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  • Writer's pictureIan Miller

The little Fujifilm XE2

Hi everyone! Today I want to share with you my experience with the Fujifilm XE2, an older camera but still capable of producing fine results. I paired it with the 18mm f2 lens, which is a compact and versatile prime lens that gives a 27mm equivalent field of view on the XE2's APS-C sensor.

The XE2 was released in 2013, and it has a 16.3-megapixel X-Trans CMOS II sensor and an EXR Processor II. It also has a hybrid autofocus system that combines phase detection and contrast detection, and a 2.36 million dot electronic viewfinder. The XE2 has a retro design that resembles a rangefinder camera, with dedicated dials for shutter speed and exposure compensation, and an aperture ring on the lens. The camera also has a 3-inch LCD screen, a built-in flash, and Wi-Fi connectivity.

The 18mm f2 lens is one of the first lenses that Fujifilm released for its X-mount system. It has a metal barrel and a smooth focus ring, and it weighs only 116 grams. The lens has a fast maximum aperture of f2, which allows for low-light shooting and shallow depth-of-field effects. The lens also has a minimum focusing distance of 18 cm, which makes it suitable for close-up shots.

I took the XE2 and the 18mm f2 lens for a walk around the city, and I was impressed by the image quality and the handling of this combo. The XE2 delivered sharp and detailed images with rich colours and contrast, thanks to the unique X-Trans sensor and the excellent lens. The autofocus was fast and accurate in most situations, and the manual focus was easy to use with the focus peaking feature. The viewfinder was bright and clear, and the LCD screen was also good for composing shots. The camera felt solid and comfortable in my hand, and the controls were intuitive and responsive. The lens was small and light, and it did not add much bulk to the camera. The lens also produced nice bokeh and smooth transitions between in-focus and out-of-focus areas.

The XE2 and the 18mm f2 lens are not perfect, of course. The XE2 has some drawbacks compared to newer models, such as a lower resolution sensor, a slower burst rate, a smaller buffer, a shorter battery life, and no 4K video recording. The lens also has some flaws, such as distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberration, and softness at wide apertures. However, these issues are not deal-breakers for me, and they can be corrected or minimized in post-processing.

Overall, I really enjoy using the XE2 and the 18mm f2 lens together. It is one of my favourite cameras from Fuji. They are an older camera and lens combo, but they are still capable of producing fine results. They are also fun to use, as they have a lot of character and charm. The sensor has lots of ''character''. They are great for street photography, travel photography, or just everyday snapshots. If you are looking for a compact and affordable system that delivers high-quality images with a vintage feel, you should give them a try!

What are your thoughts on this combo? Have you used it before? Let me know in the comments below!

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