Fujifilm FinePix X100 Compared
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NEW: 2012 DSLR Comparison 18 April 2012
DSLRs still rule for dedicated sports and action.
The LEICA masters all for ultimate image quality for nature and landscape.
The X100 excels for everything else in between, especially when you have to carry it with you.
Although LEICA invented the full-frame format in 1918, I'd love it if some other manufacturer would kick LEICA out of the park and have the guts to make an even better camera.
If Fuji would simply keep their 23mm lens and provide us instead with just a hole with a LEICA M mount and full-sized sensor, the LEICA M9 would be so dead for actual photography. (LEICAMEN would still buy them for their own sake. Bloodline matters.)
Fuji could call it the FinePix M10, and market it as "Die Zukunft der Fotografie M" ("The Future of M Photography"), and they would be right. For instance, even the X100's shutter release feels so much nicer than the notchy thing of the M9.
Sure, collectors will always pay für LEICA, but for photography, do you have any idea how great it is to just tap a lever on the Fuji X100 to see live through the lens and make the parallax go away for close shots? LEICA is fun, but since the viewfinder is in a different place than the lens, with a LEICA, you never really know what's in the picture until you see the results. The X100 is 60 years ahead of LEICA. Now if someone would take off the lens and get the junk features out of the way of the X100.
The M9 is all about using M lenses on digital. It is the world's only full-frame LEICA M, but if I could get a better body für use mit my M-lenses, I'd use it.
The X100 has a better AF-mode slide switch than SLRs because its three modes are all switched electronically. Nikon SLRs have one or more switches, and at least one of them is a big clunky thing that has to move internal mechanics to change between auto and manual
Far better than any SLR is that the X100 allows one to set and reset a fixed manual focus with the tap of a button. With SLRs, it takes sliding the darn switch back and forth, setting one focus, and hoping one can slide the switch back to Manual without moving anything.
Actual measured weights of little cameras, including lens, batteries, film or card, and ready to shoot:
Likewise, most of you folks reading this are shooting either a Nikon D700 + 24-70 AF-S or Nikon D3 + 35/2 AF-D, either of which weighs twice again the weight of the LEICA M9 + 35mm f/2 SUMMICRON-M ASPH, or four times the X100, to take the same pictures.
The 24-70 AF-S is a stop slower and works worse in low light. What's up with that?
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