Thanks to a recent promotion that finished on Saturday (31st May) and a recent price drop at one of my local London Camera Exchange Stores I have upgraded my Fujifilm X-E1 to the X-E2, the way in which I did this wasn’t the most logical but means that I get a brand new X-E2, 18-55mm f/2.8-4.0 OIS lens and 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 OIS lens for just over the price of the 55-200mm lens alone!
This is another reason to support your local (brick and mortar) camera store if you still have one. I know that I have mentioned this before but we are fortunate that in Lincoln we have two London Camera Exchanges; one on the High Street which seems to specialise in the Mirror-less side of things, whilst the Silver Street store caters to the pro-end Nikon and Canon DSLR user. I frequently visit both stores and have a very good rapport with the staff in both stores, I used the High Street store for this deal.
The X-E2 body & 18-55mm kit dropped a couple of days ago to under £1000 (£969.99), this coupled with the trade in of my X-E1 and 18-55mm lens dropped the price I paid to £619.99 which is only £70 more than the cost of the 55-200mm lens alone.
Q: Why am I talking about the 55-200mm lens?
A: If you purchase the X-E2 and 18-55mm kit you can have for free the Fujifilm XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS zoom lens. You have to buy the kit as the body only does not qualify for this lens although you can have the XF35mm f1.4 R, 2XF7mm f2.8 or 1XF8mm R f2.0 lens for free.
Q: Why did I trade in my 18-55 lens only to get another one?
A: As good as the 18-55mm f/2.8-4.0 LM OIS lens is I only need one and the one I already had allowed me to knock £200 off the X-E2 kit (the X-E1 was only worth £150).
Q: Any reason you didn’t go for a second X-T1?
A: Price is the main factor here, regardless of whether I traded in my X-E1 for the body or X-E1+18-55mm lens for the kit it was still much more money and there is no offer for the 55-200mm lens with either of them and I wanted the 55-200mm lens.
Q: Will you now get rid of the XC 50-230mm f4.5-6.7 OIS lens?
A: No. I did consider it but for many reasons I will keep this lens:
- It is only worth £100-£125 trade-in.
- The XC lens is lighter than the XF lens and sometimes I will need the lighter of the two lenses.
- I get and additional 30mm of reach at the telephoto end of the range over the XF lens.
- The XC lens is optically nearly as good as the XF lens.
- Sometimes it could be useful to have two cameras fitted with telephoto zooms in certain situations.
Q: Have I noticed any improvements in the X-E2 over the X-E1?
A: With the latest firmware the EVF is very good, not as good as the X-T1 but a close second. I like have a split-image EVF for manual focusing. The focusing just seems a tad (a word I picked up from Moose Peterson) quicker. Having an extra stop of EV on the exposure compensation dial is nice (like the X-T1) and the separation of the AF-L and AE-L could also be useful. Finally, I like the fact that the PhotoMadd arca-swiss plate/grip still fits as well as the Gordy Strap.
Rather than go through everything on the X-E2 that is better than the X-E1, I recommend that you read this blog posting by Colin Nicholls here. It is much better than anything I could hash together.