I was almost giddy when I saw this car last night. The sun was just setting and the rust looked just incredible. What a blessing to find such beauty tucked away in a lush green grove! These photos were taken with my new Sony RX1RII. This little camera is a small, almost point and shoot size camera, with the 'guts' of a full frame superpower with 42 mega pixels of sensor goodness, and a fixed (stellar!) 35mm f2 Zeiss lens. It is incredible--the color, clarity, and 3D quality of the images have made me a very happy camper.
There are many blogs that go into the nitty gritty of this gem of a camera, so I will simply add my reasons for choosing it. I love full frame files, glass that is wicked sharp with amazing color and contrast, and I have a bad back/neck so a tiny size matters. It REALLY matters. This is what I would call a 'winter coat pocket camera'. You aren't going to slip it into the front pocket of your jeans, but the average overcoat pocket would suffice. Maybe this sounds silly, but I am giddy about not having to carry a separate camera bag. You know how people say that time is money? Well, space is money too. I cannot tell you how many shots I have missed because dragging heavy gear around was just too much for me and I left the bag in the car.
Note: The RX1RII has a fixed 35mm lens. If you are not a fan of this focal length, then you will not be happy with this camera. On the other hand, if you are like me and prefer that focal length, you will be happy as a clam. My favorite Canon lens was my 35L and the Sony 35mm 1.4 replaced it and became my favorite lens. I am a huge fan of environmental portraiture and intimate landscape photography.
So are there any drawbacks? Well, a couple. The battery life is not awesome, but the off brand replacement batteries are very inexpensive. I think I bought 8 extra batteries for around $30. I like to have four juiced up and ready to go in my purse and four more charging. That way I am ready to go for even a long day of shooting. The other drawback is not really a drawback in my book. The camera is small, and I've heard a good bit of discussion about adding a grip. I have tiny hands and love the size as is. Also, I do wish it came with a lens hood, but that is easily remedied. :)