About a year ago, beginning 2014, I purchased the Fujifilm X-E1. I was already thinking about a smaller camera for a while and when I saw the Fuji with his retro look I was sold. I was not thinking about replacing my Canon 7D and 5D III at that moment but just wanted a smaller camera that I easily could take with me all the time. The Canons where not that convenient to take along when we were only going to get some groceries or just went for a drink on a terrace. The X-E1 was a perfect camera to take along when I did not wanted to lug around the heavy Canons. Well, perfect? Not realy. It has a not that fast autofocus system and if you compare the autofocus system to the Canon cameras, well … don´t. It also had a steep learning curve after using the Canon cameras for more then 25 years (with an occasional slip to Nikon). But despite the shortcomings I was hooked.
When I bought the camera I had some ideas about the cropped censor. I was using the full frame Canon 5D III most of the time and only used the 7D when photographing birds or wildlife because it gave a little more reach. Now again I was using a crop sensor for my daily photography, would I not going to regret the purchase of the Fuji? No I did not. I loved the colors the X-E1 gave me and the image quality was outstanding. I think there is a lot to say about fullframe sensors and they certainly will have their purpose, not for me though. I got very nice 50 x 75cm prints of the cropped sensor of the X-E1. I never go much bigger but if needed it would be possible. I have seen very big prints made by some photographers who shot with the X-T1 which also has a 16Mp cropped sensor.
The X-E1 is solidly build and available in black and black/silver. If you want to stay as anonymous and unnoticed as possible while taking your photos, go with the black one. If you want people to ask you what kind of camera you are using, go with the black/silver 🙂
Recently I bought the Fuji X-T1 cameras ( the black and the Graphite version) and really love them but I also keep using the X-E1. It is a bit smaller then the X-T1, missing the hump of the EVF on top, and therefore it is easier to just put it in a pocket of your coat, especially when you are using the 27mm pancake lens. To bad the 27mm lens has no aperture ring but you can not have it all.
It can sound a little strange to go back to a 16MP cropped sensor while Nikon, Canon and some others are getting even more pixels on their fullframe sensors but it isn´t, not for me anyway. More MP also means more room for error. I believe that cameras like the newly announced Canon 5Ds with his 50MP are perfect workhorses for landscape-and studiowork from a tripod and for very big prints. For me the files of the 16MP sensor are good enough, more then enough. Ooooh, you can crop more with the bigger 50MP files? True, but wouldn´t it be cool to learn to get a good composition while talking the photo instead of trying to make something of it on a computer?
The Fuji X-E1 is a nice camera to have at hand at times you need a camera with a high quality and not to be noticed when resting in you pocket. After Fuji released the X-E2 and the X-T1 and now also the X-T10 (the X-T1 his little brother) the prices of the X-E1 are more then acceptable. Offcourse the X-E2 has his advantages on the X-E1 like faster AF but if you just want a nice small camera that gives you outstanding image quality the X-E1 will not disapoint you.
I did not make any photos of the camera it self to put on the site here. There are enough photos of it on the internet and if you want al the specifications of the X-E1 you can take a look at the Fujifilm website. All photos that are on this page are taken with the X-E1 and the 18-55mm kitlens.