- Aug 4, 2013
It is horses for courses. If you want to shoot with an Alpha body you really are without much choice until the new 35/1.4 comes along. Mind you, that looks like one helluva beast of a lens - certain not pocket sized at all.I was going to ask you about this one too, if it can't better the 35mm on the RX1 then I think I'll pass although I have a WEX credit burning a hole in my pocket!
I've owned two RX1s and there's a side of me that still wishes I had one, but in reality I just wasn't using it once I had 25mm and 21mm Zeiss lenses for my Nikon setup. I sold the second RX1 and bought a Zeiss 35 f2.0 ZF.2 and that combination has a slightly different brand of the magic of the RX1, although obviously in a much different package. And I just don't use the 35 very much - I have to force myself to just take it out sometimes because I'm so much more naturally inclined to stick the 25 on there for everyday shooting and 21 when I want to go really wide. And all three of those lenses have that awesome Zeiss rendering. I learned to love the focal length of the RX1 I think because it was the only camera I had of that quality, so I adapted to be able to take advantage of it. Now that I have similar quality in the Df, I really just like wider better. So it would be complete folly of me to buy another RX1, even when they get cheap someday. But there is a side of me that will always miss it I think...Ray
Definitely heavier (of course), equal high quality in terms of lens build and ergonomics, in terms of image quality I'd say on a par - which is what I expected.
I'm still mulling over giving house room to a s/h Rx1r when people start to dump them in favour of what comes next from Sony - I regret ever selling my Rx1.
Well, after shooting with one a year ago and buying one about 7-8 months ago, I love it, I've gotten rid of all other ILC system gear, and it's totally killed my gas for everything except amazingly cheap old e-bay lenses. So perhaps it IS Ray Sachs. Maybe I just had a lot of latent Df tendencies hiding under a mirrorless facade for a few years...Ray, I'm still bewildered each time you talk about the Df. That camera is so ... not Ray Sachs!
That bugging sounds all too familiar but at the same time it makes me feel good when someone found his/her thing and enjoys it to an extent that leaves no space for GAS. If my XP1 would be the last camera on earth I'd continue to shoot it until it falls apart and be OK but the major gripe I have with those modern image capturing devices is that I can't truly relax. They just demand too much of my attention and keep the mind busy even when I've set them up properly. I've shot a number of portraits in mixed lighting yesterday, constantly checked and corrected the settings, moved the AF spot all over the screen (big YUK) and so on. All the time I missed the utter simplicity of my old film cameras - the simple optical viewfinders without that (necessary) information overload, the naturalness of manual focusing on a matte screen or microprisms, these babies just didn't get in the way....
Everything else I've shot, from Olympus to Fuji to Sony to Ricoh has (or lacks!) one or two things that really bug me - the Df has every feature I've ever wanted or come to appreciate after using it, and all are implemented in a way that makes perfect sense to me.
Thanks, Louis, you mentioned the FE35 in your review. Luckily, we can use legacy glass on our Sonys and are not too dependant on their native lens lineup.SnapDawg, I am not a great fan of the FE 35/2.8. In fact I was very disappointed with mine and sold it because I just didn't want to shoot with it. It had little character but incredible sharpness. I suspect the forthcoming FE 28/2 will be as good but at a much more realistic price point and therefore a justifiable purchase.
Yes and there are many fine exemplars of a whole range of legacy lenses from wonderful manufacturers past and present. It really is a very good platform. I could have carried on using my M-Summicron 35/2 but I do like a dedicated lens and the exif features are very handy indeed.Thanks, Louis, you mentioned the FE35 in your review. Luckily, we can use legacy glass on our Sonys and are not too dependant on their native lens lineup.
I truly enjoy my legacy Zeiss glass but usually only use it indoors for the projects. The 45mm G Planar is my favorite lens from that brand but that X-ray like bokeh is a bit on the weird side; can't use it for everything.Yes and there are many fine exemplars of a whole range of legacy lenses from wonderful manufacturers past and present. It really is a very good platform. I could have carried on using my M-Summicron 35/2 but I do like a dedicated lens and the exif features are very handy indeed.