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The X1 Comes Of Age

Since I received my demo X1D it has been a love hate relationship. The lenses and the image quality were offset by poor speed and buggy firmware. It improved gradually but the latest version has made a real difference.

The electronic shutter and the resizable focus points speed up the cameras operation considerably, not only has it become quicker to use I have recently discovered thats its tethered studio operation is amazing- go figure its actually a spectacular portrait camera.

The electronic shutter has a couple of drawbacks-

  • It will band badly under certain types of artificial light.
  • It won’t sync with flash because of the rolling shutter.
  • This same shutter can give some jello effects to moving objects.

As a professional working camera it is a real contender and works well with studio flash at 1/2000, the Profoto B1 is especially good. I have also shot it using Fiilex LED and the results are very good. I am finding I am shooting at 400, 800 and 1600 iso just because I can and the quality at high ISO is outstanding.

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Flash On Camera At 1/2000

So one of the great benefits of the X1D is the shutter in the lens- turn day into night shooting at 1/2000 of a second with the little Metz on camera flash. Bit harsh but a great look in black and white. I have to say, under this light EVERY crease and wrinkle pops out so maybe not one for the self conscious, heaps of character and coupled with the 50mp sensor it is pretty mind blowing.

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More X1D

Summer is on its way and the X1D handles the high contrast sunlight like a champion. Medium format sensors have enough headroom to hold the whites of the surf and give you shadow details as well.

It may be a little slow to start but once it gets up and running it works as quick as most of the current smaller sensor mirrorless cameras. The latest firmware update is starting to show the potential of the system and the lenses are still amazing.

I can’t help it- they are great lenses!

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First Shots From The X1D

Ok so its here but its a demo version which is not quite complete when it comes to features- firmware updates are on their way but suffice to say the beast feels great and shoots pretty well. I picked it up at the end of the day so the files are shot at 3200 ISO and processed in Phocus 3.1. Phocus definitely handles files better than Adobe, the output has less noise and better tonal gradation with brilliant colour.

Adobe seems to process things a bit warm and noisy, to be fair, its personal preference and most people will not pick the difference.

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