Small sensors, with a PESO

jcoyle at jcoyle at
Sat Nov 9 20:45:33 EST 2019

I'm hanging up my cameras - can't begin to compare with your work Juan!

John in Brisbane

On 8/11/19, Juan Buhler, discombobulated, unleashed:

>This was made with the MX-1, at ISO 800, in Montreal back in August:
>I think it shows why I like 1/1'7" sensor cameras so much: the small 
>sensor look. At 400 or even 800 ISO, the sensor noise looks a lot like 
>Tri-X. This is, of course, when shooting RAW. I find that the jpeg 
>compression combined with the sensor noise produces horrible results, 
>maybe acceptable if you use the image as-is but terrible if you do any
amount of processing.
>Compare with this frame from 2003, made with a Pentax MX and K35/3.5 
>lens on Tri-X:
>Developed by some lab in Paris, scanned with a Polaroid scanner at 
>4000DPI and resized to the same size of the MX-1 image. The digital 
>image is a little more noisy, but it's in the ball park. The MX-1 image 
>was at 800 ISO, also.
>I love how the MX-1 image is just as "gritty" as the film one. Current 
>APS-C or full frame 24MP and higher cameras make images that are too 
>"clean" and sterile. Granted, there's plenty of reasons to use them, 
>like very high ISO performance, speed, AF, etc. But I wish Ricoh made 
>an MX-2, with similar features and looks and a 20MP 1 inch sensor.

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