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Fuji XE-1 or NEX-6 + Lens Turbo?

Discussion in 'Other Interchangeable-Lens Systems' started by Jonathan F/2, Dec 30, 2014.

  1. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 SC Regular

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    Aug 21, 2011
    Los Angeles, USA
    I'm considering picking up either a used Fuji XE-1 or NEX-6 and a Lens Turbo so I can use some of my Nikon MF glass and get close to the FF look without having to buy another Nikon FX DSLR (I have two already). Prices on both cameras have dropped and I'm not really interested in spending all that much. I also have an Olympus E-M10 and E-PM2 + Roxsen focal reducer that I'm actually quite happy with. It's because of the results I'm getting from that setup that makes me want to try a slightly bigger sensor camera. I'm open to any advice. Thanks! :smile:
     
  2. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    Well, I'd suggest the X-E1 because I have a minty used one in the classifieds. But I'd also suggest it because I think with the Lens Turbo attached, you'll appreciate the slightly bigger body. I think it'll be better balanced.
     
  3. serhan

    serhan SC All-Pro

    May 7, 2011
    NYC
    I used nex-6 with speedbooster+nikon mf lenses. I have also e-m5. Nex-6 has a very good grip to help with bigger lenses compared to e-m5 and the glass in the speedbooster helps to distribute the weight better compared to empty longer hollow adapters. Other pluses might be the flipping lcd for the angle shots when you don't use the evf and auto ISO 100 which helps with at least f1.8 lenses, but you need a nd filter or a polarizer with f1.4 lenses under the sun.

    Fuji has very nice jpg colors, but then you have to deal with x-trans raw files...
     
  4. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 SC Regular

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    Aug 21, 2011
    Los Angeles, USA
    Part of the reason I was considering the Fuji were for the jpegs. I really just want this rig to be a SOOC MF setup with minimal PP. The A6000 seems to be another option, but price-wise + focal reducer is more than I want to spend.
     
  5. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 SC Regular

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    Aug 21, 2011
    Los Angeles, USA
    A couple of questions for those that use Fuji for adapted lenses:

    - How does the focus peaking compare to other cameras (like Sony, Panasonic, etc.).

    - Is the EVF laggy when panning the camera?

    I really have no plans to invest in native lenses if I go Fuji or Sony, so AF performance isn't a big deal. I'm quite happy with my M43 AF kit. :wink:
     
  6. EyesUnclouded

    EyesUnclouded SC Rookie

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    Oct 17, 2014
    I'm currently using the Roxsen/Camdiox adapter for some time now, on the X-M1 and X-E2.

    I have to say I'm very satisfied with the results; can't comment on other focal reducers, but I have reason to believe the Camdiox is the same optically as the Lens Turbo (please comment if you have any further info on this).

    In fact I'm planning on an extensive report on my blog, and I'll link it here when ready.

    For me, the focal reducer on a APS-C camera serves as a "full frame substitute" in the sense that all adapted lenses become their "natural" focal length (this is not 100% true though, there is still a very small "crop").


    Jonathan, I have no real experience with Sony/Panasonic using manual focus, but focus peaking on Fujis is quite good, esp. the X-E2 and X-T1. Haven't faced a problem with EVF lag on the X-E2.

    For the time being, because Fuji is my "secondary" system, I too use only a couple of native lenses; everything else is adapted, hence the focal reducer.
     
  7. grillec

    grillec SC Veteran

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    Jan 16, 2014
    The main difference between Nex and Fuji should be the missing color-selection for focus peaking.
    The X-E1 uses a lower EVF monitor frequency than the X-E2 and so could be more laggy in low light than the X-E2.
    At least the first version of Lens Turbo has a problem in marginal sharpness compared to a real FF combination and a few wide-angle lenses produce a blue pale dot in the middle of the picture with it. I've bought the LT for my Nex-5N before I decided to get a A7. For the price it is not a bad decision - with a Nikon 85mm/1.8D I've got a few good portrait pictures who had a nice effect.
     
  8. kevistopheles

    kevistopheles SC Regular

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  9. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 SC Regular

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    Aug 21, 2011
    Los Angeles, USA
    Thanks for the replies guys! I ended buying Luke's XE-1. Now I'm trying to decide if I should get the Zhongyi Lens Turbo II or the Roxsen Focal Reducer. I have the Roxsen for M43 and I have no complaints. Though if the Lens Turbo II is a bit better, I'd have no problem paying a little extra for it.
     
  10. serhan

    serhan SC All-Pro

    May 7, 2011
    NYC
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