A few days ago I wrote this about the X-Pro 1.
basically explaining the advantages that the Fuji gave me. But then I got to thinking, doesn't the NEX-5n do most of this already and is a lot easier and faster to use?
Well after some tests and three excursions with the camera yesterday, the answer is a resounding yes.
Now I thought long and hard about writing this post, since there is a lot of hostility to a great deal of what I write about that camera amongst some of the X-Pro 1 fanboys. Just yesterday, after someone posted a link on DPreview I was accused of writing articles "bashing" the X-Pro 1 sensor. This basically illustrates what is happening. Since everything I have been writing has been bashing everything else APART from the sensor, you will get some idea of the kind of misrepresentation I've had to put up with. Indeed, I've considered getting rid of it in the past just because of this.
When I quoted Thom Hogans review a couple of days ago, I found myself agreeing with much of what he said.
In his final words on the camera he writes this, and there is nothing there that I would disagree with.
"I wanted to like the X-Pro1. On paper, many of the things I valued back in my early film days are present here, and the large 16mp sensor without AA promises excellent image quality. Unfortunately, Fujifilm has done the same thing with the X-Pro1 as they did with their now-abandoned DSLR line. The odd-ball sensor delivers something very unique and useful (but with a caveat), while the rest of the camera tends to let the sensor down a bit.
Too many other mirrorless cameras have big pluses where the Fujifilm is weak. To wit:
- Autofocus: the Nikon 1 blows it away, but even the latest m4/3 cameras blow the X-Pro1 away
- Battery: The E-M5 gets more shots per charge, ditto the NEX-7
- Manual focus: Sony and Ricoh's peaking features are more advanced
- Lens selection: m4/3 has more and better choices
- Write speed: the X-Pro1 is slowest of every mirrorless camera I've tried with the same state-of-the-art card
So in the light of all these frustrations and workarounds, I thought that I would investigate more what the 5n could do.
Below are some images taken at a garden centre. I love photographing at these places as I find them somewhat surreal. What makes people want to put smiling Buddhas (top of the page) Roma statues or Maori monuments in their gardens is beyond me. Grouped together for sale they always seem to look somewhat malevolent.