Beach life

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Beach life

Beach life

Park life

Park life

Silverfish

Silverfish

Hang-time #2

Hang-time #2

I’ve been extremely happy with my Leica M9-P since I purchased it last year after selling my Canon 5d Mk II and lenses and accessories. The only thing I wish was better was the low-light performance, as noise really starts to be a problem from ISO 800-1600 onwards. I did a bit of research and recently bought a Sony RX1 – the world’s smallest full-frame camera, which comes with a fixed 35mm f/2 Zeiss lens. Here is a pic of the new baby:

Sony RX1

Sony RX1

I will primarily be using it at night time when I would typically not shoot at all after putting the M9-P away. I’ve only shot with it for two days, but so far let me say a couple of things… First, battery life sucks. I have it set to sleep after 20 seconds of inactivity and I still ran out in less than a day’s shooting (~100 shots). Secondly, I’m finding it odd using the LCD to shoot. “It’s not you RX1, it’s me!” ha  I’m just so used to the rangefinder and zone focusing – I actually find that method faster for taking photos than using the LCD and autofocus on the Sony. I wish I could easily zone-focus with the RX1 and hopefully they will allow something like that in a firmware update. I know there is an optional electronic viewfinder (EVF) for the RX1, but due to the fact that it sits in the hotshoe – i.e. right in the centre of the camera – it tends to draw unwanted attention to it which is the opposite of what you want on the street, so I’ll see how I go with the LCD! The 35mm f/2 Zeiss lens is incredibly sharp. Auto white balance seems to be OK. Menu is easy to navigate. The camera itself is very well made and very small in size – impressively so given it is a full-frame sensor. Great dynamic range. Significant flexibility in post-processing to recover shadow detail. Here are a few RX1 pics:

Smile!

Smile!

Trio

Trio

Branching out

Branching out

7 Comments on “Beach life

  1. Thanks for your thoughts. I had been thinking about the RX1R, but I’ve heard distant rumours about a full frame Sony NEX so I’m in wait and see mode.

  2. I was in the same boat as you – I’d been using the M9 since it was released and it is very accomplished camera. But I bought the RX1 early this year and it is now my most used camera. The IQ and low light performance are both superb and apart from the slightly sluggish AF it is the most versatile camera I have ever used. I compared my M9P + 35mm Summilux FLE to the RX1 here http://cafelebrocq.com/2013/09/10/rx1-compared-to-leica-m9-35mm-summilux-asph/ with interesting results. The FF Nex7 is now in my sights if rumours are correct – it would be good to finally ditch the heavy Nikons!

    • Thank you 🙂 I like sharing the beauty that I find in Sydney with others around the World, so hopefully it just keeps you that little bit closer to home!

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