IQ, old F20/30 vs. XF1 (I a should have asked it this way before)

Started Dec 21, 2012 | Discussions thread
Eddaweaver Senior Member • Posts: 2,232
Re: IQ, old F20/30 vs. XF1 (I a should have asked it this way before)

Thanks, something to consider, but I wonder if this would rival the XF1

The F40fd won't rival the XF1 except perhaps in low ISO resolution.

The best cheap alternative to XF1 is used (or new old stock) F200EXR. In my opinion best F series Fuji ever, and I used or tried most all of them since F10. F40 is pretty good for its time, but 3x zoom seems limiting today compared to F200. F50 is very noisy at ISO 400 and above and best avoided. F200 also works with xD cards.

Cheap is going to be a relative term. A second hand F200EXR would cost alot more than a second hand F40fd. There's an F200EXR for sale for US$100 which I think is good value, especially compared with the insane prices people are still trying to sell F31fds for.

It does have a wide angle lens. On the down side its lens aperture maxes at f3.3, it lacks an aperture iris and the minimum non macro focus distance is 80cm. Its resolution is somewhat lower than its pixel count suggests but it does have better colour than earlier F series cameras.

It's a good choice on the second hand market but it isn't quite a dirt cheap backup option.

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