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I'm very close to pulling the trigger on an XE-2 and taking advantage of the current promotion here in the UK to also get the 35mm f1.4 lens. Where I'm hesitating I guess is with the rangefinder style. Have any of you had difficulties adjusting to this layout coming from traditional DSLR styled cameras? Do you feel you are giving anything up in usability between the XE-2 and X-T1, and is it worth investing in one of the handgrips?
Any views most appreciated.
I like the rangefinder style, as it fits in my bag better. I don't feel I'm really giving up too much in usability between the E2 and the X-T1, though I am planning on adding an X-T1 to my kit in the coming months. The biggest differences (aside from the ISO dial) are the viewfinder and the tilt screen. The viewfinder on the X-T1 is really just spectacular. The X-E2's is good, especially with the latest firmware, which gives it the same responsiveness as the X-T1's, but it's noticeably smaller. The tilt screen can also come in handy for low to the ground shooting.
I did find the X-T1's grip to be very comfortable, and it's very solid as well. The X-E2 works just fine with the smaller lenses, though the grip can be less than comfortable with bigger glass on it. If you prefer a bit more of a chunky feel, the MHG-XE grip is worth it, especially if you use Arca-Swiss style tripod heads, as it has an integral dovetail. I don't recommend the original hand grip, as you can't access the battery/card door when it's mounted. The new MHG is more sturdy, lower in profile, has access to the battery door and that built in dovetail, so I think it's well worth the slightly higher cost. I never really used my original grip unless I was going to be shooting a lot with the 55-200. Since getting the MHG, though, it really hasn't ever left my X-E2.