I am trying to provide a slice of various attributes of the X-Pro1. I am certainly not a professional reviewer and I am only seeking to share some early images and try to respond to questions photographers have about the camera. I will leave most of the technical stuff to the professionals and I am sure the usual review sites will receive their test cameras soon.
Yesterday when wandering with the camera I ran into an M9 shooter and we did a side by side test shot. Now I am using the X-Pro1 with jpeg images only, and the M9 is shooting in DNG. It is NOT an apples to apples comparison. Both of us armed with our respective 50mm lens - which on the X-Pro1 is the 35mm = 53mm F1.4 after the 1.5x crop factor. I feel the X-Pro1 is delivering a nicer color palette and I don't want to set any precedents here - but when the tests are done I think the X-Pro1 will show a higher resolution. Of course the X-Pro1 is years later in technology and the X-Trans 16MP sensor is a new form of capture. Either way the Leica lens adapter which is on the horizon will be a welcome addition to all with other M mount style lenses.I'm going to do some shooting with my 5DII and 28mm 1.8 vs the X-Pro1 and 27mm 2.0.
Another shot that REALLY impressed me is the shot of a friend's baby. I was getting out of the car and shot this from outside the car around the baby seat. What amazes me is the detail of her eyelashes at ISO 400 F2.2. The AF of the X-Pro1 IS faster than the X100 and the detail and resolution are clearly improved. The start-up time is much faster than the X100 from sleep as I've shown in the video earlier. I am sure photographers will pick up the X-Pro1 and be impressed with its classic handling and comfortable feel.
The question was asked about what happens when you switch the file format to a 1:1 ratio. The neat thing is that it is of course shown on the LCD, EVF and OVF ! No worries about not seeing the format change. Image size will be 3264 x 3264 (11M), and you can change down to 5M and 3M if you like. Plenty of options.
I am going to add some portraits with the 60mm (90mm) wide open at 2.4 or 3.6. The burst below was done at ISO 500 1/125th @ F/3.6. Original jpeg file uploaded.
|This is a bike handle grip w/ 90mm Macro|
|Shooting with 27mm lens - minimum distortion noticed|
|Image by Nick Solares with his Lieca M9|
|Inside of the piano from the video up on youtube with X-Pro1|
|Multiple AF points allow focusing almost anywhere in the scene|
|Awesome detail with the 90mm and Off Camera Shoe Cord with EF20|
|ISO 400 with 53mm lens at F2.2|
|Screen Capture at 100% - upload compression may have softened it a bit.|
|ISO 500 1/125th @ F/3.6|
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