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Long Exposure Limited to 30 Seconds

The Sony RX1/R will not make any exposure exceeding 30 seconds and does not respect exposure compensation, limiting exposure time to 30 seconds.

In the field at dusk or night, this is a serious headache that prevents using anything but the brightest apertures. The sensor quality is more than ample for very long exposures, so it makes no sense to limit exposures to 30 seconds.

The RX1R does have a screw-in cable release socket, but having to buy one and remember to take it along is an unnecessary and arbitrary requirement. Furthermore, a mechanical lock then requires the photographer to stand around in sub-freezing temperatures staring at a timer (for example). There is simply no reason to foist such make-work headaches on the photographer. The Leica M Typ 240 will auto-expose up to 60 seconds (twice as long.

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Sony RX1 with its Carl Zeiss 35mm f/2 Sonnar T*

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