I Bought a Used Fujifilm X-E1 in 2019

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When I ordered a used Fujifilm X-E1 camera from the Henry’s website on Easter Sunday, they said it would take 4-6 business days to arrive. Sure enough, it took five days. The package showed up at the post office on Friday.

I was eager to get my hands on it, but I held off until Saturday morning because I wanted to film the unboxing for my fledgling YouTube channel. I also wanted to document the unboxing here on my blog and knew it would be easier if I recorded my thoughts first.

I’m a big fan of used equipment. It’s never the latest hardware, but it’s more than enough to get the job done and the price is usually much better. I’ve bought used from Henry’s before, but always in the store, and always after having tried the unit I intended to buy before parting with my money.

This used Fujifilm X-E1 was bought sight unseen from the Henrys.com website. I was nervous about buying a used camera without testing it first, but Henry’s is a reputable company, with a good return policy and I’ve done business with them before.

My new used Fujifilm X-E1 was shipped in a plain cardboard box. The lack of original packaging is not an issue for me. Opening the box, I found a copy of my invoice on top of a plastic ziplock bag containing a battery charger, power cable, and the used Fujifilm X-E1 body wrapped in a thin sheet of bubble wrap.

I was slightly disappointed at the minimal protection. The packaging seems light for a delicate camera body, but there were no visible signs of damage.

Taking the camera out of the bag I was once again impressed by the condition of a used camera from Henry’s. Both my Canon 7D and used Fujifilm X-E1 were rated as 8+ by the retailer (meaning they are 90-99% original finish). Both units were in mint condition. I noticed some smudging on the rear screen, but other than that, my used Fujifilm X-E1 was flawless. The smudges wiped right off.

Without a lens, I am unable to actually use the camera. I did power it on and spend some time adjusting to the control layout and the menu structure. It feels like a very capable camera and the build quality is excellent. It’s going to be a fun camera to shoot. I’m looking forward to being able to bring it along on my business travels.

While still a very compact, rangefinder style camera, it was slightly larger than I expected. It’s not as comfortable to hold in my big hands as the Nikon D5100, or my Canon 7D, but the X-E1 easily slips into the pocket of my sweater with room left over for a small lens. I’m still thinking a Fujinon XF 18mm F/2 R.

The battery is a third-party unit, but that shouldn’t be an issue. I’ve used third-party batteries before in other cameras without an issue. We’ll see how many charges it’s good for as soon as I source a good lens.

So far I am very pleased with my purchase. Considering I only paid $239 for this camera, it’s a great deal. Of course, as far as I know, it’s completely incapable of taking a picture. I have no way of know if it even works, aside from powering it on. I’d better stop fawning over my new toy and go find a lens before my return period expires.