X100S vs X100 vs Canon 5D Mark III
RESULTS ARE IN! (<—click link to see, but be sure to test yourself first!)
Time to play stump the photographer (you)!!
A lot of people have been asking many questions about the new Fuji X100S– several of which I’ve tried to (and will continue to) answer on my ongoing Pros and Cons page. Two of the common questions relate to– image quality, specifically compared to the previous X100. And there is also question about what the stated ISO ratings really mean, in terms of whether we’re really comparing apples to apples, given what kind of exposure values the camera is giving compared to the rest of the world of cameras/film. So, I’ve run a little test to look at both things at once. Only, this is more like a pop quiz! Take your best guess and leave it in the comments below! I will come back in a couple days and reveal the correct answer.
I’m comparing between the X100s, the X100, and the Canon 5D Mark III (with Canon 35 L). Now, I know that there could be doubts as to what Canon’s rated ISO really is, compared to everything else– so this is not the final judgement on the ISO ratings of any of these cameras, but if you’re familiar with any one of these cameras, than this comparison may have some value. The merged image is what really reveals the comparative detail, tones, and cleanliness these cameras are providing. These are all shot as jpeg SOOC, so there is the variable of each camera’s internal processing, but as a primarily jpeg shooter (with Fuji cameras), I decided to run the test in this way. One more note on the internal processing– I will say that I have the X100S set to a NR of minus 1 (versus the default of 0).
All cameras were shot at the same WB and all at 1/100 sec, f/2.8, and ISO 3200 and then resized to all match. I will also note that the wonderful painting by the incredible artist, Karl Haglund, is coated in very thick oil paint–with actual texture to it, so this is not some level object with no real detail. Now leave your guesses as to which is which in the comments below!
What’s your guess? Let us know in the comments below! I’ll return with the answer in a couple of days!