X100s vs RX1

Started Mar 16, 2013 | Discussions thread
BobYIL Contributing Member • Posts: 940
Re: X100S / RX1 / Leica M 240

Pelicashka wrote:

I have an X100s preordered, however I’m still on the fence. I am completely amazed by photographs taken by RX1 which are available on Flickr in abundance. However, I am still to see any really great X100s samples. I’ve seen some good examples but they were subject to extensive processing. What I’m eager to see are some clean OOC images which would show off great colours, buttery bokeh and high level of detail. There are just a handful maybe on Flickr out of 300-something images.

I’m yet to be blown away by X100s image quality, however I find the RX1 IQ crazy enough to justify the extra one thousand euros.

Any great samples to share?

I too have an X100S on preorder and why I did not order an RX1:

1. 23mm Fujinon has better bokeh than the Summicron 35 Asph. (>$3K) and the Summilux 35-pre I have.  But Sonnar 35/2 has too; actually a tad better than the Fujinon.

2. The X-Trans sensor is sharp, no AA filter and sufficient resolution to crop for 50mm equivalent in case of need. That is, the gap between the X100S and the RX1 is -for me- not large enough to justify two times of price difference.

3. The AF on the X100S is examplary.. for street, candid, action photography it is a far better one than the RX1.  And I will use the X100S mostly on the street.

(BTW, on the flickr 95% of the pictures shot with the D800E are not great too, including my own  pictures.)

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