You might remember last week that just for kicks and giggles, I compared the Fujifilm X-Pro1 and the Leica M9 in very non-scientific (yet very real world) way. The premise of this test was that both cameras enjoy a legendary status within various internet communities as image making devices that provide us with images that have a certain je ne sais quoi about them.
This is of course a rather hard thing to define… defining the indefinable would be a little like telling a four year old that there’s no Father Christmas…. it’s something that really ought to be done, but it can wait by which time hopefully they’ll have figured it out for themselves.
No, the fun of last week’s article was just seeing just how closely the images would stack up in terms of look. And it was win some/lose some. Always is when you compare things like that.
Compared to the X-Pro2, both the X-Pro1 and M9 feel their age… sometimes I JOKE that the magic of the those cameras is that you’re able to use them for photography at all… after all, one doesn’t have AF, the other has quite bad AF, neither are weather sealed, the M9 can’t adjust its frameline size for anything further away than a meter and the X-Pro1 can’t adjust it’s framelines for parallax until you half press the shutter. Not to mention neither has IBIS, an electronic shutter or dual card slots.
How did we all cope a few years back eh? 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
Anyway, I digress
For this week’s article we’re going to exactly the same thing. But this time with the X-Pro1 and X-Pro2.
I see someone else (on one of the Forums) has decided to flip his X-Pro2 and return to the X-Pro1…. We might not be able to define and quantify what we love about X-Pro1 images, but we sure can quantify what it means to those that like them. It appears that once the X-Pro1 gets under your skin, it’s only way out is via a John Hurt chestburster scene 🙂
Now before we get into this….
The light on the day I took these was HORRIBLE.
I’d have waited but I’ve been blue arse fly busy lately. My Mum was in town, I’m hosting a photowalk tomorrow and I’ve got a exhibition coming up in 12 days. (Which knowing my luck will probably get cancelled after I order the prints!!!!)
There wasn’t another day to do this.
So horrible harsh light (same for both the cameras though, and it’s a massive leveller making any camera’s output look nasty), both cameras equipped with the XF35/1.4 and both sets of images edited in SilkyPix Pro, and Astia used for both cameras.
Depending on the feedback I get… I might try this again when the light’s better. A pure blue sky doesn’t deliver much besides very hard light…
They’re closer than I thought actually, but then again that light is a leveller… There’s some subtle differences to the colour palette (not so subtle with the sky, which the X-Pro1 did closer to reality), but without more meaningful light, it’s very hard to appraise the tone curve, which is what IMO separates the two X-Pros the most.
That said the images that aren’t completely interchangeable to practical purposes, the X-Pro1 does perhaps give a little more life to the image, less bite and contrast than the X-Pro2, but maybe a little more depth.
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