Posted Wed Sep 12, 2012 7:25PM
Posted Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:05PM
The RX1 looked interesting, until I saw that there is no built in viewfinder and the optional optical viewfinder that looks like ten dollars worth of plastic costs six hundred dollars on top of the camera! Plus you can't access the sensor to remove the inevitable dust spots...
Posted Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:55PM
Looks interesting. I agree with Kelvin's comments, but it's nice to see a vendor pushing the envelope a bit with some novel designs.
(Edited on 2012-09-12 20:56:13 by wdstock)
Posted Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:37PM
Love to give the A99 a try, but I'm thinking the A77 or even the A65 is closer to what I can afford. Need to upgrade from my A300 soon
Looks like they are switching to the ISO hot Shoe, that could make playing with triggers and flashes a little easier.
Posted Fri Sep 14, 2012 8:31PM
I might have to pick up one of each.
Posted Sat Sep 15, 2012 6:17PM
"one of each"....that would be great. I'm going to have to just keep saving for the 77, lol
Posted Sat Sep 15, 2012 10:53PM
They should have kept their camera bodies after the fashion of the A700 and A900: solid build, good ergonomics, etc., and worked on even better sealing of the controls.
They should have kept their wonderful OVF, as featured in the A900/A850.
In one of those well-sealed, solid bodies with a great OVF, they should have made use of their good sensors: 16MP APS-C in one option and 24MP 24x36 in another option.
***They need to work on their in-camera processing and the RAW convertor bundled with their cameras. Work on white balance and (color) noise handling especially.***
They need to get compliant with industry norm shoe for lights and triggers.
Posted Sun Sep 16, 2012 5:34AM
Well, it looks like they have change to the ISO Hot Shoe (Industry Standard) on these three new offerings.
Posted Sun Sep 16, 2012 5:40AM
The RX1 is so close but so far.
Posted Mon Sep 17, 2012 12:40AM
Posted By Daxus: Well, it looks like they have change to the ISO Hot Shoe (Industry Standard) on these three new offerings.
It's so frustrating: All of the parts to make one good camera (OVF excepted) are spread across three not-so-good camera bodies.
Imagine the A900 body and OVF, with the latest renditions of the NEX 16MP (crop) or A99 24MP (full frame) sensor/processing as options, with the ISO shoe, keeping the A-mount for Minolta lens compatibility, bundled with a good RAW convertor...that would be a good camera.
It boggles the mind that they've clung to the Minolta shoe for so long--while pursuing semi-transparent mirror technology. Many/most people don't want a Minolta shoe or an EVF, and they've been getting both from Sony.
Why a fixed lens (not even a pancake) on the RX1? Why not put that same full frame sensor in an improved NEX body which offers easy adaptation of other lens mounts via a simple mechanical adapter?
It's a Frankenstein line in which the worst parts of this-and-that have been sewn together to make doomed little monsters.
Posted Wed Sep 19, 2012 6:11PM
Here is another review on the RX1. Looks like there are two viewfinders available, not sure what the functional differences are: The cheaper will be $450, instead of 600. I am surprised that more istockers aren't excited about this camera?
Posted Thu Sep 20, 2012 10:32AM
^ I really think they should have tried to make it a little more like the Contax G series (but obviously digital). Interchangable lens, built in viewfinder/rangefinder, auto focus. Now that would be a great idea.
At the moment the RX1 is a fixed focal length camera which you have to hold at arms length to take a shot. You get stung $180 for a lens hood! Because of its 35mm lens portraits wont look great unless the subject is really beautiful. Quite honestly I am wondering who this will appeal to? In the long run a Leica would be more practical and cheaper (in the long run as they don't lose their value).
Posted Thu Sep 20, 2012 4:10PM
You forgot about the Fuji X100? I would think it would appeal to the same market. Are you saying it is too expensive? I know several X100 owners that love that camera.
Posted Thu Sep 20, 2012 5:13PM
The X100 is really a different beast. You could get a New D600 and a X100 for the same price as the RX1.
I just think they should have made the RX1 with a viewfinder and interchangable lenses. If you are looking at the Fuji range then an x-pro1 with a full frame sensor.
Posted Mon Oct 1, 2012 2:24AM
I will probably get the nex VG900 camcorder instead of the a99. I have two alpha 900 bodies and they will hold up for studio work for at least another two years. But the video camera looks very interesting and takes all my sony, nex and leica lenses. It should also be good for taking pictures as well.
sony nex vg900 camcorder
Maybe in the second half of 2013.
Posted Sat Oct 6, 2012 12:10PM
^ Agreed. I'm really quite happy with my A900 and 850 bodies coupled with the 24-70, especially as the raw software from various sources has really caught-up. The bodies have also taken a real beating on the road with many thousands of frames banged-off in assignments. So far (touch wood) they have proven way more reliable than my (now ancient) D2x bodies which seemed to be into Nikon service every few months, even in their prime years. And that's from a lover of Nikon!
The VG900 is probably what I need to move into footage. The A99 just isn't motivating me to buy and the RX1 would be just luxury for what I do. Is there something more coming from Sony I wonder?