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« on: September 27, 2010, 04:40:29 PM »
Out of curiosity: has anybody here experience with either the Nex 3 or 5 and are you thinking about getting one?
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Re: Nex cameras
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2010, 04:41:49 PM »
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Re: Nex cameras
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2010, 04:55:21 PM »
Before i buy a camera i like to read the PDF file instruction manual. When have read it i decided that this is not a camera for me but my wife like it a lot.

After i show her the induction video of a55 she said this sound much better.
I agree with her because she can at least use all my lens but with Nex only SSM(from my collection)
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Re: Nex cameras
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2010, 06:36:31 PM »
Well, there is a firmware upgrade for the Nex cameras in October that let's you use all the Alpha mount lenses in AF. The reason why I am asking: I am still in search for a compact size camera that delivers SLR quality images. I have bought numerous digital compact cameras over the last couple of years, but none comes near to what a DSLR is capable of. I know, before you start throwing all sorts of digital cameras at me that might perform fantastically well, that there are some good compacts out there. Nevertheless, none of them would give me "exhibition quality" A3 size prints. The Nex models apparently do that. I am aware that there are quite a few issues with them, but the only thing I am really interested in is the end result- the final print quality.
Anyhow, just thought I go fishing for some of your opinions...
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Re: Nex cameras
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2010, 06:45:37 PM »
....Well, there is a firmware upgrade for the Nex cameras in October that let's you use all the Alpha mount lenses in AF...
As far as i know only (SSM/SAM from A mount) will work with the new firmware.
The E mount SAM & SSM work already with the Nex series
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Re: Nex cameras
« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2010, 07:27:39 AM »
I've played with one in the store, and a friend got one that I had a go of. I couldn't understand the old menu system they have (before the upgrade). They look handy for travelling, but they're not my cup of tea.
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Re: Nex cameras
« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2010, 10:56:53 AM »
I've had the NEX-5 for a few months now.... and I love it! It beats the pants off my a200 in almost every single situation except wildlife photography (the a200 + 70-300G is better). I wanted a better camera and, frankly, Sony was not obliging with any of the recent aXXX series so I jumped to the NEX (I'm still hoping for a decent updated a700 though I fear I'll be disappointed). I carry the NEX most of the time now (family outings, walks etc) because it's convenient and gives me the quality I'm after. I only bring the a200 when I want to use one of my A-mount lenses for a particular subject.

The photo quality is amazing, particularly the high ISO. I'd never go above ISO800 with the a200, and even that would be grudgingly and I'd probably throw the shot away (normally I'm restricted to ISO100-400). The NEX is very good up to ISO1600, and Lightroom 3 does a very good job of removing that noise. I never thought ISO speed was a big deal (particularly the insane high ISO modes) but having great quality images at ISO1600 opens up lots of possibilities. The liveview also makes night shots (i.e., star trails or even IR photography) much easier because you can see the exposure and use the LCD to focus manually.

Feature-wise, the sweep panorama, auto-HDR and handheld twilight modes are very good and useful too (though not infallible). The menu system is a little odd but it doesn't take long to get used to. The forthcoming firmware update will fix most of the issues though I'd live with the current system. I'm looking forward to the new E-mount lenses and seeing what some fast/sharp glass will do for the images.

If you're interested, I wrote a full review for Warehouse Express, including sample images: http://blog.warehouseexpress.com/sony-alpha-nex-5/
There's a few more full-res *unprocessed* images here: http://hopeless.smugmug.com/Photography/NEX-Samples/13413653_r9W9X#976048874_Cn2sb

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Re: Nex cameras
« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2010, 05:21:04 PM »
Thanks for the very informative reviews!
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Re: Nex cameras
« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2010, 02:25:28 PM »
I haven't used it but toyed with it for a while, it is an interesting piece of equipment, but again it is not for me as well. Meanwhile, my son is in love with it, although he uses my a380, he feels that the Nex5 is the thing. He is saving for one, his biggest attraction is that he can shoot panoramic pictures easily. He is heading the editing team in his school so I guess it makes sense from his perspective to have the latest technology.
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Re: Nex cameras
« Reply #9 on: September 30, 2010, 04:27:09 PM »
...Just got one.... :-[
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Re: Nex cameras
« Reply #10 on: September 30, 2010, 04:31:29 PM »
oh! Would love to hear your thoughts in a few days... just please don't blame me if you hate it!

New firmware should be out in 2 weeks too
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Re: Nex cameras
« Reply #11 on: September 30, 2010, 09:06:38 PM »
Hmmm I'm curious too - and especially interested in the ability to use A mount lenses.
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Re: Nex cameras
« Reply #12 on: September 30, 2010, 11:09:00 PM »
Here is an image shot with the Nex 5:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/15931938@N05/5040227324/sizes/o/in/photostream/

I am not posting it here as downsizing does not do it any favour. The link anyhow only gets you to the 800x800 pixel version.
So far I am mighty impressed...
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Re: Nex cameras
« Reply #13 on: September 30, 2010, 11:32:19 PM »
Sony is giving folks lots of options but I wish they would get on the A700 replacement !!!....john
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Re: Nex cameras
« Reply #14 on: September 30, 2010, 11:44:41 PM »
John- I wouldn't worry to much. I do think we'll see the replacement rather sooner than later. Just a gut feeling from all the interviews that I have heard. Time to write your xmas list?
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