Oh my God, did I do that ? Did I really skip the mandatory “post Xmas” post ?!I did…
Which is surprising, because it was a very “photographic” Christmas ! A recent study demonstrated that taking photographs of any given event lessens our perception and personal memory of it ??… I tend to agree… and disagree at the same time. Or maybe I’m different in that regard, because I have very specific and vivid memories of the events I photograph.
And photographing IS about making memories, isn’t it ??
The Christmas dinner we attended at my sister-in-law’s was a great success, full of joy, family fun, happy kids… and cameras.
I counted no less than 6 in the audience
My own NEX 7, with Nokton 40/1.4 Classic attached (my trusty PEN F 38/1.8 being temporarily out of service due to its adapter being needed for the repair of my 70/2), the host’s sister’s EOS 60D with 50/1.8 attached, my sister in law’s GF1 with 14-42, and a handful of compacts, cheapo or more capable, including a venerable 4MP Soby Mavica (?? I think…) oldie that should have been retired years ago !!
As you can see, everybody was on the silly side that night
And I set to capture just that. Needless to say the NEX7 impressed… again
This nice lady here was stunned at how good the NEX pics came out when bouncing the little dinky built-in flash (99% of shots attached)
And even manually focusing a fast prime can yield interesting “action” results
There was fine food
A lot of pictures taken
with or without their kiddos
secrets being told
friendships (coursthips ?) being born
more pretty aunties/sisters
those two really are a pair !
and so are they 😉
Watching the kids rip their presents open is a treat for all
And that was yummy as they come
What more can I ask from the NEX ? It does everything with elegant ease, is unconspicuous, and fits in my purse !
Sure, I want a new camera, newer and better toys, etc. Do I need any ?? Absolutely not 😉
The N7 handles everything with simple grace, it just begs to create memories for you
Romeo posing for his aunt
Then getting behind the camera.
I did lend my NEX that night, but having a manual (and fast !) prime mounted on, it discouraged more than a few candidates. Not my 5 yr old kid though, who soon realized that if turning the focusing ring was too tricky for her (and the Nokton’s is a nightmare), stepping back or forth until her subject was shimmering yellow (focus peaking ON) worked fine. She tooks those shots :
YES. 5 yrs old, Nokton 40/1.4 @ F1.8
Here she forgot to properly bounce the flash, that ‘s a lot of work for little 5 yr old hands…
Even Cannelle got a whole lot of lovin’ going on
So did little Milan it seems 😉
Marla got to try oysters and to my amazement… loved them !
He tried and tried, until he got it right…
Ended up pretty tired
But not too tired for some step-mommy love
While Romeo posed confidently for me and his aunt
There was more gift ripping excitement
And that’s from the next day’s lunch
Those are obviously family snaps of absolutely zero interest, save for the family involved, but my purpose in sharing them is to answer that question, can a camera be unobstrusive enough to be totally welcome in an private event like Christmas, yet capable enough to produce technically satisfying shots ? To me the answer is yes, and this camera is the NEX, any NEX, for that matter. If you’re incomfortable with manual focus just slap the SEL35/1.8 on it, keep the little flash raised with your fingers for bounce effect and shoot away all night long. Trust me, your DSLR packing relatives will be left scratching their heads at the compared results of your respective rigs. Mine were 😉