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  1. Albert Smith
    May 11, 2020 @ 2:32 pm

    I don’t know about the X-E1, but your images make me think I need to use my 35mm f/2 lens more often. Every time I use it I am very impressed by its quality, but I suffer from too many choices… paralysis by analysis.

    Maybe it’s time for that one-lens deprivation exercise. It certainly works for you.

    Again, very nice photos.

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    • Paul Moore
      May 11, 2020 @ 2:59 pm

      Thanks Albert. I am the same. I have too many choices in my camera bag so it is a great discipline to limit myself to one lens and see what I can do with that.

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  2. Rodney Adams
    May 11, 2020 @ 3:10 pm

    Paul, my sentiments exactly! Agreed that the X-E1 causes you to slow down a little. And I too love that. Out of all the cameras I own, the X-E1 feels special somehow, I have bonded with it I guess. Thanks for a great article and photos.

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    • Paul
      May 11, 2020 @ 3:14 pm

      Thanks Rodney. Good to hear you enjoyed it. There is just something about the camera that makes using it a pleasure. And I really like the photos it produces.

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  3. Michael McGee
    May 11, 2020 @ 4:09 pm

    My main camera bodies are the XT3 with a collection of zooms and the X100V. I recently purchased a second hand XF18 f1.4 to repurpose a XE 2 that I own. My intention is to use this combination to capture a more organic and film like look, just like you stated in your article.
    I have an old XE1 body that I have been keeping for sentimental reasons. It was my first Fujifilm camera and my wife gifted it to me on my birthday. There was something very pleasing about the images it redered. After reading your article, I think I will try out the 18mm prime on this body and see what we can capture wuth it.

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    • Paul
      May 11, 2020 @ 5:01 pm

      That sounds like a great idea. I don’t think you will be disappointed. I don’t have the 18mm f1.4 but I am definitely going to look into getting one 🙂

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      • Michael
        May 12, 2020 @ 4:10 am

        Retraction: Fujifilm XF 18 mm f2. What was I thinking?

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    • Albert Smith
      May 11, 2020 @ 5:22 pm

      Just curious…. 18mm f/1.4

      Do you mean 16mm f/1.4 or 18mm f/2?

      If it is the 16mm it is a great lens. I have it, but also the 16mm f/2.8. I bought the f/2.8 only because the f1.4 was right at the edge of too large on the smaller Fujis, like the X-E class.

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      • Paul
        May 11, 2020 @ 5:25 pm

        That might explain why I don’t have an 18mm f1.4. 🙂

        I have the 16mm f2.8. It is a great little lens. The size is perfect on the X-E1.

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  4. Ton van Schaik
    May 12, 2020 @ 1:12 pm

    Dear Paul. I owned the XE1 and sold it for the XE2. They share the same sensor which like you, I like very much: the “filmlike/organic” look. I also own the XPRO2, but stil prefer the XE 1/2 pictures. New camera’s seem to get punchier, have more contrast, more detail etc., but seem stepping away from natural reality. Looking more “digital”/artificial. On my XPRO2 I turn down sharpness, clarity and contrast a bit, to have a more XE1/2look. I actualy use the XE2 as reference for my self-made RAW-presets (for the XPRO2) in Lightroom. When you shoot the same picture in JPG with the XE 1/2 and the XPRO2 you immediatly see the differences (Adam Bonn experiemented with some exaples in his website) Thanks for your article. Ton van Schaik

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    • Paul Moore
      May 12, 2020 @ 3:08 pm

      Thanks Ton. I will check out Adam’s website for those examples.

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  5. Paul Mc Bride
    May 14, 2020 @ 6:26 pm

    Hi Paul
    I smiled when I read your article as my journey has been remarkably similar to yours i.e. started with the X10 in the Fuji X-system years ago, went to the XE-1 and now am on the X-Pro2 with a range of glass, but chiefly the 35mm f1.4 which is sublime. I have just bought some inexpensive Pentax-M (Asahi Opt) lens (50mm f1.7 and a 200mm f4.0) which are very sharp too. Try them if you get a chance. I have kept all the Fuji bodies I’ve bought (except for the X10) as they are wonderful cameras and the Fuji colours are just magnificent. I am not a fan of ‘pixel-peepable’ pin-sharp images and my Fuji’s deliver beautiful film-like keepers. Oh, I am also from Ireland too. So it’s a small world (made even smaller with COVID!). Thanks for sharing, keep enjoying the Fuji magic. Best, Paul.

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  6. Dave Haynie
    May 15, 2020 @ 3:50 am

    I got into Fujifilm last year with a used X-Pro1 — about $300 — a couple of manual Chinese lenses, and adapters for my 39mm and Olympus OM lens. It’s exactly as you say, there’s just this cool film-like vibe to the images. I’m not sure how much of that is just the nature of the image, how much is using old Sonnar lens formulas, and how much is just the need to take the same time one did with film, and make some of the mistakes. I’m pretty sure my next Fujifilm body will be one of the XEs, though I’d love a bit more viewfinder resolution… and built in diopter correction!

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    • Hugo Pinho
      May 15, 2020 @ 10:31 am

      Hi Dave! I’ve been using the X-E3 and I love it. It’s smaller than the others from the X-E series. And it has a built-in diopter correction 🙂

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  7. Khürt Louis Williams
    May 18, 2020 @ 6:03 am

    Hi Paul, I can see from your photographs that you have talent – I love the Abbey Court photo – and can create stunning imagery with an eight-year-old camera. Your article is a breath of fresh air from GAS fuelled articles.

    Although it took me several years to make the switch, a rented Fuji X-E1 (2013) was my introduction to the X system. I noticed some limitations at that time but nothing that prevented me from getting the shots I wanted.

