I guess that after the Hasselblad Lunar we will soon get a second non-sense camera for rich people! What for a short moment appeared to may become the first Sony RX1 challenger turned out to be…a complete let down
The new highly teased (and leaked) Leica X Vario Type 107 camera will be announced on Tuesday and is a fixed lens APS-C camera with slow 28-70mm f/3.5-6.4. And guess what the price will be….2450 Euro! Almost the same price of the Sony RX1 Full Frame with superb 35mm f/2.0 Zeiss prime lens (2566 Euro at Photodirect).
P.S.: Don’t get me wrong, I would be glad to see some RX1 competition. Otherwise Sony will go lazy with price drops and new RX improvements!
I read some comment and got some mails with questions about the new RX FF pocket camera. Once again I want to make it clear that the RX1 is not going to be replaced. What’s coming by end of August is a “variation” of the RX1 and will certainly not replace it. I am still working on the specs but I think the new RX may be even a tiny bit more expensive than the current RX1. If you want the RX1 you have no reason to wait unless of course you have four months time to wait until you can get the new RX (In October-November).
The brand new Rokinon Tilt-Shift 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC Lens for Sony Alpha is in Stock for the first tiem at BHphoto (Click here). And also the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V is in Stock for the first time at BHphoto (Click here).
Anonymous: “A friend bought a Sony RX100 a month ago in a Sony store in San Diego and after two weeks using it, a problem showed up. The camera started to randomly turn itself on, showing the last shot taken on the LCD but without actually extending the lens. That happens with the camera in or out of its storage pouch, leading to to a total battery drain if not noticed and turned off! I did a quick research on the internet and found that this problem has been reported in some Forums ( including Sony’s ). Please check: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCp1m4vz4Oc http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3391660 http://community.sony.com/t5/Cybershot-Cameras/RX100-Battery-Drain/td-p/44245/page/1 I’m sending you this because it seems Sony has not officially acknowledged the issue and it may be a good opportunity for them to improve customer credibility by either issuing a Firmware fixing the problem ( if that’s feasible ) or ultimately performing a recall! One can always dream. Regards!”
Galen: “Sharing some photos taken with the a99 with the Sony Zeiss 135mm and 24-70mm. Absolutely loving the lenses as well as the dynamic range and accuracy of the a99. Such a pleasure to take photos with. http://500px.com/GalenScorer”
The incredible Full Frame price war between Canon and Nikon reached a new level with the Canon 6D now selling for $1499(!) at eBay US (Click here). This really sets two problems for Sony: 1) High End APS-C cameras will be hard to sell if you can get a Full Frame for the same price 2) Sony has no FF camera that can compete in that price segment.
What should Sony do?
I am certainly not an expert but my instinct tells me that Sony has little to gain and a lot to loose by entering a possible cheap FF camera war. Canon and Nikon sell in much higher numbers and can afford to sell the cameras with almost no profit. Sony should rather focus on developing key technologies that can create a quality gap between their cameras and those offered by Canon and Nikon. I hope this will happen with the new A-mount cameras to be released in 2014!
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