RX1 not really that expensive

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Cyborgintime Junior Member • Posts: 43
Re: RX1 not really that expensive

Cameras are tools. The RX1 appears to be a very special tool, not appropriate for many photographers. For the serious street photographer who wants discretely to make photos that can be blown up to very large size, for example, this might be an essential tool.

If this camera is a success, it should allow photographers to make photographs in which the primary point of interest--often a person or two-- will be relatively close, and the remainder of the frame will be filled with stuff composed in relation to the primary point of interest. It is a challenging and interesting kind of photography. These photo opportunities tend to come and go very quickly. The eye that can see them and compose a complex frame quickly are rare.

Of course, there are many other possibilities, but a camera of this kind depends a lot more on being able to see that to fumble with a bunch of gear.

It will not replace the NEX7 or your favorite full-frame DSLR both of which are much more versatile tools.

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D Cox Forum Pro • Posts: 14,371
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EinsteinsGhost wrote:

GuyMcKie wrote:

True.

But the camera is an electronic device that ever dies. Then you have an expensive and useless lens.

I would say, that when something that costs $2800 dies, the cost is $2800 regardless of it having a lens with it, or not.

And at that point the question is how much it has cost you per photograph. If you shoot 50,000 photos before it dies, the cost is reasonable. If you only shoot 500, it is expensive.

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EinsteinsGhost Forum Pro • Posts: 11,977
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D Cox wrote:

EinsteinsGhost wrote:

GuyMcKie wrote:

True.

But the camera is an electronic device that ever dies. Then you have an expensive and useless lens.

I would say, that when something that costs $2800 dies, the cost is $2800 regardless of it having a lens with it, or not.

And at that point the question is how much it has cost you per photograph. If you shoot 50,000 photos before it dies, the cost is reasonable. If you only shoot 500, it is expensive.

And what has that got to do with lens included in $2800, or not?

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CFynn Veteran Member • Posts: 5,224
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Old Pirate wrote:

True...but it is not a NEX either. Why are these posts showing up in the NEX forums? They should be in the "Sony Talk" forum.

Well before NEX got a forum of its own, most of the NEX posts were in the "Sony SLR" forum not in the "Sony Talk" forum.

This camera is of far more interest to NEX shooters than Sony to P&S shooters. It is probably also a good indication of things that will eventually wind up in a full frame NEX.

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CFynn Veteran Member • Posts: 5,224
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cxsparc wrote:

I agree. Just think about all those Canon FD lenses. Still in good use after 30 years

Yes and think of all those TLR Rollei's with their fixed Zeiss lenses ,very many still in good use after 40+ years. Let's just hope Sony built the RX1 electronics and body to last and will keep parts available for a long time.

A 24mp camera with a Zeiss lens may become dated but, as long as it lasts, it will never really be obsolete.

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Lucas Jarvis Regular Member • Posts: 465
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edwardaneal wrote:

show me any 24mp full frame camera with a Zeiss 35mm f/2 lens that doesn't cost much more than the RX1

Well, I can show you a Canon 5D MKII with Zeiss 35mm f/2 for about the same price. All new.

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CFynn Veteran Member • Posts: 5,224
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NomadMark wrote:

Also one think I like when buying REAL Zeiss glass...is I can mount it to a Sony...or a Leica, or a Fuji...

...I DARE you to try to mount that Sony/Zeiss mock-up on a Fuji

Real Zeiss glass is Cosina/Zeiss??? or maybe Yashica/Zeiss?

Actually an awful lot lot of real (German) Zeiss glass is in fixed lens cameras that were made by Zeiss, Rollei and other companies.

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ballwin12 Regular Member • Posts: 303
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EinsteinsGhost wrote:

GuyMcKie wrote:

True.

But the camera is an electronic device that ever dies. Then you have an expensive and useless lens.

I would say, that when something that costs $2800 dies, the cost is $2800 regardless of it having a lens with it, or not.

At least if a NEX dies, you still have the CZ lens/. If this one dies, you lost $2800 !

