I haven't had any autofocus issues whatsoever with the XE3. My settings, should you choose to try and replicate it when testing:Hope you don't mind if I take this topic a little sideways
I've got an X-E3 with the 35mm f2 as a backup to my Ricoh GR. The first batch of 30 odd images are mostly disappointingly missed focus. A few hit the mark. I am unsure if its operator error as the 50mm equiv would demand more care than the 28mm equiv on the GR. Initially I am tempted to jump ship to a Sony A7 and a Loxia and go fully manual focus. This would take me back to my OM4 and Zuiko lens days. That combo would do nicely for some tripod work.
I suppose I should do some careful tests to ensure its not the hardware and is all about my poor technique. I also bought the combo as I was missing the look of 50mm equiv images. I will examine firmware also. Sometimes it is the gears fault.
I am curious to the OP as to if any images made initially were subpar on focus ?
You nailed the touchscreen description. Unfortunately.“What would I gain in an X-E3? I updated the firmware to make it almost an X-E2s, what else would be improved?”
I wouldn’t advocate for upgrading an XE2 to an XE3, necessarily. I’m not sure the differences are big enough, but …
- Touch screen. I hated it until I turned off the ability to tap for focus, and now it’s just how I change shutter type (swipe up) or launch wifi (swipe left). It’s not all that helpful to be honest. Huge potential to annoy, mild potential to help, must be carefully limited in menu options or you’ll throw the camera in a ditch when the AF point jumps (and locks) the 15th time because your nose got near the LCD.
- AF Speed. This one might be enough to upgrade. It’s noticeably, usably faster than an XT1, on all lenses, especially in the dark. I’d say if you’re happy with the XE2 then DO NOT try out an XE3 or XT3. Like letting a housecat outside once… now he knows what else he could be having, and won’t be happy inside.
- Film Simulations. Meh. Some are cool and all, but really that’s not a reason to spend $850. The basics on the XE2 are what I mostly use anyway.
- That AUTO switch up top. I only like it because my wife and 9 yr old daughter like to grab my camera and shoot, and I love that they do. And they love not being stuck with Daddy’s full-manual settings. -Flick- and it’s on auto. -Flick- and it’s back where I like it.
I don’t know if there’s much else to mention. That AF speed (and general speed of everything… wake up, card write, etc) is pretty big. But if your current ones work, you’re all set. Hang out 2 more years, and pick up a used XT2, XT3, XE3, etc. for $500.