I’m having a lot of fun with my little NEX 5N. I already know it’s a mid range camera that is too dumbed down for my use and that I want/need the more expensive, nicer NEX 7. But the 5N will do for a while, and using manual focus lenses with the cool focus peaking feature is a load of fun !
Please pretend you didn’t see the soother, it’s supposed to be gone for good at the end of the month…
The little missus went back to the stables today (new ones, have yet to say if we like them…), check the attitude 😉
Forgive the blurry pic, that’s the downside of trying to manually focus against bright sunlight using a LCD screen (hence my need for the NEX 7 with built-in viewfinder, eh eh…)
When you get it right, however, it looks pretty sweet.
The cool thing about using older, non automated lenses, is that is brings you back to the basics, the bare bones of photography. It’s a comic paradox to be using one the most “gadgetized” modern cameras to do that, as the NEX family is designed point&shoot upgraders, with silly features galore (3D, sweep panorama, in camera HDR, smile shutter, wonky touchscreen, you name it).
Used with the old lenses it’s Manual everything, chosen fixed ISO value (auto ISO with a manual aperture lens will put your exposure all over the place), focus by hand etc. The only super cool and modern feature you want to use is the cracking Focus Peaking that tremendously helps you get it right. Once you’ve trie it, you’re hooked for life.
I have a long list of wishes for what Sony needs to change in that camera though. Like, a shutter sound that won’t scare wildlife from 2 miles away and wake up the dead. Like actually using the freaking rear LCD estate instead of dumbly wasting it and reducing your picture to a mere post stamp size. Like not taking 2 full seconds to give you exposure simulation when it comes out of sleep mode. Or a bottom hinged screen that’s actually useful instead of top hinged which is utterly useless (they did give up bottom hinge on the 7, thanks goodness !). But enough said, I don’t really mind all the madness when I see the image quality I get out of that thing…
A typical night sight of my posse