So for the longest time, all I could afford was a 5D Mark II. Great platform without a doubt. My assumption was that at a bare minimum I needed a full frame high resolution DSLR with speedy processors to deal with file handling and noise reduction. Oh boy was I wrong.
Just last week I grabbed coffee with a friend of mine who had a X-E1 slung around her neck. It was love at first site. The camera is beautifully built and very easy on the eyes. It reminded me of a Leica M series, and a few of the older 35mm film SLR's I owned in the past. It was nostalgic for sure. After researching the camera night after night, I was sold. A few days after seeing the X-E1 for the first time, I decided that I had to have one.
While the micro four-thirds scene has had every major camera manufacturer jumping on board, it really wasn't until Sony came out with the NEX series that I started to take notice of these smaller brethren of major DSLR's. I've owned a few micro 4/3 cameras in the past, and they always left me missing something that made me stay true to my 5D's. CMOS censors was the conclusion that I came to. The performance just wasn't as polished as any full size CMOS filled camera.
After reading extensive reviews on how polished and refined the X-E1 was, I finally got to try it out and see the results for myself. All the images below were shot at ISO 3500 - ISO 6400. This is a task that would simply destroy any micro 4/3's system out there. I can honestly say that my 5D Mark II may even struggle a tiny bit at that range. For a camera literally half the size and weight, this simply blew my mind. The images below have no adjustments done to them except for resizing. No noise removal, exposure adjustment, literally straight out of camera. Not too shabby for a camera 1/3 the price of a new 5D Mark III right?
Btw these shots were from Little Fat Sheep in San Gabriel, CA. I would have taken more but.. food..