Old Montreal—outside with the XE-1 at night

Basilica lampsIt's time for the March school break in Quebec, so my family and I spent a few days in Old Montreal for a change of scenery. The days are getting longer and there is the barest hint of spring when the sun is out, but we know better than to think that winter has finished with us yet. We've been fooled before!

A mild evening in Old Montreal gave me a chance to see what my Fujifilm XE-1 could do in low light. Even with snow coming down it was a pleasant walk and the architecture in this corner of the city is always interesting for a photographer. These are all JPEGs straight out of the camera taken at ISO 3200 with the 18-55mm zoom lens.

As some reviewers have noted, the electronic viewfinder does indeed lag at times in low light, but I didn't find this too much of a problem. It might be for people who depend on taking a lot of action shots, but that isn't me. I'm still getting over the thrill of carrying a camera that weighs half of my previous kit! The high-quality zoom lens does not add appreciably to the weight around my neck and it focuses and zooms smoothly and accurately. It's a pleasure to use.

All told, I am very pleased with the way this camera plays and performs. So much so that I went out and bought the 35mm f/1.4 lens while still in Montreal. More on that in the next instalment...

Place d'Armes


The night life of parking lots

Blue Basilica