March 22, 2013
Posted in reviews

$12,000 for Leica M + Summilux can’t match the $2800 RX1 image quality!


Yep, I am fully aware we are comparing apple with oranges. The Leica M and Sony RX1 are similar but at the same time very different cameras. But it’s interesting to see how they compare when it comes to analyze the pure image quality. You would expect a $12,000 Leica M + Summilux 35mm ($4,999 here at Amazon) combo to match and probably beat the performance of the $2800 Sony RX1. Just watch the video made by TheCameraStore TV (specifically the part from minute 10 towards). The Sony RX1 can shot way sharper pictures! That’s one of the advantages having a fixed lens that has been specifically developed for the Sony 24MP sensor. Suddenly the camera sounds like a bargain compared with the Leica :)

Also Steve Huff compared the Leica M with the Sony RX1 and writes: “The RX1 is a resolution monster as well and seems to beat the Leica M here for sharpness/detail

I guess that if the Sony RX1 sells well than Sony may come out with a new RX2 soon (maybe in 2014).

RX1 links roundup:
RX1 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
RX1 Gariz accessories:
1) They made a new half leather case in Black and Brown (Click here to see them on eBay).
2) The new lens cap (Click here to see them on eBay).
3) The new entry is the anti loose button(!) (Click here to see them on eBay). Don’t know if that will be really useful for you RX1 owners. Someone has it and call it how it works? Thanks!
4) And this is the really first time I see that. A special Leather skin hood! (Click here to see them on eBay).

March 21, 2013
Posted in news

Sony 500mm lens gets tested by DxOmark.

The Sony 500mm f/4.0 lens just got tested by the DxOmark team (Click here to read). They write: “Overall, the Sony looks promising but it’s a pricey option.” Note that this is the first time DxO tests a super-telephoto lens and that’s why it’s hard to draw a conclusion with no competition scores.

Only thing we know for sure is that you have to sell your car to buy a lens like that. Check the price at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

March 21, 2013
Posted in news

New Canon strategy: Smallest DSLR antidote against mirrorless (and NEX).

T4i vs the new SL1 and vs the mirrorless EOS-M size comparison image via Dpreview.

In the DSLR world Canon is certainly way stronger than Sony. But it is also truth that Canon wasn’t able to strike a home-run with their EOS-M mirrorless system. The Sony NEX system is way more mature and has more appeal than the current Canon offering. And it seems to me that today Canon is trying a new way to fight back against the mirrorless (and NEX) success. They launched the world smallest APS-C DSLR with the new Canon EOS 100D/Rebel SL1. Price specs and preorders are up at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.

It has to be seen if that will really help. My instinctive answer is NO. But you may have a different opinion…

March 21, 2013
Posted in rumors

(SR3) The Hasselbald SLT clone is not going to be made?

The Hasselblad Lunar is coming in April and it will cost you over $5.000 to get one. And as you may remember from photokina Hasselblad also showed this sketch of a Hasselblad SLT FF camera. According to a new source Hasselblad will not launch an SLT camera but focus fully on the NEX system instead. And unlike the Lunar Hasselblad also has the plan to work on some really unique products (cameras and lenses) that are not simply S
ony cameras with a lot of luxury around. The Lunar is just the start….

Just my two cents. If I would be in charge at Hasselblad I would push to make a digital and modular 500c styled camera (here on eBay) with Sony medium format sensor. Capable of taking both A and E mount FF lenses and of course Hasselblad medium format lenses. Yeah I know, I should stop making such impossible dreams :)

Reminder (SR = Sonyrumor):
SR1=probably fake rumor
SR2=rumor from unknown sources
SR3=50% chance it is correct
SR4=rumor from known sources
SR5=almost certainly correct!


March 20, 2013
Posted in reviews

New Sony 20mm f/2.8 E-mount lens test.

The Japanese Blog Ichie-inc (translation here) posted a first 20mm pancake lens test. They compared the performance of the lens with the “older” 16mm pancake. It’s up to you to comment if the 20mm lens is better than the 16mm or not :)

The lens will ship in April in EU and US countries (April 10 according to BHphoto).

The more expensive and certainly better performing 50mm f/1.4 Zeiss A-mount lens will ship from very late may only. Preorders are up at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and SonyStore USA (via AlphaCameraDeals). In Europe at Wex UK and Amazon DE.

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