The original Sony RX1 is still Amazing. Here’s Why. By Isi Akahome

The original Sony RX1 is still Amazing. Here’s Why. 

By Isi Akahome

Hi Steve,

I bought my Sony Rx1 about 6 years ago, and I still use it till today for shooting weddings alongside my Nikon DF. It has been through thick and thin with me, including a broken LCD, and a lens replacement to fix the dreaded E:61 problem. For my Fashion work I use my Leica M240 and 50mm Summilux or my Pentax 645Z because I just prefer the way they work with my workflow.

 When I came up with the idea for this particular shoot, I decided I was going to need a camera that did decently quick sync speeds with flash and was wide enough to capture some environmental detail since we were going to be indoors. The RX1 was the perfect camera for this. I used the one strobe through a beauty dish to light the models, and I was very pleased with the results. The images were published by Trend Prive´ Magazine.

Even thought the camera is almost 7 years old, which is an eternity in photography years, it is more than capable for my needs. The AF is good enough, low light is pretty good, and the IQ is just outstanding (I’d say on par with the Leica). I don’t need 42 megapixels, so the RX1R MK2 just isn’t worth the upgrade to me. It’s still an amazing camera in that wonderfully compact design.

Thanks for reading, and you can view more of my work on Instagram @isi.a.pix.


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9 thoughts on “The original Sony RX1 is still Amazing. Here’s Why. By Isi Akahome

  1. Since when has the camera started to compose, cast and light the pictures? Wake up… its not the camera, its the photographer that makes a great image. I still use my trusty Nikon D3 for most of my work since more pixels only slow down culling and postprosessing and the images are usually used for internet so I don’t need larger files.

  2. Beautiful film-esc images with character!

    I still have and use the RX1 – it’s a timeless classic.

    In this day-and-age of rapid and continual gear upgrades it’s nice to see that some cameras do in fact ‘age gracefully’, and continue to be enjoyed for many years.
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. I like your article, and I am using lots of my electronics from Sony..
    Sony phones are the best of the best.. I still have older phone it’s Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S.. It’s still working as new.. Even the camera shooting are perfect with high quality pics.. All respects to Sony

  4. I completely agree with the author, the RX1 IS still amazing, slow af be damned ;). And at 5 years old this September, may be one of the best full frame grabs around as you can find them on eBay for around a grand…the lens alone is worth that. It certainly doesn’t have all of today’s bells & whistles but that image quality is still very special. As an example, the E-M1 came out around the same time and its IQ seems very tired when compared to the RX1.

  5. As someone mentioned earlier about the colours being film like, I agree and something very filmic about the rendering too, maybe the Zeiss. I just paid $1500 CAD to have a new lens put on mine, it had developed the dreaded freezing lens issue. Now having it back,
    I’m amazed to think I even hesitated getting it fixed, absolutely no regrets. It just has the magic.

  6. Your images are beautiful. They really showcase the power of the RX1!

    I’ve used one for years and still feel the IQ is on par with any other camera I’ve used. The AF is far from pretty good and the batteries are worthless, especially in any temperature near or below freezing. I’ve had full batteries die after three shots in cold weather.

    I have switched to the Leica Q (still have the RX1) and I love it for the Leica color and overall image quality. The dynamic range isn’t as strong as the RX1 when the files are pushed in post and I do miss the 35mm focal length.

    My workflow has gotten a little cleaner by shooting all Leica, though.

    Thanks for sharing these beautiful images!

  7. These are wonderful images and beautiful work. Just wondering what shutter speed you shot these at and if you had to use the higher shutter speeds? If I’m not mistaken (as I used to own the RX1 before it was stolen), the RX1 has a leaf shutter allowing you to sync with strobes at all the shutter speeds?

    I never shot with strobes with the RX1 (I also shoot fashion, but do so with my interchangeable lens cameras), but in retrospect that would have been a fun thing to do.


  8. I had one for a spell. I loved the image quality. But I take issue with anyone calling the low light AF “pretty good.” It’s not even close to being pretty good. Maybe acceptable (to the author, not me) ; but, certainly not better than that.

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