Palms and The Ritz: Fujifilm X-E3 vs. Fujifilm GFX 50R

Palms and The Ritz - Honolulu, Hawaii

Palms and The Ritz – Honolulu, Hawaii

I always talk about blue hour and how I love making urban landscapes during that time. The vivid blue sky at dusk contrasts magnificently against the warm man-made lights. It’s a great time to document Waikiki and its lively retail streets.

From the corner of Kalakaua Avenue and Lewers Street, I shot northwest to capture the Ritz Carlton Residences. Partially obscured by the foreground palm trees. It was a quick snapshot, but I liked the look — the colors, the texture, and the vividness. However, even at 1/20th of a second, the ISO jumped to 3200. Not ideal. The details were a little mushy and with more noise than I wanted.

Palms and The Ritz - Honolulu, Hawaii

A day later and from about the same spot. I shot the second photo. Made with the Fuji GFX 50R and adapted Canon 35mm f2 IS lens. A lot cleaner technically at ISO 100 and with considerably higher resolution.

The thing is. With these size pictures, you won’t see a quality difference. Only by clicking on the image (on a computer) will you begin to reveal the resolution and quality advantages. Careful observers might notice an increased sharpness with the second photo. However, at f2, the shallower depth of field caused the closest palm to not be in focus. The reality is, despite its diminished technical quality, I prefer the first photograph.

I might blather on about how great the GFX 50R is. And it does create exceedingly great technical images. Though that doesn’t always mean it makes better pictures.

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