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But did you order and almost take delivery of the RX1? That's what's not clear yet.
No, I chickened out when it arrived at my dealer. While I love the 35mm perspective on a full frame camera I just couldn't in the end justify spending as much on a fixed lens camera as I had for three of my Zeiss ZM lenses. They had no problem selling it to the next person in line.
My time away from FM coincided with that event, partly because I liked / loved the look the RX1 lens/sensor was delivering and didn't want to torture myself, and partly because decided to leave alt-land for a while (except for my Sigma 35, altish I guess and shoot a DSLR for a year. I found moving from EVFs back to an optical finder a little disconcerting at first (except for action). The image quality is great. Battery life is great, relative to EVF/mirrorless cameras. The size is / remains my primary complaint.
Like many I've continued to pine for a small 35mm sensor equipped camera albeit with interchangeable lenses and a built in finder, and, ideally, a tilting rear LCD. But once the right sensor is available, size and interchangeable lenses are my primary wants. I enjoy working with the D800 but I don't enjoy the size nor is its size and weight necessary for what I do. The A7r weighs less than my Sigma 35/1.4 alone.
On noise: Wish I had the RX1 last night - was shooting an indoors meeting from the end of a very long, fully occupied, conference table with all eyes focussed up front at slides being projected. The subject matter was serious so when the speaker had paused to let the slides sink in it was often dead silent except for mirror slap and shutter noises. Still my discomfort was probably greater than that of the participants.
The D800 isn't quiet; I have to imagine the A7 / A7r are quiet(er) given there's no mirror slapping away.
I'm going to keep shooting the D800 for now and ponder the A7r... I'm not as keen to make big changes, at least not without a lot of consideration, even though I really long for smaller kit and the prospect of using manual focus alt glass again interests me. That said the D800 really shines with the latest and greatest glass, particularly out to the frame edges, so I want to see how various alt-glass on the A7r pans out in real life before getting too excited on that front.
That all said we are planning a trip to Europe next summer and I know I don't want to lug the D800 around everywhere so ...