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Zeiss 32mm f1.8 20130514Gservo-2509-2

The world is full of dreary lenses. Most of the new ones, today, are refreshes of the old. So when Zeiss invited us to try something new, my interest was piqued. We, the Phoblographer members in attendance, were introduced to the New Zeiss Touit 32mm 1.8 and the 12mm f2.8, both rather clever lenses. However these lenses are for Sony NEX 7 and Fujifilm X Pro cameras, which I don’t own. Luckily Zeiss brought LensRentals along to loan me a Fujifilm XPro. While I am not a fan of the X Pro 1 personally, the Zeiss Touit 32mm f1.8 was rather nice.

Let’s see why.
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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Figosa Black Vintage strap (4 of 5)ISO 2001-125 sec at f - 5.6

Figosa is an extremely new company in the camera strap world. Based in Italy, and manufacturing their products from genuine Italian Leather, they are initially targeting users of film cameras and mirrorless digital cameras. Italian leather has always been known for its excellent quality and it is often always worked with by hand. This leather lends its qualities to their first strap designed for vintage cameras and mirrorless interchangeable lens cams as well. It can come in different colors, but we went for the conservative black look. The overall quality and look earned the strap a special mention in our recent camera strap roundup.

But should it be the next strap on your camera?

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We previously put the Fujifilm X Pro 1 against the Sony NEX 6. As a clarification once again, the reason why we use the same exposure for each camera vs a, “Balanced” exposure is for you to get a feeling of the metering of the cameras in manual mode: which is something many users will do in order to acquire better images. In these exposures, you are also able to gauge just how the individual sensors perform.

In my tests and in my personal analysis with one of Sony’s reps, we both concluded that at the same exposures the X Pro 1 will retain more detail in the highlights but the NEX 6 will retain more information in the shadows. The histograms were about accurate but let’s be honest: if we made the histograms perfectly and totally alike, then there will be no differences between the images.

These images are an informal comparison of metering and image quality between the two cameras: In each set of images, each camera was set to the same exposure value in order to see how each camera will perform. The cameras photographed landscapes, and exposures in a situation like this are critical. No post production was done to these files besides sizing down to 72 DPI.

Editor’s Note: for the record, this test was done with the Sony 35mm f1.8 and the Fuji 35mm f1.4. We don’t know where any other information came from saying we did so otherwise.

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Which one? The Fuji X Pro 1, the Olympus OMD EM5, or the Sony NEX 7? These three cameras seem to be the current flagship of their respective camera systems. We’ve had hands on time with each camera already and feel that there is a sufficient lack of major information out there on the internet. Sure, everyone is comparing the high ISOs and looking at charts on image quality; but there is much more to a camera than that. What about the viewfinders? Or the ergonomics? Or the practicality of the lens selection?

Let’s take a look.

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