|Can you tell which image belongs to which camera?|
The first thing to mention is that both the Leica M10 and the Fujifilm X-T2 were shot with the latest Leica 35mm f/1.4 Summilux Aspherical. I used the Fujifilm M Mount Adapter on the X-T2, which made the lens a 52.5mm equivalent, while the Leica remained a 35mm. Because of this, I had to move the tripod closer to the subject to approximate the same focal length. The GF 63mm is a 50mm equivalent on the GFX 50S. Because none of the focal lengths and perspectives are equal (including the distance from me to the subject), the image will be different. Both the M10 and X-T2 have 24MP sensors, while the GFX has a 50MP sensor. The pixel density (relationship of how many given pixels per square area) is also different for each camera (X-T2 will have the most density, then the GFX, and finally the M10 will have the least, which is advantageous). Finally, both the GFX and X-T2 images are processed through the same in-camera Fujifilm X Processor Pro, while the Leica M10 images are processed through their own Maestro II processor.
Because of all these factors, there is no way we can compare these sensors on a level playing field. I did my very best to process all 3 images from their original RAW files in LightRoom with the least amount of post processing, trying my best to match the white balance of the back wall. Please do not focus too much on the colour or the rending of each image, as the lens, sensor and processor will all affect the look of the final image. My main goal was to look at high ISO performance, and the biggest surprise for me was how well the Leica M10 performed against the Fujifilm GFX 50S. Although the GFX ultimately has twice the pixels (allowing for a higher resolution image), the Leica M10 performed very well against the digital medium format camera when it came to high ISO noise performance. I also did outdoor tests at various ISOs, testing up to ISO 12,800, but I will save those for my full review. Please click on each image for a full resolution JPEG.
|Fujifilm X-T2 w/Leica 35mm Summilux Asph with M Adapter. ISO 3200 @ F/2.8. Full rez JPEG|
|Fujifilm GFX 50S w/GF 63mm f/4. ISO 3200 @ F/4. Full rez JPEG|
|Leica M10 w/35mm Summilux Asph. ISO 3200 @ F/4. Full rez JPEG|
My final thought between full frame (36mm x 24mm) and medium format (44mm x 33mm) is that there is a difference, but the gap isn't huge. The crop factor between the two formats is only 0.79X, versus the much larger gap between APS-C (24mm x 16mm) and full-frame of 1.5X. The biggest difference is the 24MP versus the 50MP sensors, something that Leica can address in the future, but at the cost of higher pixel density. For now, for the majority of photographers, the 24MP full frame sensor seems to be the sweet spot (although 36MP is still very doable), while the GFX's medium format sensor sits comfortably at 50MP (and capable of 100MP in the future). Unless there is a huge leap in sensor technology (e.g. organic sensors), the APS-C sensor should stay at a maximum of 24MP for now. Thanks for visiting and happy shooting.
|X-T2, GFX, M10 at approx 100% crop (for X-T2 and M10)|