X-S1 giving my DSLR a run for the money

Started Nov 8, 2012 | Discussions thread
OP coaltrain Regular Member • Posts: 265
Re: Hey Midwest

painterdude wrote:

Think the latent point is ..how far do want to chase IQ and ..okay why ??? What is the purpose of your photography?? ..What are you trying to achieve?? What do you expect?

For myself I have concluded (after some thought) that though I am dead lazy (I hate changing lenses ) I do value IQ. I tried hard to push beyond this picky tendency ..but ..its what I want in my pictures. So if that is the case n in anyone's view of their photography then spending coin on the best DSLR/lens combo is the route to take. To do less is a waste of money and a ticket to frustration. (No tools do not make a carpenter ..but great tools make carpentry of any level at least easier)

On the flip side of these objectives when out and about with friends or fam and IQ is not a big deal some lesser IQ cam that is portable is needed. ( horses for courses and all that ) In my case I am going to hang on to my F770. It is enough for general stuff..To put any greater strain on it IQ wise ..as I was doing ...is folly ...

It would seem to me anywho, that the X-S1 is a perfect middle ground solution re cost and flexibility for those who cannot or do not want to lay out huge money for a cam yet desire good if not full on DSLR + good lens level IQ. It is a flexible, fast, fairly cost effective platform that can crank out near DSLR (and yes equal at times) images. (Woo and you get macro to boot!!!)

For those who wish more and can afford more the wise route is to spend money on building a great lens line and acquiring a good body. Never thought I'd come back to this but there it is! ..Ya live and learn.

What is folly $$ wise, is what I have done ..Go out and buy endless latest greatest bridge and other cams almost yearly ..all the while wanting more than they can ever deliver! Stupid is as stupid does.

The $$ I spent on that futile quest ..could have bought some serious glass!! And here's the bonus saving. If the glass you get is top drawer ..it almost never needs to be upgraded=$$ saving over endless bridges etc in the end.

all the best



Very well thought out summary painterdude - I enjoyed reading it. And I agree on all your points.

I myself have been on a similar quest and have amassed a very nice arsenal of high end Pentax glass which every time I look at my better images with them they just make me smile. I am an IQ fanatic and all my images must pass the 1:1 view.

After reading what you wrote, I sit here asking myself why I bought the X-S1 in the first place. I guess the main reason was that I shoot mainly wildlife, and my focal length limit right now is 300mm (450mm eq). I recently bought a very expensive 600mm manual focus lens (A*600 5.6) which turned out to have issues enough that I had to return it. After that, I asked myself why I was spending $2500+ on a specialty lens just for the longer focal length. So my XS-1 is more of an experiment to see if I can come close to the IQ of that $2.5K piece of glass with the Fuji @ 624mm. So far, it has fulfilled that need. Yes, I need to be tripod mounted and have very good light so I can shoot at the lowest ISO possible, and the images are far less crop-able, but that is OK as I accept the challenge of it all.

All in all the X-S1 is a keeper for me - also great as a take-it-with-me all the time unit when just running for groceries etc.

And best of luck with your D800 - as I type this it is 2:04pm and I can just image the anticipation of receiving such a great camera and trying it out!

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