Two Hot Shoes wrote in post #17789437
One of the best features of the X-E1/2 is that pop up flash, love the fact that you can point it up.
I agree, it's such an amazingly useful little flash. I also find it to be plenty powerful on the X-E2
bobbyz wrote in post #17789576
For me typical low light is 1/30 @f1.4, ISO6400. f2.8 and 1/60 means you 3 stops higher. I never liked using f2.8 for indoors even on my FF. That is why I sold 24-70mm f2.8 II after taking maybe 10 shots with it. Goto lens on 5dmk3/6d was 35mm f1.4L or the Sigma 35mm f1.4.
I think with newer XT we will see better high ISO performance. Regarding flash, it gives nice final output if you can use it. I like it even when say shooting higher ISOs.
You must have very steady hands. I only ever shoot below 1/60 if it's a completely still subject and I have IS or something to stabilize myself with like a wall or ledge.
As for the aperture; as of right now the fastest native lens for my X-E2 is an f2.8, I haven't found that to be too much of a problem yet, it still yeilds fantastic results indoors (especially if I can use the flash). f1.4 would be nice, but it isn't always the best option, the DOF at f1.4 even on an APS-C sensor camera can be pretty limiting for many subjects. When I had the 35/1.4 for my X-E1 I often used it at f2, I also often use my 50/1.7 Zeiss at f2.8 on my a7S.
I seriously love that onboard flash though... I shot a thanksgiving dinner for the homeschool group I coach yesterday and used the XF 18-55mm at various lengths/apertures and hovered around ISO 1600 using the pop-flash bounced on the ceiling the whole day, got a lot of great shots from it