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After three years using the XE1 regularly, I bought a second-hand Fuji XE2 body and now thanks to a small legacy, a Fuji XT10 body and the 14mm, 23mm, 35mm f2 and 60mm prime lenses.
As always when buying a new camera or lens, make sure the firmware is up to date. My first job was to download and install firmware version 3.10 on the XE2 body, and as soon as there is an update for the XT10 I will update that one too. (I did in mid-March 2016! It is now version 1.20 for the body – and now in June 2016 another one 1.21).
Feb 11th – Wow, good old Fujifilm! I have just downloaded and installed version 4 of thie firmware on the XE2, bringing it nearer to the spec. of the XE2s. Once again Fuji have prioritised the needs of their existing camera users.
Now (June 2016) there are firmware updates for some of the X-series lenses. Look on the Fuji support site.
Below is a shot with the XE2 (firmware 4) and the 55mm end of the mid-range zoom cropped from the left. (Yes, I should have used a tripod)!
So the 18-55mm midrange zoom is on the XE2, the XE1 is sold and the XT10 is my new darling. A very fast darling it is, illustrating just how slow the XE1 body is or rather was; it is somebody else’s new darling now.
The early images on this page are the result of a few walks near home in early December 2015, (yikes! doesn’t time fly) trying the XE2 (with firmware 3.10) which is faster (auto-focus and writing to disc) than the XE1 and has a nice manual focus check, a feature I used for the first time walking up the Gorges de Rouvre by the river with the camera on a tripod and some nice light coming through the trees on to the quiet river.
All the above images taken on the XE2 with the 18-55mm midrange zoom.
These few are out of sequence a bit. I took the XE2 to Nantes as well as the XT10 (and it was silly not to use it!) So here are a few with the XE2 and the 35mm f2 of the hidden gems in the Palmhouse at the Botanic Garden.
I really like the 35mm f2 lens (50mm eqiv) – it reminds me of using a 50mm f2 Summicron on an M series Leica
The XT10 RAW files were not recognised by Lightroom 5 in Dec/January 2016, so I used Capture One 9.01 (trial) for a bit.
Over the Winter Solstice holiday came a chance to exercise the XT10 and the 23mm (35mm equiv) at a Sunday market in Caen before the Capture One trial ended. I still had not made up my mind to buy it, or wait until Lightroom or DxO support RAF files from the XT10.
I cropped the images – (the first one more than the other).
I had some time before the New Year, for a day trip or 2 (over to Bayeux, Mayenne and Bagnoles) to take some pictures. I did decide to buy a licence for Capture One Pro 9, and tried to make a full catalogue of my many thousands of RAW files in the same way as I have done for Lightroom 5, but the procedure was so difficult that I gave up. However images taken on the Fuji XT10 seem to be very nice after processing in Capture One without making a catalogue. Here are a few with more to follow – starting with the Crypt under Bayeux Cathedral, hand held at 40th sec rated at 6500iso with the 14mm (21mm equiv), and a few shots around the city afterwards.
The image below is from a day trip down to Bagnoles de l’Orne where nature has been tamed.
I bought Lightroom 6 from Amazon UK and installed it. After an uncomfortable few days I can now import and add RAW files from the Fuji XT10, having downloaded and installed the 6.3 update! And now in mid-March 2016 the 6.5 update – wow!
The two images below, were taken at a Cornish music session with the XT10 and my favourite new prime lens – the 23mm f1.4
And below, are from a new page – Eden in Winter taken on the XT10 in mid January 2016, at the Eden Project in Cornwall.
The 23mm f1.4 is definitely my favourite lens!
In late February 2016, came a trip down to Nantes on the train and an AirBnB in the city with mixed weather!
Here is an interior of the turn of the century, La Cigale Brasserie, from an up-coming page shot using the XT10.
The XT10 is happy at 3200iso, and does not attract unwelcome attention even when attached to my lightweight Manfrotto monopod.
The restored Passage Pommeraye, below is a step back to a more gentle age.
Stepping aboard the Belem (above, at her River Loire, winter berth) would also have seemed quite normal; however, so would the slave trade.
Have a look at the new Nantes page to see how I got on.
The journey continues – here are a few shots from another trip to the UK. St.Malo to Plymouth to pick up my Fujifilm X-PRO 2 body! Yikes!
I have sold the Canon outfit including the L series lenses – I haven’t used them for ages and have decided that their weight and bulk stops me taking them out with me.
Goodbye full frame, all my eggs are now in the Fuji basket.
I have loaned the XE2 body and 18-55mm zoom to my son on a longish term basis, as I don’t want to walk around with 3 Fuji bodies and will prioritise using the prime lenses.
So look for a new page on the X-PRO 2
and more on the XT10 here.
Whoops! Could have done with the 18-55mm midrange zoom here, now loaned to my son with the X-E2 body. However the 35mm f2 did just fine. When one is cramped for space and can’t move but have a good optic, cropping is a solution.