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    Default [Keithwee] A short sharing of the Fujifilm X-E2S

    0n 15th January 2016, the X-E2S was announced together with the X-Pro2 and X70 and for obvious reasons was largely overshadowed by the focus on the next generation X-Pro2 and the petite yet powerful X70.



    As such, this short sharing (short by my standards) will focus on what's updated from the X-E2S over the X-E2 camera and of course try to answer the question of: 'Is the additional 'S' really worth speaking of?'
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    Default Re: [Keithwee] A short sharing of the Fujifilm X-E2S

    If one is interested in product placement, the X-E2S is a premium rangefinder-style camera that is one tier lower than the new X-Pro2 and directly replaces the X-E2.

    Hence now for X-mount, one can consider it as the X-Pro2 at the very top followed by the X-E2S if we are looking at the models with X-Trans sensors and this presents a set of good alternative to rangefinder design users.
    (this is of course not forgetting the X-Pro1 , X-E1 and X-M1 which are currently out of production models)

    Similar to its predecessor, the X-E2S packs a 16.3-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor and a maximum ISO of 51200 and in a way, the X-E2S brings about much needed performance improvements to the camera to ensure users enjoy the technological improvements made by Fujifilm since the introduction of the X-E2.


    The presentation video of the X-E2S by Fujifilm.



    Official Website for the X-E2S
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    Default Re: [Keithwee] A short sharing of the Fujifilm X-E2S

    Improvements wise, one can be divide them into 2 main categories:

    Ergonomics handling
    and Firmware performance.

    Ergonomics Handling / Physical improvements:

    One of the first changes anyone familiar with the X-E2 will notice with the X-E2s is the enhanced grip piece, which now allows improved handling and of course , better stability.



    True to a Made in Japan camera, the X-E2S features die cast magnesium for both the top and front covers to ensure a solid, rigid body that remains lightweight at just 350g (including battery and SD card)

    --- if you want a good comparison of weight, the X70 comes in at 340g ---

    Another noticeable change is the replacement of the original 'Fn' button with the now 'Auto' button on the back panel to reflect the refinements in the X-E2S. More on the Auto Mode (Fujifilm names it as the SR+ mode) later.

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    Default Re: [Keithwee] A short sharing of the Fujifilm X-E2S

    One thing that sets the X-E2S apart from the X-M1 and why it is placed just under the X-Pro2 is the presence of the Real-Time Viewfinder with a 0.62X magnification and an electronic viewfinder with a lag time of 0.005 seconds.

    And of course, sharing on the most looked forward to improvement:

    The autofocus system has been enhanced compared to the camera’s predecessor, the X-E2, and it features a 49-point Single Point mode and 77-point Zone and Wide/Tracking modes. The system allows for focus speeds of up to 0.06 seconds.

    This is now in a sense providing X-E2 users the next generation AF focusing system that Fujifilm first debuted in the X-T10 and later in the X-T1 and X70 and of course with the X-Pro2 now leading the pack.

    (Most brands would probably sell you a new model for this update , and yes this is also included as a firmware update for the X-E2)





    My most often used AF mode currently is the Zone focusing mode which works reliably and effectively by capturing moving subjects over a larger AF area.

    In this new AF system, Fujifilm has also released an dedicated website to explain the strengths and offer tips of gaining the maximum benefits from this update. Its a sombre fact most users don't bother to read up and there is a lack of sharing that with this updated AF system, the Fujifilm user now has a choice of 6 AF modes to work with:

    1. AFS
    Single: Capturing subjects using a single AF point.
    Wide: Capturing moving subjects over a larger AF area.
    Zone. Capturing objects with unpredictable movements (in and out of frame, nature etc.

    2. AFC
    Single: Spot focusing on subjects moving forwards or backwards in a straight line.
    Wide: For hand held tracking of a subject.
    Zone: For tracking a subject moving in a unpredictable manner.

    You can read more here.
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    Default Re: [Keithwee] A short sharing of the Fujifilm X-E2S

    Other improvements under the hood includes a now 0.5s startup, 0.05s shutter lag, 0.5s shooting interval, a scratch-resistant 3-inch LCD screen with 1.04M dots.

    One important improvement to note is after consumer request and feedback, they have now included the option of the Silent electronic shutter and yes, the Classic Chrome film simulation in the X-E2S.

