My long-awaited X100 arrived Monday and yesterday I had a chance to wander about downtown Seattle with it.
The optical viewfinder is impressive -- like using a Leica M, but with all the shooting data you might want (you can select it item by item) overlayed on/around it. And the image quality? Equal to my D300 at low ISOs, far better at high ISOs.
On my initial outing I stayed manual for aperture and shutter speed but went auto ISO, setting 200 as the based and letting it go up to 3200. I set focus on manual, which still allows a quick AF by pressing the AF lock button on the back. There is a DOF scale in the viewfinder (overly conservative, probably will be changed in a firmware update), which makes zone-focusing easy.
This shot is at ISO 3200 (f/8, 1/250). First is the full shot out of camera JPEG, with lowest NR and Velvia settings). Second is cropped from the RAW with no sharpening or NR, third is after cleaning up the noise and sharpening a tad in Lightroom.
More on this camera's delghts and many quirks later.
I prefer the grainy more detailed look of your high ISO to the smeared look that NR software gives images, (just my own preferences). It looks like you are minimizing sharpening - is that the case?
The X100 got some mixed reviews, mostly around very fixable firmware issues, (according to Hogan and DPreview). Most of what I read as "issues" probably would not bother me, I would shoot in aperture priority most the time and pick my ISO.
I think this camera has some real potential and I just hope it does well enough that it leads to a Nikon or Canon version.
Fri 20-May-11 01:53 PM | edited Fri 20-May-11 01:54 PM by Kit Sims Taylor
There is a trade-off between sharpening and NR -- trying to avoid sharpening the noise. I haven't tried to measure this at all, but the X100 raw images appear to require less sharpening than those from my D300, probably due to its exceptionally thin anti-aliasing filter. Here is a 100% crop with absolutely no sharpening applied.
Most of the issues are more like quirks -- oddities I will just get used to if they do not get changed with firmware updates. Some of the more serious in terms of how to operate the camera quickly are things that are a couple of levels down in the menus. There is only one function button that the user can set. But there are three things I would like to set it for -- changing ISO, DOF preview, and activating the neutral density filter. The ND filter comes into play when I want a wide aperture in bright light.
Sat 21-May-11 12:13 AM | edited Sat 21-May-11 12:20 AM by jpFoto
Phil and David- What am I missing here that the two of you see? I couldn't bring myself to post shots like this. Please tell me what you see that I cannot. I apologize in advance, but I just plain old don't see it.