RX100-III - Love it! But not impressed with bokeh(sample image)

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Pepe-Lepue Senior Member • Posts: 1,942
RX100-III - Love it! But not impressed with bokeh(sample image)

I just received my RX100-III! And I am more than impressed! However everything must have compromises. And judging so far from my pedestrian shot the new RX100 has a bit of a busy background. Perhaps others are experiencing something better? Let me know.

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Re: RX100-III - Love it! But not impressed with bokeh(sample image)

Pepe-Lepue wrote:

I just received my RX100-III! And I am more than impressed! However everything must have compromises. And judging so far from my pedestrian shot the new RX100 has a bit of a busy background. Perhaps others are experiencing something better? Let me know.

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I don't have the III, but the II and if you just received it, give it a fair shot at varied shooting environments with many different setting applications. Shoot closeup, landscape, street, portraits, indoor with and without flash. Give it a chance. I think you will be very happy with it. Just one suggestion, if you use it indoors in low light, be aware of your ISO and shutter speed especially if you shoot telephoto so as not to incur blurred shots due to camera shake.

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Wilx New Member • Posts: 3
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For such a tiny camera, I'm impressed with the degree of shallow dof possible. Obviously it depends on subject distance, background distance & texture, composition etc. Green on green is never going to separate brilliantly.

David G. Sommers
David G. Sommers Contributing Member • Posts: 770
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Well, I like what I'm getting . . .

From my wife's anniversary present.

I work with what the camera will do - sometimes that's good.

Bye.

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OP Pepe-Lepue Senior Member • Posts: 1,942
Re: RX100-III - Love it! But not impressed with bokeh(sample image)

Well, I like what I'm getting . . .

From my wife's anniversary present.

I work with what the camera will do - sometimes that's good.

Bye.

I work with what the camera will do as well. But keep in mind that I have an a6000 with great prime lenses that produce far more pleasing bokeh. So now I'm focused on the limitations of the RX100 where my a6000 can take over if needed.

But DAMN I'm really liking this rx100!

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chiane Veteran Member • Posts: 4,397
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Mmmm, creamy as rocks!

dv312
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tradeoff in life

Yes, these tiny sensors won't give you the butter smooth bokeh of say the FF , or the APSC, or even MFT sensors

I can only live with the bokeh from the MFT sensors or larger

It's one reason I sold my Mark I only after a few months of ownership

The DOF is just too aplenty , which is good for landscapes and macros but not other genres

If one buys a camera with a sensor that size one has to set the right expectations on DOF and bokeh

We cannot have it all

Saying so I'm still looking forward to the rumored LX8 but I won't bank on it that the bokeh will be better than that of the RX100 III

Cheers,

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aaanouel Veteran Member • Posts: 5,107
EXIF?

For giving a valid opinion EXIF would be needed, which aperture did you use?

When overlapping camera performances, the differences between sensor sizes become evident: Bigger sensors produce better bokeh and swallower DOF than smaller ones, as expected.

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Re: EXIF?

aaanouel wrote:

For giving a valid opinion EXIF would be needed, which aperture did you use?

When overlapping camera performances, the differences between sensor sizes become evident: Bigger sensors produce better bokeh and swallower DOF than smaller ones, as expected.

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Agreed,

and getting closer to the flower would have created smoother bokeh.  The isnt the creamiest bokeh, but with the small sensor and not being able to focus close zoomed in to 70mm you not going to get alot of nice macro bokeh unless you can have your background a fair distance back.

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John Gellings Senior Member • Posts: 3,710
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1) Stop worrying about Bokeh so much.  I know its fashionable, but it's not the end product of a great photo.

2) You picked the wrong camera for "creamy" bokeh.

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Stflbn Veteran Member • Posts: 3,352
Re: EXIF?

Ya, I agree. When I saw his shot he posted I assume it's at a wide focal length and not even at the largest aperture.

Get close and have distance between your subject and the background. Bokeh 101

As soon as I get my rx100 iii that I just ordered I'll be putting it through it's paces compared to my :: gasp :: Full Frame Sony A99 and nice lenses.

and yes, I REALLY like bokeh.

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OP Pepe-Lepue Senior Member • Posts: 1,942
Re: RX100-III - Love it! But not impressed with bokeh(sample image)

John Gellings wrote:

1) Stop worrying about Bokeh so much. I know its fashionable, but it's not the end product of a great photo.

2) You picked the wrong camera for "creamy" bokeh.

I don't think I expressed too much concern over bokeh. But for some, this can be a real issue.

But see - I have an a6000 with bright Zeiss primes that solves my needs. And the RX100 III fleshes out my bag beautifully by adding a great compact zoom that surpasses any zoom currently available for the a6000.

But anyway; Nice bokeh is part of my preferences and my style (among others). And my message is intended for those who have such concern. Perhaps it's not good to suggest what is and isn't important for those who have different priorities than yours? And it's the right camera for me in the scope of my other gear and style. Just not as good for that one thing.

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OP Pepe-Lepue Senior Member • Posts: 1,942
Re: EXIF?

Stflbn wrote:

Ya, I agree. When I saw his shot he posted I assume it's at a wide focal length and not even at the largest aperture.

Get close and have distance between your subject and the background. Bokeh 101

As soon as I get my rx100 iii that I just ordered I'll be putting it through it's paces compared to my :: gasp :: Full Frame Sony A99 and nice lenses.

and yes, I love great bokeh!

Me too! And trust me that the RX100 III is a phenomenal addition to your bag! I'm one day in with mine and have been way impressed.

But yeah - It's not a camera that isolates it's subjects as well as our interchangeable lens solutions.

Shot with a6000 and SEL 50mm f1.8. JJust a pedestrian shot that I didn't have much time to compose (kids move quick)

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