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I received a loaner of the Sony RX-10 on Tuesday afternoon, just in time to spend a couple hours running through the menus and options and getting to know the camera before an onslaught of holiday visitors arrived later on Wednesday. My initial impressions were overwhelmingly positive and most of those impressions still hold after using the camera pretty extensively over the Thanksgiving holiday. Knowing the quality of the sensor from my brief ownership of the RX100 and having faith in the quality of the HUGE Zeiss lens, I was quite sure this camera would be an excellent all-in-one travel zoom, something I wouldn’t likely buy. But I also had hopes for this camera’s ability to work as a low light candid portrait camera; possibly good enough to replace part of my m43 setup AND fill in as a good all around travel zoom. No better time than Thanksgiving weekend with a house full of family to find out what the camera could do in this respect.
Stroud walk-51-Edit by ramboorider1, on Flickr
After a LOT of indoor low-light shooting and just enough good light shooting on a family hike, I’ve concluded that it is a GREAT all-in-one travel zoom option for those content to live between 24 and 200mm. But also that it’s not quite up to the standard of current m43 gear as a low light candid portrait camera. It isn't terriblet for this purpose, but it's not something I'd ever use instead of m43 for this application.
On to the positives and negatives of this camera…
* A very comfortable and well-built body, and a nice size. About the size of the Olympus EM1 with the Panasonic 12-35 or the Olympus 75mm lens mounted, except that the diameter of the lens is quite big, almost enormous. While that’s a bit of a shock when you first see it, it doesn’t really add anything to the functional outlines of the camera’s size and doesn’t affect its... [Read More]
so ive bought myself the hype and got the almighty A7. Ill try to be as concise as possible in my impressions. Ive only been using the camera for 2 days. So this are early thoughts mainly and not a definitive statement.
The camera feels solid, yet a bit 'big' when compared to my NEX6. Still super small when compared with any DSLR. I actually did a shoot on friday with a 7D plus a 35mm f1.4L, when i put it next to the A7 with a 35mm f1.4 summilux it felt at least half the size and weight. it might probably be more than that. so cant complain. this combo is small. perfect.
IQ...theres nothing to say here. Theres hardly any better IQ that I've seen on any other camera in the market. period.
Menus. I like them. A LOT. this feels a much well thought camera than my NEX. yet theres SO MUCH going on that I'm kinda liking the 'minimal' control approach on the nex6 now. You can set the A7 as you please. there are 4 wheels-dials to control everything.
Handling is awesome, yet with a strap mounted, the front dial-shutter combination feels awkward. For my hands and a strap, i cant use the front dial which is fine, and deactivate it.
Im finding better to shoot the camera in "TAv" mode like my Ricoh. There's no such thing on the sony, but since I'm using manual lenses only, i have my aperture on the lens and i shoot in shutter priority mode with auto iso and works wonders. Doing this I also get to use the EV comp dial, as you cant use it on S or M mode unless you shoot auto iso.
the EVF and LCD are amazing. Sony made the stupid decision of having it 'auto' or either one or the other and no manual way to activate one or the other without going into the menus. But the auto mode like on my nex6 works great and theres little to no lag in the activation of both (im looking at you GX7).
This camera made me realize that i need to re learn my... [Read More]
Nov 30, 2013 - 11:57 AM - by Vidar
Nov 26, 2013 - 9:46 AM - by wt21
I got my new 18-55 kit lens.
Very compact. Nice size. Anodized aluminum outside, but that's made it a little hard and cold these last couple of days. Nice perception of build quality. internal/rear focusing, so the front lens does not rotate. Absolutely silent AF.
I bought it because I was interested in getting something with a higher max magnification, but I wasn't ready to go MF macro or a larger EF or EF-S adapted macro. I wanted to stay compact and AF. The 18-55 approaches .24X. That might work! But in researching the lens, I found out it's one of the best 3.5-5.6 kit lenses across all systems. I didn't know that. For just a little more than $100, it was worth trying.
A couple of notes -- there are no switches on the lens. No MF/AF switch and no IS switch. I don't really care about MF/AF, because you can grab and turn the focus ring anytime you want. For IS -- I don't generally keep IS on, but this is a slow aperture lens, so it came in handy with these shots, some of which were down around 1/8-1/30 when, shooting at 55mm, they should have been more like 1/100, but I was bumping my upper ISO3200 limit.
The thing I'm really happy with is the bokeh. The close focus is sweet, and it's fast enough to focus, it's sharp, and not a lot of vignetting for what it is (i.e. compact kit). It will be a nice complement to the 22mm.
Some pics. The first two were intentionally shot to see the bokeh.
20131126-20131126-18-55 Bokeh Test 1 by wt2100, on Flickr
20131126-20131126-18-55 Bokeh Test 2 by wt2100, on Flickr
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Just saw that the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 is in stock at B&H:
UPS tells me i'm getting a package of some sort tomorrow and I haven't ordered anything so I believe it's the loaner I'd requested of this camera. If so, report to follow after Thanksgiving...
Richard Franiec just wrote me to let me know that he is producing a limited number of Canon EOS M grips will be available in the second half of November 2013 for $34.95 plus shipping.
I can attest to the very high quality of Richard's grips, and the EOS M certainly seems like a camera that would benefit.
For photos of the grip or to pre-order, see Richard's site: http://www.kleptography.com/rf/#camera_eosm
Sony has now officially announced the A7 and A7R. These are the first two 35mm full frame, mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras outside of Leica M, and they are the most compact full frame digital cameras to date by a good margin.
36MP sensor with no AA filter
Contrast-detect only autofocus
Body-only for $2299 (no kit lens option)
24MP sensor with an AA filter
On-chip phase detection autofocus
Body-only for $1699 or with 28-70 f/3.5-5.6 OSS lens for $1999
Expected availability for both cameras: December, 2013.
Existing E mount lenses will function on these new cameras but will not illuminate the entire sensor. The following new FE lenses have been announced:
- 35mm F2.8 Carl Zeiss - $799 - Expected December 2013
- 55mm F1.8 Carl Zeiss - $999 - Expected January 2014
- 24-70mm F4 Carl Zeiss OSS - $1199 - Expected February 2014
- 70-200mm F4 Sony G OSS - Pricing and availability not yet announced
Sony Australia launch video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfSrs...&feature=share
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