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Best compliment to RX100ii?

Discussion in 'Sony RX100 Forum' started by ShawnG, Sep 15, 2013.

  1. ShawnG

    ShawnG SC Rookie

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    May 27, 2013
    North Bay CA
    Starting over with just two serious compacts - the RX100ii will be one due to size, decent/above avg. video. Of the GR and the DP2/3 Merrills, which would be the better complimentary camera?
     
  2. Yeats

    Yeats SC All-Pro

    Jul 31, 2012
    New Jersey, USA
    Chris
    Owning none of the above-mentioned cameras, and knowing nothing about your shooting style and preferences, I'd go for one of the Merrills. It's more of a different experience compared with the RX100 than the GR is, I think.

    Just my devalued 2 cents worth...
     
  3. ShawnG

    ShawnG SC Rookie

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    May 27, 2013
    North Bay CA
    I was leaning toward the DP3 Merrill for a bit more of the portrait/macro capabilities, but I also really enjoy landscape and architecture.
     
  4. Yeats

    Yeats SC All-Pro

    Jul 31, 2012
    New Jersey, USA
    Chris
    Get both Merrills... :daz:

    Heh heh, easy to say when it's someone else's money I'm spending. Perhaps you require that is more versatile in focal length than a Merrill or GR...
     
  5. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    Shawn, did you get your RX100ii and/or DP2/3 and/or GR yet?
     
  6. lenshoarder

    lenshoarder SC Veteran

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    Mar 7, 2012
    That's the way I went. My compliment to the RX100 is a HX20V. I thus have a wide focal range covered. The HX20V is my long lens.
     
  7. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    I think you're pretty close to a great answer with the HX20V. Or how about a WX-300? It even uses the same bettery and charger as the RX100/RX100II.
     
  8. ShawnG

    ShawnG SC Rookie

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    May 27, 2013
    North Bay CA
    The RX100ii should be arriving today!! I recently sold all of my gear as I was a bit burnt out by carrying and changing lenses so often and I've decided to go with a two camera setup for now. I chose the Sony for its versatility with stills and video and would like the second camera to be of APSC or greater IQ levels.
     
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  9. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    My RX100ii should arrive today as well!
     
  10. ShawnG

    ShawnG SC Rookie

    13
    May 27, 2013
    North Bay CA
    Signature required for delivery and nobody was home when it arrived yesterday :frown: I rescheduled for pickup at the delivery center today. May look into purchasing the new book by Gary Friedman as well.
     
  11. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
    bart
    I guess it depends on what you want to shoot, and your style of shooting. The GR comes across as a quick-to-use, high quality camera, whereas the Sigmas probably require a more considered approach to get the super-high quality they're capable of...
     
  12. retow

    retow SC All-Pro

    Jul 24, 2010
    For me, the RX100II compliments a main camera. Your question suggests that you intend to use the Sony as the main camera and are looking for something to compliment it. The Sony is versatile and a capable jack of many trades. So the complimenting gear should be a master of one or two. That`s why a Sigma DP1or 2 M would make sense as they provide the ultimate IQ in a pocketable format. The GR, although slightly better in IQ and handling, does rather overlap with the RX100II at the wide end. Another combo, if budget allows, is the RX100II and the RX1 with the RX1 as the main camera. They share the same EVF and batteries.
     
  13. Pim

    Pim SC Regular

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    Apr 21, 2012
    Eindhoven, The Netherlands
    Pim
    Made the exact same decision recently, went with RX100ii and GR. The idea was for the GR to be the main camera with RX100 as back up for more reach, tilt screen etc. I am currently vacationing on the Croatian coast and have found I use the RX 90% of the time though.... Very happy with my setup though, love the compactness of both...
     
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  14. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    The RX100ii arrived today. The thing is tiny!! Probably too tiny for my hands. It's impossible for me to operate the RX100ii with one hand, other than to turn the camera on/off, use the zoom lever, and push the shutter button. I can't reach the other buttons without holding the camera with my left hand, and then taking my right hand off the shooting position.

    I suppose it comes a time when small becomes too small.
     
  15. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Well, if you wanna spend the big bucks, go for the RX1 or RX1-R. It uses the same batteries as the RX100, has basically the same menu structure, and if you have the second generation RX100, they can also share the same EVF. That way you've got one absolutely no compromise camera at a good all around focal length that's amazing in low light, great for those narrow DOF shots, captures amazing detail and DR, and is just a blast to shoot with. And then there's the RX100 for when you want a different focal length, want a pocket camera for an evening out, etc... You can carry one set of batteries, one charger, one EVF, etc. The price of entry is pretty steep, but its a good way to go if you want what it offers...

    -Ray
     
  16. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    Would one of Richard Franiec's grips help?

    http://www.kleptography.com/rf/#camera_rx100
     
  17. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    It would help with the grip-ability. But I don't think it'll do much for my inability to operate the other function buttons and jog wheel without also holding the camera with my left hand. It's a size thing more than anything else. Thanks for the suggestion Steve.