Fujifilm X-E3 & XF27mm f/2.8 Lens

My intention at the Photography Show wasn’t to pick up another camera body, but anyone that follows the blog will know that often other things get purchased instead of the original item.   My recent Fuji pondering was pretty much centred around the 100-400 and 1.4 TC – which I did pickup.   I could’ve been sensible and saved some of the money, but no not me (actually I’m generally being sensible with my money – just this Canon to Fuji swap left me with unallocated cash!).

I do have a preference for primes – but I’ve yet to make this happen on the Fuji system.  My Canon primes were generally 100mm plus (apart from the 15mm fisheye) so the 100-400 covers most of that range.  So the thought of shorter primes was one thing I was looking at.   Mainly the 18 or 27mm lenses.  My intention was to pair the X Pro 2 with a smaller prime – but then the X-E3 came to my attention, it’s almost a mini X Pro 2 – albeit with a few compromises size wise.   Both are rangefinder style – for me this represents a move from the SLR format – there’s nothing wrong with SLR’s but I like the rangefinder style and handling.

Double Trouble?

From the back the missing bits are obvious, the sort of wheel button arrangement is missing but all of the settings can be adjusted using the Q menu.   The Screen on the X-E3 is a touchscreen, but I  don’t like the sensitivity of it – so for the moment it’s disabled.

Rear Differences

The compact size means this is now my carry to work camera – I’ve managed to pick up a small bag to drop in my rucksack for the cycle to work.   I’m still a little worried about it bouncing around the bag – but I’ll look to securing it some how.

Lowepro Format 100 – Discontinued range

A surprise for me with the X-E3 was in the inclusion of the mini EF-X8 flash unit.   It’s a tiny flash that was supplied with the XT2 model but not the X Pro 2.

It works fine on the X Pro 2, in time it’ll prove useful or useless as it’s so small.  The unit (not referring to it as a flash gun!) is powered by the X camera’s internal battery so I guess we’ll use it with caution (or whilst carrying spare batteries).

On the subject of batteries it uses the same W126 type as the X Pro 2, so there was no need to unbox the charger.

One obvious omission is the Optical View Finder, to be honest whilst that is a nice idea, for the X-E3 its a logical removal – I do find on the X-Pro I’m using the EVF for most things – mainly due to the film mode being replicated in the electronic view finder.

Below are  a few samples from my first walk around Brum.   Nothing has been done to the images.  They are shot in Fuji Acros + Red Filter mode, transferred to my iPhone and then copied to my WordPress server.

Trams 1/250 – f/8 – ISO 400
Distracted 1/120 – f/2.8 – ISO 400
Cracks are appearing in Birmingham’s facade 1/2000 – f/2.8 – ISO 400

The following image was taken Thursday 22nd March and corrected a little on LR/Nik Efex (looks better large – click on the image to check).

Colmore Building  1/350 – ƒ/3.6 – ISO 400 – Acros + R mode.    Perspective corrected in Lightroom and contrast adjusted via Nik Efex

Overall I’m pleased with the little X Series, it’s the sort of thing that I should have tried years ago.