I'm NOT knocked out with RX100M2

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antoineb
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In reply to knox, 7 months ago

Hello Knox,

you make perfect sense.  Basically you are saying that you are used to either very high-end film cameras, or smaller but very good film cameras, or professional DSLRs.

So then you tried to tell yourself that the image quality would not be as good when going to a Sony RX100 - but I think it is quite difficult to "tell oneself to expect less".  If you're used to driving your Porsche around town and on the road, well if you buy a Honda Civic you can tell yourself all you want that you should expect a lesser driving experience - the disappointment will still be there!

The RX100 is what it is:
- it has a good sensor for a 1 inch sensor.  But this is still about 7.4 TIMES smaller than a 35mm sensor.  Which means a pretty big drop in overall IQ, or performance at high ISO.
- it has a decently "fast" lens (f1.8 at the wide end, though just f4.9 at the tele end) - but still with such a tiny sensor it will just be impossible to play with DOF in the same way your D3 would allow.  In DOF equivalent terms the best this lens can do is f13...
- the wide end is just 28mm - so you cannot expect to produce landscapes with that special "wide look" (we are told the Mk3 will be 24-70)

So my view is that, as you hypothesized, you are just expecting too much from your Honda Civic.

P.S.  This being said, I'm not sure I follow you on the rest of your post.  You say that you hate composing shots on an LCD - but sorry, this was a given.  So if you knew you hated this, then why buy the RX100 in the first place?  You say that the EVF is "too expensive" - but frankly compared to cameras you own, this is small change.

knox wrote:

I bought a RX100M2 last week and so far I am completely underwhelmed. As a photographer I shoot analog Hasselblads, Nikon F100, Nikon D3 etc etc . . and have been carrying around a Rollei 35SE or the F100 in a messenger bag. I decided to get something smaller to carrying around in a coat pocket on my motorcycle rather than the Rollei or F100 in the bag . . . After some research I bought the Sony. I'm actually thinking about getting rid of it after using it for a few days. Yea I don't expect it to take shots as good as my main cameras but I just find the images rather bland and with the cliche sterile, 'pocket camera' digital 'look'. I bought it for a good deal at $548 otherwise I would have waited for the M3 to see what the upgrades are. I hate looking at an LCD to take photos and the add-on electronic viewfinder is too expensive to add to a camera when the images are just mediocre. I could deal with the regular viewfinder 'somewhat' if the images knocked me out. Maybe I expected too much. I admit I have not 'woodshedded' with it and got deep inside all the settings yet as I have been really busy . . . Is that where I will find the so called 'magic' everyone is talking about or did I just expect too much?

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