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FujifilmX-E1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Silver)
 
4.6

(based on 62 reviews)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great resolution (48)
  • Compact (44)
  • Easy to use (44)
  • Good in low light (41)
  • Large clear LCD (21)

Cons

  • Short battery life (8)
  • Lag / shutter delay (6)
  • Poor in low light (3)
  • Slow autofocus (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (44)
  • Family photos (40)
  • Low light (33)
  • Macro photography (18)
  • Weddings (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (27), Pro photographer (12), Semi-pro photographer (11), Casual photographer (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (54)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

fun but maybe not for everyone

I purchased this camera as a fun easy carry camera for snapshots and found art shots. I am a professional and my primary camera is a Mamiya 645AFD w/Leaf Aptus back so there...Read complete review

I purchased this camera as a fun easy carry camera for snapshots and found art shots. I am a professional and my primary camera is a Mamiya 645AFD w/Leaf Aptus back so there is no pretending that the X-E1 is going to be my first string on a job But... It isn't bad!

I got the 35 f1.4 lens with it. So far I like everything about it except the speed of autofocus and the lack of RAW file support. While the X-E1 may not be a full sized full powered DSLR in the near instant focus it hits the mark far better than my Nikon D2x ever did. The D2x often would spin back and forth never choosing anything to focus on. The X-E1 may not focus as fast but it finds a target on the first pass.

The lack of support for RAW is a big issue for a lot of folks that have a set-in-stone routines for file processing. None of the major image application will properly process the Fuji X-Trans sensors files - even though that new sensor is one of the best thing about this little guy. But don't fret they are working on it I'm sure. (That's not anything I've read officially...)

For now the on-board processing is good. However, I do like the power of RAW and for that Fuji provides software (Silkypix) with the camera . It processes the files X-Trans RAW files great. It's just very alien from Adobe Camera RAW that I've always used and will add another step in my RAW file workflow.

I gave the camera a "four" because it isn't the perfect camera. Then again, I have yet to find a perfect camera.

Hope this helps.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Tried and returned

I was looking for a hiking/travel replacement for the big DSLR.

Yes, this camera can take incredible images. However, I like to shoot things on the fly, and the...Read complete review

I was looking for a hiking/travel replacement for the big DSLR.

Yes, this camera can take incredible images. However, I like to shoot things on the fly, and the auto focus was just not responsive enough for me. The manual focus is useless unless you have PLENTY of time to work with. The body was not as sturdy as I had hoped, felt somewhat toy like.
The auto ISO feature only works up to certain high ISO, especially if shooting in RAW. Video shouldnt have even been included. Im pretty sure an iphone would do a better job.

Pluses... It is light and fun to carry. The images are great and the lenses do a nice job, although they also felt toy-ish.

Not the camera for me, back to the big DSLR.
Granted im used to working with a DSLR and too stuck on the quickness and ease of use that a more expensive and heavier camera has to offer, and shouldnt expect the same type of performance out of a compact APS-C. However I still feel like the overall cost of the body and multiple lenses is too much for the performance that this camera can achieve.
If, however, you are in the market for this type of camera, I suggest looking at the Sony NEX-7 over this model.

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5.0

A great camera

By Big Data

from Charlotte, NC for now...

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Battery Life
  • Good in Low Light
  • Great Resolution
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Macro Photography
    • Travel
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Fujifilm X-E1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Silver):

    I bought the E1 because I noticed I was using a tiny point and shoot camera and hardly my Nikon D700 with my many nice Nikkor and Zeiss lenses. The D700 is so much bigger than my old Nikon FM2 and F2 bodies, but the P&S is just not enough camera for my styles of photography.The E1 fits the bill nicely, and my joy in photography is back. I don't regret choosing the E1 vs. the E2 to get a better price - with the firmware update the autofocus is great. It is well built, solid, and well deigned, almost everything I would want. I was surprised how effective the manual focusing was through the EVF. I love the Fuji film simulations! The camera, especially with the 18-55 lens, is not tiny, it is like carrying a small 35mm SLR or rangefinder with a noticeable lens. People will notice the camera, it is not unobtrusive. There are only a few things I would prefer different: instead of a "M" focusing setting on the camera, I would prefer a marked focusing scale on the lenses with an "A" setting on the lens. I would prefer a higher-resolution EVF and no LCD panel, to save space and make the camera more rugged (and less expensive). I appreciate the little emergency flash but could also have lived without it. The tripod mount really should have been centered on the lens axis! These are all nitpicks - the camera is great! The main thing is it can produce great images!

