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Friday, 08 September 2017


I love my X-E2. When I'm not carrying film instead, I carry it everywhere.

With the 14, it's utterly amazing. I doubt there has ever been any 21mm-e camera that substantially surpasses it. There is definitely none smaller or lighter.

With the 18, I'm out of excuses for not carrying a "real" camera.

The exposure compensation dial is too easily bumped. That's the only improvement Fuji could make that I would call a game-changer, for me. If the X-E3 had added a dial lock there, I'd be ready to switch.

I do like the X-E models and picked up a used X-E2 for a song last year. I think it punches well above its weight class and I have enjoyed it very much. If it wasn't for the X-T1 that I bought used this year for a very attractive price, I would probably use it much more. I guess the bottom line is: buy used Fuji cameras! The value is often incredible.

I have an x-e1 and a D810. Most of my favorite pictures were taken with the small Fuji and the 35mm equivalent prime(the kit zoom is no slouch). It works well, is fast enough and easy to take everywhere I go...

I had a picture taken with the XE-1 printed on a 60*40 sheet of metal after putting it through 1on1's fractal enlarger. It looks great up close and gets a lot of wows...

These small Fujis are great cameras. If anyone wants a D810, lenses and assorted paraphernalia, I am selling.

Have tried the X-E cameras and they are nice - but too small for my hands. The X-Pro bodies fit much better.
All a matter of handling and being comfortable while I use the gear.

I use my Fuji X-E2 primarily as a back-up to an X-T2, but paired with the 27mm f/2.8 ‟pancake” lens it is a reasonably pocketable carry-anywhere camera—and quite unintrusive when used for street photography. The X-E3 is even a bit lighter and more compact than the X-E2, so it should serve at least as well in that regard.

However, it seems to me that handling is always a potential issue with these small mirrorless cameras. All the Fuji X-series models provide excellent, intuitive top-mounted dials for vital functions. But if you have big hands, or are fumble-fingered, the tight clustering of the buttons and other gizmos on the back of the body can be somewhat accident-inducing—at least that’s my big-handed, fumble-fingered experience. I’m less likely to trigger the wrong behavior with the X-T2 than with the X-E2 simply because the body is larger, and I would need to be persuaded that the joystick and touchscreen on the X-E3 significantly improved the ergonomics of its predecessor before I’d be tempted to pop for one.

Yes I did frequently use a Fuji X-E2 (and previously the X-E1) for several years and actually made quite a few noteworthy images/prints with it.

In brief, what I liked best was:
- the image quality was excellent with Fuji lenses,
- it was small and light,
- it had an excellent EVF (not the X-Pro's optical impersonating-a-Leica viewfinder), and
- it was quick and responsive.

The X-E3 appears to retain and extend those traits. And having upped its sensor resolution to 24mp it would seem more than capable of getting the best from those Fuji lenses for a relatively modest price. What it does not have (that I now consider mandatory for ME) is a tilting touch screen. But that might not be as important to you.

I like my XE-1 very much. That with the 18mm is just right for me. If the XE-3 had only had a tilt screen I'd have a pre-order in. Instead I waffle between my Panny GX7 with it's 14mm prime and the XE. I like both but that's not helping my fluidity.

My primary digital is the X-E1. Used it for my TOP OCOLOY project (with the 35. f/1.4). As the year (2015) progressed I realized that it is about as perfect a photographic tool as I could ever want.

I am a bit tempted by this new one, only because they have refined the ergonomic formula to change things I find mildly problematic with my current one.

I owned the X-E2 for a while. Good camera, but the electronic viewfinder needed work. Assuming this new one is improved in that regard I'd say the camera is a perfectly viable option for someone who wants a small Fuji body.

The Fuji X-E3 looks appealing, and just about affordable, to me (I am always hopelessly hoping to find gear under $200, $300, maybe even under $500). No image-stabilization, I see. It costs nothing to look.
Bill Wheeler

If only there were a finder window that would be an Ikon of camera design !

