Over the last few weeks, many of you emailed, wondering if the Canon 5D3 is a worthy 5D2 successor. The answer is yes. The other question I frequently get is which one to buy, the Fuji X Pro1 or the Sony Nex-7. Much trickier to answer. In general, I favor versatile equipment and expect my compacts capable to serve as B cameras on video shoots and as emergency back up on travel assignments. However, I always had and still have a soft spot for rangefinder cameras. Establishing a rapport with my subjects appears to be easier. Of course rangefinder cameras have limitations, parallax discrepancies during close ups and working with telephoto lenses isn’t much fun either. On the plus side, I can observe what is going on outside the frame and spot if the subject blinks at the moment of exposure. And the pleasant, almost inaudible shutter sound. check past the break to see what this means
Let me remind you I am sharing my personal views here and my findings are based on the subjects and things I shoot and my preferred workflow.
The shots below have been taken with the Fuji X Pro1, crops are 100%
I have been using the Fuji X Pro1 for the past two weeks, shooting street, portraits and models on go sees. The Fuji X Pro1 suits me like a custom fitted bicycle. I like the camera so much I forget it is even there.
The main controls are in the right place and I got used to working around the few quirks this camera throws at me. My models and street subjects have a positive reaction to it. The Fuji X Pro1 behaves like a rangefinder and mirrorless camera at the same time, providing instant feedback via built in EVF after the shot was taken. The hybrid viewfinder makes for a non plus ultra shooting experience. The image quality this sensor produces is out of this world.
The 35mm 1.4 is tack sharp wide open and the 18mm is no slouch either, regardless, on Monday I will return the Fuji X Pro1 to BH. Why, after all this praise? Auto focus? A week ago I would have told you auto focus sucks and that’s why its going back. Today I will tell you auto focus sucks though I would be willing to work around it. Just work with it and get rewarded with fantastic files. Ahhhh, gotcha, fantastic files, correction, fantastic jpegs. This is the real reason I am sending this baby back. Silkypix as the only and exclusive raw converter just doesn’t cut it for me. Sorry. As long as I am left with jpeg’s as the only practical output option, I will steer away from this otherwise amazing device.
All shots below were taken with the Sony Nex 7, crops are 100%, no noise reduction.
I have been shooting with the Nex 7 since the beginning of this year, everything from street to fashion, portraits, beauty and video. I enjoy shooting with it, the files this camera produces are amazing and I never hesitate to take it with me. I just bought the Gariz half case (ebay) which adds a few millimeters in height and makes it a little easier to hold.
I am also pleasantly surprised by the two lenses Sigma introduced, the 30mm 2.8 and the 19mm 2.8, crazy sharp, reasonably priced and the perfect size for the Nex 7. Speedy and reliable auto focus, sufficient buffer depth for shooting raw and the LA EA2 turns the Nex 7 into the most versatile mirrorless system camera. The EVF is fantastic and I really appreciate the articulated LCD screen, esp during video takes. Overall, this is the most versatile and useful compact camera I have used to date. Am I as passionate about it as I am about the Fuji X Pro1? Of course not. However I never hesitate in challenging situations, wondering if the camera will be able to nail focus, or handle whatever it takes to get the shot.
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