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Fuji X-E1 Landscapes

We enjoyed a walk on the malvern Hills this morning and enjoyed watching a long overdue spot of lovely sunshine begin the long task of melting the snow from the hills.

We enjoyed the Fuji X-E1 a lot this morning and felt like we were really getting to grips with the analogue  design of the camera, with a button to hand for just about everything.  The exposure dial on the top which allows you to dial in a little extra exposure was very easy for us to use when we wanted to get a nice clean looking snow with a touch of over exposure. We were quite pleased indeed with these straight out of camera shots, which do a reasonable job of showcasing the lovely Malvern Hills.


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Fuji X-E1 Portraits

One of the very obvious differences between our new Fuji X-E1 and our Canon 400D is the low light capabilities that it has, stemming from the high ISO settings that are available. This has enabled us to get some great photos, indoors at home and out and about at coffee shops and restaurants. Here are just a few to show you what it can do in indoor shooting situations.


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Fuji X-E1 Depth Of Field

When we went for the Fuji X-E1 we opted for the  XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS lens. This renders a 35mm equivalent focal length of 27.4-83.8mm, which essentially encompasses the lengths of the first three lens offerings that Fuji have brought out. The wide end of this lens has a wide maximum aperture of f/2.8, meaning it can be an attractive alternative to the 18mm f/2 prime lens. This lens also features built in optical image stabilization for lessening camera shake and image blur, which become more apparent when working at the longer end of the zoom range. The XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS is composed of 14 elements in 10 groups and includes three aspherical elements and one abnormal dispersion element. That then is the technical bit done.

What this lens gives us over our ancient Canon kit lens which came with our old faithful Canon 400d, is the wide bokeh loving f2.8 aperture and image stabilisation. Ally this to the high iso capabilities of the X-E1 and we have a camera capable of the lovely indoor shots that we showed yesterday.  Today then we are showcasing two straight out of camera shots rendered in the Velvia mode. The first image is f2.8 1/800 ISO400 18mm, while the second image is f7.1 1/125 ISO400 18mm.


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Fuji X-E1 Film Styles

Above is Fuji’s Provia film style, which gives a natural or standard colour rendering.

Above is Fuji’s Velvia Film, which is a richer, vibrant colour render.

Above is Fuji’s Monochrome film.

One of the things we like about this camera is its ability to bracket the film simulation to produce 3 renderings from one photograph and these above are our current default choices.  This photograph was taken at ISO 1600, 55mm, stopped up 1/3, at F4 at a speed of 1/27, no flash. There are another 6 or so film options to choose from and all can be adjusted to personalise taste in terms of contrast, sharpness etc.

Very early days and we will put more straight out of camera shots up over the coming days, highlighting various aspects of the camera.