It is all a matter of personal preference, I for one find the XPro my favorite when it comes to ergonomics.Those are review copies, mind you, otherwise my wife would be very upset. And, frankly speaking, while I'm really tempted, I think both cameras in terms of ergonomics and efficiency are worse than my own Panasonic GH2 (although image quality is, of course, better).
B&W image developed in RPP and edited & converted to B&W in Lightroom:
Full size: http://photo.torba.com/images/pavel.urusov/f/rUxAzRnGTrhQxNYAexv9.jpg
I think the result is excellent. Most luminance information is contained in the green channel, and X-Pro 1 has more green pixels than any other camera of the same total resolution. And no AA filter to soften the image.
I used zero sharpening in RPP and added a tiny amount of sharpening (15, which is way less than standard 25) in Lightroom. K-01 requires dealing in at least 50 to look as sharp.By the way, how much do you need to sharpen the XPro images versus the K-01? I realize there were different tools used, but I am curious to hear your feedback. Thanks!
I don't even underSTAND how a particular camera that's good in color could be less good for B&W conversions. Your conversion software will interpret the color information, let you manipulate it as you wish, and you end up with a B&W file that looks like you want it to. I have yet to have a camera that I liked in color that I didn't like equally well in B&W. And a few cameras that I did NOT love in color I was still very happy with the B&W I could get out of it. When I see comments like Sean's on the X-Pro or on the new mono-Lieca I just have to think they're looking for things that might not exist. Or else I just don't look at photography in such a way that I'd ever see what they're complaining about. The Leica images are lovely, as many are, due mostly to the photographers and the amazing lenses. I don't see how one camera is better for B&W conversions than another, as long as they produce decent colors...I can't say that I had problems with B&W conversions, so far.