Something that Fujifilm users have been asking for almost non-stop is a focus peaking feature. It was built into the X100s and it worked pretty darned well. Focus peaking allows a user to clearly see what is in focus when manually focusing–and will be an awesome addition with something like the SLR Magic 27mm f1.7. Today, Fujifilm is letting you all know that later on in June and then another one in July, we’ll be getting a sweet update that includes focus peaking–and it will be coming to the X Pro 1 and XE-1.
The company is also continuing to improve the autofocus with current lenses. All the details are after the jump.
When these updates are applied, we’re going to do a comprehensive update to the autofocus section of our Fujifilm X Pro 1 review and our 35mm f1.4 review. Plus we’ll update our comparison against the OMD. We’re super excited about this because Fujifilm has shown the commitment to supporting their products more than any other company via loads of firmware updates.
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The X-E1 Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera is an interesting take by Fujifilm on the EVF cameras that have been dominating the mirrorless category for a couple of years now. Since the mirrorless camera by nature does not allow for a true through-the-lens viewfinder, if manufacturers wanted to put a viewfinder on the camera they had to used an electronic one. That is, until the Fuji X100 came along. (I’m leaving digital rangefinders out of this statement because they are not the same thing as a mirrorless camera although they are functionally similar).
While technically a compact professional camera, the Fujifilm X100 was such a game-changer that Fuji expanded upon that camera with a few more fixed lens models before finally releasing the Fuji X-Pro1 Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera in 2012 based on that same innovative Hybrid Viewfinder that wowed so many of us in 2011. The combination of interchangeable lenses with that unique viewfinder proved to be a mighty force in the camera world and has proved to be a decent seller despite the apparently steep introductory price tag.
With so many people crying again for a better EVF for use in manual focusing and with legacy lenses, Fuji has responded promptly with the Fujifilm X-E1 Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera. This is all very interesting of course, but the real question stands, does it hold it’s own against its predecessors and really compete with its contemporaries?
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Even before I had a chance for a first impression, I really did not have great expectations for the Fuji X-E1 Mirrorless Interchangable Lens Camera. I like what Fuji is doing with their X-Series and I am really excited about the directions that the company is heading in the mirrorless market; but, when I heard that it would be an EVF only camera and completely ditch the hybrid viewfinder that made both the X100 and X-Pro1 so groundbreaking, I was less than ecstatic. How can an EVF camera ever hold it’s own against the kind of ingenuity and classic camera experience that the Fuji X-E1’s predecessors offer?
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