Owning the smallest FF camera in the world, Priceless!!!
With this..... you are going to have a very expensive and quality lens always attached to what will eventually become an outdated system, and have to buy a new body and new lens to get the latest tech.
Says who? Is a digital camera that’s been recently replaced all of a sudden a piece of junk? No.
Can a 450D not record great images? It can.
When it comes to photography, sometimes we put too much emphasis on technology. We split hairs over the smallest differences only we the photographer can decipher, sometimes only at 100% crops.
I understand acquiring new gear is fun and the rapid development in technology is usually a good thing. But seriously, how much technology do we as photographers really need that's not already being produced?
Modern cameras + modern lenses + good photographic technique + basic post production techniques can pretty much already produce images that are sharper than anyone really needs. We can take great high iso photos with great detail and clean it up quickly in post. Just because a camera gets replaced with a newer model doesn't mean you're going to create better pictures with the new model. It doesn't mean your camera that was capable of creating amazing images will not be able to create amazing images once the replacement comes out. We as photographers might notice a slight difference from one lens to the other, or one camera to the other, but the viewer looking at our work won't be able to tell (or probably care) what gear was used.
When is enough actually enough?
It’s ironic (to me) that when I routinely seek out great photography on flickr, I’m seeing more film users, and often surprised when I find a great image and realize it was taken with an iphone. In fact, many pros are shooting often using an iphone for fun and their fans love it. And it seems like more people are buying these state of the art DSLR’s with the newest tech and using software to degrade the image quality, emulating the characteristics of film. I can’t even grasp how many fashion campaigns I’ve viewed in the last 6 months where image quality was anything but perfect. And those photographers are using great full frame and medium format cameras.
Many immature comments how this camera is worthless, crippled, etc. This camera won’t fit the needs for everybody, no such camera exists. But for those that will utilize this camera, it seems to me they’ll be rewarded. This camera will be great for wedding photographers, street photographers, documentary photographers, event photographers and anyone else that wants a high quality, unobtrusive 35mm camera.
Yes, a used 5D2 + 35L might be more practical for some people. But for the types of photography I mentioned above, a smaller, less obtrusive high end camera can make all the difference in the world, especially for street photography. Otto Schulze, one of my favorite wedding photographers supplements his DSLR and MF kit with a Leica M9 because of how the people are more comfortable in front of a smaller, more compact camera. Yes, they know he’s the photographer and that he’s taking pictures. But the subjects are more in their natural state and not worried about some big camera pointed at them.
In 4+ years when they’re on version 3 of this camera, the RX1 mki will still be able to record breathtaking images, regardless of what the current tech is.