About two weeks ago my new camera, a Fuji X-E1, turned up in the post. I love it. It’s so much fun to use, its light enough to carry about with me without needing to head to the gym for a round of weights as preparation. It looks unobtrusive enough that no one stops and stares at me when I stop to line up and compose a photo. I’m heading to Rome for a weekend in mid December, and I can’t wait to see what photos I get.
So you might think that seeing first the the rumours and then the announcement of the X-E2, the upgrade of the X-E1, just days after I got my hands on my shiny new camera would have put a slight dent in my mood? Should I send it back for a refund (it’s still under the 30 days no-quibble return) and order the new model?
Well I have to be honest. I wasn’t that surprised by the annoucement. The X-E1 dropped in price recently, which is why I got one, and that is normally a pretty good sign that an update is in the works.
For me it always comes back to knowing my intent. I have two different sets of needs for a camera. When I’m at a dance competition I want photos I can use to build my reputation as a top dancesport photographer. That means I need a high end pro camera. The auto focus has to be faster than double speed jive kick, and I need a hell of a lot of AF points – if I use the focus & recompose technique then I’ve missed the shot. Further more it needs to take beautifully exposed, low noise [...]