Henry Rollins said: “ …For myself, I have to move on. Life is too short to live in the past. There is a lot to be done."

I graduated from High School about the time Mike was born, so I have a lot of past I could wallow in. But I choose not to. I listen to EDM, not Doo-Wop or Rock-a-Billy.

Therefore the brick-style X-E3 appeals to me while the faux-rangefinder Fujifilm X100F and X-Pro2 don't. It's also a lot less spendy ...faux nostalgia does't come cheap ;-)

I bought an X-E1 early in 2014 and an X-E2s last year. They're terrific cameras and the lenses are superb. I love having aperture rings and other more traditional camera controls on a digital camera, and somehow the images the Fujis produce seem more pleasant to look at (less like the output of a digital camera) than what I saw from the Canons I used to shoot. Even high-iSO noise looks better than what I saw with other digital cameras, more like the graininess of high-ISO film.

I had both the X-E1 and 2 but upgraded to the X-T1 and now 2. I loved the X-Es though and a nine month project using the E1 which I made into a book, won silver in the fine art book category at the TIFA awards last year, so yeah, the XEs work for me and I'm seriously considering the X-E3 for travel which I'll be doing almost continuously in 2018-19.

It sounds petty but the lack of a tilty screen does not do it for me.

Back in the day, ha ha, I had an XE2 which I loved for the 'controls' but hated it for raw processing but loved it for the Fuji lenses.

This was at the point of me dipping my toe in the mirror less pond owning at the time a great Nikon Kit of D800e and high end lenses.

So I sold off both and bought into Sony FE mount. Still loving the A7RII but have now sold off the Sony APC mount. Controls really suck.

Now, Sony A7RII and Olympus OMD 1 II.

I still miss the Fuji Lenses but love the new lenses available for both my camera bodies. I still feel raw is not quite there for Fuji and since going mirror less have really enjoyed titly screens.

I am fortunate to feed my hobby and the XE3 could have tempted me to a trial period back to Fuji but lack of the tilty screen is not acceptable for me. I have a range finder Leica M7 and do not need a digital equiv.

I've had an X-E1 from when the X-E2 release dropped their cost. Nice camera, but auto focus is glacially slow unless in sunny 16 conditions. Manual focus is faster. Been waiting for the X-E3 for a while and intended to snap one up the moment they came out, but unfortunately I can now afford an M-D (262). I will have to let my brain simmer for 6 months or so until I am rational again. The best decision is often to put off making one.

" whereas Fuji seems to be following a much more rational, directed program." – Mike

This is one the key attributes I admire about Fujifilm is that they really think things through. Sure, they occasionally make mistakes, like everyone, but they don't make the same mistake twice. Like another company I very highly admire, Honda Motor Company, for much the same reasons. The beauty of having a customer-driven, well-thought through strategy is that you can execute the plan effectively and deliver products that create value for customers.

Regarding the X-E3: I like this camera. It has almost exactly the same functionality and feature set of the X-T20, which is really saying something, as the X-T20 is a just a little monster of a camera with 85% of the X-T2's considerable capabilities for less than 60% of the price. And the X-E3 presently has a more sophisticated AF system and a joystick for AF point selection, which personally, I find more important and useful than a tilting LCD.

I just recommended the X-E3 to a friend who was previously considering the X-T20 and for entirely practical reasons: with it's slimmer body, I think it will less bulky to carry around in a jacket pocket or get in or out of your camera bag than the X-T20. Pair this with any those sweet new Fuji compact f/2 primes: the 23, 35, or 50mm, or the little 27mm pancake, and you've got a versatile, light, compact kit you can take with you anywhere, anytime, and one that is capable of producing outstanding results.

For a really nice video of Fuji X-Photographer Charlene Winfred using the new X-E3 in Singapore, zip over to Youtube here: https://youtu.be/luOZKNkLIGk and then check out Jonas Rask's beautiful photography with the X-E3 in an article entitled "The Liberator": https://jonasraskphotography.com/2017/09/07/fujifilm-x-e3-review-the-liberator/

This is my second choice but I REALLY need the option of the optical view finder (OVF.)

