And now, finally, for more of an indication of how ISOO 800 affects resolution and granularity than anything, because although there is the tiniest improvement in corner quality (more visible when shot at lower ISO of course) its not worth expending any thought on really. If you need the speed, you can shoot this lens at f4 with no hesitation and f2.8 is so very close to perfect…..
I am not going to cover ISO tests, because DxO covers that much better than I. They concur with what other observers have reported in that high ISO may not be as good as some other APS-C Sony Sensors in the 16 MP range. Detail and crispness is definitely there, however. Smoothing at the ‘pre-RAW’ level, also known as ‘cooked RAWs’ does not seem to be something this camera does.
Just before I go I am going to leave you with two files. One was shot on the MM with a 28mm Elmarit-M asph and the other on the lil GR. I have made some slight tweaks to make them look more similar than a straight conversion, but not tried all that hard. I’m going to write a short post comparing these two files in a bit more detail. After all, the Mighty Leica Monochrom us surely going to embarrass the black cigarette box of a GR, isn’t it? I own both, so there is no dog in this David and Goliath fight, which stands to reason, because there was no dog in that story either.
PS. before anyone criticises me on shooting a brick wall, please at least acknowledge that the wall in question at least has character. This is more your ‘vintage’ brick wall, complete with lichen and paint splashes that scream ‘history’. Not all brick walls are created equal.