Fujifilm continues to impress me. I've only been using their gear for a few months, but they continue to improve and enhance their systems. I was impressed with the X-E1, but more so by the X-E2 and feel like I made a fantastic choice. Its quick, takes great photos and really makes me want to go out and shoot more.
So of course I've been out and about on a variety of photo walks taking photos and having fun. Then, a couple days ago Kevin Mullins, one of my favorite Fuji photographers, posts that the newest firmware update for the X-E2 is finally here.
I'd heard rumors of some of the things they were going to introduce (which is why I held off of getting the X-T1) and went immediately to his post to find out more.
Some of the improvements:
- The big one for me is an improved Electronic Viewfinder. The refresh rate of the X-E2 viewfinder was improved to match the quickness of the X-T1 viewfinder. Even more impressive it keeps this high refresh rate in low light! On all previous models the refresh rate would slow down to almost half the speed in low light and took some getting used to. Not anymore. Hurray for Fujifilm
- The view mode is re-introduced. A lot of people were really bugged by the view mode being removed from the X-E2. It bugged me at first, but I enjoy reviewing quickly in the viewfinder. I only really noticed it when I wanted to show someone a photo I had taken. The average person finds it strange reviewing a photo in the viewfinder. But, now they don't have to.
- Focus peeking highlights color option. This is something I haven't really used much, but the standard color is white. In very bright scenes or low contrast scenes the white is hard to see. They have now added red and blue which is really helpful in those situations.
These are the major improvements, but all are significant. So if you have the X-E2 I highly recommend updating your firmware. You can download it here.