What an amazing year for camera fans!
At one point or another, with review after review and page after page of stunning images I have waxed one way or the other toward Fuji's X100s and X-E2, Olympus' M-E1, Panasonic's GX7, Nikon's Df (I looked at D4 shots for samples) and D610, Sony's A7 an A7r, A10, RX100 II and a AA-less RX1! (Whew!)
I've finally decided what I really want to get is Sony's RX1 series. For a number of reasons:
1. It is FF which I've wanted for some time.
2. From what I've seen the Zeiss Sonnar lens is magical. (I've been a Zeiss fan since Contax 139 days.)
3. The lens is fixed which nearly eliminates the chance of dust getting on the sensor.
4. The lens is PERFECTLY matched to the sensor-something I've come to appreciate after having used the DP2M.
5. The shutter is about as noisy as a pencil tip breaking. Perfect for reportage.
6. The camera can handle nearly all light conditions with great color apparently up to ISO 6400 and BW well up to the limits since whatever noise there is would have that 'romantic' TX400 quality I loved in film days.
7. With an aftermarket grip from RRS or Milich the handling would be superb.
8. You can get a fabulous EVF that flips 90°.
9. 35mm has my favorite FOV perfect for catching what I saw. Perfect for portraits that show a bit of the environment. Perfect for 90% of the shots I've loved over the years by myself and so many others.
10. 24mp allows for a lot of print size possibilities even with cropping.
11. Finally, of course, there is the compactness of it all. A totally refreshing break from the behemoth's available until the last few years (I leaped at Panasonic's G1 when it came out.)
Anyway, I'm torn between the RX1 and the RX1r and am concerned about issues one may have using a sensor with no AA filter. Not the moire potential so much but technique and how careful you have to be with a camera with no AA filter vs one that has one.
I'd read that with the Nikon D800's (and now the A7r) while the detail is truly phenomenal one has to be extra careful (particularly with the D800e and A7r which don't have an AA) because there is no 'forgiveness' with camera shake. They are not 'street' cameras but really small studio cameras that really need care, a tripod and high enough shutter speeds if you really want to wring out all the resolution these amazing sensors are capable of. (Something I've noticed big time with the Sigma DP2 Merrill where often at slow shutter speeds if you're not totally steady or the shutter isn't fast enough the results can be REALLY disappointing!)
So I'm wondering if the RX1r without an AA filter which many have said produces images nearly as crisp as cameras with 36MP sensors, similarly requires similar care (tripods, higher shutter speeds, etc.) and that using it handheld for 'reportage' or getting shots on the fly be a disappointment.
I would prefer the RX1r and would love to hear experiences from anyone who's used the RX1r to see if this is a issue.