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| p.65 #6 · Fujifilm X-Pro1 & XE-1 Image Thread |
I'm usually not really into making 'technical' A/B pixelpeeping comparisons, but who knows I might do some when my new website is finished.
Some quick thoughts (I'm sorry if it looks a bit chaotic ):
The biggest optical differences between the xf14 and 21 distagon (on a 5DII) are the almost lack of distortion of the Fuji vs the better fine detail of the Zeiss (the x-trans sensor also can't handle fine detail as well as bayer). Colors and general look are also different. The Zeiss always gives me a stronge sense of 'being there', Fuji is more about a nice tonality to me. Both are sharp corner to corner stopped down. Both seem to handle flare well.
The fuji sensor has better dynamic range, which is nice. The xf14 is a fantastic lens for this system, without a doubt. I'm going to use it instead of the Zeiss when traveling.
The X-E1 doesn't have that nice Zeiss sonnar lens of the RX1. It also doesn't feel as solid. The sensor in the RX1 is incredible. Huge dynamic range and files that just feel very robust. I'm always very pleased with the results.
The Fuji feels more like a camera though. The layout is better, the ergonomics are better (I use the grip on my X-E1), built-in EVF, better menus, ability to use an electronic shutter release, you can make the AF box really small, standard hotshoe which isn't occupied by an EVF,...
I have the EVF for my RX1 and yes it's faster, but it has more eye strain. You have to look around to see the whole frame. Looking through the X-E1 EVF feels more relaxed and sharp. I also like the location of it better (built-in on the left vs external on top).
Right now I'm really happy with both cameras.
Agree on the Zeiss 21 in having a strongger presence than the Fuji 14, I think that goes for Zeiss vs Fuji in general.
Re XE-1 vs RX-1, per pixel basis which one is sharper? from steve huff's M 240 review I come up to the conclusion that the X-trans is sharper than the RX-1. I could be wrong though.