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    5.0

    Combines classic ergonomics with digital

    By Jujubee

    from New Mexico

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    Pros

    • Easily Navigable Menus
    • Easy to Use
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Resolution
    • Intuitive Controls
    • Intuitive Contros
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Travel
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Fujifilm X-E1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Silver):

      I did a lot of research before selecting this camera among the various mirrorless options - the Sony NEX/Alpha series being the runner up. I chose the Fujifilm X-E1 because I liked the blend of manual controls and on-screen menus and the ease of toggling between the two. After comparing images on line, I also found that I preferred Fujifilm's color rendering and the multiple film emulations that it offers. I prefer a more filmic look with more natural colors.

      I ordered the body with the kit zoom lens which is extremely capable. When in automatic mode, the camera makes sensible decisions with respect to aperture and ISO to generate pleasing images. Results with manual legacy lenses and adapters have also been gratifying. Post processing editing has been minimal thus far. I have yet to fully explore this camera's many features - I'm sure I will become ever more impressed over time.

      Minor drawbacks thus far: 1) battery life seems a bit short but I've been giving the EVF a workout. 2) Autofocus could be faster and more decisive. However, I prefer to focus manually so it has not been a major issue for me. Your mileage may vary.

      In sum, this camera gives one the option of being as manual or as automatic as one wishes. The ergonomics are excellent and I feel connected to the photography process in a way that I haven't felt since I knocked about with my dad's old SLR's when I was a teenager. It's fun to use.

      Finally, kudos to Fuji, BTW, for continuing to invest in this model in its firmware updates, thereby delaying its eventual obsolescence.

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      5.0

      Sweet Little Camera

      By Brogs

      from Allentown, PA

      About Me Pro Photographer

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      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good Battery Life

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Travel

        Comments about X-E1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Silver):

        I bought this (used) to use as a daily use camera instead of carrying my D800 everywhere. I picked up the 35mm f/1.4 lens because I wanted something faster than the kit lens. I absolutely love it. Granted it can't compete with a monster like the D800, but it is nice having something that I can just grab and not worry about damaging a $ rig. I wish it was a little faster, but I think its a rockin little camera.

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        5.0

        Love it

        By Roman

        from NJ

        Comments about X-E1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Silver):

        This camera makes me want to take it out and shot. It has made photography fun for me again. I got so tired and turned off by carrying my D7100 that at some point I never took it with me anymore. This little guy is light and fun. Not only does it look great, the sensor captures great detail. I keep it set to auto ISO and shoot in aperture priority with beautiful images at ISO 6400. I really enjoy the electronic viewfinder. I find that because of it, I only take one shot with correct exposure instead of several I would take with my DSLR before reaching the right exposure. I wouldn't use this in studio or on a location shoot however. This camera is more for a slow, enjoyable style of shooting. That's why I like it. One thing however, even with all the firmware updates, it does have hard time focusing in low light. But I do not at all mind switching to manual focus and using focus peaking to focus manually. The camera really is a joy to shoot with.

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        5.0

        Best for travel

        By waldy5897

        from Puerto Rico

        Comments about Fujifilm X-E1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Silver):

        Excellent image quality and features. Better than expected , perfect camera for travel or street photography.

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        4.0

        Great Camer

        By Austin H.

        from Irvine, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Battery Life
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Resolution
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Lag / Shutter Delay

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Macro Photography

        Comments about X-E1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Silver):

        I really like the retro look and lightweight feel. It's really fun to shoot manually but putting it back into auto is a little slow. I shoot at least 300 pictures raw without any battery loss.

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        3.0

        Not what I expected...

        By Matt Blasing

        from Albuquerque, NM

        About Me Pro Photographer

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        Pros

          Cons

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              Comments about X-E1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Silver):

              Photographically, this camera works the same as my FujiFilm point-and-shoot that I've had for years, and cost three times as much. I absolutely LOVE the ergonomics and bought it because hauling around my full-frame Canon and L-Series lenses around all the time gets to be cumbersome. The dials are intuitive and remind me of working with my original Pentax 35mm film camera. However, the photo quality is around average, and VERY noisy, even during daytime shooting at ISO 200. I love everything about this camera other than the photo quality it produces, and even when using it with an f/1.4 lens, the images are nowhere near tack-sharp. Although I had high hopes for it, I returned it within a week.

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              4.0

              What a great photo tool

              By JEStanek

              from Pottstown, PA

              About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Battery Life
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Resolution
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • Lag / Shutter Delay

              Best Uses

              • Architectural
              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Travel

              Comments about X-E1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Silver):

              I got this to supplement my DSLR and have a good image quality, well designed, cool lighter/smaller camera for travelling. I found the battery life better than expected if you turn off the back display if you're going to be shooting for a while.

