"To date, my camera of choice!"5.0 starson by wdlee123
Pros: Gorgeous Lens
Full Frame Sensor
Massive Amounts of Detail
Dead-on Auto White Balance
Almost Point & Shoot Compact
Best FF Camera & 35mm Lens Combo On Market
Cons: Exposure Comp Dial Bumps Easily
Lacks Electronic Viewfinder
Price Gouging Accessories
Short Battery Life
Macro Lens Setting Can Be Forgotten
Fair Video Quality
Fixed 35mm Focal Length
Slow Focus in Dark
Summary: I've used the Sony's RX1 & RX1r on several occasions. To date, even with the cons above this is my favorite camera. In the 1980's, I learned photography on a Canon F-Series film camera. When the digital era erupted I purchased a Canon P&S but never a DSLR. Over the past 4 years, for special events, I have rented both Nikon & Canon FF cameras. I'm always reminded of the weight & fuss in using these large cameras & large lenses.
About 1-year ago Sony introduced a FF small camera. Burning to try this camera, I rented the RX1 for a stateside trip. The photo results were amazing. So impressive were the images that the RX1 was my only camera taken on a Summer-2103 10-day trip to Germany. From the Frankfurt street ways to Hitler's Eagle Nest in Berchtesgaden the RX1 camera was a joy to use. It was a cathartic experience.
Sure, there were times an interchangeable lens camera would have been handy... but the ease in carrying, using, and less threatening nature of this small FF camera made up for any limitation the fixed focal length imposed. Some suggest zooming with your feet but that won't get every shot, yet I'm delighted the RX1 was the camera of choice for these trips.
There are new options emerging in the smaller camera mirror-less market from Olympus M43 to Sony A7 & A7r full-frame bodies but the fact remains.... I'm done lugging around a large camera with large gear. For most of us, over a 1-day period, the weight aches our back and claws-away at the joy of photography.
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