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wayne seltzer wrote:
Just because you think DP1M outperforms D800E with 28/1.8 doesn't necessarily mean it is better than RX1.
It may, but I would like to see side by side comparisons.
Also I assume you are talking only at infinity and stopped down to f8? I doubt DP1M outperforms D800E and ZF21/2.8. Also when you say outperform you are only talking outresolving and do not take into account microcontrast, colors, etc. right?
Guess I would like to see some comparison shots with other cameras. Anybody have some links? TIA.
The D800E with a really great lens would certainly out-resolve the DP Merrills. The Nikkor 28 1.8G is a good lens but not what I would consider really in the same league as say the best Zeiss or even Sigma lenses for that matter, but it really boils down to what one is shooting with any specific lens of course. So sure, my comparison was with a decent lens. What I found was that in the central area, where the 28 1.8G was tack sharp, it did out resolve the DP1 Merrill - but they were far closer to one another than one would expect. Pretty much every where else, the DP1 Merrill was superior, and not just with regard to resolving power. Better contrast, better color, better micro-contrast you name it.
Having shot - and tested - far too many camera+lens combos than I care to remember, my somewhat educated opinion is that the RX1 is simply outclassed by the DP Merrills with regard to what the OP asked (infinity landscape subject matter). I don't think I"m alone in that opinion - and it's a fairly logical conclusion once images from these two cameras are examined. But yes, it would be nice to have back to back examples for the skeptics.
Here are a few out of my DP1 Merrill showing microcontrast, color, detail... 100% crops follow each full image.
...and here is a quick comparison of the NIkon D800E+28 1.8G and the DP1 Merrill I did for myself a while back. Not really a distant shot but it was enough to convince me of the capability of the DP1 Merrill.
First the scene as rendered by the DP1 Merrill:
Now crops showing 100% details from the DP1M on the left as compared to reduced crops from the Nikon D800E + 28 1.8G on the right: