Fujifilm X-E1 Mirror
Pros: Great Resolution, Good in Low Light, Small / Compact, Large Clear LCD, Easy to Use
Best Uses: Wildlife photos, Macro Photography, Indoors/Low Light, Still life, Travel, Portraiture, Family Photos
Describe Yourself: Semi-Pro Photographer
SO far so good with the X-E1. I've been wanting to try it for about a year and finally had the opportunity to get one. Right away I noticed how much smaller it was than my DSLRs. The X-E1's noticeably lighter as well. Even with the 18-55, it feels much light than what I was used to. I worried that it would feel too light, but I've adapted to it nicely and now wonder why I didn't get one sooner.
The image quality is really good. If, like me, you wait a long time between camera purchases (years rather than months--I really eek out everything from my DSLRs before upgrading---and I'm cheap, so I don't always get the latest and greatest)***, you'll be blown away by the image quality. It really is that good! I think it's a next gen camera and it performs as such.
One concern I had was changing systems. Not a concern anymore. I have Nikon glass I'm able to use with adaptors. I use them manually, but I don't go around photographing sprinters, either. Admittedly, I'm not sure I'll even need the Nikon glass. I have it. It's a tool. If I can use it and benefit from its quality, I will. That said, the 18-55mm has rarely been off the camera.
The X-E1 is fairly intuitive to use. The dials on the top and menus make sense to me. I do have to be careful or I'll knock the exposure compensation dial one way or the other. (I believe this has been adjusted on the X-E2 to be a firmer adjusted so that it's less likely to be accidentally shifted.)
I've read about some of the focus speed concerns...I don't really have these concerns as I don't shoot fast-moving objects on a regular basis. I did photograph a wedding on my third day of ownership as a fluke and favor for a friend while traveling to Santa Fe, and I'm happy to report that aside from a few out of focus images, the wedding photography came off without a hitch. There are plenty of wedding photogs out there who are using the Fuji systems that are much better qualified to give feedback. If weddings are a true concern, please give them a read.
As stated in many forums and reviews already, the X-E1 shines in street photography. It's very inconspicuous. If people do notice, they approach and want to know more. I've had no less that five conversations with people I didn't know because of this gem of a camera in the mere two weeks of ownership. It's a conversation starter and if you're shy like many photographers I've known, it helps bring you out of your shell to talk about something you love!
If you want more than a simple point and shoot, a camera with a variety of lens options, and a well-built product, then you should consider the X-E1. It's a solid performer that can be carried over the shoulder all day. It's not intrusive or loud. The Fuji is priced reasonably and with the firmware updates from Fuji, the X-E1 is an up-to-date camera with tons of potential for the photographer.
Get one already!
***previous camera I've used regularly for paid jobs--Nikon D200. previous camera I've used for art photography--D70 (and D200). So, when I say "years" between purchases, I mean years!
Simple and easy
Pros: Lightweight, Compact, Good Protection, Durable
Best Uses: Travel, Daily Transport, Storage
Describe Yourself: Semi-pro Photographer
I got the Adorama Slinger Holster case bundled with my Fuji X-E1. After carrying a larger bag of Nikon gear for years, this little bag looked a little funny. I took all the bundled gear that came with my new camera and easily placed it in the bag with the X-E1+18-55mm mounted+battery charger+3 extra batteries+SD case (Thin, and holds six SD cards)+ a Nikon 50mm f1.4 with an adaptor+usb card reader and usb cable.
If you plan on a third lens fitting or an adapted 14mm Rokinon like I have, you'll be hard-pressed to make it all work. But, I don't always need every single lens I own traveling with me every single place I might go. (Not anymore, at least!)
No bulges or difficulties.