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| p.2 #12 · Making the decision - X-pro 1 or X-E1? |
For myself I have a black X-E1 on order with a Leica R Novoflex Adapter and Novoflex Rotating Collar. But I want the camera to work with all of my legacy Leica R lenses and I have no Fuji lens on order. I will use the camera for nature, landscape, and wildlife. I will have to see how the camera fares with moving subjects.
I'm a little surprised you didn't go Nex-6 (or Nex-7,) Rich, since it has peaking, a better EVF frame rate, and better low to mid ISO. The fantastic Fuji lenses are one of the main reasons to go Fuji, but I think NEX is still the way to go for alt lenses.
I didn't like the handling of the NEX cameras nearly as well as the Fuji X-E1. The camera, controls and everything felt much more right to me. It felt much more like a camera especially coming from my Leica R system cameras. When we tested the camera Tuesday of this week with the Leica R Novoflex adapter for the camera, all of the R lenses worked well both in hand and on the tripod. This included working with my f2.8 24mm Elmarit, f2.8 100mm Apo Macro Elmarit, f4 70-210mm Vario Elmar, and my f4 280mm Apo Telyt lenes. As to the low ISO performance, that may or may not be the case. If the NEX performance is better at low ISO this assessment still has to be determined. As soon as we have a good and reliable RAW software program to work with the camera files that may well demonstrate to the contrary. Also, hopefully Fuji will lower the option of ISO of 100 for the camera when working in raw. The lack of the AA aliasing filter really offers tremendous possibility for the camera.
Also, even though I do and have shot wildlife for years my Leicas were the smallest cameras that I used. I would frequently work slowly and carefully working with Large Format 4" X 5" cameras as well as medium Format Mamiya 7 II rangefinder for landscape and nature work.
Handling is certainly important, although I'd say that my Fuji and Sony cameras both had pluses and minuses in that regard.
The low ISO performance is inherent to the X-trans design. Joakim "TheSuede" has gone into this several times, but, essentially, the X-trans color filter layout creates chroma smoothing, which is great for high ISO, but not so much for low ISO. Even with ideal raw conversion, which we're not even close to, yet, X-trans can only attain 50% of the chroma resolution of a bayer sensor at low ISO, despite having no AA filter. It's a trade off that is great for lowlight shooters, but a questionable decision for lower ISO work. Sigma's Foveon is apparently at the opposite end of the spectrum, with Bayer somewhere in the middle.
FWIW, I have no horse in this race. I sold all of my Fuji and Sony cameras, and I'm currently only shooting Leica M. I'm just trying to help.
p.s. Fuji can't lower the base ISO of the sensor. If they did allow an ISO 100 option, it would basically just expose +1 EV and shift the histogram to the right, and it would only be useful for jpeg.
Edited on Dec 14, 2012 at 04:56 PM · View previous versions