Camera: Fuji X-Pro1
Focal Length: 200mm (300mm full frame equivalent)
Going for a walk the other morning provided this exercise in dynamic range and a demonstration for how well balanced the Fuji sensors seem to be. This was an abandoned tennis ball in the middle of a weathered parking lot with specular highlights where the sun was shining and detail in the shadows, particularly in the tennis ball. Download the full resolution image here to see more detail and pay attention to the sharpness and amount of information in the shadows. Every time I do an exercise like this with the Fuji, I am surprised at how good an imaging sensor it happens to be, fully outcompeting in many ways the much more expensive Canon 1DX camera and sensor.
The other thing to remember is that this image came from the Fuji X-Pro1 with the first XTrans CMOS sensor running at 12-bits. The XTrans II sensor in the X-E2 and the X-T1 is, like the Canon 1DX sensor, a 14 bit sensor that should provide even more dynamic range than the original XTrans sensor. I have looked at some analysis of thermal noise, intrinsic sensor noise, well capacity of pixels and dynamic range in the Canon 1DX camera sensor which is impressive indeed. What I’ve not been able to find is the equivalent measurements for the Fuji sensors, but I’ve found the dynamic range of the 12-bit XTrans sensor in the X-Pro1 to be more pleasing and apparently wider than that in the 14-bit 1DX. How that works is not clear to me yet and may reflect better post-processing at image capture in the Fuji than in the Canon.
Regardless, I have an X-T1 in hand and am looking forward to peeping at those images and exploring how the dynamic range compares to the original 12-bit sensor in the X-Pro1.