Monday, September 10, 2012

Sony RX1 with Zeiss 35mm Sonnar - a NEX?

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Sony RX1 with Zeiss 35mm f/2 Sonnar Lens



Sony has set the digital camera world abuzz with leaks of the Sony RX1. The RX1 uses the full frame, 24 x 34 mm, 24 megapixel sensor from the soon to be released Sony SLT-A99 camera. The pictures show that Zeiss developed an autofocus 35mm f/2 Sonnar lens for the RX1.

Is it a fixed lens camera? Zeiss will display three new prime autofocus CSC lenses later this month at Photokina. Could they be for the RX1? A 35mm, shown above? a 50mm standard? and a 90mm macro?

The speculated price for the RX1 with the Zeiss 35mm Sonnar is $2799. This is line with Sony's pricing since the NEX-7 with the Zeiss 24mm Sonnar is $2300.

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RX1 with Built-in Pop-up Flash


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RX1 showing Video Button



Below is a quick mock-up of the Sony NEX-7 with the Zeiss 24mm ZA ($2300), a Leica M9 with a 35mm Summicron ($9700), and the Sony RX1 with the Zeiss 35mm Sonnar ($2799).

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Sony NEX-7 with 24mm Sonnar, Leica M9 with 35mm Summicron, Sony RX1 with 35mm Sonnar



What do you think about the Sony DSC-RX1? Would you buy a 35mm fixed lens full frame camera? Would you wait for the eventual Interchangeable Lens version?