Testing the Fujifilm X-E1 – First Impressions | Bert Stephani

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My style, my clients and my way of working have changed a lot since I started out as a professional photographer about eight years ago … and so has technology. Therefor I started a major gear bag audit a couple of months ago. You can’t believe how much time, research, testing and thought, I’ve put into this so far and I still have some decisions to make. But I’m almost there. Since so many people have been sending me questions about gear choices, I thought I’d share my thought process with you in a couple of blog posts. Writing all these things down, might even help me make my final decisions. Yesterday I wrote about what has become my main camera: the FujiFilm X-Pro1. I’m currently testing it’s little brother the X-E1to see if it can be my backup/second camera for most of the work I’m doing. Today I’m still lugging a heavy DSLR with a big L-lens with me as backup, which takes away the advantages of working with a small and light main camera. I’m pretty confident the X-E1 can fill in the gap so that I only have to lug my DSLR with me when really needed.Here are my first impressions and some pictures I’ve shot during my first studio test shoot with the X-E1. I had a couple of goals for this shoot. First of all, I wanted to see if I could recreate the “organic” look and feel that I can get with on-location portraits. My second goal was to get some miles out of the X-E1 and test out the Fujinon 60mm lens. Those who have been following my blog for a while, will notice that I used the same background as with my 70 EUR studio experiment. I wanted to keep the lighting simple to be able to focus on my subject and limited myself to use a single Elinchrom RX300 with a medium Chimera softbox and a white Sunbounce Pro reflector. We started out by being sensible and using the Elinchrom like it’s supposed to be used: flash it…..


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