FUJI X-E1 and LEICA X VARIO Comparisons - 2. Sharpness at base ISO.

This is a comparison test between the Fuji X-E1 + 18-55mm and Leica X Vario (We don't seem to be getting away from X being used in camera names anytime soon!) + 18-46mm. Both shot at the respective cameras base ISO, Fuji = ISO 200, Leica = ISO 100. Since the Leica lens has come in for some criticism (and thats being polite!) for its 'slowness', I deliberately chose the Leicas wide open apertures. f/3.5 for 18mm and the dreadful, awful, sending Leica into bankrupcy any moment, unbelievably, appallingly slow aperture of f/6.4. Incidentally only 1/3 stop slower than f/5.6, the normal widest aperture at the end of a kit zoom, but there you go. f/3.5 to f/5.6, sound familiar? f/3.5 to f/6.4 shock!! horror!! how could they!! Its the end of civilisation as we know it!!

So here are the comparison enlargements. Identical settings as ever, plus I've taken the opportunity to add some of the amazing new Smart Sharpen in Photoshop. 

Firstly at 18mm.

Now at 70mm. BE WARNED f/6.4 alert!!!

So 'Fuji is the new Leica' is it? Not yet I fear. Close but no cigar.