Sunday Hong Kong Skyline Photos (Two Teasers Before Comparison Tomorrow)

Today I wanted to share a glimpse of the RX1’s capabilities for landscape photography. Although many have commented that the Zeiss lens may have been optimized for mid-range and close distances, I wanted to test the RX1’s longer-distance focus capabilities. I’ve shot the below photos at f/11 at ISO 100 for maximum clarity, using a tripod.

Both photos below were shot at: 4.0 seconds, f/11, using ISO 100, and using some basic tweaks in Lightroom: (click image for full-screen version)

Full image JPEG download can be found here Full image RAW download can be found here

Full image JPEG download can be found here Full image RAW download can be found here

I’d say the RX1 seems to do pretty well for landscape. Details are sharp even in the full image. The lens seems to stand up pretty well to the demanding 24-megapixel sensor, especially the first image. The micro-contrast allows us to easily separate the dark windows from the building structures and neon signs.

Tomorrow I’ll be posting three sets of comparison images between the:

  • Nikon D3 + Nikkor 35mm f/1.4G at ISO 200, f/8 and above

  • RX1 at ISO 200

I will be sharing my thoughts on the tradeoffs between the litte camera and the big beast. Can the more substantial Nikkor lens combo provide better results than the Sony?

Come back tomorrow to check out how the RX1 fares!

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