I am just curious if some of the people who are a bit more plugged into what is going on in the pro compact world could let me know if they expect a full-frame, viewfinder compact anytime soon. Basically, an X100S with a full frame and 35/2 or faster, or an RX1 with a built in viewfinder (preferably optical, but I know how unlikely that is). I have been telling myself I would not get a compact until these things happened, but my patience is wearing a bit thin.
It seems as though Fuji is dead-set on APS-C, given that they have a line of cameras with detachable lenses on that mount etc, while Sony seems to be contemptuous of viewfinders in general, going back years now. So I am a bit at a crossroads. Do I keep waiting for someone to make what I am interested in, compromise on full-frame and get the Fuji, or compromise on a VF and get an RX1?
I can run the pros and cons of the second two myself (more or less), but I am interested if anyone has any intelligence or reasonable speculation about the possibility of the kind of camera I mention.
If you are asking why I am not a fan of either no VF or smaller than full frame sensors, it is because I am very tied to how longer lenses render...I like having the option for some subject isolation, but also find that smaller than FF cameras just don't feel right to me. I have had this in the past with an EP1, compacts and a 20D, granted, all old cameras by now. On the other hand, I am strongly attached to optical VF's, and did not enjoy shooting the EP1 very much, even with a hotshoe optical finder. I really prefer an RF or SLR viewfinder.
Super special second footnote:
I currently use an M9 or Hexar AF in this role. They are both exceptionally capable cameras that I love, use a lot, and am not interested in getting rid of. What I am looking for in this compact camera would be something that can add a capability I do not currently have -- in particular, something very compact that I can always bring with me, that does well in very low light, and can do some video in a pinch. At the moment, the only thing that can do that is my phone, which of course does not have very good quality.
Incredibly special third footnote.
It is a holiday morning here, and this is all probably mindless and pointless speculation. Please feel free to join me in it, deride the topic or post a pic.
Here are three photos from where I was last weekend. Staying on the farm was good for me, even if they wouldn't let me help with anything other than walking the dogs and bringing the cows home...no internet or cellphone out there to go crazy looking at RX1 and X100S information.