and inconspicuous
One of the element that I love about the Fuji X is the fact that they are light and inconspicuous. The Fuji X-E2 is amazing from this perspective. Extremely light and portable, it is a joy to play with all day long. It is not a camera I would use to shoot sport, however for portraiture and boudoir it is absolutely amazing. As noted for the previous Fuji X we have reviewed, the Fuji X-E2 is not a camera that covers your face, giving your subject the possibility to look at the human side of a photographer.
This camera has all the advantages typical of the Fuji X series.
The Fuji X-E2 can be a professional camera
The most important thing about the Fuji X-E2 is that it can really be the main camera of a working photographer. Its built is very good and the images are amazing. Coupled with the 56mm f/1.2 or the 35mm f/1.4, it produces amazing images.
If you want interchangeable lenses, a body which can fit in every hand, a sensor that capture skin tones in a super natural way, then you should consider the Fuji X-E2. With a current price range of little over the £500, this camera is also a great way of stepping up in your game.
Have you used the Fuji X-E2? Do you have any feelings you would like to share?