Posts Tagged ‘film vs sensor’

The Beauty and the Beast IV

Sunday, June 30th, 2019

In my from-time-to-time-mini-series about cam­era vari­ants of ‘The Beauty and the Beast’, this time I made a cof­fee break on a hot sum­mer day in  my Home­land and put two won­der­ful cam­er­as side by side. A Voigtländer Bessa R, armed with a Voigtländer Col­or-Sko­par 2.5/35mm lens and a Fuji X100s with its fixed lens, the Fujinon Super EBC 2/23mm.

The Voigtländer Bessa R from 2000 is a full manu­al ana­log film rangefind­er, using its bat­tery for the expos­ure meter only. Tech­nic­al specs and loads of reviews are avail­able on the web, so I don’t repeat it here. This Bessa cam­era line from Cos­ina was an attempt to deliv­er afford­able rangefind­er-style cam­er­as to the audi­ence from 1999 on.

The Fuji X100s from 2013, as all cam­er­as in the X100 line, is Fuji’s suc­cess­ful retro attempt to bring back manu­al con­trols and the visu­al rep­lica of the legendary rangefind­er era. An APS-C size X-Trans sensor, fully digit­al, with all the auto­mat­ic-modes one might need and all this packed in a body resem­bling the Leica M style.

So it’s all going down to ana­log vs digit­al and fully manu­al vs fully auto­mated. Shoot­ing both of them is a pure pleas­ure and this time I’ve no clue which is to be named the beauty and which the beast. So what, let’s have a cup of cof­fee and enjoy the haptic­al and visu­al impres­sions.

Do you have pairs of cam­er­as which you’d call ‘The Beauty and the Beast’ too?

In case you’d like to com­ment, it’s appre­ci­ated … and maybe, you want to vis­it my web­site or my flickr page too.

So long … and thanks for all the fish.