So the Fuji X-E1 has arrived in Hong Kong. If you’ve been following the new camera news, you know it’s basically a very slightly smaller X-Pro1 for a lot less money, minus the hybrid viewfinder (it still has an EVF), plus a pop-up flash, and the same sensor and electronics inside, for a lot less money.
I was in Hong Kong’s only official Fuji shop this afternoon to pick-up a diopter correction lens for my X-Pro1. They had the X-E1 in the display case. They’re selling it as a kit with the 35mm F1.4 lens for HK$9,900. I asked the guy if the focusing was any faster than on the X-Pro1 and he said, “they’re the same.”
Online shop Digital Rev is selling the X-E1 (body only) for HK$9,000. They’re saying “stock ordered upon request” and it takes “approximately” 1 week. There’s no mention there about if this is grey market or with the Fuji international warranty.
DCFever (Chinese only site) is listing the Fuji X-E1 with the 35mm lens at HK$9,990. For their Mong Kok shop it translates to “spot supply”; for their shops in Sham Shui Po and Causeway Bay it says “check with clerk.” They’re also listing the X-E1 as a kit with the new Fuji 18-55mm F2.8-4 zoom lens but there’s no price listed and for all three shops it says to check with the clerk.
Now let’s do a bit of price checking.
In the US, list price for the X-E1 body only is US$1,000. That’s around HK$7,800. So a healthy mark-up on the body only at HK$9,000?
Over at Amazon, a kit with the X-E1 body and zoom lens is US$1,400. That’s about HK$10,900. I don’t see a kit listing with the 35mm lens. But the 35mm lens sells for US$500 or thereabouts, so HK$3,900.
So body-only at $9,000 + 35mm lens at $3,900 – $12,900, which means that the kit price for the body and 35mm lens of HK$9,900 is a very good deal indeed.
I was walking around in Causeway Bay today, X-Pro1 in hand, naturally. At the AF-S setting, it’s still too fucking slow. I’d see someone down the street, hit the button and I’d hear/feel the lens slowly moving into focus, by which point my “target” would be long gone. AF-C means less of a lag, but if you can tell me where the focus point is in this picture, I’ll buy you a beer.
This girl was about 10 feet in front of me when I pushed the shutter button, by the time the shutter clicked she was halfway past me and I ended up with this useless shot.
She was gorgeous – but you’ll just have to take my word for it.
I still can’t shoot from the hip. I look down at the camera, it seems to me to be pointed straight ahead, the lens looks to be parallel to the ground, and then I end up with dozens of shots like this:
I suppose it’s vaguely interesting in an odd sort of a way.
But it’s not all bad. I seem to get slightly better results when switching to AF-C. And also by holding the camera out in front of me, looking at the rear LCD for framing. I’m not sure if that’s less obvious than holding the camera right up to my face but it seems to work more often than anything else I’ve tried.
(The next shot is the only one that’s cropped, just wanted one to highlight the girl in the red dress.)
(This next shot also cropped)
Actually, aside from the two shots where I mentioned cropping above, all the shots are straight out of the camera, the only thing done to them was to export them out of Lightroom. The purpose is to demonstrate just how nice the shots coming from the X-Pro1 are when everything comes together. It’s why I don’t simply sell it off and try something like the Olympus OM-D instead. The X-Pro1 is capable of great shots when everything works just right.
So what did I learn today, if anything? AF-C seems to work quicker for street shooting than AF-S and shooting with the camera held out in front of me, looking at the LCD screen, rather than shooting from the hip and getting lots of shots of sneakers.