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Oil Seed Rape and the Sony RX1

Oil Seed Rape and the Sony RX1 | Sony RX1 | Scoop.it

A bit of a random title, I will admit! This post is inspired by the fact that it feels like the countryside around where I live has turned yellow. The bright yellow flowers of oilseed rape have become a familiar sight across UK farmland in recent years. I remember it being grown in Oxfordshire in the 1980s when I lived there.

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Shooting Street with the Sony RX1 | Danny Santos II - Freelance ...

Shooting Street with the Sony RX1 | Danny Santos II - Freelance ... | Sony RX1 | Scoop.it
Of all my years of shooting in the street with my trusty DSLR workhorse, I've slowly come up with a wish list of features that would make it easier for me.
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Sony RX1 and Fuji X100s - A Comparison (long!)

Sony RX1 and Fuji X100s - A Comparison (long!) | Sony RX1 | Scoop.it

I've been shooting with the Sony RX1 for about a month now and the Fuji X100s for a little over a week. I got up to speed with the X100s quickly since I've had plenty of experience with the X100 and X-Pro. I had both cameras with me during a busy weekend of shooting in New York City last week (along with the Nikon Coolpix A), and both have gotten plenty of work. I've written some about the RX1 here and the X100s on the Xspot forum, but I'd promised to do some sort of comparison between the two since they're somewhat similar by virtue of both being fixed lens 35mm (or equivalent) focal lengths with f2.0 lenses. While I question whether these two cameras will be directly competing for very many potential buyers, there are a lot of similarities and differences worth understanding for those who might be considering either. 

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tempted by the RX1 these days.......

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 - first impressions and low light shots

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 - first impressions and low light shots | Sony RX1 | Scoop.it

The UPS guy brought me a nice big box from B&H yesterday morning (if it had been the usual late afternoon delivery, this would have probably taken until tomorrow) containing a review copy of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1, its attachable EVF, and a spare battery. I have this little jewel for about a month and was excited to check it out after all I've read, so I borrowed the already charged battery from my wife's RX100 and got busy figuring this camera out. Which brings up my one and only major complaint - no battery charger! You have to charge the batteries in the camera, just like with the RX100 (and the XZ1 and XZ2 and probably every other new camera by next year). A $2800 diamond of a camera and you're gonna nickel and dime over a $30 battery charger?!?!?!? Are you frickin' KIDDING ME Sony??? 

But its pretty much all good after that... 

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Sony RX1 Experience - David Lipnowski Photography

I was invited by the Sony rep, Cheeraz Fouad, to try out one exciting little camera called the Sony RX1 last weekend. If you have not heard about it, it is basically a very small point and shoot camera with a full frame 24MP image sensor in it, with a fixed Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 35mm F2 lens w/leaf shutter. It is a very cool camera with a very big price tag ($3000+). 

Once we figured out how to use my Nikon flashes with it, and Cheeraz explained how to use it, I had about an hour to wander around the Festival du Voyageur grounds making portraits of the colourful characters. A big thanks to Cheeraz for the opportunity to play with a very cool camera, and also a big thanks to him for acting as my voice activated light stand (VAL) on the first couple of portraits shot today. 

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Development of Sony’s Full-frame Pocket Camera Continues

Development of Sony’s Full-frame Pocket Camera Continues | Sony RX1 | Scoop.it

Sony continues to develop full-frame cameras in the Cyber-shot or pocket camera line-up, after releasing Cyber-shot DSC-RX1. With this camera, Sony becomes the first offering a high-end pocket camera for serious photographers, with full-frame 24.3 MP Exmor CMOS sensor and Carl Zeiss Sonnar T 35mm f/2.0 lens.

 

“Sony is now developing full-frame camera families consisting of full-frame Alpha, full-frame handycam and full-frame Cyber-shot families,” said Danu Sagoro, Product Marketing Manager, Digital Imaging Group, PT Sony Indonesia, to Exposure.

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DxOMark - Sony Cyber-shot RX1 / Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 2/35: Is this the ultimate moderate wide-angle lens?

