The Merril camera alternative

Started Sep 25, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Mike Fewster
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The Merril camera alternative
Sep 25, 2012

Some very interesting points raised in this article

The quality of the Sigma IQ absolutely blows every MILC camera, mft or Nex or M9 right out of the water.

With quality cameras becoming so small, is it better to have a couple of small cameras with fixed lens rather than an interchangeable lens system? Carrying a couple of these at different focal lengths would be no problem and would be roughly price/size comparable with a good MILC with a couple of good lenses.

Ricoh have similar thoughts with their models with a sensor/lens interchangeable sealed unit. Also delivering very high quality images although not to the Sigma level. When Ricoh introduced their concept they cited the problems of mating lenses to sensors with ICL and said they could get better tolerances and IQ by building sensor and lens as one unit.

Michael Reichmann points out some of the issues with the Sigmas. It doesn't look as though these would take too much work by Sigma to address.

But for IQ like that I could be very tempted to live with the foibles and carry one in each pocket when travelling and not have to worry about changing lenses.

Same sort of argument could be applied to the new Sony RX1 and a theoretical RX2 at a different focal length, if its IQ delivers what in theory it will. But the RX1 is too expensive to buy it and another focal length (for me anyway).

PS And before the usual thought police chime in to say "Why is this in the Nex forum?" these cameras are very relevant to Nex and small MILC in general. A different approach to getting high IQ shots with small cameras should be of interest to Nex owners who boght there camera for just this reason.
Mike Fewster
Adelaide Australia

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