With the release of the latest firmware for the X-E1 and associated Fujifilm lenses, I have fallen in love all over again! I first used the Fuji system in January 2013 and over the past 6 months have extended the Fuji family to include a plethora of XF lenses to keep the 18-55 lens company. I had a feel good factor with the camera from the set go and this feeling has further been enhanced with the firmware upgrades which have been made available.
The firmware release on July 23rd 2013, has lifted the system to another level and has become even stronger. I have not had a great deal of opportunity to give all lenses a full work out but from my initial dabbling, I say, well done Fuji.
I purchased this lens earlier than intended but found it on sale at a very good price so could not resist any longer. My initial thoughts are that it is another winner out of the Fuji stable. It has so far, performed very well in the minimal shooting I have done in the few days I have owned it. The only gripe I have is the lens hood. Why? Because it is a real pain to mount it on the lens whether it be ready for shooting or inverted for storage in my kit bag. While a hood that constantly falls off or becomes loose due to ill fitting is unwelcome, too tight a fit makes the fitting very slow for fear of causing any damage to the mount of either the hood or lens. Perhaps it will become easier with use?
The old saying goes........never work with children or animals. Well yesterday I was challenged to work with an animal, a very cute 13 week old kitten. I know why the saying exists as Marty would not sit still for longer than 1/2 a second and was far too inquisitive!
I set up a single studio strobe overhead which was fired through a white umbrella. With the X-E1 and 35/1.4 lens, I did manage to get a few worthwhile images. The owner of the kitty was very pleased and a satisfied customer is more than half the battle won.