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| p.121 #1 · Sony RX1 FF Mirrorless (fixed lens) |
As well as being bigger the Leica M is 100g heavier then the M9.
With a lens it's more then twice the weight of the RX1.
The weight and size were a big disappointment for me.
It's practically the same as a Canon 6D, which is more versatile.
The RX1 is very small. This is a USP. If you don't like small of course get something else, e.g. a Nikon D600 and Zeiss lens.
The RX1 has a silent shutter. The Leica is not silent.
The RX1 has replaced my ME and 35mm.
For me it is better then the new Leica M for everything except the quality of the RF focus.
I will use the OM-D for telephoto.
M mount lenses are a lot smaller than the majority of EF lenses, be it from Canon or Zeiss, etc. One could go on listing advantages and disadvantages for any camera/ or system, but obviously if someone is bothering to at minimum semi-seriously shoot with a Leica M, there's probably a combination of reasons that make the system attractive to them. The fact that the M240 doesn't have the absolute, technically best sensor on the market, despite it costing $7000 isn't a turn-off for me. It's competitive, that's what matter. Heck, I'm shooting with the M9, which apparently has the worst FF sensor tested by DXO? I still like the camera for a combination of reasons that meet my needs as well as anything else I've used over the years.
You listed RF focus, which to me is a very important aspect of the M system and IMO is often far superior to what I've been experiencing with the RX1's AF. The problem is the AF works pretty well many times, but perhaps due to insufficient experience with the camera, I'm encountering too many instances where AF hiccups. Either it won't lock focus when I need it to, and I miss the shot, or the focus is off. The latter has been more an issue with the multi-point AF picking the wrong point/distance. Therefore I've reverted to using the movable AF square. But to move it around eats some time. Moving subjects also tax the AF's accuracy. In comparison, with my M9, I can just shoot whenever I want to, when the timing is critical, even if I slightly miss the focus and follow focus is relatively easy once one gets accustomed to it.
I really like the RX1 a lot. I would probably use it a fair amount if it was given to me, since it's easy to carry along with the Leica M system and of course is also great on its own. There's no longer the feeling of being penalized for bringing a "point and shoot" because the sensor is FF and top notch and the lens is amazing. I've gotten what I think are some of the sharpest higher ISO wide angle, wide open images I've ever personally created. But I can see it becoming a love-hate relationship, primarily because of the seemingly thick electronic layer between me and the final image that is difficult to circumvent. This is primarily the AF as noted above. Another irritant is if the camera is asleep and I bring it to my eye (using the EVF), the camera wakes and turns on the LCD display and does not detect my eye at the EVF. Invariably it means losing a couple seconds to figure out what happened. I'd also like to figure out how to get my Pocket Wizards to fire from the hot shot. They fit on, but only fire maybe a few percent of the time, rendering that approach to off-camra lighting... I'm sure I could think of more, but it's getting late and I'm falling asleep writing this...