Testing the Fujifilm X-E1 – The Perfect Travel Camera? | 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. I thought I’d share my thought process with you in a couple of blog posts. Check the posts about my current main camera: the FujiFilm X-Pro1 and the camera that will be my second camera soon: my first impressions of the X-E1 and the X-E1 Improvisation Street Shoot. In this third and final (at least for now) part of my Fujifilm X-E1 review, I’ll take a look at it from a travel point-of-view. The X-E1 is definitely a camera that has created a lot of interest in the world of travel, reportage and documentary photography. Being so light, small, unobtrusive and yet produce great images, makes the X-E1 a good companion for on the road. To test out this assumption we decided to take a little family weekend trip to Slagharen in Holland. Off-course our family doesn’t like to visit attraction parks at all, we just do it to test out equipment for you Let me show you some pictures and write down some observations. I keep being impressed by the way the Fujifilm sensor renders skies and clouds. There’s a lot of detail in the RAW-files that can be recovered in post processing. I know there are still some issues with the Fuji files in Lightroom (4.2). Usually I don’t worry too much about it as the problems are barely noticeable unless you pixel peep. But in situations like with these pictures you sometimes get these white outlines around objects like the wind turbine on the right when you try to push the RAW file. If you ease back on the post-processing, it’s gone but I’m sure Adobe hasn’t unlocked the full potential of the Fuji RAW files yet. I hear Fuji and Adobe are working together on providing better results, let’s hope they get it right soon…..


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