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  8. thierry
    July 22, 2020 @ 4:04 pm

    Hello, I just bought in july 2020 a X-E1 and the 27mm 2.8 pancake lens both for 200euros. I also like very much the form factor of such combo as well as the natural quality of the image. It was a refreshment to read your article. There is a topic i need some feedback. In order to keep this so special rendering of the image should I shoot jpeg only or raw “keeps” it inside anyway and will be reveal in LR or whatever software. I am used to working only with raw with my other cameras. To get the most from x line cameras what digital workflow would you recomend ? thanks !

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    • Reza Arbain
      September 17, 2020 @ 4:51 am

      Like literally this morning I just purchased the 27mm for $100 :D, to repurpose my X-E1. What a coincidence ! Have been thinking for an everyday pocketable camera, i hope the X-E1 + 27mm combo did just that. Also might use it for Black and White processing only.

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  9. Tomas
    September 29, 2020 @ 9:25 pm

    Hello!

    Great review! I own an EX1 with a 23MM. I’m curious if you use filters of any kind of so what kind?

    -Tomas

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  10. Chris Bradley
    October 6, 2020 @ 8:24 pm

    When my Canon G10…. I should say, when my beloved Canon G10 (and what a camera that is) seized up and I surrendered it to the Gods, I firstly went to a Nikon Df due to a love of nostalgia and a sense of repulsion to the large Carbon/Plastic bodies in circulation at the time. Struggling with the size of Nikon Plastic lenses and reflecting on my once beautiful Nikon F2A I decided to go for a cropped frame camera and chose a Fujifilm XE-1. So delighted was I with this little gem I then purchased the X-Pro2 which I have had for nearly four years now. Just recently I invested in a refurbished 100-400mm zoom having seen good reports and so often being frustrated at some of my wildlife pictures which I had to crop to 100% just to get near to the subject. The lens was flawed and I could not get a sharp image so it went back to Fuji and I got a new one. However, during the testing of the lens on both the X-Pro2 and XE-1 I decided to compare some old images from each camera and surprisingly found no difference in quality. https://www.flickr.com/photos/33843082@N08/50416917953/in/dateposted/

    The XE-1 sits in my Peli case alongside the X-Pro2 and lenses as a back up. Not anymore! There are plenty of occasions when I can use a compact camera, especially indoors when the wee flash on the XE-1 comes in handy. I even remember taking some shots on a cruise ship for a newly wed couple-against a lovely sunset, where the flash used as a fill was perfect.

    So I support your theory and may even invest in a 27mm pancake lens to remain attached semi-permanently. I myself may get attached to it even more permanently. So, here’s to the XE-1 👍

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    • Sergio
      October 13, 2020 @ 8:25 am

      Hi Chris,

      I am very surprised by the results of your comparison. Did you use RAW files or one of the JPEG simulations?

      I did recently a similar comparison between the X-T1 and my X-Pro1 and RAW files were identical (they both share the same sensor), in-camera ASTIA JPEGs were very close, but the differences in Provia Film Simulation were significant.

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  11. Chris Bradley
    October 6, 2020 @ 8:30 pm

    Example XE-1

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  12. Michael L Sokol
    December 14, 2020 @ 5:23 pm

    Greetings from Montana, USA I bought mine on eBay for $150.00 USC without lens. I bought a used Fuji 35mm F.2 lens from B&H NYC for $300. My second digital camera was a point and shoot little Fuji, I still have it and it has a great lens. That said I am a 76 year old guy who has been making photographs for over 50 years, I like this camera for many reasons but because I have many other camera I’ve been slow to use it. After reading your review I plan on using it more. Your photographs are excellent. I grew up in Chicago and met many people from the old sod and shared many a pint in Irish pubs in Chicago. Cheers, Michael

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  13. Glenn
    January 8, 2021 @ 6:52 pm

    Really good photos! I have just recently switched from Nikon to Fujifilm and since I don’t want to spend much yet for a new gear, I decided to get a used X-E1. I didn’t hesitate to do it despite E1’s age because I’ve been reading a lot about it and it’s still very impressive in 2020-2021. I bought a new 35mm f2 lens so I’m very pleased with my decision.

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  14. Eve
    August 7, 2021 @ 12:56 pm

    Thanks for the article. I just bought a second hand X-E1 today, and am hunting down a 35mm lens. I think I am leaning towards the f1.4, but your article was a good read and education into why I like this style of camera. I’ve used the X100T for some years, in preference to lugging my larger Nikon with zoom lens, and this camera is my step back into taking time to enjoy the art. With thanks, from Australia.

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  15. Steve McGonigle
    January 10, 2022 @ 12:33 am

    A bit late to this article. It’s uncanny that you love Fuji having started with an X10 which broke, so did mine. I bought an XE-1, a X100S and XT-20 in that order.
    I still primarily shoot film, but love my digital Fujis. Your right about the quality and feel of these cameras. The XE-1 is a firm favourite as it handles like an old time rangefinder with it’s size and the offset viewfinder. The main difference is that I shoot my Fuji XE-1 with older manual lenses. My favourite is a Konica Hexanon 40mm f1.8. Although this roughly equates to a 60mm on the cropped sensor, it’s a wonderful piece of glass and suits the Fuji sensor well in terms of colour, clarity and nice bokeh. Although it requires a dumb adaptor, it’s still fairly compact. Focusing is a breeze thanks to focus peaking.

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  16. Keith
    April 2, 2022 @ 8:42 am

    Hi Paul,
    I rarely read these camera reviews all the way through but this one is excellent. I need to add the XE-1 to my bag as my everyday camera.

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