Fuji X100 Test: Pausing for Breath
Well, here's a first shot, out-of-camera JPG processed slightly in Lightroom. My X100 just arrived last night and I must say I'm delighted with it. This shot is an amazing ISO 3200! You don't have it full size, but I can tell you the detail and lack of noise in this shot is amazing.
ISO 3200, F/4, 1/51 second (yes, that's what the EXIF says, lol)
I work as an engineer in a steel mill and when I did my rounds I shot this -- a subject I've shot on several different camera systems. I'm impressed with this on several levels: dynamic range capture, sharpness of the JPG at high ISO, noise control, and so forth.
What you're looking at is about 4 stories tall. The roof with the glowing electrodes swings in and down and the three graphite poles about 2 feet in diameter descend and arc 50 megawatts of electricity into scrap metal to melt it as the first step of turning scrap into new, clean steel. We create a 180 ton batches at a time in this unit and turn one out about every 2 hours or so. That's slow by today's standards but we have a very, very old plant.
In this shot the steel has just been "tapped" into a large ceramic lined bucket called a ladle, and the furnace is being inspected and readied for the next batch and any remaining slag is being poured off the back.