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The One Dollar Resolution Chart


I sold my a7S and bought an RX100 IV. It's a lovely little camera that shoots very nice video: good dynamic range, super sharp 4K, high fps. But how good is it for stills? Can it compare with my NEX-5N with SpeedBooster?

The RX100 uses a relatively small sensor (1" instead of APS-C) and has a zoom lens (I prefer primes over zooms), but being a fixed lens it can be tailored to the sensor and might be a good performer, and the sensor is much more modern and has more megapixels. Also, a small sensor is bad for noise, DR and sharpness-with-the-same-lens, but it does make it easier to design a good lens, particularly a complex one such as a fast zoom.

The lenses I have tested on the NEX-5N are the following:
* Leitz Elmarit-R 24mm f/2.8 (1978) (Leica R)
* Leitz Elmarit-R 35mm f/2.8 (1978) (Leica R)
* Leitz Summilux-R 50mm f/1.4 (1976) (Leica R)
* Leitz Elmarit-R 90mm f/2.8 (1966) (Leica R)
All of them using a first-generation Metabones Speedbooster (Leica-R to E-mount).

The results are very interesting. The RX100 IV is actually a lot sharper in the center, and not a lot worse in the corners. At 24mm (my most used focal length, together with 70-90mm), it's actually sharper all across the frame! (Because my vintage 24mm is not stellar but hey, that's a big feat anyway)
Also: f/3.5 seems to be the sweetspot for the RX100 IV, and at that aperture it can compete with the bigger sensor with speedbooster at every focal length.




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CENTER - 100% crops
 
 
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f/2.2
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f/3.5
f/5.6
f/9.0
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24mm on 5N+SB
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CORNER (focusing at corner) - 100% crops
 
 
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f/3.5
f/5.6
f/9.0
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50mm on RX100
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CORNER (focusing at center) - 100% crops
 
 
f/1.8
f/2.2
f/2.8
f/3.5
f/5.6
f/9.0
24mm on RX100
35mm on RX100
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50mm on RX100
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70mm on RX100
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Also, bokeh tests, at 70mm f/2.8 f/4.0 and f/5.6
(Just for fun, because with such a small sensor and a zoom lens the camera is basically deep-focus-only)













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