Sony Senior Technology Manager Mark Weir must have mentioned “decisive moment” during his presentation of the RX1R Mark II at least three times – and in spite of my best efforts, each time he did a little chill of excitement ran down my spine. A modern interpretation of Cartier-Bresson’s Leica? Yum-bo!
We didn’t know what to expect at Sony’s press briefing last Wednesday morning, so the announcement of the RX1R Mark II was a surprise to most of us.
Especially me, since I generally don’t pay attention to expensive, single focal length fixed lens cameras.
I think maybe this is because I’m an interchangeable lens, hybrid video/stills kind of guy, and my frame of reference for specialty cameras like this is Leica.
And that means: while I’ve loved the Leica brand for decades and owned a IIIa with collapsible 50mm Summar and M8 with 35mm Summicron and 90mm Elmarit, the last time I looked at a single focal length fixed lens camera – Leica’s X2 (since replaced by the Typ 113) – I was non-plussed....
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