I liked that they got rid of the selector with the Menu/OK button in the center and now use the joy stick and the button below the stick.

Touch screen options looks really nice.

Less is more.

Big Head Taco, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UU8L_yUKTs&t=1158s, has an excellent video on the features of this camera.

If it only had had a flippable screen, then I would have . .

I've said that given the ability to start again (which would also include the ability to not hoard cameras) I'd go with Fujifilm, based on my X-E1 and 35/1.4. My main camera should be a Canon 5DMkII but I always gravitate to the X-E1. I'd finally found my perfect film camera some years ago in the Voiglander R3A, and I had been waiting for a digital version of it. The X-E1 is that camera. I've a stable of lenses for the Canon, a good camera with some nice lenses that, for me, probably take technically better photos (I have printed more from it, admittedly usually to other people's preference). But it's taken me a while to realise I just need a smaller camera with a 50mm-equiv. to enjoy myself (which is all I'm in it for). Am I tempted by the X-E3? Abso-bloody-lutely! But I am mostly* content with the X-E1. For now.

*I bought an X100T about 12 months ago, and have been shooting exclusively** with that. I've learnt that 50mm is more my wheelhouse, but a 40mm might be a good compromise, And that the X100T is a good city and gallery camera.

**iPhone... it just goes everywhere to the point I'm concerned about how much more proficient I have become with iit than with my dedicated cameras.

Happy with my XT1 ....second hand ..... wonderful .....

Tempted by XE2 but not sure being left eted that it is logical .....

XE3 is interesting in that they have got rid of the physical central control and replaced it with a swipimg mechanism on the screen. This sort of thing happens on my Panasonic G7 but I keep forgetting to use it .... I seem to like buttons. As Fuji is so button orientated I am surprised they have taken this route. Seems to be away from the culture of their cameras. It will probably work well but not for me.

I suspect I will stick with the XT1 and add in a XT30 .... if they add in IBIS as that really makes such a difference .. enabling one to avoid high ISOs ... If they can add in anything like the ability of the Olympus IBIS to the Fuji cameras and glass then I think it will be a real winner

I bought a new in the box XE1 last year, and it is a nice little camera. It is the one that led me to understand how someone could become a Fuji fanboy. Never quite got there after the 35mm f2 lens I bought later broke in my hands on Christmas Eve, but still a very nice camera.

It lacks only one thing really and that is an articulating LCD, which the XE3 also seems to be lacking. So sadly, it looks like I won't be able to learn firsthand how the XE3 is, for it has added nothing I want bad enough to pay $900 for.

I still have a X-E1 and find it to be wonderful camera. I have moved on to using a XT-1 and a X100S for most of what I do, but the X-T1 sits on a tripod with a Cannon FD 500 f4.5 ready to shoot birds or wildlife in my yard and does a wonderful job at it as long as things are not moving faster than I can focus. Nice files with good detail.

I was definitely going to buy an X-E3 as my first mirrorless camera. Had been thinking of X-E2 but the 3 would have the new sensor so, as well as a tilt screen which is essential for me, the 3 was going to be perfect.

And then, no tilt screen. Pretty much all its competition has one. Cutting costs? Making it 2mm (that no one cares about) thinner? Don't know why but, probably Sony will be getting my business instead.

Oh and the EVF is smaller than before, and there's no built-in flash anymore (I don't use but many will miss it). Aside from the sensor and the speed this seems like a big step down from the X-E2. Can't see it selling well at all.

I guess an X-T2 would do what I need but I really dislike the finder being in the middle when there's no mechanical necessity for it. The whole faux-DSLR phenomenon baffles me. Maybe I just buy a used X-M1 and call it good.

