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As a Merrill owner, in addition to a Xe-1 owner, I'd have to disagree Bernie, and say that at least for me, when it comes to a landscape shot, I rather like capturing every last bit of detail, every leaf, every texture of bark, rocks etc.
Now of course you are right that when you look at a scene we don't see all that (especially me since I"m maybe 20/30 eyesight at best) but what is cool then about the Merrill, or really any very high resolution tool, such as a 4x5 field camera, is that you can capture those details and when printed at a decent size, it allows the viewer to see the scene in a different way.
Nothing wrong with capturing something just as it looked, but I don't find that makes for an interesting landscape shot. Rather I like to be able to see what I've been missing.
See that a field of wild flowers isn't just some slightly blurred fields of color, but actually made up of tens of thousands of flower petals, or the textures of on the park of a grove of Aspen tree's etc
Not every image needs this, and my DP2m is my least used camera I own, but its still a favorite, and for those times when it really does work, its a really amazing tool.
I'd love something like MF back, but I can't really afford gear costing several times my car, and that I'd use for just hobbyist landscape use. Merrill, especially when stitched gets me closer to that and in an easy to carry little package.
I just gives me the fine detail I like that my RX1 or D800 can't even deliver (though I do only have Nikon glass, no Zeiss primes which could be a little sharper)
I've heard the X3 files called "hyper reality" and that is somewhat fitting and they do somewhat capture more than we realize is there, but that is what is fun with them, looking at the per pixel sharpness at 100% and seeing that there is in fact a birds next in the tree in your backyard you never realized was there, or that there are tiny little hikers you can make out on the shot of a mountain etc.
I find myself shooting things with the camera just to get back home and explore them in detail. Its a very poor camera in many ways, but its also a very fun camera at times.