From being the quirkiest and the buggiest system on the market just a couple of years ago, Fuji’s products have been transforming to a solid choice for many photographers – all thanks to Fuji’s commitment to the mount and willingness to fix reported problems by its fast-growing fan base. Being the second iteration of the X-E line of products that’s targeted at professionals and enthusiasts, and despite being announced only a year from the release of the original X-E1, the Fuji X-E2 does not represent yet another model update for the sake of keeping the product line fresh. Fuji packed a long list of fixes and features to the X-E2 not only to attract first time owners, but also to create interest among existing X-E1 owners that want faster autofocus, better image quality, richer features and enhanced ergonomics. Within two years, Fuji has also been introducing a growing line of superb native lenses, along with excellent third party lens options from a number of manufacturers, including Zeiss.
Thanks to Fuji’s continuous efforts, the Fuji X line is now one of the best mirrorless systems on the market. With the X-E2 leading the X series cameras (until the X-Pro2 hits the market sometime in 2014), it is a no-brainer for anyone that wants to get into the Fuji ecosystem. Its image quality is amazing, overall performance is very impressive and the camera is a pure joy to use. My only concern at the moment is its autofocus hiccups with the phase detection system, but I am sure that Fuji will address those in a firmware update pretty soon. Thankfully, the autofocus problem is not of great concern as it was when the first X-Pro1 was launched, but it is still an annoyance.
23) Where to buy and availability
B&H is currently selling the Fuji X-E2 body only for $999.
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