The Fujifilm X-E1 and Me

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Before Gerry went to host The Great Migration Extended Photo Safari with Mark Dumbleton, he was approached and asked if he would test out the Fujifilm X-E1.

Last week I got the amazing opportunity to go to the Mara Triangle and join Gerry, Mark and their guests for the last few days of their safari. As I had spoken to Gerry previously about the Fujifilm, I got to take it out on drives with me and play around with it.

Such fun!

Firstly, this is not a technical review of the camera-  something Gerry will look at next week – just my personal opinion on it.


I love it!

Starting off with the aesthetics, I absolutely love the look of the camera. Based on the old school design of film cameras, this gave the camera a very authentic and classic look. Being a fan of film cameras, this appealed to my artistic side.

But dont let the exterior give you the wrong idea of the X-E1.

As soon as you turn the camera on, you will see that the digital aesthetics and setup of the camera is all but old. The menu is  easy to use and offers a variety of options from single shots, to multiple, to panorama’s and more.

What’s great as well is that every time that you change a setting on your camera, whether it be adding exposure etc, it will show the ‘new’ image on the screen. I found this incredibly handy as you dont have to waste time taking multiple shots in order to find the right exposure and look to your image.

It is instant.

It is great.

Without crowding and overpopulating the screen, the Fujifilm X-E1 shows you your current camera settings and your image’s exposure without you having to scroll through various menus to find the image information you are searching for.

Dont like looking at a screen?

No problem! This snazzy camera has a wonderful enhancement that I would not have expected it to have – if you are looking at an image on the screen, and then you change to look through the view finder, the image and all its setting appears!

This also occurs when you are looking through the viewfinder at the scene that you want to capture – all your camera’s setting and image information will appear as you look through the viewfinder to the scene in front of you.

Although the camera is not as light as one would imagine a compact camera to be, the weight was extremely comfortable for its size and its function to ‘quickly’ capture the moment.

I really enjoyed using this camera and would not mind in the least if I could end up keeping it for myself.

This is a great travel buddy and with its interchangeable lenses, you can capture a variety of subjects and scenes at various distances.

Penny Robartes

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