I went to the PDN photo plus expo specifically with one camera in mind, the (preorder here) Sony RX1, all shots properly snapped with the Sony RX100, my absolute favorite pocket camera do date. More photos and a few thoughts on this unique camera after the break
It normalizes things, sobers one up. Like trying on a new pair of running shoes, it feels right or it doesn’t and you know it right away. Ignoring initial signals will most likely lead to pain and discomfort on your next long run. First impressions with a new camera aren’t much different, just replace pain and discomfort with irritation during and after every use. No one to blame but yourself because you ignored those initial signals, rationalized them away. Of course this only applies to folks who use their running shoes for running and cameras to take lots of pictures with.
The Sony RX1 body is hardly bigger then the RX100 and that is nothing short of amazing for a full frame camera.
Although the samples displayed where non functioning prototypes I could get a pretty good idea if I would like it or not, assuming there are no shutter lag/AF issues. Looking through the CZ optical view finder was a crystal clear experience with slight distortions and I know I won’t be getting one.
The camera felt just right in my medium sized hands and control dials and buttons were in the right place. I was a little disappointed to realize the size of the lens, especially with the lens hood attached. It will not fit into my pockets, your mileage may vary, I know of someone who carries his Canon 5D3 with the pancake like I carry my RX100.
The built quality is on a very high level and as I admired the beautiful Sonnar 35mm f2 T* it hypnotized me back to the analog days when I was shooting with the Leica and Hasselblad-zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
So what attracts me most to this camera besides its size?
1) the silent leaf shutter (and extremely high flash sync)
2) base ISO 100-25600 AND image stabilization (video only)
I haven’t made up my mind about the fixed lens yet, you see, back in the film days, I would be perfectly okay with the one lens forever approach, but that was then and now is now :).
Dreaming about the RX1 Pro and RX1Z.
Primes are all the rage these days (for good reasons) and I am all for a version with interchangeable leaf shutter lenses, despite the added cost to each lens for the built in shutter. Three lenses is all I need, a compact CZ Biogon 21mm f 4.5, a Sonnar 35mm f2 or a CZ Planar 50mm f1.7 (not a typo, I would prefer a 1.7 over a 1.4 for weight savings) and a CZ Macro Planar 100mm f2.
The other option I would like to see and preorder right away is a RX1Z with a collapsible CZ Vario Sonnar 24-85mm F3.5-4.5 with leaf shutter. Some of you might not get too excited about this configuration but to me this would be the nonplus-ultra street and no nonsense back up camera for professional assignments.
For many of us the price puts the RX1 out of reach. Alternatives? There are currently no alternatives because this gem has a full frame sensor and is hardly bigger then a point and shoot.
Although, I could see the Fuji X E1 with the 35mm 1.4 as a possible option, but I am comparing oranges to apples here.
I am curious to hear your thoughts on the RX1, alternatives and dreams.
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