Why I like my Sony NEX 7

The Sony NEX 7 is one of many different brands of a new generation of mirror-less cameras. This is a camera in a series of different models produced by Sony.  It is without doubt capable of producing fabulous stills and video. The camera has been described and reviewed from different sources in depth and I’m not going to compete with this experts and authorities. I just want to share why I like this camera more and more.

Last week I was following one interesting podcast talking about the theme: Reflecting on mirror-less you can find the podcast here.

Actually the took on a lot of the different brands as well as the Sony brand. I always think of a kind of point-and-shoot camera with interchangeable lenses.  It is a camera, which is light, amazingly ergonomic and produces quality images which can stand every comparison to DSLR equivalents.

But why do I like this camera so much? For me it’s the ability to choose nearly any lens of my Nikon gear with an adapter.  The Sony made small line-up of exceptionally well-designed lenses is not very large but very well done. I’ve only used the 18 to 200mm lens and find it fantastic to say the least.

 Sony NEX 7 with Nikon 50mm f1.2

Sony NEX 7 with Nikon 50mm f1.2

I have bought in between a few adapters that allow me to use some Leica M39 lenses, an old Tamron lens with Canon mount and as already stated my Nikon F lenses. Of course in using adapters means that I’m loosing functionality, in particular auto-focus, and going more or less manual.

The Sony Nex 7 has nice function that enables me to focus using a so called peaking focus with a red color.

You can select the accent colors to be white, red or yellow. Shooting in raw I have the screen and OLED viewfinder put to b/w. All in all I actually think its better than using the auto focus mode. With a little practice it is much faster and more intuitive than the built in automatic system.

 50 mm f 1.2 Nikkor lens

50 mm f 1.2 Nikkor lens

Pros:

  • This camera has a great size. It’s a tiny body built around a sensor. It’s discrete and quiet.
  • It is incredible usable with a wide range of lenses. Anything you can find an adapter for will work.
  • The knobs and buttons are very well customizable and the 2 dials on the top of the camera are convenient to customize.

Cons:

  • The  OLED viewfinder is mediocre. Good in bright light in low light its painful to look through with all of the digital noise.
  • Battery life is bad and I recommend to get at least one additional battery.
  • The menu is confusing and could be made much better.
  • Going to shoot sports or anything fast moving  - forget it – this is not well done with a camera like this.
  • No weather sealing makes me sometimes crazy here in humid South East Asia.

If you need a DSLR because you need serious autofocus and speed for stills, you probably won’t like this. As said sport photography is not the kind of thing you would like to shoot with a camera like this.

Is the Sony NEX 7 perfect? Not yet. For now you have to be willing to put up with some shortcomings. I think it will work for any still photographer especially landscapes photographers. Does it replace my DSLR? Not really for everything. But as a travel camera it is unbeatable in size and weight.

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 preparing to sell lanterns in Hue, Vietnam

preparing to sell lanterns in Hue, Vietnam

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River near Hue, Vietnam

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Beach near Hue, Vietnam

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