I’m quite happy to announce that I finally have my first ‘proper’ camera – but it’s not an SLR. After having a play with my mum’s Nikon 5200 I was set on buying that model as I liked the images I was getting out of it..then I followed fujifilm’s blog, hoping for some instax updates. At first I ignored the X-series – I’d heard of mirrorless cameras and assumed they were a passing fad. Sure they looked pretty, but looks are normally compensating for a lack of technical prowess, right? As more (surprisingly good) images popped up on my reader, I did some investigating looking at reviews from some less bais sources. I was impressed with what I saw. In many respects other than megapixels the X series cameras seemed to equal entry level SLRs – many a reviewer even hinted they might be ‘a little better’ (I’ll put a list of reviews I looked at at the bottom of this blog). I started to think about the implications of a smaller camera – easier to carry around all day, less conspicuous, and I’ll be honest I’m a bit vain…and these cameras just look nice.
Ok, but which one? I’m new to the concept of manual cameras and though I wanted one I could grow into, rather than learn on and then upgrade I also didn’t want to spend bucketloads of money – I wanted to save that for the lenses. The X-E1 had recently received an upgrade in the form of the X-E2 resulting in some slight improvements in the newer model and a steep price drop in the former – it also seemed like good compromise between price and quality.
As for the kit XF 18-55mm lens, it received some gushing reviews everywhere I looked – except from two people on amazon (shush guys, you’re killing my buzz). As I said my experience is limited so I couldn’t tell you how it compares with others, but the images that I’ve taken have come out beautifully sharp when the stars have aligned and I miraculously have everything set right.
So what else can I say? I’m thrilled with my purchase and encourage anyone who’s looking at the X-series to go for it. Here’s one more photo from my first day with the X-E1
Thanks for reading,