XF1 goes on a hike (8 img)

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John.Laninga
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XF1 goes on a hike (8 img)
Aug 21, 2013

Still trying to optimize the settings for my little XF1 for an upcoming vacation trip, so I took it along with my LX7 for side by side comparisons.  Prior comparisons favored settings as proposed by Dave and Griddi, so those are what I used.  I have posted below full size images for anyone who wants to see for themselves.

Taken in the Columbia Gorge, Oregon on the Angel's Rest trail.  All done JPG, no PP.  I'm sure I could pull more detail but I wanted to see what each camera could do.

Honestly, at daytime light levels there isn't that much difference between the XF1 and LX7.  Yes, they are different, but all look pretty good for a pocket camera.  Its a subjective tie.  We'll see later this week when I try the same thing with twilight and night time shots.

For me, the XF1 is preferred simply because of size.  But my LX7 has a faster lens, I have a EVF for it, and it takes filters.  So it is size and convenience vs. a more intensive photo shooting experience.

A rugged trail up

A view west along the Columbia River

Some thistle buds - actually much better bokeh than my LX7

A babbling brook ---

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-- which turns into a water fall

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In reply to John.Laninga, Aug 22, 2013

Photo's turned out good, but I like the second one very much, color and sharpness are great.......

Thank you for posting....

Griddi..

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Re: XF1 goes on a hike (8 img)
In reply to John.Laninga, Aug 22, 2013

Thanks for the nice hike. I like the river basin view best.

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In reply to John.Laninga, Aug 22, 2013

[Cursing the DPReview software that:

  1. Makes any comment inserted after a quoted captioned image part of the caption for the image, and
  2. Makes it impossible to insert comments between images of a quoted message.]

John.Laninga wrote:

Still trying to optimize the settings for my little XF1 for an upcoming vacation trip, so I took it along with my LX7 for side by side comparisons. Prior comparisons favored settings as proposed by Dave and Griddi, so those are what I used.

... Which explains the sky being completely blown in the shot below. You are wasting the XF1's incomparable (for a smaller sensor camera) ability to capture wide dynamic range. Experiment with using M size, ISO Auto400, DR400, instead.

A rugged trail up

When you returned to Interstate 84 westward from the hike up to Angel's Rest, you passed over the freeway on a sweeping overpass that -- had you been able to dtop on the freeway on-ramp, which you could not -  would have revealed some spectacular cliffs on the Washington side of the Columbia River.  The cliffs are so sheer, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad needs to tunnel through them -- a very long tunnel -- for its mainline.

However, there is a trail that navigates down that cliff (not nearly as scary as it seems, but it does have moments that are not recommended if you have acrophobia) from a trailhead off Washington Highway 14, more or less midway between mileposts 24 and 25. The trailhead is all but invisible from the highway, but the shoulder there is fairly wide on the south -- river -- side of the highway, and you will find it by pulling over and looking on foot. (If you are driving eastward on 14 and you reach Cape Horn, you have gone too far.) Because of switchbacks, the trail is never steep. The views of the mighty Columbia -- Roll on, Columbia, Roll on! (Woody Guthrie) -- from that trail are spectacular. The trail even incorporates its own waterfall, a "mysterious" one.

From the Cape Horn trail: Beacon Rock in the center.

U.S. Forest Service description of the trail.

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In reply to John.Laninga, Aug 22, 2013

Very good-looking images, John. That a hike I'd like to take...with that very camera, Will be extremely interested to see your impression of how it does against the LX7 in lower light.

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In reply to prime, Aug 22, 2013

I was going to say the same thing Prime said. I see that you used Capture One (to convert Raw?) and saved in AdobeRGB colorspace (for unknown reasons). I dislike the disappearing tree branches in this shot (100% zoom below). Looks like Canon JPEG.

Can CaptureOne handle the RAW+JPEG in M size with hardware DR?

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John Laniga wrote:
Still trying to optimize the settings for my little XF1 ...

... Which explains the sky being completely blown in the shot below. You are wasting the XF1's incomparable (for a smaller sensor camera) ability to capture wide dynamic range. Experiment with using M size, ISO Auto400, DR400, instead.

also note color fringing... click original to see at 100%

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little work with Curves tool
In reply to John.Laninga, Aug 22, 2013

This was my favorite, although I liked 'em all. Hope you don't mind that I did a bit of editing with the Curves dialog. P.S. If I had compared more closely before posting, I would not have reduced pink in the clouds.

looked fine at 4000x3000, but posted at monitor size

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A view west along the Columbia River

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