My X-E1 was the first Fujifilm camera I purchased and I have many great images made with that body. It is what convinced me to sell all the Canon gear (L glass, 5DmkII etc) and buy the X-T1 and then the X-T2, X-Pro2 and X-100F when it was released earlier this year.

I agree with what Stephen Scharf stated regarding Fujifilm thinking things through, but in the case of the X-E3 find the change to touch screen for the D pad buttons dis-appointing at first glance. I'll have to try one to see if it really is an effective replacement for the D pad controls. Also being smaller might make it more of a hand cramping hold.

That said, between the X-Pro2 & X-100F I find my daily carry needs quite well met with only a passing interest in this new design for the X-E series. I would've preferred something more inline with the an X-Pro2 minus the OVF. I see this as a more consumer grade rangefinder style body, and not a little brother to the X-Pro2, which just may be Fuji's intent.

I chose the X-Pro series simply because I love optical viewfinders. The EVF is a welcome addition for when I need to frame very precisely or when I use extreme focal lengths.

Fuji and Panasonic have made it nigh on impossible for me to choose between them. The former seem to have no plans for a rangefinder style camera with an articulated screen (or IBIS), and the huge catalogue of M4/3rds lenses still lacks weather sealed standard or moderately wide primes. Fujis are widely thought to be better at high ISO's, and in my experience have better auto White Balance, and JPEGs, but my GX7 fits my hand almost perfectly -no small consideration- and also produces some nice results.

An EX3 with a tilty screen (and d-pad) might have tempted me to consider abandoning Panasonic, but I like the idea of having two cameras with different strengths for different occasions, and don't need a lot of lenses. We're such a picky lot, aren't we? No doubt the XE3 will be just right for some.

It is interesting to see how important the tilting screen has become to folks, based on the comments above. I have always sort of feared using them, just because they look like the weakest part of any camera, and the most vulnerable, the way they stick out on their complicated articulating/or folding arms. The other thing is that I use a lot of older legacy lenses (Konica SLR, Pentax thread-mount, Leica M and LTM mount) . . .so I wind up using focus magnification a lot with both my Olympus and with my Fuji XPro-1. It is not as convenient with a tilt out screen (too much ambient light). But that's OK. I am content to be a bit of a dinosaur in these things. Ultimately there are three things I care most about (in descending order of importance: image quality, ease of focus, and the ability to dial in exposure compensation easily and on the fly). Everything else is kind of a detail, or certainly something I could work around.

I will not be buying one of these, not because there is any design defect, but because my needs are taken care of by current gear. Somewhere there is a lottery ticket with my name on it and when that ship comes in I will indulge in every new flavor as it rolls off the assembly line.

For those who like an articulated screed: how are you using it? As a waist level finder? Around corners? I would be interested to know.

@Mike- thread idea: maybe you could ask TOP readers to explain their own "default" picture-taking techniques. Bet you'd get 1,000 different responses and that it would be very instructive.

I've never owned a Fuji X series camera but I've rented X cameras and lenses. Loved them all. Some day very soon ,budget permitting , I'll own an X-T camera. The X-E3 reads likes s fun "everyday" camera.

I'm gutted (an English colloquialism for 'bummed') that they've made this even smaller than the XE1 & 2, both of which I've owned and used an aftermarket grip with. I used to own an X-Pro1 which was the perfect size for my hands, but I really and honestly didn't see any point in the optical finder (and still don't). Like some others here, I also don't agree with Fuji's insistence on not adding a tilting screen. I would probably also consider myself a Fuji fanboy, so will likely upgrade to an XT2 at some point. However I'd love to see an X-Pro with the XT evf and a tilt screen! Horses for courses I suppose and a compromise has to be made somewhere. I don't see myself buying an XE-3 though, it's just too small for me.

Best regards,

Some people shoot using the right eye. Some witht the left. A mid-camera viewfinder helps.