              It won't be my first choice for fast action shots but if you will be composing before you shoot, this camera is fantastic. It really performs in low light well, too.

              Finally, it looks really cool.

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              4.0

              Just what I was looking for

              By Holly

              from Indianapolis, IN

              About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Battery Life
              • Good Firmware Upgrades
              • Great Lenses From Fuji
              • Great Resolution
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • Focusing Can Be Slow

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Hiking Photography
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Street Photography
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about X-E1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Silver):

              I bought this camera looking for a lighter alternative to my Canon DSLR for hiking, backpacking and general travel photography. We did a week+ trip to the Rocky Mountains, and I put it through all the paces camping and backpacking. I've also used it for some portraiture work and flower photography. My overall impression: Love it!

              The negatives:
              - autofocus is wonky in low light
              - autofocus sometimes misses all together in bright light (usually a second try gets it right) - can be slow compared to my Canon AF lenses
              - The included strap feels cheap
              - no third party Fuji X mount lenses (I see they are coming soon)
              - the firmware upgrade process was not clearly explained in the box. It took some Googling to figure it out. (basically, download the latest upgrade to a memory card, take the lens off, put the memory card in and turn on the camera while holding the "back" button to access upgrade menu.)
              - battery life is reported to be short. Haven't noticed it so far, but I do have two back up batteries anyway.

              The positives:
              - light weight! (even with the 18-55 lens) - heavier than a point and shoot but much lighter and smaller than any DSLR
              - unbelievably good image quality with the kit lens
              - I can handhold at very slow shutter speeds (1/20 of a second) and get tack sharp images of still subjects (blew. me. away.)
              - images are essentially noiseless to high film speeds (no discernable noise at 1000 and below!)
              - Did I mention the amazing quality of the 18-55 kit lens? I had to break my habit of sharpening, and bumping contrast and exposure in post. Daylight JPEGS are 85% perfect right out of the camera. A little cropping and I'm good to go!
              - Layout of controls just make sense. Love, love, love the physical dials. It took me less than 24 hours to develop intuitive use of this camera.
              - The rangefinder styling is simply amazing. People comment on this camera.
              - The way I shoot with this camera reminds me of shooting with my first SLR - It makes me want to shoot. It can do all the work for me, but I so enjoy going full manual (or aperture priority)
              - manual focus (legacy lenses or kit lens) is MUCH easier with Focus Peaking (white shimmer around the edges that are in focus) and the ability to quickly zoom in to check focus. Note: this model did not originally come with Focus Peaking, but Fuji included in in a firmware upgrade. Bonus! Thanks Fuji!
              -The film simulation shooting modes are usually gimmicky and I avoid them, preferring to do my processing on the more power CPU of my computer. However, with this camera, I find myself adoring the black and white films (there are 4). Just kicked my creativity up a notch.
              - I can use my Canon flash (in manual mode)
              - I can use my Canon remote release (plugged into the mic jack!)
              - I can use all of my legacy lenses with the appropriate adapters (so far have tried M42 and Pentax K mount. FD lens is coming soon)
              - hand feel is improved with a flash hotshot mounted thumb grip (these can be expensive or cheap. My cheap one is teal colored and awesome!)

              I used this camera for a family photoshoot this week (brought my Canon along just in case). The photos are amazing. If I figure out how to work this thing with my studio lights, I might just sell my DSLR and use the money to buy a Fuji long telephoto lens. Right now (2.5 weeks into owning it), there is little I can see that it can't do. It's simply an amazing camera, especially for the price. (The XE2 has some significant upgrades, but I sure don't miss them for half the price!)

              (I've read reviews saying this isn't a camera for beginners, but I think I would disagree. It seems to me this would be a great camera for beginners because the knobs and controls are all so directly related to the concept you are adjusting (aperture, film speed, exposure compensation, shutter speed). When you physically turn the aperture dial on the lens, you can see in the viewfinder or LCD the effect. Same with film speed, shutter speed etc. If you want it to do it all for you, you can set them all to auto. I would recommend this camera to experienced shooters and beginners alike. There is a learning curve, but If you get a DSLR and don't bother learning what the effect of shutter speed is on your photos, then why bother?)

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              5.0

              Good Quality and Delivery

              By Theprodigious

              from Milan, Italy

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Great Resolution
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Travel
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about X-E1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Silver):

                Good Quality and Delivery and helpful customer care

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                5.0

                Tried the Rest, Now Have the Best!