DxOMark - Sony Cyber-shot RX1 / Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 2/35: Is this the ultimate moderate wide-angle lens? | Sony RX1 | Scoop.it

The high-end Sony RX1 was one of the most eagerly awaited cameras in our labs and while we assessed the camera’s full-frame sensor early in January, we’ve decided to publish the results of the Zeiss-branded Sonnar 2/35 T* lens. Readers will already be aware that it’s fixed, and can’t be purchased separately, but we can test it just as we would any other, albeit on one camera body only. Is this “fast”, moderately wide-angle lens an outstanding performer worthy of the Carl Zeiss name? Read on to find out.

 

When Sony announced the pro-level Cybershot RX1 at Photokina in September, the combination of full-frame 24-MPix CMOS sensor and high-quality Carl Zeiss Sonnar 35mm f/2.0 in a metal-bodied compact with manual controls sounded promising. Yet, while unique, with a hefty $2,800 price tag it’s not going to appeal to everyone.

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RX1 Review « Peter Adams Photography

RX1 Review « Peter Adams Photography | Sony RX1 | Scoop.it

Ever since the Sony RX1 was announced, I’ve been anxious to give it a test drive. I recently rented it from Borrowlenses.comand used it non-stop for two weeks on a variety of photo assignments and situations including portraits, landscapes, macro, events, and editorial.

 

I pushed and pulled the camera to its extremes, shooting from ISO 50 to 6400, both handheld and on a tripod. I even used it to take exposures over 100 seconds long. Whatever I asked of it, the RX1 delivered with stunning image quality thanks to its full frame CMOS sensor.

 

The compact size of this camera meant that I could take the RX1 everywhere, allowing me to capture shots that I would’ve missed with a larger DSLR.

If you are a demanding photographer who wants the convenience of a low profile pocket camera, without sacrificing image quality, then you’ll want to give the RX1 serious consideration.

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NY TIMES: Sony’s RX1: Compact, Full-Framed and Expensive, Too

NY TIMES: Sony’s RX1: Compact, Full-Framed and Expensive, Too | Sony RX1 | Scoop.it

When you’re shopping for a camera, you have a million specs and features to consider. Size, weight, battery life, megapixels, zoom power. ... Can you guess which aspect consumers consider most important? 

 

The color of the body. (“Ooh, I like the shiny red one!”)

 

The camera buyer for a national electronics chain told me that. We both slapped our foreheads.

 

Please. If you’re buying a camera, shouldn’t picture quality be the most important detail?

 

If so, what you should care most about is the flat, rectangular light sensor inside the “film.” In general, the bigger the sensor, the happier you’ll be with the results and the more you’ll pay.

 

At the low end, snapshot cameras with tiny sensors (0.4 inches diagonal) cost $150 but give you blurry, grainy low-light shots. At the high end, those professional, big, black S.L.R. cameras cost $2,000 to $6,000 but come with full-frame sensors. That is, these sensors are as big as an old piece of 35-millimeter film (1.7 inches). They deliver unparalleled low-light quality, richness of color, detail and soft-focused backgrounds.


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RX1 User Report with RAW Samples

RX1 User Report with RAW Samples | Sony RX1 | Scoop.it

I never thought I'd own a full frame camera. While I was attracted by the image quality, the bulk of the cameras was a deal-breaker. The announcement of the RX1 last September came as quite a surprise because I didn't think it was possible to make a full frame camera that was so compact, never mind one which sported an F2 lens. Even the latest Leica M with a 35mm Summicron is twice as heavy as the RX1. Really this is a new class of camera: the full frame compact.

I wanted one, but first I had to decide whether a fixed, 35mm camera would make sense for my style of photography. I decided that I could not only live with that limitation, but would welcome it. 35mm is about as versatile as a lens can be; not too wide and not too tight. I also realized that I would need to take the vast majority of my photos with the RX1 in order to be able to justify the high price. This was going to have to be my main camera.

