This article began back in May 2013 as I was taking notes of my experiences with the Fuji X-E1. My family was planning a three week trip to Europe to celebrate my daughter’s quince (she wisely chose to travel instead of having a blow-out party) and I thought this would be an excellent test of the X-E1 as it’s size and weight lent itself to being a top-notch travel camera. Budgetary and weight restrictions forced me to settle on only taking one lens, so the 18-55mm f/2.8-4 kit lens was my best choice. I also packed a GorillaPod Focus for my tripod needs (which, it turns out, were very few).
For storage, I packed several SDHC cards in 16GB & 32GB sizes. The cards were the fastest I could afford (Sandisk Extreme Pros for the 16GB cards and Transcend Class 10 32GB cards) but I wanted to back them up in the field. For this I grabbed an old netbook (remember those?) and loaded it up with Linux Mint 15. The Cinnamon desktop GUI lent itself to such a small screen and I toted along a USB powered external hard drive (500GB) to back up my images to. Being a “belt and suspenders” kind of guy, I would also FTP the day’s files to my server at home as well. I installed Lightzone v4 (a kick-ass open source RAW converter that implements Ansel Adams’ Zone System) to allow me to browse and review my images (the Atom 450N processor of the netbook wasn’t quite up to heavy duty raw conversion).
With my storage needs and paranoia satisfied, we hopped on an Air Berlin flight in late June and winged our way to Austria.