Sony RX10 is interesting for m4/3 users Locked

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dougjgreen1 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,390
Re: YES!!! Now I get the RX10!

sigala1 wrote:

Henry Richardson wrote:

The Sony RX10 has the same 20mp sensor as the Sony RX100 II that is well thought of and it has an equivalent 24-200mm f2.8 Zeiss lens. Having a package that includes the equivalent of a 24-70mm f2.8 and 70-200mm f2.8 makes the $1200 price easier to take.

$1200 RX10


$1000 GX7
$1300 12-35mm f2.8
$1500 35-100mm f2.8

You can't change the lens on the RX10, but a lot of m4/3 people would be quite happy, I think, even if all they had were the 12-35mm and 35-100mm for their m4/3 camera.

I have read that the zoom-by-wire is poor because turning the zoom ring causes the focal length to change very slowly. Maybe that can be fixed in firmware? Still, this looks to be a very interesting camera. It isn't very small, but I can imagine that for some people this could be enticing. More dof, of course, than FF or APS-C and slightly more than m4/3, but that isn't a big deal for everyone.

I could see that some people might have an m4/3 body to use with a couple of fast single focal length lenses and the RX10 instead of buying the expensive 12-35mm and 35-100mm lenses.

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Henry Richardson

At first I thought, "huh?????"

But now I get it. For the same price as just a 35-100mm f/2.8 m43 lens, you can buy an RX10 that combines the 14-35mm lens and the 35-100mm lens into one, and comes with a FREE CAMERA to boot.

Now, f/2.8 on the 1" sensor is equivalent to f/3.8 on m43, but I don't know if that's really worth paying three times as much for and giving up the convenience of having one lens instead of two.

Also, we need to wait to see how well the Sony lens actually performs, but I suspect that it's going to be as sharp as the best m43 "Pro" or "X" lenses.

So now high-end m43 gear doesn't make much sense. Sony has the A7 + 24-70mm zoom which makes more sense than E-M1 + zoom for just a little bit more mney.

And for people who complain that full frame telehpoto zooms are too huge and heavy (and there's a valid point there), Sony has an answer, the RX10!!! The RX10 is probably good enough to be used for professional wedding photography. Even in the rain, because it's weathersealed.

I seriously doubt that the RX10 has the shooting performance for professional wedding photographers.  Especially with flash.  And the problem with your FREE CAMERA is, what happens to your lens when the 1" sensor camera it is attached to is no longer adequate for the requirements of the shooter?

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