Driving ( RX100 ), November 2012

SONY DSC-RX100 (16.2mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec, ISO125)

The picture above is not sharp or better it is unsharp but it is not totally unsharp. It is easy to see what’s in there: A couple of cars driving along the Autobahn into the setting sun. The fast AF of my RX100 focused on the dead flies on the windscreen and created a better shot than if it would have focused on the cars. Continue reading

Some Old Stuff, X100 high ISO JPEGs again

FUJIFILM FinePix X100 (23mm, f/2, 1/40 sec, ISO1000)

Will I become a JPEG shooter? I don’t think so. I just like the idea to have a file that I can change years after I took the image without any loss of data but I have to admit that the JPEG from my X100 is extremely impressive. This is especially true for the Velvia setting. The images just get the punch and boost in colors they need. The effect is not overly aggressive but it really makes a lot of difference to the original RAW file. Continue reading

Early Skyscrapers, Cologne November 2012 ( RX100 )

SONY DSC-RX100 (10.4mm, f/1.8, 1/30 sec, ISO640)

This time it’s a less exotic business trip destination. Germany! I have been to Germany numerous of times. I worked for a couple of German companies or companies that had their European headquarter in Germany. I have been there for trade shows and business meetings. I go there on a regular base to see my parents in law but I never was in Germany for vacation. Continue reading

Blue Hour at the Red Square, Moscow February 2012 ( X100 )

FUJIFILM FinePix X100 (23mm, f/2.8, 1/60 sec, ISO500)

I have visited Moscow a couple of times but thanks to global warming it took till last February to have some really cold weather. Finally I would get the chance to see the Red Square covered with snow. Not on the first evening though. The day my plan arrived it was -33 degrees Celsius in the morning. It was close to the end of a cold wave coming from Siberia. The massive drop in temperature covered almost all of Europe. There were people dying in Poland and Ukraine. Continue reading

Thoughts about Sony RX1 vs. Fuji X-E1. ( Images: Canon 5D + 35L )

Canon EOS 5D (35mm, f/2, 1/2000 sec, ISO100)

I have to admit that I was shocked twice when Sony announced the RX1. The first shock was a very positive one. Finally a really compact full frame camera with a fixed lens. And the fixed lens is a Zeiss 35mm/f2.0 with T* coating. Just perfect! The second shock came within a minute and it wasn’t a positive one. No viewfinder. NO VIEWFINDER!

I can imagine that there was a rather emotional discussion within the Sony marketing department. Obviously the small is everything group won. Continue reading