I wanted to give the Xpro 2 another shot at sunrise, the 1st time the image was unprintable due to the many hot pixels issues I was having with the edited raw file. Sunday I shot sunrise at Makai Pier with my trusty Sony A7S II, walked away with some beautiful images that day, no complaints.
Monday I went back to Makai Pier, & shot sunrise with the Fuji Xpro 2, I did 2 things different, before & while I was shooting. The day before in the Xpro 2 there is a menu setting that would allow me to do a "Pixel Mapping" of the sensor. I completed this function & on the morning of the shoot I enabled the "Long Exposure Noise Reduction" function. I'm not really sure which featured worked but there was significantly less noise in the overall image. I'm leaning towards the Pixel Mapping function that helped reduce the hot pixels. I've always thought that the Long Exposure Noise Reduction feature on every camera could be visible from only on the camera manufacture own editing software, that's why I'm leaning towards the Pixel Mapping theory. The jpeg colors on the Xpro 2 is stunning straight out of camera, had to do a bit of tweaking on the raw file, but could never get it exactly the same as the jpeg's. The above image is a edited raw file. Another issue I had was the wide fuji 10-24mm f/4, shot at 10mm (full frame equivalent 15mm) lens had a extreme amount of distortion on the pilings. I was also able to pull more detail from the shadows & highlights from the A7S II uncompressed raw file.
After comparing the 2 images, I have to say that, I'll keep on shooting sunrise with my Sony A7S II or any low light conditions. Street, portraiture & event I'll most likely grab my Fuji Xpro 2 for it's compact weight & lens size. I shoot sunrise with the print in mind, so I really need to have that leeway that the full frame Sony A7S II can give in these low light conditions. These are my thought & opinions...Aloha
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