Camera Porn 2017

After many years I had the possibility to indulge for a full day into pure camera drooling and technical tests at the Salon de la Photo in Paris. In recent years my obsession for the latest and best photography gear has been fading away, especially since I started being fascinated by the pure magic of film, yet I kind of like to see what can be realised these days with such (expensive) toys.

1585_d850The first camera I tried right away was the much rumoured Nikon D850, the latest Mpixel monster that recently received the highest score by the DxO company. Just to make things even more crazy, the camera came with an astounding piece of glass, the Nikkor 105mm f1.4, a portrait monster in its own class. Despite all the rings and bells, and even though the pictures came out fundamentally perfect, I can’t say I felt in love with it. Something is too cynical about those files and while I can clearly see how most people will love its perfection, I don’t think I might actually “enjoy” shooting with it.

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z-nikond810-front_nolensA somehow similar evaluation can be done for the Nikon D810, the “old” sibling of the latest D850. Technical tests basically prove that those two camera are really similar, with the latest model having “only” 1 stop of noise advantage (and a dozen of useless frills and bells that I don’t even remember). That said, I somehow felt less scared by the D810, maybe because I knew that its rapidly lowering price is making it an interesting deal. The photos I took are not perfectly in focus (or maybe it’s just that with so many Mpixel, using a telephoto beast like the 500mm f4 simply make it impossible to have tack sharp pictures) yet they show the incredible way the noise is handled even at Iso 10000

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fuji-x-pro-2-56mm-f12The Fujifilm X-Pro2 with the 56mm f1.2 was the camera that surprised me the most. I honestly don’t think that I would be able to tell a picture taken with it apart from another taken with a full frame camera. The colors straight out of the camera are really nice, the out-of-focus area is very very nice and the overall feeling is excellent (even though I am not a passionate of rangefinder cameras).

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Sticking with Fujifilm, the next camera that impressed me was the medium format GFX 50S, a 51MPixel robust and high quality product that produces very nice and balanced pictures. In reality the sensor has a “small” medium format size (especially if compared to the big brothers like Phase One and the Hasselblad 6D series) but in any case the outcome is remarkable.

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The last camera I tried, or at least the last worth mentioning (I tried a lot of other cameras, including the pretty disappointing Canon flagship models) is the Sony α9, another high Mpixel count monster that is, on paper, as good as the Nikon D850. The pictures are very well balanced and sharp (I cannot really say if they are better or worse than Nikon’s counterpart) but what really impressed me was its hyper fast autofocus as well as the high frame rate. 20170120-DSC00175

 

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