 

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Sony RX1 vs Canon 5D Mk III / Sigma 35mm f/1.4 | PhotographyBLOG

Comparison of the Sony RX1 with the Canon 5D Mk III DSLR and Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens.
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John Vink - Magnum Photos - Gear Talk: Sony RX1

John Vink - Magnum Photos - Gear Talk: Sony RX1 | Sony RX1 | Scoop.it

When, for whatever reason, I look for a replacement camera, I want it to do at least the same and preferably more in approximately the same way as the camera I want to replace. My standards are high: having been a faithfull user of Leica camera’s for the last 40 years I am setting the bar at a pretty high level for a replacement. Why on earth would I want to replace my Leica if its qualities are that high? I am not yet doing that but am getting ever more close. Since my switch from analog to digital a few years back, first with Canon (1D, 5D I and II because I still had a few lenses and there was nothing else available at the time), and then with the M8, the M8-2 and finally the M9-P, I have never been totally satisfied, and never found myself in the same situation of unconditional reliance as when using an M4. Even my M6, a first introduction of electronics in a Leica viewfinder camera, had issues with the exposure meter not functioning 100% of the time (the clunky M5 I had once was sold very quickly). As if Leica M’s and electronics don’t really get along with each other.

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The Sony RX1 in B&W by Steve Huff and other RX1 owners | STEVE ...

The Sony RX1 in B&W by Steve Huff and other RX1 owners | STEVE ... | Sony RX1 | Scoop.it
The Sony RX1 in B&W by Steve Huff and other RX1 owners. The Sony RX1 has been out for a few months now and many owners have been happily shooting with the camera, myself included. Sure, I have access to just about ...
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Sony RX1: Executive Summary, Lazy Readers' Digest, Top Tips

Sony RX1: Executive Summary, Lazy Readers' Digest, Top Tips | Sony RX1 | Scoop.it
Sony RX1 review summary, verdict and conclusion
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Sony RX1 v Leica M 240 | Tobinators

Sony RX1 v Leica M 240 | Tobinators | Sony RX1 | Scoop.it
As it happened, I had my Sony RX1 with me as well, which as you all know is a full-frame camera with a fixed 25 f/2 Zeiss lens on the front. It would be a shame not to compare the two really, so that's exactly what I did.
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Photog Uses Sony RX1 to Capture Beautiful Iceland Timelapse

Photog Uses Sony RX1 to Capture Beautiful Iceland Timelapse | Sony RX1 | Scoop.it

Enrique Pacheco, originally from Spain is a talented cinematographer who thought the Sony RX1 would make a good time lapse camera. The HD results certainly do not disappoint! Take a look at the video (best viewed in HD) and have a read below about what Enrique’s thinks of Sony’s latest full frame camera.

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Gadget Lab Show: Sony RX-1 | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

Gadget Lab Show: Sony RX-1 | Gadget Lab | Wired.com | Sony RX1 | Scoop.it

This week on the Gadget Lab Show, the gang checks out the Sony RX-1 camera and the V-Moda M-100 headphones.

 

First up, reviews editor Michael Calore and staff writer Roberto Baldwin take a look at the Sony RX-1, a $2,800 fixed-lens camera with a full-frame 35mm sensor. What does that mean? It captures the same amount of information as a film camera, which gives you a lot more to work with. It’s a member of a fairly new category that bridges the gap between cheap $200 point-and-shoots and uber-expensive DSLRs.

 
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Sony RX1 samples pt.1

Sony RX1 samples pt.1 | Sony RX1 | Scoop.it

I have just spent another two weeks or so with the Sony RX1. My mind is essentially unchanged from the initial review - the camera is incredible. I am starting to really consider getting the EVF but the $450 price stops me every time. I don’t think it’s completely necessary (thanks to the very bright display) but I’ve been fighting my habit of looking for the viewfinder. Other than that, shooting with the camera is enjoyable and natural.

 

One of the few annoyances is the inability to customize camera sounds. You can either turn off all operational sounds or turn everything on. I like having a quiet auto focus beep but like to turn off the fake shutter sound but the Sony doesn’t offer such granular controls. My Fuji X100 had separate controls for operational and shutter sounds.

 

Like before, these are just random captures from the neighborhood. I have a trip to Korea/Japan planned in April so you’ll have to wait a bit more for truly interesting photos. Nevertheless, I tried to get a nice variety in here in various lighting situations. Some people have also been asking me about video performance. I honestly haven’t had much experience with it so I'll do another post in a few weeks demonstrating its capability.

