Fifth day with the X-Vario

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Fifth day with the X-Vario
7 months ago

As mentioned in my previous post, I was in NYC over the weekend, the XV in tow (and only the XV, I didn't bring my M9). I tried my hand at some street work and "candids", although that's not really my main area of interest when it comes to photography. However, for that sort of thing, I have a couple of performance benchmarks, one being the Sony RX100, which is an extremely responsive, lightning quick little unobtrusive silent black stealthy high quality tool which I've used to great effect in China and elsewhere (see http://hahn.zenfolio.com/rx100 for samples). The other benchmark was my X2, which turned out to be a more deliberate tool than something that can cut right through the action. The XV inherits the X2 genes when it comes to AF performance, although I also used it in manual mode, with focal distance preset to something like 7 feet or so, at 35 to 40mm, spot focus, EVF on, sometimes shooting blind without looking. It worked remarkably well I must say, and after a day's work I came away with some decent images I think. There's really no debating the XV's IQ at this point, it really is a matter of operability, responsiveness, and it's usefulness under a variety of conditions. One annoying thing was the slow wake-up time (2 seconds or so), I missed quite a few shots that way in the beginning, until I just kept my finger on the shutter button half pressed regularly every 20 seconds or so, just to keep the camera awake and alive. Can't do that very long, though, there's a penalty involved in terms of battery life. Here are some samples:

Carwash kids

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Along 9th Ave

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Shooting blind, focus missed, but I still like just the contours here

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Same as above, spot focus on the center of the frame, the lady moving in, she's not in focus, but lots of context nevertheless

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Counter-image to the lady above

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Diagonal gaze

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Many heads and hands (ISO 3200, cleans up very nicely in post)

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In order to test a combination of my own technique and the XV's responsiveness, I also took pictures of joggers and bikers along the Hudson. The latter was a completely flawed enterprise (tried panning, it wouldn't come off); the former - joggers at a leisurely pace - can be quite easily accomplished.

More images from the XV at http://hahn.zenfolio.com/xv.
Thanks.
Thomas

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