When I introduced my recently acquired Fuji X-E1, I noted that the photos it produces appear to me to be somewhat closer to film in overall appearance than those from other digital cameras I’ve used. It’s a very subjective thing, obviously, so I thought it might be instructive to show several photos taken of the same subjects at the same times, one each on film (Tri-X, shot with my FED-2 and Jupiter-12 35/2.8 and developed in Caffenol C-H(RS)) and digital (the X-E1 with my Voigtländer 21/4).
A few things to make note of in advance. First, on the Fuji, I used the built-in red and yellow “filters”, along with some boost of the highs and lows in-camera; I have found that these adjustments from the default settings help to produce a look closer to what I’ve come to expect in monochrome. On the FED, I used an orange filter to add a bit of contrast, as the conditions were quite overcast, with flat, diffuse light. Development of the film was not altered from my normal routine. I did make some adjustments to some (but not all) photos, as I would do with any photos, primarily by modifying the tone curves slightly, straightening, and dust-spotting where necessary. This was simply done to get the look of the pictures where I wanted them, as usual.
All that being said, I will simply let the photos speak for themselves. As usual, click for a larger (though still reduced for web viewing – this is not intended as an exercise in pixel-peeping) version.