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Sony RX1R II 42mp fixed lens full frame with leaf shutter


  • Sony created a world 1st with their Sony RX1 fixed lens full frame with leaf shutter in 2012, then Leica produced their take, the Leica Q with a 28mm f/1.7 lens
  • Sony in Oct 2015 announced this new camera to up the ante and utilise the new sensor and image processing of their new Sony a7R II full frame mirrorless camera
  • unfortunately this camera does not have an image stabiliser and has no weathersealing but it does sport a lot of nice features and substantial improvements over the similar sized and priced Sony RX1 fixed lens full frame with leaf shutter
  • to make the most of the 42mp sensor, you need to shoot at fast shutter speeds, with flash or on a tripod, but it would make an awesome adjunct to a fashion/wedding/product photographer kit, especially with the moire reduction option and fast flash sync capabilities
  • its compact size makes it great for family/social events and for street photography
  • the lens and image quality makes it good for astrophotographic landscapes of the Milky Way although the field of view is a bit limiting and one would need to do panoramic stitches


  • 42mp full frame compact announced Oct 2015 (same sensor and BIONZ X processor as the Sony a7R II full frame mirrorless camera)
  • 35mm f/2 Carl Zeiss Sonnar lens
    • 8 elements in 7 groups, 3 aspherical elements, 9 aperture blades
    • close focus 30cm normally, and down to 20cm in macro mode
    • leaf shutter giving flash sync to 1/2000th sec allows possibilities of over-powering the sun
    • 49mm filter
  • improved 399-point hybrid AF system
  • new pop-up 2,359,296 dot OLED TRU-finder EVF with 0.74x magnification, a 19mm eyepoint and a -4.0 to +3.0 diopter adjustment
  • rear LCD now tilts but still no touch control
  • no built-in flash
  • optical variable low-pass filter - user can set degree of filter to reduce moiré including turn it off to give maximum details
  • ISO 50 - 102,400, 5fps burst with AF between each frame - so C-AF at last
  • shutter only to 1/4000th sec
  • no image stabiliser apparently
  • focus peaking
  • support for 14-bit uncompressed raw files
  • can now define a minimum shutter speed for the Auto ISO sensitivity option
  • 50Mbps XAVC S movie mode at 1080 full HD at 24, 25, 30, 50 or 60fps
  • WiFi, NFC, smartphone remote control
  • 113 x 65 x 72 mm (4.5 x 2.6 x 2.8 in)
  • 507g w. battery (17.9oz) giving 200-220 shots
  • $US3300


lens tests

compared to an Olympus OM-D EM-5 II with 20mm f/1.7 pancake lens

  • both have similar sizes and weight (although the Olympus is a touch larger and heavier - 556g for Olympus kit vs 507g for the Sony)
  • the Olympus is a 1/3rd the price and gives you:
    • the most incredible image stabiliser out there
    • weather sealing of body but not this lens
    • touch control on the LCD screen which also swivels not just tilts
    • mechanical shutter to 1/8000th sec not just 1/4000th sec
    • interchangeable lenses
    • 40mp HiRes mode without moire for static subjects with camera on tripod
    • 77mbps HD video with incredible image stabiliser
    • PC sync port
  • the Sony gives:
    • 42mp detail if tripod mounted or fast shutter speed instead of 16mp but may get moire depending upon mode selection
    • leaf shutter and the flash sync to 1/2000th sec although in reality most flashes require 1/500th sec duration for maximum flash output and this is almost achievable on the Olympus if you don't need the full frame illuminated by the flash - see flash sync
    • 399 AF points not just 81 points although the Olympus does have very fast AF
    • full frame sensor for shallower depth of field (DOF) and better high ISO performance
photo/sonyrx1rii.txt · Last modified: 2015/10/27 16:03 by gary1

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