Driving there was uneventful. We took a 45-minute break half-way in the trip, and arrived in New York City in approximately 9 hours from Toronto, as there was some traffic jam. I had been to New York City a couple of times, but each time it was short and for business, so didn't really have much time to explore the city. Three words jump out of my head about New York City: Big, Busy, Chaotic. Regardless of time of day, at least where we stayed (West 32nd st. and 6th Ave), people are everywhere. It was even worse around Time Square. Definitely a huge change from the relatively tame and slow Toronto.
On the phone -- NEX-5N & Sony E-16mm f2.8. Click for larger.
Hot Dog Vendor - NEX-5N & E16mm f2.8.
I brought five lenses with me: E-16mm f2.8, E-18-55mm Kit lens, OM 24mm f2.8, OM 35mm f2, and Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f1.4. I ended up using only the two Sony auto focus lenses, but mostly just the 18-55mm kit lens.
I find the 16mm f2.8 lens more enjoyable to use, especially in low light (night time). It's perfect for street shooting, though it's slightly too wide for this purpose. To me, the optical quality is quite acceptable as a travel lens. On the other hand, I am less happy with the 18-55mm kit zoom lens.
Tiles for America - NEX-5N & 18-55mm Kit lens. Click for larger.
The distortion at the wide end on the kit zoom lens is horrendous, if you shoot RAW and don't have the lens profile (correction) turned on. The wide end, unfortunately, is the most used focal length in travel. When I first looked at the pictures I shot, I couldn't below how bad they are. Fortunately, Lightroom has a lens profile for this lens and it corrects the distortion quite easily.
Lower Manhattan - NEX-5N & 18-55mm kit lens. click for larger.
At the long end, the distortion is not as objectionable. The lens is actually quite sharp, but the distortion really destroys it. Even with lens correction, it's not perfect. There are other good qualities this lens has: small, light, and has image stabilization. It's a good choice for travel, but I think (or hope) the 18-200mm ultra zoom is better for travel and should be optically better, at least (hopefully) better at distortion control.
Statue of Liberty - NEX-5N & 18-55mm kit lens.