    Staying true to Fujifilm's Kaizen spirit of striving to provide value to already current supporters, these 2 improvements are also made available to current X-E2 users through Firmware Ver 4.00




    Now, when the Shutter Speed dial is set to T and the shutter type to Mechanical+Electronic, one is allowed to set the exposure from 30s up to 1/32000s with the command dial on the rear, allowing one to use the fastest lenses in Fujion effectively even in bright daylight.
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    Default Re: [Keithwee] A short sharing of the Fujifilm X-E2S

    Improvements are beyond what was mainly shared and if one takes the time to look across the plethora of options, one can see lots of minor improvements made to just simply increase the effectiveness of the camera.

    Another real hardware improvement is the the 2.36 million dots EVF now sports an updated 'Organic EL panel' allowing an even clearer view.

    Just to name another two:


    An additional option of 'Auto 3' for Auto ISO settings allowing ever more versatility.


    Not just face detection anymore, but now Eye detection can be activated for even better reliability.
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    Default Re: [Keithwee] A short sharing of the Fujifilm X-E2S

    Very seldom mentioned and at a loss to Fujifilm users if they don't know is the SR+ mode available to only selected Fujifilm cameras and this is honestly to me , the 2nd more major update for the X-E2S.

    SR+ mode is available in the X-E2S, X-A2, X-A1, X-M1, X70 and on.



    Activating the SR+ mode on the X-E2S is as simple as depressing the AUTO button on the back panel, and one gets a full comprehensive list of scene modes to select.

    And the full benefit is, if one goes ahead and selects SR+ mode, the camera makes the right choice of scene mode most of the time. In fact, there is even a Portrait and Enhanced Portrait mode under SR+ scene mode which offers excellent options against the ProNeg simulations one may use for portraits.

    So actually to debunk the common notion that one has 3 options for Portraits , (ProNegH , ProNegL, Astia), one also has Portrait and Enhanced Portrait to select for to suit one's needs.



    The red banner notification to allow one to know that you are in SR+ mode.
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    Default Re: [Keithwee] A short sharing of the Fujifilm X-E2S

    Further enhancing customisability, The Quick Menu (Q button) can now be customised. Each of the 16 areas can be re-assigned depending on the user’s need.

    Wireless capabilities are also now on par with direct connection to devices not just for transfer of files but also to the Fujifilm Instax Printer.


    Much of what is loved with the X-E2 is retained hardware wise.
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    Default Re: [Keithwee] A short sharing of the Fujifilm X-E2S

    Three questions I expect to pop up often which I will try to answer here is :

    Qn. If I currently own an X-E2, should I get the X-E2S?
    Ans. There are some improvements hardware wise, for example the improved EVF, Grip and the Auto button on the back panel. However true to Fujifilm's Kaizen spirit, the most important updates pertaining to camera performance are also available to the X-E2 in Firmware 4.00.

    Fujifilm did receive a lot of feedback by current X-E2 users to bring its AF system up to mark with the newer models such as the X-T1, X-T10 and Fujifilm has fulfilled this. Even Classic Chrome is provided.



    Qn. So is there really a choice?
    Ans. Actually the X-E2S is a direct replacement model for the X-E2. X-E2 production has stopped. I am sure there must have been internal arguments within Fujifilm to follow some other brands' methods to tie the updates to the X-E2S so they can profit but I am glad this did not happen.

    Qn. Why is this model even existent?
    Ans. If you have been eyeing Fujifilm's lineup, there are 3 distinct product lines for the interchangeable lens X-mount.

    (X-Trans) X-T1, X-T10 for the DSLR design and for handing of the larger pro lenses like the XF50-140/2.8, XF100-400.
    (X-Trans) X-Pro2, X-E2S for the Rangefinder design users which most will use with the superb Fujion primes.
    (Non X-Trans) X-A2, etc.

    Hence the X-E2S provides a real alternative to users who do not need the performance of the flagship X-Pro2 or may not wish to splurge as much but still hope for an excellent rangefinder experience with Fujifilm.
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    Default Re: [Keithwee] A short sharing of the Fujifilm X-E2S

    There's never "rangefinder" experience with X-E series. They just look like one. That's all.

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    Default Re: [Keithwee] A short sharing of the Fujifilm X-E2S



    the X-E2S is currently available in the market and shown here is the SRP. Street price will of course differ and as shared, the X-E2S has now replaced the older model the X-E2 in Fujifilm's lineup.

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