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DP2m first impressions

The full 'first impressions' chapter will come on Monday and Tuesday 13th and 14th August 2012 The DP2M Merrill Review Chapter 1  is here. 

Much more to come of the next few days but in the meantime, I thought you might find this little comparison interesting as a taster of things to come:


Fuji X-Pro1 Comparison  - rough but ready

First the full sized images exported from RAW after conversion in Lightroom 4.

100% crop - Actual pixels.... 

100% crop - Actual pixels.... 

Fuji X-Pro1 with 35mm f1.4 Lens 1/210 @f5.6 ISO200

Unscientific but a 100% crop of a file from the Fuji X-Pro1 with 35mm lens 1/210s @ f5.6 ISO200 (handheld)

Unscientific but a 100% crop of a file from the Fuji X-Pro1 with 35mm lens 1/210s @ f5.6 ISO200 (handheld)

Surprising?

I've seen this before.  I owned an X100 and I loved the colour and the detail from a (relatively) compact 'form factor', but  I saw this effect there.    I used the X100 alongside a Leica M8 and enjoyed the difference between them.   I sold the M8 when Kodak entered US protection - I figured Kodak R&D might not be as dynamic as it had been - and the M10 with a new sensor supplier would not be long coming and I cant afford the depreciation that would bring:  I kept my lenses and bought the Fuji X-Pro1 as soon as it was available in the UK.  (I like it very much and use it for work) I've always thought the Fuji had a 'painterly' quality to the files.  Lovely to look at, and highly effective in use,  but like there was noise reduction at work, a sort of smearing of the details.  

So, I just published this comparison out of interest and then had a a look at the results for the first time on the blog....  I assumed I'd done something wrong in the conversion. (I used Lightroom 4. for the Fuji and Sigma Photo Pro for the Sigma)  Everything appears ok so the difference in the 100% crops is accurate. It surprised me that there would be such a marked difference.  The sheer level of detail in the DP2M is pleasing to my eye, and the file size will make very usable crops.  

I dont do this for a living, and so the work here will come in instalments but will cover the following chapters in the days to come:

  • First Impressions - Feel, Size and Images
  • Background
  • Usability and Practicality
  • Cool things and Oddities
  • Image examples
  • Compared to X-Pro1, Sigma DP2S, Leica M8
  • Pros and Cons
  • Summary - and my take on it.