Do you miss larger sensors?

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Ab S
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Re: Do you miss larger sensors?

Clix Pix wrote:

For years I shot with Nikon SLRs and DSLRs..... A friend introduced me to mirrorless by showing me his NEX-7 and I was immediately intrigued, and bought one of my own with three lenses. I found myself shooting with the NEX-7 much of the time while the Nikons lingered in the bags. Then I went through a period of several years where I did very little shooting at all. That ended when I was preparing for a trip and picked up the RX10 IV, thinking it would be an ideal travel camera, because of its portability and terrific zoom range. I was a bit dubious about the 1" sensor, even though I'd already used and loved the RX100 series cameras and knew that they produced wonderful results.

Came home from the trip and started carrying the RX10 IV around with me as I walked around our neighborhood and small lake. I loved how I could capture the local wildlife and also could even do some pretty nice closeups with that camera. Pretty soon I was shooting on nearly a daily basis. Eventually, though, I found that I was missing being able to shoot tabletops and serious macro images, as the RX10 IV just wasn't well suited to that. I started thinking about going full-out mirrorless and researched the various FF options.

To make a long story short, one day I traded in all my now aging and aged Nikon bodies and lenses and the NEX-7 and its three APS-C lenses on an A7R IV and three lenses (2 macro and one mid-tele). I reasoned that. for longer-range images I still had the RX10 IV, which I kept...... That idea lasted all of a month, as one afternoon while I was standing out on my deck shooting some geese and ducks, the thought kept going through my mind that although what I could get was pretty good, if I just had a longer lens for my A7R IV with its significantly larger sensor, the images would undoubtedly be better......

Went to the store, came home with the 200-600mm and, yep, funny thing about that -- the images did look better! :D. I still keep the RX10 IV out on a table, ready to grab in a hurry if there is some interesting action going on out on the lake, but for the most part I shoot with my A7R IV and my new A1 and the various lenses I have purchased over the past two years. I love doing macro work with those cameras and my macro lenses and I love putting either the 100-400mm or the 200-600mm on the A1 to grab shots of the water birds on the lake and squirrels scampering around the neighborhood.

So, yes, it did turn out that I missed the larger sensors and dedicated lenses, and I really love my current gear. That said, I also still am very fond of the RX10 IV and its little sister the RX100 VII. Those two are still my traveling cameras (not that I've traveled any over the past couple of years!). If Sony were to bring out a new RX10 V I would jump at one of those in a heartbeat, too. I credit the RX10 IV with bringing me back to my love of photography and it definitely will always have a place in my hands and my household.

..similar thoughts are crossing my mind, but at the moment only have the RX10i. If, then going FF and with the latest AF features, and, at least 40 mp. Going FF with about 24 mp instead of the the RX 20 mp would for me not make a lot of sense, because I mostly shoot with enough light.

Another point, next to at least 40 mp, for me is that the lens quality should be very good (no kit lens, because I think the RX lenses, in particular of the RX10 series, are very good). For me that would be may be two lenses in the range 24-75 and 75-200. In particular for landscape photography that will likely make a difference with the RX10 series, provided you look at least at a large > 32" and 4k or more monitor.

For the moment, however, I stay with my RX10 and if it will malfunction will likely go to the RX10iv.

In summary, with enough light I think the 20 mp 1" RX series can compete with a 24 mp FF and no need to change. But a A7Riv is different. Don't know yet....

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