She has arrived... finally... I was dreaming of her (to me it's a "she") since the first time I saw her captivating look with that enormous lens... and finally I could put my hands on this little jewel!
I don't want to bore you with all the specs of the Sony RX1 R, you can find them everywhere if you are interested in buying one. I only want to share my opinion after four months of use. It's not that I'm shooting every single day, but I had the chance to bring it(her :-)) with me in two occasions. The first time was during a wonderful trekking day along the extraordinary Val Roseg (Roseg Valley) in Switzerland. It's a valley of the Swiss Alps located on the north side of the Bernina Range in the canton of Graubünden (Engadin). The main locality, outside Pontresina on the bottom of the valley, is Roseg (1,999 m) at the end of the main road. This valley is well known because of the various species of birds that fly around you and even come eating on your hands. They are so cute that you would remain there for hours, just looking at them. It was a perfect place to put my brand new Sony RX1 R to work. Yes, its autofocus is not a thunderbolt and sometimes it missed the point, but I could take some nice pictures of these cute birds, even if they were constantly moving. I also had my Nikon D300s with a 70-300 zoom with me, but it didn't function properly. I have to send it to the technical assistance. In other words I had to rely only on the Sony and I don't regret it ;-)
Here is a series of images converted from Raw to Jpeg with some adjustments.
This is only to give you an idea of the sharpness of this incredible camera. In the next post you'll have a look at another beautiful valley, I'm speaking of Valmalenco, in the North of Italy near the Swiss border. Walking with the Sony is such a joy! It's the perfect camera for trekking or hiking, the perfect "mountain camera". Perhaps you could think that a 35 mm lens is a sort of a limit, but I see it as a way to improve my photography style. I love this little camera, a full frame heart closed in such a small body. Of course, there are some cons: the autofocus is not always precise, sometimes you have to fight a little, thers is "only" one fix lens, there isn't any viewfinder. This last toy is an optional, a very costly one, but I can live without it even if I'm accustomed to look through a viewfinder when shooting with my Nikon. So, so and so, if you can live with these (for me) minor drawbacks and with the fact that you have to open the moneybox to buy this camera, it's the perfect camera for you ;-) If you are looking for incredible quality in a small body, you have found it.