                By StevenG

                from Totowa, NJ

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Resolution
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Travel
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Fujifilm X-E1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Silver):

                  After going the DSLR route with Canon and Nikon I switched to Sony Mirrorless cameras. The Nex 6 and then the a6000. While very good, I was introduced to the Fuji. It's image quality is hands down better than any cropped sensor camera I have seen. Plus, it takes me back to my film era days when you had to "think" about how to take your photos and everything wasn't done for you. Maybe that is not what you want, but when I look back at how this 57 year old shooter takes photos, I never use the gizmos and gadgets that are on most of today's cameras. All I can say is I Love this Fuji!

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                  5.0

                  great camera

                  By cabecita

                  from San Juan, PR

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos

                    Comments about X-E1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Silver):

                    steady and light weight. Great for our vacation trip

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Great Pictures from a Small Package

                    By OldBiker

                    from Brandon, Vermont

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Great Resolution
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                    • Poor in Low Light
                    • Short Battery Life

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Fujifilm X-E1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Silver):

                    Currently use this camera with the 18-55 lens for general photograpy. In the future hope to add a longer lens.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Great Retro camera

                    By JodyH

                    from West Chester, PA

                    Comments about X-E1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Silver):

                    This camera was bought for the Fuji film simulation modes and to have light mirrorless type camera. I use It with metabones Nikon g adaptor to use all my Nikon lenses! It is eay to operate in completely manual mode. I love the ability to increase the focus magnifier with a push of the small wheel on the camera's back. Great jpegs!

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                    4.0

                    Fuji XE1 Mirrorless

                    By SolarRay

                    from Princeton, NJ

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Resolution
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                    • Short Battery Life

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Travel

                    Comments about X-E1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Silver):

                    Fuji XE1 Mirrorless 16M sensor performs very well even in low light. I tested it with kit lens 18-50, 55-200, and Nikon 50mm f 1.4. The images are sharp and the color are beautiful.

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                    5.0

                    Excellant camera

                    By basic photographer

                    from Forsyth, NC

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Battery Life
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Resolution
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Video
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about Fujifilm X-E1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Silver):

                      basic photography, takes great RAW and Jpeg images, full control over settings.

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                      5.0

                      Excellent Camera

                      By Larry C.

                      from Delaware (USA)

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Good Battery Life
                      • Great Resolution

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Indoors/Low Light

                        Comments about Fujifilm X-E1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Silver):

                        I am very pleased with the images produced by this camera so far. I would recommend the firmware upgrades for both the camera and kit lens before you start to use it. Fuji has done a very good job keeping this camera up to date for the enthusiast.

                        I've purchased an adapter to use some of my Minolta Rokkor legacy lenses, and the results have been very good. This increases the overall versatility of the camera if you enjoy a more hands on approach to your photography.

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                        5.0

                        Just Dandy

                        By Old Nikon Guy

                        from Washington State

                        Comments about X-E1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Silver):

                        I have read some peoples' reviews out there that don't like this camera because it doesn't focus fast enough for them. Maybe if I was chasing squirrels, kids, or ambulances it may not be, but I am not. I learned this craft on a Nikon F, manual everything; so big deal. I'm 66 years old and don't always want to lug around a bag that weighs as much as a Volkswagen. This FUJI with a couple of fast prime lenses is a sweet, capable combo. I am loving it.

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                        4.0

                        No regrets

                        By RGH

                        from Upstate NY

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Great Resolution

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Fujifilm X-E1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Silver):

                          Great size, nice controls. The EVF is bright and clear, works fine with my glasses.Takes a little getting used to the settings and choices, but no big deal.The IQ and dynamic range are both exceptional.This camera is better quality than I expected and so far so good.

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                          4.0

                          killed my dslr

                          By 16Rounds

                          from San Francisco

                          About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good in Low Light
                          • Inexpensive
                          • Sharp images
                          • Small / Compact

                          Cons

                          • Focusing

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Fujifilm X-E1 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Silver):

                            I am the editor and a writer for a magazine. I often take photos to illustrate my own articles. I sometimes also shoot photos in a studio for the magazine's cover graphic/shot. I own a Canon 5DM3 and have been very happy with it. Recently I purchased Fuji's X-E1 because I found it cumbersome to travel with a large dslr camera and its giant lenses. I really did not expect this small camera, X-E1, to produce such high quality images. It certainly does not match my 5DM3, but it is pretty darn close. I love the way it renders colors. I love how sharp the images are. I love how small and portable this camera is. I am surprised how it performs in low light. Honestly, now I hardly ever use my 5DM3; I use it only for video production. For all photo needs, I now exclusively use X-E1.

                            It is true that is a bit slow with grabbing focus, but that was improved with the latest software updates. It still, of course, can not match Canon's 5DM3, but considering the price difference, I can totally live with it. I came to love this camera.

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