X-E3 and Me

Before I shared about my encounter with X-E3, X-E2 was the first that caught my attention in the X-E lineup. From the official images, it was a very sleek, beautifully designed retro style rangefinder camera. I thought it was as big as X-Pro series and without an OVF. Until I saw the online reviews, then I started to realise how compact it was. The compactness of the camera made me get more and more interested in it and eventually I did a few hands-on sessions with the product at the retail outlets. My conclusion every single time: I love the design but it was a “good to have” camera and I have a X10 as my secondary fun camera. I was still a canon user and never thought of getting a Fuji camera as a secondary system back then.

Fast forward to 2019, it was a family trip to Hong Kong in April. We visited a shopping mall where most shops sell pre-owned cameras of all brands. I was roaming around without any intention in mind. Spotted some Fuji cameras on the shelves but I did not ask for the price. 

The first click.
More clicks.

But before leaving the mall, I spotted a shop at the corner of the second floor and went in. A quick glance on the display window and I spotted a pre-owned X-E3. Out of curiosity, I asked the shop owner the price. As per normal, I did some currency conversion and was shocked with the price. Asked the shop owner again to confirm the numbers. I did not hear it wrongly. The next thing the shop owner did was he grabbed the camera out and showed it to me. 

As a pre-owned unit, some scratches around the body were expected but not terrible. However, I hesitated. At this point of time, I had 2 interchangeable X-mount cameras on my hands. I keep asking myself, do I need another one? While I am struggling with the decision in my mind, my wife stepped into the shop. She asked me a few non-technical questions until she asked the golden question: “how much does it cost”, I answered and then she said: “Maybe you should stop considering, just get it.” 

Mobile Softee.
Waiting at traffic light.

That evening, I was thrilled holding it on my hands. Paired it with XF 35mm F1.4 for some night street shots. Along the way, I experienced some hiccups but quickly got over it, thanks to Fujifilm for the simplified menu!

I love the combination of X-E3 with XF 35mm F1.4. It is probably the best combo that I have, lightweight and easy to carry around. I do not own an XF 27mm pancake lens, XF 14mm nor the XM-FL. I mounted the XF23mm F2 and tried a few times on different occasions before. It did not have that magical feel in me when I shot with this combination… Strange, isn’t it?

Asking for direction.
Outside supermarket.
Traffic in Mong Kok.
Coffee beans.

Disclaimer:
1. All the shots taken here were shot by me.
2. I reserve ownerships to these images
, if you wish to use my images for whatever reasons, please notify me and we can see how to works thing out.

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