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Sony RX1 Review

Sony RX1 Review | Sony RX1 | Scoop.it
I never buy anything based on specs alone. A product is about the holistic experience and pure numbers are never a sign of a successful product. I look for the intangible emotional and experiential connection with the devices I chose to buy.
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RX1 Review - duncandavidson.com

RX1 Review - duncandavidson.com | Sony RX1 | Scoop.it

The Sony RX1 is as expensive as a full-frame SLR, yet small enough to fit in a jacket pocket or a smallish bag or purse with ease. It pairs one of the best full-frame sensors made to date with an amazing lens that has few peers, yet carries a commodity Cyber-shot label. From more than a few feet away, it looks fairly ordinary. Maybe even quaint. Close-up and in hand, however, the fit and finish is exquisite. It’s a study in juxtapositions.

 

At a glance:
The Sony RX1 is a compact fixed lens camera featuring a full-frame 24 megapixel sensor that captures 14-bit RAW files and a 35mm f/2 lens. It sells for a list price of $2799 as of early 2013.

If you get it, I strongly suggest buying an extra battery. Also, you should give serious consideration to the optional EVF and external charger. Skip the other overpriced accessories.

 

Packing so much into such a small package means that Sony had to make some significant decisions and tradeoffs, some of which won’t appeal to everyone. For example, to save space the camera doesn’t have a built in viewfinder—either electronic or optical—other than the screen on the back. If you want a viewfinder, you can mount an optional finder on top of the camera if you wish. Or, not.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Review: Digital Photography Review

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Review: Digital Photography Review | Sony RX1 | Scoop.it

We were surprised (and delighted) when Sony decided to create the RX100 - its first compact camera for serious photographers, but that's nothing compared to our surprise when we were told about the RX1. This isn't just Sony's most serious compact camera, but arguably the most serious compact camera we've ever seen. It features a full-frame sensor and a fixed 35mm F2 lens, making it a real heavyweight in terms of lightweight photography. Sony has said it is targeting professional photographers and we see no reason to question that.

The obvious reference point for this camera is the Fujifilm X100 and its recent successor the X100S - $1300, fixed lens 35mm equivalent F2 cameras whose popularity (the X100 at least) has exceeded most expectations. The Sony raises the bar though - this is the first fixed-lens full-frame camera on the market, which means both that it's comfortably the smallest full-frame camera and, consequently, the most expensive compact camera by some margin.

This combination gives the RX1 the chance to become something of a classic, used by photojournalists and other working pros who need a small, flexible camera with excellent image quality. It's no secret that Sony's sensors are currently setting the benchmark for image quality and the RX1's sensor is clearly going to have a lot in common with the one that impressed us so much in the Nikon D600. A 35mm F2 lens also gives the low-light performance and shallow depth-of-field that it's hard to achieve without a fast lens in front of huge sensor. With this in mind, it's clear that the RX1 will stand or fall based on its focus performance, handling and lens quality.

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CNET Australia - RX1 Review

CNET Australia - RX1 Review | Sony RX1 | Scoop.it
The Sony RX1 is the best compact camera on the market, hands down. With a full-frame sensor, excellent image quality and a robust build, it's designed for the discerning photographer with very padded pockets.
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Review | PhotographyBLOG

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Review | PhotographyBLOG | Sony RX1 | Scoop.it
Expert review of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 camera with sample photos, test shots, videos and more...
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A tale of two cameras, part 1 | The Last Word

A tale of two cameras, part 1 | The Last Word | Sony RX1 | Scoop.it

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the spring of digital, it was the autumn of film, it was the end of toxic chemicals, it was the beginning of poisonous third-world recycling, it was the age of a cornucopia of new devices and processes, it was the age of cherished old materials being withdrawn from the market, it was the epoch of incredible new artistic capabilities, it was the epoch of viewers who believed that nothing was real in a photograph, it was the season of dramatic reductions in the cost of consumables, it was the season of increasingly pricy equipment, we had every artistic possibility before us, we had nothing but ephemeral, shallow dreck before us, we were all going direct to photographic Heaven, we were all going direct the other way.

 

Into this conflicted world comes a thoroughly conflicted camera, the Sony RX-1.

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