The Good - SONY CYBER-SHOT DSC-RX1
This camera was announced back in September 2012 and is now finally hitting the market in full force. I was able to shoot a few frames on the sales floor yesterday at “the day job” with a dealer sample. Just like it’s smaller cousin the RX100, I was equally impressed with the overall speed and operation of this camera. What makes this camera pretty unique is that it’s a moderate pocket sized point & shoot style camera with a full frame 24 mega pixel CMOS sensor and has a fixed 35mm f/2 T* Sonnar Carl Zeiss lens (more specs can be found on Sony’s website or on dpreview.com). I think the engineers at Sony did a terrific job at maintaining a classic feel on a modern design. If you’re looking to impress your friends and want the best of the best, this is the camera for you. However, is it worth the $2800? As much as I love this camera, I do think it is a little over priced. I’m not sure what I would be comfortable paying, but I think at this point I would rather put the $2800 towards a couple of really nice Canon lenses or a Surly Moonlander Fat Bike or a Honda Ruckus.
The Bad - UNIVERSAL COLOR
This past week one of the local film based processing labs in the Twin Cities has closed it’s doors forever. I believe yesterday was their very last day of operation and it makes me a little sad to see them go. I have only used their services via “the day job” and not with them directly. Although it’s too late, I’m thinking I should have picked up my Hasselblad and shot more E6 or Black & White film to help them keep their doors open a little longer. Just like that one saying goes...You don’t know what you have until it’s gone. With them no longer serving this photographic community, one can only hope the other remaining professional film based labs can not only adapt, but survive the shrinking photofinishing market.
The Unfortunate - LEICA 50MM F/.095 NOCTILUX-M ASPH.
I’m not at liberty to show you what is under this black labeled box. What I can tell you is that I had one of best and one of the most expensive hand made lenses in my hands for a brief moment of time. It was pretty weird holding a piece of glass that is worth more than the car I’m currently driving. It was like holding a double rainbow with a ray of sunshine at the same time, while heavenly choirs sang and the clouds above parted. So why did I title this as the ‘The Unfortunate’? Unless someone was feeling very generous and wanted to get me a really, really, REALLY nice gift for my 40th birthday, owning this lens and a Leica M body to go with it...is unfortunately...nowhere near happening for me anytime soon. Beyond that, I can’t talk about the whereabouts or status of this lens at this time other than to say the lens does exist and it is AWESOME!