Sometimes funny things happen. Photorumors.com just leaked info about an upcoming Sony RX1 camera. Full frame, fixed lens, 35/f2, $2799. I wonder what their intended market is.
Would I buy one? Hell, no! Or maybe. If I had the money to burn. It’s a camera with the body of a compact and the smallest big full-frame lens they could possibly fit on it. Non-retractable. A real lens
Would Mike Johnston buy one? Maybe. Definitely maybe. It lacks a handgrip though and maybe it also lacks image stabilization, but I may be wrong about that. And, well, it’s a tad pricey, isn’t it? But then, it has a Zeiss lens and Mike likes Zeiss.
But now to whom I really wanted to write about, and that is not Mike Johnston, that is Kirk Tuck.
I found Kirk when Mike posted about his (Kirk’s) intention to give up posting on his blog. Kirk was an Olympus PEN enthusiast and at that time I either already had my E-P2 or at least intended to buy one. Kirk was an Olympus aficionado. And now he is not.
Kirk uses Sony now. The Alpha 77 (and soon the 99) as well as the NEX-7. He likes them better than the PENs (which I can understand) and he likes the OM-D in a way and he likes it not. It’s complicated
But that’s OK. It’s great that not only everybody likes and needs different things, but that digital photography has also matured to a point where everybody is also able to get them.
For me that’s stabilization. The OM-D is a nice looking camera, but honestly, the new Fujis look better. It has a nice sensor, but honestly, the NEX-7′s is better. It has image stabilization though. And not just any stabilization, it has the best stabilization in the market, and it sits where stabilization is supposed to sit, in the sensor.
Fuji and Sony have lost me completely by not stabilizing the sensor. I had stabilized lenses on the D300, at least for the focal lengths where they were on offer, thank you, no more of that for me.
With the Olympus 45/1.8, with an effective focal length of 90 mm, I can repeatably hold 1/10 s. At 1/5 s I get a good shot out of maybe three.
On a non-stabilized camera I need at least three stops faster shutter speed, bigger apertures, or all else equal, I have to raise ISO to three stops above my base ISO of 200. Thus the difference between stabilization and its absence is that between base ISO and ISO 1600.
These two images, taken in a dimly lit church, were handheld using the Panasonic 14/2.5 at 1/3 s. I could hold that repeatably. Always. Now do that with a Fuji and its fabulous primes
Kirk does not need stabilization nearly as much as I do. For his portrait sessions he uses strobes, and when he shoots in the dark, he does it in theaters where he needs fast shutter speeds (and sacrifices ISO). Different needs indeed
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