After reading reviews, Justin recently purchased a Sony Nex-5 camera to replace our Nikon D40x.
I wasn’t altogether sure I wanted a new camera, but the flash was shot on the Nikon and would need to be sent away to be fixed (and it was not under any warranty). I have to say though, I am thoroughly converted after using this new little one and seeing the pictures it takes!
First off, it is a very easy camera to use. There are a ton of settings, but the straight-out-of-the-box Auto feature is pretty simple and handles most situations quite well. All the shots I took at Piccolo were using the Auto feature. No need to focus, set up the flash, adjust the settings, etc. Easy-peasy, with great results!
But there are some also some really cool features, which aren’t very difficult to switch to and select. I really like a lot of the black and white photos Justin shot while Trav, Em and I were playing a game of Farkle. There was a ton of sunlight coming in the window, but I like the effect it had to blow out some of the exposure.
Another fun feature is the color-select feature. With just a quick twist of a dial, you can grab a quick black and white image, with only one color standing out. We’re still playing with this one – definitely depends on the setting (and the color) for this one to really pop.
Our new favorite lens is the Canon 50 mm. Which shouldn’t work on any camera but a Canon. Except Sony has released adapters for lenses of other manufacturers! So we’re able to get a relatively inexpensive lens that everyone loves – and we’re no exception. This lens is fantastic for portraits and close-up shots, like of Jenn, Maureen and Madie during a picnic we enjoyed on Labor Day at a riverfront park. Perfect light, beautiful subjects.
But it also takes some cool scenery shots too. A great all-round lens, as long as the subject field isn’t too far away.
Another plus (or possible drawback) is that Justin enjoys playing with this camera a lot more. He likes playing with the settings, changing the lenses, and clicking away. So you may be seeing a bit more of me now. But you won’t see any more shots from the Nikon – it’s going up on ebay tomorrow!