Monday, September 5, 2011

Gear Thoughts

Lights -- Canon 1D Mark III & EF 85mm f1.2. Those black dots are birds, not dust!

Since I got the 1D III (the second time), I have had used it a few times. I am quite happy with it so far and it seems to be a lot more reliable (in terms of focusing) camera than the Mark III I bought originally.  Focus seems to be very accurate, with the exception of the manual focus is slightly out of whack, possibly due to the shims missing on the focusing screen.  But I really do not use manual focus lenses on the Mark III.  Looking at the ISO 1600 and even 3200 pictures, I am happy to say that it's very clean.  Much better than those from the NEX-5.

Now that we know what to expect from the NEX-5N, which has amazing low light capabilities.  If this camera has a built-in EVF, I would have bought one today, but adding the EVF to the NEX-5N is almost the same price as the NEX-7!  Sony should really make a NEX-6: a camera with NEX-7 body and NEX-5N sensor.  As optimistic as I am, I don't think the sensor in the NEX-7 will be anywhere close to be as good as the one in NEX-5N.

Originally, I wanted a full frame body, and my eye was set on the 5D II, and I will have something like 1D III, 5D II and NEX-5.  But I have really been spoiled by the NEX-5.  I took it with me everywhere I went and took a lot of pictures with it.  You can't beat the portability of the NEX bodies.  Now that the NEX-7 will be out in a couple of months, and it almost has everything I want in an EVIL camera, except the sensor, and unfortunately, it not cheap.  If I buy the NEX-7, I will have no funds for the 5D II.  On the other hand, if I buy a 5D II, I can probably squeeze out enough money to upgrade to the NEX-5N.  And then there is the 50mm f1.8 OIS that I really want too!  Now you can see why I am slowly going insane!


  1. First off, really enjoy your blog. As a Sony Nex and Canon SLR user, I've enjoyed seeing your samples with all the legacy lenses for the Nex!

    Personally, I think the Nex-7 is the way to go if I were you (at least it's the way I'm going!). As great as the samples are for the new Nex-5n, it's the features of the 7 which to me are worth the upgrade that the 5n still doesn't offer over the current nex cameras. The additional dials, built-in viewfinder, built-in flash, & chunkier grip are the upgrades that IMO will be worth it. Using the legacy lenses with a viewfinder will be great, and next year we should have a high-end (hopefully f2.8) standard zoom lens as well.

    Although there's noting quite like a 5D II, I do think the Nex-7 will be a real game-changer for a walk-around camera.


  2. same problem here ... although I have Panasonic G series. I keep thinking I'd like a FF camera to take advantage of my 21mm and 50mm lenses. After that (longer) I'd just as soon a use the G

  3. NEX7 has everything one would desire except the price :) I would choose nex7 as the best camera is the one that's with you.