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edwardaneal wrote:

show me any 24mp full frame camera with a Zeiss 35mm f/2 lens that doesn't cost much more than the RX1

The 24 MP is not that important, I would be fine if it were 6 MP, but I would take the 24 MP.

show me any other full frame camera with a 35 mm lens that you can fit in a coat pocket

Sure, a Leica or similar range finder.

an NEX-7 with the Zeiss 24mm lens will cost you $2,296.00 from B&H - - the RX1 is only $504 more and you get full frame, and all the benefits that come with it, in what looks to be a smaller package

True, but a Fuji X100 is only $1200 and fairly equivalent in terms of function. The 24 MP of the NEX 7 isn't that important, really. It is nice, but not really necessary.

to the person who wants a small camera and wants the absolute highest image quality $504 is not deal breaker

How about $1500?

if the RX1 came with a 50mm lens instead of the 35 I would seriously have to think about selling all my NEX gear and going for it

My problem with the RX1 is the lack of interchangeable lenses. The reason people want the full frame mirrorless camera is to use legacy lenses. However, I do question how well an interchangeable lens system would perform in the corners based on how the NEX 7 performs with some legacy lenses. I am sure this RX1 is designed to have good corner performance, the lens likely extends right up to the sensor, the benefit of a fixed lens design, the Fuji X100 is similar.

The benefit of full frame is 1 and 1/3 stop in flexibility. The nice thing is that is for all your full frame lenses on an interchangeable lens system, but on a fixed lens system it is only for the attached lens. The question is, which would be cheaper, a fixed 24 mm f/1.2 or 1.4 designed for APS-C or a 35 mm f/2 for full frame? Probably a wash. However, a 23 mm f/2 for APS-C might be adequate, and for $1500 less the X100 offers more features too, but is only equivalent to a 35 mm f/3, won't be a problem for most, but will be for some.

What would have made the RX1 more interesting to me is if it were shaped like a NEX 7 so you could actually hold onto it, and also had the NEX 7 viewfinder. Instead we get a point and shoot with an expensive lens and sensor attached. My guess is they had to remove the viewfinder and articulated screen just to make it $2700.

Also, the thing is very deep. A camera like the Fuji X100 is much thinner which will make it easier to slip into a pocket, etc. The RX1 looks a little unwieldy. The thing better have darn good manual focus feel, and it certainly has to offer an available viewfinder if they hope to sell any. My guess is they want to drive up profits by selling people expensive accessories like grips, viewfinders, etc.

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CFynn wrote:

cxsparc wrote:

I agree. Just think about all those Canon FD lenses. Still in good use after 30 years

Yes and think of all those TLR Rollei's with their fixed Zeiss lenses ,very many still in good use after 40+ years. Let's just hope Sony built the RX1 electronics and body to last and will keep parts available for a long time.

A 24mp camera with a Zeiss lens may become dated but, as long as it lasts, it will never really be obsolete.

You are entitled to your beliefs. IMHO a TLR Rollei offers medium-format film shooting possibility. This always has been a niche market without a lot of alternatives.

What has the RX1 to offer to make it special in that regard? FF? Lots of FF cameras available, cheap too. Think of the value of a D1X in 2-3 years.

My P+S Sony P150 also has a Zeiss lens. That does not make it that special

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RezaTravilla Regular Member • Posts: 299
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cxsparc wrote:

My P+S Sony P150 also has a Zeiss lens. That does not make it that special

My Nokia also have CZ

well, i prefer Nikon D800 than this. Thanks i will stay with Sony NEX5n for playing with manual lenses

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viking79 wrote:

edwardaneal wrote:

show me any other full frame camera with a 35 mm lens that you can fit in a coat pocket

Sure, a Leica or similar range finder.

A M9 + 35 Cron is much heavier and larger, and hardly coat pocketable, if at all. The M9 weighs about 580g, and the black 35 Cron is about 250g.

My problem with the RX1 is the lack of interchangeable lenses.

Me too. I only need a FF DB for my Leica M's.

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