I was never a fan of EVFs but I became pretty happy with the one in the X-E2S. The size and weight of the camera is nice and, like all Fujis, the readily visible dials-for-everything approach fits me perfectly. But when the X-T1 prices dropped just before it was discontinued, I bought one and discovered its EVF is so much brighter, larger and nicer, I really haven't used the X-E2S much since.

X-E3 features? I expected I would often use the tilt screen on the X-T1 but that didn't happen. Touch screen? I have one camera (an Olympus OMD, with which I have a love/hate relationship) that has this feature and I've never used it. I really dislike touch screens. As long as it can be turned off in the X-E3, I'm fine with this feature. The 24mp upgraded sensor sounds great but it's really not a big enough resolution improvement to make me leave my older 16mp models behind. So, I'm unlikely to be a buyer of the X-E3.

But, really, the X-E3 will have the traditional Fuji control layout and it will use the outstanding Fujinon-X prime lenses. Oh, and it also will have Fuji's unique sensor and an excellent processor. It's almost guaranteed
to be a winner.

It's gratifying to see how many other people now like or even insist on flip-up screens. I really do think that along with face/eye-detection AF, that's one of the great advances in the past decade. But apart from that, the X-E3 looks like a very cool little camera.

The XE2 was the best camera I ever owned. I sold my Canon 6D for it.
I just recently picked up a camera that I wanted for a few years now, the XTq, so it sucks that this is finally dropping.

I just had so much fun with the XE2 though... The dials, the corner EVF, it was a very fun camera.

Hopefully, if I get any spare cash, I just might go for the XE3

I had an XE-2 as an alternative to my Sony A99 and found it a great camera to use. I then sold the Sony kit and bought an XT-1 which had an annoying ergonomic fault in that the controls were too easy to oprate by accident. I now have an X-T2 which is just about perfect for me.

I don't get the touch screen idea at all. What use is a touch screen when you have gloves on, it is raining or you just have the camera to your eye?

I'm glad that the X-E line hasn't been abandoned. I'm also glad I bought the X-E2S last year and didn't wait for the X-E3 because frankly, it's not much of an improvement.

The 3rd gen sensor and faster AF are nice to have, but I'm not sold on the touchscreen and I cannot understand why they didn't increase sync speed to 1/250".

Also, the X-E1 and X-E2 bodies are small enough already. Make the camera even smaller and part of its audience will drop out. One reason I got into the X-E line is because the X-T10 and X-T20 felt incoveniently small in my hands. And my hands aren't even large.

Bottom line: glad Fuji didn't give up the X-E line. Now where is that 27mm f/2 with aperture ring?

@hughcrawford - a Werra! That camera was my introduction to photography. My father bought one for me when I was about 13. He thought that it would teach me the basics of zone focusing. He was right!

I bought into the Fuji-X world shortly after the X-pro1 was released. I always thought I wanted an RF camera, and always liked Fuji glass (from LF and 35mm) and figured it would be a winner. Although I love the images I have gotten with the X-pro1, I don't love the viewfinder. I think I'll never adapt to optical vf after too many years shooting with Nikon (D)SLRs, and the EVF on the X-Pro1 is mediocre at best. I might like the format of the XT series, but it seems to lose some of the advantages (size, in particular) of the X-Pro. The X-E line looks like the ideal middle ground, and with the X-E3 being even smaller than the X-E2, and cheaper than the XT, that might be the way to go -- if the EVF is better than the X-Pro1. I don't really care about AF speed, prefer a fixed screen that won't break as easily as an articulating one and IBIS is only a "nice to have" but not required. With the deals being offered now on the X-E2s and kit lens, though, that option is truly tempting. Most likely I will procrastinate until (a) the deals on the X-E2s goes away or (2) Fuji releases some new toy I can't live without and can (almost) afford. Too many options.

I have the XE2 and it's a fine little all round camera.

The XE3 looks nice - the front dial and joystick are great, and the touchscreen is a boon for tripod shooters, and who would not want 24MP?

Thing is, I just don't need one. The Xpro2 does all the heavy lifting and it's near perfect.

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